Friday, December 13, 2013

CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode # 11 "Internal Audit" - Review

Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu and Aidan Quinn as Sherlock Holmes, Joan Watson and Captain Thomas Gregson in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 11 Internal Audit

The opening scenes offer a quick recap of the previous episode “Tremors”.

Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) is back to work, though he is relegated to doing mostly desk work.

Alfredo Llamosa (Ato Essandoh) is teaching Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) about breaking into a car without setting off the sensors.

Donald Hauser is being accused in the media of running a Ponzi scheme. Hauser tries to shoot himself to death, but is shot by an unseen intruder.

Miss Chloe Butler (Heather Burns), Donald's personal chef discovers her client's corpse and informs the police.

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Chloe is revealed to be a former client of Joan and informs Joan that the last person to meet Donald was Jacob Weiss (Richard Masur).

The aforementioned TV anchor/reporter, Rosalie Nunez (Kristine Johnson) who exposed Hauser's pyramid scheme is also killed.

Nelson Maddox (Lucas Hall), former lover of Chloe is observed in the police security tapes in skateboarding area near Rosalie's apartment.

Chloe is fighting a custody battle over her son, Shane and is desperate to keep her past a secret from her husband and the court. Chloe first pleads and then holds Joan to her client confidentiality agreement.

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Ato Essandoh guest stars as Sherlock's sponsor Alfredo Llamosa with Jonny Lee Miler as Sherlock Holmes in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 11 Internal Audit

Alfredo wants Sherlock to become the sponsor for another addict, Randy (Stephen Tyrone Williams). Sherlock is hesitant and is temporarily saved by a phone call from Joan. 

Sherlock and Joan's investigation takes them to an art gallery, where they run into Fabiana (Rebecca Dayan). Fabiana claims not to know Nelson.

Deputy Commissioner Frank Da Silva (Peter Gerety), head of demographics unit tries to convince Detective Bell to work for him.

I recommend the viewers to check out the episode to find out the resolution to the mystery.

Canonical References

CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 11 Internal Audit THIEF writing on the wall in blood Canonical Reference Arthur Conan Doyle RACHE A Study in Scarlet

1. The writing of the word “THIEF” on the wall - In A Study in Scarlet, the killer leaves the word “RACHE” written in blood on the wall.

2. Miller's Sherlock Holmes expressing his frustration at having to solve the murder lonesome, as Joan leaves to meet Chloe Butler - Sherlock Holmes writes in The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier: “The good Watson had at that time deserted me for a wife, the only selfish action which I can recall in our association. I was alone.”
3. Elementary Sherlock making deductions about the killer based on the deducing about the killer's whereabouts based on the scent of Osage orange - Sherlock Holmes mentions in The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier: “I have, as my friend Watson may have remarked, an abnormally acute set of senses, and a faint but incisive scent was apparent.”

Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 11 Internal Audit

4. Miller's Holmes remarking to Alfredo: “You know my work. It is all consuming” and “Duty calls. It always will.” - Sherlock Holmes states in The Adventure of the Red-Headed League: “L’homme c’est rien–l’oeuvre c’est tout,..”. This French saying roughly translates as “the man is nothing, the work is everything”

5. Elementary Holmes asking Fabiana if she saw “anything out of the ordinary” - In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes tells Sir Henry Baskerville: “I think anything out of the ordinary routine of life well worth reporting.”

After a strong episode, this is an OK episode. Not bad, but not one of the best either.

Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 11 Internal Audit

Jonny Lee Miller gets some laughs with his quip about Randy's name. The discussions between Elementary Holmes and Joan about disclosing their findings about Maddox to NYPD in the light of Joan's agreement with Chloe was good.

The next episode of CBS Elementary “The Diabolical Kind” airs on Jan 02 2014, with the return of Natalie Dormer as Irene Adler/Jamie Moriarty.

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  1. Love your connections one and two. Great catch.
    I must have missed the police security camera thing. I though a skate boarder caught the killer on his phone while videoing his friends. Now I have to go back and watch it again. (Well at least that part.)

    We both ranked it about the same. It was OK, but after last weeks, not great.

    Thanks for the, once again, excellent review.

    1. You are welcome, John.

      Glad that we are on the same page.

      You are probably right about the skateboarder capturing Nelson Maddox on his video.

      I will check and update the review, if necessary.


  2. Whoever wrote the word "thief" on the wall did so with a very steady hand, which I find curious. I haven't watched the episode. Also, I was hoping the show would be finished with Jamie Moriarty. I'm not looking forward to her return. Oh well.
    Thanks again for a great recap.

    1. You are welcome, Kathleen.

      Regarding the steady hand that wrote "thief" - I guess that is the difference between the genius of a writer like ACD versus his imitators.

      I am also not looking forward to Jamie's return. The whole Sherlock-Irene Adler/Jamie Moriarty shenanigans is the least appealing/most unSherlockian aspect of this show.


  3. I actually caught the last chuck of this episode. I must admit, I was kinda surprised that they were actually having an arc for a secondary character. Huh. They're learning…

    1. Yes, the show writers seem to be doing their homework better this season (despite a couple of boring episodes).


  4. does anyone know where the stone sculpture that is at the top of this page is located, is it real? or who designed it? does it have a name?

    1. I am not sure but will let you know, if I get that information.

      Thanks for stopping by.