Friday, January 31, 2014

CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode # 14 "Dead Clade Walking" - Review

Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 14 Dead Clade Walking

Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) gets repeatedly texted by Randy (Stephen Tyrone Williams) who is afraid of succumbing to drugs again and wants Sherlock's advice.

Sherlock is off to meet Randy. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) has been going through the old case files of Sherlock and zeroes in on the murder of one Doug Newberg.

A dinosaur bone is excavated from Doug's backyard and proves to be a very rare one: Nanotyrannus.

Joan deduces that Doug's friend is running a pack of ice cream trucks. This business is just a pretext for a smuggling racket, that includes everything from cigars to rare fossils.

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The archeological extract is soon stolen right from the NYPD building in broad daylight by crooks.

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

Canonical References

1. The opening scenes show Elementary Holmes getting ready to use a drill on a human skull - Dr John Watson writes about Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Dying Detective: “His incredible untidiness, his addiction to music at strange hours, his occasional revolver practice within doors, his weird and often malodorous scientific experiments, and the atmosphere of violence and danger which hung around him made him the very worst tenant in London.”

2. Joan refers to Sherlock's box of old case files: - Sherlock Holmes introduces Dr John Watson to the tin box of his old case files in The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual: “Yes, my boy, these were all done prematurely before my biographer had come to glorify me...They are not all successes, Watson,....But there are some pretty little problems among them.”

3. Miller's Holmes lecturing Gay on how the acid in the coffee breaks down the stains Stamford explains about Sherlock Holmes to Dr John Watson in A Study in Scarlet: “A fellow who is working at the chemical laboratory up at the hospital.... I believe he is well up in anatomy, and he is a first-class chemist”. Dr John Watson also makes a note about Sherlock Holmes' skills and limits: “Chemistry.—Profound.”

Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 14 Dead Clade Walking

4. Elementary Sherlock using a fake email ID to bait the Magpie - The Canonical Sherlock Holmes places advertisements in the newspaper to capture murderers. For example, he captures Patrick Cairns by placing an advertisement for a harpooner in The Adventure of Black Peter.

This was another so-so episode. The plot and the acting is passable.

The worst part is that Elementary is back to its usual trick of introducing a supporting character who quickly vanishes and turns out to be the killer in the end.


1. Miller's Holmes is listening to the opera song “The Marriage of Figaro” at 4 a.m. just to keep awake.

2. The song “Better Now” by The Vespers can be heard in the closing scenes when Sherlock and Randy leave the brownstone together.

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  1. Again I am amazed that you have gotten another review online minutes after the show airing on the east coast. I groaned when the "Scooby Doo" thing happened again. I guess they feel obligated to show you the culprit at some time during the episode rather than dig one up a new character when they pursue a new route in their investigation. Maybe it's an aesthetic obsession to bookend clues to conform with the case solution. I think adding randomness in this case would serve to add realism to the story than take away from it.

    1. Thanks for stopping by.

      I guess not finding much to write about, helped me post the review so quickly.


  2. The last lines of the episode, where Sherlock shows rare gratitude for Watson, "The odds are reasonably good that none of this would have happened without you..." and then follows it up with, "...Allow me to return the favor by releasing the evil humours from your skull." Was that a joke? Is he trying to be funny? Does he feel like he has to cover up any trace of sentimentality with a defensive jab? It would have been funny if Watson weren't touched by it. Funny how she never expresses when she's moved by one of Sherlock's gestures or comments. She just stands there and stares at him, processing it all inside, silent.

    1. Yes, that was an interesting exchange.

      Thanks for stopping by.