Friday, February 7, 2014

CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode # 15 "Corpse De Ballet" - Review

Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 15 Corpse De Ballet

Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) has just had sex with Tatiana (Nina Lafarga), a pastor. Last week was Sylvia, a mortician. Joan is not happy with Sherlock's exploits, considering he does not even bother to remember the last names of the women.

Iris Lanzer (Aleksa Palladino) is the prima donna in her group of ballerinas. One of the dancers, Nell Solange (Kimberly Faure) is murdered in the midst of a performance.

Vincent Renatto (Bradford Cover), the ballet master intended to cast Nell in the lead role. In his opinion, Nell was unable to connect with the role and hence had to be recast.

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Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) is back to field work, thanks to Captain Gregson (Aidan Quinn).

Iris informs Holmes that Nell recently split up with Nicholas Orman (David A. Gregory). Nicholas has a strong alibi during the time Nell was murdered.

Joan visits a hospitalized Morris Gilroy (Curtis McClaren) , who is looking for his friend, Freebo.

Captain Gregson has Iris arrested for Nell's murder. Sherlock on the hand, decides to have sex with Iris and is convinced that she is not the murderer. Iris' attorney Nolan Sharp (Scott Cohen) expresses his gratitude to Sherlock for believing in his client's innocence.

Aleksa Palladino guest stars as Iris Lanzer in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 15 Corpse De Ballet

Sherlock and Joan soon discover that Iris was having an affair with Nell and then manipulates her into withdraw herself from the lead role. 

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

Canonical References

1. Elementary Sherlock refers to himself as the second best detective in the world - In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dr James Mortimer refers to Sherlock Holmes as the “second highest expert in Europe”.

Lucy Liu as Joan Watson in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 15 Corpse De Ballet

2. Elementary Sherlock refers Joan to his monograph on tobaccoes - Sherlock Holmes mentions in The Sign of the Four: “Yes, I have been guilty of several monographs. They are all upon technical subjects. Here, for example, is one 'Upon the Distinction between the Ashes of the Various Tobaccoes.' In it I enumerate a hundred and forty forms of cigar-, cigarette-, and pipe-tobacco, with colored plates illustrating the difference in the ash.” 

Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock is back to his womanizing ways. In this episode, he seems to be in a frenzy for what he terms as hot-blooded company.

Joan Watson reveals that her birth father is a schizophrenic and is homeless.

Jon Michael Hill returns as Detective Marcus Bell with Aidan Quinn as Captain Gregson in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 15 Corpse De Ballet

Guest star, Aleksa Palladino gives an excellent performance as Iris Lanzer.

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  1. I know you and I haven't seen eye to eye on Elementary, but this I thought was not a strong episode. I thought the secondary mystery was actually better than the primary one, and it is nice to see Watson's background brought up. However, I'd put it lower on my rankings.

    1. I believe in the sayings: "To each his own" and "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

      Just because I personally do not find a particular episode or a show enjoyable, does not mean others also need to have a similar opinion. The reverse is also true :)

      Thanks for stopping by.


  2. It appears to me that Serlock is wearing a British Royal Marines Globe & Laurel on his jacket collar. If this is true, please can you tell me why?

  3. Thanks for stopping by. I did not notice that point.


  4. Nel was the name of Lucy Lui's character's best friend in 'Ally Macbeal"
    Freebo was the name of a character in "Dexter", a show which starred Johnny Lee Miller in season 5.
    I just found the writer's choice of names of minor characters in this episode very interesting.

    1. Thanks Claire for the interesting info.