Friday, December 19, 2014

Elementary Season 3 Episode 8 "End of Watch" – Recap and Review

Elementary Sherlock Holmes examining corpse body at a crime scene in CBS Elementary Season 3 Episode 8 End of Watch

NYPD Officer Alec Flynn (Jim Ford) has been killed in what looks like an ambush attack. Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller)  discovers that Alec had a toy gun with air pellets.

Captain Thomas Gregson (Aidan Quinn) and Sherlock question Alec's former partner,  Officer Miles Polano (Andrew Dolan). He claims to be innocent and denies any involvement in the murder, despite admitting to having difficulties in the past.

Alec's widow, Brie (Rebecca Brooksher) informs Joan and Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) that she threw Alec out of the house after he started stealing her things to get the drug he got addicted to, after being injured on duty.

Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) discovers a video showing Flynn buying a fake gun. Shortly, a one-eyed man emerges as the main suspect in Flynn's homicide. ATF Agent Hernan (Leslie Silva) identifies this person of interest as Niko Buros (Robert Mammana), a gunrunner.

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Before he can be arrested, Buros claims his next victim, Officer Casey Hatem (Shezi Sardar). Joan meets up with Officer Doud (Rajesh Bose), whose nephew is Casey.

Joan deduces that the number 6 is not a name but a nickname for one of Alec's teammates. This person turns out to be Charlie Riggs (Geoffrey Wigdor).

Sherlock theorizes that Niko is not targetting random police officers, but those with a connection to Rodman's Armory. Niko wants to steal the weapons and uses the killed officer's funeral ceremony as a strategy to distract the cops.

Niko is apprehended by Detective Bell and taken into custody.

Canonical References

1. Elementary Sherlock almost quotes verbatim the following lines from The Sign of the Four: “My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence.” 

2. At the drug addiction meeting, another attendee informs Elementary Holmes about the blog BrainAttic - Possible reference to this line spoken by Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet: “I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose....Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.”

3. One of the quotes featured in the blog is the following line from The Final Problem: “At the same time, it is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.”

Detective Marcus Bell in Elementary Season 3 Episode 8 End of Watch

This was one of the weaker episodes. The main plot was lacking in excitement.

Secondary plot involves Sherlock on the trail of someone publishing his quotes on a Tumblr blog. Kitty Winter (Ophelia Lovibond) talks to one Astrid (Kerry Butler) about the blog. 

Sherlock asks Kitty to stop working on the case and tracks down Daren (Gregory Abbey), who has been maintaining BrainAttic. Daren insists on maintaining the blog, despite Sherlock's insistence on the opposite. Daren claims that people (including himself) find inspiration from Sherlock's quotes. In response, Sherlock maintains silence in the next session.

Joan Watson and Kitty Winter working together at the crime scene in CBS Elementary Season 3 Episode 8 End of Watch

I liked Ophelia's comment about Sherlock being quotable. There were other nice touches as well - Miller's Holmes commenting that he is not a man who likes to share his secrets. He is also seen practicing Kyudo, Zen archery. This scene reminded  me of the darts used by Tonga, the pygmy islander and Jonathan Small's trusted companion from The Sign of the Four.

Miller's Sherlock detects the scent of two perfumes on Daren's person: Sherlock Holmes states in The Hound of the Baskervilles: “There are seventy-five perfumes, which it is very necessary that a criminal expert should be able to distinguish from each other, and cases have more than once within my own experience depended upon their prompt recognition”.

On a side note, there was no sighting or mention of Joan Watson's boyfriend Andrew Paek (Raza Jaffrey). Readers might remember that at the end of the previous episode, Joan was seen preparing a special feast to celebrate Andrew's return from Copenhagen. Kind of like how Mrs Hudson too appeared in just one scene, only to disappear altogether.

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  1. Although I like your review, I found this to be one of the best and most hopeful episodes of the show. I think if the show had started much like this episode and would have continued to grow the show would be much for liked than it is.
    Thanks for your review.

    1. You are welcome, John. I am glad that you enjoyed this episode more than I did.


  2. Respectfully, I agree w/John Foster and disagree w/your view that this was one of the weaker episodes. I found it one of the best episodes so far (as I'm only now watching them). I loved the quotes from Canon.

    I also liked how Joan was able to channel Sherlock when speaking to the first officer's widow. As you know, I lean more Elementary than Sherlock, and as I wrote in my own review, I can't possibly imagine Freeman's Watson being allowed to use deduction to put things together the way Liu's Watson can.

    1. Refreshing to see your sarcasm-free comments.

      I agree Lucy Liu is great as Watson. I would even concede that she is the best part of the show (only Ophelia's Kitty Winter and Dormer's Moriarty come close).

      I would also agree with you about Martin Freeman's Watson. I am not a big fan of Freeman's performance. I think his Watson is way too cuddly and cute for my comfort.

      But the fact remains that Watson is never supposed to be so smart. The Canonical Watson was the audience surrogate and was clearly meant to make Holmes even more smarter by comparison. ACD himself referred to Watson as Holmes' "rather stupid friend" in an interview, that you can check out on YouTube.

      So no matter, how smart Liu's Watson is and Freeman's one is not, the original Watson was never meant to observe and deduce like Holmes.


    2. Let us compromise then: no more bright Watsons like Liu in exchange for no more blubbering idiot Watsons like Bruce. A Watson who is reasonably intelligent but not on the same level as a Holmes.

    3. Exactly, like the Granada Watsons (David Burke and Edward Hardwicke) or the Russian ones (Vitaly Solomin and Andrei Panin).