The clock was ticking as Watson (Lucy Liu) reminded Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) that he only had 10 days left under her guidance. After a hotel manager is found dead, the duo work against the hours to find her killer.
Addicts, Affairs and Prostitutes
Things got off to a shocking start as two cleaning ladies discovered a woman’s body in a hotel washing machine – yikes! Captain Gregson (the always yummy Aidan Quinn) called Holmes to the scene to help out with the investigation. Holmes and Watson exchanged a few tangy barbs then joined the officers as they questioned the victim’s husband. Watson established a bond with the couple’s recovering drug addict daughter.
This show just gets it right. The mix of interesting, appealing actors with fast-moving but intricate plots is a successful one, just as Watson’s damaged doctor is a perfect match for Holmes’s recovering genius. It’s smart, charming, and intriguing.
Anyway, back to the story. Watson pointed Holmes in the direction of a busybody neighbor, who revealed that the dead woman seemed to be having an affair. The pair had an amusing encounter with a prostitute working in the hotel, who revealed that the deceased hotel manager had acted as a liaison for ladies of the night working on site. Holmes got a chuckle out of the pro’s offer of her services to Watson.
Holmes reviewed the hotel’s security tapes, leading him to the conclusion that the husband and wife were actually Russian spies, conducting their information searches through the hooking hotel. The husband lawyered up, and Aidan Quinn uttered a few sexy growls to calm down a sputtering Holmes.
Watson reconnected with the daughter, who had gone missing. She had recently learned that her parents were spies, and she claimed responsibility for her mother’s death. From the outside, this may sound ridiculous, but somehow Elementary manages to pull off the twists and turns with a believable (or at least enjoyable) energy. Oh, and the alleged affair was actually another spy responsible for the safety of the family.
Russian Spy Family Drama
Holmes, Watson, and Gregson interviewed the daughter, who explained that she fought with her mother over wanting to attend Michigan on a soccer scholarship, when the mother planned for her to attend Georgetown and become a Russian spy as well. The mother and daughter fought, resulting in the mother passing out from a blow to the head.
After an interrogation of the spy couple’s unpleasant handler, Holmes and Watson were left still puzzled and unsettled over the case. They soon realized that the handler did not merely perform cleanup duties after a matricide, but instead actually finished off the woman after she temporarily revived. Through tricks involving invisible ink, the handler almost succeeded in hiding his crime, but Holmes and Watson found him out.
Yes, it’s a bit Scooby Doo and somewhat predictable, but the strength of the performances and the chemistry between the characters sets Elementary apart as an enjoyable ride. However, at the episode’s end, Watson announced that she accepted another position and would be leaving Holmes on his own after one more week! How will the show swirl on itself to keep these two together? Tune in next week to find out!