Preview: An Elementary Case Lands Holmes in 'Jeopardy' as Watson 'Assumes the Worst'

Elementary Jonny Lee MillerThings will hardly be Elementary when Holmes becomes the case on this Thursday’s episode of the hit CBS drama (airing at 10/9c).

Things start simply enough when the crime solver is hired by a Fortune 500 company to look into a board member’s mysterious disappearance. “Sherlock negotiates an outrageous fee and takes the case,” previews executive producer Rob Doherty. “But the more time he spends around the company and the people who work there, [the more] he begins to suspect that somebody who’s looking to climb the corporate ladder has been moving obstacles.”

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Despite Holmes’ conviction that his theory is correct, it’s “difficult to prove because all of the deaths have been made to look like accidents and, at least for a stretch of the [episode], he’s a lone voice in the wilderness,” continues the EP. “Nobody else really thinks this could be going on.”

No one except for the person responsible, which leads to Holmes being caught in a dangerous situation. “We play with time a little bit in this [episode] in that we start in a moment of jeopardy and then we jump back approximately two days to see how we got to this point in time,” reveals Doherty. “Sherlock lands himself in a spot of trouble. Joan, as a sober companion, has to assume the worst and take steps to track him down.”

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The twist in the case – much like the one in last week’s Balloon Man episode – is in keeping with Holmesian tradition, says Doherty. The show’s updated investigator “does not delve into ordinary cases, nor does he in the original works,” he explains. “A good Sherlock story is a little out there. It’s a bit odd, certainly very complex.”

Elementary Lucy LiuBefore the episode takes a turn, Watson actually gets to go out and have a little fun when her friend sets her up on a date. But rather than set up a potential long-term romance for the character – “We don’t want to drift away from the heart and soul of our show, which is the Holmes/Watson dynamic,” insists the EP – the storyline explores “the idea of what happens to you as a regular person after you’ve been exposed to somebody like Sherlock for an extended period of time.

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“The writer, Craig Sweeny, was pointing out [that] it’s got to impact you in some way, shape or form,” continues Doherty. “What I really liked was this idea that she is set up to go on a date, and yet, her observational skills have — whether she realizes it or not — improved over the handful of weeks she has spent with Sherlock. So she’s seeing some things she doesn’t necessarily want to see. It gives you a little insight into what it’s like to be Sherlock all the time – to see and hear and smell everything that you don’t necessarily want to, and the way it affects your worldview.”

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10 Comments
  1. mia says:

    Joan is my favourite so I’m looking forward to getting to see her having a more proactive role. With the gender switch, I think they’ll have to buff up the Watson role a bit more than some of the other iterations….which could make it unique. Bit more teamwork.

  2. Josh says:

    Yeah it sounds like Joan will need to turn on her detective skills! I really into this show. No it isn’t BBC’s Sherlock but it isn’t trying to be. They are very different beasts.

  3. Emgee says:

    I’m really digging this show so far.

  4. Leo says:

    Yup. It’s one of the procedural I can totally enjoy right now. They’re so different from the BBC version, yet their cases so far are still interesting to watch. I’d love for them to do back-to-back episodes sometime later to have a longer case with more twists. So far, 40 minutes per episode just isn’t captivating enough to most viewers.
    p.s.: Joan needs to bring up her game, Sherlock is stealing all the scenes!

  5. Carrie says:

    I am enjoying this show as well. The last episode (with the balloon man) was really well done.

  6. S says:

    Stop referring Holmes as Sherlok, it is very confusing.

  7. tvdiva says:

    This show is extremely well written and acted. If people can just sit back and forget the characters names, they will probably enjoy the show even more.

  8. Emily says:

    I do like the show but it still feels like they’re trying to recreate the Monk-Sharona relationship. Hopefully, when the six week contract is up, they will choose to work together instead of it being a “for hire” relationship.

    I feel that Joan was not the best “J” name for Lucy Liu’s character. I know Liu is over 40 but the name Joan just feels “old”.

  9. Neal Lashua says:

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. A fantastic read. I will certainly be back.