Sherlock’s dad doesn’t appear until the end of Thursday night’s season premiere of Elementary, but he still manages to say a lot even in his absence. And it all translates into Morland Holmes being a real piece of work.
Although he indicated that his arrival in New York City was imminent, Morland still hasn’t shown up when the episode opens. This is par for the course for Sherlock, but not Joan, who tracks down Morland’s associate. He informs her that she “may be seeing him as early as next week,” a timetable that does not sit well with Joan. She has a message for Morland: he can come and visit his son or stay away, but he can’t threaten to come. The associate reminds her that he’s not a secretary, not that Joan cares about details like that.
“What’s the hardest you’ve ever been hit?” she responds. (I don’t know whether to be shocked by or proud of Joan in this moment.)
The threat must have worked because at the end of the hour, Sherlock finds his dad on the roof of his building.
“You don’t look well,” Morland observes, to which Sherlock replies, “You look as spry as ever. My compliments to the virgins whose blood you bath in.”
Gee, that’s not warm and fuzzy. Given the coldness of their interaction, you have to wonder why the senior Holmes even showed up in NYC.
“You’ve made a mess, Sherlock,” Morland explains. “I’m here to fix it.”
He should make correcting his son’s work situation with the NYPD his top priority. While he awaits to find out if the D.A. plans to press charges against him for the beating of Oscar, Sherlock keeps busy by recreating a very old crime scene because “justice is like an orgasm,” he says. “It can never come too late.” (Quote of the Year?) He also concentrates on the case of a missing wife believed to have been killed by her husband to try and get back in the department’s good graces. The latter case comes to him after the husband – who did some very bad stuff, but vows he didn’t kill his wife – confronts him on the street, begs for his help and then shoots himself right in front of the P.I. (“Bloom left an impression on me last night, not to mention some grey matter,” Sherlock describes.)
Although Sherlock is back on the wagon and the D.A. spares him, Gregson breaks the bad news that the Chief wants to make an example of someone, so he and Joan have been sacked. Surprisingly, his partner takes the news very well. “It’s OK,” Joan tells Sherlock, confessing that she kind of had a feeling it was coming.
Sherlock tries to convince her to take the credit for solving the missing wife case so she can get her consulting gig back, but she only wants to work with him. Maybe they can help the New Jersey Police Department instead, she suggests. Whatever happens, they’re a team. And that’s a pretty nice, united way to start the season.
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