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Elementary Recap

Elementary Boss on Morland's Choice, Moriarty's Presence, P.I.s' Partnership

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Elementary‘s Season 4 finale

Apparently, Moriarty need not be around for her dangerous organization to stir up change on Elementary.

During Sunday’s Season 4 finale, Morland took over the group’s leadership in order to secure Sherlock and Joan’s safety after their lives were threatened. Papa Holmes informed his son that he would be taking the organization’s dealings from New York City to London, where he planned to destroy Moriarty’s legacy from the inside. (With Morland bidding adieu to NYC, John Noble will no longer be a series regular in Season 5.)

Below, executive producer Rob Doherty discusses Moriarty’s feelings on the shake-up, Morland’s intentions and Sherlock’s partnership with Joan.

TVLINE | Watching the finale, I couldn’t help but wonder what Jamie Moriarty would think of everything going on in the organization in her absence.
It’s funny, I asked myself the same question as we were getting into the last few episodes of the season. On the one hand, I think she would not take kindly to anyone [trying] to take it apart. At the same time, she’s a pretty confident mastermind, and she could start it all over again if she had to.

TVLINE | Would she approve of Morland taking the top position?
I have to believe that she had awareness of Morland Holmes, possibly even before she entangled herself with Sherlock. Morland casts a big shadow. If they themselves didn’t cross paths, at least some of their interests would have overlapped. If anyone had to do it, I think, yes, she would approve of Morland Holmes.

Elementary RecapTVLINE | The Vikner/organization storyline was a clever way of making Moriarty’s presence felt despite what I presume was Natalie Dormer’s unavailability.
Yes. That was something we talked about internally, because we don’t want to invoke the name Moriarty and frustrate people when we don’t actually see her. But ultimately, we didn’t want to be handcuffed. We had a story to tell that would work without her and decided to tell it. All of that said, as always, we would love to have Natalie back when the time is right. We don’t want that storyline or that character to fall away.

TVLINE | Morland promises Sherlock that the group won’t operate in New York anymore, but they are still an active group. So how much influence will they have next season?
That is to be determined. Obviously, what Morland is trying to do is take their affairs outside of Sherlock and Joan’s orbit, and in the short term, that will be effective. In the long term, it’s a group with many tendrils, and depending on how quickly Morland’s able to work, the group may cross paths with Sherlock and Joan again.

TVLINE | Are Morland’s intentions entirely honorable and good? This is an organization that he could use to his own benefit as well.
Morland has been so successful for such a long time that more money and more power don’t necessarily appeal to him at this point. He is sincere when he says his primary goal is to protect Sherlock and Joan. But what is unspoken is that he’s giving up in a sense. He expresses to Sherlock in their last scene together that he doesn’t think people like them are meant to have family ties or friendships or partnerships, that it’s inevitable these things will go poorly because they are who they are. That is motivating him as much as anything. He’s disappearing back into the shadows, he’s cutting his meaningful ties and will probably live out his days just trying to take apart this group.

Elementary RecapTVLINE | Sherlock and Morland have come a long way over the season. Is Morland wrong about Sherlock not loving him?
Golly… [Pauses] I’m trying to think of the right verb. It’s a really good question. I don’t think Morland looks at what he has with Sherlock at the end of the season and calls it love. He knows there are familial ties. There is a begrudging mutual respect. But they are not a traditional father and son. There are many other ties between them. I’d be hard-pressed to call one of them love.

TVLINE | Morland warns Sherlock, “Being loved by you is a dangerous thing,” and then Sherlock immediately tries to get Joan to move out. Will he continue to push her away?
It’s pretty obvious looking at Sherlock during that scene on the roof that he disagrees with his father, and he doesn’t approve of what Morland is doing. And yet, some of what Morland said is rattling around Sherlock’s skull, because why else would he posit to Joan that they live separately again? He said it because he had to say it. He wasn’t committed to it. Morland’s words won’t haunt him. He had to put it out there because he cares for his partner that much. I don’t think he was surprised to be turned down. It was just something he felt he had to say, and Joan dismissed and defused it. You’ll see a very strong partnership as Season 5 starts.

TVLINE | I love that Joan is already trying to play matchmaker with Marcus and her sister, Lin. Is that something that will actually be explored next season?
I don’t know. We’ll have to see. I liked the idea that, on a very different scale, Joan could endanger their little circle of friends, too. I may pick Lucy [Liu’s] brain about that before the next season starts.

Elementary fans, what did you think of the season ender? Grade the episode via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your pick!

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13 Comments
  1. Rebecca says:

    Love that Morland shows what seems like real concern for Sherlock. Also that Sherlock shows tgat he has feeling for Joan even if at this point it is not romantic love he shows that he will do whatever to protect her. Can’t wait till next season starts. Great Show!!!!

    • Preacher Book says:

      I like the fact Sherlock and Joan aren’t romantically involved! We put too much emphasis on that and people can be deeply in love with another person, but know romantic love isn’t the end point.

      • grys03 says:

        Agreed, Sherlock & Joan work best as partners with a close friendship, if in an odd way. Is there any Fiona (Betty Gilpin) in Sherlock’s future? – really enjoyed her character. Moreland’s (John Noble) arc was handled really well with a satisfying ending. Can’t wait to see where the show takes us next season.

  2. NotAnselAdams says:

    It was a well-written ending, overall. As much as I have come to like John Noble, I’m glad we’re closing the book on Moreland and moving on to something new in Season 5. Looking forward to it!

  3. Cynthia says:

    This is such an incredible show. The finale did not disappoint. I think the Moreland chapter was great and I’m glad they’re mostly closing it before it becomes too much. I’m glad Sherlock and Watson’s partnership will return strong next season. They’re the most interesting partnership on TV.

  4. dman6015 says:

    “I may pick Lucy’s brain about that before the next season starts.” Now that is an EP that people want to work for. Someone who actually allows input from actors.

  5. Elementary is one of the few TV shows I buy a season pass for each year. The characters are well developed and the case of the week is never annoying. This season was the best so far. I am going to binge watch from the beginning over the next few months and get ready for season 5.

  6. Jean says:

    Would like to see little more caring between Watson and sherlock. Love this show😍😍

  7. Tom says:

    i thought it was an ok finale, but did not have as much action or emotion as previous finales

    Moriarty needs to play a big role next season and they need to recast her if Dormer is still unavailable, i think this actress Riley Voelkel (Freya from The Originals) is a good recast

  8. shazbaz says:

    Dont keep morland away for too long, he is a fantastic character & vital for the father/son rollercoaster of surprises in their intense relationship.

  9. Stephanie Toote says:

    This is my favourite show. I think Johnny Lee and luci are fantastic. Thank you CBS

  10. Carolyn Wolfe says:

    What’s the point of introducing Mycroft Holmes and then having him “disappear”, ditto Jamie Moriarity, ditto Morland! Is it a matter of the actors who played those roles not wanting to commit to a series? If that’s so, then why not hire actors who would stay the course. I want more Aidan Quinn anyway so f**k other distractions!

  11. Andy says:

    Love the series how Sherlock brings his Britishness into the New York scene,love it just wished he had more Brit baddies.great show keep it going Johnny Miller is the best.can we have a film