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.”