I’m actually a little worried about where the second half of the season is going. There’s been little hints here and there that maybe Joan is doubting her partnership with Sherlock. Consider:
- Sherlock and Joan argue over the meaning of partnership (2x6)
- Sherlock reminding Joan that he is not a “nice man”, that there will occasionally be fallout for his behavior (2x9)
- Sherlock’s abrasive attitude and actions lead to Bell being shot (2x10)
- Moriarty telling Joan that Sherlock will tire of Joan once he’s solved her and she becomes uninteresting to him (2x12)
- Lestrade telling Joan that working with Sherlock makes one “special”, and that once he moves on from her, she will no longer be “special” (2x17)
- Lestrade telling Joan that Sherlock knows her better than she knows Sherlock - beanarie made a good point in noting that Joan didn’t know Sherlock when he was using (also when he was more of a jerk) (2x17)
- Lestrade’s suspicion of Sherlock also implies that Sherlock has the duplicity to have set up the case for Lestrade to solve (2x17)
- Also, there have been repeated instances where Joan discovers that Sherlock has intruded on Joan’s privacy by following her (2x5), opening her mail (2x17), solving her cases (all the time), etc.
Everything considered, I don’t think it would be surprising if his led to a falling out between Joan and Sherlock. All of these hints have been building up, and perhaps Joan is rethinking her partnership with Sherlock. Or the show is foreshadowing a fall out between them. What do you think?
The mugging issue bugs me. I thought I was sure of the answer, but it turns out I’m not, and so I’m left stewing in the ambiguity. There were hints (or red herrings, depending on how you look at them) suggesting that Sherlock was behind the mugging, from the funny voices he made in the “Previously” clip to the banana he specifically pointed out in the kitchen (ugly bicycle looking like a banana, mentioned enough times for me to wonder if it’s more than just a coincidence). But if so, what was the point of Sherlock lying to Watson about tricking Lestrade?
Any thoughts that might shed some light?
That line of Lestrade’s to Joan bothered me initially. It just sounded rather sinister, a warning of sorts to Joan. But then I started thinking how this whole episode seemed, at least to me, about relationships and knowledge of the other. From Joan and Sherlock’s exchange about opening her mail (the implication being, “come on, you know I do”), to his comment “that’s me Watson, joke machine” (sarcastically implying “do you know who you are talking to”), to all the commentary from Lestrade about his knowing Holmes better and Joan not understanding him yet. Emphasis seemed to be placed on “knowing” each other.
The look in the last scene that Sherlock gives Watson, when she says she will stay because she has faith in him, may just be Sherlock coming to understand that perhaps it is possible to know someone, contrary to what the blonde wrote him earlier.
"… I’ve suspected that connection with another person, real connection, simply isn’t possible… Is it possible to truly know another person?"
Seems to be the recurring theme underscoring this season. Joan has stated that she trusts him, has faith in him. Does Sherlock reciprocate? And how will this knowledge of the other, this trust, play out when push comes to shove and Mycroft show’s up to wreak havoc? Or when someone falls?
Wait so I was watching the latest episode of Elementary and the W Line on the train shows up on screen and I’m like what? There is no W Line. So I look it up on Wikipedia, and it says the W line ran from 2001 to 2010, so I’m like “Oh, clever! This must be taking place between then” but then I was like wait no it doesn’t. It takes place now, immediately. In this episode they mentioned that the wife was kidnapped in 2010, and the husband got ransoms in 2011 and 2014 further making it clear that this isn’t for some reason taking place in a flashback. The police are involved in the money exchange so it’s clearly now. THERE’S NO W LINE THOUGH??? Was there a reason they wanted to include the W line even though it’s a current storyline? Is there any political reason to not show the other yellow lines which are what replaced the W line? Just wondering.
they’re not allowed to show active trains for some reason. they made up a k train for 203. this i liked better because at least the w train existed in the recent past.
Watson has faith in Sherlock’s bomb-defusing skills? Or Watson has faith that Sherlock is full of shit and doesn’t actually believe there’s a kitchen-destroying explosive lurking inside that box.
(after all, his previous experiments with live explosives were conducted outside on the roof or contained inside a freezer.)
(the two of them were positioned the same way at the end of 1x13 when she remarked with a similar casual indifference that it’s hard to know what he’s gonna do. although extending the comparison it’s significant that this time she doesn’t walk away. and I’m suspecting that he wished she would. looking back over the last few episodes, starting to wonder if he’s been trying to find things that will make her leave the brownstone: Increasing the frequency of his “exercise” regimen. roosters. bombs. Or if not trying to drive her off, testing her resolve to stay.)
I like how Lestrade and Moriarty, two people from Sherlock’s past, claimed to know him better than Watson does in moments where they were CLEARLY jealous of the Joan/Sherlock bond. Lestrade jealous because now Watson had the chance to be the ‘special’ one, Moriarty jealous because now Sherlock has someone else in his life that he cares about.
I don’t think they know Sherlock better. Lestrade and Sherlock were “never really that close” and well, Moriarty had a relationship with Sherlock that lasted what? 7 months? And remember that Moriarty travelled a lot and they possibly spent several weeks apart? Yeah, not an extensive period of convivence either.
Joan lives with Sherlock for more than a year. They share the same house. They work together. They are together 24/7. Joan even met his brother. She goes where he goes.
To me it’s obvious that Joan knows him better. Not only because of their extraordinary and unique connection. She just does. When you share your life with someone, you two grow together. You know this person better because you’re there all the time, watching the change.
Moriarty and Lestrade knew the drug addict who never gave a shit about anyone else other than himself. Watson knows the recovering drug addict who shows empathy and considers her opinion as valuable as his own. I doubt Sherlock proposed a partnership to Lestrade the way he did to Watson. And look how brash the beginning of his relationship with Moriarty was. “Oh you’re pretty and clever let’s have dinner and bang later”. With Watson, he is cautious up to eleven even today. “I don’t mean to pry” or “sorry, I intruded” are constant sentences in his vocabulary. The difference about him, empirically speaking, is her. He is different. It’s a fact. They don’t know him so well anymore.
On the other hand, we all know how Watson suffers from self-esteem issues. Her partnership with Sherlock made her trust more in herself. But all these “I know him better than you” are, to me, an attempt of these two jealous people who want to mine their relationship because they are feeling the loss of Sherlock’s attention and, most importantly, they want to mine Watson’s confidence to make her leave and let the place free for them.
If it’s working or not, only the next episodes can explain.
I was fearful for a moment after Lestrade’s message to Joan that it may spur her into being more dubious of where she and Sherlock stand in the long run but she’s stronger than Lestrade is and was. Joan throughout their partnership has found a way to walk alongside Sherlock while Lestrade has always been content to linger in his shadow. Joan and Sherlock have a partnership, a relationship that is durable. It had a weak start but they rebuilt themselves on solid ground and into something that can’t be torn down by a few off-color words from a jilted ex-partner.
Joan watches as Sherlock fiddles with another explosive that he’s been sent by his friend to try and solve, exercising his mind. Joan asks what will happen this time if the clock reaches zero and he says explode—he asked for a real challenge this time. He acknowledges that she hasn’t left the room and asks her if she’s staying. She says she has faith.
It’s an off-the-cuff remark that she hardly draws attention to but Sherlock catches the poignancy and so do we audience members who have just seen the encounter that took place between her and Lestrade. It also is obviously a double entendre for their partnership—making it all the more touching of a scene and one that could have possibly been written with a touch more subtlety. Sherlock now listens, aptly, to Joan’s advice. Him reaching out to help Lestrade at the end is demonstrative of that and is something he may have never done had Joan not been there to help focus him. And Joan, despite the inconclusive nature of who she’s working with, can’t help but want to stick around because no matter Sherlock’s past and who he has worked with and left behind, she can’t help but trust in her abilities, her necessity to her partner, and how strong they are as a duo.
I’d like to watch this episode again right now, but I’ll have to wait until its available tomorrow. I was engaged in the story, and the characters. I want more from the writers of this episode.
*I love Lestrade - he is rough and annoying but he is funny and has depth. Sean Pertwee does an excellent job - great characterization.
*Having Lestrade at the brownstone brought out the best again from Holmes and Watson. They talked to each other as friends, they joked, they worked together. I enjoy the mom and dad type talks they had about Lestrade.
*I love Joan still there protecting Sherlock from temptation, telling Lestrade to get out much like she told Rhys. It may no longer be her job, but Sherlock’s sobriety is still a priority for her.
*I like the equality with which Sherlock is treating Joan - he asked her what she thought - doesn’t sound like much but he usually only listens to his own opinions.
*Sherlock dismantling ticking time bombs - metaphor. Her faith in him to the point of staying also metaphor.
*The double reverse thing they did with Lestrade believing Sherlock had helped - well played - I fell for it. They threw in that clip of Sherlock’s phony phone accents at the beginning to lead us astray.
*Next weeks preview left me with an unsettled feeling. I think the coming peril to the partnership maybe less a villain than a disease. Might explain the sad Sherlock promo stills from next weeks episode. Probably wrong, usually am.
That’s all for now. I’ll be spouting more unsolicited opinions on the rewatch.