Elementary S2 Ep3 – “We Are Everyone” Review

Joan and Sherlock consider the facts of the case.

I’ve always enjoyed CBS’s attempts to incorporate real-life situations into their shows. The minute I heard that a Florida man high on bath salts had attacked a man and attempted to eat his face, I began expecting the CSI: Miami episode in which a ‘zombie’  did the same. So I was looking forward to this week’s episode of Elementary, which looked like it would be tackling a shady, internet hacker group similar to the infamous “Anonymous.”

sj cafeThough it’s entertaining to watch Sherlock try and reason with “Everyone” while they subject him and Watson to a “life ruin” – sending 20 pizzas to their door, shutting off their electricity, publishing their phone numbers to dubious dating sites, demanding they send pictures of themselves with a shoe on their heads – the similarities between the Kleinfelter case and the real-life Assange/Anonymous case make the mystery too familiar to be totally intriguing. But, let’s be honest, that’s not why we all watch anyways. We want to know what fresh drama is stirring up around and between Joan and Sherlock.

Joan’s friend Emily, who staged an awkward but well-meaning ‘intervention’ last season when Joan revealed to her friends she was becoming a consulting detective, makes another appearance, this time expressing concern that Joan is spending too much time ‘chasing down bad guys’ and not enough time in ‘the real world’. Awkward but well meaning seems to be Emily’s M.O, as evidenced by her presenting Joan with a six-month subscription to a online dating site. Thankfully, Joan takes the gesture well.

I’m really happy with how this show is dealing with Joan’s evolving story. Though previous episodes prove she has her share of skeletons in the closet, she’s turning into a great example against the argument that women “can’t have it all”. Clearly she has her professional life in order. In the premiere, she shows off just how far her self-defense skills have come, apprehending a fleeing criminal, and in this episode, she steals a man’s watch, revealing that she has been teaching herself how to pick pockets and impressing even Sherlock. Just because she’s great at her job doesn’t mean there isn’t any room in her life for romance. Her decision to start dating online never comes across as desperate or weird. She’s in control of her life, and if she wants to date, she will.

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Side note, can we talk about the fact that Joan has had her profile for only a few days and yet she already has 32 ‘winks’? Girl’s got game!

While unraveling the case, Joan browses the online dating site and contacts a Jeff Heinz (played by Steve Kazee), who appears at the Brownstone’s door t make sure she’s okay after “Everyone” hacks her profile and sends him weird messages. He seems sweet, and I commend Kazee for being able to come across as such, when he very easily could have seemed creepy and stalkerish. It seems as though we will be seeing more of him in the future as well, as Joan promises to call him once “Everyone” gets off her back.

Joan later realizes that Sherlock is also in danger of getting lost in his work, in the wake of  last season’s big reveal that his beloved Irene Adler and his arch-nemesis Moriarty were in fact one and the same. When asked about it, he professes that he had always believed romantic love “a delusion”, and Moriarty’s betrayal of him only proved his belief correct, something he claims “liberated” him. He can now focus solely on what is necessary. He is a “post-love” Sherlock.

He is not, however, a post-friendship Sherlock, as Joan and Sherlock’s relationship continues to grow; he offers her a very awkward (and adorable) pat on the shoulder when she produces a key piece of evidence that allows them to catch a killer, and she expresses concern at his giving up on love, but especially his unwillingness to try and connect with other people. “I think it’s sad that you’ve given up,” she says to him as he studies a letter in his lap. “I think you have a lot to share if you cared to. I shouldn’t be the only one who knows you.” It’s always incredibly touching when Joan reminds us (and Sherlock himself!) that he’s not just a ridiculously amazing deduction machine. He’s a person, too, and Joan consistently sees that part of him.

As a nod to the literary canon from the writers, and a follow up on her last words of the episode, Joan begins writing “The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes” that night, wanting to capture and share with the world the adventures of her complicated and brilliant friend. In a way, I think she’s trying to bridge that divide between Sherlock and the world, even though Sherlock claims he doesn’t need or want to connect with anyone on such a deep, emotional level, by allowing the world a window into his life.

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I swear, if JLM doesn’t get an Emmy this year, tables will be flipped.

His claim is once again called into question when his voiceover, reading the contents of the letter in his lap, questioning whether or not it’s possible or worthwhile to truly ever know a person, fades slowly into that of (!!!) Jamie Moriarty, writing him from prison. Sherlock, looks disgusted as he reads the letter, but is unable to stop or throw it away. Obviously he was addicted to more than just heroin in the past, and I think this particular drug might be a good deal more difficult to quit.

I’m at once incredibly excited (it’s going to be such an interesting, harrowing, heart-breaking story) and truly dreading (it’s probably going to hurt like hell) where Sherlock seems to be going in terms of his relationship with Moriarty, but that only proves that when it comes to great writing and convincing characters, Elementary has got it all.

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