Elementary: Season 2, Episode 5

Ancient History (24 Oct. 2013)

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Holmes and Watson find themselves digging through the dark world of the mob to find a killer when they discover the body of a former assassin.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lara Banin
Jennifer Sayles
Russell Gertz
M.E. Reginald 'Rex' Hawes
Travis Hardwick
Misha Kuznetsov ...
Marko Zubkov
Dr. Michael Glassman
Sasha Zubkov
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When Holmes doesn't get a new case to work, he decides to find one by going to the morgue. He finds one; a man who was supposedly killed while riding his motorcycle. Holmes discovers that he's an assassin from Poland. The thing that gets to him is that Holmes thinks that the man killed someone before he died. So Holmes tries to find out who would want to kill him. His wife claims that he was a good man who found God. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Two problems with the brief chess scene between Holmes and the morgue doctor. (1) The board was arranged incorrectly, the white corner square appears under the left side rook (should be on the right), and (2) There is a Ponziani Opening, but Holmes' opponent could not identify it after one move, it is identified after White's 3rd move. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: Actually, it was she who initiated our dalliance. She's an aggressive and I may say, limber woman, your friend.
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Some elementary writing
28 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really like Elementary even though it is not really true to Sherlock Holmes and more of a renamed CSI program, but it is still entertaining if you can suspend yourself from the original stories.

This is probably one of my least favorite episodes. Sherlock is bored because there are no recent murder cases, so he and Watson to the morgue to look for any possible assignments. Of course they find one. Based on a dead body, Sherlock discovers that the deceased man had murdered someone the day before. He further investigates that this man was connected to a Russian mob and a deal gone south. They eventually find out "who done it."

The thing I really did not like about this episode was the sub-plot. The story opens with Watson at the market with her friend. During their conversation her friend, Jen, opens up to Watson that she had a one night stand a year ago. That was the only time she ever met him and she has not seen him since. She asks Watson to look into finding this erstwhile man, Tony, because Jen thinks that this one-night-stand-man is "the one." C'mon seriously!? I know there are girls in this world who are probably that desperate or stupid to believe a one-night-stand is their dream partner for life, but it seems a stretch that Watson would hang around such a naive girl like this. Joan Watson is a very smart person, an ex-surgeon and now an aspiring detective. So, not only does she offer to help find "Mr. Right," but as she is digging into it (against Sherlock's judgment), Holmes reveals later that the one night stand was him. Somehow he knew who she was talking about and when this happened etc. though it does not show any this in the show, it must be assumed they talked about it at some other point. At the end Watson has coffee with Jen to which Watson realizes that Jen met up with Holmes again for another rendezvous. It is at this point that Jen discovers that he is not "the one" as she recognizes that Sherlock is a bit too weird for her.

An example of frivolous writing. The writers missed the mark with this irrelevant side story.

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