Elementary (2012–2019)
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A Controlled Descent 

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Holmes and Watson take on an investigation of a personal nature when Holmes' friend and former recovery sponsor Alfredo suddenly disappears.


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Episode cast overview:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Sherlock Holmes
Lucy Liu ... Dr. Joan Watson
Jon Michael Hill ... Detective Marcus Bell
Aidan Quinn ... Captain Thomas Gregson
Ato Essandoh ... Alfredo Llamosa
Michael Weston ... Oscar Rankin
Jason Kolotouros ... Agitated Man
Brenda Pressley ... Estella Llamosa
Patrick Page ... Jonathan Bloom
Matthew Saldivar Matthew Saldivar ... Neil Kopecky
Elia Monte-Brown ... Kamala
Maceo Oliver ... Nassau County Uni


Holmes and Watson take on an investigation of a personal nature when Holmes' friend and former recovery sponsor Alfredo suddenly disappears.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

14 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In the first scene, in which Sherlock and Alfredo are watching movies on the roof, Alfredo says "I told you, I grew up on these guys. Channel 11 used to run their movies every Sunday" to which Sherlock replies "I also have the one with Frankenstein's monster". In a 2011 stage adaptation of Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle Jonny Lee Miller played the Creature as well as Victor Frankenstein switching every night. Benedict Cumberbatch played either the Creature or Victor Frankenstein respectively. See more »


At 26:50, Joan is shown to pick up the phone call and put the mobile phone on her ear. It is not possible for the phone to be on a screen other than call screen. See more »


Alfredo Llamosa: Everything is evidence to you.
Sherlock Holmes: What is existence but the absorption of and reaction to the data that the universe presents. You can either grasp these truths or you can misinterpret them to your constant and considerable agitation.
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Leaves Like Glass
Performed by Woods
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Sherlock's Addiction Solution should be Smarter
12 July 2015 | by suzn_kingSee all my reviews

Overall, I love this show.

This review is specific to a topic that has been crucial to all of the seasons of Elementary and that is the topic of addiction. I have struggled ever since season one, with the creator's decision to use Alcoholics Anonymous as Sherlock's program. Certainly this must have come from lack of research, since it seems obvious that the modern Sherlock would have chosen a science based program like SMART Recovery over AA. Likewise, the modern sober companion, Watson, also would have recommended this. It is frustrating to watch as the show does great things to enlighten the public about the realities of being an addict but then it is sad that the solution that the show promotes is not a "smart" one and not likely the one Sherlock would choose.

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