Elementary (2012– )
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A Difference in Kind 

Vikner's diabolical maneuvering to secure his position becomes known. Sherlock concocts a plan to unseat him only to unwittingly enable a power struggle the ends of which he could barely have believed possible.

Director:

John Polson

Writers:

Robert Doherty (created by), Jason Tracey | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Sherlock Holmes
Lucy Liu ... Dr. Joan Watson
Jon Michael Hill ... Detective Marcus Bell
John Noble ... Mr. Morland Holmes
Aidan Quinn ... Captain Thomas Gregson
Tony Curran ... Joshua Vikner
Jeremy Bobb ... Agent Gary Burke
John Procaccino ... Christopher Gray
Roma Chugani ... Zoya Hashemi
Susan Cella Susan Cella ... Nurse
Gregory Jones ... FBI Agent #1
Joe Curnutte ... FBI Agent #2
KeiLyn Durrel Jones ... Bodyguard #1
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Storyline

Holmes and Watson's lives are threatened by an influential, worldwide criminal network connected to the murder attempt on Morland Holmes (John Noble). Also, Sherlock's grievances with his father threaten their alliance to bring their mutual adversary to justice.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14
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Release Date:

8 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Goofs

As an employee of the United States Postal Service, Autumn Dunbar's murder would make the investigation of her murder a federal case, but it would not fall under the jurisdiction of the FBI. Crimes committed by and against postal employees are investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), which is the law enforcement division of the US Postal Service. USPIS's jurisdiction is defined as "crimes that may adversely affect or fraudulently use the U.S. Mail, the postal system or postal employees." See more »

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: So do you supposed your sister will help us sell this place?
Dr. Joan Watson: That's a good question. We can ask her over dinner... We should ask Marcus to join too.
Sherlock Holmes: What does he know about real estate?
Dr. Joan Watson: Probably nothing. But he's single and so is Lin.
Sherlock Holmes: And to think my father thought *I* was the greatest threat to our circle of friends.
Dr. Joan Watson: What's the worst that could happen?
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S4: Professionally made, but disjointed and lacking a really strong narrative drive and patience
18 September 2016 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The fourth season of Elementary did not surprise me by managing to lift itself from a third season which was a noticeable step down from the previous two. I am not sure why it bothered me more this time, but the episodic nature of the show was more apparent – too much felt like it was of no consequence. Part of this is just the nature of 'case-of-the-week' but in this season it was also related to how many plot plots seemed unnatural and didn't really seem to serve a function other than filling time. The father, the half- sister, the relationship, the cop battling Watson, and so on – very little really had a weight to it that is needed to provide that backbone to a show like this.

The cases continue to be pretty distracting and entertaining, although there are probably too many this season where they didn't get a consistently high standard. They were all professionally done, and the cast all did their usual work, but there was not as much fleeting fun here, while also lacking that aforementioned meat. It is a shame because there are elements in here which deserved better – the introduction of Moreland, the return of Moriarty's organization, but they are used more as 'big ideas' perhaps to try to get the viewers in, rather than really making the most of either of them.

I am outside the US, but I understand the show was moved to a Sunday night slot for this season. Usually this signals a loss of confidence in the show, and I assume the fifth season will probably be the last. Hopefully they can regroup, deliver some enjoyable "case" episodes, but also produce a strong core thread which builds across the whole year and makes for a satisfying ending. The last two seasons suggest they can't, but hopefully they can find it.


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