Elementary Season 1 Review “A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs” – Just Say No!

While there have been better cases in Elementary, the set up of this week’s episode: “A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs” was one of the best that I’ve seen on any procedural cop show. In an extremely smart move by the Elementary writers, the opening scene shows a young woman being completely smart by not letting in the stranded motorist knocking at her door. The guy explains that his car broke down, his cell phone isn’t working, and he just really needs to make a call. Since this is a story straight out of an urban legend book, I was cheering for her and her cautiousness the entire time. Let’s face it, the guy’s story was extremely flimsy.

However, it turns out I was totally wrong – if the girl would have let the stranded motorist inside he probably would have prevented her from being kidnapped. Turns out his story was true, and the real danger lurked inside her apartment. So creepy and extremely well played Elementary.

It turns out that the kidnapped woman is the daughter of Sherlock’s old drug dealer, Rhys. Rhys, played by John Hannah of The Mummy, explains to Sherlock that the kidnappers are keeping his daughter until Rhys pays up a debt that he owes. From here the crime story line of the plot gets tired and boring, but the character development is crazy!

Sherlock keeps coming up empty on leads to find the girl. Watson is freaking out that Rhys is back in the picture and is afraid that even being around him for a brief period of time will send Sherlock spiraling back to using. In an extremely tense scene between Rhys and Sherlock it appears that the detective might actually believe his old dealer when he tells him that Sherlock was a better investigator when he was using.

Apparently cocaine allows you to think more creatively, and as Sherlock keeps coming up empty it seem like he just might take a hit from the stash that Rhys so generously provided. It would have been a great way to get Watson to say on for a few more months, but Sherlock uses the “just say no” technique and tells Rhys to get out of his life for good.

Johnny Lee Miller is fantastic, and is really able to dig deep into Sherlock’s struggle and make you feel for the guy and the issues he has to deal with.

Good episode, lackluster story line, but great performances as always.