Elementary Season 2 Review “The Marchioness”

He’s back! On the latest “Elementary,” brother Mycroft (Rhys Ifans) was back in town, and Sherlock was none too amused…especially when he saw what came with him, in “The Marchioness.” Turns out it was none other than Nigella Mason (Olivia d’Abo), Mycroft’s ex-fiancée, as in the one Sherlock slept with behind his back. I guess Mycroft was over it, although, as the saying goes, the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. Who’d have thought it’d been Watson?

Yep, it turns out that Watson and Mycroft did indeed hook up back in London, which Watson did thinking that would be that, being as he was London-based and all. Fat chance that was going to go uncovered, least of all with Sherlock on the case. Although, to be fair, she might have gotten away with it if he hadn’t came to the States. Now, with a new restaurant opening, he’s got all the more reason to come calling again, as if the prospect of a second helping of Lucy Liu wasn’t enough.

Honestly, does that woman ever age? There’s not a lot of women in their mid-40s brave enough to sport a schoolgirl skirt, much less pull it off swimmingly as she did here. Nice going, and I will definitely have what she’s having. Sherlock, on the other hand, was none too amused, but his ribbing was priceless- “Was he any good at coitus?” I also got a kick out of him stabbing at Watson’s bed with a stick to see if Mycroft was lurking there. LOL.

Speaking of hidden Brits, who knew freaking Karen Arnold (as in “The Wonder Years” star Olivia d’Abo) was English? I guess even back then the Brits were stealing American roles! I honestly had no idea, but then there was no IMDB.com to verify such things back in the day, either. Whatever the case, Olivia is holding up nicely her own damn self. I guess the 40s are the new 30s.

The same could not be said for d’Abo’s character, who was up to no good here, as ever, given her past shenanigans with Sherlock. Being a “horse pimp” is shady-sounding enough, but a faux horse pimp? For shame! Well, that’s what she gets for going to the Holmes brothers for help, given their past history.

This was a reasonably entertaining episode, though I enjoyed the various dynamics on display between the brothers Holmes and Watson and the titular “Marchioness,” prickly though they might have been all around, than the main mystery at hand. At least Holmes had justifiable reason to be dubious of d’Abo’s character, as she turned out to be dirty in more ways than one.

I did enjoy the whole fake fingerprints gambit, and the fact that it was a tree that ultimately brought down the hit man in question. Can’t recall ever having seen that particular twist before! That was pretty diabolical, his using someone else’s fingerprints- not to mention pretty gross. I guess 13 murders was his unlucky number, although he did manage to cut a deal, thanks to his mob connections. I learned a lot from this episode, between what the hell a “Marchioness” was, to who the Robles were. Hey, it was new to me.

So, I guess Mycroft and Watson will be cooling it for now, for Sherlock’s sake, given his progress on staying clean. I liked his monologue at the beginning about how he might have gotten clean sooner if it weren’t for all the interference caused by all the modern technology these days, which he found overwhelming on the whole. Interesting rationale for using drugs, I thought. From the looks of the preview, he’ll be returning to London yet again next week, so it will be interesting to see whether Watson and Mycroft can continue to cool it. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

So, what did you think of “Elementary” this week? Glad to see Mycroft again? How about d’Abo? Did you enjoy the mystery at hand? Looking forward to a return trip to London? Sound off below in the comments section and I’ll see you next week!