Elementary Season 2 Review “Internal Audit”

On the latest and last episode of the year of “Elementary,” we got a decidedly non-Christmas-y show called “Internal Audit” about the worst kinds of scumbags imaginable. This was one of those episodes about just how far humanity can sink, and it was not pretty. We began with a decidedly odd scenario, in which a clearly guilty guy was about to commit suicide after he’d been exposed by a local reporter with alleged fraud against his elite clientele in a Ponzi scheme. The odd part was that someone burst in and stopped him…by shooting out his knees. They then proceeded to torture the guy and write “thief” on his wall in his blood, leaving it for his personal chef to discover. What the what?

The crazy thing is, it got worse. It’s certainly understandable that someone would want to kill the guy that had bilked people for millions, but then, the reporter who had the proof turned up dead in the same fashion! It eventually turned out that the guy had killed himself because he found out that his partner-in-crime had done something even worse: he’d been embezzling millions from Holocaust survivors and their families, under the guise of reparations. Um, wow. Merry Christmas, everyone! Honestly, there’s a special circle of Hell for people who do stuff like this. I mean, I know it’s just fiction, but I can see this happening, and what an awful thing that is. Stealing from people is bad enough, but Holocaust survivors and their families? Ugh. How revolting.

All of that said, this was a pretty fantastic episode all around. The central mystery was fascinating- and fascinatingly perverse- and the tangential stuff was equally compelling, especially Watson’s own moral issues with protecting her former client, even at the risk of a possible murderer going free and possibly killing someone else. It that had happened, she’d have been in the same boat as Holmes, who was still struggling with his own demons after what happened with Bell. I also liked the subplot with him and Alfredo and his serving as a sponsor for another fellow addict in recovery for the first time. That was a nice touch, and the various plotlines complimented one another wonderfully, I thought.

Not much negative to say about this one, to be honest. I also liked the way Watson found the murder suspect via “Generation Narcissism,” using skate videos to find him, and revealing her amusing knowledge of skateboarding terminology. Holmes reaction to all this was similarly priceless: “You speak idiot?” The way Watson was able to circumnavigate the rules in order to protect her former client was also nifty, and logical- elementary, my dear Watson, indeed.

Also neat was the art gallery bit, and the various weird paintings and sculptures and the like on display: neo-deconceptualists, huh? LOL. Oh, and that art gallery girl, Fabiana? Hubba hubba! (Her actual, less fabulous name is Rebecca Dayan. You’re welcome.) I liked the bit with the dots as well, and how Holmes figured out what was really going on.

Last but not least, I was happy to see Bell getting an offer for more gainful employment, given what happened to him. It would have sucked if he’d been stuck doing a desk job for the rest of his career. I wonder if Holmes had anything to do with his getting that job offer? Whatever the case, it looks like Bell will be joining a surveillance unit with the deputy commissioner, Frank Da Silva. Not too shabby.

All in all, a solid episode from start to finish, and definitely one of my favorites so far this season. What did you think of this episode of “Elementary”? Pretty twisted main plotline, right? Did you get a kick out of Holmes breaking into his sponsor’s house and car? Do you think Holmes will be a good mentor? Did you agree with the way Watson handled everything? Is robbing Holocaust victims the absolute worst or what? Sound off on this and anything else you please down below in the comments section, and see you next year!