Elementary Season 2 Review “All in the Family”

On the latest episode of “Elementary,” it was all about keeping it “All in the Family,” and I don’t mean that old sitcom. Nope, this was the “Goodfellas” type of family, down to the presence of a vet of that classic Mob movie, Paul Sorvino, who’s been down this road enough that he’s probably an honorary member of “The Family.” Ditto Vincent Curatola, who played Johnny “Sack” on “The Sopranos.”

Of course, if you believe the hype, there really is no Mob anymore, but that wasn’t the only Family in question here. The show also explored the various other types of families out there, and what can happen when anyone is disloyal. There was also the police department, Holmes’ mini-family of himself, Watson and a few select others at the precinct; plus, Bell’s new home at Demographics, which proved to have a Mob connection as well. Then there was Big Brother, aka The NSA, which helped Holmes and Watson get to the bottom of what appeared to be a Mob-related crime at first, but was actually more Mob-adjacent.

Instead, it was actually about the Deputy Commissioner trying to cover his dubious tracks, which included covering for the Mob when it actually was much more of a cause for concern. Looking to clean house and keep his wrongdoings in the past, the DC started covering all of his bases, cleverly using old beefs to cause former Mob guys to start a brief war that involved car bombings, double-crosses, and headless and handless corpses in a toxic barrel while the head and hands in question were dissolved in battery acid. Good times.

And he would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those meddling consultants, Holmes and Watson. Although, in the end, it was actually more Bell that ultimately took him down, which I’m guessing makes him wish he thought twice about hiring the guy when he fell on hard times. Whoops! Oh well, he can always mull over that particular bit of business in the clink.

This was a reasonably fun episode, with some neat twists amongst the typical Mob-style shenanigans. The DC angle was clever and made sense when you put all the pieces together, and I liked the way the case finally allowed Holmes and Bell to finally let bygones be bygones after some decidedly strained relations over the past few episodes. Hell, Holmes even said some relatively nice things to Bell, albeit in his typical obtuse, talking around the point sort of way. Whatever the case, it got Bell back into the police department where he belongs, so all’s well that ends well.

Some neat touches throughout the episode included the bits with Holmes tested explosives in a metal box, much to Watson’s chagrin- and surprise- as well as the amusing business about “plushies,” and Bell’s commanding bust at the end. I also liked Watson’s style in this particular episode, from her fab dress at the beginning to her private-eye type hat later on.

Oh, and fun fact for all of you who grew up in the 90s: Bell’s partner early on in the episode was none other than actress Wendy Hoopes, aka the voice of Jane Lane and Helen and Quinn Morgendorffer in MTV’s much-beloved cult fave, “Daria.” Pretty cool!

All in all, a pretty solid episode of “Elementary” all around. What did you think of the episode? Get a kick out of the Mob stuff? How about Holmes’ wacky experiments? Glad he and Bell finally made peace? Do you totally want Watson’s boss fedora? Did I just make you want to re-watch “Daria” again? Sound off on this and more down below and see you next episode!