Elementary Season 2 Review “Corpse De Ballet”

On the latest episode of “Elementary,” we got to see Holmes’ inner fanboy come to light, with somewhat surprising results, in “Corpse De Ballet,” which apparently got its name from whoever’s in charge of punning things up lately on CBS- see also “CSI” this week. So, can’t say I wasn’t surprised to see that Holmes was a ballet fan, and I certainly don’t blame him for being attracted to the unmitigated hottie redhead Iris Lanzer, especially as played by Aleksa Palladino, of “Boardwalk Empire” and a personal favorite of mine, “Manny & Lo,” with another hottie occasional redhead, a young Scarlett Johansson. That said, way to close that deal!

Of course, we discovered that both were using each other completely, which kind of makes them a perfect match, if you think about it. Holmes was looking for tell-tale signs she hadn’t murdered a fellow ballerina in line for her role, while Iris was looking to take attention away from her as a suspect, or at least drown her sorrows, as it turned out that she was, in fact, in love with said competition. Unfortunately, said ballerina ended up doing the splits, and in the worst of ways- she was found literally sawed in half. Man, that must have been one hell of a pirouette!

In the end, it turned out to be her own lawyer, looking to beef up his profile with a celebrity murder case that he planned to clear her of during trial (without her knowledge), until Holmes put a stop to it. I didn’t have a problem with the premise and seeing fanboy Holmes hook up with the object of his affection was cute, but the solution here left a bit to be desired. I get how Holmes figured out the lawyer did it, with the automatic door noise, but the motive was a bit dubious, and the way they busted the guy even more so, and a tad too convenient for my tastes. I found myself thinking of (mild spoiler alert) “Scream 2,” and not in a good way.

That said, I actually liked the B-Storyline with Watson a little more, at least in terms of it making more sense, logically. Not just because I enjoy seeing Watson solve one, as I mentioned in the past liking, but because it was actually pretty compelling. We found out that Watson’s real dad was schizophrenic- which means it could well happen to her someday. It also filled in the blanks on why she does what she does. Not the crime-solving, mind you, but her work with the homeless and the like.

As an added bonus, we even saw Holmes do something pretty selfless by his standards, when he offered to go out with her to the park and pass out some old blankets he had to the homeless, of his own accord. Those were some big moments on the show on an emotional level, especially on a show that revolves around someone who borders on sociopathic, when he’s not outright rude to nearly everyone.

Also, we only rarely get any background on Watson, and what we have gotten was never quite like this. To that end, saving those poor homeless guys that crazy woman and her husband had locked up in the basement and were stealing from was all the more a big deal in retrospect. Emotion is a hard-earned prospect on a show like this, but when they bring it, they don’t fool around. Nicely played all around, from that standpoint, even if the A-story was a bit of a letdown after the solid premise at hand.

What did you think of “Elementary” this week? Which did you like better, the ballerina plotline or the one about the missing homeless man? What did you think of Holmes’ fanboy crush? How about Watson’s big reveal? Glad to see Bell back on the case? Sound off on this and more below, and see you next episode!