Elementary Season 2 Review “Ears to You”

Well, it was bound to happen. After deciding he’d had quite enough of Holmes and his, um, cocks, Lestrade finally took matters into his own hands on the latest episode of “Elementary.” After getting mugged on the way home from a bar, he went on a mission to find the culprit, with a little help from Watson. Or was it Holmes? As it turns out, a little of both, but mostly Lestrade’s own ingenuity, albeit working a bit overtime. It happens.

After tracking the mugger down a little too easily, Lestrade realized some things were too good to be true, and after he confronted the man in question and saw a rooster feather on the floor, he recognized what had happened. It was all an elaborate set-up to help Lestrade regain his confidence as a detective after being down in the dumps for so long. Probably not the first time Holmes’ cocks have gotten him in trouble, and it probably won’t be the last. Except, in this case, Holmes actually had nothing to do with it, but that didn’t stop him for taking credit for it, naturally. (Although I did love the notion of Holmes flirting with Lestrade under the guise of a fake voice!)

I really like the Lestrade character, so this plotline was a blast for me, and hot on the heels of the announcement that actor Sean Pertwee had landed the role of Alfred in the TV “Batman” spin-off, “Gotham,” about the rise of Commissioner Gordon. Pretty sweet gig, that. As this is a prequel, that probably means that Alfred’s going to be kicking some booty in this iteration, or that would be my guess, and that should be fun to see. Hopefully, it won’t stop Pertwee from dropping into “Elementary” now and again.

In terms of the main crime at hand, it was actually a pretty twisted take on the whole did-he-or-didn’t-he kill the missing wife trope, a la “The Fugitive” or “Presumed Innocent” or the like. The story revolved around a man who’d been living under a shadow for years after his wife disappeared out of the blue, with most everyone convinced he’d killed her. However, he insisted that he even went so far as to pay ransom for her benefit, only to be ripped off, with his wife never to be seen again.

Now, years later, someone else wanted to offer him another crack at getting his wife back, this time sending the ickiest of care packages. Perhaps he should have checked the box for David Lynch’s name, because who else would send someone a severed ear? A DNA check showed that it was indeed his wife’s ears but this time, the guy brought the cops into matters, only to kill the guy who was charged to pick up the ransom money, and thus, their one lead. Whoops!

Well, as it turns out, the guy actually was innocent, even if he was guilty of being a bit of a creeper. His wife was alive and well, and had gotten clean and sober, recruiting a fellow former addict to pick up her “ransom” money. She’d also landed herself a plastic surgeon husband, and they’d concocted the wildest scheme outside of that crazy episode of “Nip/Tuck” with the mouse that they grew an ear on. (Don’t ask.) Here, they “grew” ears, or whatever, out of the wife’s back, “harvested” them and sent them along to the former hubby for ransom number two. What the what? Is this even a thing? If so, eww.

So, needless to say, this was all pretty damned crazy-town, and I’m not entirely sure if it’s scientifically sound, but it sure was interesting at the very least. I can’t imagine anyone predicting this sort of outcome under the best of circumstances. I did figure the husband was innocent, overall, which he was, but I certainly didn’t see the ear thing coming. Or hear it, for that matter. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) It was nothing if not original, that’s for sure.

Between that and the Lestrade plotline, this was a pretty enjoyable episode of “Elementary,” I thought. I really liked the way they resolved his story, with Lestrade regaining his dignity, even while getting it so wonderfully wrong. It was truly the Bizarro Holmes, if you think about it: an over-elaborate convoluted solution that wasn’t even remotely right, save in that Lestrade got the man who mugged him. Beyond that, the rest was hilariously wrong, but oh so right in terms of amusement value, especially in retrospect. I almost wish Lestrade had been right about Holmes, if only for that one phone call, LOL.

As it stands, good stuff. What did you think of the episode? Did you like the resolution of the Lestrade story? How about seeing him deck the mugger in one punch- and then get disappointed he didn’t fight back more? Or his nutty conspiracy theory about Holmes? What about the crazy ear thing? Is that really a thing? If so, that is all kinds of wrong. Sound off, as it were, down below- see what I did there?- and I’ll see you next time!