Elementary Season 2 Review “The Many Mouths of Andrew Colville”

Hard to believe, but the latest episode of “Elementary” actually managed to live up to its thoroughly mental title, “The Many Mouths of Andrew Colville.” There were a whole lot of mouths, or more specifically, bites, involved in this episode, and not all of them belonged to Colville. We started with one such bite, as, if I understood this correctly, a mortician high on something (PCP, I think) and formaldehyde- aka “wet,” according to Holmes- slipped and fell into a corpse which left a set of bite marks on him and then hit the ground hard enough to kill himself on the impact of the floor.

Meanwhile, a robber who stole from the corpse, and possibly the mortician, was forced to hide in the freezer when the cops arrived, where Holmes found him still posing as a corpse under a sheet until the coast was clear. That about right? Pretty crazy stuff.

As if that weren’t enough, the bite aspect brought in another detective, who thought the case might be related to another she worked on involving the titular Colville, who was accused of likewise biting his victims in two murders in the general vicinity in 2005. Now the murders had started up again, potentially exonerating Colville for the crimes, as he had died on the operating table some time ago. If it was proven that Colville was actually innocent, it would entitle his mother to potential millions in a wrongful internment lawsuit.

The twist was that that table in question was manned by Watson’s former co-worker, Dr. Fleming, who she always suspected took his time helping Colville because he thought the man was guilty and wanted him to die. But how to prove it one way or another? Holmes opted to contact the mysterious computer-based collective known as “Everyone” by debasing himself in increasingly hilarious ways, starting with the above-pictured act, wearing a sign which asked passers-by to punch Holmes to help catch a murderer, which many gleefully opted to do without question.

This resulted in a massive pile of local dental records, which they matched to another convict, who remarkably, also had the same teeth as Colville. It turned out that Colville had his teeth molded in prison and the mold was used to make dentures for several convicts, hence the wacky title. One by one they were eliminated, until Holmes discovered, buried in the files, that the dental assistant also had the teeth- and a prison record.

The assistant made a break for it, in part to save his cancer-ridden dog (!), which Holmes discovered after “Everyone” dug up his deleted social media pages. This time around, they had Holmes sing the soundtrack to “Frozen” in a prom dress, which I would have given almost anything to see, least of all since they declared his renditions even better than the original! Adele Nazeem, I mean, Idina Menzel, watch your back!

Eventually, it was proven that Colville’s mother, who also had a pair of her late son’s choppers, had done the deed to clear her son of any wrongdoing and make herself a little coin in the process. But the not-so-good Dr. Fleming confided to Watson off the record that the man himself confessed on his deathbed that he’d actually done it in the first place, so mom was wrong if she thought her son was innocent, but one thing’s for sure: crazy definitely runs in the family. And teeth, apparently.

Let’s face it, this was a nutty episode, between the multiple teeth high-jinks to the “Everyone” shenanigans to doggie ailments to turtle cozies, prom dresses and Disney soundtracks (oh my!). I don’t know who came up with this stuff, but they must have had a hit of whatever that mortician was on in the initial death. Although I can’t imagine anyone figuring out where all this was going at any given juncture- hell, even Holmes needed help multiple times on this one- it was a wild ride while it lasted.

I gotta say, as many crime procedurals as I’ve watched over the years, it’s actually nice when one throws me for a loop now and then, and it’s even more fun when it throws Holmes for one. Though it may well have been borderline unsolvable to anyone in their right mind, it was certainly never boring. And that’s a win, as far as I’m concerned. Though I have to count points off for not showing Holmes making like Anna & Elsa (I know, I know: Let it go…It was never going to happen, but you can just see it in your mind’s eye, can’t you?), the scene in the park with the sign and the turtle cozies almost made up for it. Well played, “Elementary.”

What did you think of “Elementary” tonight? Don’t even lie and act like you figured it out right away, but did you at least enjoy it? I thought it was definitely one of the funnier concepts, if a bit out there overall. Still, those of us who know our Holmes, also know that so could the original stories, from time to time. Hey, points for originality, at the very least. Sound off on the madness below, and see you next time!