Elementary Season 3 Review “Enough Nemesis to Go Around”

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On the latest episode of “Elementary,” our favorite sleuths continued to be at odds, not in the least because Holmes himself had dropped off the face of the earth to join MI6 and had made himself scarce ever since abandoning his apartment, and by extension, Watson. Not one to rest on Holmes’ laurels, Watson had instead made a name for herself as a respected detective in her own right in his absence. However, one suspect eluded her in particular, in the aptly-titled “Enough Nemesis to Go Around”: Elana March (Gina Gershon, of the immortally bad “Showgirls”), who had assumed the mantle of the drug cartel of which her husband used to run.

Finally landing a witness to testify against her, Elana was arrested after a lunch between her and Watson that was reminiscent of a somewhat similar one in the movie “Heat.” Alas, the witness and a bodyguard were killed in an elevator, under extreme, seemingly-impossible circumstances, as the lift traveled from one floor to another, with no signs of anyone else having been inside save the victims. It was, in other words, just the sort of locked-room mystery that appeals to Holmes, so it was perhaps inevitable that he would come out of the woodwork to help, especially since months had passed since there had been any headway in the case, and Elana, in lieu of any witness, was still getting away with all manners of stuff.

Revealing that he’d been fired from MI6, Holmes returned to New York, with the intention to return to working for Captain Gregson, who told him that he could only if he got permission from Watson, who had filled the consultant spot in his stead. Watson, however, was not entirely forthcoming with her blessing in that regard, and Holmes didn’t exactly help matters by sending her an “anonymous” lead using a pseudonym that she almost immediately recognized and which led her back to the seemingly deserted apartment they used to share. In his usual flourish for weird entrances, she discovered Holmes himself on the premises; clad in an oddball helmet he called the “Isolator.”

At first refusing his help, Watson was further incensed when she learned that Holmes had taken on a new protégée, Kitty Winter (Ophelia Lovibond, “Guardians of the Galaxy”), who had taken to tailing her around town at Holmes’ behest. At one point, they even got into a battle on the street with the same weapon, a stick that Holmes had taught both of them to wield, which was how she realized Kitty was following her not because of March, like she suspected, but because of Holmes.

Eventually, though, she had to accept Holmes’ help when he somewhat solved the “how” of the case, though she finished off the case all on her own. It turns out the hit-man had adopted a decidedly unconventional method of execution: he’d installed an electromagnetic device on the outside of the elevator and placed several bullets in the wall of the other side, and simply flipped the switch, causing the bullets to fly through those inside. (Or something like that.)

Watson figured out the rest, like the fact that the machine had to have been brought into the hotel in pieces, as it was too big to carry by one man otherwise. But video footage revealed that, while the hit-man had struggled with his luggage coming in, he did not leaving, which meant that the device must have still been there. Watson determined that it had been stashed in the oversized bench in the bathroom, which the hit-man had dismantled and put the device inside, also leaving the gloves he wore while doing so- and his fingerprints inside the gloves, which gave the cops the evidence they needed to bust him, and turn him against his employer. Faster than you can say “witness protection,” the hit-man was whisked away and March was arrested, finally.

This was a solid episode, with exactly the sort of great case that fans of the Sherlock Holmes characters love: the seemingly impossible to solve, locked-door mystery. However, what set this one apart wasn’t just the case, but the way the various characters had reassessed their priorities and shifted their lot in life accordingly.

Watson had stepped up to become a reliable and consistent detective in her own right, and even found time to land a boyfriend, Andrew Mittal (Raza Jaffrey, “Homeland”). Holmes had managed to avoid slipping into bad habits- backsliding into drugs again- and instead channeled his efforts into training a new “Watson,” yet one that was as different from her as night and day. (There were hints that she might have once been a drug abuser herself, which would make perfect sense as to why Holmes felt drawn to her.)

All in all, a really good premiere that wasn’t afraid to shake things up in a way that will undoubtedly have repercussions throughout the rest of the season. I can definitely see Watson and Kitty continuing to butt heads, given their contrasting styles, and the relationship between her and Holmes should stay frosty for some time yet, given the abrupt way he left in last season’s finale.

Likewise, things between Holmes and the Captain are chilly, as the latter basically said the two of them were never really friends, which I think hurt Holmes more than he would admit to. Holmes may think he belongs in New York when all is said and done, but he will nonetheless have to earn his way back to those he left behind when he joined MI6. (The reasons for his parting ways with MI6 should provide another source of interest over the course of the season and no doubt will come back into play later on.)

What did you think of the “Elementary” premiere? Did you like the way the show changed up the relationships between the various characters? Or do you wish that things would go back to the way they were? What do you make of Joan 2.0? (That would be Kitty.) How did Holmes find her? How about Watson’s own growth? Do you think she and Holmes will eventually partner up again, or will things continue to remain separate? What do you think really happened with Holmes and MI6? Sound off below and see you next week!