Elementary Season 3 Review “The Eternity Injection”

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On the latest episode of “Elementary,” as Holmes struggles with depression over his sobriety- or some might say, depression with his sobriety- a new case comes in, in “The Eternity Injection.” As ever, it was intended for Watson, but Holmes can’t keep himself from pilfering one of her cases yet again. This one involves a missing nurse, who’s being sought out by a friend, and was known by her to be heavily in debt to some local lenders.

Alas, Holmes finds her body in a dumpster behind a bar in short order, after summoning Watson and Kitty to join him. She has a list of drug dosages on her that are perplexing to Watson, and DNA under her fingernails, possibly from her attacker. Said DNA leads to yet another dead body, this one found in the park, looking uncharacteristically disheveled. An investigation leads to the discovery that both received large sums of cash from a company called Purgatorium, Inc, which certainly doesn’t sound on the up and up.

Other clues lead the team to believe that the nurse was participating in administering drugs in an experimental trial, which the dead man was a part of, and which appears to have caused extensive brain damage. But were there others? Stuck in a dead end, Holmes seeks out “Everyone,” the internet collective, who task him with writing a treatise as to why Bella should have been with Jacob over Edward in the “Twilight” series, which I would have really loved to have seen. As it was, his diagram about it was pretty funny, what I saw of it. Hopefully, someone will have a still of it online by tomorrow so I can take a closer look.

“Everyone” delivers four more names, some of whom are dead, others who are missing, notably Lewis Carlisle (Luke Robertson, “The Americans”). They find him and in exchange for his protection, he tells them everything he knows, which isn’t much. He gives them a description of the doctor in charge, and Holmes deduces from talking to him, among other things, that the drug causes one’s brain’s perception of time to be affected, so that one minute can feel extended to an hour and so forth. It’s sort of a “fountain of youth” drug, in a sense, albeit one with deadly side effects.

Holmes discovers the identity of the doctor, Dwyer Kirk (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.- aka “Bar-B-Que Bob” from “The Walking Dead”), and that he has a sick aunt he dotes on. They go to the hospital that treats her and arrest him, but he refuses to give up his financial benefactor. Holmes tracks him down nonetheless, and it turns out to be James Connaughton (Dakin Matthews, “Desperate Housewives”), who is dying- hence the need for a “fountain of youth”-style drug. He denies it, but his personal nurse admits he knew about it and turns on him. Alas, Connaughton has already taken the drug himself by then, so there’s nothing to do but call the ambulance.

As the main case was sort of meh, the big draw here was Holmes’ struggle for sobriety, which thankfully, he was able to maintain, thanks to the case at hand, despite avoiding meetings and giving Watson and sponsor Alfredo (Ato Essandoh, “Blue Bloods”) the run-around throughout the episode. Both were clearly concerned, with Watson ultimately offering to move back in with him, which he refused. He claims that it was touch-and-go for a while, but mostly because he was bored with sobriety more than anything else, and agrees to start going to meetings again, it will make them all feel better about his situation. This is good news, indeed, even if simply going to a meeting is no guarantee of anything, really.

The real test is whether or not Holmes will be able to maintain his sobriety, in light of his restlessness with the program, and talking about it. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but so far, so good. Also worth noting was Holmes’ shenanigans with Odin, the talking car alarm system that Alfredo tasked him with defeating, which he was finally able to do in the end. So, obviously, the subplots were far more interesting than the main case at hand, but I can live with that.

What did you think of the latest episode of “Elementary”? Are you glad Holmes is hanging in there, or do you think he’ll eventually slip? What did you make of the main case? Do you think Watson will move in, anyway, despite Holmes’ protest? Sound off on this and anything else you like down in the comments section below, and see you next week!