Elementary “For All You Know” Review Season 3 Episode 16

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In the latest episode of “Elementary,” the shoe was on the other foot, as it were, when Holmes himself was thought to be the culprit in the murder of a house cleaner named Maria, in “For All You Know.” Of course, it’s standard practice for crime procedurals to have the occasional show like this, where the main characters themselves fall under suspicion of a crime, but this being “Elementary,” you had to wonder if there was something more going on, especially as the crime in question fell under the period during which Holmes was very much still under the influence of various drugs and was so out of sorts that even he wasn’t sure what he did or didn’t do during that time period.

Naturally, Watson begged to differ, saying that even Holmes at his worst was no murderer, but was she right, or just fooling herself? For that matter, was this the work of an outside influence- such as Moriarty, aka Irene- seeking to frame Holmes for a murder they committed but knew he couldn’t prove he didn’t? In the end, naturally, Holmes proved innocent of any wrongdoing, just as Watson predicted, but instead of being the handiwork of the likes of Moriarty, it was instead the work of someone much more random, who just so happened to know of Holmes’ line of work and took advantage of that by pointing the cops in his direction.

Actually, more to the point, the murderer didn’t know of Holmes’ involvement at all until late in the game, but made the fatal mistake of hiring a false witness to drive home the fact that Holmes did it, once he realized Holmes couldn’t account for his whereabouts at the time of the murderer, let alone remember what he did or didn’t do. Ultimately, it was this last bit of business that did him in, as the faux witness was traced back to him and confessed to being hired by the culprit in question, Robert Barclay (Gary Wilmes, “Louie”), who also just so happened to be Maria’s employer at the time of her murder.

Turns out that Maria had discovered Barclay acting suspiciously, followed him and found some bloody clothes and took them, stashing them away until she found out about Holmes. As an illegal alien, she was wary of coming forward with what she knew, so going to Holmes felt like a more viable alternative. Unfortunately for her, Holmes was out of his gourd at the time, and his associate/dealer, Oscar (Michael Weston, “House, M.D.”), had stashed the bloody clothes as a sort of insurance policy, lest the murder come back to incriminate him, as he was the one who pointed Maria in Holmes’ direction in the first place.

Thankfully, once Watson retrieved said clothes and presented them to Holmes, he recognized the shirt from a picture in Barclay’s office and was able to put the pieces together from there, albeit from behind bars, as by then, he had been arrested. Now, one could well complain that this last bit was a bit convenient in the grand scheme of things, I suppose. Not so much that the clothes had been stashed away by Oscar- that made sense, as he was using and paranoid at the time of the murder- but that Barclay just happened to have a photograph of himself wearing the shirt on display when Holmes visited his office previously, which directly led to Holmes figuring out he’d done it. But still, the case had to be solved one way or another, so what are you going to do? It is what it is, I suppose.

Ultimately, though, I wasn’t so much disappointed by the case at hand or its solution, as I was that it wasn’t Irene/Moriarty who did it, if I’m being honest. Of course, I realize that’s unfair, as I can’t let my desire to have that character return overwhelm my critique of the episode at hand, so I won’t. Instead, I’ll simply say that, despite the perhaps too clean way the crime was solved, this was certainly an illuminating episode, in that it gave us a glimpse of the kind of man Holmes was when he was under the influence. Though no one was harder on that person than Holmes himself was, Watson quite correctly pointed out that, no matter how bad things might have been at the time, Holmes was still a good person deep down, and as such, not capable of something as heinous as murder under the worst of circumstances, which proved true.

I also liked that Holmes, in spite of Oscar’s meddling to save his own skin- which could well have sunk Holmes had he not admitted he had the bloody clothes to Watson like he did- still opted to try and help Oscar himself get clean in the end, even while he further distanced himself from him. That shows some real growth on his part, in that he essentially tried to pay it forward as it were, in spite of his not really owing Oscar anything, as Oscar had only enabled him at the time and could well have gotten him in serious trouble, had Watson not gone after him like she did. I don’t know that Oscar will ever get clean, but it would certainly be interesting if the tables were turned and he was the one that needed Holmes to help him out of a jam, which might well happen someday.

All in all, a good episode, even if the case was wrapped up a little too tidily in the end. I suppose that sort of thing is to be expected from time to time in a crime procedural, so I will let it slide, as at the very least, it shed some light on the person Holmes was under the influence, which was valid information for fans of the show to have, and thus, made the episode as a whole worthwhile. It also showed that, though Holmes may have thought the worst of himself during that time, the same cannot be said of his friends, which was a valid lesson for him to have learned. It’s always nice to know someone has got your back, even under the worst of times.

That said, I do wonder if there will be a big mystery set-up before the end of the season, regardless of whether it involves Moriarty or not. That didn’t seem to be true from the preview of next week’s episode, but you never know. More often than not, though, that does seem to be the case, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if it is this season. If so, they better hurry, as the season doesn’t have much further to go- two episodes more, if imbd.com is correct. Although that’s only a total of nineteen episodes, so there may be more to come, as most seasons tend to go for over twenty, typically twenty-two to twenty-four. Fingers crossed that it proves to be the case here, as this has, more often than not, been a really great season.

What did you think of the latest episode of “Elementary”? Did you think for a minute that Holmes was guilty? Or were you with Watson all the way in that he didn’t have it in him to kill someone in cold blood, even under the influence? Were you happy to see that everyone had Holmes’ back? Did you find the way Holmes solved the case to be a bit iffy? Do you think the show will set up another big mystery before the end of the season, or will they wait and see if the show is renewed and set up another long-term mystery next season, like the one with Kitty this season? Let me know what you think down below, and I’ll see you next week!