Elementary “One Watson, One Holmes” Review (Season 3 Episode 19)

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On the latest episode of “Elementary,” we got an interesting- and complicated- one, in the aptly-titled “One Watson, One Holmes.” Of course, given that the case revolved around the ever-complex workings of “Everyone,” the anonymous collective of internet geniuses that occasionally help Holmes from time to time (albeit not without typically humiliating him on some level), I suppose that’s to be expected. Not being a super-genius myself, I will do my best to explain it, but you might have to humor me a bit if I get some of the intricacies wrong.

Basically, it started with one of “Everyone” coming to Holmes for help this time around, a punky-haired emo type named Petros Franken (Joseph Cross, of “Running with Scissors” fame), aka the member who had Holmes do the “Twilight”-themed prank a few episodes back. Naturally, he went by an alter-ego, which given that name, would be understandable, if he hadn’t opted to go with “Sucking Chest Wound” as his chosen moniker!

Anyway, according to him, there was some in-fighting amongst the collective which was threatening to tear “Everyone” apart, with some of them wanting to wanting to go in a more radical political direction, a la the Guy Fawkes type in “V for Vendetta,” with others, like Petros, wanting to maintain their more mischievous anarchic spirit. Holmes, none too pleased one of them had shown up at his door, much less one that called himself “Sucking Chest Wound,” deferred the man, only to have him turn up as the lead suspect in the murder of rival “Everyone” member “Species.”

Of course, it’s up to Holmes to clear Franken’s name, after he’s jailed for the crime and insists he didn’t do it. First, he tracks down Franken’s claimed alibi, Rachel Carter (Lucy Owen, “Kelly & Cal”), who at first claims she doesn’t know Franken, but later confesses she was indeed having an affair with him and is actually the very much married Rachel Eddings, hence her lying about it at first. Rachel isn’t so much a member of “Everyone” as a sort of internet groupie of sorts, who works as a Wall Street investment banker, so she’s an unlikely suspect overall, so Holmes goes back to Franken for more information.

Franken says that “Species” had a huge cache of information on people he’d assembled that included a massive amount of credit card information and the like which could be worth millions, and that might actually be the real reason he was killed. However, Franken had no idea who “Species” really is, so Holmes begins the grueling process of sorting through a host of ridiculous web names to try and suss out who could actually be “Species” in disguise. In an amusing touch, amongst the suspects was a picture of Tay Zonday, aka the “Chocolate Rain” guy!

Watson notices that one of the suspect’s avatars is a picture of a Ducati, a high-end motorcycle with “sold” written across it. Correctly assuming that it might be a recent purchase on eBay or the like, she and Holmes are able to trace it back to “Munkey vs. Shark,” aka Caleb (Will Pullen, “The Americans”), who recently bought a host of expensive things, one of which was the Ducati, which he promptly wrecked and landed himself in the hospital because of. He’s cagey at first, but eventually admits that, while he stole a laptop belonging to “Species” some time ago, he didn’t kill him.

However, he claims that “Species” had a host of files that were even more incriminating and juicy than credit card records that he would willingly hand over, in exchange for having the charges against him dropped. The team agrees and he gives them a massive amount of boxed paper files, which Holmes and Watson are then forced to go through to determine who “Species” might be, as well as what might have gotten him killed. Holmes realizes, from the typing style, that “Species” is actually two people: the dead man, Errol White, and another, likely known as “Tesse.”

“Species” was sort of the hall monitor of the “Everyone” group, keeping tabs on them, which was the sort of job that no one person could do alone, hence there being two of them working together. Watson suspects that the secondary “Species” was the more radically political one and Holmes suggests that the other may have killed White, in order to intentionally cause a rift within the collective, amongst the radical and non-radical members.

Here’s where things got a bit confusing for me. As best as I can tell, there proved to be a connection to an Atherton Foundation, which had ties to the DSAC, with each paying each other for some task. It seems that the latter was looking to expose “Everyone” and bring them down by coercing/forcing them to break RICO statutes by hacking into Atherton’s database in order to save their own skins. This, of course, would have left “Everyone” vulnerable to the FBI, who had been looking to bust up the collective for some time now. It turns out that Agent Branch (Roslyn Ruff, “The Big C”) was protecting the other “Species,” who had agreed to help set up “Everyone” in exchange for covering up his murder of the other “Species.” Or something like that.

Either way, Holmes said he would expose Branch for harboring a murder fugitive if she didn’t turn over the murder weapon, a samurai sword. Holmes also dug up some information that Branch had an illegal alien in her employ as a nanny, which he would also expose if she didn’t cooperate. She turned over the weapon (anonymously, of course), the other “Species” was arrested, and Holmes was able to give the rest of “Everyone” a heads-up to not move forward with the Atherton hack, which kept them from breaking any laws, thus saving the entire organization in the process, as well as Branch’s career.

However, Holmes warns Branch that she might have to deal with “Everyone” now, now that they likely will find out she was responsible for nearly bringing them down, which is its own kind of special hell, as Holmes knows all too well from experience. I think that about covers it, if I’m not mistaken, given a few details here and there. There was also some business involving the cartoon “Thundarr the Barbarian” and a themed lunchbox of the same, which Watson used as a lure to draw out the second “Species” in the first place, Brady Dietz (Adam Chanler-Berat, “Delivery Man”), before he signaled Branch to save his skin. This was another one of those odd bits of geek culture that the show tossed into the mix out of nowhere, a la the “Manos: The Hands of Fate” thing, which were unlikely, if not unappreciated.

All of that said, though the case was certainly complex and interesting, as ever, the real story lay in between the main case, as Watson, still reeling a bit from Andrew’s death, had gone a bit too far in the opposite direction of grieving, and instead buried herself in her work to such a degree that she was even giving Holmes a run for his money. Blowing off her friend who wanted her to participate in the planning of a Bachelorette party, Watson was in danger of becoming anti-social to the point where she might lose what friends she still had.

As someone notorious in the past for distancing himself from people, Holmes recognized the signs easily, and confronted Watson about it, saying something to the effect of: “We already have a Holmes, we don’t need two of them.” Pointing out that what made them work so well as a team was her connection to the “real” world and her ability to connect with people- something that had never come easy to Holmes- he suggested that there should only be “One Watson, One Holmes”- hence the title- otherwise, their partnership wouldn’t work as effectively.

It was nice seeing Holmes admit his shortcomings, and the way he assessed “friendship,” which he spoke about as if it practically an alien term- which I suppose it is, to some degree, as far as he’s concerned- was genuinely touching. While allowing that he had to be the way he was to a certain degree for it to work as well, having Holmes admit that Watson also needed to be the way she was for it to work was a big moment for him, as it was basically his way of saying thanks to her for being his friend. (I know, cue the “Golden Girls” theme!)

At the same time, his way of saying it was also kind of hilarious, as he could barely bring himself to acknowledge that he was calling Watson a friend in the first place. It was sort of like watching someone try to smile for the first time that, up until that moment, had only frowned. I found myself thinking of seeing Angela Kinsey, of “The Office” fame (who played the character of the same name), who wore a perpetual frown on that show, on a talk show for the first time, and seeing that she was (thankfully) nothing at all like her character, and was in fact, not only quite attractive, but given to smiling and laughing at a moment’s notice. Holmes admitting he had a friend in Watson was like watching a dog trying to walk around on its hind legs like a human- charming and hilarious at the same time.

Needless to say, that moment was huge and a long time coming for fans of the show, particularly those who weren’t too fond of the whole Kitty thing. But things like this need to be earned, and in my humble estimation, they certainly were here. Of course, with a moment this big, that can only mean something’s about to happen to rend things asunder, so hold on to your hats, fans, I suspect it’s going to get worse before it gets better. We shall see.

What did you think of the latest “Elementary”? Did I explain the case well enough? (Feel free to correct me if I was off about something.) Did you enjoy a look at the inner workings of “Everyone”? Did you get a kick out of all of those wacky web handles? What did you make of the whole subplot about “Everyone” having two sides that were perpetually at war with one another? Do you think that means they will eventually implode at some point? How about the subplot with Watson becoming a sort of “second” Holmes? Will she ever be able to right herself and become like the “old” Watson again, in light of all she’s been through? Let me know what you think down below and see you next week!