Elementary “Evidence of Things Not Seen” Review (Season 4 Episode 2)

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On the latest episode of “Elementary,” Holmes and Watson continued to make do, in light of their being laid-off from their former consulting gig at the NYPD police department by taking on a case with the FBI in the aptly-titled “Evidence of Things Not Seen.” As to be expected, Holmes and Watson’s all-hands-on-deck approach didn’t quite jibe with the FBI’s you-go-where-we-say-you-can-go and do-what-we-say-you-can-do way of doing things, which caused some problems, particularly in regards to how they made their way through the case.

This led to some questionable moves on Holmes’ end- even more so in light of his recent brush with the law- but, naturally the two managed to pull it off in the clutch, in spite of the obstructions along their way to the truth. The same could be said in terms of Watson’s quest to get to the bottom of things in terms of Holmes’ father Morland (John Noble) and his offer to somehow get Holmes and Watson reinstated with the NYPD. Is it me, or is Watson becoming a total bad-ass? (Perhaps some of that O-Ren Ishii side of her persona is starting to leak into Lucy Liu’s portrayal? If so, I say bring it on!)

Anyway, the main case revolved around a group of scientists looking to perfect brainwashing type techniques of a pseudo-“Clockwork Orange” variety, only to be wiped out in one fell swoop, along with one of their test subjects. Was it because they were onto something and someone wanted to keep them quiet? Or was it the exact opposite?

In the end, it proved to be the latter, as a DARPA employee looking to climb up the ladder of success was seeking to frame her boss as the one to blame for the scenario, in hopes of snagging his job in the process. Given that the man in question was indeed being blamed for it, it seemed as if her ploy would have worked at that- if Holmes and Watson hadn’t been on the case, that is.

As per usual, and despite the cramped conditions of their limited employment for the FBI, Holmes and Watson somehow managed to work around the fringes of things and figure things out, despite some iffy investigative work on Holmes’ end when he ran into a roadblock of sorts and was getting no help from the FBI in pursuing certain leads. Though ultimately Holmes was able to solve the case and keep himself out of trouble in the process, it was clear that this gig was not going to work as a regular thing, given Holmes’ overall approach to things.

Although the NYPD might allow him some leeway in the grand scheme of things, that sort of thing was never going to jibe in the FBI world- or likely near anywhere else. Given that Holmes’ overall options were pretty scarce, it’s probably just as well that his father made him and Watson an offer that they were hesitant to refuse, despite dubiousness on both ends. Though ultimately Holmes voted in favor of it, despite his reservations- citing that, though his father’s methods were sketchy, his heart and desire to make amends might be in the right place- it was actually Watson that ended up going the extra mile, looking into Morland’s background in the process, while using her limited FBI resources as an assist.

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This led to an excellent showdown of sorts between Watson and Morland in the final scene that just about made me sit up and cheer. Totally calling out Morland at nearly every turn on his bull-hockey, Watson laid waste to the pompous man in a terse meeting that basically amounted to her barging in and laying down the law.

Pointing out that she had ample proof that he’d essentially bribed a man who financially supported the DA tasked with charging—or not charging, as the case ultimately was- Holmes with assault and battery on Oscar, Watson said she’d keep that information on the down low from Holmes or anyone else, but only because a preoccupied Holmes was better than a restless one, at least in terms of maintaining his sobriety. But she made it clear that she knew how underhanded his methods were, and if he were to try and pull a fast one and take advantage of his son ever again, there would be hell to pay. Or possibly his head…

This was easily the highlight of the episode, and really did go a long way towards showing that, when Watson said she had Holmes’ back in every way and that they were in it together from there on out, for better or worse, moving forward, she wasn’t at all kidding. Talk about going the extra mile! This could have easily backfired in her face, had Morland been rubbed the wrong way by it, but it seems that, on the surface, at least, that Holmes’ deduction that Morland was trying to make up for past slights against his son by doing this for him were indeed on the level. That said, though, the look on his face when Watson said she thought Holmes thought he was a bad father was priceless. Gotta love it.

That was about it for this episode, really. As with the previous episode, this really wasn’t about the case so much as it was about the overall effect of the case in terms of what was going on behind-the-scenes with the main characters. In other words, it was about the journey, not the destination. Ultimately, I think the best episodes of this show tend to be precisely that, but, at the same time, there’s nothing wrong with having a solid case at hand, either, and this one wasn’t too shabby.

Though the case itself wasn’t that hard to figure out- for some reason I almost immediately suspected what turned out to be the culprit, even though I didn’t recognize the actress playing her, which tends to be the dead giveaway for a lot of these crime procedurals, more often than not (see last week’s episode, for example)- I still enjoyed the ins-and-outs of the overall investigation, particularly in regards to how Holmes and Watson were able to get the job done, despite the enormously restrictive conditions they were working in. I also didn’t mind the Burke character, and wouldn’t be mad if he ended up coming back into play at some point in time on down the line.

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Regardless, it now seems likely that Holmes and Watson will be back on the case where they belong at the precinct as of next week, which is as it should be, no matter how shady the means by which Morland is making it happen might be. Hopefully, whatever it is he’s doing won’t come back to haunt Holmes himself, though one never knows with this show- it just might at that. In the meantime, I am happy that the matter was resolved so efficiently.

Though I wasn’t one of those who had a problem with the whole Kitty thing at the beginning of last season, I am glad that Holmes and Watson are back in sync with one another and truly working together as a team again, instead of being at odds with one another for the most part, as was the case for much of last season. Granted, it was completely earned, IMHO, but I get why some fans of the show didn’t care for the plotline. It’s Holmes and Watson, not Holmes and Kitty, after all. But I get it, and I’m certainly not complaining, regardless.

So, what did you think of the latest episode of “Elementary”? Did you find the case interesting, or somewhat beside the point? Would you mind it if H&W teamed up to help the FBI again on down the line? What did you think of Burke? Would you mind seeing him again? Do you think Morland’s deal to get H&W back in the good graces of the NYPD will come at a high price? If so, will Watson take him down for real the next time? Is Watson gonna have to slap a Morland? Your input on these and other matters is greatly appreciated, so make with the comments down below, and see you next week!