Elementary “Tag, You’re Me” Review (Season 4 Episode 3)

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On a fairly bizarre episode of “Elementary,” Holmes and Watson were back to work at the NYPD, where they caught a case involving a host of lookalikes, two of which were murdered by a masked man. But was it a case of mistaken identity? Or one being in the wrong place at the wrong time? And were the men in question even related in the first place? The answers were even crazier than the set-up, in the aptly-titled-in-retrospect “Tag, You’re Me.”

The victims in question were Timothy Wagner (Brendan Bradley, “Love Conquers Paul”), whose apartment was the scene of the crime, and Otto Neuhaus (Bradley again), a German seemingly in town for only a few days and staying with Wagner in the interim. The two were near-perfect matches, save for a birthmark on one’s side, yet a closer inspection revealed that they actually weren’t related at all. So, how did they know each other?

The only immediate connection was a paralegal by the name of Dorian (Jefferson White, “How to Get Away with Murder”), whom both had been in touch with. There was also the matter of a $100,000 cashier’s check withdrawn by one or the other. Was Otto running a scam on Tim, pretending to be him to extort money, perhaps with an assist from Dorian?

An investigation of Dorian’s apartment seemed to indicate as much, as one of his walls was covered with pictures of people with uncanny resemblances to one another, but also seemingly no relation to each other. Was Dorian running the same scam with other people?

Shortly thereafter discovering Dorian hiding in an abandoning neighboring apartment in the same building, the team finally got some answers when it was discovered that Dorian was behind a website called DoppelHunt.com, which put people in touch with their unrelated doubles, for whatever reason.

However, it seemed that Dorian had piggybacked his site onto another company’s, Countenance Technologies, which specialized in facial recognition software, using their tech for his own gain, and then, to add insult to injury, used their tech against them to prove it could be foiled, in that people who looked similar to others could easily dupe it. Now convinced that CT was after him, after what came off as a mugging but he suspected was actually an attempted murder, Dorian had been laying low, waiting for things to blow over.

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He did admit to putting Tim in touch with Otto, though, so it was a start, at least. After discovering that Otto had sent the check to himself, the team suspected that maybe a talk with CT was in order, so Watson and Bell paid them a visit, talking to Curtis Tofano (Drew Rausch, “Grey’s Anatomy”), who admitted to looking into Dorian, signing up with DoppelHunt in order to infiltrate Dorian’s own company, in order to download his codes and analyze them and rectify the flaws in their own system.

However, he had an alibi for the murders and claims to not know Wagner, much less his mystery “twin.” Then, just when things couldn’t get weirder, into the precinct comes Evan Farrow (Bradley, yet again), a third doppelganger for Wagner, who claims that he was approached by Wagner to take a DNA test for unknown reasons at an unknown lab for cash, but turned him down, scared that he was up to something.

Upon hearing about Wagner’s murder, Farrow was even more convinced, and decided to come forward with the information. Further investigation revealed that Wagner was a person of interest in the murder case of a pledge at the Frat Wagner was in at his former college. Had he hired Otto to take his DNA test for him, in hopes of clearing his name of murder?

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Maybe so, but there was one big problem: his DNA didn’t match the DNA found at the crime scene. So, if he didn’t do it in the first place, why go to such lengths to clear his name? Holmes surmised that he might have had an accomplice, but who?

It was ultimately Watson that finally realized it was none other than Tofano, who had also known Wagner, and was the one who’d had the idea to find a twin to take the DNA test to clear his name in the first place- and had already done so for himself, thus clearing his own name in the process. This, of course, meant that Tofano was the real murderer, with Wagner his accomplice.

The trouble was, one of the cops on the case was the brother of the murder victim, and when he got wind of Wagner stalling in taking the DNA test- which he’d done because he’d been searching for an additional “twin” after the initial one fell through- he’d assumed that Wagner was the guilty one and went after him.

Unfortunately for Otto, the secondary “twin” he’d found, he happened to be at Wagner’s at the time the cop came for him, so he ended up getting caught in the crossfire, with the cop killing both by default, after being presented by two of what appeared to be the same guy. Whoops! Pretty crazy stuff.

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In addition to this case, there was also a side case of sorts involving Morland (John Noble), Holmes’ father. It seemed that a business rival of his was hesitant to give him permission to build a “wind farm” on the land adjacent to her property that she was building a high-rise on. Morland wanted to know why, and what she was hiding, so he compelled Homes to join him at a charity function to scope the woman in question out, mega-rich hotelier Liliane Bellerose (Shohreh Aghdashloo, “24”).

Upon doing so, Morland realized that Liliane was bilking him for unnecessary additions to her demands, with no intention of actually letting him build on her land. But why go through the motions? After some further research, Holmes discovered that part of the land in question resided on the site of an endangered species of monkey, which was going to prove to be an issue for both Morland and Liliane, so the former proposed a compromise that would benefit them both, and all was well.

That “case” solved, Holmes presumed that Morland would return to England, but it turned out that Morland had designs of his own. It seems that he’d been regretting his role as a father- or lack thereof- in Holmes’ life, and now wished to make up for it by playing a bigger role in his life, much to Holmes’ chagrin. Though not too thrilled about it, Holmes couldn’t do much about it, either, so it would seem that- for the time being, at least- Holmes is stuck with Morland in his life, keeping tabs on him.

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Beyond that, we had some funny business with the much-beloved Clyde, as Holmes tried to concoct the ultimate turtle food, making an unholy mess in the process, and Watson once again threatened to punch someone, albeit more in jest this time. The look on her face when Bell suggested there might be another Holmes running around out there, a la their main case, was priceless.

Holmes also amusingly offered up a potential doppelganger for his father- not Clyde, but rather another similarly “cold-blooded reptile.” Holmes also got in a few good barbs to his father, who was thoroughly not amused by said quips, it’s safe to say. (I liked the one when Holmes asked if Moreland had been expecting him, as he “can’t rule it out you having foreseen it via the Black Arts.” Lol.)

That was about it, for the most part. It was nice seeing Holmes and Watson back where they belong, back working at the precinct, and Holmes acting as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened in the interim. Even though the skip in his step- be that as it may that it was over a dead body- proclaimed differently. Namely, that Holmes was back in his element, and happy to be there. Good to have him back, and glad that they didn’t drag things out more than necessary in the process.

I do wonder what Morland’s increased presence in Holmes’ life will result in, and there were some indications that, as rumored, Holmes’ mother might be making an appearance soon as well. It will be interesting to see who they cast in that role as well, as I’m loving Noble in the role as his father. The two have a brisk chemistry that make you instantly understand how they could have been at odds for so long- neither has much patience for the others’ given methods, nor a particular sense of humor about it, for that matter.

What did you think of the latest episode of “Elementary”? Did the main case also fascinate you? What did you think of the business with Holmes’ father? Will his increased presence be a good thing ultimately, or a bad one? Or will the two finally make up and start behaving as father and son instead of unfortunate acquaintances? Will Watson intervene on Holmes’ behalf again with Morland? Will Holmes’ mother make an appearance? What exactly is the perfect turtle food? Sound off on this and more down below and see you next time!