Elementary “You’ve Got Me, Who’s Got You?” Review (Season 4 Episode 17)

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On the latest episode of “Elementary”– and the first in its new Sunday time slot- Holmes and Watson dealt with people who took crime-fighting to a whole new level: real-life “superheroes,” with the costumes to boot, in the amusingly-titled “You’ve Got Me, Who’s Got You?”

That title, as fellow nerds and geeks are no doubt are aware, is a reference to the original “Superman” film starring Christopher Reeve, if not the comic book itself. I confess that I am better-versed in another caped crusader, as evidenced by this, so I can’t be sure if that is strictly a movie invention or if it was in the comics as well. Either way, great title!

It revolved around the murder of a local “superhero,” a masked vigilante of sorts that took the law into his own hands, helping to curb crime in Greenpoint, albeit in a more low-level sense, i.e. catching pick-pockets, thieves and neighborhood drug dealers. Still, even that can get you killed potentially, so there were lots of suspects to contend with.

Since I’m assuming CBS didn’t want to shell out the rights for “real” superheroes- probably because they already have with “Supergirl” elsewhere- this episode focused on fictional ones, from an independent publishing company called Superlative Comics.

The victim’s character of choice was the Midnight Ranger, and the man playing him went all out, even going so far as to wear bullet-proof armor. Alas, the killer either knew that or got lucky, as they had used armor-piercing bullets to take the Ranger down.

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Holmes and Watson pay a visit to Superlative headquarters, where they talk to Eichorn, who was sort of the Stan Lee of their outfit. Eichorn was nothing if not cooperative; giving them all the files he had on the Ranger, though he had yet to discover the man’s true identity in order to issue a cease-and-desist form for copyright infringement. Was killing the Ranger a quick way around it?

Bell talks to a local dry cleaner, who was in charge of taking care of the outfit, but he is hesitant to help him, telling Bell that the Ranger helped bring crime down in the area considerably, and he wants to honor his name accordingly. Bell finally convinces him that the Ranger would himself want to be avenged for his murder, and the dry cleaner relents, giving Bell a name: Danny Dalton.

Alas, it proves to be a dead end, as that is the “real” name of the Ranger, aka his character’s alter ego when he wasn’t the Ranger. Thinking a better knowledge of the character could help matters, Holmes has Superlative hook him up with the entire run of the Midnight Ranger series, which Holmes gets a kick out of, but laments the “lack of continuity” of within the series, which is an amusing in-joke for comic book enthusiasts, who know that comics are notorious for such things, often “rebooting” story-lines to change up things for modern audiences, much to some fans’ chagrin.

Holmes gets a call from another local superhero, the Standard-Bearer, who claims to know the Avenger’s real name and wants to meet with Holmes…on the roof, naturally. We find out that Holmes and Watson are known within the superhero community as sort of fellow crime-fighters themselves, helping the police solve what they cannot, which is technically true, albeit sans costumes- unless you count that schoolgirl outfit phase Watson went through at one point, lol.

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At first, the SB refuses to take off his mask, but when Holmes points out all that he can tell about him from what he’s already observed thus far, the SB finally relents. He tells Holmes and Watson that the Ranger’s real name was Mike Stratton, and that the two were good friends, with the Ranger serving as a bit of a mentor to him when he wanted to follow in his footsteps and be a superhero himself, which is why he wanted to help Holmes catch his killer.

Holmes and Watson check out Stratton’s apartment, where they find a check signed by an editor at Superlative Comics, Al Baxter. Baxter is the grandson of the Ranger’s actual creator, and gave him the go-ahead to do what he was doing on the sly, saying he’d have his back if it caused any problems with his boss, but nonetheless keeping it on the down-low, fearing that he might get fired if Eichorn found out.

The check was to help the Ranger improve his outfit, down to financing the bullet-stopping armor. To support his claims that the two were friends, Baxter gives Holmes full access to his email correspondence with Stratton. Holmes discovers that Stratton was a security guard, appropriately enough, in his “day job” and also that a piece of what appears to be a tactical belt was found on Stratton’s body that wasn’t his, and therefore could be the killer’s.

A viral video surfaces online of a “new” Ranger- could this one have killed the old one out of jealousy? Holmes figures out that it’s a man named Ben, aka the cos-player formerly known as the “Standard-Bearer.” Holmes confronts him at work, pointing out that Ben had written in to the “Midnight Ranger” comics to criticize the ret-conning of the character after a certain point to make it darker and broodier, to better fit in with the modern-day superhero sensibilities of the movie versions, which Ben clearly didn’t approve of.

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Ben insists that he loved and looked up to Mike, pointing out that he was at his lowest point when he found out about Mike donning the Ranger costume and was inspired to do the same kind of thing by it, even going so far as to get Mike’s seal of approval. He does point Holmes in the direction of a local drug dealer, Molina, with whom Mike had an ongoing beef with as the Ranger.

Holmes talks to and threatens to expose Molina to the police if he doesn’t cooperate, which he does, giving Holmes a burner phone he stole from the Ranger during one of their confrontations. However, he also has a solid alibi for the night of the murder, so it’s back to the drawing board.

The phone leads to yet another suspect, a local cop that Holmes suspects might have taken offense to the Ranger trying to do his job for him, as it were. Mike called him the night of his murder, but the cop says it was because Mike needed help with a drunken friend- none other than Al Baxter. He also tells them that Baxter owned a .45, just like the gun that killed Mike.

Holmes pays a return visit to Superlative to talk to Eichorn again, who tells him that no one likes Baxter and that he was a raging drunk that was only hired because of the cache of his name. He also says that Baxter was vehemently opposed to the impending movie deal that they had in place with a group of investors and that Eichorn had met with them privately on the sly, without inviting Baxter to the meet.

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Said dinner just so happened to take place near where Mike was killed, which can’t be a coincidence. As Baxter is coming in later that day, Holmes pulls the fire alarm to clear out the building, suspecting that Baxter might be a danger to everyone there. Holmes suspects that Baxter’s actual plan was to kill everyone at that dinner in revenge for excluding him, but Mike intervened and got himself shot in the process.

Holmes has Baxter brought into the precinct, ostensibly to ID a suspect, but when he gets there, Holmes confronts him about what he thinks really happened. While there, the cops search Baxter’s place, where they find a host of guns stashed. Holmes thinks Baxter next planned to shoot up everyone at Superlative, which was why he cleared everyone out of there earlier.

Holmes also points out that the tactical belt piece they found was likely his, as it was used to hold a weapon, and that they would likely find the belt with the missing piece while they spoke, noting that they already knew he had armor-piercing bullets, a .45 and knowledge that he could use them to kill Mike. Holmes thinks Baxter killed Mike because he got in the way of his plans, which a tearful Baxter admits is true, breaking down and confessing to the murder.

Meanwhile, while all of this was going on, Watson had to decide whether or not to help out Morland, who had donated a large sum of money out of nowhere to a charity she supported, Haven for the Homeless. Sensing he did so for a reason, she confronted him, and he admits that he needed her help in figuring out whether or not he had a mole working for him, as a deal that he had in motion had fallen through when his competition swooped in and beat him to the punch.

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Although it was possible he’d simply been outmaneuvered, he wanted to be sure, and thinking Holmes wouldn’t be likely to help, he’d drawn Watson out of the woodwork instead. Watson agrees to think about it, but doesn’t commit to it, wanting to talk to Holmes first. Holmes says that they should keep their distance from Morland right now, as he suspects that his father hired someone to break Krasanov out of prison to interrogate and possibly torture him to gain information on who hired him to try and kill Morland.

As Krasanov’s whereabouts were currently unknown, Holmes thought it was possible that Krasanov had gotten the better of whoever had helped him escape and might well be headed here to finish the job. Not wanting either of them to meet the same fate as Sabine, Morland’s late girlfriend, Holmes suggests that they keep their distance from him. As such, Watson decides to turn Morland down, or so she says.

Watson does confront Morland about all this, however, but Morland naturally denies having anything to do with helping Krasanov to escape. Watson tells him she decided to look into his case after all, but has determined that there was no mole, and that Morland was simply outmaneuvered. She tells Morland that he shouldn’t try and contact either one of them again, as they didn’t want to get caught in the crossfire of any potential fireworks that might be headed Morland’s way in the near-future.

But at the end of the episode, we discover that Watson actually did find a mole, a man on Morland’s team by the name of Neil Kurtz. Watson confronts him outside, telling him that she knows that he is the mole Morland suspects was on his team, but that she will keep his secret on one condition: that he spy for her on Morland as well. Kurtz agrees and that is where we end the episode.

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This was a fun episode, and a perfect one to re-launch the show in its new time-slot, as it moved along at a crisp pace, featured lots of amusing, geek-friendly dialogue and was just generally entertaining. Holmes was on fire, in terms of biting lines and zingers, to be sure, and I laughed out loud a number of times.

Some of my favorites included the following:

Holmes, after Watson explains to him a lot of the origin stories of various Superlative superheroes, many of which involve radioactive means: “In what universe are these people not dead of cancer?”

Holmes, to the “Standard-Bearer,” after stating the obvious: “Observation must be one of your superhero abilities.”

Holmes, on his own origin story: “I was bitten by a radioactive detective.”

Holmes, upon entering Mike’s rather ordinary apartment: “I imagine this is what it feels like when one first enters the Batcave.”

Holmes, as Watson prepares to go out unexpectedly at night: “Going to be fitted for your own costume?”

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I also got a kick out of Holmes forcing members of Everyone to disrobe in his living room in front of Watson to donate their clothes, in exchange for his having helped them for a change and Watson’s horror when she saw how callously and carelessly Holmes was handling extremely rare issues of the Midnight Ranger.

Holmes’ comparison of the Standard-Bearer’s refusal to take off his mask to Holmes’ own peccadilloes of masked call girls and murderers he’d dealt with was also amusing, and there was a nice “hidden” reference to Irene/Moriarty there, if one was paying attention.

Speaking of which, I read a great conspiracy theory online about how Morland or possibly even Mycroft could be Moriarty’s “mentor” that she alluded to in a previous episode. I don’t know if I necessarily buy it, but it was a fun theory. (You can look for yourself on imdb’s message boards.)

All in all, a great episode, even if the main mystery was sort of slight and more entertaining than perplexing. I can live with it, if this is the result. Here’s hoping others feel the same way, because “Elementary” could use the new viewers, if it’s going to survive another season in its new time-slot. We shall see.

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What did you think of the latest episode of “Elementary”? Did you enjoy all the superhero shenanigans? How about the subplot with Joan and Morland? Do you think Watson will find out something terrible from her new source? Did Morland break Krasanov out of prison, or was it someone else, wanting him to finish what he started? What would you like to see happen over the course of the last few episodes? Sound off down below and see you next Sunday!