Elementary “A Difference in Kind” Review (Season 4 Episode 24)

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On the season finale of “Elementary,” things came to a head in the Vikner drama while Holmes and Watson got to the bottom of what was really going on with Moriarty’s organization and who was trying to kill them, in “A Difference of Kind.”

We picked up right where we left off, with Holmes and Watson arriving at the Brownstone by way of the secret passage, only to find a bomb waiting for them, looking like it would have been set off had they gone in the front door instead. However, it is a remotely-detonated bomb, so Holmes is able to easily defuse it, as there was no danger of anyone doing anything until they saw them come inside.

That accomplished, Holmes realizes that it likely isn’t Vikner that’s behind it, as Moriarty gave him strict orders not to harm them. So, unless he went rogue- which is still a possibility, if a dubious one, as Holmes hasn’t even done so much as tell anyone outside of Watson that Vikner even exists, much less that he heads up an underground criminal organization- then Vikner is not their man. If so, then who really is responsible?

Holmes goes to the apartment across the way to investigate, where he had noticed a light on where there shouldn’t be previously, which is what tipped him off that they were being watched in the first place, but no one is there. He does, however, smell the distinct odor of clove cigarettes, so there is at least one clue to be found about who was watching them.

Holmes comes up with another possible scenario: what if someone else within the organization was trying to frame Vikner for the crime of killing himself and Watson, so as to stage a coup to overthrow him?

After all, if they were harmed, then Moriarty’s rules would be broken and Vikner would be ousted immediately and also, by killing Holmes and Watson, whoever did it would also ensure that they didn’t get to the bottom of things, either. Two birds, one stone, as it were.

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Watson had mentioned before that Vikner didn’t seem as good at his job as Moriarty was, paying her a rare compliment, so it would make sense if others felt that way and wanted Vikner replaced, but had to have a good reason to do so, what with Vikner being Moriarty’s ex and baby daddy and all- and that would certainly do it.

They get word that Morland’s head of security just landed himself in the hospital and go to talk to him. Sure enough, Holmes detects the smell of cloves cigarettes and determines they have their man- but quickly realizes he couldn’t be the one trying to kill them via a bomb, as Morland would never allow such a thing, and he was most certainly there on Morland’s behalf to keep an eye on them.

That meant that the actual bomber must have attacked him, but he wasn’t talking, so it was back to square one. However, there was one other clue to be found on the man’s jacket: traces of plaster of the sort Holmes suspected was from a nearby church being renovated in the area of Holmes’ Brownstone.

Holmes goes there, only to find a dead man on the ground- and his father emerging from the shadows with some of his security team lurking around them. The dead man is the would-be bomber in question, but Morland wasn’t responsible, his man in the hospital was- hence his being wary to talk to Holmes, who he knew to work with the police.

The dead man has no ID, but Holmes identifies him as Iranian in nationality, at least. Morland, having seen now firsthand that he’s put his own son in danger by pursuing the matter of who killed Sabine- or at least he thinks that’s the reason for all this- agrees to take Vikner up on his offer of backing down and calling a truce between the two, if only for Holmes and Watson’s sakes.

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Holmes ID’s the dead man via a photograph as a UN Mission driver, who works for a woman named Soya Hashemi (Roma Chugani), who is indeed Iranian. Holmes suggests to a dubious Watson that they may need his father after all- or at least his connections- and should work together with him, at least for the time being.

Holmes asks Morland to pull some strings to set up a meet between him and Soya, which he does. Along the way, Holmes fills Morland in on Vikner and his relationship to Moriarty and about the whole criminal organization Vikner runs on her behalf since she went to prison. Soya isn’t thrilled that Morland arranged a meeting under false pretenses, but invites all concerned in, regardless.

Like Vikner before her, Soya is surprisingly up-front about her role in Moriarty’s organization, and not only that, but admits she was the one who had the bomb planted at Holmes’ home. As Holmes suspected, it was about framing Vikner and getting him ousted as leader, so that someone better suited could take his place.

Also, Vikner’s skirmishes with Morland, Holmes and Watson were starting to cause concern among their ranks and draw attention to the organization, so that wasn’t good, either. Soya shows them just how wide-spread and elaborate the organization is, with members of the group active in over half the country.

Morland being Morland, he doesn’t hesitate to threaten Soya, but she doesn’t even blink, saying that there are people even more high-ranking than she was, and she was hardly a major player. Further, she wasn’t half as scared of Morland as she was of the others pulling the strings on all this. Indeed, she had actually wanted Morland to head up the organization after Moriarty’s capture, but was overridden by Moriarty herself.

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Indeed, she wasn’t the only one, which was the real reason Morland was targeted for execution. So, as Morland discovers, Sabine’s death wasn’t his fault at all, really- it was a pre-emptive strike by Vikner to get rid of the competition because he feared he’d be replaced by Morland.

Holmes points out that it was all kind of pointless, as Morland was never qualified to head up such an organization in the first place, not being a heartless killer like a lot of these people. A bit on the shady side, sure, but a stone-cold killer? Not so much. Even if they’d offered it to him, Holmes suspects he would have turned it down, anyway, so Sabine’s death was all for nothing.

Holmes comes up with an elaborate scheme to frame Vikner for a murder, so as to get him arrested and locked up, and thus, no longer able to come after anyone, at least not to the extent he was. Holmes researches the DANTE psychos and comes up with a murder that was already committed that was likely Tetch’s doing, but which was still unsolved at the moment.

Watson pays Vikner at visit at the college he teaches at and hands him her phone when it rings. It’s Morland, who informs Vikner he now wants to take him up on the truce he offered after all, but Vikner says it’s too late and that offer is no longer on the table. The only way this was going to end for Morland was in death, so unless he wanted to offer himself up on a silver platter, they had nothing to discuss.

This turns out to be an elaborate ruse, as they didn’t really expect Vikner to accept Morland’s offer- they just needed to get his fingerprints somehow. The plan is to transfer Vikner’s fingerprints onto a murder weapon used to commit the crime in question that Tetch committed and frame Vikner for it instead.

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Morland thanks Holmes for “bending the rules” on his behalf, as he knows it goes against Holmes’ nature. Holmes says he is now convinced that Morland isn’t the evil mastermind he once thought him to be, nor does he have the stuff to be one for Moriarty’s organization. They’ll just have to recruit the latest Bond villain, I guess- or will they?

Watson points the FBI in the direction of the knife via Agent Burke, her connection there. He later confirms that the blood on the knife was from the victim in question and that the fingerprints were Vikner’s, as planned. Unfortunately, someone within the FBI must have tipped Vikner off, because when they went to arrest him, he was MIA and presumed to be on the run.

Holmes calls Morland to warn him and tell him to ready the plane for a quick getaway sooner than later, telling him about Vikner. Holmes says that, on the plus side, this will undoubtedly cause dissension within the ranks, what with Vikner on the run for murder and all and it being so high profile. Morland just needs to keep a low profile until the dust settles and all will be well.

Morland says okay, but then makes a mysterious phone call, which would seem to be to the aforementioned Soya, telling her that he’s going to take her up on her offer to take over the organization after all. Has Morland gone to the Dark Side? Was Holmes wrong about him, after all?

Back at home, Holmes tries to narrow down Vikner’s location as Watson stresses about continuing to keep the authorities out of things. Morland’s head of security shows up at his doorstep, informing Holmes that he had been fired, and so had the rest of his team, seemingly without any good reason and he wanted to know why, suspecting that something was wrong.

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Holmes realizes that Morland may have gone to give himself up to Vikner- or so Holmes thinks- in order to stop the bloodshed once and for all and goes into a panic, as he and his father had finally started to come to a sort of understanding for once, after all this time. Agent Burke contacts Watson to inform her that they have a possible bead on a location for Vikner, so they rush there.

Sure enough, it’s an abandoned building, where we did indeed see Morland show up, seemingly to turn himself over to Vikner, who said he’d make it “quick.” When Holmes and Watson arrive, Burke informs them that a body has been found inside…but it’s not Morland, it’s Vikner. Holmes gets a text from his father to meet him back on the roof of the Brownstone.

Turns out, Morland made a deal with Zoya’s people to eliminate Vikner in exchange for his taking over Moriarty’s organization, like she and others wanted. Holmes is stunned, thinking that Morland must be joking, even though, as he points out, he’s never made a joke in all the years he’s known him. Morland says that it’s no joke, but that it’s not for the reasons he thinks, either.

Instead of taking over for villainous purposes, Morland is taking over in order to dismantle things from within, saying that no one would ever suspect it, given the way things were handled. After all, he had the perfect “in” to join up and the support of many within the organization, and having them take out Vikner, who was responsible for Sabine’s death, didn’t hurt matters, either.

Morland also points out that it will keep Holmes and Watson safe, as Moriarty had already declared that they not be harmed and everyone seemed to be onboard with that as well. It was, as they say, an “offer he couldn’t refuse,” as it were.

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That said, he does note that the people he and his son get close to always seem to come to nasty ends, so that maybe he should watch himself getting attached to anyone else- or distance himself from those he already had, using the Irene Adler thing and Mycroft’s “banishment” as examples of what had happened already when Holmes got too close to people.

The fact that Morland makes reference to “what Holmes did in England” being the reason Mycroft had to make himself scarce must have pleased those who might have thought that the writers had forgotten about it, though we still don’t know exactly what “it” was. Just the fact that they brought it up might be to let viewers with long memories know that they might have something planned to that end, though, so hopefully, they’ll get back to that eventually.

Either way, this ending managed to both put to rest the main plot at hand to a certain extent, while leaving things plenty open for future goings-on, as Morland attempts to bring down a SPECTRE or HYDRA-type organization from within, no doubt with more than a little help from his son and Watson at some point. Will they figure out what he’s up to and put a stop to it- and him? And possibly Holmes and Watson while they’re at it? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Of course, another big question is: what will Moriarty do when she finds out her own organization had her choice for leader killed, aka the father of her only child? Remember as well, she also thinks that Holmes and Morland still hate each other, as evidenced by Vikner’s comments to that end. Might she also try to do something to Morland in retaliation? Another question for a later date, I suppose.

The episode ended with Morland having gifted his safe-house to Holmes, who in turn tried to gift it to Watson, but she wasn’t biting, instead suggesting that they might call her half-sister, the realtor, to sell it instead. She also suggests setting her up with Bell! Holmes amusingly notes that maybe Watson was the real evil mastermind they should be worried about.

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Watson does note that Holmes shouldn’t buy into Morland’s line of reasoning, which means Holmes must have told her everything Morland said. Clearly thinking that Holmes was trying to isolate himself from people once again may have also played a part in her refusal of Morland’s swanky new digs, I think.

By keeping herself in his immediate vicinity, Watson can keep an eye on Holmes and make sure he doesn’t slip again into a negative line of thinking- nor perhaps do something foolish with his girlfriend, Fiona, like end things. Though, you never know, maybe Holmes might end up taking things to another level with Fiona and that was the real reason he was trying to get Watson out of there. Probably not, though- last I heard, those two were taking things relatively slow.

This was pretty much everything we could have asked for in a finale, I think. It kept you guessing, it tied up a lot of loose ends, it wrapped up a lot of the overarching plotlines threaded throughout the season, and left the door open for some interesting possibilities in the future, for which there thankfully will be one for “Elementary,” what with it already having been announced by CBS that the show was renewed for another season.

I suppose if I had one complaint it was that, by nature of the plot at hand, it left Gregson and Bell on the sidelines for pretty much the entire episode, save that quick exchange with Bell and Watson about Morland’s head of security being found beaten up. But really, there was too much going on to have shoehorned them in, at least in a way that made sense, so I can live with that.

Especially knowing that it won’t be the last episode, which we wouldn’t have known already if it hadn’t been for the early renewal announcement, so good on you, CBS, for not leaving fans hanging. You win some, you lose some, I guess.

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By doing so, we already know that this wasn’t the end and that all our fave characters will be back, which doesn’t give it the sense of finality it might have had otherwise, if we hadn’t known that, as was the case last season. God, what a bummer it would have been if THAT had been the final episode of the show, ever!

All told, I was much happier with this finale than last season’s, regardless of whether we knew or not if the show was coming back. Even if this had been the end, it would have been much more satisfying than the cliffhanger we got last season. I was halfway convinced there would be one this time around as well, but thankfully, such wasn’t the case. (Not that I mind a good cliffhanger, I just didn’t know if I wanted one this time around, given the circumstances.)

So, what did you think of the big “Elementary” finale? Were you happy with the way things ended? Are you looking forward to next season? What would you like to see happen in Season Five? Do you think Moriarty will be back? What will become of Morland, as the new leader of her organization? Will Holmes let Morland’s reasoning go to his head and distance himself from others again? Sound off on this and more down below, and see you next season!