Hmm, alright. So, in terms of episode quality, I’m going to have to give a vote to the pilot over last night’s. Don’t get me wrong, this episode wasn’t bad by any means. I really, really enjoyed it. But I’ve decided something (I decide a lot of things, I’ve noticed lately). The sleuthing is kind of tedious to rehash, so I’m going to transform these recaps into more reactionary/talky posts.
First of all, the Big Clue this week was something that we, the audience, couldn’t even see. And while that’s fun to be blindsided while you’re watching, it’s a little annoying from a critic’s point of view. Does that make any sense? At least last week the camera focused on the all-important bag of rice. Though we may not have known what it meant, we at least saw it. This week, I don’t recall seeing the doctor’s missing wedding ring. Do you?
BUT, last week I voiced some concerns that they were going to make Holmes infallible. And while he and Watson still saved the day by uncovering the real perp (and again I say, that was a bit serendipitous), he did have set backs and was wrong a few times. I also really liked that he had to grow up (okay, he didn’t so much grow up, because what would happen in the rest of the season?) and listen to other people for help. The fact that he listened to someone at his NA meeting, and it merely gave him a spark of an idea, counts, I guess. What I’m saying is, it’s only the second episode, and we’re getting character growth. And that’s a good thing.
So, in terms of the characters, I really enjoyed this episode. Let’s put Holmes aside for a minute. I’m glad we got to learn more about Watson and her relationships. I can’t remember if they explicitly say this (someone tell me in the comments. It’s okay. I’m wrong a lot), but I’m pretty sure Ty was an ex-husband, or at least an ex-fiance. I mean clearly. He’s in contact with her parents. And they’re all worried about her and want her to get whatever this is out of her system so she can get back to being a rich and powerful (I’m reading between the lines here) surgeon. But, of course she doesn’t want to. She’s still got the PTSD, and besides, she’s good at this. Watson, I hear you, gurl. You go on being a companion. Side note: I wish they’d call it something else. “Companion” sounds very “escort-y” to me. ANWAY.
Holmes. Oh, Holmes. Oh Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes. Can Jonny Lee Miller wear a vest, or can Jonny Lee Miller wear a vest? Besides the major swoonage to which I am not immune, Holmes is still a gruff, socially apathetic dick (but he’s OUR gruff, socially apathetic dick). But through some sexually tense fighting (and I’ll get to that in a second, too), we find out that Holmes can be cut deep. Clearly that violin hit him in that extra-special soft spot, so that the initially tried to burn it, and then later played it like Jonny Lee Miller could play me, I’ll tell you what. Question though: how many violins does he have? The one he played def was not burned. And how sad-sounding was that song he played? God, there is darkness inside that man, you guys. Jeez, I am so easy.
The sexual tension is the only thing about these characters that I’m not sure if I’m 100% digging. Maybe it was just this episode, but it seemed a little bit forced last night. Especially during that scene where she yelled at him about hacking into her email and inviting Ty to a dinner party that wasn’t taking place. I’m not opposed to this happening, but I, like most people, I think, don’t want it forced on me, you know? I think it’s a bit too early to tell still, but just know you’re on watch, show.
Random Thoughts/Favorite Quote
- “He wasn’t asked to consult here because of his charming personality.”
- I kind of like the concept of Attic Theory. Sometimes I feel like my brain works that way too.
- I like how Holmes commends Watson for finding the picture in the apartment that features the armoire, but doesn’t actually thank her. But then he thanks her for making coffee and expects her to fill his mug. He’s a special, special man.
- Had to UGH out loud when he tells Watson that you can tell a woman’s last orgasm by her gait. Does anyone know if this is true? A kid I knew in high school once told us that you could tell if a woman had had sex by the way she sits, but we figured he was just a pervy POS. I mean, he did end up becoming addicted to porn, so…
- Holmes telling Watson to have sex with Ty because “It’ll do wonders for your mood.” Ugh. I don’t know how much I dig the sexist comments, though they are kind of funny.
- I want to know more about Gregson and Holmes’ history. Why exactly would he let Holmes consult besides his record with Scotland Yard? He doesn’t know about the drugs and rehab, but still. There has to be a reason.
- “Closed eyes do not necessarily a coma make.” I love when people say things like this. It just amuses me.
- LOL at Watson proving Yvette is in a coma by dropping her hand on her face, and Holmes being all upset because that’s okay, but his suggestion of stabbing her with a needle isn’t. Creepy, but still less so than Cumberbatch. I’m sorry.
- “Your patient?” “She is.” “Her coma is quite real.” Like a child! Ha! Love it.
- “Hey, I found something in the hall closet the other day.” “Was it the zipper mask? ‘Cause I swear I’m just holding it for a friend.” Heh.
- “Too bad we can’t put out an APB on an armpit.” LOLcop
- “Lefty. Caught me by surprise. This one [right cheek] leathery from slaps, this one [left cheek] soft as a baby’s bottom.” Two things. !) Hilarious. Love the way he says “slaps.” 2) But also opposite. If he’s used to be slapped by righties, his left cheek would be leathery, no? But maybe that’s just me being anal.
- I did really enjoy the reveal that the 3rd bastard sibling had just been a ruse. Being surprised as a viewer? Awesome, if only a bit too serendipitous, if it keeps happening, you know?
So, that’s my spiel. I liked the episode, and I’m going to continue watching it for now. Now that we have another episode, what do you guys think? Did I leave out any of your favorite moments? Do you love or hate the sleuthing? Will you keep watching? Let me know in the comments!