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Elementary – An Unnatural Arrangement

by Alan Rapp on November 3, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Elementary – An Unnatural Arrangement
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“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

Elementary - An Unnatural Arrangement

While investigating the home invasion of Captain Gregson‘s (Aidan Quinn) home by an masked gunman who threatened Gregson’s wife (Talia Balsam) several facts about the Captain come to light beginning with the fact he’s been separated from his wife for more than a month. The first suspect is a stalker obsessed with Gregson who Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) finds bleeding to death of the same wound of Mrs. Gregson’s assailant. However, a cursory examination is enough for the detective to almost immediately dismiss him as the home invader.

The murder of a soldier (Ross Morgan Ruben) back from Afghanistan and his commanding officer who is Gregson’s neighbor (Ted King) allows Holmes to deduce neither Gregson nor his wife where the home invader’s original target. Dismissing any connection to Gregsons allows Detective Bell (Jon Michael Hill)  to focus on another member (Armando Riesco) of their unit, but the lack of bullet wound on the man’s body dismisses him as a suspect as well.

Holmes and Watson‘s (Lucy Liu) further investigation leads them to an archaeologist (Sarah Wynter) who was working on a dig site near where the unit was stationed to provide security for a hasty excavation of priceless artifacts. Holmes also discovers the woman had a romantic relationship with one of the victims. Although jealousy doesn’t appear to be a motive for the crime, Holmes begins to suspect robbery of one of the artifacts is actually the root of the entire sordid business. The case is eventually solved in a matter fitting one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s own Holmes mysteries involving the curious incident of a dog that didn’t bark during the night-time.

In the episode’s B-story Watson is miffed when Holmes solves a case another member of the police force asked her to look at personally. Although at first unapologetic, in an attempt to make amends Holmes offers Watson a trunk full of unsolved cold cases that even his keen intellect was unable to solve. Both Holmes’ gesture to Watson and his kind words to Gregson about the Captain’s wife show a softening stance on the detective’s view of partnership (although certainly not marriage).

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