Elementary - The Rat Race
Alysse Bezahler, Geoffrey Hemwall, Carl Beverly (executive), Robert Doherty (executive), Craig Sweeny (executive), Sarah Timberman (executive) for Hill of Beans Productions, Timberman-Beverly Productions/CBS
directed by Rosemary Rodriguez
starring Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill, Aidan Quinn, Craig Bierko, Molly Price, Luke Kirby, Jennifer Van Dyck, Andrew Pang, Susan Pourfar, Tim Ewing, Judy Kuhn, Nicole Patrick, Stephen Plunkett, Alison Walla
written by Craig Sweeny, series created by Robert Doherty, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle, music by Sean Callery
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Watson (Lucy Liu) is reporting to Captain Gregson (Aidan Quinn) that
Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) hasn't been in touch with her for more
than three hours - which normally wouldn't be any problem, but since she's
his sober buddy and he has recently (unintentionally) found some heroin on
a crime scene, she's worried he might have had a relapse.
two days ago: Holmes is hired by a big Wall Street company to find their
COO, who has gone missing, but not long enough for the police to be
involved. Holmes soon finds out said COO has led a double life, had a
secret apartment on the side where he used to meet with prostitutes.
Somehow, Holmes and Watson manage to trick their way into that apartment -
to find him dead from a heroin overdose, the needle still sticking in his
vein. Case closed it seems - just not for Holmes, who figures the man just
doesn't look like a heroin addict (and he should know), and eventually he
can prove that the deceased was actually drugged prior to the overdose
(with heroin found in his salad) and then killed to make it look like an
accident. Holmes digs deeper into the company's history and finds there
were a few too many accidental deaths in the past, as if somebody was
killing their way to the top. Holmes thus calls a board meeting, informing
the company of his findings and suspicions, to which company CEO Fowkes
(Craig Bierko) freely admits all the accidental deaths might have helped
his career - but at the same time refuses to claim responsibility for any
of the deaths ... and eventually he can come up with a water-tight alibi
for at least one of the deaths. But Holmes has already set his eyes on
someone else, Donna (Molly Price), Fowkes' secretary who also profited
from each and every of these deaths. Holmes confronts her in the parking
garage, but she's one step ahead of him, tazers him, ties him up, and has
the intention of killing and burying him - at Fowkes' country home no
less, since Holmes has already made him a tailor-made culprit.
back in the now, with Watson and Gregson discussing Holmes - when Watson
receives a text from Holmes that he's alright ... which just doesn't read
like Holmes would write at all. And from here on it's easy to locate him
and save him in the nick of time ...
A rather decent episode
that veers away from the sensationalism of previous episodes and more
concentrates on actual detective work. Sure, the story of this one might
still be a bit contrived, but no more than is standard with TV crime
shows, and Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu once again show both talent and
chemistry to make this work better than it ought to.