Monday, November 10, 2014

Elementary - The Five Orange Pipz

The latest episode of Elementary, while taking its name and set-up from a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, offers a mystery involving the death of a toy manufacturer (whose popular toy killed a handful of children) as well as the murder of the man's attorney, offers several false leads and red herrings for both Holmes and Watson as each of the former partners takes one of the victims for themselves, later coming together when the motive proves too elusive for either to solve on their own.

In an episode that showcases the best and worst of Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) as Sherlock's new protege (getting the detectives thrown out of a meeting but later making a key observation), "The Five Orange Pipz" explains the woman's troubled past to both Watson and the audience and why Holmes chose her to be his next student. I'd expect the show to work towards bringing Watson and Holmes back together, but the possibilities of what a wild card like Kitty brings to the table offers many opportunities to shake-up the show's status quo.

The mystery of the week is one of the show's best offering multiple suspects including parents of the dead children, an ambitious lawyer who knew more about the missing toy manufacturer than she revealed, and the seized toxic pipz themselves responsible for the death of nine children but also a motive for murder.

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