Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Elementary - Through the Fog

After a biological bomb is set-off inside the 11th Precinct, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) work to find as much about the attack as possible. When evidence begins to point that the person who activated the bomb is still quarantined on the floor, the group of suspects narrows as Gregson (Aidan Quinn) and Bell (Jon Michael Hill) begin to look both at the visitors caught in the quarantine and other cops. The bomb going off, and Bell's heroics while getting a heavy dose of the gas, set a high intensity level for the episode that forces Holmes and Watson to make some dangerous new friends in search for much-needed information. Following an episode that suggested Bell might be on his way out of the department in the near future, the show also manages to offer a plausible chance for him not to make it out of the situation.

While working on a theory as to who planted the bomb, Holmes offers up an elaborate cardboard recreation of the precinct reminding us of other creative skills the show has touched on from time to time (such as his murder scene dollhouse). "Through the Fog" offers an interesting twist as to the true motives behind the attack having nothing to do with killing police officers and everything to do with misdirection and theft. The episode's B-story, although short, allows for the return of Freda Foh Shen as Watson's mother whose Alzheimer's has progressed to the point of concern. This offers a touch point for Watson's family dynamic while also showcasing how accommodating and understanding Holmes can be in such situations (when he wants to be).

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