Friday, December 7, 2012

Elementary: Hiring a Hitman is Pretty Simple

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Finally! Some more background on Watson! Although, I have to admit I was a little disappointed that our doctor-turned-addict-companion has an addict boyfriend in her history. It was, however, interesting that she was able to solve her own little mini-case through tactics that she picked up from Holmes. I still want to put off any possible romantic involvement by those two, and I hope that the writers feel the same way. Looking explicitly at this episode, however, wasn't it incredibly obvious that the murder was really a suicide? I mean, the title was, "You Do It to Yourself," how much more blatant can it get?? Otherwise, my favorite part was Holmes realizing that nobody would put a smoke detector over a hibachi grill, so that must be a hidden camera. Aside from figuring out how things happened at the murder scene, I wasn't a big fan of this episode. A guy beats his wife, she cheats on him with his assistant, and they live happily ever after in the end? Pass!

Elementary "You Do It to Yourself" (S01E09): At a murder scene, Sherlock figures out who the victim is based on the colors of his tie and the fact that his feet are worn and he's wearing a ratty bracelet. [to narrow down a John Doe that quickly in New York is pretty impressive.] They check out the professor's office, surprisingly small for a department head. Holmes quickly pieces together that the guy was into Chinese gambling, based on his obsession with the number 13 and several mahjong tiles which serve as membership keys to casinos in the area. They search one and Holmes makes them speak English and watch a security video, despite the fact that they deny speaking English and having security cameras. They bring in the killer, Ramirez, from the tape, along with some evidence found in the guy's apartment. He claims to be a hitman and offers up his boss for a deal. The story seems to check out, given data on his phone, but Holmes suspects the TA to have hired the guy, as he had access to the victim's office where a picture was taken and he lives in the neighborhood of the hitman. [I thought the connection here was a little weak, personally.]
Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/CBS

Despite finding the burner phone in the guy's apartment and a confession, Holmes still doubts it, thinking maybe the professor's wife did it and framed the TA, who is in love with the woman and would cover for her. [far-fetched. also, I had to look up if it was "burn," "burned," or "burner" phone. these are things nobody ever taught me, LoL.] The wife claims that her husband beat her but she wouldn't kill him. She then admits that they weren't actually married - he brought her back from China with a promise to marry but he went back on it. [I hate people who do things like this!!] Holmes takes the computer that the woman claims had videos of brutality but can't find evidence of a wiped hard drive. Holmes deduces that it was a suicide because the victim was going blind, which is why he wanted to be shot in the eyes. The suspicion is confirmed when they realize the professor tried to hire a different hitman first, so all is well, the TA and the woman marry to avoid deportation. 

Watson goes to help a former client boyfriend, Liam, who is in jail because he's suspected of a hit-and-run... only he thinks someone stole his car. Watson tells Holmes, he gets the record, and she looks at it. The damage to the car was more severe than would be to someone with no injuries, and then she figures out that whomever drove the car stole a keychain. She finds it in a pawn shop and the owner knew who brought it in, so that guy is arrested and Liam is released. But, Liam isn't clean anymore... he began using after getting together with Watson, and asks for her help once again. She tells him of a clinic, where she and Holmes wait to see if he shows. [out of character for Holmes!]
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Anonymous said...

so why did the TA confess? I dont get it.

Amy K. Bredemeyer said...

I think he really didn't want the wife to get in trouble because he loved her. So he was willing to take the blame.