Jonny Lee Miller is Sherlock Holmes in “Elementary” Season One: Episodes 7, 8, and 9 (2012) – reviewed by George

Episode 7: One Way to Get Off
The title is only mysterious until you’ve seen the episode (or read this review). Murders are being performed exactly like a series of killings from 1999, but the original perp Victor Nardin (Stivi Paskoski) is still in prison. How could there be a copycat who is more precise imitating Nardin’s MO than his or hers simple reading of the case files could explain? And who has access anyway? Lt. Gregson’s (Aidan Quinn) old partner Terry D’Amico (Callie Thorne) is called in to help, since she worked with Gregson on the original case. Sherlock has a theory, but as he works he has to revise it twice. Example: he suspects Liz Figueroa, who was a witness at the trial and has visited Nardin in prison, but when he tracks her down he finds only her young son Sean (Juan Castano), who tells Holmes that his mother has died.
Of course he still identifies the murderer. And he still refuses to talk to Watson (Lucy Liu) about Irene, except to say that she is dead.
Written by Christopher Silber, Directed by Seith Mann.

Episode 8: The Long Fuse
In a firm, Parabolic Web Industries, a cell phone starts beeping, but it belongs to no one, and so the sound is difficult to trace. After a frantic moment or two the source is identified as inside one of the air vents. Too late! The call has set off a timer and a bomb explodes as one of the managers is trying to rip off the vent cover. Two are killed and eleven are injured. And as Sherlock and Gregson pursue the case, this develops into the best episode so far. Wonderful discoveries that complicate the issue, sharp reasoning, and a strange timeline. What more could you ask for?
And Watson has announced she is leaving when her term is up in 23 days (she is frustrated by his complete unwillingness to work toward sobriety in ANY way), so Sherlock’s days are complicated by her attempts to get him to interview other sober companions.
Guest actors include Lisa Edelstein, John Pankow, Ato Essandoh, Deepa Purohit, Donnie Keshawarz, and Adam Mucci.
Written by Jeffrey Paul King, Directed by Andrew Bernstein.

Episode 9: You Do It To Yourself
Sherlock is sick (temp = 101), but when Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) messages “Body found in abandoned building”, Holmes is up and out (of course Joan goes too, because he’s so sick). At the site Holmes says the victim is an Asian Studies professor at Garrison College, he was in Thailand 10 days ago, and his name is Trent Annunzio (Richard Topol). While Sherlock, Joan, and Marcus interview the widow (who has a child on her lap), Joan gets a call from the Department of Corrections Ellis Island. She excuses herself and goes to the hall to answer the call. It’s from Liam Danow (Adam Rothenberg), a former client, who has been arrested for a hit and run which he did not do. True, it was his car, but he wasn’t driving, though as a former addict he certainly is the logical culprit. Joan says she will help, so there are two cases to solve, one for Sherlock and one for Joan. But is there a connection?
Trent turns out to have been a mah-jong gambler, with some problems with the proprietors of such dens; his wife Jun (Kristy Wu) was cheating on him with his graduate assistant Brendan O’Brien (Cameron Scoggins), and the fact that Trent was shot twice, once in each eye, has to have some meaning. This is a great episode, and I wish you luck trying to solve the murder. Oh, and to be fair to you I must include Raul Ramirez (Lord Jamar), a murder-for-hire guy, in the list of suspects.
Written by Peter Blake, Directed by Phil Abraham.

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