TV Review – Elementary S04E04 – All my Exes live in Essex

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. and what better way to close the holiday than with this particular Elementary episode. We are back on track!

After a few episodes where Joan and Sherlock didn’t know where they fit exactly we’ve now gotten back to their usual rhythm. They work a case with the NYPD and either one or both of them deal with some problem on the side. The previous three episodes had focused more on Sherlock and his things, his addiction, his and Joan’s place of work, his father, etc. Now we’ve got a chance to get more of Joan and her life.

The case in this episode was interesting to say the least. As usually happens a missing person turns out to be a murder investigation. It involves polyamorous relationships, cancer patients and fraud. Honestly we’ve seen a lot of despicable characters come and go during this series but this is probably one of the worst. I mean telling people they have cancer and making them go through chemotherapy again and again? That’s just messed up in so many levels. The things some people would do for money, it makes you want to weep for humanity at times.

"All My Exes Live in Essex" -- When Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a fertility lab technician, they discover the woman had a secret personal life that leads them to multiple suspects. Also, the tables are turned on Watson when she's investigated by an NYPD detective, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, Nov. 26 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Lucy Liu as Joan Watson and Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes Photo: Michael Parmelee/CBS © 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.Joan’s episodes are always very intriguing to say the least and this was no exception. Joan is a wonderful person but she’s also an extremely stubborn person, which makes for hilarious television at times. I’m very glad that unlike some other shows, Elementary doesn’t disregard Joan’s past career. In fact her medical past helps her solve the case most of the time. If she didn’t know what to look for she wouldn’t have known about the fraud, they wouldn’t even had gotten the case. So it’s definitely good television.

This time she got the B plot, which involved a conflict with a new character. Detective Cortez kept looking into her and asking her friends about it, but when asked she didn’t tell Joan anything, which frustrated her to no end. Until she finds out that Cortez doesn’t like her because she “doesn’t belong” since she’s not a cop. Sherlock was entirely amused, he’s used to being disliked and it doesn’t bother him like it bothers Joan. It’s very amusing to see him suggest she should settle it like cops do when they have problems. You know how cops resolve things? By getting in the ring.

Honestly I’m kind of sad we didn’t get to see the fight, but the aftermath was wonderful. Normally it’s Joan taking care of Sherlock so it’s nice to see it the other way around. Speaking of Joan and Sherlock’s dynamic this episode had them hilariously on point. I love all different sides of their relationship but this one had one of my favorites, the competitiveness.

Elementary S04E04 - All my Exes live in Essex 2We start out the episode with both of them in handcuffs. They bicker about whether or not they should have done a test run before hand. Sherlock reminds her that kidnappers won’t give them a test run so it’s good to know to how to do it beforehand and then Joan’s phone rings. I have to admit I agree with Sherlock that her ringtone is awful. Apparently Joan changed her passcode and Sherlock hasn’t cracked it and so she won’t change the ringtone, he has to do it himself.

He retaliates later by watching the security videos of the hospital with Rebecca Black’s Friday in the background, which is probably one of the most ridiculous songs in history. I honestly don’t know who had the worst idea but it made for great television and it’s definitely interesting.

Favorite Quote:

Sherlock: You chose a ringtone you know I’d dislike so I thought I would fight fire with fire

Joan: All that matters is that I landed the last one



*Cortez intrigues me and I’m definitely thinking she’ll be back.

*Of course Sherlock has his own cream for bruises it makes perfect sense.

*I feel bad for the Abby’s other husband, Abby is dead and their husband killed her and now he’s alone with the 2 year old.

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Maii Trueba

Maii is a 27 year old writer, who can get emotional and protective over certain characters and their stories, also pandas. And don't get her started on A Song of Ice and Fire because you'll never hear the end of it. She graduated in film and has a certificate in Art History so the nerdiness comes out from time to time.

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