Not every episode of Elementary is a winner, but on Super Bowl Sunday, we enjoyed the latest chapter in Sherlock’s crazy life. While “The Deductionist” isn’t the best of the season, its cat and mouse game made it worth our time.  

The Players:

  • Director: John Polson
  • Writers: Robert Doherty and Craig Sweeny
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill, Terry Kinney

Episode Title: “The Deductionist”

Sherlock’s off suspension and back working with the NYPD. This time, he’s not solving a murder but tracking a serial killer. When he’s assigned to the case, a fling from his past returns as a lead profiler. At the same time, Joan makes a decision regarding her apartment. To keep or not to keep, that is the question.

The Good:

  • More of Sherlock’s Past: We already knew about his druggie days, but we had no idea he was a man scorned. Sherlock verbally vomits about how this woman profiled, and wrote a revealing article on the consulting detective. Her arrival proved how much Sherlock has changed. He easily opened up about the incident to Joan. Earlier this season, Joan would have had to pry it out of him. She may be done rehabilitating Sherlock into a sober human being, but she has a long way to go before he’s internally is mended.
  • Not as Dumb As He Looks: Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Sherlock’s been dumbed down a bit. Don’t get us wrong, he’s still a sharp man, but he’s a pinch slower on solving cases. Thankfully, he was back in top form last night as he was one step ahead of the escaped convict.
  • Polson: There’s normally one director on TV shows that’s the go-to person to give each episode their best look. After watching the whole season, we’re fond of John Polson. He’s the same guy who directed “M.” He makes you feel less like a spectator and more like a participant. Keep up the good work Mr. Polson.

The So-So:

  • Decent Supporting Cast: When it comes to murder of the week television, you go through a large rotation of one-off guest stars. Sometimes the show will slam you with abysmal actors, but we were impressed with “The Deductionist’s” additions. Hello Terry Kinney for those Oz fans.
  • Our Criminal: Could they have done more with his character? One of the disadvantages of being on a broadcast network like CBS is we get a taste of the villain, but that’s be it. He made a bloody escape at the beginning of the episode (which included killing a bunch of minorities, really writers?), but the character calms down after the half hour mark. He’s pretty much sitting at the same location the rest of the night. We would have liked to see him wreak a little more havoc before getting cuffs thrown on him.


“The Dedictionist” is another solid episode for Elementary. We’re slowly finding out more about the consulting detective. The episode had its flaws but was still enjoyable to watch.

Rating: 8.5/10

Elementary airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS

What did you think of this week’s episode?