This may be one of the strangest episodes of Elementary to hit this season. Sure, it has the necessary suspense to carry the narrative, but its “A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs” ending that disappoints the most. 

The Players:

  • Director: Guy Ferland
  • Writers: Christopher Silber
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill, John Hannah

Episode Title: “A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs”

Rhys (guest star John Hannah) is desperate to find his daughter who’s fallen into the hands of a deadly kidnapper. With no ransom money to give and the inability to get the authorities involved, he turns to Sherlock. Joan’s less than thrilled with the former drug dealer as he’s the biggest threat to Sherlock’s sobriety.

The Good:

  • Obvious But Cool Direction: Guy Ferland does a fine job of maneuvering the camera every which way to make you understand the sadness or intensity of a scene. It’s always a joy to watch a TV show where the direction is a little more creative for a change.
  • Joan Puts Rhys In His Place: If there was a character moment that stood out, it was when Joan scolded Rhys over his drug use. She was like a mama bear protecting her cub, which in this case was Holmes. Did we mention how wonderful it is that Joan and Sherlock haven’t turned into a couple? This protective, nurturing relationship between them works great.
  • A Newer Side To Sherlock: Folks change over time, and the same goes for Sherlock. He displayed the good teachings that Joan’s implemented throughout his rehabilitation. He’s gradually opening up more at sobriety meetings and even slammed Rhys when he offered him cocaine. We’re under the impression that Sherlock didn’t take the hit. If he were to use his alone time to call his father for the ransom money, he wouldn’t have done it high. It’s a mere assumption, so don’t take our word for it.

The So-So:

  • Rhys: John Hannah is a fine actor, so we salute him for adding another dimension to what could have been a cardboard character from an after school special. He plays a former drug dealer who needs Sherlock to find his kidnapped daughter. He eggs Sherlock on, almost completely convincing him that he was a better consulting detective when under the influence. All we were missing was the end message from Scruff McGruff about how bad drugs are. Thankfully, they picked the right actor to build more dimension, but we disliked his general plot construction.
  • Our Conclusion: Is it us or is Sherlock getting slower with his deducing? Within the past couple episodes it’s been noticeable that he’s not as sharp. As we got closer to the conclusion, Sherlock decided to cave into the kidnapper’s demands and give him the ransom money, not only to retrieve the girl but so he could get rid of Rhys. We know Sherlock had a plan B, but the heavy lifting was done by either Joan, Rhys or the kidnapper himself as flaws in his plan began to show. Sherlock’s becoming lazier in his deductions. We hope this trend ends in the next episode.


The plot obstacles that restrain “A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs” from being great are painful to see, but thankfully they didn’t prevent us from enjoying most of the episode.

Rating: 6.5/10

Elementary airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS

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