The lives of Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan (Lucy Liu) get more complex when they take on a new case in this week’s Elementary. In “We Are Everyone,” they’re on the hunt for a Julian Assange-type that brings us to one of the few episodes where they almost fail. Throwing a twist in the murder-of-the-week story is always refreshing, especially with Joan’s pursuit of being socially active.

The Players:

  • Director: Jerry Levine
  • Writers: Jeffrey Paul King
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill, Aidan Quinn, Christian Campbell, Ronald Guttman

Episode Title: “We Are Everyone”

A mysterious man appears on Sherlock (Miller) and Joan’s (Liu) doorstep, asking them to hunt down a fugitive holding on to an incredible amount of classified information. As they dive deeper into the case, the suspect’s “protection” comes into play, throwing their lives into turmoil.

The Good:

  • The Main Story: The story kicks into gear when the two are hot on the case, discovering a murder that’s connected to this dangerous man. It was great to see a possible failure in sight for Sherlock and Joan. So often they’re able to miraculously solve their cases, which we understand. After all, we’re referring to the great fictional character Sherlock Holmes.But to see that the consulting detective could have been outsmarted was a nice change.
  • Pre-Credit Stinger: Right before “We Are Everyone” wrapped, Sherlock is reading a random letter that doesn’t make much sense until we realize who it’s from — Moriarty. Earlier in the episode, Sherlock stated to Joan that he swore off of love, but from the expression on his face you can see that old wound is opening back up. We saw him crack down towards the end of the first season because of Irene Adler/Moriarty. We may be seeing that again a little sooner than expected. We’ll just have to wait and see how Moriarty will come back into the picture. We’re certainly not done with this character.
  • Get A Life, Joan: In the last few episodes, we’ve seen Joan slightly interact with those around her in a more personal setting. But she hasn’t had time to spread her social butterfly wings without the pressures of solving a case. Now that Joan is looking to be back on the dating scene, maybe her love interest will come into play? If you’re familiar with the Sherlock Holmes books, Watson eventually gets married. If there’s one thing this episode did right, it was planting the seeds of bigger stories we’ll see unfold as the season goes on.

The So-So:

  • The Director’s Vision: The unsteady camera angles were unbecoming for such a sharply written episode. There were a couple of scenes where this was heavily implemented and it came off as distracting. We understand it’s difficult to mix things up when you’re dealing with a TV show. But placing the camera at different points for a more symbolic meaning is more effective than loosely holding it.


“We Are Everyone” is the starting point to a couple of key plots that will more than likely develop as the season goes on. This episode added the kind of mystery that makes the show fun to watch.

Rating: 8.5/10

Elementary airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS.

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