“Blood Is Thicker” leans towards the murder-of-the-week formula, but isn’t our main storyline. In this episode of Elementary, our heroes face a new set of problems that are the building blocks to a shake-up possibly by the middle of this season.

The Players:

  • Director: John Polson
  • Writer: Bob Goodman
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill, Rhys Ifans, Margaret Colin

Episode Title: “Blood Is Thicker”

Sherlock (Miller) and Watson (Liu) find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation connected to one of the most powerful men in technology. Mycroft (Ifans) is still in town and breaks some news that may put Sherlock and Watson’s work as consulting detectives to an abrupt end.

The Good:

  • Fun With The Camera: Director John Polson is having a great time lavishing us with cool shots of the New York landscape and dancing us around the characters in gorgeous settings. It is funny that a lot of the investigations that Sherlock and Watson have been a part of involve sharply decorated living spaces. Polson made “Blood Is Thicker” a lot more entertaining to watch.
  • Mycroft: The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and that’s especially true of Mycroft. He has something up his sleeve for his brother, and we’re not sure what. Mycroft shook Sherlock’s world when he spoke about how he may be cut off from his family fortune if he continued his work in New York City. All that did was make his bond with the city and Watson even stronger, which is making Mycroft nervous. At the end of the episode, we see him talking over the phone to an anonymous person. He’s discussing ways of how to rub Sherlock out of the picture. Is he working with Moriarty? We know Moriarty tried to reach out to Sherlock through a letter, but how much does this version of Mycroft love or possibly hate his brother?
  • The Opening: It’s always fun watching Sherlock’s playful and witty banter with Mycroft, especially in the opening scene. What made it even better was how the murder case came into play with the mysterious sound a bystander heard. It was well shot and immediately perked our interest in the episode.

The So-So:

  • Murder Mystery: “Blood Is Thicker” falls into the category of the simpler mystery for the viewer to figure out. When you’re given a limited cast, it’s easy to deduce who’s going to have a hand in this tangled web of murder. The mystery certainly isn’t the driving force of the episode and we’re glad because it was fairly mundane.
  • Sherlock’s Recovery: This interpretation of Sherlock has never come off as one who likes to dwell on his past, but he sure loves throwing the word “recovery.” At this point, we know full well that Watson’s influence on Sherlock worked enough to get him on the right path, and he’s pretty much acclimated with the real world to the degree that he’s used to. However, we don’t need him to keep spouting it off to every person with an open ear. It’s already made evident by his actions.


“Blood Is Thicker” proves to be a good platform for what could be a key plot point for the rest of the season. Where we go from here is unknown but we can’t wait for the next episode.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

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