On the Line

Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) inflicts his rage on most who cross his path, and they usually deserve it. This anger stems from a special case that leaves him fuming. He’s determined more than ever to solve it in this episode of Elementary. “On The Line” captures our attention, leaving us with a well-executed story that’s easily one of the highlights of the season.

The Players:

  • Director: Guy Ferland
  • Writer: Jason Tracey
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill, Troy Garity, Chris Bauer

Episode Title: “On The Line”

Sherlock and Watson (Liu) are called to investigate a case that’s closed the minute it began, but it’s not that easy. When the only suspect walks away, Sherlock realizes how wrong they were to let him go. He gets highly attached to the case as the a suspected serial killer gets Sherlock to play by his twisted rules. At the same time Sherlock and Watson are feeling the brunt of the NYPD as they come to realize their presence at the station isn’t welcome.

The Good:

  • Rage: The past few episodes Sherlock Holmes has changed for the better, but his goody-two-shoes persona has worn off. When he’s confronted by a serial killer, you know this man will do whatever it takes to get under Sherlock’s skin. He pushes Sherlock into a corner, and the reaction he gets is uninhibited anger. In some ways, Sherlock is sharper than ever, piecing together the evidence for these crimes that will put this man away. At the same time he’s a little terrifying and far more intimidating than usual, which even makes Watson uneasy. This is combined with the always solid acting talents of Miller which makes the episode work even more. Sherlock is a flawed human being and we must never forget that. He may seem like an all-knowing, smug jerk but there’s still a broken man beneath the surface.
  • Our Suspect: The main story works for a variety of reasons, one of them being this incredibly bold and creepy suspect. This episode isn’t about solving a murder as much as it is a cat-and-mouse game between Sherlock and the serial killer. There’s an instance where he bests Sherlock and Watson, by tricking them into thinking another person was in danger. In some ways this is the second time Sherlock’s had to deal with a mind like this, the first being Moriarty. It’s interesting to see the great consulting detective get tricked and outdone. It made the episode all the more fun to watch.
  • You’re Not Welcome Here: There’s one question that’s been on our mind ever since Elementary began: What does the NYPD think of Sherlock and Watson? It turns out, they don’t like them very much. This puts Captain Gregson (Quinn) in a corner, and in some ways opens his eyes as to some of the harassment they may be receiving. Just because Sherlock and Watson get along with him and Detective Bell (Hill) doesn’t mean that’s the case with everyone else.

The So-So:

  • A Team, Then Not: At the start of the episode, we see Watson and Sherlock working together, then our heroine is pushed to the side. It makes sense that she’s cast aside for a bit, because there focusing more on Sherlock’s character evolution. But she could have done more than talk to the grieving husband when it pertained to this case. She was just in the background for most of the episode.

The Bad:

  • Audio: Every once in awhile there’s a snag with the audio that happens during scenes. It sounded as if the final scene’s audio wasn’t polished and a little muffled. It didn’t completely take away its importance but it’s a small hiccup that bugged us.


“On The Line” was one of the most thrilling episodes of the season. There was enough action, suspense and character development to keep us happy.

Rating: 8.5/10

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

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