elementary internal audit

It’s difficult to sit through midseason finales knowing they won’t pack enough punch to make the break in the show’s run worth breaking for. Elementary forges ahead with “Internal Audit,” an episode that comes off with a whimper but still has a couple developments in the overall storyline for the season.

The Players:

  • Director: Jerry Levine
  • Writers: Bob Goodman
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill, Heather Burns, Ato Essandoh

Episode Title: “Internal Audit”

Sherlock (Miller) and Watson (Liu) are called on the scene of yet another murder investigation. This time centering around an investor caught under fire due to a scheme that pulled his successful company under. When Watson finds that one of the prime suspects is a former client, she struggles to keep her work in check without bringing up the woman’s sordid past. At the same time, Sherlock continues to beat his head against a wall thanks to the permanent damage inflicted on Detective Bell (Hill) in the previous episode.

The Good:

  • It’s Not Always About You: This is a theme that’s become more prominent for Sherlock. He’s a changed man, one who’s slightly more compassionate and willing to lend a helping hand. Sherlock longs to become a better person but his massive ego is getting in the way. When Alfredo (Essandoh) swooped in suggesting he should be a sponsor to another lost soul, it brought a strange balance back in Sherlock. In some ways, you can see the slight glimmer and hesitation in his eyes knowing he should no longer center solely on himself but others. It will be interesting to watch him go from consulting detective to sponsor.
  • Joan’s Past Client: Joan’s previous professions continue to resurface, but the way the writers have approached each instance makes sense. The latest example is a former client who pleads with her to keep her addict past under wraps from the police. Joan is obviously softer than Sherlock, which is why it’s harder to see her to weave her clues together to the cops so her friend is in the clear.

The So-So:

  • Detective Bell: The episode begins with one of our favorite detectives behind a desk doing nothing but paperwork. Detective Bell hasn’t fully recovered, and may never do so, but the cliffhanger in this episode perked my interest. He was offered a surveillance job, one that I imagine could turn out bad for Bell if he isn’t careful. Then again, we need a twist to the overall story, so let’s see it happen.
  • Mystery Time: There wasn’t anything enthralling about this episode other than the strange and torturous way each victim was murdered. Once you realize Joan’s former client isn’t the perpetrator, it narrows the list of potential suspects greatly. Every once in a while Elementary suffers from a predictable murder-of-the-week scenario and this was one of those cases.

The Bad:

  • Mid-Season Finale: There was no point in releasing “Internal Audit” as the winter finale. “Tremors” was easily one of the best episodes of the season, throwing a serious wrench in everyone’s lives making it a worthy bookend to the show this year. Why they decided to use “Internal Audit” instead is beyond me.

Overall:

Elementary didn’t end on the strongest note but still had enough development to keep us interested in returning for the second half of the season.

Rating: 7/10

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