“The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville” – A serial killer known for biting his victims appears to be killing again, even though he was presumed dead, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, April 3 (10:01 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured  Lucy Liu as Joan Watson Photo: Jeff Neumann/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Elementary pulls the spotlight away from the consulting detective and shifts it towards Watson (Lucy Liu) in “The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville.” Watson battles the conflict swirling inside her as she tries to solve a murder, and uncover something about her past.

The Players:

  • Director: Larry Teng
  • Writer: Jason Tracey
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill

Episode Title: “The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville”

Sherlock (Miller) and Watson find themselves tangled up in a new crime, that may be tied to a spree of murders committed nearly a decade ago. The only problem is that the murderer has been dead for a while, which piques Watson’s interest in solving the case due to a personal experience. When she recalls treating, and seeing the convicted criminal die on the operating table, she’s desperate to find the copycat. Plus, why did her supervisor make the moral call to let him die, rather than save his life?

The Good:

  • All About Watson: Watson has blossomed from a sober companion to a consulting detective in training. More so, she’s a woman with complex emotions stirring inside of her. She’s made her reflections on her past in the medical field before, and with that came a lot of tough decisions. Here she reveals that she was there the night the murderer died and could have possibly saved his life. Watson struggled with a moral dilemma but she wasn’t the one who hesitated when his life was in her hands. Her supervisor made the decision, leaving Watson to question to this day whether or not he did it on purpose. By the end of the episode, she realizes that he’ll never give her the answer. She’ll have to accept it and move on.
  • Calm Sherlock: The roles are finally reversed as Sherlock goes to Watson, gradually feeding her gentle information on how to handle her internal turmoil. But he doesn’t act like that throughout the entire episode. There are still a couple instances where you see the same old Sherlock. One of the best examples of that is surprising Watson twice with his turtle, dressed in adorable knitted sweaters whenever he needs her to wake up. 
  • The Suspects: In a vast majority of procedurals you can see the suspect lurking around within the first five minutes. In “The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville” we’re on a winding road of possibilities. Many suspects are crossed off the list shortly after their arrival. It’s not until the last few minutes that we realize who’s the culprit, which makes you wonder what hints there were sprinkled in the show prior to that. If you have Elementary on your DVR, it’s fun to go back and see what subtle hints you might have missed.

The So-So:

  • Editing: There were a couple instances, particularly in the opening scene, where the editing flow felt a little choppier than what we’re used to. While it’s simple to follow scenes on this show, the pacing felt a off.

The Bad:

  • The Opening: We’re immediately pushed into the scene of a random crime. It’s one that’s incredibly obvious to figure out after you glance at it for a good minute or two. Sherlock smugly spits out what really happened to two murder victims and finds a jewelry thief in the process. It was a blatant display of his know-it-all attitude. It came off as a silly introduction that appears out of place compared to the rest of the Watson-centric episode.


Watson’s continuos development throughout Elementary are what brings fans like myself back each week.

Rating: 8.5/10

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

What did you think of last night’s episode?