elementary the man with the twisted lip

Elementary bobs in and out of serious plot points in “The Man with the Twisted Lip.” Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) faces a personal problem, that could cause him to relapse while Watson’s (Lucy Liu) romantic entanglement could ultimately harm her career.

The Players:

  • Director: Seith Mann
  • Writer: Steve Gottfried, Craig Sweeny
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Rhys Ifans, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill

Episode Title: “The Man with the Twisted Lip”

Shortly after opening a missing woman’s case, Sherlock and Watson get an unexpected visitor; Mycroft Holmes (Ifans). They try their best to focus on work, but are constantly derailed by Mycroft’s presence. When he proposes that Watson date him, she struggles to give an answer, and the possibility of her saying yes really bothers Sherlock.

The Good:

  • Mycroft’s Schemes: Mycroft’s plans are kicking into high gear. He throws a dating proposal Watson’s way, one he hopes she’ll happily accept. Instead she leaves him hanging for most of the episode, not because of her interest but due to Sherlock. He continually prods at Watson during every waking moment, and at times will force her to wake up in order to have her answer a random question. Once Watson discovers a couple of suspicious characters lurking in Mycroft’s restaurant, her suspicions that he could be in danger go through the roof. Unfortunately,  she was clueless about what these men could do to her. Watson is now knocked out unconscious, kidnapped and being brought to a random location.
  • Watson’s Dilemma: Now we’ve come to a point that was bound to happen; Watson’s independence. We’ve seen her stick by Sherlock’s side for almost two seasons. She’s guided him and consoled him through the toughest of times, but Sherlock has always given off this attitude that he could be taking her for granted. When she revealed to Mycroft that she’s ready to make her own life by moving out of the apartment, it made sense. The two can’t live together like this for years on end. At some point, Sherlock’s antics, constant prodding at every move she makes will eventually wear her down, and in this case it’s much sooner than later. She has yet to break the news to Sherlock, but we imagine it won’t go over too well.
  • About to Break: Sherlock’s been able to keep his hands away from drugs, but that resistance can’t last forever. At the start of the episode he speaks about how he may have hit his limit when it comes to growth. If Watson were to suddenly leave the apartment, it would mean that one of the firm placeholders in his life wouldn’t be there anymore. It was shocking to see him swipe one of the heroin bags that he found in the missing woman’s room. It’s easy to slip back into old habits, and the threat of losing the stability in their world that kept them sane could make any person make a mistake.
  • Direction: Seith Mann has directed several episodes of Elementary. His choice of camera angles and lighting intensified the story. There’s a nice lighting choice for the fire place, and that mixed with the angle shooting of Sherlock’s face clued in viewers to know that something bad was about to happen. There’s a ominous, uneasy feeling the camera movement and the score gives us when the two bodies are found in the park.

The So-So:

  • Drone Story Line: The missing persons case quickly turned into a murder mystery, which unraveled into a conspiracy that neither Sherlock or Watson were expecting to find. There’s this whole story subplot about tiny drones being used by a high ranking company owner in order to cover his tracks on attacks done across the globe. It is very relatable to what’s going on in the world today. But a politically driven sub story like that gets lost in the mix when you’re dealing with the season finale build-up that’s seeping from this episode.

The Bad:

  • A Little Edit: There were a couple moments in Elementary where the editing was off. When Sherlock is waiting to find out which one of the company executives would be meeting him, it immediately cut to the flashback that shows a photo standing out above the rest. The only problem with that was the fact that the viewers haven’t even taken a good look at the man’s face. When we saw the picture, it felt misplaced because we didn’t know what selection of executives to look at in the fist place.


There’s a serious amount of character development and general anticipation swelling up in “The Man with the Twisted Lip.” Elementary still has a couple questions that need to be answered. But we assume all will be revealed during the the season finale.

Rating: 8/10

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

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