This week’s “Elementary” episode, “An Unnatural Arrangement,” gave us a glimpse into what is up with Capt. Gregson (Aidan Quinn) when someone threatens his wife, Cheryl (Talia Balsam). We also get one more step forward in the evolution of Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson’s (Lucy Liu) relationship.
Watson is in training
Sherlock forces Watson to spend her Friday evening staring at men sitting in a jail cell. Her job is to figure out what they are in for just by looking at them, and she’s pretty good at it. While there, a detective asks her to make quick work of a string of felafel cart robberies that he’s having trouble cracking. He can’t ask Sherlock because Sherlock always refers to him (and all other detectives who aren’t Det. Bell, played by Jon Michael Hill) as “Not Bell.”
Someone has broken into a woman’s house. As soon as she walks in, he asks for her husband while wearing a ski mask. She runs upstairs and locks the door, but he follows her up and tries to kick it in. She shoots him through the door while calling 911. He runs off, injured.
It turns out that Capt. Gregson is her husband. When a second guy, Sam Clennon (Ross Morgan Ruben), is shot dead, they know it’s not just about Gregson. In fact, it’s not about him at all: Clennon served in the military under Gregson’s neighbor, James Monroe, and when Monroe’s address is typed in online, it shows a picture of Gregson’s house.
But now Monroe is dead too, and both Clennon and Monroe are thought to have been killed by Jacob Esparza (Armando Riesco), a third man who served with them. It all has to do with cheating on wives, and cheating wives.
One of the wives thought to be cheating is a woman named Elizabeth. The only problem is that she is divorcing her husband, so she wasn’t exactly cheating with anyone. In fact, it has nothing to do with cheating: Elizabeth was part of an excavation team, and stole a priceless artifact. She had her husband kill Clennon and Monroe because they helped her steal it, and wanted the money for herself and her husband.
Gregson and Watson
Meanwhile, Sherlock steals Watson’s felafel case as a “palate cleanser” while working on their main case, which upsets Watson. She wanted her own case to help her learn, but Sherlock argues that all cases are “their” cases, together. Later, realizing that he’s harming his working relationship with Watson, he offers up his old cold cases that he was never able to solve, saying that she may succeed where he failed. She appears to be overcome with gratitude at the gesture.
While Sherlock and Watson solve the main case, we learn that Gregson has been separated from Cheryl for about a month, and he needs someone to talk to. Sherlock offers up Watson’s help in that regard, until he realizes how much his small gesture toward Watson went so far as an apology for solving her felafel case.
Sherlock not only does a background check on Cheryl’s new boyfriend’s background, finding nothing, but takes time out for a chat with Gregson. Sherlock likens Gregson’s relationship with Cheryl to his own with Watson. She is still his partner, even if the romance is no longer there.
“Elementary” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS.
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