The “Elementary” episode “Deja Vu All Over Again” is a good balance between the mystery aspect of the series and the relationship between Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu). Sherlock gives Watson her very own case while Sherlock works a separate case mentioned within the context of Watson’s case.
Two cases from Sherlock’s dad
Sherlock’s father asks Sherlock to take a look at a case. Sherlock immediately bristles at the idea, believing that any case brought to him by his father is sure to involve a bunch of shysters. The case actually involves a missing woman, Callie, who has left a video with clues to her disappearance.
In the video, Callie mentions that she can’t stop thinking about a woman with flowers who had been pushed in front of a subway train, and that she can’t waste anymore time. She apologizes to her husband, Drew (Josh Hamilton), but says that she doesn’t love him anymore. Sherlock passes the case to Watson, while he takes the case of the woman who was shoved in front of the train.
Watson shines in her new role as “consulting detective,” but is just too new at the job to trust herself. There are too many reasons to doubt herself, coming at her from different directions. Her first source of doubt is her friends. They actually stage an intervention for her, believing that she is lost. One of her best friends just “knows” that Watson is not a detective.
Viewers can share Watson’s reaction to the intervention. What do her friends know? They haven’t seen her at work! They don’t know how much she loves her new job! Watson is stunned, but has no words for fools who inject themselves into her business, not knowing what they are talking about.
The next source of doubt is caused by Watson herself. When she suspects that Drew murdered his wife and breaks into his SUV, the cops show up and arrest her. She was so sure she was right, but was proven wrong: Callie’s body was not hidden a trunk in the back of Drew’s SUV.
The only clue Sherlock can glean from the surveillance camera of the subway murder is a patch on the jacket arm of the man who shoved the woman. Sherlock is able to find a man who worked in the same building as Callie, and had been videotaping her. He didn’t commit the murder, but he taped it from another angle. Unfortunately, the new tape doesn’t immediately reveal any new information either.
Watson almost quits
Watson goes to Callie’s family with the intention of quitting the case of the missing woman. But then she spots a picture of Callie wearing Drew’s jacket with the patch that was visible on the surveillance camera in Sherlock’s case! She brings the information to Sherlock, but immediately begins doubting herself again.
Sherlock merely sees her self-doubt as a distraction. The patch is significant; Watson may have found the one piece of evidence that will allow them to solve both cases, but she just can’t shake the doubt instilled by her friends.
Sherlock and Watson realize that the video left by Callie is actually much older. She was referencing a different case of a woman with flowers who was shoved in front of the subway train. Drew wanted people to think the video was new, so he went to the subway for the sole purpose of handing a woman flowers then murdering her. He had actually murdered his wife earlier, then given Callie’s 18 month old video to the police to dupe them into thinking she had left recently.
Armed with the knowledge that she was right all along (except about the body being hidden in the husband’s SUV), Watson is proud to put “consulting detective” as her new job on her social networking profile. Good job, Watson!
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