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Elementary 3×18, ‘The View from Olympus’: Playing at couch quail within the pied-à-terre

After enjoying a Spring Break hiatus (where Sherlock undoubtedly went to South Padre Island to do keg stands), Elementary is back this week and our boy is a grumpy, sulky git burdened with romantic crises — probably because the bros at Omega Sigma Mu floated their Natty Ice party ball too early and they all […]


Elementary 3×16, ‘For All You Know’: The persistence of memory

Is Sherlock Holmes a killer?  Elementary is back from a brief hiatus and brings us a really great stand-alone episode that takes a look into our boy’s troubled past with drug abuse, and examines the very fabric of what makes us who we really are in any given moment.  Joan takes on most of the […]


Elementary 3×15, ‘When Your Number’s Up’: Eat the Rich

The format changes up a bit this week by showing us exactly who the killer is right off the bat, and it’s perennial TV staple Alicia Witt!  You know, the redhead from Friday Night Lights.  And Justified.  And Law & Order.  And The Mentalist.  And House of Lies.  And Ally McBeal.  Okay, you get the […]


Elementary 3×14, ‘The Female of the Species’: A horse of a different taxonomy

Elementary’s got lady problems this week, y’all.  Dead boyfriends, angry dads, existential crises, jailhouse femmes fatale, pregnant zebras . . . the whole shebang.  I mean, even the word “shebang” is rife with female allusion!  Joan takes a break in the wake of Andrew’s shocking and untimely demise, using the time to reflect on what’s best […]


Elementary 3×13, ‘Hemlock’: Joan Watson, heartbreaker

“To err is human; to forgive is divine.” – Alexander Pope The phraseology has an unintended macabre connotation in the context of this week’s case, as an act of charitable forgiveness leads to our victim meeting his maker in a most grisly fashion.  Sherlock, in his solitary malaise due to Kitty’s absence , takes on […]


Elementary 3×12, ‘The One that Got Away’: At long last, the status quo

This week wraps up the back half of a two-hander, where our intrepid detectives continue the search for the criminal mastermind/kidnapper/rapist/torturer/sexual deviant/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist/all-around evil rich white guy.  That guy’s LinkedIn profile must be amazing.  Anyway, last week was really crap and kinda pointless, as we learned the case about the Albanian sex dungeon (and jeez, what’s […]


Elementary 3×11, ‘The Illustrious Client’: You get further with a smile and a nightstick than just a smile alone

This week finds us with the first half of a rare two-part tale on Elementary, and I’m sorry to say that it’s a big stinking pile of disappointment.  This is obviously the crescendo Kitty’s narrative progression has been building to, and . . . . the story just kinda fumbles it away.  It’s a dang […]


Elementary 3×10, ‘Seed Money’: Blood orchids

This week’s Elementary is a lovely romp through the delicate world of botany and home gardening.  It also features a murderous drug cartel, because what’s a day in the garden without a little homicide?  Junior Detective Kitty returns to the forefront after a few weeks on the bench as Sherlock and Joan hunt down clues […]


Elementary 3×09, ‘The Eternity Injection’: The tedium of sobriety

Take down the tree, pack away the tinsel, and snuff out that menorah: the New Year is here and Elementary is back!  You can leave the leftover cookies, though, I’ll take those.  Thank you.  Mmgphff.  Vrmy gufp.  Fhamks.  Oh, fruitcake?  Oh, no, I couldn’t.  I mean, I could, but I won’t, because fruitcake is awful […]


Elementary 3×08, ‘End of Watch’: Destruction from distraction

This is last episode of the year for the Elementary team, so it’s nice that they chose their best one of the season to go out on.  The Brownstone Detectives (feat. J-Watz) aid the NYPD in very personal case when there appears to be a serial cop-killer running loose on the streets of Gotham.  Muddying […]


Elementary 3×07, ‘The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction’: The Nose knows

Welcome back, friends, to the penultimate episode before Elementary goes on mid-season break!  Ah, mid-season.  That wonderful time of year when instead of our favorite shows, we get old reruns, holiday variety specials starring Carrie Underwood, and lots of football games.  Yawn.  But let us be thankful, in the spirit of the holidays, that we […]


Elementary 3×06, ‘Terra Pericolosa’: Atlas shrugged

Joan Watson rejoins the fold this week after her (briefly alluded to) lovers’ rendezvous in Copenhagen, and I hope Lucy Liu had a nice week off work.  It’s business as usual back at the Brownstone when Sherlock, Joan, and Kitty are called in to solve the mystery of the missing maps, which sounds like such […]


Elementary 3×05, ‘Rip Off’: Some people really know how to lend a hand

In a very curiously-scheduled episode of Elementary (seriously CBS, the night of Thanksgiving?  When everyone else is coming down from the meat sweats and watching football in a tryptophan-enduced malaise?  A thousand lashes with a soggy green bean upon you), everyone’s favorite New York-based British detective works a case involving the hand and (eventually) the […]


Elementary 3×04, “Bella”: I think, therefore I am a suspect

What does it mean to be human?  Is consciousness and self-awareness the same thing?  Does an emotionless act make us inhumane?  And most importantly, where’s the beef?  Questions like these are the lofty fodder we find ourselves grappling with this week in what is one of Elementary’s most esoteric and thought-provoking episodes, wherein we dig […]


Elementary 3×03, ‘Just a Regular Irregular’: “We’re just here for the math.”

I never did like math, much.  I wasn’t great at it in school even at a young age, unless I had a calculator.  Later developmental specialists would tell me I had something called “dyscalculia,” which is basically math dyslexia.  As long as I could input numbers into a calculator that would do the actual formulations […]


Elementary 3×02, “The Five Orange Pipz”: The more things change, the more they don’t actually change that much

This week finds Sherlock and Joan totally still not working together and living completely separate lives while definitely not consulting on the same case at the same time in each other’s company, and they are absolutely not acting like nothing happened last week and totally not pretending that outside of Joan living in her own […]


Elementary 3×01, ‘Enough Nemesis to Go Around’: The tenuous independence of Joan Watson, P.I.

Velcome, velcome!  Do sit down and have a nice warm glass of blood, um, . . . I mean . . . cocoa.  Yes, cocoa.  Warm, salty, hemoglobin-rich cocoa.  Or whatever.  It’s the day after Halloween, whaddya expect?  For Dia de los Muertos, it’s festively raining bodies down elevator shafts this week on Elementary‘s season […]

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Orange is the New Black 2×04-06: The taxation of trade routes is in dispute

Welcome back, inmates!  Our time in the clink this week finds Piper and Larry’s relationship circling the metaphorical drain, sewage coming up in the bathroom showers through the non-metaphorical drain, Vee’s emotional manipulation taking the form of something more orchestrated and goal-oriented, Boo and Nicky duking it out out to see who is Litchfield’s most […]


Orange is the New Black 2×02 & 2×03: Shall we go to jail?

Covering the second and third episodes of the second season, we finally get back to the girls at Litchfield Federal Penitentiary after our brief sojourn to Chicago, and we have a lot of catching up to do.  How is Red dealing with the fallout from alienating her prison family?  Who is this complicating new person […]


Game of Thrones 4×10, ‘The Children’: At long last, the behemoth lurches forward

Well, that’s what I call a finale!  This might have been my favorite episode of the entire series, I kid you not.  So much stuff happened!  And not in a typical Game of Thrones, “we see a lot of things and places and people speaking words but little actually goes on” way.  This was an […]