This show really needs to solve its "Oh, it's that guy!" problem. As in: Who was the murderer this week? Oh, it's that guy! That guy we saw on The Good Wife, or Castle, or Suits. This week's murderer was based on real-life Angel Of Death Kristen Gilbert, which makes me wonder... has there ever been a real serial killer who based all their murders off episodes of CSI? Has that happened yet? If not, it's only a matter of time. Then CSI will make a special episode about it, and the universe will implode in on itself in a metapocalyse of mediocre TV writing.
This episode saw Holmes and Watson deal with another criminal who exploits his perceived position of authority to prey on the weak. Also, this is the second time we've seen Holmes come up against someone who uses their medical expertise to hurt people who trust them, indicating that this may be a theme for the show in general. Does part of Holmes' backstory in London, and his subsequent addiction, relate to someone having exploited their power over him? It seems unlikely that it'd be a doctor because he clearly trusts and admires Watson with relative ease, but... maybe a psychiatrist? The writers' ongoing focus on power dynamics is surely there for a reason, and I suspect that Holmes' insight into dominant/submissive personalities might end up being this show's equivalent to House, MD's infamous "everybody lies" motif.
Tying in with this week's return to the hospital we saw in the pilot episode (it is the same hospital, right?), it's becoming more and more apparent that Elementary likes to focus on Watson's medical career more than any other Holmes adaptation before. Rather than Watson's medical expertise being used exclusively for assistance on Holmes' cases, we get whole episodes either themed around the medical profession or, in this case, delving into Watson's backstory. The contrast between Joan and the arrogant chief surgeon Dr Baldwin was obvious: Joan, after accidentally causing the death of a patient, retires from medicine despite her obvious passion for the work, whereas Dr Baldwin actually kills off a patient in order to cover his mistakes and keep on practising medicine.
- DISGRACEFUL absence of violin, but I will allow the brief mention of Holmes being a member of a beekeeping forum. Because: beekeeping forum. Could do with more actual bees, though. Bees are vitally important, always.
- Watson being all, "You're the head of a very important department," to Dr Baldwin, near the beginning. Because you just KNOW she's had to play up to the egos of arrogant surgeon dudes for her entire career
- "Failed sapphic dalliance"? Really? Eh, I'll allow it as a throwaway line. But am not impressed.