Elementary Thoughts & Open Thread: The Man with the Twisted Lip


“The Man with the Twisted Lip” has an interesting place among Elementary episodes: it’s one of the few (the only?) that shares a name with one of the original Conan Doyle stories. You can read “The Man with the Twisted Lip” right here. It doesn’t seem to have too much to do with the episode, other than the fact that both stories start when Watson is asked to look for a friend’s missing addict family member and is then led into the actual mystery. Anyone see other connections? One thing that jumped out at me from the original story is that there’s no actual murder! Fascinating. There is murder in the episode, of course, and it’s super-creepy murder by drone. There’s also a tiny mosquito-like drone spying on Holmes and Watson. “A bug that is literally a bug. It’s like something from a sci-fi movie.”

And the big thing going on this week: Mycroft’s back! And he wants to date Joan! Of course, this is happening at the same time as Sherlock is recognizing that his lack of meaningful relationships is something making him potentially in danger of a relapse. “If I can never value a relationship properly, then at what point do I stop trying to maintain them?” “But I am without peer, and that’s the greatest threat to my sobriety.” He may be without peer, but Joan is the closest he has, so of course he flips out at the idea of Mycroft “taking” her. “We could draw up some sort of shared custody arrangement,” he suggests, and Joan, of course, objects. She’s so great here, constantly asserting her agency in this battle between brothers while making it clear that she cares about Sherlock and doesn’t want to hurt him by jumping into things with Mycroft. And I love that Sherlock apologizes, but also that she doesn’t completely fall for it: “I value you as a person.” “That’s nice. It really is. But your apologies always seem to come after you already got what you wanted.”

At the same time, Mycroft’s . . . maybe plotting something? Involved in something? The Previouslies remind us of his secret plans of some sort, and in this episode Sherlock and Joan figure out that French mobsters are hanging out at Mycroft’s restaurant. And then Joan gets kidnapped! So we’ll see where that all goes this week.

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • So delightful to see Ms. Hudson again!
  • “We email sometimes. Mycroft and I are friends. That’s what friends do.”
  • “Did he take liberties with you?” is quite something to say when you’re in a sleeping woman’s room uninvited, dude.
  • “Have you considered the likelihood that you consistently undervalue that woman?” “I hold her work in the highest esteem.” “I’m not talking about her work, I’m talking about her.”
  • “She has a very symmetrical face. She will attract a mate when she’s ready.”
  • Is Joan really going to move out??
  • “I think you might have been right.” “Yeah. On what topic?”
  • “Can’t we find a hacker collective that accepts cash?”
  • I’m worried about what’s going to happen with Chekhov’s heroin, you guys.

Check Out The Fault in Our Stars’s Entertainment Weekly Cover!

The Fault in Our Stars Entertainment WeeklyThe Fault in Our Stars has made the cover of Entertainment Weekly, and it features both the book cover and stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Click on the thumbnail or right here to see the whole thing and read a bit of the cover story, including this from author John Green:

“I tried to write the funniest, most honest love story I could about these kids who were living with a difficult disease. I never thought it would popular,” says Green. “I certainly never imagined it would be a movie.”

Arrow Thoughts & Open Thread: Seeing Red


There is, of course, one main thing I want to talk about regarding “Seeing Red” – MOIRA. Oh, Moira. I’m so sad. I loved Moira Queen as a character, with all her flaws and all her strengths. And I loved the complicated Queen family dynamics. Before she died, she told Oliver that she knew his secret – but did not, of course, articulate what exactly she knew. If Oliver assumes she figured out the truth, though, and approved, hopefully that will give him some peace. Of course, Moira’s death opens up some interesting new directions for Oliver and Thea, but still. Sad.

Oh, and the other thing we should talk about: The flashbacks and their revelations. First: Oliver and Laurel were kind of adorable, and I would totally watch that flashback as a teen soap. And more importantly, presumably, for the story: We learned that Oliver may have a child out there somewhere – and that Moira paid the mother to tell Oliver she miscarried and go away forever. This could go interesting places, I suppose, but I’m . . . concerned. We’ll see.

Other favorite lines & points of interest:

  • “Felicity, I don’t think there’s a force on earth that could make you a bad person.” Ugh, forget Felicity/Oliver, let’s have Felicity/Diggle.
  • At one point Felicity magically calls two people’s cell phones at the same time. How?
  • “Mopey’s your default, Ollie. It’s part of your smoldering charm.” “I do have smoldering charm.”
  • “Now, I’m going to go upstairs to the stockroom, and if I get attacked by some shot glasses, I’ll call 911.”
  • “Lurking seemed like a good compromise.” “Yeah, well. It’s not.”
  • “The bottle says the proper dose – ” “Is all of it.”
  • “No one dies tonight.”
  • “I just care about you too much to be with you.” AGAIN. Over this.

Trailer: Petals on the Wind

Petals on the WindReady for another dose of Dollanganger crazy? Via EW, here’s the trailer for Flowers in the Attic sequel Petals on the Wind, which will air on Lifetime on May 26th. It stars Rose McIver and Wyatt Nash taking over the roles of Cathy and Chris, and Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, and Dylan Bruce return. Will you be watching the insanity?

Bones Thoughts & Open Thread: The Nail in the Coffin

BonesHey, Bones fans, if you hadn’t heard, the last few episodes of the season have been rescheduled: tonight’s episode will air on May 12th, and the season finale on May 19th.

So in the meantime, let’s talk about last week’s episode: The ghost killer is back! Cam doesn’t want Brennan involved in the case because of her history of taking it so personally, and boy, does that cause a lot of tension. (Booth manages to tread the very difficult line of doing his job while also clearly and publicly supporting his wife.) And, of course, Brennan shows up anyway.

And the ghost killer turns out to be . . . Stephanie McNamara! (We last saw her played by Kelly Rutherford. When her brother died.) I was happy that Cam remembered that Hodgins knew the McNamaras, and the show dropped in some nice signs of this old familiarity, including Hodgins referring to “Steph.” It turns out that McNamara was abused by her father, and as a teenager killed a classmate her father raped – and the father then covered it up. This then, presumably, triggered her serial killings – and the man framed for her first murder eventually killed her.

The whole thing about Booth’s potential promotion continues, and I’m curious where it’s going, because obviously they’re not going to have them leave DC or have Booth and Brennan stop working together. (Unless we’re in for another time jump, I guess.) Anyway, this week Brennan was writing an assessment of Booth, and it led to some sweet and very them moments, but . . . why? Why did the FBI ask her to do this? Surely they know she’s his wife. Ah well. And wow, apparently Booth would need to be confirmed by Congress for this new job, so it’s really a big deal.

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • I loved the kid at the beginning trying to cover her fear with very teenaged disdain. “Stop, Dad, this is stupid.”
  • I also love Clark’s ongoing “Am I the only professional here?” stuff.
  • “Tons of money, and all that’s left is murder, sadness, and secrets.”
  • “I’m more of a crescendo guy.”
  • “As a prosecutor, that makes me want to slap someone silly.”
  • “Tell us why you’re happy?” “I understand! I am also happy!”