[SPOILERS BELOW FOR LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF ELEMENTARY]
I had very mixed feelings about “Art in the Blood.” On the one hand, I’m always excited when MI-6 comes into things, and I love the complicated Holmes family dynamics. But I just can’t seem to buy into the Mycroft/Joan relationship. But Mycroft’s “I am British Intelligence” comment made me very happy. And it’s amazing that he managed to keep that from Sherlock, of all people, though as he points out, it’s not like they’re close.
MI-6 recruits Sherlock to solve the murder of their ex-analyst – and it turns out that the man had been analyzing him, years ago. But the analyst had bipolar disorder and was no longer working for MI-6, and had become the analyst who cried wolf – so this time, when he insisted there was a mole in the Circus, so to speak, he was mostly ignored – except, of course, he was correct and ended up murdered for his trouble. The “invisible ink” tattoos he used to store data were an interesting twist – something I don’t think I’ve seen used on a procedural before.
Joan’s encounter with Mycroft started out so well – “No.” “No to what?” “No to whatever you came here to say.” – and I was happy that she recognized that she’d never be able to trust Mycroft. “[Sherlock] deserves better than you. And so do I.” But then she finds out that the reason Mycroft kept working for MI-6 – after getting out at one point – was to make a deal to protect Sherlock, who wound up unknowingly mixed up in a terrorist plot while in the depths of his addiction. And I get that Joan would be grateful and see Mycroft’s actions differently once she knows his motivations, but I don’t like that this revelation apparently magically fixed her trust issues and made her ready to jump into a relationship.
And, of course, Sherlock did not react well to Joan’s announcement that she was moving out. “You get that it’s never a good time with you, right?” she points out, and she’s right, but this is one of those situations where both their viewpoints are sympathetic and understandable, and so this all was heartbreaking. And I’m curious to see what the show would look like next season if Joan does move out. At the end of the episode, Sherlock realizes that Mycroft is being framed for the analyst’s murder – which he realized because he recognized his brother’s fingerprints, a great touch – so presumably the trio will have to put their differences on hold to find the real killer. So I will try to put my worries for next season on hold as well.
Other favorite lines and points of interest:
- I liked Sherlock going to the cops at the beginning – it shows both how important Joan is to him and how much he’s come to trust his police coworkers.
- I really thought Sherlock was going to hug Joan when he finally saw her safe at home. JUST HUG HER.
- “Everything I’ve told you is true, more or less. I’ve just omitted a great deal.”
- “What’s your double 0 designation? License to kill, or just annoy?”
- “I saved your brother’s life, too.” “I’ll let that slide.”
- “Worried I’ll show you up?” “More worried you’ll start a war.”
- “I came in a less orthodox entrance to see if I could. I could.”
- “I saw a mole hunt up close once before.” During the Cold War. Please no one tell me this isn’t a Le Carre reference.
- Ooh, MI-6 wants Sherlock permanently. Obviously that would completely change the show and I doubt it will happen, but it would be interesting.