Original Air Date: May 9, 2013
Laura Kelley – Associate Staff Writer
This week’s Elementary was easily one of the show’s best and most engaging so far, and it had an ending that I kind of saw coming but was still pretty surprised by. The show has been teasing Irene Adler all season and we finally got a big reveal with her and I loved how it was done. At the outset Holmes takes a case with a promise that if he does solve it Moriarty will tell him what he wants to know; we all know he’s going to take the case but we don’t know where it’s going to lead him, or who it will lead him to. Hit the jump for more, and as always there will be blood spoilers ahead!
Over the phone, Moriarty gives Sherlock a case and says if he solves it he’ll get answers. Along with death and taxes, the fact that Moriarty is the worst is an immutable fact of life so I wished Holmes could have just said no and gone off to banter with Joan or go ahead and move to Sussex to keep those bees, but it’s a bit premature for that. At the outset the case seems pretty simple; a man named Rourke was murdered by a killer who knew what they were doing. Prior to his violent death, the victim had been very afraid someone was following him, which Holmes and Watson learn was true. A risk management firm was following him, their CEO tells Holmes that Rourke was being tailed because he made threats against a client of theirs. The threats appear to be unfounded and Holmes thinks the CEO isn’t telling him everything so he reads a book he once wrote, and in the book the author, Sutter, describes his sister’s murder at the hand of a man who sounds a lot like Rourke, the victim.
Sutter admits to the cops that he did kill Rourke and by going to the police, he’s (presumably accidentally) ensured that Sherlock can’t get any more information out of him about his Moriarty connection. Moriarty tells Holmes that he’s not finished with the case yet because he still has to solve Sutter’s sister’s killing detailed in the book. Surprisingly Rourke didn’t kill her because he was working overseas at the time; Joan meets Sutter’s wife and immediately suspects she was behind what happened to Rourke. The wife actually saw the sister’s death years before but never came clean because she would have had to admit that she and Sutter were having an affair at the time. When she learned about a man who she could pass off as the killer to give Sutter the closure he needed she made him believe he was the killer. Sutter doesn’t feel any better when he learns the truth and wants revenge.
After Moriarty tells Sherlock that he never wants to meet him he gives him an address where he will find the answers he seeks. Sherlock doesn’t tell Joan that he spoke to Moriarty and heads to the address. Watson still supports Sherlock to Gregson who thinks Holmes can’t keep her safe and she finds the address he’s going to from a phone. They meet and head into what appears to be an abandoned mansion full of what looks like Renaissance artwork and Holmes is instantly thrown off-balance; he knows he’s been led to Irene, who restored art for museums. I figured we’d get an Irene reveal because earlier on Holmes waxed as lyrically as he ever does about Irene’s intelligence and optimism and we all knew she was a big reason he’s now sober but somehow this scene was still a shock. Irene turns and reveals herself to Sherlock and the episode ends. I cannot wait to see more Irene, I love Natalie Dormer on Game of Thrones and can’t think of a better actress to play such an integral part. That scene where Holmes sees Irene was amazing, I really felt for him and I know this is going to shake things up for him going forward. We’ll find out next week at the 2-hour season finale next week and I’m really excited to see what happens.
What did you guys think of Risk Management? Leave your TwoCents in the comments and let’s start speculating about what we think is going to happen next week! My money’s on a Joan-Irene slap-fight but I’m open to other theories.