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Elementary: Pilot

Sherlock Holmes comes out of rehab and jumps straight into consulting with the NYPD, dragging his new sober companion, Joan Watson, with him. Their first case takes them to a home invasion gone wrong.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Thursday September 27th, 2012
Special Airtime: 10:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Global) Sep 27, 2012
UK (sky LIVING) Oct 23, 2012
AU (ten) Feb 03, 2013
IE (RTÉ TWO) Jan 09, 2014


Guest Stars
Dallas RobertsDallas Roberts
As Dr. Richard Mantlo (Victim's husband)
Manny PerezManny Perez
As Detective Javier Abreu
Jonathan Walker (2)Jonathan Walker (2)
As Harrison Polk (Friend of the victim)
Kristen BushKristen Bush
As Eileen Renfro (Survivor)

Co-Guest Stars
Craig WalkerCraig Walker
As Peter Saldua (Mentally Unstable)
Michael NathansonMichael Nathanson
As Infomercial Narrator
Randal TurnerRandal Turner
As Male Opera Singer
Melissa ZapinMelissa Zapin
As Female Opera Singer
Sherry H. ArellSherry H. Arell
As Shushing Lady

Annika BorasAnnika Boras
As Amy Dampier (Victim)
Roy PollackRoy Pollack
As NYC Pedestrian
Ward HortonWard Horton
As Soap Opera Actor
Main Cast
Jonny Lee MillerJonny Lee Miller
As Sherlock Holmes
Lucy LiuLucy Liu
As Dr. Joan Watson
Aidan QuinnAidan Quinn
As Capt. Thomas "Tommy" Gregson


The episode begins with two glasses full of water falling on the floor; the broken pieces are scattered all over. We then see a woman being strangled by someone (face not shown). She falls and cuts her hand on the broken pieces; a little blood is smeared on the floor. She then manages to escape and runs into her bedroom. The unknown killer follows her and she struggles. Cut to the scene where Joan Watson is enjoying her morning jog. She then arrives to pick someone up but she is informed that he escaped. She then calls the guy’s father and tells him that his son left a little early. She is on her way to meet him. She then goes to meet the guy who escaped; Sherlock Holmes. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Elvis CostelloWatching The DetectivesEnd of episode
The Naked And FamousYoung BloodPlayed when Joan wakes up and goes running
Sean CalleryElementary Theme SongOpening Credits
Trent ReznorHidden in Snow feat Atticus RossWhen Sherlock is in Saldua's apartment
Trent ReznorWhat if We Could? feat Atticus RossSherlock tells Joan he lied to protect her feeling
Zoe KeatingLegions (Aftermath)The slow motion attack in the opening
Zoe KeatingOptimistWatson enters Sherlock's home; Sherlock is in jail
Zoe KeatingWe InsistWhen Sherlock and Watson walk to the crime scene
Zoe KeatingThe PathWhen Watson finds Sherlock on the roof
(Unknown artist)High ReelsSherlock meets Gregson at the pub

Episode Quotes
(Joan tries to connect with Sherlock, who keeps pacing)
Joan: My name is Joan Watson. I've been hired by your father to be you sober companion. He told me he was going to email you about me. I'm here to make your transition from your rehab experience to the routine of your everyday life as smooth as possible, I will be living with you for the next six weeks. Which means that I will be available to you twenty four seven.
Sherlock: (Stops pacing and looks Joan in the eyes) Do you believe in love at first sight? I know what you're thinking. Love is a cynical place and I must be a cynical man, thinking a woman like you would fall for a line like that. The thing is, it isn't a line. Please hear me when I say this. I have never loved anyone as I do you right now, in this moment. (Without losing eye contact with Joan, he turns on the TV and an actor repeats the line.)

(Joan follows him from room to room while he moves like she's not there)
Joan: Care to explain why you broke out of your rehab facility the same day you were being released?
Sherlock: Bored.
Joan: You were bored?
Sherlock: I am bored, right now. It happens often. You'll get used to it. Regarding our mutual friends at Hemdale, I'd say they should be thanking me for exposing flaws in their rubbish security system.

(Sherlock explains that the woman who left did not use chemicals to get Sherlock high.)
Sherlock: I actually find sex repellent. All those fluids and all the sounds. My brain and my body require it to function at optimum levels, so I feed them as needed. You're a doctor. You understand.

(Sherlock brings Watson to the crime scene)
Sherlock: Tell me, how do clients typically introduce you.
Watson: What do you mean?
Sherlock: I mean, I find it hard believe they'd actually tell someone that they've been assigned a glorified helper monkey.
Watson: Helper monkey?

(Sherlock corrects Watson for allowing Detective Gregson to bar her from the crime scene.)
Sherlock: Consider this my place of business. Consider every wretched hive of depravity and murder in this city, my place of business. Unless of course, you don't believe you have the stomach for the work I do.

(Watson asks Sherlock how he guesses)
Sherlock: I don't guess I observe. And Once I've observed I deduce.

(Sherlock and Watson speak on the roof of the brownstone)
Sherlock: The simple truth is, I don't need you. I'm finished with drugs. I won't be using them again. My advice, take a six week holiday. I promise I won't tell the Pa.

(Things come to a head when Watson calls Sherlock on being wrong, just to be corrected.)
Watson: It's incredible, the way that you can solve people just by looking at them. I noticed you don't have any mirrors around here.
Sherlock: What is that supposed to mean?
Watson: I think you know a lost cause when you see one. (Joan takes her laptop and starts to walk away) Tomorrow I'll arrange for a new companion. Tonight I've got plans.

Cultural References
The play that Watson goes to is Tristan and Isolde.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRobert Doherty
Executive ProducerRobert Doherty  |  Michael Cuesta  |  Sarah Timberman  |  Carl Beverly
ProducerAlysse Bezahler
Co-ProducerGeoffrey Hemwall
Production DesignerPatti Podesta
EditorJoe Hobeck
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerLori Johnson
First Assistant DirectorLouis Guerra
Second Assistant DirectorVanessa Hoffman
MusicSean Callery
Music EditorChris McGeary
Music SupervisorRobin Urdang
Costume DesignerMarina Draghici
Set DecoratorSusan Ogu
Location ManagerDavid Chambers
Property MasterEric Cheripka
Construction CoordinatorRon Petagna
Production Sound MixerScott Breindel
Script SupervisorStacy Rowe
Production CoordinatorMeegan Neeb
Assistant EditorMarc Clark (1)
Post Production SupervisorHuey M. Park
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete
Re-Recording MixerJeffrey Perkins  |  Eric Justen
Director of PhotographyNelson Cragg
Stunt CoordinatorMike Russo
Art DirectorJordan Jacobs
Visual Effects CoordinatorChris Cruse
Visual Effects SupervisorBrad Powell
Production AccountantSarah Rubenstein
Chief Lighting TechnicianJoe Sciretta
Transportation CaptainKenny Gaskins
"A" Camera OperatorTim Norman
Department Head HairDiana Sikes
Casting AssociateJohn Andrews (1)
Special Effects SupervisorConrad Brink, Jr.
Department Head Make-upSarit Klein
ColoristLarry Field
Assistant To The Executive ProducerAshley Brim  |  Brian Rodenbeck
Assistant Costume DesignerAmy C. Bradshaw
Assistant To The ProducerJessica Lee (1)
Visual Effects ArtistChris Hagerthy
"B" Camera OperatorAlan Mehlbrech
Charge Scenic ArtistJoseph Garzero
First Company GripKurt Rimmel
Video PlaybackMike Sime
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