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Elementary: Child Predator

Sherlock gets a chance to take down a long running serial killer nicknamed "The Balloon Man".

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Thursday October 18th, 2012

Director: Rod Holcomb
Writer: Peter Blake (2)

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Nov 06, 2012
AU (ten) Feb 17, 2013
IE (RTÉ TWO) Jan 23, 2014

Guest Stars
Johnny SimmonsJohnny Simmons
As Adam Kemper (Age 19)
Yancey AriasYancey Arias
As Robert Castillo
Michael CountrymanMichael Countryman
As Barry Kemper
Erin DillyErin Dilly
As Amanda Kemper
Selenis LeyvaSelenis Leyva
As Sara Castillo
Christopher Evan WelchChristopher Evan Welch
As Samuel Abbott
Larisa PolonskyLarisa Polonsky
As Lori Thomas

Co-Guest Stars
Flint BeverageFlint Beverage
As Esu Sgt. O'Donnell
Andrew ChamberlainAndrew Chamberlain
As Adam Kemper (Age 12)
Don GuilloryDon Guillory
As News Cameraman
Brian OBrian O'Neill
As Kemper Family Attorney

José BáezJosé Báez
As Prisoner
Katelynn BaileyKatelynn Bailey
As Mariana Castillo
Ludovic CoutaudLudovic Coutaud
As Prostitute
Main Cast
Jonny Lee MillerJonny Lee Miller
As Sherlock Holmes
Lucy LiuLucy Liu
As Dr. Joan Watson
Jon Michael HillJon Michael Hill
As Detective Marcus Bell
Aidan QuinnAidan Quinn
As Capt. Thomas "Tommy" Gregson


The episode begins in Brooklyn and the year is 2005, where a boy named Adam is walking to school. A car pulls over and a voice calls out to him. Sounds like, Adam has seen this guy before! He offers Adam a ride and Adam notices lots of ‘thank you” balloons in his car. The man tells him that they are for his parents. Adam gets into the car and the man leaves the balloons on the site where he picked up Adam. Cut to the present, Holmes is looking at some old case files of the Balloon Man. He tells Watson that he heard on his police scanner that the Balloon Man has abducted one more girl named Mary Ann last night and he will be receiving a call from the PD soon. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
My Morning JacketOutta My SystemWhen Sherlock falls asleep
Sean CalleryElementary Theme SongOpening Credits
Zoe KeatingOptimistWhen Sherlock and Watson talk about exercise
Zoe KeatingThe PathPlayed right before they get the hit on the BOLO
Zoe KeatingEscape ArtistWhen Sherlock prepares to go over the files again

Episode Quotes
(Sherlock tries to focus while Watson bothers him about his sobriety regiment.)
Sherlock: For future reference, when I say "I agree with you", it means "I'm not listening.

(Watson realizes that Sherlock spent the whole night working on a case that he hadn't been called in on.)
Sherlock: Child abductions and serial murders mean psychiatric consultants and joint task forces, which in turn, means that Gregson can't call me in until the police commissioner approves. And he doesn't get in until 8:30 am, sharp. Add approximately three minutes for coffee and another six for a trip to the lou, he should be calling me in about fifteen minutes. (phone rings) Or sooner.

(The Castillos walk out of Gregson's office very unhappy)
Watson: So now what?
Sherlock: We go back to the files. We see if there is any clue that we missed as to where Abbot is keeping the girl.
Gregson: That's one option.
Sherlock: You have another?
Gregson: When Adam's parents hired a lawyer they put a wall between them and the NYPD. No cop can talk to him. No cop.
Sherlock: That's interesting. And where is he now?

(Sherlock and Watson walk through the police station.)
Sherlock: Listen, I wanted to thank you for all of your help.
Watson: I'm always happy to listen.
Sherlock: No no no, actually Watson, I was the one who listened last night. And I heard someone who was willing to accommodate the difficult process of a difficult person for the greater good. It's a rare quality in my experience. I may even listen to you again in the future...Not your sobriety twaddle of course, just your thoughts on cases.

(Adam asks if he'd trade his dad for immunity)
Sherlock: I'd trade my dad for a tic tac, but that's my dad, not yours.

(Watson insists on Sherlock getting some sleep.)
Sherlcok: No, no no no. Right after you solve a case you're flush with success we should double down on work.
Watson: We?
Sherlock: You, me, (picks up a bust) Angus, some combination of the three. You already know I favor you.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRobert Doherty
Executive ProducerRobert Doherty  |  Sarah Timberman  |  Carl Beverly  |  Craig Sweeny
Co-Executive ProducerChristopher Silber  |  Corinne Brinkerhoff  |  John David Coles  |  Peter Blake (2)  |  Liz Friedman
ProducerAlysse Bezahler  |  Geoffrey Hemwall
Associate ProducerChris Leanza  |  Melissa Owen
Production DesignerAndrew Bernard
EditorVictor Du Bois
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerLori Johnson
First Assistant DirectorMichael Steele (2)
Second Assistant DirectorGinger Gonzalez
MusicSean Callery
Costume DesignerRebecca Hofherr
Set DecoratorCarrie Stewart
Director of PhotographyRon Fortunato
Art DirectorClay Brown
Department Head HairDiana Sikes
Department Head Make-upPersefone Karakosta
Charge Scenic ArtistJanet Kalas
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