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Elementary: The Long Fuse

While investigating an office building explosion, Sherlock discovers a long running crime in progress. Watson encourages Sherlock to pick a sponsor.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Thursday November 29th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

AU (ten) Mar 31, 2013


Guest Stars
Ato EssandohAto Essandoh
As Alfredo Llamosa
Lisa EdelsteinLisa Edelstein
As Heather Vanowen
John PankowJohn Pankow
As Edgar Knowles
Donnie KeshawarzDonnie Keshawarz
As Earl Wheeler
Adam MucciAdam Mucci
As Rennie Jacobs
Deepa PurohitDeepa Purohit
As Himali Singh

Co-Guest Stars
Rufus CollinsRufus Collins
As Adrian
Dan BittnerDan Bittner
As David Preston
Charles SocaridesCharles Socarides
As Royce Maltz
Vedant GokhaleVedant Gokhale
As Pradeep Singh
Steve CirbusSteve Cirbus
As Bomb Squad Tech
Caris VujcecCaris Vujcec
As Recovering Addict
Tom TitoneTom Titone
As Lobbyist
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 with Holmes playing his memory game and Watson wants to finish the talk they were having last night. She wants him to be serious about finding a sponsor as she will be with him only for a few more weeks. He agrees. Next, we see a group of web designers discussing about a new client. They hear a beeping sound coming from the vent. They think that the maintenance guy must have left his phone inside. We see that it is a bomb ad moments later, it explodes. Gregson, Bell and Holmes arrive at the site along with the team. Gregson tells Holmes that 2 were killed and 11 injured. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alberta CrossPocket Full of Money (Pocket Full of Shame)Background in the office before blowing up
Graffiti6Calm the StormAlfredo shows Sherlock the car
Sean CalleryElementary Theme SongOpening Credits

Episode Quotes
(Watson mentions that his potential sponsor works on the Florida Stock Exchange.)
Sherlock: Good thinking Watson. You know how much I enjoy bankers. Glad to see you've been paying attention over the last few weeks.
Watson: Actually he's an officer with the SCC so he spends his days keeping bankers in line.

(Sherlock and Watson watch Bell interrogate their first suspect.)
Sherlock: Bomb building is a dangerous venture. It requires patience, precision, attention to detail. Mr. Jacobs' wrist watch is nine minutes slow and his fly is three quarters down. He doesn't scream detail oriented.
Watson: Ted Kaczynski looked like a hobo puked on another hobo. He managed to hurt plenty of people.
Sherlock: Point taken.

(Alfredo speaks at the meeting)
Alfredo: I started boosting cars when I was fourteen. By the time I turned eighteen I was the best there is. Ain't a car in this city I can't steal.
Sherlock: (Alfredo talking in the background) Him.
Watson: Hmmm?
Alfredo: I had extra cash... bored... I turned to drugs.
Sherlock: I want him to be my sponsor.

(Sherlock tries to work)
Vanowen: I used to have my habit under control, back when the papers only issued one a day. But ever since they put the last fifteen years on their archive I'm a lost cause. It's a miracle I get any work done at all.
Sherlock: (after looking frustrated trying to think) You want sex. I'm not adverse, Mrs. Vanowen I'm just busy. Perhaps we could set an appointment. You're flirting, this crossword talk. You find me attractive. The feeling is mutual mostly. (She listens to him talk) The musculature of your legs and shoulers show a certain elasticity I find quite tantalizing. I must warn you however that a relationship between us could never go beyond physical. (She keeps listening, not moving) No offense to you, of course, it's just not my way.
Watson: Hey...Am I interupting?
Vanowen: Nope. Not even a little.

(Sherlock explains his "theory")
Watson: Are you sure?
Sherlock: Fairly sure.
(Scene moves to where Sherlock had already found the corpse)

(Alfredo brings a new car's security system to Sherlock for a challenge.)
Sherlock: The truth is, Alfredo, that I'm already quite adept at defeating security systems.
Alfredo: This stuff's not even on the market yet. So really, how would you know if you could beat it?

(Sherlock decides whether or not to go check out the "Puzzle" that Alfredo has brought him, while Watson urges him to consider sponsorship)
Watson: One way or the other I'm going to be out of your life in a few weeks. Maybe you're dreading that day, maybe you're counting the seconds. Either way I'm going to make sure that you're ready when the time comes. I promise.

Episode Goofs
phone number shown on pager: 212-555-0143
phone number at interrogation: 212-555-0164 (0165 intended)

Cultural References
In the beginning of the episode when Watson is trying to talk to him, Sherlock quotes something on the television. What he's quoting is from, "The Invisible Man" (1933).

Episode References
When Sherlock and Watson are in the diner waiting for his possible sponsor, he comments on the idea that she is bringing him a banker. In Season 1 Episode 4, 'Rat Race', Sherlock amused himself by mocking a group of bankers while helping them figure out who was killing them. He went as far as charging twelve times his normal rate, which he had to make up afterward, because normally he works for free.

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
EditorSondra Watanabe
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerLori Johnson
First Assistant DirectorRichard Patrick
Second Assistant DirectorMatthew McLoota
MusicSean Callery
Music EditorChris McGeary
Music SupervisorKevin Edelman
Costume DesignerRebecca Hofherr
Set DecoratorCarrie Stewart
Location ManagerDavid Chambers
Property MasterEric Cheripka
Construction CoordinatorMike Herlihy
Production Sound MixerScott Breindel
Script SupervisorOlenka Denysenko
Production CoordinatorMeegan Neeb
Assistant EditorJeff Vacirca
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete
Re-Recording MixerEric Justen  |  Jeffrey Perkins
Director of PhotographyRon Fortunato
Stunt CoordinatorMike Russo
Art DirectorClay Brown
Post Production CoordinatorTara McSherry
Production AccountantSarah Rubenstein
Chief Lighting TechnicianKevin Janicelli (2)
Transportation CaptainKenny Gaskins
"A" Camera OperatorTim Norman
Department Head HairDiana Sikes
Casting AssociateJohn Andrews (1)
Visual Effects ProducerBrad Powell  |  Chris Cruse
Department Head Make-upPersefone Karakosta
ColoristTony D'Amore
Assistant To The Executive ProducerBrian Rodenbeck
Assistant To The ProducerKammie Mann
Special Effects CoordinatorFred Buchholz
Assistant To The Co-executive ProducerColin Herlihy
"B" Camera OperatorAlan Mehlbrech
Charge Scenic ArtistJanet Kalas
First Company GripEd Lowry
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