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Elementary: Dirty Laundry

Sherlock and Watson investigate the murder of the manager of an up-scale Manhattan Hotel, whose body is found inside a washing machine. Despite her insistence on leaving, after finishing their contract, Sherlock offers Watson an apprenticeship.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x11
Airdate: Thursday January 03rd, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Feb 26, 2013
AU (ten) Apr 21, 2013

Guest Stars
Jake WeberJake Weber
As Geoffrey Silver
Mark MosesMark Moses
As Oliver Purcell
Melissa FarmanMelissa Farman
As Carly Purcell

Co-Guest Stars
Cynthia DarlowCynthia Darlow
As Mrs. Dean
Sam FreedSam Freed
As Oliver's Lawyer
Simon JutrasSimon Jutras
As French Business Man
Arash MokhtarArash Mokhtar
As Middle Eastern Diplomat 1
Al NazemianAl Nazemian
As Middle Eastern Diplomat 2
Jennifer ReganJennifer Regan
As Agent Claudia Camden
Shirley RoecaShirley Roeca
As Estella
Natalie ToroNatalie Toro
As Marisol
Beau AllenBeau Allen
As Businessman
Nicole J. Casseri-HealyNicole J. Casseri-Healy
As High End Escort

Tracey RuggieroTracey Ruggiero
As Terri Purcell
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 Watson complaining about the state of the kitchen and she tells Holmes that it is not healthy to keep the kitchen untidy. Elsewhere two women, who work in the laundry, are arguing about some missing yogurt. One of them then tells the other to take care of her unbalanced laundry. The girl pushing the cart says that it is not hers; it belongs to someone who was working the late night shift. She then goes to the machine and opens the door to remove the clothes; instead a woman’s head pops out. Next, Gregson arrives with his team; Holmes is there as well. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Paul BanksArise, AwakeWatson tells Holmes that she took another job
Sean CalleryElementary Theme SongOpening Credits
Zoe KeatingThe PathWhen Sherlock inspects the desk

Episode Quotes
(Watson bothers Sherlock about the mess in his kitchen, and about how structure and order are good for recovery)
Sherlock: Without Andrew Fleming's reluctance to clean petri dishes the world wouldn't have penicillin would it?
Watson: Since the world does, (she holds up a container full of old food) do you have to grow it in your fridge?
Sherlock: (Huffs and walks away) Nine days, twelve hours, forty six minutes.

(Sherlock and Watson talk after getting another strong alibi.)
Watson: You're angry because that man and her husband could prove that they didn't commit a murder?
Sherlock: I'm angry because I've run out of suspects. At least for the time being. I liked that one too, oily.
Watson: He helps run a charity that dismantles landmines.
Sherlock: John Wayne Gacy gave his time to several charity foundations. Does that make him a good person too?

(Sherlock and Watson are "whore fishing" in the hotel's lobby.)
Sherlock: When the cat's away the mice will play. In this case the cat got it's skull caved in, and the mice are prostitutes.

(Watson walks into the room where Sherlock is sitting with a random trashcan emptied onto the floor.)
Sherlock: Borrowed our neighbors bin to test your theory about physical mess and it's correlation to relapse. I've been sitting here for hours and haven't felt any additional temptation to use drugs. We'll see how I am in the morning.

(Captain Gregson tells Sherlock that they have to wait for the FBI to finish with their suspect. And that they're lucky to still be involved at all.)
Sherlock: Oh yeah. By all means. Lets express our gratitude to the lurching inept bureaucracy that is preventing us from questioning a suspect who sits not ten feet away!
(Watson walks into the room.)
Gregson: Good, you're here. He's doing his tantrum thing...(leaves)

Cultural References
Sherlock defends his dislike of Geoffrey Silver, despite his charity work, by bringing up John Wayne Gacy. John Wayne Gacy was a serial killer and rapist who killed at least 33 teenage boys in the mid 70's. He earned himself the nickname "Killer Clown" because he was known for playing his character "Pogo the Clown" at charity events and children's parties.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRobert Doherty
Executive ProducerRobert Doherty  |  Sarah Timberman  |  Carl Beverly  |  Craig Sweeny
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Blake (2)  |  John David Coles  |  Christopher Silber  |  Liz Friedman  |  Corinne Brinkerhoff
ProducerAlysse Bezahler  |  Geoffrey Hemwall
Associate ProducerChris Leanza  |  Melissa Owen
Production DesignerAndrew Bernard
EditorSondra Watanabe
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerLori Johnson
First Assistant DirectorLeo Zisman
Second Assistant DirectorKathleen E. Kearney
MusicSean Callery
Music EditorChris McGeary
Music SupervisorKevin Edelman
Costume DesignerRebecca Hofherr
Set DecoratorCarrie Stewart
Location ManagerPat Weber Sones
Property MasterEric Cheripka
Construction CoordinatorMike Herlihy
Production Sound MixerScott Breindel
Script SupervisorOlenka Denysenko
Production CoordinatorMeegan Neeb
Assistant EditorJeff Vacirca
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete  |  Matt Taylor
Re-Recording MixerJeffrey Perkins  |  Eric Justen
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 ProducerChris Cruse  |  Brad Powell
Department Head Make-upPersefone Karakosta
ColoristTony D'Amore
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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