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Elementary: The Red Team

Even though he's suspended from the NYPD, Sherlock get's himself involved in the investigation of a conspiracy theorist's suspicious death. Forced to work around their problems, Watson tries to patch things up between Captain Gregson and Sherlock.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x13
Airdate: Thursday January 31st, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Mar 12, 2013
AU (ten) May 05, 2013


Guest Stars
Linda EmondLinda Emond
As Dr. Candace Reed
Richard BekinsRichard Bekins
As Harold Dresden
Michael LaurenceMichael Laurence
As Walter McClenahan
Chris Sullivan (1)Chris Sullivan (1)
As Col. Todd Clark
Tawny CypressTawny Cypress
As Black Suit
Kelly AuCoinKelly AuCoin
As Grey Suit

Co-Guest Stars
Clifton DuncanClifton Duncan
As Uniform #1
Tom Riis FarrellTom Riis Farrell
As Gary Sullivan
Philip HernándezPhilip Hernández
As Carlos Anillo
Robert C. KirkRobert C. Kirk
As Detective Harris
Reese MadiganReese Madigan
As Sheldon Frost
Kathryn MeisleKathryn Meisle
As Therapist
Nancy RinghamNancy Ringham
As Sheila Dresden
Ann SandersAnn Sanders
As Veena Mehta

Jessica Shea AlversonJessica Shea Alverson
As Blonde Victim
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 waking up after having slept for two days straight. He is hungry. Watson tells him that she has some errands to run. She goes to meet her therapist and tells her that Sebastian Moran has disturbed the balance that they had. The therapist warns her that since she has lied to Holmes about her contract, she could be responsible for a relapse. She gets a text from Holmes. Watson arrives at a house. He is the conspiracy theorist Holmes was talking about. His name is Len Pondicova and no one has heard from him since Sunday. So, Holmes broke into his house. His companions think that he could have been taken by the KGB. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Jake BuggBrokenEnd of episode
Mia DysonCigarettesIn the pub when Gregson hits Sherlock
Sean CalleryElementary Theme SongOpening Credits

Episode Quotes
(Watson assures Sherlock that she hasn't touched his wall of crazy)
Sherlock: The idea that Irene was murdered by a shadowy kingpin that no one's ever seen or heard of sounds crazy to me too, but there may be a pattern here, trail of bread crumbs that leads to a great criminal mind.
Watson: And how is Napoleon Bonaparte involved?
Sherlock: By my fifth night without sleep, I may have been reaching.

(Sherlock tells Watson about his plans to visit a site dedicated to conspiracy theories.)
Sherlock: My hobby is conspiracy theorists. I adore them, like one would barmy uncle or a pet that can't stop walking into walls. Have you ever heard anyone say that the CIA invented crack cocaine?
Watson: I have.
Sherlock: I started that.

(Sherlock inspects his friend's pet tortoise.)
Watson: Are you taking Clyde?
Sherlock: He will starve if we leave him here.
Watson: I didn't know you like tortoises.
Sherlock: I love them. They make an absolutely delicious soup stock.

(Sherlock decides to test a conspiracy theory involving national security)
Watson: Oh, it's that easy. You're just going to find five classified names.
Sherlock: Why not? It's my day off.

(Captain Gregson catches Sherlock an interrogation room.)
Captain Gregson: Lives are at stake every day here Holmes. And yet, we had a department and a city before you got here. You talk your way into that interrogation room again and I will have you arrested for trespassing.

(Watson's attempts to bring Sherlock and Captain Gregson back together lead to an uncomfortable conversation.)
Sherlock: I'm smarter than everyone I meet, Watson. (Watson rolls her eyes) I know it's bad form to say that, but in my case it's a fact. Allowances have to be made.
Watson: Allowances?
Sherlock: It's true I have wronged Captain Gregson it was the cost of revenge. I incurred it willingly. The larger question is, how does my suspension benefit the city? If the role of the public servant is to keep an eye on the greater good, then why keep me from my work? My work is the greater good.

(Watson comes home and see's Sherlock using Clyde.)
Watson: I'm pretty sure you shouldn't use Clyde as a paperweight.
Sherlock: I don't think he minds. You shouldn't refer to it by it's name. It'll just make it harder to enjoy the soup.

(Sherlock tricks Bell into answering his phone at a crime scene.)
Sherlock: I'm not coming there any longer. Don't wait for me.
Bell: We're not waiting for you! (To Gregson) It probably would have been easier to fire the guy if we ever actually paid him.

(Captain Gregson and Sherlock have an important talk in a pub.)
Captain Gregson: Who the hell are you?
Sherlock: I beg your pardon?
Captain Gregson: because obviously you're not the person I thought you were.
Sherlock: I... I don't know how to answer that question.
Captain Gregson: You don't let anyone into your life that is not constantly concerned with you. What kind of mood your in. Whether you're getting high or not. Whether you're going to work like an adult or throw a temper tantrum. You know what? Most of the time you're worth it, because you are special, damned if you don't know it, but you are.... Don't think for a minute that I'm ever going to forget that you were planning to murder someone on my watch. Don't think that I'm ever going to really trust you again.

Cultural References
Sherlock uses a British word that is completely unfamiliar to most Americans, "Barmy". In this context he's saying "extremely foolish".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRobert Doherty
Executive ProducerRobert Doherty  |  Sarah Timberman  |  Carl Beverly  |  Craig Sweeny
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Blake (2)  |  Corinne Brinkerhoff  |  Christopher Silber  |  Liz Friedman  |  John David Coles
ProducerGeoffrey Hemwall  |  Alysse Bezahler
Associate ProducerChris Leanza  |  Melissa Owen
Production DesignerAndrew Bernard
EditorGerald Valdez
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 CoordinatorMarlene Faith Brooks
Assistant EditorSang Han
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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