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Elementary: The Woman

Sherlock's world gets flipped around when Irene is returned to him. Their past is revealed through a number of flashbacks.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x23
Airdate: Thursday May 16th, 2013
Special Airtime: 09:01 pm

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) May 21, 2013
AU (ten) Jul 14, 2013
DK (TV2) Apr 17, 2014
IE (RTÉ TWO) May 29, 2014


Special Guest Stars
Natalie DormerNatalie Dormer
As Irene Adler

Guest Stars
Erik JensenErik Jensen
As Isaac Proctor
John Bedford LloydJohn Bedford Lloyd
As Lieutenant
Lucas Caleb RooneyLucas Caleb Rooney
As Duane Proctor
Christopher McCannChristopher McCann
As Dr. Del Santo
Arnold VoslooArnold Vosloo
As Christos Theophilus
Austin LysyAustin Lysy
As Chad Lerberg
Dominic FumusaDominic Fumusa
As Jordan Conroy
Michael AronovMichael Aronov
As Andrej Bacera

Co-Guest Stars
Kevyn MorrowKevyn Morrow
As N.D. Detective
Frank DealFrank Deal
As Detective Mike Muldoon
Henry HodgesHenry Hodges
As Student

David BostonDavid Boston
As Hospital Patient
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 giving Irene a hug. Cut to a little over two years ago, in London, Holmes meets Irene for the first time. He asks her if she read his email. She tells him to tell his friend, Mr. Kirby, at the Christy’s that the canvases that turned up are not original. She explains why. Holmes looks around and asks that Irene, who is a restorer, as to why she has kept an original painting with her and sold her work to the museum. He notices there are a couple of original paintings that Irene has kept with her or rather stolen. Holmes finds Irene very interesting. He asks her out on a date. ..

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Episode Notes
All of Irene's paintings were made specifically for this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Sean CalleryElementary Theme SongOpening Credits

Episode Quotes
(Sherlock meets Irene in her studio for the first time, and notices that she has some original pieces that she shouldn't.)
Sherlock: Bargain then. I'll tell you which of the paintings are reproductions and which are accounts of felonious theft. And if I deduce correctly, you'll spend an evening in this great city with me.
Irene: You're not going to turn me in?
Sherlock: I appreciate your efforts to keep the vulgarities of the modern era at bay. Whether you agree to my game or not, I'll leave you to your work. I assure you we'd enjoy each other's company.

(Sherlock and Watson wait outside Irene's hospital room.)
Watson: We've got clues. We can go find that man. We can go back to that house...
Sherlock: No. I shan't be consulting on Irene's case.
Watson: Do you really want to sit this one out?
Sherlock: I should look after her. Besides I don't think I'd be of much use. Moriarty is quite clearly smarter than I am... A man should know when he's beaten.

(Watson's training shines when she notices a rare paint and uses that detail to formulate the next few steps in their plan to catch Moriarty.)
Bell: Feels just like having Holmes here, doesn't it? (Gregson looks impressed and nods.)

(Sherlock stops working on the "M." case. while in bed with Irene.)
Sherlock: Okay, I'm being terribly rude.
Irene: Yes, but you're typically quite rude. I'm trying to figure out why it doesn't bother me.
Sherlock: Because you're rude. (She stops kissing him and waits) Well I mean, honest. Simpler minds have always confused great honesty with great rudeness.

(Sherlock tells Watson that he's leaving New York, and ignores her arguments. Watson makes one more statement while he leaves)
Watson: This is what Moriarty wants. And if it's what he wants, then it's a mistake.

(Isaac Proctor shoots his executioners, and leaves a message.)
Isaac Proctor: Moriarty thinks I was sloppy? Who left standing orders never to hurt Sherlock Holmes? The reason you're still breathing is so that you can report back. Moriarty is obsessed with Holmes...Doesn't want him touched... You tell Moriarty that Sherlock Holmes is a dead man.

(After taking some serious accusations Irene has some truth to share with Sherlock.)
Irene: You know, it's funny. I close my eyes and I try to picture him. I see someone an aweful lot like you. I think you do too. I think that if he weren't so bent on being your enemy, he'd be your friend.

Episode References

When he is in bed with Irene and working, the picture that Sherlock is drawing is a theory on "M.", the assassin that he caught in Season 1 Episode 12, 'M.'. That was the case that started his whole hunt for Moriarty.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRobert Doherty
Executive ProducerRobert Doherty  |  Sarah Timberman  |  Carl Beverly  |  Craig Sweeny
Co-Executive ProducerLiz Friedman  |  Christopher Silber  |  Corinne Brinkerhoff
ProducerGeoffrey Hemwall  |  Jonathan Filley
Consulting ProducerCathryn Humphris  |  Christopher Hollier  |  Jason Tracey
Associate ProducerChris Leanza  |  Melissa Owen
Production DesignerAndrew Bernard
EditorSondra Watanabe
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerJill Footlick
First Assistant DirectorLeo Zisman
Second Assistant DirectorJim Nickas
MusicSean Callery
Music EditorChris McGeary
Music SupervisorKevin Edelman
Costume DesignerRebecca Hofherr
Set DecoratorCarrie Stewart
Location ManagerDavid Chambers  |  Pat Weber Sones
Property MasterEric Cheripka
Construction CoordinatorMike Melchiorre
Production Sound MixerScott Breindel
Script SupervisorOlenka Denysenko
Production CoordinatorM.J. Magbanua
Assistant EditorSally Anne Fuscoe  |  Jeff Vacirca
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete
Re-Recording MixerJeffrey Perkins  |  Eric Justen
Director of PhotographyRoy H. Wagner
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
"B" Camera OperatorAlan Mehlbrech
Charge Scenic ArtistJanet Kalas
First Company GripEd Lowry
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