As the title might suggest, this week's "Elementary" tackles an explosive crime that traces back quite a ways. The writers again indulge in an old crime the consequences of which are felt in the present day to weave another complex mystery and another solid entry to the series.
This week, a pipe bomb explosion that takes out two employees of a web design company gets traced back to a cold case of sorts. All signs point to the bomb as having taken up residence in the building's air ducts for going on four years, back when another company occupied those same offices. The company in question is Van Owen S.C., a public relations consulting firm rife with enemies due to the morally questionable corporate criminals they represent. More specifically, the bomb appears to have targeted a particular former employee who abruptly vanished from both work and home back in 2008. The mystery this week is definitely one of the more complex ones, with enough red herrings and misdirections to satisfy two cases, but it's all very well done in the typical "Elementary" fashion.
Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock has always been a bit of an eccentric, but this week's episode perhaps pushes this element a touch too far. Scenes where he essentially composes his thoughts not unlike a symphony conductor, fleeting hand gestures and all, as well as his clumsy response to flirtation, are all a little silly and serve to make Holmes into more of a Adrian Monk-esque comedy figure. Detonating bombs in the middle of New York City and not attracting law enforcement attention is similarly silly, and downright unrealistic -- rare hiccups in an otherwise strong series.
Interwoven throughout the episode is Watson's attemt to find a permanent addiction sponsor for Sherlock, as she will only be his live-in sober companion for a few more weeks. While the subplot of Holmes constantly rejecting potential sponsors serves to reinforce the stubborn bond he feels to Watson at this point, it's all fairly uninteresting aside from the introduction of new character and sponsor Alfredo. What's more interesting to me is how Watson avoids the deadline and gets roped into a more permanent position.
CBS' "Elementary" keeps rolling along with some solid mysteries laced with pathos, and while "The Long Fuse" doesn't rank among the best it's at least an average episode with a few strong elements.
Final Grade: B