ELEMENTARY returns from its winter hiatus with a strong and intriguing case — as well as a little bit of Watson family drama — in what might be the best episode of the season thus far.
While the focus has primarily been on the Holmes family this season with the arrival of Sherlock’s father in the premiere, it’s Joan’s stepfather who steps into the limelight this week. Captain Gregson calls Joan into his office to hand her a book — a book about a Chinese-American and British detective duo who consult for the NYPD. Joan is shocked that someone has written about her and Sherlock, but she quickly realizes who the culprit is: her stepfather, Henry Watson (played by John Heard). Their relationship has been a solid one, but it’s threatened by Henry’s new book and Joan’s demand that he get it out of print immediately. Her biggest concern is for Sherlock himself — as an incredibly private person, she’s sure he won’t be eager to see his exploits in print.
As the Watson family drama unfolds, Joan and Sherlock are called in to consult on the murder of a retired FBI agent. Upon inspection, they realize that the man’s death is connected to an unsolved case from his career: the kidnapping of Mina Davenport. Davenport was returned to her family recently, but her kidnapper was never found. And if you think that the Watson family is going through some drama, wait until you see the Davenport family. In particular, keep your eye on Sarah Cetrulo, who plays Mina. Cetrulo’s performance becomes more and more compelling as more is revealed about her character and Mina’s circumstances. Without a doubt, this case is one of the most interesting we’ve seen from ELEMENTARY in a while and it will leave you guessing until the final scene.