Tonight's Elementary season 2
premiere features the Americanized Holmes returning to his roots on multiple fronts: in a very literal sense, he and Watson make the journey across the Atlantic to his native London. In a literary sense, however, the episode marks the debut of two classic Holmes characters: Inspector Lestrade (Sean Pertwee) and Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans).
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Lestrade first appears drunk, obsessed and disgraced, arriving uninvited at a funeral with a grenade in his hand. The ex-inspector blames the deceased for destroying his career, as Lestrade had accused the dead man's son Pendry of killing his wife. Lestrade was the only one who suspected him, and Pendry's father had used his considerable influence to protect his murderous son.
As Holmes and Lestrade had previously worked together in London--Holmes doing most of the work, Lestrade taking most of the credit--Sherlock is called in to try and track him down. As one might expect, however, Holmes quickly finds reason to believe that Lestrade may be right. He conceals Lestrade's location until they have enough evidence to vindicate him.
Sherlock's old London flat, meanwhile -- the iconic 221B Baker Street -- has been given to his brother Mycroft. The two brothers begin squabbling almost immediately upon Sherlock's arrival, as it turns out he had torpedoed their already contentious relationship by sleeping with Mycroft's ex-fiance -- she had apparently been gold-digging, and Sherlock had determined that this was the most proper way to out her.
Having wronged both Lestrade and his brother, Sherlock attempts to make amends as part of his addiction recovery process. For Lestrade, he deduces that Pendry killed his wife with a plastic gun, and then ties the killer to the 3D printer used to create it. Sherlock then tries to protect Lestrade from the corrupting power of the spotlight, but Lestrade is quick to revert to his old glory-hounding -- both men have their addictions, it seems.
Though the damage done to Mycroft was arguably greater, Sherlock is in no hurry to offer his brother any concessions; it therefore falls to Mycroft to repair their relationship. Mycroft solicits Watson's help on this front, revealing that he had gone through a devastating illness and wanted to make friends with Sherlock again -- Watson advises him to make sure Sherlock is really listening first. Mycroft accomplishes this by blowing up Sherlock's old possessions with a homemade bomb, but then he forgives him for everything.
The premiere's return to London and inclusion of Mycroft and Lestrade made for an entertaining buffet of references for Holmes fans -- in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original writings, both characters made regular appearances. It seems a bit unlikely that either will be all that regular on Elementary given the show's New York setting, but hopefully this isn't the last we see of them.
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