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Elementary Review: Our Time is Up (Season 6 Episode 4)

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A case fraught with secrets takes a personal turn for Joan on Elementary Season 6 Episode 4, “Our Time is Up.”

The first episodes of this season of Elementary find both Sherlock and Joan in a rough place. Sherlock, of course, is dealing with an abundance of issues, both psychological and emotional. Oh, and there’s the fact he doesn’t even know his new friend may be a murderer.

Joan, meanwhile, has lost her biological father, an emotional blow despite the issues between them. It does at least bring her closer with her half-sister at a time when helping Sherlock means she really needs a friend.

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“Our Time Is Up” — Watson considers making a major life change after reading her own therapy file while Holmes and she investigate the murder of her former psychologist, on ELEMENTARY, Monday, May 21, 2018 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes Photo: Screen Grab/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The death of her former therapist, though, doesn’t come with much of a silver lining. Her insistence that she is not too affected to work tells us right away we’re going to be getting into some complicated emotions.

It is nice to see more of Joan’s sister. She offers some great sardonic commentary both on Sherlock’s antics and what Joan discovers when looking up her own treatment notes, even if winds up having a different effect that she plans.

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“Our Time Is Up” — Watson considers making a major life change after reading her own therapy file while Holmes and she investigate the murder of her former psychologist, on ELEMENTARY, Monday, May 21, 2018 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Lucy Liu as Joan Watson Photo: Screen Grab/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Having Joan’s attitude toward season one Sherlock be described as “maternal” is a pretty apt description. True, that’s mostly because working with Sherlock has a lot it common with raising (and controlling) a child, but now it may well mean something more.

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It certainly looks like we could have a long-term storyline coming down the line. I’ve long considered the possibility of Joan becoming a mom, but it’s generally been something I’ve seen as possible closure for the end of the show.

Now, of course, Elementary has been renewed for a somewhat surprising season seven. I’m not sure what all this could mean, but if we do see Joan and Sherlock raising a kid together, the co-parenting angle has the potential to be hilarious.

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“Our Time Is Up” — Watson considers making a major life change after reading her own therapy file while Holmes and she investigate the murder of her former psychologist, on ELEMENTARY, Monday, May 21, 2018 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Jon Michael Hill as Detective Marcus Bell Photo: Screen Grab/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

In the meantime, we still have cases full of dead bodies and quite a lot of blood.

Despite the personal angle, which is quickly relegated to acting as background commentary, this case is pretty straightforward. When guessing the killer is reasonably easy, most of the drama comes from how interactions are written—and many here are tense and strong.

I do enjoy watching shady character attempt to trip up Sherlock only to realize just how little shame he has. This is a man who happily humiliates himself in exchange for favors relating to his work. Of course he’ll accept some scolding to solve a murder.

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“Our Time Is Up” — Watson considers making a major life change after reading her own therapy file while Holmes and she investigate the murder of her former psychologist, on ELEMENTARY, Monday, May 21, 2018 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes Photo: Screen Grab/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Getting an actual confession off-screen feels a touch rushed, but it gives us a chance to interact more with some guest characters who are sympathetic and relatable. On shows where all suspects are often terrible human beings, it’s a nice change of pace.

Other Notes

  • A suicide attempt should not really be described as awkward, but having both Joan and Sherlock with their backs turned to a man jumping from his balcony qualifies. Thank goodness for being “only” three floors up.
  • Sensory deprivation tanks of the Victorian era are, um, interesting. At least they work!
  • Who knew an alibi revelation– one involving an ice show, nonetheless—could be that dramatic?

What did you think of this episode of Elementary? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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[Total: 3    Average: 3.3/5]

Elementary airs Mondays at 10/9c on CBS.

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Caitlin is a masters student and lover of random and ever-changing shows: from Supergirl to How to Get Away with Murder, and from Criminal Minds to Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. She's looking forward to a career in the nonprofit field, spends the vast majority of her time online, aggressively stressed about the state of the world, and will be a Harry Potter fangirl to her dying day.

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