The "Elementary" episode "One Way to Get Off" was a collection of several small mysteries, each of which intrigued in different ways. Viewers also learn more about Gregson (Aidan Quinn), and a tiny scrap of a clue about Sherlock's (Jonny Lee Miller) past. We also find out that Watson (Lucy Liu) is "psychotically" persistent in her search for clues about that past.
Gregson seems to be hiding something
The episode opens with the murder of two people. It turns out that Gregson handled a case exactly like this one in the past, and put away the perpetrator, Wade Crews (Keith Szarabajka). But was the man Gregson put away truly guilty? Sherlock realizes that Gregson seems very uncomfortable with the case and seems to be hiding something. When Sherlock realizes that a mug used during one of Gregson's interrogations suddenly wound up as evidence at the murder scene, Sherlock confronts his friend with the fact that Crews may have been framed for the murders.
Thankfully, it was Gregson's partner at the time (Callie Thorne) who did the framing. Gregson confronts her with it, and she doesn't feel she did anything wrong. Viewers learn a lot about Gregson during the confrontation when he threatens to come clean about the situation if it turns out Crews is innocent. Gregson's willingness to risk his entire career to let "just one" innocent man go free means we can expect Gregson to always do the honorable thing in the future.
The "side dishes" and resolution
There were many pieces to the puzzle this week. We could see some of the resolutions coming. One of those was the young man, Sean (Juan Castano), who committed the newest murders. It is fairly obvious that he is the one who did it, but not that he is actually the son of Crews. Viewers were given the three options of whether Crews was innocent, had a partner, or had someone continue his work so he can get out of prison. It turns out to be the latter, and through his own son.
One piece of the puzzle that was not at all expected was the discovery of a sex slave in a suspect's basement. Through some awesome detective work (the suspect nervously looks at the floor multiple times), Sherlock finds a hidden basement containing a distraught woman chained to a wall. It was a mid-episode shocker that kept the episode exciting.
Watson is "psycho" about Sherlock accepting her invasions of his privacy
Watson can't let go of her discovery of the name "Irene" from Sherlock's past. When Watson demands to know more so that she can figure out how to help Sherlock with his addictions, Sherlock takes off to a crime scene without her. In the most hilarious moment of the season, we find that Sherlock uses the iconic "Psycho" theme music as Watson's ringtone. The music pops up multiple times, not only as an indication of Watson's persistence, but seemingly as another way to make the episode more exciting. Even if that was not a secondary goal of the episode, it worked. The "Psycho" music definitely has the side effect of making the viewer feel "jumpy."
Sherlock opens up in the slightest way
Watson searches for clues of Sherlock's past and finds some old letters held by an old beekeeping groundskeeper friend of his (Stephen Henderson). When Watson confronts Sherlock with the letters, he initially assumes she has read them. She confesses that she never read them, and his reaction is to chop them up in the blender.
Presumably because Watson respected his privacy enough to not read the letters, Sherlock finally gives her a tidbit of information. It could always be another head game, but it seems sincere, at least. He simply says that "she died." He makes a short statement about how he didn't take the death well, then says good night. End of story.
More from this contributor: