Television: Elementary, "Seed Money"

The death of two old people leads to the discovery of the death of one young man that appears to be a hit by a drug cartel. Makes sense given the dead guy was a botanist and geneticist and grew special kinds of marijuana for said cartel. Guess he pissed off the wrong boss.

But lest you believe the case is so easily closed . . . The dead guy's death isn't quite like a cartel hit. See, they burn their victims alive, and this guy was already dead from blunt force trauma before being set on fire.

Finding Dead Boy's greenhouse, a new discovery is made: a rare orchid that had been stolen and disappeared. Supposedly only one like it in all the world. Could someone have killed the guy over this and then tried to make it look like the cartel did it?

Turns out the guy had sold the orchid, in a black market kind of eBay way, to a woman who works for a big company that does pharma and agriculture and stuff like that. She gladly gives up the flower, along with some special plant food for it, as evidence. Apparently it's fine for Holmes and Watson to take evidence, btw. No need to sign it in downtown or anything.

So now we have two orchids when there should only be one: the one the guy had in his greenhouse and the one he sold the woman. And neither, it turns out, are the original. Looking at the roots, Holmes is able to deduce they are both clones.

Well, okay. So?

More important is the plant food. The woman gave them two bags but one—a homemade food made from coffee grounds and mackerel—is not right for our precious orchids. A simple mistake, except we'll discover the whole solution to this mystery hinges on this woman having made that mistake. D'oh!

See, Dead Boy had a habit of giving each of his girlfriends a special flower, and with it some of that coffee-mackerel plant food. Dead Boy's ex-girlfriend had such a flower, and she calls Watson asking if she can get into Dead Boy's apartment to get some more food for it. Ding ding ding! We have a winner! If Orchid Lady also had some of this food, it means she also had one of these flowers, which means she was in a relationship with Dead Boy. And if she found out she wasn't the only one with a flower? It's like The Bachelor gone all wrong.

Well, she didn't mean to do it. But once she'd killed him by hitting him over the head with a lead pipe (which, admittedly, she did hit him with a lead pipe on purpose) . . . Might as well pin it on the drug cartel, right? Too bad two old people died as a byproduct of your involuntary manslaughter, eh, lady?

Meanwhile, in more personal story lines, Watson reveals to Holmes that she's taken a job with an insurance company. They had hired her to investigate a claim, were impressed with her work, and asked her to join the ranks. She assures Holmes that she'll still be available to help him and Kitty and the NYPD. (By the way, is Andrew ever coming back?)

And Holmes parries this news by telling Watson he thinks Kitty is ready to be his full partner rather than just a student. In this episode, Kitty is off on her own investigation of a missing teen. She find her. There's a story about how the teen is the product of her mother's rape (the mom asked Kitty for help at a support group meeting) . . . ::shrug:: I think this is a plot that could've been good except it was only given perfunctory nods periodically throughout the episode. Like, there wasn't enough of it to give it more screen time, yet they could have better explored the emotional side. The girl hugging Kitty is about all we get.

Holmes, by admission, does not do well with change. Watson moving out, now Watson taking a new job . . . But at least he's trying to do better this time. He's not packing his bags and running away in any case.

The episode ends by setting up what's to come. Gregson calls Holmes and asks him to meet at a scene. No Kitty. Holmes goes and finds it's the body of a young lady who bears the same marks as Kitty—the ones given to her by the man who kidnapped, tortured, and raped her. He's in New York.

Damage control time.

It really was only a matter of time before we circled round to this, right? I guess we'll see next week how it falls out.

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