TV Club: Elementary: “For All You Know”

Elementary’s third season began with missing time: for much of the season, we had little idea what Sherlock had been going through in London before his return to New York, a mystery that paid off in the conclusion of Kitty’s arc at the season’s midpoint.

In “For All You Know,” Elementary follows this impulse into a space it’s surprising they haven’t explored sooner. The period of time before Sherlock and Watson began working together is “missing time” in its own right, a period where Sherlock’s actions are wrapped in his addiction. While the show has largely avoided turning to Sherlock’s past as a direct source of drama—the packet of heroin that he discovered late last season and nearly used in London is the only time a relapse has ever seriously been hinted at—it feels thematically appropriate to return to it at …

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