The installment focused on Sherlock's history in London, as we discovered some of his past when his arch enemy Moriarity returned and the tragic death of Irene Adler was revealed. We also witnessed the depths to which Holmes is willing to do to get his revenge. Someone call Emily Thorne, people, Sherlock Holmes may just give her a run for her money.
Before I begin discussing the Moriarity angle, let me just say that the honesty that was shown between Watson and Holmes was my favorite part of this episode. Through this openness was where we learned the former's backstory, which is the best part about being tangled up in a character and its respective show.
On one end, we saw Watson having a session with her therapist where Joan was reaffirmed that it's obvious her present work with Sherlock is what makes her happy. The honesty finally came from Watson when she admitted to Holmes that she enjoys what he does. From this realization then came the lie from Joan that will keep her hanging around Holmes just a little bit longer.
I've been waiting to see how the writers kept her around and this is certainly an original concept. It wasn't a relapse or something predictable, it's a lie from Watson. Something I didn't expect.
On the other side, we had Sherlock, who was at the rawest form we have ever seen. By the final moments, I was in tears with my eyes glued to the TV. The simple scene of Holmes sitting on the couch barring his soul simply got to me. From admitting that he did, indeed, stab Sebastian to confessing he will miss Watson and that he admires what she does... hearing the truth from Holmes was such a reward as a viewer.
I will go down with this ship. I don't mean "ship" as a romantic pairing either. What I do mean is that these two as friends, partners, confidents for one another, are the reason why this show is so good. Not all leads on a show have to be romantically paired. Holmes and Watson on Elementary are doing it right.
All of this was going on while Holmes was tracking down who he thought was the real Moriarity. From this, more backstory was created. I'm still completely heartbroken that Irene Adler was killed and I was utterly shocked when they revealed that this man presumed as "M" was only a hitman. The best part of the reveal was that Sebastian, the hired trigger, was not the one who killed Irene.
Irene Adler's death was from the hands of Moriarity. It was personal.
All of this leads me to question what is it that Sherlock did to be the target of such a personal attack. To kill the one you love the most and leave you to live with the regret knowing it was your fault has to be the worst form of punishment.
I cannot wait to get these answers.
I MUST add that Johnny Lee Miller's scenes tonight were absolutely gripping. From the torturing scene to the final scene with Watson, I was feeling every emotion he was putting out. Can someone give this guy an Emmy nod please?