It is clear that Holmes is in a state of denial, and as much as he would hate to admit it, I think he is worried, perhaps even terrified. I always love the scenes between Joan and Sherlock; each of them is reserved and reluctant to admit to any sort of (even platonic) attachment to each other. But it's there, particularly in Sherlock's eyes, when Joan tells him that whether he likes the idea of a sponsor or not, she will be "out of (his) life in six weeks."
He reminds her that he's "self-sufficient," but we know he will miss her terribly. Sherlock is not generally a social being, except of necessity, but he's drawn to Joan, and perhaps even needs her and I think that scares him, particularly since he realizes she will be out of his life very soon.
In the end, Sherlock does actually begin to connect with an unlikely potential sponsor Alfredo (Ato Essandoh, Blood Diamond), a former addict and thief now hired to test high-end, impossible to crack automobile security systems — a guy, who like Sherlock, had turned to drugs out of boredom. It is, perhaps, a marriage made in heaven, although I doubt Joan will be leaving any time soon. What, after all, is Sherlock without his Watson?
Of course something will happen to keep her in his life, but I'm curious as to how they're going to play it over the next six weeks. Any ideas, dear readers?
It's always great to see Lisa Edelstein again on primetime TV. I had smile during one scene in particular in which the flirtatious banter between her character and Holmes reminded me (just a bit) of Lisa Cuddy's banter with that medical Holmes, Dr. Gregory House!
A new episode of Elementary airs next Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. In the meantime, be sure to read my interview with series creator, Executive Producer Rob Doherty.