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Elementary. Episode 2: "While You Were Sleeping"


First, great OBB. It's like the bastard love child between a Rube Goldberg machine and the pinball number count video from Sesame Street.

Now once you reach the second episode of Elementary, you might be saying to yourself, "Ah, creator Rob Doherty definitely ripped off from BBC's Sherlock. It's quite obvious." Well, you couldn't be more wrong.

1. Sherlock's highly acute olfactory senses
You might say, "Benedict Cumberbatch did that nose-sniffing thing first!" Well actually, he didn't. The sniffing thing was a result of the combination of two characters from Arthur Conan Doyle's canon: Sherlock Holmes, and Toby the bloodhound. A lot of Sherlock screen incarnations combined Toby's mastery of scents with Sherlock, probably to add a whole new level of eccentricity to the already eccentric character.

Warning: Might seem perverted when taken out of context.

2. Sherlock's "Attic Theory"
Remember when Cumberbatch's Sherlock says that his brain is like a computer hard drive? That's basically what the attic theory says ─ that the human brain is like an attic, and must be filled only with things that are useful. Again, that's not a Steven Moffat original. That's Conan Doyle.

"You can also fill your brain with vinegar. Or whatever this is."

3. Sherlock's violin playing
Again, Johnny Lee Miller did not steal his violin-playing thing from Benedict Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch did not steal his from Robert Downey, Jr, and RDJ did not steal his from all the classic actors who portrayed Holmes before him. Everyone of them stole from Arthur Conan Doyle. So shut up.

Also, read the canon.

However, the "smallest violin" bit is purely Elementary.

And finally, I would just like to say that Aidan Quinn is so cool. He probably doesn't know the meaning of stress.

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