have you ever been reading something and completely understood a line of foreshadowing and just whispered “shit”
This scene was actually when I went from feeling more or less neutral on Joan to actively disliking her.
Because wow, that was patronizing.
I loved that scene in Elementary.
1) Firstly, because it immediately deconstructs the “hero throws and breaks something in frustration” cliche (Sherlock throwing a glass slide in HoB, anyone?) it might even be seen as a parody of that cliche.
2) Secondly, because the dynamic is different between a man and a woman than it would be between two women or two men, the visual of a man smashing something in a temper in front of a woman can be taken as threatening or borderline abusive. Joan Watson immediately shows that she is not intimidated by Holmes’ behavior.
3) Lastly? One of the running themes of Elementary is the deconstruction of Sherlock Holmes as the solitary, antisocial genius, and his becoming a member of a community. Holmes’ gifts are given their due respect, but no one in Elementary plays the game of Because Sherlock Holmes is a Bloody Genius He Can Do Whatever He Wants So There. When Sherlock goes after Moriarty (“M”), Captain Gregson suspends him. When Sherlock doesn’t want to talk about his addiction, Alfredo says “You’ve got to get over yourself.” And when Sherlock behaves like a spoiled child, Joan tells him “Use your words.”
You see Joan patronizing Sherlock. I see a member of Sherlock’s community teaching him how to behave like an adult member of that community.
Additionally, Watson’s done good work for a number of years as a sober companion, not a manchild enabler. It’s quite literally her job to deconstruct people’s shitty self-defeating habits and demonstrate that there are better ways to live your life. She’s not in the business of humoring anyone or playing along with their tantrums, she’s in the business of fixing them. And what she does works! It gets spelled out explicitely in the text of the show: Sherlock himself admits that what’s changed about him, for the better, is her.
As an addict in recovery, I can tell you first hand that it is extremely easy to revert back into self-destructive behavior when faced with a sudden and very emotional shift in your life - Sherlock is hurting, he is thrown completely by the events of the week, and he chose a very poor coping skill - smashing the plate - to express this. And though he did apologize immediately, he walked away rather than talk to his best friend and confidant about his feelings. Communication is a tremendously important aspect of healing in the process of recovery - there is a reason we as members of 12-step programs are encouraged to get sponsors and talk to them about how we feel every single day.
So I don’t read Joan’s reaction as patronizing here - I read it as her way of reminding Sherlock that old habits are not the way he should be handling his grief and anger - after all, it was a lack of communication and proper coping skills that led him down the path of substance abuse in the first place. Joan knows this, and that’s why she demonstrates the futility of his choice to react in destructive anger (and yes, immaturity) by repeating it. It’s a way of reminding him how far he’s come in his recovery, and how old instincts have never worked for him.
This course of action also has the added benefit of shocking him out of the emotional whirlwind whipping through his head and grounding him back in reality. While some people may think this is an extreme choice to make when handling someone who has just lost a very dear friend, remember how very, very jeopardizing this situation is in regards to Sherlock’s sobriety - the last time he dealt with the death of a loved one, he ended up so strung out on drugs that he lost everything and was forced into rehab. Joan is extremely aware of this, and that’s why this scene is so incredibly crucial.
As a college student, currently really hungry with nothing to eat, I understand how hard it can be to get food. Sometimes you really just don’t have the money to eat and when you do, you waste it all on fast food instead of stocking up on cheap things because you’re so tired of Ramen Noodes and canned food you could barf. So, I’ve composed a list of recipes and resources that will fit a college kid’s budget and appetite. Don’t go hungry! <3
Ramen Noodle Recipes:
- Ramen Noodle Stir Fry
- Sirloin-Snap Pea Stir Fry
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Chili Cheese Ramen
- Egg Drop Ramen
- Spinach and Ramen
- Ramen Spaghetti
- Ramen Alfredo
- Cheesy Ramen Noodles
- Cheesy Eggs Mug
- Cheese and Broccoli Mug
- Mac and Cheese in a Mug
- Meatloaf in a Mug
- Nutella Mug Cake
- Cheesecake Mug
- Coffee Cup Quiche
- Coffee Cup Chilaquiles
- Mug Egg Scramble
- Potato Chips
- Corn on the cob
- Scalloped Potatoes
- White Rice
- Fried Rice
- Baked Potato
- Chicken Casserole
- Garlic Chicken
- Chicken Soup Casserole
- Caramelized Onion Baked Potato
- Soft Chicken Tacos
- My Fridge Food
- Fire House Chef
- Dinner in 15 Minutes
- Advanced recipe Generator
- Recipe Matcher
- Super Cook
- Recipe Puppy
- Cook Thing
- Recipes by Ingredient
- Recipe Key
- Not Beans Again
- Ideas 4 Recipes
- Big Oven
If the point of the Big Bang Theory was to show that male nerds can be just as sexist as male jocks then well done I guess
kaibasgirl replied to your post “Chemical Adventure day… wait Okay. Chemical Adventure day 11: My…”
D: please call your doctor just to be on the safe side..
I probably should, yeah. I just hate calling doctors. It’s so complicated. D: Thanks for caring though.
jimtheviking replied to your post “jimtheviking replied to your post “jimtheviking replied to your post…”
YOU KNOW WHICH WARRIOR WOMEN DON’T NEED DOCTORS? DEAD ONES. Good, when you do, go.
I will, I promise.
jimtheviking replied to your post “jimtheviking replied to your post “Chemical Adventure day… wait Okay….”
…Okay, see, that is something a dumb person (i.e. me) would say. Call a doctor. Chop chop.
[INSERT RANT ABOUT WARRIOR WOMEN AND HOW THEY DO NOT NEED DOCTORS]
Really though, I should get a letter with an appointment from my psychiatrist any day now.
jimtheviking replied to your post “Chemical Adventure day… wait Okay. Chemical Adventure day 11: My…”
:/ Call a doctor?
I probably should, but ugh. Doctors. Sure, I get dizzy a lot but I haven’t passed out yet so I’m waiting to see if it gets worse.
Chemical Adventure day… wait
Okay. Chemical Adventure day 11: My blood pressure is doing things. I mean, I check it and get the result 108/59. I get a bit freaked out since 59 is definitely too low. So I check again, one minute later, and get 96/74.
I don’t know what’s happening and it’s creepy.