but honestly with elementary it’s like we have this show and these writers that are intent on slyly deconstructing every single sexist trope that we expect to see on a network program that JUST SO HAPPENS to have a male and a female as its leads
because here in this episode we have this standard scene where MALE CHARACTER walks into FEMALE ROOMIE’S ROOM to discuss something important, and female roomie’s got to get dressed
and let’s just take a second to deconstruct what that scene ALWAYS does in traditional media (I.E. IT’S SEX OR SEXUAL TENSION IT ALWAYS IS IT ALWAYS ALWAYS IS) and what it gloriously REFUSES to do in this scene because
first, there are no sexual innuendoes, no lame-ass jokes that joan is less than clothed, i.e., less than the position he’s in. instead, holmes turns around and starts addresing the case at hand. end of story.
but THEN. joan changes clothes in the background, and she is fully clothed at all times. she covers one tank with the next. she adds a pair of socks. and, most importantly, she breaks a trope: she fiddles with finding the zip on her shirt, and she doesn’t ask the man in the room to help her. which, as you know, is a classic stereotypical ~sexual tension WILL THEY OR WON’T THEY~ move. joan fixes her own goddamn shirt. I repeat: JOAN FIXES HER OWN GODDAMN SHIRT. it might not seem like much, but when you think about this show in relation to so many other messages you get during the course of a typical day, and you think about how that scenario might play out on another show, you can’t help but realize how this show not only does this, but does this kind of thing like hitting a gently lobbed softball.
Once again, Elementary gets the important things right, and I love it all the more for having done so.
I loved that bit with the zipper. And I also loved how Holmes only stood there, back turned, only because he couldn’t bear to shut up about his mystery solving. Like there was nothing hinky about it, it was just Sherlock rambling about solving some murder.