I feel like they just conspired together…
THE WINK, THE WINK IS KILLING ME.
This is so adorable!!
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.
Popular media portrays men patronizing women constantly & it’s considered neutral, but a woman patronizing a man is enough to flip people into incandescent rage. Not saying that’s what OP is feeling, but a woman patronizing a man is definitely a hot trigger.
I also want to point out that throwing and breaking things is one of the ways many domestic abusers (statistically likely to be men trying to intimidate/control/harm women) exert dominance and threaten & control their partners. There is nothing like a display of violence and destruction to remind a person that said violence and destruction could be visited upon their person, you know? So there is ABSOLUTELY a power differential at play here, even if they aren’t romantically/sexually involved and even if the writers didn’t intend for there to be. So Joan responding in kind, in a calm demonstrative way, is a way of her taking control of a charged situation and pointing out that yes, he’s acting like a childish dick throwing a temper tantrum and she isn’t going to let that slide/excuse him/clean up his mess for him.
This meta is fantastic and important, but I also want to paste on the really simple but necessary addition:
Joan and Sherlock’s relationship has transitioned in several stages.
- His sober companion who was in charged of protecting him from himself.
- His partner because he is a better detective with her.
- His friend because he is a better person with her.
It is canon in the Elementary-verse that one of the biggest reasons Sherlock loves Joan (platonically) is because she respects his identity but consistently pushes him to be a better person. The fact that she calls him out is something he cherishes in her.
To put it another way: If Watson was the type of person that would not immediately call him out on this, she would not have been the type of person Sherlock would have valued so much.
Elementary’s Sherlock quantified Joan before he appreciated her. And he stated several times that who she is makes him better.
That includes her refusal to let him get away with childish bullshit.
Probably the awesomest clip job ever.. Not my photo
I can’t imagine how long it took to shave that.
shit, that’s gorgeous…
Carmen needs to be the first trans VictoriaSecret model though, really.
THATS A DUDE?!
So she is a dude?
Can we talk about that hella fab outfit she’s wearing???? Like damn!
You know what?
I don’t care if being a lesbian isn’t natural.
Its 2014. Oreos don’t have a single natural ingredient in them that isn’t distilled out of recognition. People get their vegetables from cans. They have made cruelty-free, lab-grown BACON. People fly around in big, metal machines.
I. AM. TALKING. TO SOMEONE. ACROSS THE WORLD. IN A MATTER OF SECONDS.
Not natural. Is not bad.
Your rhetoric is no longer a valid excuse for hate.
The first and last time Mako Mori sees Stacker Pentecost. Both times she has tears running down her cheeks, but the emotions are very different.
here’s the rudest gifset on the Internet
"Don’t you think it would be cool if Falcon was also in Avengers 2?"
I would dance the dance of joy. I would dance the goddamn Mamushka. I would DO A JIG on top of Mount Coot-tha while wearing some kind of home-made Falcon t-shirt.
I’m just saying.
I want Steve to just show up at Avengers Tower like, “He comes with me.”
And Tony is just kind of like, “Okay, sure,” because he’s heard about Sam from Hill, and so Sam ends up on Steve’s floor in another apartment, and when Tony realizes that Sam’s wings came from Stark Industries he spends a few days mechanically Bedazzling the fuck out of them, while Sam and Tony debate the merits of classic rock versus R&B.
(And then there’s the time Cap shows up with Bucky and says, “He also comes with me,” and Tony just sort of sighs and hands him keys to that other apartment on Steve’s floor, because he’s quickly learned that some Avengers have a bad habit of bringing home other superpowered freaks like they’re lost puppies or something, like that time Clint showed up with a brunette and a dog and didn’t even bother to ask for keys to the other apartment on his floor, just picked the lock instead.)
It’s a cute little thing though.
dream world; never-never land; a pleasing place existing only in dreams or imagination; a fantasy land.
Etymology: German traum, “dream” (from Old High German troum, from Proto-Germanic *draumaz; akin to Low German Droom, Dutch droom, English dream, Danish drøm) + welt, “world”(contraction of Old High German weralt, from Proto-Germanic *weraldiz. Cognate to English world, Dutch wereld, Swedish värld).
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