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I really enjoy Elementary and Joan Watson is an awesome character. That said, the show is continuing to scrape technical passes by the skin of its teeth in about half the episodes, and the other half it fails.

Technical passes: Episodes 1 (Watson speaks to a victim about how she's recovering), 2 (Watson speaks to a suspect about her sister), 5, 10 and 11 (see below), 12 and 13 (Watson speaks to her therapist, mostly but not entirely about Holmes). The rest are fails.

Episodes 5, 10 and 11 are a bit better. Watson has three detailed conversations with former friend and colleague Dr Carrie Dwyer about a female patient. In Episode 10 Watson speaks to her mother three times about her job, though Holmes dominates the second conversation. In Episode 11, Watson counsels a teenage girl whose mother has been murdered and they speak at length about the mother and about the girl's college plans. None of them are what I would call a mega-pass, though.

This show is in desperate need of more female characters, though the few it has it generally treats quite well. Victims of the week are as likely to be male as female, neither are sexed up (with the possible exception of the very first episode) and crimes are rarely glamourised.
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