Marcus Bell is so strong. He’s between 20 and 30 years old, has a beard and a mustache to make him look his age, is so serious and job-focused to prove his worth as one of the youngest people on the force, and has this group/sacrifice mentality since his childhood when he was probably living in less than stellar conditions with a mother who needed him, a brother who was itching to leave the nest, and no father to be seen. He probably had to grow up so fast and work so hard for people to take him seriously. He’s resilient and a team player for Gregson and the Commissioner. He’s tough and independent for Holmes.
But with Joan, we see his vulnerability. He knows she’s compassionate. He knows that revealing that he’s not in tip-top shape won’t lower her opinion of him. So he lets his guard down while being level-headed and seeing the best and worst of outcomes. He questions the future, and he does it in front of Joan.
#this episode was I think the most emotional interaction we’ve seen between Joan and Marcus#and it was absolutely excellent#Joan is a doctor— Joan knows sickness and fear and loss and hope and she knows#how to keep people from breaking under it#and Marcus knows that about her#that she won’t let him down when it counts#that she won’t lie to him or dismiss him#he doesn’t want apologies he doesn’t want people trying to assuage their guilt through him like Holmes does#he just wants somebody to let him let his guard down#Joan is that person#they are so different but they are even more alike and somehow without really noticing they’ve#ended up mattering to each other very much#Joan and Marcus: the extraordinary ordinaries#who see in each other the same brilliance Holmes sees in each of them#but perhaps more clearly and more mundanely than he ever could#…#Elementary
"I realised after two weeks of hanging out with Nick, I really, really like this guy. It was like a romance blossomed between us." - Simon Pegg [X]