Sunday, July 1, 2018

Blue Wildebeests and Tarragon Tea on Elementary's Nobody Lives Forever


Summary: Tarragon teas and western white-bearded blue wildebeests close cases on Elementary Season 6's ninth episode, Nobody Lives Forever, June 25, 2018.


Serengeti traveling buddies: western white-bearded blue wildebeests (Connochaetes taurinus mearnsi) and plains zebras (Equus quagga); Seronera, Serengeti National Park, northwestern Tanzania; June 24, 2017: Jan Fleischmann (Wolves201), CC BY SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Blue wildebeests and tarragon teas are aggressively afoot and astir as long as assassins avoid apprehension in the Columbia Broadcasting System procedural drama series Elementary episode Nobody Lives Forever June 25, 2018.
Director Guy Ferland and writers Roberty Doherty, Jeffrey Paul King and Kelly Wheeler bring bizarre bellows and brews into Season 6's ninth episode, 129th episode overall. Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) considers cacophonies corroboration that "A number of studies have concluded that exposure to nature sounds can reduce stress and improve focus." He defends, for discerning case-related details, deafening displays among western white-bearded blue wildebeests even though he disdains Joan Watson's (Lucy Liu) drinking "that wretched" tarragon tea.
And yet, "previously on Elementary," Sherlock exposes Joan to execrable emanations from stinky but tasty Icelandic kæstur hákarl ("fermented shark meat") and Southeast Asian durian fruits.

Serengeti furnishes the clue that Sherlock favors one of five blue wildebeest subspecies of Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Maasai language gives the name Serengeti to northern Tanzania and southwestern Kenya, whose "endless plains" never get black wildebeests of Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland. Serengeti National Park hosts the western white-bearded blue wildebeest subspecies, Connochaetes taurinus mearnsi ([Edgar Alexander] Mearns's [Sep. 11, 1856-Nov. 1, 1916] bull [with] beard [and] mane"). Western white-bearded blue wildebeests, investigated taxonomically by Edmund Heller (May 21, 1875-July 18, 1939) in 1913, inhabit Lake Naivasha in Kenya and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.
Western white-bearded blue wildebeests journey the last three weeks in June to Maasai Mara National Reserve and Naivasha and to Ngorongoro and Serengeti for annual mating.

Western white-bearded blue wildebeest members of the Bovidae family keep to a communication system of bellows, ge-nu calls, horn-pushing, neck-rubbing, nose-rubbing, shrill alarms, snorts and stomps.
A seven- to nine-month gestation leads to one 41.89-pound (19-kilogram) calf for each adult female physically and sexually mature at 16 months in 20-year life cycles. Mothers and tawny-brown unweaned calves and weaned nine-month-olds make up 10- to 1,000-member groups from west of the Gregory Rift Valley to Lake Victoria's Speke Bay. They need permanent water sources every day or two during June-October dry seasons on acacia savannas; high-rainfall, long-bladed grasslands; open bush-lands and woodlands; and short-grass plains.
Western white-bearded blue wildebeest populations optimally occur on short-grassed alkaline and volcanic soils up to 5,905.51 to 6,889.76 feet (1,800 to 2,100 meters) above sea level.

Adults possess 41.34- to 53.15-inch (105- to 135-centimeter) hoof-shoulder heights, 59.06- to 86.61-inch (150- to 220-centimeter) head-body lengths and 23.62- to 35.43-inch (60- to 90-centimeter) tails.
Mature western white-bearded blue wildebeests queue up blue-, brown- or white-gray, 198.42- to 308.65-pound (90- to 140-kilogram) bodies with broad muzzles, humped shoulders and rearward-sloped backs. They reveal black faces, tails and undersides; black-brindled forequarters and necks; dark, lank manes; downward-curved, outward-extended, inward-pointed, upward-pointing, unridged 11.81-plus-inch (30-plus-centimeter-) long horns; and tan legs. The International Union for Conservation of Nature scores western white-bearded blue wildebeests as of least concern despite deforested, expropriated watersheds; fenced-in migration routes; and illegal hunting.
Perhaps Sherlock thrives on Serengeti-transmitted mating sounds because western white-bearded blue wildebeests thwart threatening agro-industrialists, collectors, crocodiles, globally warmed climate change, hunters, hyenas, leopards and lions.

For stress relief and focus improvement, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) favors Serengeti sounds over Joan Watson's (Lucy Liu) "wretched" tarragon tea in Elementary tv series' Nobody Lives Forever (season 6 episode 9): Elementary @ElementaryCBS via Facebook June 26, 2018

Acknowledgment
My special thanks to talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the internet.

Image credits:
Serengeti traveling buddies: western white-bearded blue wildebeests (Connochaetes taurinus mearnsi) and plains zebras (Equus quagga); Seronera, Serengeti National Park, northwestern Tanzania; June 24, 2017: Jan Fleischmann (Wolves201), CC BY SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Serengeti_migration_JF3.jpg
For stress relief and focus improvement, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) favors Serengeti sounds over Joan Watson's (Lucy Liu) "wretched" tarragon tea in Elementary tv series' Nobody Lives Forever (season 6 episode 9): Elementary @ElementaryCBS via Facebook June 26, 2018, @ https://www.facebook.com/ElementaryCBS/photos/a.151627898295663.14686.151013691690417/1089136171211493/

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