Watson does a great job investigating in Hound of the Baskervilles!! He doesn’t really know how to put the information together into a case, but he sure gathers a lot of really good and helpful stuff. Even Holmes says that their research has been running parallel, and Holmes would have gone to interview Laura Lyons if Watson hadn’t beat him to it. Beat Sherlock Holmes to it!
Watson knows what he’s doing!!! They’re a real team, and Holmes trusts and relies on Watson. He’s not some wide-eyed tagalong! His adoration of Holmes is love, not hero worship.