Television: Elementary, "The Diabolical Kind"

We see the return of Moriarty, who has been moved from Newgate to an isolated warehouse where she is able to paint [enormous portraits of Watson] and read the newspaper.

Holmes has been corresponding with Moriarty while she's been incarcerated; he keeps her letters hidden in one of his rooftop beehives. But he must face her in person when the NYPD need her help in a kidnapping case. Best exchange of the night:

Moriarty: You look a little tired.
Holmes: You look a little evil.

Also a lovely scene between Watson and Moriarty. As usual Watson sees into the human and emotional aspects of both Holmes and Moriarty, which is probably why they both find Watson so interesting . . . and useful.

The case itself involves some of Moriarty's former henchmen kidnapping a 7-year-old girl. Of course Holmes immediately declares Moriarty must be in on it, despite the seeming impossibilities given her confinement. She's clever, after all, there is surely a way. And here is where the talent of the writers comes through: In the case of Moriarty's character, one really doesn't know what she may or may not do because she seems capable of anything. One feels the need to second guess everything she says and does.

Deduction shows that Moriarty encoded messages—really just numbers, GPS coordinates—in her sketches of the henchmen (meant to aid police in finding them). Further digging shows that chief henchman Devon Gaspar had used the classifieds to get messages to Moriarty (a twist on the old agony columns Doyle's Holmes used to peruse). But! Moriarty isn't working with Gaspar & Co. She's actually a victim of blackmail!

The little girl is Moriarty's daughter, sent to live with a well-to-do family because Moriarty's "proclivities" (as she called them) weren't conducive to raising a child.

Not Holmes's daughter, mind; the girl pre-dates Moriarty's involvement with Holmes. (SO glad they didn't opt to go down that road.)

By the end, Moriarty has broken free and managed to save her daughter and resettle her before Holmes, Gregson, and the rest of the team are on the scene. Moriarty opts not to kill her jailer, instead just incapacitating him, and tells Holmes this is his influence; knowing that her killing the man would have been repugnant to him made her decide against it. But again, one is left wondering whether she did it to fein rehabilitation? Moriarty's sincerity will ever be in question, wily thing, and no one—not Holmes, not the viewer—will ever be able to fully trust her. It's a delightful dynamic and put to good use in this episode.

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