The Diabolical Kind
Natalie Dormer guest stars as Jamie Moriarty Irene Adler with Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes with a painting of Joan Watson in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 12 The Diabolical Kind
Moriarty showing her painting of Watson to Holmes
Season 2
Episode 12
Directed by Larry Teng
Written by Robert Doherty & Craig Sweeny
Air date January 2, 2014
Running time 43 minutes
Episode chronology
Previous Internal Audit
Next All in the Family

The Diabolical Kind is the twelfth episode of Season Two of Elementary, and the thirty-sixth episode of the series. It was written by Robert Doherty & Craig Sweeny and, directed by Larry Teng. The episode premiered on January 2, 2014.


Plot SynopsisEdit

Holmes and Watson come face to face with Jamie Moriarty when their one-time adversary is brought in as a consultant on a kidnapping case. Meanwhile, Detective Bell continues his struggle on the road to recovery.





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  • The Crooked Kind by Radical Face plays as Holmes helps bring Moriarty out of the building.


  • Another of Sherlock's hiding places is revealed - he keeps the letters from Moriarty hidden in one of the beekeeping boxes.


Prologue (Holmes's Letter to Moriarty):

"We have spilled much ink - you and I - in our discussion of human connection... and we're no closer to understanding, than we were when our correspondence began.  I often feel as if I am standing on one side of a wide chasm - shouting across - and wondering if the response I hear, comes from you, - or if it is my own voice, echoing back to me...               It seems to me, (on my side of the canyon) the search for unity with another is the font of much of the world's unhappiness. I watch as Watson - eager as ever to extract some meaning from the prevailing social conventions - endures a series of curated mating rituals. It seems to me that she's incrementally - LESS content - each time she returns from one.

I conduct myself as though I'm above matters of the heart..- cheifly because I have seen them corrode people I respect. ..But in my candid moments I sometimes wonder if I take the stance I do because "love" (for lack of a better word) is a game that I fail to understand, and so I opt, not to play. After all... if I truly had the purity of all my convictions, I wouldn't REGRET so many of the things I've done, nor would I persist against many of my better instincts in this correspondence.

I find you a challenge; one that in spite of all that you've done, continues to stimulate. And so the conversation- futile tho' it may finally be, continues - and we are left to wonder, have we simply failed to find the answers to the questions that preoccupy us, or can they not be answered at all..? Fortunately, for both of us, the world always presents the next diversion - the next elaborate distraction - from the problems that vex..."

Jaime Moriarty VERSUS Joan Watson

Jaime: Quite lovely isn't she? You can only imagine how frightened she must be. [ whilst looking at a picture of Kayden, who is actually her daughter]

[Joan] You can stop pretending to care now, the other's can't hear you.

Would you be surprised to learn you've been on my mind, Joan Watson?

[Joan] Not really.

I don't typically misread people, but... you're more clever than I initially anticpated - more interesting. If you weren't, I would never have been caught.

[Joan] I think you give me too much credit.

It's what you crave, is it not? - Acknowledgment from a superior mind - evidence that you matter? Why else pursue a partnership with a man like Sherlock?

[Joan] Actually the partnership was his idea. That bothers you, doesn't it?

I confess I don't understand it, but... - I'm drawn to things I don't understand - Same as Sherlock. Once I've figured you out, I'll move on... - same as Sherlock.

[Joan] Is that why you've been writing him? - Because you want to - "understand" him?

Part of it, I suppose.

[Joan] And the rest?

What do YOU think?

[Joan] You think you're in love with him, only you can't be sure... because as much as you claim to know about the world, "love" is something you don't quite get.

You'd be surprised what I'd do for love...

[Joan] Nothing crazy people do surprises me.

Jaime Moriarty: "I write to Sherlock, because he's the only person on the planet - I can really - "talk" to. He writes to me because I'm the only one HE can talk to - the only one he can ever TRULY "relate" to...  - If you STILL don't understand that - you WILL someday - I promise..."

Sherlock and Joan discuss Moriarty:

[Sherlock] "I told you, I've merely been -"

[Joan] - studying her... - right. ...You have feelings for her, [Sherlock] (I'm not interest--) and that is perfectly normal - Irene was the love of your life. That's why - in spite of everything - you can't quite give her up. I GET that. But I also know that you're only gonna to get hurt in the long run, because there is NO Irene, there is only Moriarty - and Moriarty, is never gonna change.

(...continued): "The woman is a riddle wrapped in an enigma inside of a mystery I've had sex with. I would be lying if I said I was the STRONGEST assessor of her motives at this point."


I've been thinking about what you said to me today.. - about "feelings" I might still have for her. You were right - as you so often are in such matters. Despite everything I DO feel a certain - pull... In my weaker moments, I've entertained the notion that she might be able to - ...change. I suppose because I've undergone a transformation of my own. I was until as recently as two years ago a drug addled misanthrope. Today - I'm sober. I've cultivated - not one but - several, meaningful relationships. The woman has never been anything less than obsessed with our many similarities. I suppose I thought, she could undergo a metamorphosis of her own.

Jaime Moriarty to Sherlock after risking her own life to save her daughter: "It was a risk, but I've always been willing to bet on my abilities. And in this instance, I had the added benefit of assistance from the keenest mind I've ever met....  - - All's well that ends well..

[Sherlock] You need an ambulance....              ..You could have run.

Jaime:  "And live as a fugitive? Why? The world's corruption runs deeper than even you know, No need to skulk about - I'll be a free woman soon enough. Your letters have meant a great deal to me. I find them influencing my decisions in the most surprising way."

Sherlock: "you could have killed agent matteu. and from you're perspective it would've been the expedient thing."

Jaime: "And yet, to you... it would have been repugnant. - Tell me, is that... how you learned to be one of them? By, learning to care, - how you're actions seemed in the eyes of another?"

Sherlock: I'm not sure I AM one of them.. (Jaime suddenly collapses)

Sherlock: She needs a hospital.

Watson: "She lost a lot of blood, but  - she's going to make it. You alright?"

Sherlock: I am. Thank you.


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Step NineSolve for XWe Are EveryonePoison PenAncient HistoryAn Unnatural ArrangementThe MarchionessBlood Is ThickerOn the LineTremorsInternal AuditThe Diabolical KindAll in the FamilyDead Clade WalkingCorpse de BalletThe One Percent SolutionEars to YouThe Hound of the Cancer CellsThe Many Mouths of Aaron ColvilleNo Lack of VoidThe Man With the Twisted LipPaint It BlackArt in the BloodThe Grand Experiment


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