Friday, January 3, 2014

CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode # 12 "The Diabolical Kind" - Review

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

The opening scenes offer a quick summary of Sherlock's experiences with Jamie Moriarty/Irene Adler (Natalie Dormer) from the previous season episodes, “Heroine” and “The Woman”.

Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) is off to an date with a guy she met from an online dating site, TrueRomantix.

Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) has been hiding his correspondence with Moriarty in the beehive he has been maintaining.

An armed and disguised gang kidnaps Kayden Fuller (Delphina Belle), a seven year old girl after killing her father, Uriah Fuller, a wealthy British businessman.

Miss Allison Fuller (Rachel Pickup) soon receives a ransom call for 50 million dollars. Sherlock deduces that the voice belongs to one of Moriarty's lieutenants, who had previously passed off as Moriarty. Sherlock names him “Faux-riarty”.

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Ramses Mattoo (Faran Tahir) is in charge of Moriarty's lockup and he takes Holmes, Joan and Gregson to meet Sherlock's archenemy/ lover.

Devon Gaspar (Andrew Howard), the aforementioned Faux-riarty is still waiting for orders from Moriarty and is keeping the morale of the gang by promising a big payoff.

Jamie works out a deal with her captors and agrees to assist NYPD in solving the kidnapping case. She informs them that Devon is a former British intelligence agent and gives her sketch of Devon and the possible men he has hired.

Jamie visits the Fuller residence and catches up with Joan. Jamie confesses to Joan that Miller's Holmes is the only person in the world can talk to and understand her, just as the way she is the only one who can talk to him.

Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 12 The Diabolical Kind

Two cops are ambushed by Devon and one of his cohorts. Sherlock deduces that Moriarty sent an encrypted message to Devon thorough her sketches and that Gasper had already been communicating to his boss via newspaper ads.

I recommend the viewers to check out the episode to find out the resolution to the mystery.

Canonical References

1. Elementary Holmes makes the statement: “I conduct myself as though I'm above matters of the heart...” - Sherlock Holmes states in The Adventure of the Lion's Mane: “..for my brain has always governed my heart, ..”

2. Miller's Sherlock makes the observation: “, for lack of a better word, is a game I fail to understand, and so I opt not to play.” - Dr John Watson writes about Sherlock Holmes in A Scandal in Bohemia: “All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer.”
3. Miller's Holmes speaks in French to one of his Interpol contacts - Sherlock Holmes states in The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter: “But, none the less, my turn that way is in my veins, and may have come with my grandmother, who was the sister of Vernet, the French artist.”

Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 12 The Diabolical Kind

4. Elementary Sherlock using cryptography to decode the messages exchanged between Gaspar and Moriarty - Sherlock Holmes remarks in The Sign of the Four: “Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere.”

5.  One of Devon's henchmen is named John Clay (played by Andy Murray) - Reference to the character of the same name in The Adventure of the Red-Headed League. Sherlock Holmes described him as “the fourth smartest man in London”.

6. Jamie Moriarty makes a key deduction based on clay subsoil found on a character's boots - Dr John Watson writes about Sherlock Holmes' knowledge in A Study in Scarlet: “Geology.— Practical, but limited. Tells at a glance different soils from each other. After walks has shown me splashes upon his trousers,and told me by their colour and consistence in what part of London he had received them.”

7. Jamie Moriarty confesses to maintaining a dossier of interesting facts, most of which she assembled herself - Dr John Watson writes about Sherlock Holmes in A Scandal in Bohemia: “For many years he had adopted a system of docketing all paragraphs concerning men and things, so that it was difficult to name a subject or a person on which he could not at once furnish information.”

Natalie Dormer guest stars as Jamie Moriarty Irene Adler with Andrew Howard as Devon Gaspar in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 12 The Diabolical Kind

This was a good episode. Natalie Dormer is a blast as always as Moriarty. She makes a masterful and cunning criminal mastermind.

Miller's Holmes does not get to show much humor this time around, thanks to the presence of Moriarty. I did enjoy his line about Joan going through a series of “curated mating rituals”. Equally well done was his logic for taking out the telephone from the closet to put more emphasis in his calls.

Lucy Liu's Joan Watson is pushed to be a sideshow as well. There is however one noteworthy moment of Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) practicing shooting. That scene was truly (and unintentionally) hilarious.

Faran Tahir guest stars as Ramses Mattoo with Aidan Quinn as Captain Thomas Gregson in CBS Elementary Season 2 Episode 12 The Diabolical Kind

This is an out and out Natalie Dormer's show and is a recommended watch to Elementary fans.


The song “The Crooked Kind” by Radical Face can be heard in the closing scenes of Miller's Holmes sitting by the fireplace in the brownstone.

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  1. Well, I suppose I missed the episode unfortunately. I did not expect it to return sooner than the other shows. Hopefully I can find it on


    1. Yes James, the episodes are available on the CBS site.


  2. Once again we seem to have fallen on different sides of this episode, and I am perfectly fine with that.
    Great review and I can see your points, even when I disagree.
    Loved your catches on 6 and 7.
    Great review, thanks.

  3. I actually watched this one just to see if I'd like their Moriarty more. And she's definitely grown on me…

    1. Agree with you. Natalie stole the show as Moriarty.


    2. See, I was disappointed in Moriarty this week. She seemed diminished, less than Holmes this week. Potential was there, but didn't come through. And that is from someone who really wants this Moriarty to be good (at being bad).
      And I am not falling for the part where she is changing because of him (Holmes). Something is up, and I hope it is worth the wait.

    3. I personally found Moriarty to be much smarter in this episode (the deduction based on clay subsoil).

      In Season 1, she let herself be caught by that silly old trick of faking an injury by Miller's Holmes.


    4. ^^THIS She really got stuff done this episode. Though I agree with John, I'm not really going for the Will They or Won't They relationship stuff with Miller Sherlock here. At least they didn't seem to kiss like I thought they were going to towards the end, there…

    5. Thanks Loveable Freak.


  4. What ia the song the end of episode 12??

    1. The song “The Crooked Kind” by Radical Face is heard in the end.