Season 2 Episode 12

The Diabolical Kind

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 02, 2014 on CBS
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    Elementary "The Diabolical Kind" Review: Affection Never Was Wasted

    A young girl was kidnapped, and Sherlock believed that Moriarty was to blame. Of course, the situation was a little more complicated than that.

  • Episode Summary


    Moriarty is brought in to consult on a kidnapping case, bringing Holmes and Watson face to face with their former adversary. Detective Bell persists in his efforts to make a full recovery.

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    • Interesting!

      Great episode - I missed the last couple, but I am back and this was a great episode to treturn to. The storyline was really good, we got some more Moriarty and all the repercussions of that. Very well done.

      The episode was also rather unpredictable - the case turned every which way and by the end, I was really impressed.

      Definitely looking forward to the next one! Great episode!moreless
    • wheres the baby?

      in all the excitement of the big finish the daughter of moriarty is told to hide and not come out no matter what happens by Devon. Nowhere on screen did anyone find her and she didn`t appear later with the police either so where did she go or is the body to be found in a later episode.
    • You're Looking a Bit Evil

      "You hid them in a This episode was exquisite. It felt as though it took a page out of Person of Interest's book, and it was a beautiful, beautiful work of art. That we had Moriadler back, that we saw the bees again, that we had a higher emphasis on Sherlock and the reminder of how much he dumbs himself down for the rest of everyone were incredible on their own, but that dynamic he and Moriadler have, that scene in the hallway at the end - that is why I watch this show. Brilliant.moreless
    • After a young girl is kidnapped Holmes is forced to turn to his mortal enemy for help in bringing the girl home.

      "Elementary" just keeps getting better. The series started 2014 on a terrific note. One of the best episodes of the series to date. Natalie Dormer is excellent as Moriarity. A perfect choice to play the part. She is Holmes' equal on almost every level. Despite being enemies the two play well off one another. Moriarity also plays well off of Watson. Dormer and Liu have very good chemistry as well. This episode's very well written script help hold my interest. It took some clever as well as plausible twists and turns on the way to its conclusion. What more is there to say. I look forward to seeing Moriarity again soon.moreless
    • a superior episode

      I really liked this one. The plot kept you guessing, and the connection between Sherlock and Moriarty is fascinating. Their scene at the end contains a remarkable revelation of how Sherlock views himself in the world. One of the best episodes.
    Jonny Lee Miller

    Jonny Lee Miller

    Sherlock Holmes

    Lucy Liu

    Lucy Liu

    Dr. Joan Watson

    Jon Michael Hill

    Jon Michael Hill

    Detective Marcus Bell

    Aidan Quinn

    Aidan Quinn

    Captain Tobias Gregson

    Andrew Howard

    Andrew Howard

    Devon Gaspar

    Guest Star

    Faran Tahir

    Faran Tahir

    FBI Agent Ramses Mattoo

    Guest Star

    Andy Murray (I)

    Andy Murray (I)

    John Clay

    Guest Star

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Sherlock describes Devon Gaspar's message to Moriarity as written using a technique called the Ave Maria Cipher (a type of steganography). The Ave Maria Cipher uses a word, from a predetermined list, to represent a letter. The letters are replaced by the corresponding word in the message so only certain words have any significance. Only the recipient knows the hidden information is there. Devon's message is 75 letters long (not counting spaces and punctuation) so the ad in the newspaper for a used car would need to contain 75 seemingly random words, in addition to those actually about the used car.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Holmes: (yells in French into an old rotary phone and slams the receiver down)
        Watson: (gesturing to the phone) What's with the...
        Holmes: Telephone? I felt compelled to hang up on a good few many people today, I dug it out of the closet so I could do it with more emphasis.

      • Moriarty: Your letters have meant a great deal to me. I find them influencing my decisions in the most surprising ways.
        Holmes: You could have killed Agent Mattoo. And from your perspective, it would have been the expedient thing.
        Moriarty: 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 your actions seemed in the eyes of another?
        Holmes: I'm not sure I am one of them.

      • Holmes: Did you say everything you wanted to say today? To Moriarty? That is why you accompanied her to the Fuller residence, is it not? So you would have a private dialogue with her?
        Watson: Well, you have been hogging her for the last few months.
        Holmes: I told you. I have merely been--
        Watson: Studying her. Right. You have feelings for her, and that is perfectly normal.
        Holmes: I have nothing of the sort.
        Watson: Irene was the love of your life. That is why, in spite of everything, you can't quite give her up. I get that. But I also know that you're only gonna get hurt in the long run because there is no Irene. There is only Moriarty. And Moriarty is never gonna change.

      • Watson: Is that why you've been writing him? Because you want to... understand him?
        Moriarty: Part of it, I suppose.
        Watson: And the rest?
        Moriarty: What do you think?
        Watson: 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.
        Moriarty: You'd be surprised what I'd do for love.
        Watson: Nothing crazy people do surprises me.
        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.

      • Moriarty: You look a bit tired.
        Holmes: You look a bit evil.

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