The case is a kidnapping; Kayden Fuller, daughter of a descendant of a British railroad tycoon’s family, is kidnapped and her father killed. The twist is that the man who makes the ransom phone call is the same man who contacted Holmes last season pretending to be Moriarty.
As luck would have it, Moriarty is no longer being held in London but in a warehouse at the Brooklyn naval yard, a black site for the Feds as they build a case against her. The Feds have set up special security, like implanting chips in both her hands and having her main guard be a gay man who will not fall under the wily, seductive spell.
It also turns out that Moriarty and Sherlock have been corresponding since her incarceration began, so she’s become quite fixated on Joan Watson’s life, going so far as to paint a giant portrait of Joan while being held at the warehouse. But Moriarty’s fixation is one of jealousy — she’s jealous of the way Joan is in Sherlock’s life, though she hides it behind acting like Joan will never know Sherlock the way she does. Meanwhile, Sherlock is still working through unresolved feelings for Moriarty.
Moriarty is brought in as a consultant on the kidnapping and identifies her lieutenant who made the ransom call as Devon Gaspar, a former British military intelligence officer whom the British will deny has ever existed.
However, when Moriarty sketches Gaspar and his cohorts, she puts a code of GPS coordinates into the sketches. Holmes catches on to them, but realizes that Moriarty is being blackmailed to direct Gaspar somewhere via the coordinates — blackmailed with the life of her daughter, Kayden.
(Everyone saw that coming, right? As soon as Gaspar let Kayden talk to her “mom” when Moriarty was listening at the station?)
Moriarty makes her escape from the warehouse and goes after Gaspar and his men, sending Kayden back to her adopted mother. She lets Holmes speak with her before the police take her away, revealing that she has a dossier passed down to her by a mentor — that’s what Gaspar was after in kidnapping Kayden.
Moriarty vows that she’ll be a free woman soon enough and that Holmes’ correspondence with her has meant so much.
Thoughts & Tidbits
- Hopefully Dormer returns as Moriarty in the future. Her constant presence would upset the Holmes/Watson balance too much, but an occasional appearance would be interesting. Is she Sherlock’s end-game? He clearly isn’t going to romantically end up with Watson (nor should he).
- Best Lines:
- Holmes: “I have maintained a relationship with Moriarty, which in turns should make it easier to learn what Faux-riarty is up to.”
Holmes: “The man who pretended to be Moriarty. Do you have a better name for him?”
- Holmes: “The woman is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma I have had sex with. I would be lying if I said I was the strongest assessor of her motives at this point.”
- Moriarty: “Is that how you learned to be one of them? By learning to care how your actions seemed in the eyes of another?”