'Elementary' Season Finale Revelation: Who Is Moriarty?
On last week's "Elementary," we finally saw Irene. We were nervous about how her presence would affect Watson and Holmes's dynamic; three is a crowd, always. Especially when the ex-lover is a beautiful kryptonite, played by Natalie Dormer. Ugh. She was so pretty, like her paintings, and when Holmes ran for her, Watson looked liked like Watts in "Some Kind of Wonderful" when Eric Stoltz bails on her.
But then, the finale changed everything.
What the what?! Irene is M. Irene is M. Irene is ... M!
We were prepared for Holmes to have a girlfriend who paints and sits around in flowery dresses with full makeup. Alas, no. Irene is a persona that M invented specifically to win over Holmes in England, because Irene is M, the sociopath mastermind behind countless murders. Back in the day, Holmes got in the way of her work. So she seduced him and then faked her death, figuring he'd be too messed up (score!) to get in the way of her Darth Vader-esque enterprises. Now, she's in America for business and calls his addiction proof that she's superior. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, M is that bad. And fans are reeling:
I am hoping #Moriarty is still someone else. I don't want two canon characters combined like that!— Baxter (@Landcross) May 17, 2013
Irene/Moriarity explains herself:
Dormer, who plays Maergery Tyrell on "Game of Thrones," tells TV Guide, "You're very much aware that Irene Adler has to be the woman, the only woman who has ever gotten under the skin, or close to — to terrorize or to invigorate — Sherlock. She's intelligent, fiery, and Rob [Doherty, the show's executive producer] said she's got a bit of the devil in her. She's a nice yin to Sherlock's yang."
Indeed. Part one, "The Woman," transported us back in time to London, where we saw Holmes meet Irene. She can't even get through shaking his hand without gushing, "You're beautiful." She's a girl version of him talking turmeric and obscure historical facts. He figures out that she's a thief. She agrees to a date ... if the date is in the apartment. Meow.
Meanwhile, in present-day Manhattan, Holmes is in protective mode. Irene claims that a sicko named Stapleton kidnapped her and messed with her head by day and gave her white peonies by night. Holmes wants to protect her, so he moves her in and tells Watson to carry on investigating without him. In what plays like a droll "Three's Company," Watson gives Irene new clothes and Holmes puts the kettle on. It's so awkward that Watson offers to move out, but Holmes isn't totally whipped yet (thank God) and tells her, "This is your home." She's worried he's gonna fall off the wagon. He's worried she won't solve the case. Irene is in her room dancing to the oldies.
The rest of the episode flies by as Watson, Gregson, and Marcus track down bad guys sans Holmes. It's weird but cute, because Watson channels Holmes when they find a jar of special paint at the Stapleton mansion. And yes, they do find the bad guys. We slip back to London to learn more about the dynamic between Holmes and Irene, which is kind of like Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter minus the cannibalism. She blows off Holmes. And Holmes is pissed; he wanted a second date. In perhaps the greatest justification of one-night stands of all time, Irene says she doesn't want another date because they must "preserve the integrity" of their "initial encounter." Ha! She should go move into the "Bad Girls Club" over on Oxygen. But yes, the smart, pretty people talk a lot and fall in love and have great chemistry in bed. Note: He thinks her moles look like a constellation.