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The new year is going to bring Sherlock and Joan face-to-face with an old foe — Natalie Dormer’s Moriarty, seen above in a photo you’re seeing first on But what brings the trio together again in the episode, which airs Jan. 2? We hopped on the phone with executive producer Rob Doherty to get the scoop.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Set up the episode for us.

DOHERTY: A young girl is kidnapped in New York City, and Sherlock and Joan come to believe that Moriarty may have orchestrated the abduction, which is a tad confusing since she’s been in federal custody for several months now. So in the episode, they seek her out and she becomes something of a participant in the investigation into the kidnapping.

EW: Moriarty’s presence always brings up complicated feelings for Sherlock. How does that manifest in the episode?

People who have enjoyed the complicated relationship will not be disappointed. It remains as complicated as ever. It’s very interesting for Sherlock to see her and be around her again. And it’s, of course, not just about how it lands on Sherlock but Joan as well, given that Joan played such a major role in Moriarty’s takedown at the end of the first season. There’s plenty of unfinished business between them, so we single those two out for a little alone time over the course of the episode.

Moriarty certainly doesn’t have the power in this situation. Can you talk about how that character deals with that?

She recognizes that she was defeated but she hasn’t quite figured it out yet.

I think she’s certainly one to point out that she has a lot in common with Sherlock, but unlike him, she has remained independent to her detriment and, ultimately, that’s really what led to her downfall last year. She doesn’t have a Watson in her life, and she could probably benefit from one. Sherlock and Joan as a unit tend to be stronger than Moriarity as a solo.

What does this episode have in store in terms of twists and turns?

We’re going to learn a lot more about Moriarty. We’re going to reveal some secrets regarding her past and where she comes from and what she’s done to get where she is. You know, it’s definitely an episode with some major twists and we’re excited for it air.

Elementary airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

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