2x01 The Copper Beeches
First Aired: Aug. 25, 1985 on ITV
Summary: When Violet Hunter is offered a job as governess to a six year old boy by Jephro Ruscastle the job description sounds too good to be true, with an inflated salary and other advantages.However, when Jephro insists that Violet cuts off her beautiful auburn hair as part of the bargain, Violet…
Main Characters in this Episode
Violet Hunter: I'm sure I don't know.
Jephro Rucastle: It is to keep people out who have no business there!
Sherlock Holmes: Do you know, Watson, it is one of the curses of having a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with reference to my own special subject.
Dr. John Watson: Well, it doesn't make the scenery any less admirable, does it?
Sherlock Holmes: You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there.
Dr. John Watson: Good heavens, who would associate crime with these dear old homesteads?
Sherlock Holmes: They always fill me with a sudden horror. It is my belief Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.
- The lecture about Watson's "creative liberties" with writing up cases is from "The Sign of Four."