Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jul. 25, 2010
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
90 min.
Country
UK
Network
BBC One TV Network

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Sherlock (UK) - 03x01 The Empty Hearse

3x01 The Empty Hearse

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4.6/5 (47 votes)
First Aired: Jan. 01, 2014 on BBC One
Summary: A couple of years after the shocking effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has managed to move on with his life. London is under threat of a huge terrorist attack and Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so easily to him.

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Main Characters in this Episode


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Guest Stars

DI Lestrade played by Rupert Graves (II)
Anderson played by Jonathan Aris
Howard Shilcott played by David Fynn
Laura played by Sharon Rooney
Torturer played by Tomi May
Bonfire Dad played by Rick Warden
Zoe played by Trixiebell Harrowell
Reporter 1 played by Lovelace Akpojaro

Episode Quotes

Howard Shilcott: [to Sherlock] The train never stops and a man vanishes. Good, innit?
Sherlock Holmes: [after being head-butted by John] I don't understand. I said I'm sorry, isn't that what you're supposed to do?
Mary Morstan: Gosh, you don't know anything about human nature, do you?
Sherlock Holmes: Hmm, nature? No. Human? [pause] No.
Mycroft Holmes: If you seem slow to me, Sherlock, can you imagine what real people are like? I'm living in a world of goldfish.
Sherlock Holmes: Yes, but I've been away for two years.
Mycroft Holmes: So?
Sherlock Holmes: Oh, I don't know. I thought, perhaps, you might have found yourself a... goldfish.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (continuity error): Sherlock's tombstone appears to have changed locations between this and the series two finale. In the latter, the tombstone stands somewhat isolated, in front of a huge tree, with no more tombs around. In "The Empty Hearse", however, the tombstone stands behind the tree, in the middle of an opening, with several other tombstones around.
  • Goof (factual errors): When Sherlock examines the body in the cellar (41:21) He misses the fact that this "body" is probably a skeleton robbed from a School or University. As can be clearly seen on the hand of the skeleton where individual bones of the fingers are held together with iron wires.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When discussing the missing part of the underground-train Sherlock refers to them as 'carriages' while just moments ago they learned from the train enthusiast that they are called 'cars'. Sherlock would have integrated this information immediately after learning this (if in fact he didn't already knew it before) and would not keep referring to it by the wrong name.
  • Goof (continuity error): The train shown on security footage is 1996 Stock train for Jubilee line. The wagon found by Sherlock and John is 1972 Stock for Bakerloo line. And the interior for that wagon was borrowed from D78 Stock for District line.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): Towards the end, when Sherlock and Mary are driving to save John, a brief scene before they arrive at the police barricade clearly shows a shadow of the camera/crew on the ground.

Trivia

  • SPOILER: Showrunner Mark Gatiss has said that they changed the solution to how Sherlock survived the fall from Series 2 due to the layout of St. Bart's Hospital. "We were going to do it as a two-stage trick. There was going to be a platform, like a window-cleaning platform, which Sherlock would hit, then another body would drop out of it. That's why there's a reference in the newspaper to the refit of a historic hospital, then we changed our minds because Toby Haynes, the director of Reichenbach, noticed that the ambulance station was at exactly the right point."
  • "Remember, Remember, the 5th of November" is from an English poem from 1870 and quoted often. The poem tells of the Gunpowder and Treason Plot of 1605 against James I. Having survived the assassination plot people rejoiced by building bonfires. In Britian "Guy Falkes Day" is celebrated with fireworks & bonfires where effigies are burnt. Children in fancy dress also beg for penny and it's deemed bad luck not to donate to them.
  • John tells Sherlock that he is "The best and the wisest man [he's] ever known" this is a direct quote from the 1984 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes episode "The Final Problem". In "The Final Problem", however, Dr. Watson is narrating this line after he supposes Sherlock to have fallen off of the Reichenbach to his death.
  • Due to the nature of certain elements of the story, this particular episode is prone to being withdrawn from schedules, due to certain similar events in the news.
  • During one of the scenes explaining how Sherlock survived the fall, Sherlock texts the code word "Lazarus" to Mycroft. Mycroft is played by Sherlock co-writer and creator Mark Gatiss, who also wrote and starred in the Doctor Who episode "The Lazarus Experiment".
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