Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jul. 25, 2010
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
90 min.
Country
UK
Network
BBC One TV Network
Sherlock (UK) » Season 3
Sherlock (UK) - 03x01 The Empty Hearse

3x01 The Empty Hearse

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4.59/5 (44 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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Guest Stars

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
Reporter 2 played by Jim Conway (IX)
Reporter 3 played by Nicole Arumugam

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Episode Quotes

Mary Morstan: Oh no, you're...
Sherlock Holmes: Oh, yes.
Mary Morstan: Oh, my god.
Sherlock Holmes: Not quite.
Dr. John Watson: Clients?
Sherlock Holmes: Just my parents.
Dr. John Watson: Your parents?
Sherlock Holmes: In town for a few days.
Dr. John Watson: YOUR parents?
Sherlock Holmes: Mycroft promised to take them to a matinee of Les Mis. He's trying to talk me into doing it.
Dr. John Watson: Those were your parents?
Sherlock Holmes: Yes.
Dr. John Watson: Well, THAT is not what I...
Sherlock Holmes: What?
Dr. John Watson: I mean, they're just so... ordinary.
Sherlock Holmes: It's a cross I have to bear.
Dr. John Watson: One word, Sherlock! That is all I would have needed! One word to let me know that you were alive!
Sherlock Holmes: I've nearly been in contact so many times, but... I worried that, you know, you might say something indiscreet.
Dr. John Watson: What?
Sherlock Holmes: Oh you know, let the cat out of the bag.
Dr. John Watson: Oh so this is my fault? [Mary starts laughing] Why am I the only one who thinks that this is wrong? The only one reacting like a human being.
Sherlock Holmes: Over-reacting.
Dr. John Watson: [Yelling] Over-reacting!
Mary Morstan: John!
Dr. John Watson: Over-reacting! So you fake your own death and you waltz here, large as bloody life, but I'm not supposed to have a problem with that, no. Because Sherlock Holmes thinks it's a perfectly okay thing to do!
Sherlock Holmes: Shut up, John! I don't want everyone knowing I'm still alive.
Dr. John Watson: Oh, so it's still a secret, is it?
Sherlock Holmes: Yes! It's still a secret. Promise you won't tell anyone.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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.
  • 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.

Trivia

  • SPOILER: Writer Mark Gatiss is a known admirer of Clive Barker's work and has narrated the "Books of Blood" series for BBC Radio. The episode contains references to the series; the London Underground scenes are influenced by the 'Midnight Meat Train' (a boy disappears on a railway carriage with no feasible way of exiting) and the bonfire scene is influenced by the book 'The Forbidden' (a girl is within a bonfire that is set alight in front of children and their parents).
  • The name of the abandoned tube station "Sumatra Road" is a subtle reference to The Giant Rat of Sumatra, a case that is mentioned in 'The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire' as one of the many adventures Holmes and Watson have that does not appear in the novels.
  • SPOILER: Sherlock's parents are played by Benedict Cumberbatch's real-life parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton.
  • Sherlock tells Anderson that he and Mycroft had anticipated thirteen possible scenarios that could happen on the roof. Each possibility had a code name and a plan of action attached to it. Sherlock texts his brother one of the code names ('LAZARUS'). Mark Gatiss - this episode's writer (as well as portraying Sherlock's brother, Mycroft - appeared in the 3rd series' episode of "Doctor Who" (2005) {The Lazarus Experiment (#3.6)} in which he portrayed Professor Richard Lazarus. It could also be a reference to the biblical Lazarus, who was resurrected by Jesus (this is what the Doctor Who episode was referencing as well).
  • The title of this episode reflects that of the first story in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, which tells of Holmes' first re-appearance after confronting Moriarty at The Reichenbach falls and apparently dying, and was called "The Adventure of the Empty House"
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