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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4.61/5 (46 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

Mycroft Holmes: I'm not lonely, Sherlock.
Sherlock Holmes: How would you know?
Torturer: [speaking in Serbian] You broke in here for a reason. Just tell us why and you can sleep. Remember sleep? Huh?... What?

Mycroft Holmes: [In disguise] Well? What did he say?
Torturer: He said that I used to work in the Navy, where I had an unhappy love affair.
Mycroft Holmes: What?
Torturer: That the electricity isn't working in my bathroom... and that my wife is sleeping with our next door neighbor. The coffin maker? And... if I go home now, I'll catch them at it. I knew it! I knew there was something going on!
Sherlock Holmes: I think I'll surprise John. He'll be delighted.
Mycroft Holmes: You think so?
Sherlock Holmes: Mm, pop into Baker Street and - who knows? - jump out of a cake.
Mycroft Holmes: Baker Street? He isn't there anymore. Why would he be? It's been two years. He's got on with his life.
Sherlock Holmes: What life? I've been away.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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 (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): Sherlocke's tombstone appears to have changed locations between this episode 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 (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

  • 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.
  • 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"
  • "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.
  • SPOILER: Sumatra Road tube station does not exist and was fabricated for the story. Sumatra Road itself does exist and is approximately five miles away from the Palace of Westminster. There is, however an underground station near Sumatra Road called North End (colloquially known as 'The Bull and Bush') which was built but never opened to the public due to planning issues above ground.
  • Two of the clients that come to visit Sherlock Holmes are a stepfather and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter is concerned about the sudden disappearance of her on-line admirer with whom she had regular contact. Sherlock deduces that the stepfather had been using an avatar on the internet to keep tabs on his stepdaughter's actions. This is a reference to Arthur Conan Doyle's short story 'A Case Of Identity'.
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