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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4.59/5 (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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Main Characters in this Episode


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Guest Stars

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
Reporter 2 played by Jim Conway (IX)

Episode Quotes

Mary Morstan: Oh no, you're...
Sherlock Holmes: Oh, yes.
Mary Morstan: Oh, my god.
Sherlock Holmes: Not quite.
Mrs. Hudson: I'm really pleased, Mary. Have you set a date?
Mary Morstan: Well, we thought May.
Mrs. Hudson: Ah, a spring wedding.
Mary Morstan: Yeah.
Mary Morstan: Well, once we've actually got engaged.
Mrs. Hudson: Yeah.
Mary Morstan: We were interrupted last time.
Sherlock Holmes: Yeah. Well, I can't wait.
Mary Morstan: You will be there, Sherlock?
Sherlock Holmes: Weddings, not really my thing.
Dr. John Watson: You'd have to be an idiot not to see it. You love it.
Sherlock Holmes: Love what?
Dr. John Watson: Being back. Being Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes: I don't even know what that's supposed to mean.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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: 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'.
  • The six digit code that is used to detonate the explosives is 051113 - the date of the planned attack (5 November 2013).
  • 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"
  • 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 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.
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