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

Mr. Harcourt: Well, absolutely no one should have been able to empty that bank account other than myself and Helen.
Sherlock Holmes: Why didn't you assume it was your wife?
Mr. Harcourt: Because I've always had total faith in her.
Sherlock Holmes: No, it's because you emptied it. [points at him] Weight loss, hair dye, Botox, affair. [whips out a business card, he holds it out to Mrs Harcourt] Lawyer. Next!
Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty slipped up, He made a mistake... Because the one person he thought didn't matter at all to me... was the one person who mattered the most. You made it all possible.
Sherlock Holmes: Neat, don't you think?
Anderson: Hm...
Sherlock Holmes: What?
Anderson: Not the way I'd have done it.

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 (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): 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 (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 (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.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • SPOILER: 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'), a direct reference to the biblical Lazarus, who was resurrected by Jesus. Previously, Mark Gatiss - this episode's writer (as well as portraying Sherlock's brother, Mycroft) - appeared in "Doctor Who" (2005) {The Lazarus Experiment (#3.6)} playing the character of Professor Richard Lazarus.
  • 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."
  • SPOILER: The six digit code that is used to detonate the explosives is 051113 - the date of the planned attack (5 November 2013).
  • In the Doyle Holmes stories, Mary Morstan was introduced in 'The Sign of the Four'.
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