Jul. 25, 2010
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90 min.
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Sherlock (UK) - 03x01 The Empty Hearse

3x01 The Empty Hearse

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


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

Sherlock Holmes: Well, the short version, not dead.
Sherlock Holmes: Neat, don't you think?
Anderson: Hm...
Sherlock Holmes: What?
Anderson: Not the way I'd have done it.
Anderson: [after Laura details a conspiracy plot involving Holmes and Moriarty being in love] WHAT? Are you out of your mind?
Laura: I don't see why not. It's just as plausible as some of your theories.
Anderson: Look, if you're not going to take it seriously, Laura, you can...
Laura: I do take it seriously. I don't think we should wear hats.
Anderson: I founded the Empty Hearse so like-minded people could meet, discuss theories... Sherlock's still out there. I'm convinced of it.

Laura: Oh, my God. Oh. My. God.


  • 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 (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): 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.


  • The six digit code that is used to detonate the explosives is 051113 - the date of the planned attack (5 November 2013).
  • "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.
  • When John and Sherlock realize together that the bombing of the Parliament is happening on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Day, John says, "Remember, remember." This references the John Lennon song "Remember" from The Plastic Ono Band album, which includes the lines, "Remember, remember, the 5th of November". November 5th, 1605 was the day the Parliament re-opened, following a closing since July 20th due to the plague. This temporary closing canceled the Gunpowder Plot launched by a band of conspirators including Guy Fawkes who planned to blow up the Parliament from a tunnel beneath with 20 barrels of gunpowder. On November 5th, every year, Britain celebrates Guy Fawkes Day by burning an effigy of him, as is seen here. As Sherlock and Mary approach the bonfire on motorcycle, with John Watson unconscious beneath it, the provocateur texts to Mary, "What a shame, John is quite a Guy!" meaning of course, Guy Fawkes. The mask of Guy Fawkes is the symbol of the contemporary Anonymous movement.
  • 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.
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