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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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

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.
Mycroft Holmes: We have solid information. An attack is coming.
Sherlock Holmes: Solid information. A secret terrorist organization's planning an attack. That's what secret terrorist organizations do, isn't it? It's their version of golf.
Mycroft Holmes: An agent gave his life to tell us that.
Sherlock Holmes: Hm. Perhaps he shouldn't have done. He was obviously just trying to show off.
Dr. John Watson: Mind palace!
Sherlock Holmes: Hm?
Dr. John Watson: Use your mind palace!
Sherlock Holmes: How will that help?
Dr. John Watson: You sorted away every fact under the sun!
Sherlock Holmes: Oh, and you just assume I've got "How to defuse a bomb" tucked away in there somewhere?
Dr. John Watson: YES!
Sherlock Holmes: ...maybe.

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

  • 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"
  • Some of the scenes revealing how Sherlock faked his own death were filmed during production of "Sherlock" (2010) {The Reichenbach Fall (#2.3)}. Still, according to an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch on The Graham Norton Show (UK), much of it was re-shot for this episode. And as before, Benedict Cumberbatch performed the rooftop jump stunts himself.
  • 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: 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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