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 (45 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.

Sherlock Holmes: Weight loss, hair dye, Botox - affair.

Sherlock Holmes: Lawyer. Next!
Dr. John Watson: Well, I've got some news.
Mrs. Hudson: Oh, God. Is it serious?
Dr. John Watson: What? No. No, I'm not ill. I've, er... well I'm... moving on.
Mrs. Hudson: You're emigrating.
Dr. John Watson: Nope, er, no, I've, er... I've met someone.
Mrs. Hudson: Oh! Oh, lovely!
Dr. John Watson: Yeah. We're getting married. Well, I'm gonna ask, anyway.
Mrs. Hudson: So soon after Sherlock?
Dr. John Watson: Hm, well, yes...
Mrs. Hudson: What's his name?
Dr. John Watson: [sighs] It's a woman.
Mrs. Hudson: A woman?
Dr. John Watson: Yes, of course it's a woman.
Mrs. Hudson: [laughs quietly] You really have moved on, haven't you?
Dr. John Watson: Mrs. Hudson, how many times... Sherlock was not my boyfriend.
Mrs. Hudson: Live and let live, that's my motto.
Dr. John Watson: Listen to me: I am not gay!
Mycroft Holmes: [analyzing a hat] This is a chullo, the classic headgear of the Andes. It's made of Alpaca.
Sherlock Holmes: Nope.
Mycroft Holmes: No?
Sherlock Holmes: Icelandic sheep wool. Similar, but very distinctive if you know what you're looking for. I've written a blog on the varying tensile strengths of different natural fibers.
Mrs. Hudson: I'm sure there's a crying need for that.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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 (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.
  • 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: 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.
  • Watson's fiancée, Mary Morstan, is played by Amanda Abbington, the real-life partner of Martin Freeman.
  • Sherlock and Mycroft's parents are played by Benedict Cumberbatch's real-life parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton.
  • There is a hidden Doctor Who (UK) (1963) reference in the credits of this episode. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the head writers on both "Sherlock" and Doctor Who (UK) (2005), have dropped in a tease for fans of both shows. Letters spelling out "Weng-Chiang" were marked in red in the credits. In the 1977 Doctor Who six-part serial "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part One (#14.21)}, Tom Baker (the Doctor at the time) wore a Holmes-like deerstalker hat while investigating a series of supernatural murders in Victorian London.
  • 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.
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