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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Episode Quotes

Mycroft Holmes: I'm not lonely, Sherlock.
Sherlock Holmes: How would you know?
Sherlock Holmes: I think I'll surprise John. He'll be delighted.
Mycroft Holmes: You think so?
Sherlock Holmes: Mm, pop into Baker Street and - who knows? - jump out of a cake.
Mycroft Holmes: Baker Street? He isn't there anymore. Why would he be? It's been two years. He's got on with his life.
Sherlock Holmes: What life? I've been away.
Sherlock Holmes: [after being head-butted by John] I don't understand. I said I'm sorry. Isn't that what you're supposed to do?
Mary Morstan: Gosh, you don't know anything about human nature, do you?
Sherlock Holmes: Nature? No. Human? No.

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 (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 (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.

Trivia

  • Sherlock and Mycroft's parents are played by Benedict Cumberbatch's real-life parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton.
  • 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.
  • 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), 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.
  • 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.
  • 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'.
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