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Sherlock (UK) - 03x01 The Empty Hearse

3x01 The Empty Hearse

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4.58/5 (43 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

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
Reporter 2 played by Jim Conway (IX)

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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.
Sherlock Holmes: I calculated that there were thirteen possibilities once I'd invited Moriarty onto the roof. I wanted to avoid dying, if at all possible. The first scenario involved hurling myself into a parked hospital van filled with body bags. Impossible. The angle was too steep. Secondly, a system of Japanese wrestling...
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. [the television suddenly breaks the news of Sherlock's reappearance]
Laura: Oh my God. Oh. My. God.

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): 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • The six digit code that is used to detonate the explosives is 051113 - the date of the planned attack (5 November 2013).
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