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

Mary Morstan: Oh, no, you're...
Sherlock Holmes: Oh, yes.
Mary Morstan: Oh, my god.
Sherlock Holmes: Not quite.
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!
Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty slipped up. He made a mistake, because the one person he thought didn't matter at all to me was the one person who mattered the most. You made it all possible.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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 (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.

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.
  • SPOILER: Showrunner 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."
  • 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.
  • SPOILER: Writer Mark Gatiss is a known admirer of Clive Barker's work and has narrated the "Books of Blood" series for BBC Radio. The episode contains references to the series; the London Underground scenes are influenced by the 'Midnight Meat Train' (a boy disappears on a railway carriage with no feasible way of exiting) and the bonfire scene is influenced by the book 'The Forbidden' (a girl is within a bonfire that is set alight in front of children and their parents).
  • 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.
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