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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4.61/5 (46 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

Sherlock Holmes: But you've missed his isolation.
Mycroft Holmes: I don't see it.
Sherlock Holmes: Plain as day.
Mycroft Holmes: Where?
Sherlock Holmes: There for all to see.
Mycroft Holmes: Tell me.
Sherlock Holmes: Plain as the nose on your...
Mycroft Holmes: Tell me!
Sherlock Holmes: Well anybody who wears a hat as stupid as this isn't in the habit of hanging around other people, is he?
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: Oh, perhaps he shouldn't have done. He was obviously just trying to show off.
Dr. John Watson: [with a time bomb ticking] So what do we do?
Sherlock Holmes: I've no idea.
Dr. John Watson: Well, think of something.
Sherlock Holmes: Why do you think I know what to do?
Dr. John Watson: Because you're Sherlock Holmes - you're as clever as it gets.
Sherlock Holmes: Doesn't mean I know how to diffuse a giant bomb. What about you?
Dr. John Watson: I wasn't in bomb disposal. I'm a bloody doctor.
Sherlock Holmes: And a soldier, as you keep reminding us all.
Dr. John Watson: Can't we... can't we rip their timer off or something?
Sherlock Holmes: But that would set it off.
Dr. John Watson: You see? You know things!

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 (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.
  • 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.

Trivia

  • 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'.
  • The six digit code that is used to detonate the explosives is 051113 - the date of the planned attack (5 November 2013).
  • When John and Sherlock realize together that the bombing of the Parliament is happening on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Day, John says, "Remember, remember." This references the John Lennon song "Remember" from The Plastic Ono Band album, which includes the lines, "Remember, remember, the 5th of November". November 5th, 1605 was the day the Parliament re-opened, following a closing since July 20th due to the plague. This temporary closing canceled the Gunpowder Plot launched by a band of conspirators including Guy Fawkes who planned to blow up the Parliament from a tunnel beneath with 20 barrels of gunpowder. On November 5th, every year, Britain celebrates Guy Fawkes Day by burning an effigy of him, as is seen here. As Sherlock and Mary approach the bonfire on motorcycle, with John Watson unconscious beneath it, the provocateur texts to Mary, "What a shame, John is quite a Guy!" meaning of course, Guy Fawkes. The mask of Guy Fawkes is the symbol of the contemporary Anonymous movement.
  • 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).
  • 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."
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