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Sherlock Recap: Sign of Three

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Here we are on the second episode of Sherlock and half way though the season.  Lets recap last week’s episode, well Sherlock came back from the “dead” to help solve a terrorist case.   John punched Sherlock for making him think that he died.

This week’s episode starts of with an exceptionally angry Detective Lestrade.

Lestrade is frustrated with the current case

Lestrade is frustrated with the current case

As Lestrade it getting to a crime scene he receives a text message from Sherlock saying help, Baker Street, please come, help.  Naturally, Lestrade thinks that there is something wrong.  Lestrade gets to Sherlock who needs help with his best man speech.  Lestrade is completely annoyed with the fact that Sherlock called him over for something so dumb.  Come on we all know how Sherlock is, Lestrade should have known better.  Lestrade did not realize that Sherlock will text him over something stupid so Lestrade had called in everyone to rush over to Baker Street.

Mrs. Hudson talks with Sherlock about how he feels about John’s upcoming wedding and his speech.  We will find out later that Molly was very worried about Sherlock giving the best man speech.  We see everyone come out of the wedding ceremony and take pictures.  Of course Sherlock doesn’t get that he not suppose to be in all the pictures.

Sherlock you can't' be in all the pictures

Sherlock you can’t’ be in all the pictures

The maid of honor lets Sherlock know about the tradition of the best man sleeping with the maid of honor.  Instead, Sherlock does what he can to help her find a guy at the wedding.  Before the wedding Sherlock had interrogated some of Mary’s male friends especially those who were ex’s to see if she might cheat on John.  He even gave some of them stipulations about the amount of times they can see her and how often they can call or text.

James Sholto

James Sholto

James Sholto arrives at the wedding and he is an old war friend of John’s.  Mary did not think that James was going to come to the wedding.  Sherlock was very unhappy to find out that John talks about James all the time but not about him.  We all know how Sherlock get jealous easily when it comes to sharing John, no wonder most people think they are gay.

Most the episode is Sherlock’s best man speech with clips of other cases and events interspersed in.

Sherlock giving his best man speech

Sherlock giving his best man speech

With some reminding Sherlock remembers to read the telegrams, which are well wishes from people who were not able to attend.  Sherlock starts by reading each one individually but then goes to cliff noting them.  Sherlock begins with saying how he felt about John asking him to be his best man.  While Sherlock tells everyone at the wedding, he had all this emotions about it.  In reality, he just stood there frozen and staring at John.  Which I have to say was rather hilarious.  Sherlock really did not understand that he was John’s best friend.

BFFs

BFFs

The first movement that Sherlock does after that is to drink his coffee, which has an eyeball in it, Sherlock had been playing with the eyeball earlier and dropped it into his coffee on accident.  According to Sherlock, an eyeball will not make the coffee taste bad; while I trust him, I don’t think I will be adding it to my coffee anytime soon.

Sherlock continues his awkward speech and I mean awkward speech by insulting the whole idea of marriage and pretty much everyone in the room.  Come on, its Sherlock did we expect him to give a non insulting speech.  Then Sherlock turns it around by saying all these great and wonderful things about John.  How John is caring, warm, intelligent, and a wonderful man and how Sherlock is honored to be his best friend.  Sherlock had everyone in the room crying, some how he turned the speech around.  More importantly, Sherlock showed emotions and that he is an actually normal person, I am not sure how I feel about this.

Since Sherlock read a book on how to do the best man speech, he naturally followed every suggestion, so he chooses some funny stories.  Sherlock goes on to talk about John’s blog (we all know how much Sherlock loves John’s blog) and mention a few their adventures by name.  One of which includes an actual elephant in the room.  Sherlock chooses to mention the story of the Bloody Guardsman, which is about a royal guard who is being stalked.  While the guard has told others, no one seems to really believe him.  Sherlock puts on one of the guards hats and sneaks in while John talks to the man in charge of the guards.

Sherlock - royal guard

While John is talking with him, another guard runs in telling them that the guy who they were investigating (Bainbridge) is dead.  John asks to examine the body but the head guard won’t let him because he thinks he is lying about being a doctor since John told him that he had been a soldier earlier.  John yells at him telling him that he had been a soldier and was a doctor.  By this time, they have brought in Sherlock who had been sneaking around.  The head guard thinks that Sherlock did it but Sherlock puts all that to rest.  Bainbridge had been killed in the shower and Sherlock is not at all wet.  Sherlock investigates the scene and John examines the body.  During John’s examination, we find out that Bainbridge is not dead, John asks his nurse (Sherlock) to put pressure on the wound.   Sherlock does a Q&A (its Sherlock) asking people if they can figure out what the best point of the story is.  Lestrade and Tom (Molly’s Fiancé) try to guess how it happened, but Sherlock being unSherlock says the best thing is how John saves lives.  While Sherlock can deduce the mystery, John is amazing because he can save lives.

Then Sherlock recounts the bachelor party which I would like to note was just John and Sherlock.  Sherlock decides that him and John should do a drink everywhere they found a body.  After talking with Molly, Sherlock decides to conduct an experiment about drinking by using 40 ml test tubes.

Sherlock's idea of proper drinking glasses

Sherlock’s idea of proper drinking glasses

After some drinking and John sneaking shots, we see John and Sherlock drunk, and somewhat sleeping on the stairs of the flat.  Mrs. Hudson comes in asking them what they are doing back so soon since they had only been out 2 hours.  Then Sherlock and John play a guessing game, they have to guess who the person or thing is stuck to their head.

Drunken John and Sherlock - hilarious

Drunken John and Sherlock – hilarious

During this time, a client comes in and during her story Sherlock and John fall asleep.  She tells them that she went on a date with a ghost.  Sherlock decides to take the case and they both go over to the crime scene still drunk.  Sherlock starts to investigate but he falls asleep while doing it and also throws up in the apt.  Lucky for both John and Sherlock Lestrade is able to get them out of jail the next day.

Sherlock becomes very intrigued by the case and deduces that the man is not dead but actually someone who uses the names and places of the recently deceased.  Sherlock questions some of the girls that had been on a date with this man (in his head by this point) but he cannot find a connection between them.  Until he remembers, that Tessa had used John’s full name when she had introduced himself and John to the superintendent.  It took years for Sherlock to learn John’s middle name and he had to find his birth certificate.  The only other female who knows John’s middle name is the amazing Irene Adler. Enter Irene Adler into Sherlock’s head as she reaches out to him he tells her no he is working he does not have time for her which suggest that Sherlock thinks about Irene at times.

Irene and Sherlock

Irene and Sherlock

Then Sherlock remembers that John’s middle name was printed on the wedding invitations.  That means Tessa saw the wedding invitation and that the killer is at the wedding and after someone at the wedding.

By this point Sherlock’s speech has gone all crazy because he is deducing the answer to the crime while trying to talk to everyone else so sometimes he slips and has to cover it.  Sherlock also realizes that the royal guard it connected, the killer used him as a run through of his plan by stabbing him through his belt, in by doing so the belt was the only thing keeping him from bleeding out.  How to figure out who would be the target well Sherlock had to figure out who you would want to kill at a wedding.

Sherlock tries to deduce who the target is

Sherlock tries to deduce who the target is

It would have to be someone who does not go out much and lives remotely – John’s friend James Sholto.  Sherlock gives him a message saying that he is the target.  John asks Sherlock to end his crazy long speech because they have a cake to cut.  Sherlock does and Sholto uses this time to leave the room.  Sherlock quickly explains to John what is going on and John gives Mary a kiss and runs off to help Sherlock.  They are on their way to Sholto’s room but Sherlock cannot remember which one it is but Mary shows up and tells them which one.  They all arrive outside the door but Sholto has locked it, he has his gun his lap.  Sholto won’t come out until Sherlock convinces him that they would not do this to John on his wedding day.  Sholto has John come in and help him out.

Sherlock then later on deduces that the photographer was the killer.  The photographer’s brother had been in Sholto’s platoon when it had been attacked and he had died.  Lestrade then arrests the photographer.

Sherlock and the maid of honor

Sherlock and the maid of honor

Sherlock is later dancing off to the side with the maid of honor because he wanted to practice for when they had to dance later.  Sherlock tells her that he actually loves to dance.  Sherlock plays the violin during John and Mary’s dance and after he is done he give them a small speech where he says three instead of two.

Sherlock - dancing

Later on, the dance floor he tells Mary that he knows that she is pregnant.  John is mad that he did not realize it since he is a doctor but Sherlock tells them that he is happy for them.  After seeing that everyone was happy and dancing at the wedding Sherlock puts on his coat and leaves with a smile on his face.

Sherlock - leaving

I have to say I enjoyed seeing John’s wedding, I would have much rather seen him get married in his uniform like they had him do in Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.  I knew Sherlock’s speech was going to be interesting; I have to say they did not disappoint.  It started horribly awkward but it did have some amazing touching moments.  I do wish that his speech had not been pretty much the whole episode but they did do it in such a creative way that I don’t feel like I lost anything.  I am sad that all we saw of Irene Adler was a blip; she is my favorite character from the show.  I know that she is only in one story but I really wish I could see more of her.

She is my favorite character, naturally I had to put in another one

She is my favorite character, naturally I had to put in another one

I was kinda hoping that Sherlock visited her during his 2-year absence but that remains to be seen.  While he said wonders where she is, that could mean since the last time he saw which was either when he saved her or during the 2 year absence I am hoping for the later so we can see some flashback scenes.  I was happy to see everyone was at the wedding granted Mycroft did not attend but he had been invited.  I am wondering if the place we saw Sherlock talk to the girls was his mind palace, it would be really exciting if it was.  I am definitely looking forward to seeing Sherlock’s reaction to when John and Mary’s baby is born.  Everyone was trying to explain to him that things will change now that John and Mary are married.

Until next week when I recap the season finale,

-Christena

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Sherlock: The Empty Hearse Recap

Sherlock - cast

Sherlock, well I have to say I have only just gotten into this show, but for those of you who have seen my New Years blog know this.  I pretty much saw all 6 episodes in a week.  I love Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock; he is absolutely amazing in the role.  I was definitely excited to see the Season 3 Premiere.  Where did season 2 leave off… well Sherlock was presumed dead.

Sherlock - SH's grave

In order to save the lives of John, Mrs. Hudson and Detective Lestrade, Sherlock had to die otherwise Moriarty would have them killed.  To ensure that Sherlock would die, Moriarty killed himself.  Moriarty was not as bright as he thought because he never thought that Sherlock cared for Molly.  Sherlock went to Molly to help him with what he needed to do.

The episode starts with a telling of how Sherlock survived, he basically put a Sherlock mask on a dead Moriarty who was the dead body on the street.

Mask on dead Moriarty

Mask on dead Moriarty

Sherlock jumped off the building with the aid of bungee cord.  The cord pulls Sherlock back up and he crashes though the window and kisses Molly.

Sherlock and Molly kiss

Sherlock and Molly kiss

Which we all know the Sherlock and Molly shippers went crazy over.  Then Sherlock leaves the hospital while John finds the dead body.  This turns out to only be a theory that Anderson tells to Lestrade.  Lestrade does not believe the theory.

Then we are taken to another place Siberia more than likely, where a guy with long hair is being beaten up.  It turns out that Sherlock is the one being beaten and that Mycroft is sitting there just letting it happen because he cannot blow his cover.  Mycroft brings Sherlock back to London to help uncover a terrorist plot.  When Sherlock gets back to London a Ms. Congenitally/ Hunger Games treatment is performed on him to make him look like his usual self.

Sherlock all cleaned up and back in London

Sherlock all cleaned up and back in London

I dunno I was kinda feeling the long curly hair.

John finally visits 221B Baker Street since Sherlock “died,” Mrs. Hudson is happy to see him but sad that he has not tried to contact her.  John tells her that he has found someone who Mrs. Hudson naturally assumes it is a guy.  John tells her that is a girl and that he is not gay.   Some men just have a hard time accepting that they are in a bromance, let’s be fair Sherlock and John are one of the original bromances.

Sherlock goes the restaurant that John plans on proposing to his girlfriend at, even though Mycroft told him that John might not be happy to see him.  Sherlock obviously does not listen and disguises himself as a French waiter with various items he picks up throughout the restaurant.

Sherlock as a French waiter

Sherlock as a French waiter

Eventually Sherlock lets John know that it is him since John was too nervous about the proposal to notice.  It takes Mary a few moments but based on John’s reaction she figures out that it is Sherlock.  I thought John was going to punch Sherlock but he didn’t he punches the table instead.

John and Sherlock confrontation

John and Sherlock confrontation

When Sherlock makes fun of John’s mustache then John launched himself at the Sherlock knocking him down in the restaurant.   Sherlock talks with John and Mary at another place but does not give John the answer that he needs which is why did he stay away for 2 years.  Eventually John gets completely pissed off (he never gets pissed at Sherlock) and punches Sherlock in the face.  I knew this was going to happen because John was so distraught over the loss of Sherlock there is no way he would not have an intense reaction to him being alive.  Mary tells Sherlock that she will talk to John and Sherlock does his look at you deduction technique.

Sherlock deducing Mary

Sherlock deducing Mary

I have to say this is one of my favorite aspects about Sherlock that he can look at a person and deduct a great deal about them.

Sherlock visits Lestrade to let him know he is still alive and Lestrade reacts the best out of everyone by giving him a big hug.  Poor Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock gives her such a fright when he comes back.  He also reveals himself to Molly who naturally knew that he was not dead.

Another version of how Sherlock survived is told Sherlock has a fake body attached to a cord while he talks to John; it’s the fake body that falls.  Sherlock and Moriarty are sitting on the roof laughing about it because they are romantically involved.

Sherlock and Moriarty about to kiss

Sherlock and Moriarty about to kiss

This turns out to be a lame story made up by the Sherlock fan club.  During this time the TV say that Sherlock is alive and then their cell phones go off letting them know Sherlock is alive.  I have to say that I love it when Sherlock texts various people at the same time.

Mycroft comes by to visit Sherlock and to see how he is doing on the case.  Well they play a game of operation, which is just hilarious.  Then Sherlock and Mycroft get into basically a who has the bigger penis contest by showing off their brains in a deduction game.

Sherlock invites Molly to solve crimes with him, so she takes down notes during some of the meetings.  While John is having a normal day in the office until he freaks out thinking that one of his new patients is Sherlock – the patient is not Sherlock.  Sherlock and Molly visit a client who shows Sherlock footage of underground trains.  Basically someone got onto one of the trains but never gets off.  Sherlock deduces that this man is actually Lord Moran.  Sherlock and Molly visit a crime scene with Lestrade, which just has a skeleton.  Sherlock turns into a bloodhound by sniffing the body so that he can gain some more information on it.  On the way out Sherlock and Molly talk about how she won’t be able to do this.  Molly thanks Sherlock for the day and tells him that she is engaged.  Sherlock thanks Molly for helping him fake his death and gives her a kiss on the cheek as he wishes her the best.

Sherlock wishes Molly all the best

Sherlock wishes Molly all the best

John went by 221B Baker Street, but on his way there, he is drugged and kidnapped by some guys.  Mary gets a few random text that do not make any sense at first but then she deduces that there is a hidden message telling her that John is in trouble.  Mary runs to Sherlock who she asks for help finding John.  Sherlock commandeers a motorcycle in probably the best way possible by just putting his hand up.

Sherlock commandeering a motorcycle

Sherlock commandeering a motorcycle

Mary and Sherlock race across London to save John.  Where Sherlock maps out a route to go and calculating the time it would take them to arrive.  They make in just enough time before John is burned alive.

Sherlock and Mary arriving to save John

Sherlock and Mary arriving to save John

This would not have been as bad if the guy who kidnapped John was not trying to kill him in front of his daughter.

John naturally goes over the next day to talk to Sherlock because what else is he going to do the guy did help save his life.  Sherlock’s parents are leaving when John gets there (side note those are Benedict Cumberbatch’s real parents).  John is shocked to see how ordinary they are.  John notices Sherlock’s wall and Sherlock begins to tell him about the case.  They get a video call from the client that Sherlock visited with Molly.  Sherlock realizes that during that time not only did Lord Moran disappear but that his whole train car did as well.  The client helps them figure out where the car might have disappeared.

Sherlock and John race down to the underground tunnels, John tells Sherlock that he should call the cops but of course, Sherlock doesn’t.  I would like to say that I love how John got right back into being a detective with Sherlock, it was almost like the 2 years never happened.

Investigating the train car

Investigating the train car

They eventually find the car that they think is carrying the bomb only to find out that the train car is actually the bomb.  Lord Moran actually set the bomb remotely, giving John and Sherlock only 2 ½ minutes to defuse the bomb.  John naturally thinks that Sherlock knows how to defuse the bomb because well its Sherlock and he can do anything.  Sherlock tells him that he does not and hopes that John does since he had been a soldier.  John makes Sherlock go to his mind palace because somewhere inside there should be the information on how to defuse the bomb.  Sherlock tells him that there not, both men have a moment as they brace for death.

We are shown a scene of Sherlock being recorded, yay they did not die in the train car.  Sherlock is telling someone about how he faked his death; basically he had the whole thing set up with Molly and his brother Mycroft.  Sherlock made John stand in that location so he would not see anything that is going on.  When Sherlock jumped, he landed on a giant air cushion.  Sherlock arranges for John to be knocked down which give Sherlock time to get off the air cushion and lay down on the ground with fake blood.  Sherlock made sure to find a way to stop his pulse because he knew that John would be sure to check.  Sherlock had figured out that Moriarty had found someone who looked like him because Moriarty had a little girl convinced that Sherlock kidnapped her.  That is where Molly comes in because she got a hold of that corpse to help fake Sherlock’s’ death.  It turns out that Sherlock is telling this all to Anderson, who had arranged the skeleton death earlier.  Anderson finds the problems in Sherlock’s story making him doubt that he was even told the real story.

Back on the train car, well I guess we all got excited too soon.  Maybe we didn’t because Sherlock starts to laugh, apparently there was an off switch on the bomb that Sherlock has flipped, the bomb was stopped at 1 ½ minutes.  John is naturally annoyed at Sherlock for making him think that they were going to die.  The cops come a few moments later to help them Sherlock had called them.  As Lord Moran tries to escape, the cops stop him.

John comes by the next day and tells Sherlock everything he has said at his grave, the most important being that he asked him to not be dead.  Sherlock tells John that he know because he had been there.  We learn that Mary and Mrs. Hudson are there as well, because Sherlock and John is are going to be talking to press about the terrorist incident.  Molly comes by with her fiancé who looks very much like Sherlock but everyone makes sure not to say anything.  Sherlock goes outside to talk to the press wearing the iconic Sherlock Holmes hat.

The press conference

The press conference

Somewhere is a warehouse looking place there is a creepy looking guy watching the footage of Sherlock saving John.

I have to say I enjoyed this episode, but then again I always enjoy Sherlock.  It was a great way to bring him back to London and it was so interesting to see how many people actually knew he was alive and who didn’t.  I also appreciated all the different how he survived stories.  It almost reminds me of the Joker telling his origin or how he got the scars story.  It was great to see how everyone had moved on with their lives well except for Mycroft.  I really appreciated that with Molly since she knew that Sherlock was alive, that she was able to move with her life.  I cannot tell you how happy I was to see John punch Sherlock, besides the fact that we have all been waiting for that, John was lied to, and he had a right to be pissed.  I would have done the exact same thing only sooner.  This was honestly the perfect way to bring him back to London.

I have to say one of my favorite things about this show is that they show us how Sherlock’s mind works.  I love seeing that, I enjoy it so much when he just looks at someone and can deduce so much about their lives.

Sherlock's deduction skills

Sherlock’s deduction skills

It was also great to see Sherlock map out the path to save John and to include ETA times.  Seriously it is amazing to see his brain in action, I wish mine did that.  I would love to be able to do even a quarter of what he does.

Lets talk about the mustache; you really didn’t think I was not going to talk about it.

John with the mustache

John with the mustache

I already knew about it and everything else because thanks to other social media sites and England getting it first people were already taking about it.  I had no official opinion on the mustache until I saw the episode yea it needed to go.  I have no idea what John was thinking, but I think that was great creative writing.  The only person who could get John to shave it was Sherlock; right after Sherlock makes fun of it… it is gone.

Join me next week as John asks Sherlock to be his best man and as John marries Mary.

-Christena