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Mrs. Hudson (Character)
from The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

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"Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (#4.0)" (2016)
Mrs. Hudson: Mr. Holmes. I do wish you'd let me know when you're planning to come home.
Sherlock Holmes: I hardly knew myself Mrs. Hudson. That's the trouble with dismembered country squires. They're notoriously difficult to schedule.

Mrs. Hudson: And I noticed you published another of your stories, Dr. Watson.
Dr. John Watson: Yes. Did you enjoy it?
Mrs. Hudson: No.
Dr. John Watson: Oh?
Mrs. Hudson: I never enjoy them.
Dr. John Watson: Why not?
Mrs. Hudson: Well, I never say anything do I? According to you, I just show people up the stairs and serve you breakfast.
Dr. John Watson: Well, within the narrative, that is, broadly speaking, your function.
Mrs. Hudson: My *what*?
Sherlock Holmes: Don't feel singled out, Mrs Hudson. I'm hardly in the dog one.
Dr. John Watson: The dog one?
Mrs. Hudson: I'm your landlady, not a plot device.
Dr. John Watson: D'you mean 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'?

Dr. John Watson: Good Lord.
Sherlock Holmes: [shouting to Mrs. Hudson who is downstairs] Mrs Hudson, there is a woman in my sitting room. Is it intentional?
Mrs. Hudson: [replying from downstairs] She's a client, said you were out, insisted on waiting.
Dr. John Watson: Would you, uh... care to sit down?
Sherlock Holmes: Didn't you ask her what she wanted?
Mrs. Hudson: You ask her!
Sherlock Holmes: Why didn't YOU ask her?
Mrs. Hudson: How could I, what with me not talking and everything?
Sherlock Holmes: Oh.
Sherlock Holmes: [to Dr. Watson] For god's sake, give her some lines, she's perfectly capable of starving us.

Mrs. Hudson: And you make the rooms so drab and dingy.
Dr. John Watson: Oh, blame it on the illustrator. He's out of control. I've had to grow this moustache just so that people would recognize me.

DI Lestrade: [talking about Sherlock] He said, "There's only one suspect," and then he just walks away and now he won't explain.
Mrs. Hudson: Which is strange, because he likes that bit.
DI Lestrade: Said it's so simple I could solve it.
Mrs. Hudson: I'm sure he was exaggerating.

[Sherlock has been sitting on the floor not moving for two days]
DI Lestrade: What's he doing, do you think?
Mrs. Hudson: He says he's waiting.
DI Lestrade: For what?
Mrs. Hudson: The devil. I wouldn't be surprised. We get all sorts here.

DI Lestrade: There's still reporters outside.
Mrs. Hudson: They've been there all the time. I can't get rid of them. I've been rushed off my feet making tea.
DI Lestrade: Why do you make them tea?
Mrs. Hudson: I don't know. I just sort of do.


"Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (#2.1)" (2012)
Mrs. Hudson: It's a disgrace, sending your little brother into danger like that. Family is all we have in the end, Mycroft Holmes.
Mycroft Holmes: Oh, shut up, Mrs. Hudson!
Sherlock Holmes: [furious] Mycroft!
Dr. John Watson: Hey!
Mycroft Holmes: [long pause] Apologies.
Mrs. Hudson: Thank you.
Sherlock Holmes: Though do, in fact, shut up.

Sherlock Holmes: [on the phone] Lestrade? We've had a break-in at Baker Street. Send your least irritating officers and an ambulance. Oh, no, no, no, no, we're fine. No, it's the, uh, it's the burglar, he's got himself rather badly injured.
[Neilson, bound and gagged, but otherwise unharmed, looks up in confusion]
Sherlock Holmes: Oh, a few broken ribs, fractured skull, suspected punctured lung.
[pause]
Sherlock Holmes: He fell out of a window.
[cut to the first floor of Baker Street, where John is tending Mrs. Hudon's wounds]
Mrs. Hudson: Oh! It stings...
[a body falls past the window, landing with a crash]
Mrs. Hudson: Oh, that was right on my bins.
[Cut to a later street scene, as the ambulance pulls away]
DI Lestrade: And exactly how many times did he fall out of the window?
Sherlock Holmes: It's all a bit of a blur, Detective Inspector. I lost count.

Irene Adler: Mr. Holmes, if it was the end of the world, if this was the very last night, would you have dinner with me?
Mrs. Hudson: [off screen] Sherlock?
Irene Adler: Too late.
Sherlock Holmes: That's not the end of the world, that's Mrs. Hudson.

Mrs. Hudson: Sherlock, this man was at the door, is the bell still not working?
[to the man]
Mrs. Hudson: He shot it.

Dr. John Watson: She'll have to sleep upstairs in our flat tonight, we need to look after her.
Mrs. Hudson: No...
Sherlock Holmes: No, no, no, she's fine.
Dr. John Watson: No, she's not, look at her. She's got to take some time away from Baker Street. She can go and stay with her sister. Doctor's orders.
Sherlock Holmes: Don't be absurd.
Dr. John Watson: She's in shock, for God's sake, and all over some bloody stupid camera-phone. Where is it, anyway?
Sherlock Holmes: Safest place I know.
Mrs. Hudson: You left it in the pocket of your second-best dressing gown, you clot.
[chuckles]
Mrs. Hudson: I managed to sneak it out when they thought I was having a cry.
Sherlock Holmes: Thank you. Shame on you, John Watson.
Dr. John Watson: Shame on me?
Sherlock Holmes: Mrs. Hudson leave Baker Street? England would fall.

Molly Hooper: How's the hip?
Mrs. Hudson: Oh, it's atrocious, but thanks for asking.
Molly Hooper: I've seen much worse, but then I do postmortems.


"Sherlock: The Empty Hearse (#3.1)" (2014)
Mrs. Hudson: Oh, I'm really pleased, Mary. Have you set a date?
Mary Morstan: Uh, well, we thought May.
Mrs. Hudson: Ah, a spring wedding.
Mary Morstan: Yeah. Well, once we've actually got engaged.
Dr. John Watson: Yeah.
Mary Morstan: We were interrupted last time.
Dr. John Watson: Yeah.
DI Lestrade: Well, I can't wait.
Mary Morstan: You will be there, Sherlock?
Sherlock Holmes: Weddings - not really my thing.

Dr. John Watson: Well, I've got some news.
Mrs. Hudson: Oh, God, is it serious?
Dr. John Watson: What? No, no I'm not ill. I've, uh, well I'm... moving on.
Mrs. Hudson: You're emigrating?
Dr. John Watson: Nope. Uh, no, I've, uh... I have met someone.
Mrs. Hudson: Oh! Ah, lovely.
Dr. John Watson: Yeah. We're getting married. Well, I'm going to ask, anyway.
Mrs. Hudson: So soon after Sherlock?
Dr. John Watson: Hmm, well, yes.
Mrs. Hudson: What's his name?
Dr. John Watson: [sighs] It's a woman.
Mrs. Hudson: A woman?
Dr. John Watson: Yes, of course it's a woman.
Mrs. Hudson: [laughs quietly] You really have moved on, haven't you?
Dr. John Watson: Mrs. Hudson, how many times?... Sherlock was not my boyfriend.
Mrs. Hudson: Live and let live, that's my motto.
Dr. John Watson: Listen to me. *I am not gay*!

Mycroft Holmes: [analyzing a hat] This is a Chullo. The classic headgear of the Andes, it's made of Alpaca.
Sherlock Holmes: Nope.
Mycroft Holmes: No?
Sherlock Holmes: Icelandic sheep wool. Similar but very distinctive, if you know what you're looking for. I've written a blog on the varying tensile strengths of different natural fibers.
Mrs. Hudson: I'm sure there's a crying need for that.

Mrs. Hudson: Sherlock?
Sherlock Holmes: Mm?
Mrs. Hudson: Talk to John.
Sherlock Holmes: I tried talking to him. He made his position quite clear.
Dr. John Watson: [John is in his office examining a patient with an undescended testicle. He lifts a middle finger] Just relax, Mr Summerson.
Mrs. Hudson: What did he say?
Sherlock Holmes: F...
Dr. John Watson: [feeling his patient's testicles] Cough.
Mrs. Hudson: Oh, dear.

[discussing John's mustache]
Mrs. Hudson: ages you.
Dr. John Watson: Just trying it out.
Mrs. Hudson: Well, it ages you.


"Sherlock: The Lying Detective (#4.2)" (2017)
Mrs. Hudson: [to Mycroft] Get out of my house. You *reptile*.

Policeman: Do you have *any* idea what speed you were going at?
Mrs. Hudson: No, of course not! I was on the phone.

Mrs. Hudson: Is Molly the right person to be doing medicals? She's more used to dead people.

Mrs. Hudson: I'm the widow of a drug dealer. I own property in central London. And for the last bloody time, John, I'm not your housekeeper.

Mrs. Hudson: [talking about Sherlock] He's not so difficult when you've got a gun on him.


Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Sherlock Holmes: There's only at one case that intrigues me at present. The curious case of Mrs. Hudson, the absentee landlady. I've been studying her comings and goings, they appear most... sinister.
Mrs. Hudson: Tea, Mr. Holmes?
Sherlock Holmes: Is it poisoned, Nanny?
Mrs. Hudson: There's enough of that in you already.

[Mrs. Hudson starts to clear space for the tea tray]
Sherlock Holmes: Don't touch. Everything is in its proper place... as per usual, Nanny.
[on her way out, Mrs. Hudson notices the dog laying on the floor]
Mrs. Hudson: Oh, he's killed the dog. Again.
Dr. John Watson: [irritated] What have you done to Gladstone now?
Sherlock Holmes: I was simply testing a new anesthetic. He doesn't mind.

Dr. John Watson: [Holmes is firing a gun in the house] Mrs Hudson.
Mrs. Hudson: I won't go in there by myself, not while he's got a gun in his hand!
Dr. John Watson: You don't have to go in there at all.
Mrs. Hudson: What will I do when you leave, doctor? He'll have the whole house down!
Dr. John Watson: He just needs another case, that's all.

Sherlock Holmes: There's only one case that intrigues me at present. The curious case of Mrs. Hudson, the absentee landlady. I've been studying here comings and goings and they appear most... sinister.
Mrs. Hudson: Tea, Mr. Holmes?
Sherlock Holmes: Is it poisoned, Nanny?
Mrs. Hudson: There's enough of that in you already.
Mrs. Hudson: [Starts to clear space for the tea tray]
Sherlock Holmes: Don't touch! Everything is in its proper place, as per usual... Nanny.


Without a Clue (1988)
Holmes: An occasional libation enables me to stiffen my resolve.
Mrs. Hudson: Your resolve should be pickled by now!

[Holmes has just tried and failed to hang himself]
Mrs. Hudson: Mr. Holmes! What would Dr. Watson say?
Holmes: He would have offered to kick the chair out from underneath me!

[Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty prepare to have a swordfight on the stage of the Orpheum Theater]
Professor James Moriarty: Ordinarily I do not bother with half-wits and buffoons.
[Holmes reaches to draw a sword from nearby, but grabs Mrs. Hudson's umbrella by accident]
Holmes: Buffoons, is it?
[Moriarty looks annoyed. Realizing his mistake, Holmes quickly tosses the umbrella aside and draws a sword for real this time]
Holmes: Buffoon, is it?
Mrs. Hudson: [Looking on with Dr. Watson] He'll be killed!
Dr. Watson: I quite doubt it, Mrs. Hudson. He's in his element now.

Leslie: [waking up after being knocked cold] Oh, my head...
Mrs. Hudson: It's all right, dear. It's still there.


"Sherlock: The Sign of Three (#3.2)" (2014)
Sherlock Holmes: Imagine someone's going to get murdered at a wedding. Who exactly would you pick?
Mrs. Hudson: I think you're a popular choice at the moment, dear.

Mrs. Hudson: Your mother has a lot to answer for.
Sherlock Holmes: Hmm, I know. I have a list. Mycroft has a file.

Mrs. Hudson: It changes people, marriage.
Sherlock Holmes: Mmmm, no, it doesn't.
Mrs. Hudson: Well, you wouldn't understand 'cause you always live alone.
Sherlock Holmes: Your husband was executed for double murder. You're hardly an advert for companionship.
Mrs. Hudson: Marriage changes you as a person in ways that you can't imagine.
Sherlock Holmes: As does lethal injection.


"Sherlock: The Six Thatchers (#4.1)" (2017)
Sherlock Holmes: You ever think I'm becoming a bit... full of myself, cocky or overconfident.
Mrs. Hudson: Yes?
Sherlock Holmes: Would you just say the word "Norbury" to me? Would you?
Mrs. Hudson: Norbury?
Sherlock Holmes: Just that. I'd be very grateful.

Mrs. Hudson: A case? Oh, you're not up to it, are you?
Sherlock Holmes: Work is the best antidote to sorrow, Mrs Hudson.

Vicar: And now godparents, are you ready to help the parents of this child in their duties as Christian parents? And now, godparents. Are you ready to help the parents of this child in their duties as Christian parents?
Molly Hooper, Mrs. Hudson: We are.
[Molly nudges Sherlock]
Siri's male voice: [Sherlock's phone] Sorry, I didn't catch that. Please repeat the question.


"Sherlock: A Study in Pink (#1.1)" (2010)
Mrs. Hudson: There's another bedroom upstairs, if you'd be needing two bedrooms.
Dr John Watson: Of course we'll be needing two.
Mrs. Hudson: Oh, don't worry. There's all sorts 'round here. Mrs. Turner next door's got married ones.

Mrs. Hudson: I'll make you that cuppa, you rest your leg.
Dr John Watson: *Damn* my leg! Sorry, I'm so sorry. It's just sometimes this bloody thing...
Mrs. Hudson: I understand, dear, I've got a hip.


"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Naval Treaty (#1.3)" (1984)
Mrs. Hudson: [referring to the recovered Naval treaty] A "Scotswoman's breakfast" indeed! A silly bit of paper!

[last lines]
Mrs. Hudson: Mr. Holmes. Hot water.
Sherlock Holmes: [laughs] Thank you.


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Sherlock Holmes: Dear, dear, sickly sweet Nanny. Might I have a word?
[He uncovers the tray in her hands, revealing white rats under glass]
Sherlock Holmes: Yummy. Feed the snake, woman.
Mrs. Hudson: You feed it!
Sherlock Holmes: Touchy, touchy.

Mrs. Hudson: Doctor, you must get him to a sanatorium. He's been on a diet of coffee, tobacco, and coca leaves. He never sleeps. I hear multiple voices as if he's rehearsing for a play...
Dr. John Watson: Leave him to me.
Sherlock Holmes: [appears next to her] Don't you have a goat that needs worming?
[goat lows]
Mrs. Hudson: Oh, how kind of you to remind me. So much to look forward to. What would I do without you?


"The Return of Sherlock Holmes: The Empty House (#1.1)" (1986)
Sherlock Holmes: There's no sign of the bullet.
Mrs. Hudson: Oh! Excuse me, sir. Er, a moment, if you please?
Sherlock Holmes: What is it?
[she thrusts her tray into his hands and reaches into her pocket]
Mrs. Hudson: I have it here. I picked it up off the carpet.
Sherlock Holmes: Mrs. Hudson, you are becoming indispensable.

[last lines]
Mrs. Hudson: Once again Mr. Sherlock Holmes is free to devote his life to examining those interesting little problems which the complex life of London plentifully presents. Mr. Sherlock Holmes!


"The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: Shoscombe Old Place (#1.3)" (1991)
[last lines]
Sherlock Holmes: So how much did you win on Shoscombe Prince?
Dr. Watson: Twenty guineas.
Sherlock Holmes: Disgraceful.
[Mrs. Hudson enters carrying a tray]
Dr. Watson: Champagne, Mrs. Hudson?
Mrs. Hudson: Of course, in the circumstances.
Dr. Watson: Well, it's very good of you, but I've only won twenty guineas.
Mrs. Hudson: Plus my ten. You're not the only one that likes a plunge on the horses from time to time, Doctor.
Sherlock Holmes: Hah, gee, ahem. Well... Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk.


"The Return of Sherlock Holmes: The Bruce Partington Plans (#2.4)" (1988)
Sherlock Holmes: Mrs. Hudson, you know, you're hideously in the way!
Mrs. Hudson: I'm sorry, sir, but I only have one pair of hands!
Sherlock Holmes: Please, disappear.


The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
Holmes: Mrs Hudson! MRS HUDSON!
Mrs. Hudson: Yes? What is it? What have I done now?
Holmes: There is something missing from my desk!
Mrs. Hudson: Missing?
Holmes: Something very crucial!
Mrs. Hudson: What?
Holmes: Dust! You have been tidying up against my explicit orders!
Mrs. Hudson: Oh look, I made sure I hadn't disturbed anything.
Holmes: Dust, Mrs Hudson, is an essential part of my filing system. By the thickness of it I can date any document immediately.
Mrs. Hudson: Well, some of the dust was THIS thick.
Holmes: That would be March 1883.


"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem (#2.6)" (1985)
Sherlock Holmes: [voiceover] I had not been back in Baker Street more than half an hour when...
Mrs. Hudson: [Holmes places French Legion of Honour medal in his desk drawer as he hears Mrs. Hudson outside his rooms] But you cannot go up there, sir!
Moriarty: [Holmes then takes a small pistol from the desk drawer moments before Moriarty bursts in through his door] You have less frontal development than I should have expected.
[notices Holmes' hand in his pocket]
Moriarty: It is a dangerous habit to finger loaded firearms in the pocket of one's dressing-gown.
[Holmes slowly removes the small pistol from his pocket, cocks it, and carefully places it on the table in front of him]


Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (1931)
Sherlock Holmes: My dear Mrs. Hudson, you've always been a temptation to me, but haddock after a good breakfast is not.
Mrs. Hudson: Lawd, and you do carry on!


"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Blue Carbuncle (#1.7)" (1984)
Sherlock Holmes: Mrs Hudson, we shall turn dinner into supper, and we will follow up this clue while it is still hot.
Mrs. Hudson: [mutters] Which is more than the supper will be.


"Sherlock: His Last Vow (#3.3)" (2014)
Dr. John Watson: You! What have I ever done - hm? - my whole life to deserve you?
Sherlock Holmes: Everything.
Dr. John Watson: Sherlock, I've told you... shut up.
Sherlock Holmes: No, I mean it, seriously. Everything - everything you've ever done - is what you did.
Dr. John Watson: Sherlock, one more word and you will not need morphine.
Sherlock Holmes: You were a doctor who went to war. You're a man who couldn't stay in the suburbs for more than a month without storming a crack den, beating up a junkie. Your best friend is a sociopath who solves crimes as an alternative to getting high. That's me, by the way. Hello. Even the landlady used to run a drug cartel.
Mrs. Hudson: It was my husband's cartel. I was just typing.
Sherlock Holmes: And exotic dancing.


"Sherlock: The Final Problem (#4.3)" (2017)
Mrs. Hudson: Would you like a cup of tea?
Mycroft Holmes: Thank you.
Mrs. Hudson: The kettle's over there.


"The Return of Sherlock Holmes: The Man with the Twisted Lip (#1.5)" (1986)
Mrs Hudson: And what should I tell Mr. Holmes, should he return?
Dr. John Watson: Tell him I have disappeared without trace.


"The Return of Sherlock Holmes: The Priory School (#1.6)" (1986)
[first lines]
Mrs. Hudson: There's a gentleman downstairs...
Dr. Watson: Sh. Ask him to wait a moment, Mrs Hudson.
Mrs. Hudson: He's most insistent.


"The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (#1.1)" (1991)
Sherlock Holmes: Read.
Mrs. Hudson: Mr. Holmes...
Sherlock Holmes: READ!


The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
[first lines]
Dr. John H. Watson: [Watson rings the doorbell of 221-B Baker Street] It was October the 24th, in the year 1891. that I heard for the first time in four months from my friend Sherlock Holmes. On this particular day, a telegram from his landlady, Mrs. Hudson, had been delivered to my surgery, imploring me to return to my former rooms without delay.
Mrs. Hudson: [Mrs. Hudson opens the front door] Oh, Dr. Watson, thank heavens you've come; I'm at my wit's end.
Dr. John H. Watson: Why, what has happened?
Mrs. Hudson: Since you left us these last few months, he's been very strange. He's barricaded himself up there, he won't take his food, he keeps the oddest of hours. I think he's taking...
Sherlock Holmes: [from his bedroom] Mrs. Hudson! I know there's someone down there with you! I heard the cab stop before the door!
Mrs. Hudson: He keeps babbling on about some...
Sherlock Holmes: [from his bedroom] Mrs. Hudson, if that gentleman answers to the name Moriarty, you may show him up, and I will deal with him!
Dr. John H. Watson: I better go to him.
Mrs. Hudson: [Watson goes up the staircase] Oh, be careful.
Dr. John H. Watson: Moriarty was a name I'd only known him to mutter... when in the thrall of one of his cocaine injections.
[Watson knocks at Sherlock's bedroom door]
Sherlock Holmes: [from within his bedroom] Is that you, Moriarty?
Dr. John H. Watson: It is I, Watson.
Sherlock Holmes: [in his bedroom] Watson?
Dr. John H. Watson: [Sherlock slightly opens his bedroom door a crack, unlocking it] You see it is I. Holmes, let me enter.
Sherlock Holmes: [he closes his door again] Not so fast! You may be Moriarty in disguse. Prove you're Watson.
Dr. John H. Watson: How on earth am I to do that?
Sherlock Holmes: Tell me where I keep my tobacco!
Dr. John H. Watson: Tobacco? Well, as a rule, it's in the toe of your Persian slipper. Holmes...
Sherlock Holmes: [Sherlock opens and unlocks the door] Very well, I'm satisfied.
[Watson enters Holmes's room]


"The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: The Dying Detective (#1.2)" (1994)
Doctor Watson: Why, why wouldn't you let me near you when in truth there was no infection?
Sherlock Holmes: Do you imagine that I have no respect for your medical talents? At six feet, I could deceive you. But any closer, with your astute judgement, no no no no no no. No, it was essential that you and Mrs. Hudson believed me to be at death's door; otherwise, Smith would have smelt a rat.
Mrs Hudson: Rats! Beeswax! Mr. Holmes, you are the very worst tenant in London!