The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season 2, Episode 3

Wisteria Lodge (20 Apr. 1988)

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A bored Holmes eagerly accepts a case involving the disappearance of an amateur Spanish cartographer as well as his servants from his rented country lodge.



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Without a case to occupy his restive mind, Holmes breaks his ennui by agreeing to investigate the story of an amateur cartographer who stayed overnight at the rented lodge of another map enthusiast but awoke in the morning to find his host and servants mysteriously missing. Holmes finds he has a rival in the ambitious and publicity conscious Inspector Barnes, who sees himself as The Great Detective's peer and is reluctant to share information with him. When the Spaniard is found bludgeoned to death, Barnes suspects his mulatto servant, but Holmes directs his efforts in a different direction. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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20 April 1988 (UK)  »

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Donald Churchill who plays Scott Eccles here had played Dr. Watson in the 1983 TV adaptation of "The Hound of the Baskervilles." See more »


[first lines]
Garcia: Mr Scott Eccles.
Scott Eccles: Oh, ah-ha, Mr Garcia.
Garcia: I'm sorry, I did not recognize you at once.
Scott Eccles: Oh, ah.
Garcia: Please, allow me to carry your case.
Scott Eccles: That's very civil of you. Thank you very much.
Garcia: I'm sorry the weather has been unkind for your visit.
Scott Eccles: Ah, well, unkind for you, perhaps, but, hah, we British, you know, we're hardy souls, hah-hah.
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29 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The direction and plot line is rather muddy, perhaps intentionally to keep viewers in the dark. The repeated use of mirrors becomes an annoying gimmick rather than a stylistic feature. Brett's choices for the Holmes character are at times surprisingly odd relative to other episodes. The rest of the acting is uneven. A few of the motivations and reasons are not adequately explained in the end. Some of the shots seem poorly lit. This episode is one of the worst in the series. However, Freddie Jones stands out in a quirky role as Inspector Baynes, a detective trying to one-up Holmes and who turns out to be more intelligent than he at first seems.

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