Sherlock: Season 2, Episode 3

The Reichenbach Fall (20 May 2012)

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Jim Moriarty hatches a mad scheme to turn the whole city against Sherlock.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jaye Griffiths ...
Prosecuting Barrister
Ian Hallard ...
Defence Barrister
Malcolm Rennie ...


Moriarty comes close to stealing the Crown Jewels to prove it might be done but allows himself to be caught. Sherlock gives evidence at the trial where Moriarty has scared the jury into acquitting him and later visits Sherlock, camply taunting him with his superior computer skills, seemingly capable of any crime. Sherlock rescues two children abducted by his enemy, but his brilliantly accurate deductions, leading police to believe he may have been an accomplice in the kidnapping, get him arrested, going on the run with John. After a further encounter with Moriarty, who has persuaded a journalist to publish that he is an innocent actor paid by Sherlock to masquerade as his enemy for Sherlock's own glory, the two meet atop a very high building. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Did You Know?


Douglas Wilmer, seen in the Diogenes Club, played Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes (1964) and The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975). See more »


When Moriarty is getting ready to steal the Crown Jewels, the position of the gum he places on the glass to hold the diamond changes between takes. Sometimes it is by the bottom of the "E," sometimes it is to the right of the "T." See more »


Sherlock Holmes: [talking to John on the phone while on the roof of Barts] I'm a fake.
Dr. John Watson: Sherlock...
Sherlock Holmes: The newspapers were right all along. I want you to tell Lestrade, I want you to tell Mrs. Hudson and Molly, in fact tell anyone who will listen to you... that I created Moriarty for my own purposes.
Dr. John Watson: Ok, shut up Sherlock. Shut up. The first time we met - the first time we met, you knew all about my sister, right?
Sherlock Holmes: Nobody could be that clever.
Dr. John Watson: You could.
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Certain letters in the credits of each Sherlock season 2 episode are red in color. In "The Reichenbach Fall" the red letters spell out the word "Believe". See more »


References Action Man (1995) See more »


Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
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On it's own, this episode was worth the whole TV licence fee
16 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Prior to the start, I was thinking that this episode would not live up to some of the greatest TV seen in the UK despite the previous episodes being fantastic. How wrong I was. My summary line says it all and for those of you that haven't yet seen it, it's a must. I have too many superlatives to mention for this series and particularly this episode.

Out of curiosity I looked on Twitter when it had finished, only to find that it was the No.1 trending topic for about two hours. People tweeting like mad for there to be a series 3 were not disappointed as the writers held us in suspense too, revealing about half an hour after this episode had finished that series 3 had already been commissioned at the same time as series 2.

Looking forward to the next tranche of episodes and I hope I don't have to wait too long.

Quote from the series Sherlock Holmes: Shut up. Inspector Lestrade: I didn't say anyth — Sherlock Holmes: You were thinking. It's annoying.


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