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The Reichenbach Fall 

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
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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20 May 2012 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Sherlock and John escape from the police, on the wall in the background there is a graffiti that reads 'IOU', Moriarty's 'threat' to Sherlock. See more »


In the scene when Sherlock is analyzing the bottom of the kidnapper's shoe, he finds traces of Glycerol/Glycerine/Propan-1,2,3-triol. The Glycerol molecule contains 3 hydroxyl groups each bonded to three carbon atoms. The show misrepresents the molecule as having 2 hydroxyl groups, and one unknown OE group, which is in fact not even a chemical compound. See more »


[first lines]
Ella: Why today?
Dr. John Watson: [long pause] Do you want to hear me say it?
Ella: Eighteen months since our last appointment.
Dr. John Watson: Do you read the papers?
Ella: Sometimes.
Dr. John Watson: Um, and you watch telly?
Dr. John Watson: You know why I'm here.
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Crazy Credits

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 The Departed (2006) See more »


Performed by Nina Simone
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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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