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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
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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20 May 2012 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Moriarty keeps referencing his "Final Problem" - namely, how he and Sherlock will settle their score. This is a reference to the Sherlock Holmes story "The Final Problem," which was the basis for this episode. See more »


The scenes shot on the roof of St. Barts are physically different from the street view of the same area. In the rooftop scenes, the front ledge of the building is about twenty feet wide. From the street the ledge is around 80 feet wide. See more »


[after Sherlock is arrested]
Chief Superintendant: That's our man?
Sgt Sally Donovan: Uh... yes, sir.
Chief Superintendant: Looked a bit of a weirdo, if you ask me. Often are, these vigilante types.
[notices John staring at him]
Chief Superintendant: What you lookin' at?
[Cut to later; the Chief Superintendent walks out onto Baker Street with a handkerchief to his bloody nose]
Cop: You all right, sir?
[John is slammed against a police car next to Sherlock and handcuffed to him]
Sherlock Holmes: Joining me?
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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 »


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Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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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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