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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?


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 »


As Moriarty is writing "Get Sherlock" on the case of the Crown Jewels, one shot shows that he has already written the "She-" of Sherlock and the next shot shows him just starting to write it. See more »


Dr. John Watson: Don't do that.
Sherlock Holmes: Do what?
Dr. John Watson: The look.
Sherlock Holmes: Look?
Dr. John Watson: You're doing the look again.
Sherlock Holmes: Now, I can't see it, can I?
[John indicates the mirror, Sherlock looks]
Sherlock Holmes: It's my face.
Dr. John Watson: Yes, and it's doing a thing. You're doing a we-both-know-what's-really-going-on-here face.
Sherlock Holmes: Well, we do.
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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 Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
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Incredibly tense, psychologically complex and extremely dramatic
23 July 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Sherlock Holmes' nemesis, Jim Moriarty, is in the news again. He has just managed to access the Crown Jewels, stored in the Tower of London, open the vault of the Bank of England and open a prison, simultaneously. He is arrested, wearing the Crown Jewels, and doesn't managed to achieve anything financially from the endeavors but the feats are very impressive and represent a boast. Holmes testifies against him at his trial but Moriarty is acquitted. What follows is an intense cat-and-mouse game, with Moriarty setting out to smear Holmes' name, making him out to be a fake and all his solved cases elaborate schemes. With the weight of evidence against him, Holmes appears to be backed into a corner.

An incredibly intense episode. Not really a whodunit episode but a Holmes vs Moriarty episode. Moreover, Moriarty seems to have the upper hand. Their cat-and-mouse game is complex and highly intriguing.

The final scenes of the episode are quite easily the most dramatic of the series.

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