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The Empty Hearse 

Mycroft calls Sherlock back to London to investigate an underground terrorist organization.



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Trixiebell Harrowell ...
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Two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon; but, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It's what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of 'be careful what you wish for'. If Sherlock thinks everything can be just as he left it though, he's in for a very big surprise. Written by BBC

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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19 January 2014 (USA)  »

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The title of this episode reflects that of the first story in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, which tells of Holmes' first re-appearance after confronting Moriarty at The Reichenbach falls and apparently dying, and was called "The Adventure of the Empty House" See more »


When discussing the missing part of the underground-train Sherlock refers to them as 'carriages' while just moments ago they learned from the train enthusiast that they are called 'cars'. Sherlock would have integrated this information immediately after learning this (if in fact he didn't already knew it before) and would not keep referring to it by the wrong name. See more »


Dr. John Watson: [seeing a coupe scooted from the room] Clients?
Sherlock Holmes: Just my parents.
Dr. John Watson: Your parents?
Sherlock Holmes: In town for a few days.
Dr. John Watson: YOUR parents?
Sherlock Holmes: Mycroft promised to take them to a matinee of Les Mis. Tried to talk me into doing it.
Dr. John Watson: Those were your parents?
Sherlock Holmes: Yes.
Dr. John Watson: Well. THAT is not... what I...
Sherlock Holmes: What?
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During the credits, individual letters are coloured red. Together they spell Weng Chiang. See more »


References BioShock Infinite (2013) See more »


¿Dónde Estás, Yolanda?
Written by Pink Martini
Performed by Pink Martini
[Played when John and Mary dine together]
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Empty for sure
4 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

No spoilers here for those who've seen this and the end of Series 2:

The thing that stood out? Self-parodied the entire series, sometimes in a good way. We were unsubtly asked to focus on the how, not the what/why, which were conveniently skimmed over (in hindsight, not sure what else they could have done).

Definitely the work of an auteur/s who felt the tremendous pressure to deliver, second-guessing him/them self/ves continuously, and incorporated that into the plot thread just in order to try and stay ahead of their audience. Here's a good reason why not read fanmail/blogs. Cumberbatch and Freeman are as good as ever, with the writing and the teleplay partially succeeding in staying smart.

Overall, a disappointment, but not a total letdown, and still remains miles ahead of many others of its ilk/competition. Here's hoping the remaining episodes find their footing - What remains in this series: The sign of Three, His Last vow(?).....

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