Sherlock: Season 3, Episode 2

The Sign of Three (26 Jan. 2014)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Sherlock tries to give the perfect best man speech at John's wedding when he suddenly realizes a murder is about to take place.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Sholto
Yasmine Akram ...
Ed Birch ...
Jalaal Hartley ...


As Lestrade fumes over his constant inability to convict the Waters gang of bank robbers, Holmes prepares for his role as best man at Mary and John's wedding. His speech, initially bizarre, turns out to be a moving tribute to his friend whilst he also contributes two anecdotes of recent cases, both unsolved. The first concerns a young guardsman whose life John saved after he was the victim of a 'locked room' attempted murder. The second involves a man who uses the identities of the recently deceased to date different women. As he looks around the wedding party, Holmes suddenly realizes their connected solutions, which also involve Watson's former commanding officer, disfigured war hero Major Sholto. Written by don @ minifie-1

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wedding | best man | speech | guard | bank | See All (28) »


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The guardsman is referred to in dialogue as a "Grenadier Guardsman"; however, their distinctive uniforms, with the leek collar badge and buttons grouped in fives, show them all to be Welsh Guards instead. See more »


When Sherlock says, "Vatican Cameos," at the wedding, only John gets alarmed while Major Sholto doesn't. Being a man from the army, he should have known its meaning; even more a reason that Sherlock calls him a man obsessed with security. See more »


Dr. John Watson: Telegrams...
Sherlock Holmes: Right. Um... Mm, first things first: Telegrams. Although they're not actually telegrams, we just call them telegrams, I don't know why. Wedding tradition... Because we don't have enough of that already, apparently.
Sherlock Holmes: "To Mr. and Mrs. Watson: So sorry I'm unable to be with you on your special day. Good luck and best wishes. Mike Stamford."
Dr. John Watson: Ah, Mike...
Mary Morstan: Aw.
Sherlock Holmes: "To John and Mary: All good wishes for your special day with love and many big..."
[chokes the cloying words out]
Sherlock Holmes: "... big ...
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Fried My Little Brains
Written and performed by The Kills
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Touchy, definitely appropriate before the grand finale
6 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

I never thought I'd say that i'm happy see the human side of sherlock homes. But the portrayal was too good to say otherwise. Last two seasons were basically cliff hangers, full of suspense that got us on toes. As per the novels, the last story of sherlock adventure was "His Last Vow". That's the season ender here as well. I won't spoil anything here, but remember sherlock's vow made at the final minutes of this episode. Since the directors already announced that the finale will be mesmerizing, imagine the setup created here in this episode 2 and what effect would it have if the finale had to have a tragic ending.

In my plain opinion, the point of this episode was to make a contrast before grand finale. Just as the calm before storm. If sherlock died/got defamed before, it would be a death/defamation of a brilliant detective. Now the director added the human element too, and did so skillfully. Here you see a tormented person, troubled by his own brilliance. I found this episode to be a very unexpected variation to the main structure of storyline. And it worked for me very well.

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