Sherlock: Season 3, Episode 2

The Sign of Three (26 Jan. 2014)

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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
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Ed Birch ...
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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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This story begins six months after the previous episode, Sherlock: The Empty Hearse (2014). See more »


Modern smart-phones have a proximity sensor that turns off the screen only when you use the phone to call people. When Sherlock and Mycroft are talking, we can see that the touch sensitive buttons of Mycroft's phone go on and off between frames. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: So on to some funny stories about John. If you could all just cheer up a bit, that would... be better.
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Performed by M.I.A
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This episode definitely had it's great moments, but they were lost in the overwhelming confusion of events.
5 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode definitely had it's great moments, but they were lost in the overwhelming confusion of events. Had the story been somewhat narrowed down, edited more smoothly, and more exciting, the episode would've been perfect. However, since that was not the case, I found myself getting bored, which has never happened to me with this show. Although many people love Sherlock's newfound softness, I for one despise it. I miss the Sherlock in the first 2 seasons; he was a perfect balance of sociopath and caring detective. Now, he is riddled with emotions that are extremely uncharacteristic. In short, the show is becoming more and more of a happy-go lucky comedy.

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