Imagining himself back in the 1890s, Sherlock is visited by Inspector Lestrade after newlywed Emelia Ricoletti, having apparently killed herself in public, murders her husband Thomas in front of witnesses before vanishing. Some months later Holmes is approached by Lady Carmichael, who tells him that her husband Sir Eustace has been threatened by Emelia, who then seemingly does away with him. With an intrusive Moriarty crossing him, Holmes attempts to solve the enigma, with unexpected help from Watson's wife Mary and evidence of a conspiracy involving half the population of the country.Written by
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The concierge at the Diogenes Club is named Wilder. Billy Wilder directed The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), which is one of the favorite films of writer Mark Gatiss and is often referenced throughout the series. That film features a scene in the foyer of the club similar to the scene in this episode. See more »
On the tombstone of Emelia Ricoletti, it is written that she died in 1894, even though the present Sherlock says her murder took place in 1895. See more »
[to Dr. Watson]
And you're clearly acclimatized to never getting to the end of a sentence. We'll get along splendidly.
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Disappointing, poorly written, nonsensical and messy. I would even go as far as saying The Abominable Bride is unimaginative and succeeded in dulling my interest in the series. It would seem the writers tried to be 'too smart' by over complicating the plot. This is not what a clever story looks like. The twists and turns this story takes sadly does not pay off and leaves viewers feeling bewildered. I found the forced feminist themes towards the end of the episode overbearing, ridiculous and unnecessary. Hardcore fans of the series will likely excuse the episode's plot holes and flaws by arguing 'it's wasn't real, he was in his mind palace', which only reaffirms what I already know: this episode was an enormous waste of time. Strong performances from Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott, that I can say. Believe it or not, I am a fan of the series and I hope Sherlock returns to form in his next adventure.
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