Not sure why I channeled a pirate for that.
Nevermind. Here we go....
After last week’s shocking turn of events, we find our Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are both in downward spirals from their grief over Mary’s death. But that grief is expressed in radically different ways between the two men.
For John, it’s a total shutdown mode that borders on denial to the point that he’s still carrying on conversations with Mary. Mary, although she’s dead, continues to sardonically challenge John as much as she did in life. But John clings to his hallucinatory wife even as he clings to the false notion that he has himself under control.
There are two key character developments in this latest episode of Sherlock that I have to address. One involves Mrs. Hudson. She has quite a few kick ass scenes in this episode. Confronted by a raging Sherlock holding a gun, she deftly takes the gun away from him and takes control. She drives like a maniac in her red sports car with Sherlock handcuffed in the trunk, then puts John Watson in his place. And she spells out right to Mycroft's face how stupid he is in trying to figure out his own brother. Mrs. Hudson is nothing short of amazing.
The other development involves a character that has heretofore been unseen on the show and has only been hinted at before, the third Holmes brother. Not part of the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherrinford is referenced as the older brother in later works by other writers but never actually appears as a character. So there's been quite a bit of speculation about if and how show creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss would integrate this character into their version of the Holmes myth. The answer, it seems, is to review that the secret Holmes brother... is actually their sister.
Enter Euros who reveals to John Watson she is impersonating his therapist... as well as Faith in her meeting with Sherlock... AND the red girl on the bus John had the texting affair with.
A lot of people went nuts on the internet about this revelation, that the secret brother was instead a secret sister. But there is something to consider that my daughter Randie brought to my attention.
Flashback to the episode:
- John visits an unconscious Sherlock in the hospital. John leaves behind the cane he used to use before he first met Sherlock.
- Culverton Smith sneaks into the room via a hidden passageway and proceeds to strangle Sherlock even as he confesses to his crimes. But John returns to save Sherlock.
This is where it gets complicated:
- Sherlock notes that Culverton confessed to being a serial killer.
- Culverton counters that no one will believe a drug addict like Sherlock.
- Sherlock says the recording devices in the room would've picked up the confession.
- Culverton asks if Sherlock is referring to the 3 recording devices that Culverton removed from the room earlier.
- Then Sherlock notes that's a funny thing about people: why do they always stop at three?
There's a recording device in the handle of John's cane.
So you may think you have a handle on this situation. There are two Holmes brothers and a sister, not three brothers.
Funny. Why do people always stop at three?
We'll see how this plays out next week as Sherlock reaches the end of Series 4 with... The Final Problem.
Until next time, remember to be good to one another.
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