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Some unfinished business, a British serial killer known as "M.", has shown up in New York and challenges him again. Being faced with his history puts Sherlock in a place that makes Watson rethink her decision to take a new client.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x12
Airdate: Thursday January 10th, 2013

Director: John Polson
Writer: Robert Doherty

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Mar 05, 2013

Guest Stars
Vinnie JonesVinnie Jones
As M (Sebastian Moran)
Linda EmondLinda Emond
As Dr. Candace Reed
Marsha Stephanie BlakeMarsha Stephanie Blake
As Melanie Cullen
Marsha Stephanie BlakeMarsha Stephanie Blake
As Melanie Cullen

Co-Guest Stars
Mark MorettiniMark Morettini
As Uniformed cop
Mark MorettiniMark Morettini
As Uniformed cop

Robert Lee HarveyRobert Lee Harvey
As Ian Vickers
Robert Lee HarveyRobert Lee Harvey
As Ian Vickers
Roman BlatRoman Blat
As Orderly
Main Cast
Jonny Lee MillerJonny Lee Miller
As Sherlock Holmes
Jonny Lee MillerJonny Lee Miller
As Sherlock Holmes
Lucy LiuLucy Liu
As Dr. Joan Watson
Lucy LiuLucy Liu
As Dr. Joan Watson
Jon Michael HillJon Michael Hill
As Detective Marcus Bell
Jon Michael HillJon Michael Hill
As Detective Marcus Bell
Aidan QuinnAidan Quinn
As Capt. Thomas "Tommy" Gregson
Aidan QuinnAidan Quinn
As Capt. Thomas "Tommy" Gregson


The episode begins with a bald man watching a soccer game while assembling a gun. Behind him, on the floor, is a man, whose hands is tied and mouth taped. The man then arranges a tripod and then hooks up the tied man and hangs him upside down. The bald man then picks up a knife and slits the man’s throat. Next, Holmes is staring at a box full of bees and Watson wonders why the box inside the house is. Holmes tells her that he is planning to shift it into her room after she leaves. Watson wants him to carve out time to talk to discuss exit protocols. Just then Gregson calls. They arrive at the crime scene. The victim’s name is Vicars. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Gil Scott-HeronMe And The DevilEnd of episode
Sean CalleryElementary Theme SongOpening Credits

Episode Quotes
(Watson tells Sherlock that part of her finishing with a client is going out to dinner and talking about the experience and a plan to continue on to recovery.)
Sherlock: It's time I told you Watson, you place far too much emphasis on talking. Most of what we humans have to say to one another is communicated haptically. When I think of the many thousands of words you yourself have wasted in your time here...

(Sherlock presents his personal case file for a British serial killer who has ended up in New York.)
Sherlock: M. a simple moniker for a complicated monster. He is without question the most sinister taker of lives I have ever had the displeasure of pursuing.

(Watson comes home rambling about what to order for dinner.)
Sherlock: Watson I'm going to need you to be very very quiet right now.
Watson: Why?
Sherlock: Because I believe that our home has just become a crime scene.

(Watson protests Sherlock's newest plan.)
Sherlock: I don't think you understand Watson. Without you none of this would have been possible. Everything you've helped me do over the past six weeks, every meeting you've dragged me to, every exercise you've compelled me to perform, it's all been in preparation for this moment. I'm not throwing away any of that. I'm using it. I'm as clear headed and as focused as I've ever been. There's a clarity to my thinking.

(Sherlock surprises M.)
Sherlock: Arsenal fan... As if I didn't have enough reason to despise you.
M.: You?
Sherlock: Me. (Flips open a baton) Baton.

(Sherlock makes some things very clear for M.)
Sherlock: A famous statistician once stated, "While the individual man is an insolvable puzzle, in aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty." You can for example, never foretell what a man will do. You can with precision say what an average man will do. Individuals vary, percentages remain constant. So says the statistician. I am not an average man.

(Watson talks to Sherlock about what happened between he and M.)
Sherlock: I'm sorry that I lied to you, Watson. The last few days have been quite vexing.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRobert Doherty
Executive ProducerRobert Doherty  |  Craig Sweeny  |  Carl Beverly  |  Sarah Timberman
Co-Executive ProducerChristopher Silber  |  Corinne Brinkerhoff  |  John David Coles  |  Liz Friedman
ProducerAlysse Bezahler  |  Geoffrey Hemwall
Associate ProducerMelissa Owen  |  Chris Leanza
EditorVictor Du Bois
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerLori Johnson
MusicSean Callery
Music EditorChris McGeary
Music SupervisorKevin Edelman
Costume DesignerRebecca Hofherr
Property MasterEric Cheripka
Construction CoordinatorMike Herlihy
Production Sound MixerScott Breindel
Script SupervisorOlenka Denysenko
Production CoordinatorMeegan Neeb
Assistant EditorSally Anne Fuscoe
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete
Re-Recording MixerEric Justen  |  Jeffrey Perkins
Director of PhotographyRon Fortunato
Stunt CoordinatorMike Russo
Art DirectorClay Brown
Post Production CoordinatorTara McSherry
Chief Lighting TechnicianKevin Janicelli (2)
Transportation CaptainKenny Gaskins
"A" Camera OperatorTim Norman
Department Head HairDiana Sikes
Casting AssociateJohn Andrews (1)
Visual Effects ProducerBrad Powell  |  Chris Cruse
Department Head Make-upPersefone Karakosta
ColoristTony D'Amore
Assistant To The ProducerKammie Mann
Special Effects CoordinatorFred Buchholz
Assistant To The Co-executive ProducerColin Herlihy
"B" Camera OperatorAlan Mehlbrech
Charge Scenic ArtistJanet Kalas
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