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Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall

Moriarty engineers three of the greatest crimes of the century, but then lets himself be caught. When the jury finds him not guilty on all charges and sets him free, Sherlock realizes that his nemesis is playing for bigger stakes, and that Sherlock's fall is Moriarty's ultimate goal.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x3
Airdate: Sunday January 15th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

SE (SVT1) Feb 18, 2012
US (PBS) May 20, 2012
Ireland Jan 22, 2014

Guest Stars
Una StubbsUna Stubbs
As Mrs. Hudson
Rupert GravesRupert Graves
As DI Lestrade
Mark GatissMark Gatiss
As Mycroft Holmes
Andrew ScottAndrew Scott
As Jim Moriarty
Louise BrealeyLouise Brealey
As Molly Hooper
Vinette RobinsonVinette Robinson
As Sgt. Sally Donovan
Jonathan ArisJonathan Aris
As Anderson
Tanya MoodieTanya Moodie
As Ella
Katherine ParkinsonKatherine Parkinson
As Kitty Riley
Tony PittsTony Pitts
As Chief Superintendant
Jaye GriffithsJaye Griffiths
As Prosecuting Barrister (Miss Sorrell)
Ian HallardIan Hallard
As Defence Barrister (Mr. Crahill)
Sydney WadeSydney Wade
As Claudie Bruhl
Edward HoltomEdward Holtom
As Max Bruhl
Paul LeonardPaul Leonard
As Bank Director
Christopher HunterChristopher Hunter
As Prison Governor
Tony WayTony Way
As Prison Warder
Lorraine HiltonLorraine Hilton
As Miss Mackenzie
Peter BashamPeter Basham
As Reporter 2
Rebecca NobleRebecca Noble
As Reporter 3
Robert BenfieldRobert Benfield
As Gallery Director
Ifan Huw DafyddIfan Huw Dafydd
As Clerk of the Court
Pano MastiPano Masti
As Assassin
Douglas WilmerDouglas Wilmer
As Diogenes Gent
Main Cast
Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch
As Sherlock Holmes
Martin FreemanMartin Freeman
As Dr John Watson


John is meeting with his therapist Ella for the first time in 18 months. He asks if she keeps up on the news and, if she does, then she must know why he’s there. Ella invites him to talk about what happened, telling him that he needs to get it out, and he tells her that his best friend, Sherlock Holmes, is dead...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bee GeesStayin' AliveMoriarty and Sherlock on the roof
Nina SimoneSinnermanMoriarty is put on trial

Episode Quotes
DI Lestrade: Well, we got him. And there's one person that we have to thank for giving us the decisive leads. With all his customary diplomacy and tact.
John: Sarcasm.
Sherlock: Yes.

John: Remember...
Sherlock: Yes.
John: Remember...
Sherlock: Yes.
John: Remember what they told you. Don't try to be clever...
Sherlock: No.
John: And please, just keep it simple and brief.
Sherlock: Confidence, star witness, come across as intelligent.
John: Intelligent, yes. Let's give "smart ass" a wide berth.
Sherlock: I'll just be myself.
John: Are you listening to me?!?

Prosecuting Barrister: How would you describe this man, his character?
Sherlock: First mistake. James Moriarty isn't a man at all. He's a spider. Spider at the center of a web. Criminal web with a thousand threads and he knows precisely how each and every single one of them dances.

Sherlock: How long have I known him? Not really your best line of inquiry. We met twice, five minutes in total, I pulled a gun, he tried to blow me up. I felt we had a special something.

John: Don't do that.
Sherlock: Do what?
John: The look.
Sherlock: Look?
John: You're doing the look again.
Sherlock: I can't see it, can I? (John points to a mirror) It's my face.
John: Yes, and it's doing a thing. You're doing a, "We both know what's really going on here" face.
Sherlock: But we do.
John: No. I don't, which is why I find the face so annoying.

Jim Moriarty: It's going to start very soon, Sherlock. The fall. But don't be scared. Falling's just like flying except there's a more permanent destination.

Sherlock: Linseed oil.
Anderson: Not much use. Doesn't lead us to the kidnapper.
Sherlock: Brilliant, Anderson.
Anderson: Really?
Sherlock: Yes. Brilliant impression of an idiot.

Sherlock: I need your help. It's one of your boyfriends, we're trying to track him down. He's a bit naughty.
John: It's Moriarty.
Sherlock: Of course it's Moriarty.
Molly Hooper: Um, Jim wasn't even my boyfriend. We went out three times. I ended it...
Sherlock: Yes, and then he stole the Crown Jewels, broke into the Bank of England, and organized a prison break at Pentonville. For the sake of law and order, I suggest you avoid all future attempts at a relationship, Molly.

DI Lestrade: Now remember, she's in shock and she's seven years old, so anything you can do to...
Sherlock: Not be myself.
DI Lestrade: Yeah. That'd be helpful.

John: No, I know you're for real.
Sherlock: One hundred percent?
John: Nobody could fake being such an annoying dick all the time.

Sherlock: Molly, I think I'm going to die.
Molly Hooper: What do you need?
Sherlock: If I wasn't everything that you think I am, everything that I think I am, would you still want to help me?
Molly Hooper: What do you need?
Sherlock: You.

John: She's dying, Sherlock. Let's go.
Sherlock: You go, I'm busy.
John: Busy?
Sherlock: Thinking, I need to think.
John: You need to... doesn't she mean anything to you? You once half-killed a man because he laid a finger on her.
Sherlock: She's my landlady.
John: She's dying... you machine. Sod this. Sod this, you stay here if you want, on your own.
Sherlock: Alone is what I have. Alone protects me.
John: Nope. Friends protect people.

(to Sherlock)
Jim Moriarty: All my life I've been searching for distractions, and you were the best distraction, and now I don't even have you. Because I've beaten you. And you know what? In the end it was easy. It was easy. Now I got to go back to playing with the ordinary people. And it turns out you're ordinary, just like all of them. Oh well.

Jim Moriarty: You think you can make me stop the order? You think you can make me do that?
Sherlock: Yes. So do you
Jim Moriarty: Sherlock, your big brother and all the king's horses couldn't make me do a thing I didn't want to.
Sherlock: Yes, but I'm not my brother, remember? I am you, prepared to do anything. Prepared to burn. Prepared to do what ordinary people won't do. You want me to shake hands with you in Hell, I shall not disappoint you.
Jim Moriarty: No. You talk big. No. You're ordinary. You're ordinary, you're on the side of the angels.
Sherlock: Oh, I may be on the side of the angels. But don't think for one second that I am one of them.

John: Hmm, you--you told me once that you weren't a hero. Umm, there were times I didn't even think you were a human, but let me tell you this. You were the best man, the most human human being that I've ever known, and no one will ever convince me that you told me a lie. And so there. I was so alone, and I owe you so much. Oh, please, there's one more thing, one more thing. One more miracle, Sherlock, for me. Don't be dead. Would you do that just for me, just stop it? Stop this.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSteven Moffat  |  Mark Gatiss
Executive ProducerSue Vertue  |  Beryl Vertue  |  Mark Gatiss  |  Steven Moffat  |  Rebecca Eaton
ProducerElaine Cameron
Production DesignerArwel Wyn Jones
EditorTim Porter
Line ProducerCharlotte Ashby
First Assistant DirectorDan Mumford
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMichael Price  |  David Arnold
Costume DesignerSarah Arthur
GripDai Hopkins
Camera OperatorMark Milsome
Location ManagerPeter Tullo  |  Gareth Skelding
Property MasterPaul Aitken
Script SupervisorNon Eleri Hughes
Production CoordinatorSian Warrilow
Assistant EditorBecky Trotman
Post Production SupervisorSam Lucas
Supervising Sound EditorDoug Sinclair (2)
GafferJohn Best
On-Line EditorBarrie Pease  |  Scott Hinchcliffe
Director of PhotographyFabian Wagner
StuntsJordi Casares  |  Seon Rogers  |  Rob Jarman  |  Tom Rodgers  |  Matthew Stirling  |  Ray De-Haan  |  Paul Heasman  |  Marcus Shakesheff
Stunt CoordinatorLee Sheward  |  Andreas Petrides
Production ManagerBen Holt
Based On The Works OfArthur Conan Doyle
Dubbing MixerHoward Bargroff
Sound RecordistJohn Mooney
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Costume SupervisorCeri Walford
Visual Effects SupervisorJean-Claude Deguara
Production AccountantElizabeth Walker
Make-up & HairLouise Coles  |  Hannah Proverbs
PropsDewi Thomas  |  Jackson Pope
Best BoyJ.P. Judge
Unit ManagerGeraint Williams  |  Rhys Griffiths  |  Richard Lonergan
ColoristKevin Horsewood
Focus PullerJamie Phillips  |  Leo Holba
Casting DirectorKate Rhodes James
Sound Effects EditorJeremy Child (2)
Production BuyerBlaanid Maddrell
Supervising Art DirectorDafydd Shurmer
Standby Art DirectorCiaran Thompson
Assistant GripOwen Charnley
Production RunnerSandra Cosfeld
Costume AssistantDominique Arthur  |  Kelly Williams (3)
Executive Producer For BBCBethan Jones
Make-up & Hair DesignerPamela Haddock
Sound Maintenance EngineerStuart McCutcheon
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