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Sherlock: The Empty Hearse

Two years after his "death," Sherlock returns to London and discovers that John has moved on. However, he soon needs his friend's help when he helps his brother Mycroft investigate an underground terrorist network planning an attack somewhere in London.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x1
Airdate: Wednesday January 01st, 2014

Director: Jeremy Lovering
Writer: Mark Gatiss

Alternate Airdates:

US (PBS) Jan 19, 2014
AU (Nine Network) Feb 05, 2014
CA (BBC CANADA) Feb 24, 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
Amanda AbbingtonAmanda Abbington
As Mary Morstan
Jonathan ArisJonathan Aris
As Anderson (Phillip Anderson)
Ed BirchEd Birch
As Tom
Lisa McAllisterLisa McAllister
As Anthea
David FynnDavid Fynn
As Howard Shilcott
Tomi MayTomi May
As Torturer
Rick WardenRick Warden
As Bonfire Dad
Lace AkpojaroLace Akpojaro
As Reporter 1
Jim Conway (2)Jim Conway (2)
As Reporter 2
Nicole ArumugamNicole Arumugam
As Reporter 3
David GantDavid Gant
As Mr Szikora
Robin SebastianRobin Sebastian
As Mr Harcourt
Derren BrownDerren Brown
As Himself

Wanda VenthamWanda Ventham
As Sherlock's Mother
Timothy CarltonTimothy Carlton
As Sherlock's Father
Lars MikkelsenLars Mikkelsen
As Charles Augustus Magnussen
Adam PrickettAdam Prickett
As Bonfire Attendee
Main Cast
Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch
As Sherlock Holmes
Martin FreemanMartin Freeman
As Dr John Watson


After Moriarty kills himself, Sherlock stands on the edge of the building and watches John. He tells his friend to keep watching him and that he's leaving a note, because that's what people do, and then jumps off the ledge. Meanwhile, two men haul away Moriarty's corpse, and then put on a Sherlock mask and eye-coloring contact lenses. A bicyclist knocks over John while the bungee cord attached to Sherlock stops him from hitting the sidewalk and swings him into the window where Molly is waiting. He then kisses Molly and walks away, while the two men haul Moriarty's disguised corpse out and put it on the sidewalk where Sherlock would have landed. As John staggers to his feet and catches a glimpse of the body, Derrick Brown hypnotizes him into going asleep briefly and then resets his watch so he doesn't notice the missing time. He confirms that "Sherlock" is dead before the EMTs haul the corpse away...

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Episode Notes
Amanda Abbington (Mary) is Martin Freeman's (John) real-life wife.

Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham play Sherlock's parents... and in real life are Benedict Cumberbatch's parents.

Episode Quotes
Anderson: I believe in Sherlock Holmes.
DI Lestrade: Yeah, well, that won't bring him back.

Sherlock: I didn't know you spoke Serbian.
Mycroft: I didn't. But the language has a Slavic root. Frequent Turkish and German lone words. Took me a couple of hours.
Sherlock: You're slipping.
Mycroft: Middle age, brother mine, comes to us all.

Mycroft: Baker Street? He isn't there anymore. It's been two years. He's got on with his life.
Sherlock: What life? I've been away.

Sherlock: Interesting thing, a tuxedo. Brings distinction to friends and anonymity to waiters.

Mary Morstan: Gosh, you don't know anything about human nature, do you?
Sherlock: Nature, no. Human... no.

Sherlock: London. It's like a great cesspool into which all kinds of criminals, agents, and drifters are irresistibly drained. Sometimes it's not a question of who. It's a question of who knows.

Mycroft: We have solid information. An attack is coming.
Sherlock: Solid information? A secret terrorist organization's planning an attack? That's what secret terrorist organizations do, isn't it? It's their version of golf.

Mycroft: Don't be smart.
Sherlock: That takes me back. "Don't be smart, Sherlock. I'm the smart one."
Mycroft: I am the smart one.
Sherlock: I used to think I was an idiot.
Mycroft: Both of us thought you were an idiot, Sherlock. We had nothing else to go on. 'Til we met other children.
Sherlock: Oh, yes, that was a mistake.
Mycroft: Ghastly. What were they thinking of?
Sherlock: Probably something about trying to make friends.
Mycroft: Oh, yes. Friends.

Sherlock: Rest assured, Mycroft, whatever this underground network of yours is up to, the secret will reside in something seemingly insignificant or bizarre.
Mrs. Hudson: Yoo-hoo.
Mycroft: Speaking of which...

Mycroft: I'm not lonely, Sherlock.
Sherlock: How would you know?

John: I wanted you not to be dead.
Sherlock: Yeah, well, be careful what you wish for.

John: I'm definitely going to kill you.
Sherlock: Oh, please. Killing me. That's so two years ago.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSteven Moffat  |  Mark Gatiss
Executive ProducerSteven Moffat  |  Mark Gatiss
ProducerSue Vertue
Production DesignerArwel Wyn Jones
EditorCharlie Phillips
Line ProducerDiana Barton (2)
First Assistant DirectorToni Staples
Second Assistant DirectorMark Turner (1)
MusicDavid Arnold  |  Michael Price
Costume DesignerSarah Arthur
Make-upAmy Riley  |  Sarah Ashley-Hughes
GripRobin Stone (3)
Camera OperatorMark Milsome
Set DecoratorHannah Nicholson
Location ManagerMidge Ferguson
Property MasterNick Thomas
Script SupervisorLindsay Grant
Production CoordinatorSian Warrilow
Assistant EditorCarmen Sanchez Roberts
Post Production SupervisorSam Lucas
Supervising Sound EditorDoug Sinclair (2)
GafferTony Wilcock
Director of PhotographySteve Lawes
StuntsChris Newton (2)  |  Will Willougby  |  Tom Rodgers  |  Kim McGarrity  |  Gary Hoptrough
Production SecretaryRobert Price
Production ManagerClaire Hildred
Based On The Works OfArthur Conan Doyle
Dubbing MixerHoward Bargroff
Sound RecordistJohn Mooney
Third Assistant DirectorDaisy Caton-Jones
Costume SupervisorCeri Walford
Boom OperatorBradley Kendrick
Production AccountantNuala Alen-Buckley
Clapper LoaderPhoebe Arnstein  |  Emma Edwards
PropsRhys Jones (3)  |  Mark Runchman  |  Dewi Thomas
Sound AssistantLee Sharp
Best BoyLee Martin
Casting AssociateDaniel Edwards
Second Assistant EditorGareth Mabey
Unit ManagerDavid Gunkle  |  Iestyn Hampson-Jones
ColoristKevin Horsewood
Focus PullerHarry Bowers  |  Leo Holba
Assistant AccountantTim Orlik
Sound Effects EditorJon Joyce (1)  |  Stuart McCowan
Graphic ArtistSamantha Cliff
HairAmy Riley  |  Sarah Ashley-Hughes
Dialogue EditorPaul McFadden
Production BuyerBlaanid Maddrell
Supervising Art DirectorDafydd Shurmer
Standby Art DirectorJulia Bryson-Challis
Construction ManagerMark Painter
Assistant GripBen Moseley
Production RunnerLlio Fflur
Floor RunnerPatrick Waggett  |  Chris Thomas
Costume AssistantKelly Williams (3)
Location AssistantMatthew Frame
Hair & Make-up DesignClaire Pritchard
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