Best Sherlock Moments

Ellen Grant
• Tuesday, 03 November, 2020
• 8 min read

To kick off this month's theme, I will be covering my ten favorite, funniest Sherlock moments. This episode is mostly known for Sherlock and John's first physical encounter with Moriarty, who thinks up new ways to terrorize them throughout.

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However, the episode starts off on what seems like a very serious note, where Sherlock is visiting an inmate, who killed his wife and even admits to it. As the inmate tells his story, Sherlock corrects him on using proper grammar the whole time, before eventually saying that the man will be “hanged” for his crimes, not “hung”.

On a personal note, I want to say that this episode might be my favorite in the whole series, and it is just wonderfully full of golden moments like this one. In an effort to make John and Mary's wedding the best event possible, Sherlock interviews the guests, and proceeds to scare the heck out of one.

If that wasn't off- putting enough to the poor guest, Sherlock flashes a twisted smile. But, of course, mid conversation, Sherlock leaves to infiltrate the Guards' quarters.

In doing so, he marches straight and tall behind a row of guards and wears a gigantic black hat that nearly covers his eyes. Despite his unparalleled brilliance, Sherlock often has trouble grasping even the simplest of concepts, or, in this case, names.

Utterly confused, John points out that that is Lestrade's actual name, much to Sherlock's astonishment. John is trying to go about his day by buying groceries, never mind that Sherlock is having it out with a sword wielding maniac.

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On top of everything, he conveys the exact embarrassment of making people behind you wait. After Sherlock and John have a falling out, she is bound and determined to put them both back on the right tracks.

And that means holding Sherlock at gunpoint, handcuffing him, throwing him into her trunk, then careening through London in a sleek sports car blasting “Ode to Joy”. It's a glorious moment in an otherwise dark episode, showing just how little we actually know about the landlady, who is obviously very rich to own such a car.

Once a police officer confronts her about her driving, and asks her how fast she was going, she drops this iconic line: “Of course not, I was on the phone!” He finds him in a drug den, and, following several golden one- liners, John happens upon Sherlock there.

Afterwards, the backseat of John's car is full of dragées all in need of medical attention. At this point in the series, Sherlock has been presumed dead for two years, save by a select few who knew.

When Sherlock returns to London, he goes to see John, who is waiting for a date at a fancy restaurant. He had to take probably the worst (and funniest) path possible to reveal he was alive, by posing as a waiter and dropping subtle hints.

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Considering John's mind was occupied with proposing to Mary, this wasn't the best time to play cryptic. He then marvels aloud about the fact that he's John's best friend, and proceeds to drink tea containing an eyeball.

It's more of a series of scenes, from Sherlock inciting a brawl, to “cluing for looks”, to Greg shouting “Not really!” For this month's Special, I won't be taking requests as it will be entirely Sherlock themed.

The third of these adaptations became incredibly popular in both the UK and the US, as well as across the world, and the cast and crew are gearing up to begin working on the fourth season in 2016. Unlike any other show of its kind, Sherlock usually presents audiences with three, full feature length episodes, and shortly, it will also have its first theatrical release.

The first episode of the second season sees Sherlock matched up against one of his most memorable adversaries from the original Conan Doyle canon, Irene Adler (Lara Puller). When Adler leaves a phone in his possession that contains numerous state secrets, Sherlock tries to keep it away from those who want to steal it as he also attempts to deduce its passcode.

When he returns to his home at 221B Baker Street, he finds the shady Americans he encountered earlier in the episode have kidnapped his landlady, Mrs. Hudson (RNA Stubby) in order to obtain the phone. John, who is horrified that Mrs. Hudson was hurt and does not understand why Sherlock is so blasé about the issue, insists that she spend some time away from Baker Street to convalesce.

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When Sherlock is severely frightened after seeing the hound he has come to the mysterious Baskerville military research base to explain away, John strikes out on his own to try to solve a piece of the puzzle. Very similar to the original novel, A Study in Scarlet, John and Sherlock are introduced to one another by a man named Stamford who believes they could possibly be a good match for roommates.

I think I left my riding crop in the mortuary”), its true triumph is the way in which it begins the eventual partnership between these characters, which has fascinated readers and audiences for many years. It seems he is unlikely to forgive his friend for lying to him for two years and making him believe the worst, but a strategically placed bomb in the London Underground allows them to work out their differences… sort of.

Sherlock defuses the bomb with ease but, instead, allows John to believe that he doesn’t know how, apologizing for everything he has done to hurt his friend. And yes, of course I forgive you.” Of course, that’s right about when the bomb doesn’t go off, allowing Sherlock to get a laugh in and make audiences wonder if John might actually kill the man himself.

In addition, Molly Hooper (Louise Really), the long-suffering pathologist who has been in love with Sherlock for years, has a wonderful moment in which she shames him for his heartlessness and is rewarded with one of the few true apologies the character ever bestows. After going to a pub on every street where they have ever found a corpse (Sherlock’s idea, naturally), they end up back at 221B, lying on the stairs and mumbling.

Eventually, they wind up back in their flat playing the Rizal Game (also called “Celebrity Heads, Who Am I?,” and about a thousand other things). Their bachelor party culminates in a drunken attempt to solve a case for a woman who believes she’s been dating a ghost (which also comes back brilliantly in typical Sherlock fashion) and a night in the drunk tank before Detective Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) comes to fetch them.

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Sherlock’s swan dive of the building is one of the most incredible shots of the series, cinematically, and the scene is filmed beautifully from beginning to end. But the dialogue between the two characters coupled with the intensity of the actors' performances makes it the kind of sequence that still causes audiences to tear up just thinking about it.

Sherlock, realizing there is only one way he can protect Mary and John, shoots Rasmussen in the head in front of security services and his brother Mycroft (played by actor, writer, and show co-creator Mark Gates). Brought to the official residence of the British monarch, Sherlock is asked to take on a case that requires the utmost security and tact… but not before he is told that he needs to put his clothes on, as he was dragged from his flat while wearing a bedsheet and nothing else.

With Moat having said the fourth season of the show will be a much darker story with serious “consequences” the characters will have to face, it can be enjoyable to look back on the old days when Sherlock’s temper tantrums involved not wanting to get dressed and being kidnapped meant the boys were simply getting to visit one of the most iconic places in the kingdom. After walking free from a trial where the all the evidence was piled against him, Moriarty teases Sherlock with cryptic phrases and seemingly encoded communication.

He basically chews the scenery with lines like, “In a world of locked rooms, the man with the key is king, and honey, you should see me in a crown,” and we loved every minute of it. The scene then dissolves into a brilliant showcase of Sherlock’s skills and abilities inside his Mind Palace, which had been, until then, only shown in flashes.

The Moriarty in his mind laments that Sherlock is letting John down by dying, which is what gives him the strength to, essentially, come back to life. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking during this sequence as well, and the entire segment gives us a glance into the mind of the detective, which is one of the most desired insights for Holmes fans of any kind.

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But the dynamic between John, Sherlock, and Moriarty is clear from the very start, giving the audience the ability to watch three fine actors do what they do best. “John, I am a ridiculous man,” Sherlock says, “redeemed only by the warmth and constancy of your friendship.” And At this moment, it is difficult not to see that the entire series is working toward a change in the character of Sherlock Holmes, the one Lestrade mentions in the very first episode: at first glance we see a brilliant, talented man who is also the “most unpleasant, rude, ignorant, and all-around obnoxious asshole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune to meet.” And yet, over time, we are watching him become Lestrade’s good man, the person who is worthy of John Watson’s friendship, of the world’s admiration, and of the kind of happiness viewers believe the character deserves.

However, the most popular incarnation of the master detective is arguably the BBC drama, Sherlock, which stars fan-favorite Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as his faithful ally, Dr. John Watson. Thanks to its present-day setting, clever writing, and great performances, the show has attracted a large following by offering a fresh take on the iconic character.

The episode’s climax also showed that Holmes and Watson would be a formidable team, with the war veteran using his resources and coming to his new friend’s rescue with one deadly shot. Chris Agar (5306 Articles Published) Chris Agar is a news editor for Screen Rant, also writing features and movie reviews for the site as one of Screen Rant's Rotten Tomatoes approved critics.

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We waited a year and a half to find out how Sherlock could possibly escape the cliffhanger to The Great Game, only to find he’s saved by the Bee Gees. It wasn’t only a cheeky get-out to an impossible situation, but also an intriguing lead-in to Holmes’ next adventure.

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Sherlock’s pathological need to make deductions about everything leads to him revealing Molly’s crush on him. Loo Really’s performance here is wonderful, as she chokes back the hurt to deliver the heartbreaking line: “You say such horrible things.” And as Sherlock, in a sign of his burgeoning humanity, apologizes and kisses her, the tension’s broken with a great piece of comic timing.

To the strains of Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie, Moriarty commits one of the greatest crimes of the century… just to attract Sherlock’s attention. It’s crafty, grand in scale, and has the typically camp conclusion we’ve come to expect from Andrew Scott’s criminal mastermind as he sits, resplendent, in the Queen’s finest hat.

A popular hashtag on Twitter after the episode aired, Sherlock’s ‘mind palace’ was one of the best visual demonstrations as to how the Great Detective’s mind works. Beautifully choreographed and acted, right down to the little Elvis gesture Cumberbatch does as he thinks of ‘The King’, it’s a seamless blend of effects and performance.

Irene Adler’s naked entrance is a stunning bit of visual irony: baring all in order to hide everything. Moriarty performs brain surgery on himself with a gun, Sherlock makes a heartbreaking phone-call to John and then: the fall itself.

It’s shocking, heartbreaking, and as you see Watson being knocked over by a Solitary Cyclist (did you spot that, Holmes fans? ), you’ve the inescapable feeling that you’re seeing a carefully staged magic trick.

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As he clutches his scotch in a quivering hand and spits out bursts of logic, it’s as unsettling for the audience as it is for Watson. This is a true stand-out moment in Cumberbatch’s already excellent take on the Great Detective.

And just as we too get teary eyed, the camera pans round and… we realize just how excruciating the wait until Series 3 is going to be.

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