5 Best Quotes from The Hounds of Baskerville

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Written by Stephanie Bell

The Hounds of Baskerville” is based on one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s best-known Sherlock Holmes stories. Sherlocks modern take on the tale sends our Baker Street sleuths to a top secret military base where some ethically questionable experiments are being conducted. Their client is Henry Knight, the son of a Baskerville researcher who was mysteriously killed years ago right in front of his young son. His father’s death has traumatized Henry and he wants to find out once and for all who was responsible.

Out of all the great lines in this horror-style who-dunnit, we’ve whittled it down to the five best.


5. “Funny doesn’t suit you. I’d stick to ice.” – John Watson


“The Hounds of Baskerville” contains several memorably tense (yet funny!) exchanges between Sherlock and John. Even when the two are in the middle of a lover’s tiff – after Sherlock got ratty with him the previous evening – John still manages to retaliate with some quick-witted retorts.


4.Your mind, it’s so placid, straight-forward, barely used. Mine’s like an engine, racing out of control, a rocket, tearing itself to pieces, trapped on the launch pad. I NEED A CASE!” – Sherlock Holmes


As ever with Sherlock, his cravings – namely, for a case and some nicotine – drive him to be even more curt than usual. Though Sherlock obviously values John’s insight when solving cases, the consulting detective can be a bit condescending. Okay, perhaps more than a bit condescending.


3. “You, being all, uh, mysterious with your… cheekbones, and turning your coat collar up so you look cool.” – John Watson


This is one of John’s best zingers in Sherlock’s three series to date. John puts up with quite a lot from Sherlock in this episode – the time when he is drugged without his knowledge being the worst example – but he manages to get some witty digs back at Sherlock as well.


2. “It’s a memory technique, a sort of mental map. You plot a… a map with a location – it doesn’t have to be a real place – and then you deposit memories there that… theoretically, you can never forget anything. All you have to do is find your way back to it.” – John Watson


John describes Sherlock’s famous mind palace – which makes its first appearance here – in which the detective stores every bit of data he deems important—such as 243 types of tobacco ash and the varying tensile strengths of different natural fibres. Nothing about the earth orbiting the sun, however.


1. “Listen, what I said before, John, I meant it. I don’t have friends. I’ve just got one.” – Sherlock Holmes


Despite all his questionable actions in this episode – seriously, Sherlock, how could you experiment on John like that? – our favourite high-functioning sociopath still manages to redeem himself for his poor behaviour here, when in a rare moment of tenderness Sherlock comes the closest he can come to expressing his feelings for his best friend. Aww, Sherl, all is forgiven!


Tell us your favourite quotes from “The Hounds of Baskerville” in the comments!


6 thoughts on “5 Best Quotes from The Hounds of Baskerville

  1. Sherlock: I never did ask, Dr. Franklyn. What is it exactly that you do here?
    Dr. Franklyn: Mr. Holmes, I would love to tell you. But then I’d have to kill you.
    Sherlock: That would be tremendously ambitious of you.


  2. Sherlock: “I AM a show-off. That’s what we do.”


    Sherlock Holmes: “So we know that Dr. Stapleton performs secret genetic experiments on animals. The question is, has she been working on something deadlier than a rabbit?”

    Dr. John Watson: “To be fair, that is a wide field.”


    Dr. John Watson: “Haven’t pulled rank in ages.”

    Sherlock Holmes: “Enjoy it?”

    Dr. John Watson: “Oh, yeah!”


  3. The whole quickfire deductions scene is a work of genius. I absolutely adore this episode (definitely my favourite in the second series), and it’s definitely written so well. Also, Greg.

    PS. ‘lover’s tiff’? I approve!


  4. At first, I would have said that the number 4 is based on the canon’s Sign of four (“My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.”)

    But actually, this rude tone looks a lot more like an allusion to The private life of Sherlock Holmes (chapter 2), a pastiche written by Michael and Mollie Hardwick, and one of Motiss’s inspirations.


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