Written by Stephanie Bell
“The Reichenbach Fall” is full of suspense, intrigue, and drama. In this episode, public opinion of Sherlock is called into question as Moriarty systematically destroys his reputation. Sherlock attempts to counter Moriarty’s moves but it seems the consulting criminal is always one step ahead. We see Sherlock at his most vulnerable as he asks for Molly’s help… Moriarty owes him a fall.
Here are our five favourite quotes from “The Reichenbach Fall.”
5. “You repel me.” – Sherlock Holmes/Kitty Riley
Kitty Riley attempts to score a scoop by ambushing Sherlock in the toilet, posing as an adoring fan. He immediately sees through her ruse and uses his deductive skills to peg her as a reporter who is out to use him to boost her career. Still, Kitty gets her own back when she says this scathing line back to Sherlock as she and Moriarty/Richard Brook confront him. Touché!
4. “Every fairy tale needs a good old-fashioned villain. You need me or you’re nothing.” –
Moriarty and Sherlock play a game of cat and mouse in “The Reichenbach Fall,” but is Sherlock the hero or the villain? Are the papers right? Is he a fake? Of course, Sherlock’s fans know he is not an imposter, and the support of his closest friends is unwavering. Boo and hiss at the true villain Moriarty but, just like he says, we wouldn’t swap him for anything.
3. “I may be on the side of the angels but don’t think for one second that I am one of them.” – Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock fights for his clients and to solve their cases, but he is not above bending the rules to do so. As we’ve seen time and again on Sherlock, he is no angel! It’s tempting to think that perhaps if Sherlock didn’t have John and the rest of the Baker Street Gang he and Moriarty might have been partners rather than enemies…
2. “This phone call, it’s, um, my note. It’s what people do, don’t they? Leave a note.” – Sherlock Holmes
It seems that Sherlock has no choice, as he stands on the roof of St. Bart’s, about whether he must jump. If he does not, his friends will die, and Sherlock cannot allow that to happen. He calls John in his final moments on the roof to say a heartbreaking good-bye before taking the plunge.
1. “I was so alone, and I owe you so much, but, please, there’s just one more thing, one more thing, one more miracle, Sherlock, for me. Don’t. Be. Dead.” – John Watson
John is devastated after Sherlock’s fall. When he and Mrs. Hudson visit Sherlock’s grave, John speaks from the heart about his friend in the show”s most gut-wrenching moment. We later find out that John is able to move on with his life after Sherlock’s ‘death’, but John was stll distraught by the loss of his friend, as are all of Sherlock’s fans. Thankfully our grief was short-lived…
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