4. Remind Me About Norbury
At the end of canon story “The Adventure of the Yellow Face” (which takes place in Norbury), Holmes, after bungling the case with his mistaken conclusion, asks Watson sheepishly:
“If it should ever strike you that I am getting a little overconfident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper ‘Norbury’ in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you.”
Does that line sound familiar? In this ep, Norbury is a person, not a place, and Sherlock asks this of Mrs. Hudson, not John, but it’s the same idea.
Our old friend Ms. Robinson of Vanity Fair noticed that Norbury says a line formerly uttered by Moriarty in ‘The Great Game’ (“Why does anybody do anything?”) and thereby speculates that she must be connected to Moriarty in some way. What do you think?
5. Culverton Smith
Culverton Smith is the bad guy in canon story “The Dying Detective,” so obviously the next episode being called “The Lying Detective” will be based on it (at least as much as this ep was based on “The Six Napoleons”). But what was he doing on the poster right next to the woman with whom John had an affair (apparently her name is Elizabeth)? There has to be some foreshadowing there–that cannot be a coincidence, nor can it possibly be mere set dressing to set up the world in which Smith plays a big part. Nope, there has to be some connection there. But what?
SIDE NOTE: so many folks discussing this episode refer to John’s apparent affair as a maybe or as a text-only. I disagree. The evidence I see in this episode is that they had an affair, albeit a brief one, and he was attempting to break it off via text. The clues? In the bedtime text conversation, she texts “I miss you.” That smacks of, you know, actually missing him. Not missing a text from him. She also says “It’s been too long.”
We also get the idea that some little time has passed, judging by the way this whole segment is shot. Later, in John’s breakup text, he says he “enjoyed getting to know you a little.” Why would he need to break up with her like this if it were only texting? He got to know her? Yes, there’s the moral aspect of it, and yes it could have gotten very explicit via texts, but it really does seem like he’s breaking off a real affair to me.
Ah, the much-speculated-about third Holmes brother. He was mentioned in brief passing in “His Last Vow” (“You know what happened to the other one”), and so many nerds thought it must be Sherrinford. Sherrinford Holmes is a pastiche character invented to patch up the plot hole of two Holmes brothers coming from landed gentry and neither is the heir managing the family estate. The name comes from an early draft of Conan Doyle’s name for the Great Detective. And now we’ve got Mycroft calling him on the phone. Anyone who puts Mycroft on hold, we can be sure, must be a powerful man, indeed. But is Tom Hiddleston in fact playing him, as so many fans have guessed wished? We’ll find out soon enough…