Season 2 Episode 20

No Lack of Void

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 10, 2014 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Holmes and Watson chase the source of a lethal toxin after a pickpocket dies of anthrax poisoning.

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  • Great episode with an unusual ending.

    This was a case I was really excited for - lots of my favourite procedurals have episodes involving lethal toxins and they wind up as being the best episodes they ever make. I am simply not sure this would be one of them, but it was a good episode in any case.

    The case moved along with niec developments, while the side story was interesting too and good to follow.

    My main problem was that I didn't like the way it ended. We had anthrax and we used it to get down to cow insurance? They could have taken the storyline which was very promising in a better direction...

    Nonetheless, it was still enjoyable.moreless
  • Moving Right Along

    An interesting take on the over-done topic of anthrax. It was lovely to have a small lead turn into something much larger and then back into something smaller but still significant. The Alistair storyline was also incredible - it isn't very often you get a character like Sherlock doing something rash, something out of emotion like a common person, and then openly admitting that was what happened and that they regret it. It was refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode.moreless
  • Oh no!

    I couldn't believe it when Sherlock said 'decimated'!!! There is no way that SH would say decimated in relation to the 'wiping out' of the whole herd of cows... he would surely have known what decimated actually means. :-(
  • review

    It's was a good episode. It was a good idea to have Alistair's oded after 30 years sobriety and without one particular reason. It gave sherlock doubts about his own willpower.
Jonny Lee Miller

Jonny Lee Miller

Sherlock Holmes

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu

Dr. Joan Watson

Jon Michael Hill

Jon Michael Hill

Detective Marcus Bell

Aidan Quinn

Aidan Quinn

Captain Tobias Gregson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Holmes "talks" with Allistair at Allistair's grave)
      Allistair: Sherlock Holmes. Why did you become such a cliché. Standing over a grave. Head heavy with dark thoughts. If this were a scene in a play. I'd have refused to perform it.
      Holmes: I was on my way to a meeting. I am supposed to speak, you know. Well, I thought this would be a good place to collect my thoughts.
      Allistair: I'm sorry I let you down.
      Holmes: You didn't let me down. What you did has got nothing to do with me. I understand that. Came here today because... because I loved you very much and I wanted you to know that you'll be missed.

    • Holmes: (after smashing a plate in a rage) I...I apologize.
      Watson: (after taking a plate out of the sink and smashing it onto the floor) That didn't solve anything. Weird, right? You know what else it won't solve? Allistair. You know why he used drugs last week? Because he was an addict, just like you. I'm sorry he's gone but his relapsing doesn't change a thing for you, not one single thing. You woke up today, you didn't use drugs, just like yesterday. You know what you have to do tomorrow? Wake up and not use drugs. That is just how it is. That is how it is going to be.
      Holmes: Thank you. Are you quite finished with telling me things I already know?
      Watson: Are you ready to start acting like you know them?
      Holmes: I decided I am quite ashamed of my behavior over the last few days, all right? I took the passing of a dear friend and I twisted it into an indulgence in narcissism. It has left me in a mood. Allistair was a friend, one of only a handful and...and...and losing a member of such a select group is felt quite...substantial. My tantrum upset you and I apologize...again. But I assure you, I...I am no closer to using than I was yesterday or the day before that or the day before that. If I was I would tell you.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Allistair: At me too someone is looking, of me too someone is saying, he is sleeping, he knows nothing, let him sleep on.

      This is part of a line spoken by the character Vladimir from Act II of Waiting for Godot, a play published by Irishman Samuel Beckett in 1949 in which two characters are waiting for someone who never comes. Beckett first wrote the play in French and then later translated it to English.