Season 1 Episode 23

The Woman

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 16, 2013 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Flashbacks reveal what led to Sherlock's downfall into addiction as the re-emergence of Irene Adler leaves Sherlock stunned.

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  • Spectacular!

    Wow! This episode was just full of suspense and shock twists and unbelievable developments including the most phenomenal of endings!

    I'm just totally stunned at the moment. Just finished watching the episode. It is absolutely aamazing and I really don't know what else to say other than 'wow'! Can't wait for the second half of the finale!
  • what an episode!

    awesome ending and episode... loved it!!! I did not trust that woman from the start!!
  • As Holmes struggles to deal with Irene's reemergence, we see in flashback how their tumultous relationship began.

    "The Woman" does a great job in setting the wheels in motion for the season's final episode. I found it very entertaining as well as compelling. This episode also did a great job in keeping the viewer guesing where it would all turn out. Fomulaic plot points and cliches were avoided which adds to this episode's appeal. The flashback sequences were also very well done. The writing is razor sharp and the acting just as good in those sequences. The story of Sherlock and Irene was quite an interesting one for sure. A great episode from start to finish.moreless
  • Monopoly on Murder

    Saw it coming and didn't see it coming. Still wondering if Moriarty made the real Irene vanish before Sherlock met her or if they are actually the same person. It seems a waste to combine such powerhouse personalities, but it's also a very bold move. It fits with what they've done to the canon so far. The reveal was a little too easy to see with how much Irene's disposition changed after Isaac came through. She changed too much, too quickly, but holy crap, that's a great Moriarty. I'm interested to see where they go from here (and if Mycroft is Sherlock's brother or sister).moreless
  • Where will we go next year?

    With Irene and Moriarty solved now, where will the show go next year? I was somewhat disappointed that they rolled Moriarty into Irene because I love the Irene of the classic canon. I wonder if we'll see the return of the nemesis next season of if they'll create new characters for Sherlock to track down.
Jonny Lee Miller

Jonny Lee Miller

Sherlock Holmes

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu

Dr. Joan Watson

Aidan Quinn

Aidan Quinn

Captain Tobias Gregson

Jon Michael Hill

Jon Michael Hill

Detective Marcus Bell

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (London, 2 years ago)
      Irene: What's up?
      Holmes: Yes, well, it's been several weeks since our meeting-turned-interrogation turned sexual marathon. A memorable afternoon and evening. I'm sure you'd agree. Yet, each time I've tried to arrange for an encore, I've been politely, but unmistakably rebuffed, as if your right, of course. Although, I admit, I'm not accustomed to rebuffings.
      Irene: You're not accustomed to being on the receiving end of rebuffings.
      Holmes: Quite so. It seems to me, we had an experience worth repeating. Just, I'm curious as to why you differ.
      Irene: I don't differ. I reject your whole premise. Our afternoon was one of the most unique and memorable of my life. It can't be repeated. We could try, but that's just a game of diminishing returns, isn't it? I'd rather just remember it the way it was.
      Holmes: You preserve the integrity of the initial encounter by denying yourself further ones. Interesting.
      Irene: People don't treasure things anymore. You should try it.

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