Season 3 Episode 1

The Empty Hearse

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 01, 2014 on BBC
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Episode Summary


Two years after his "death," Sherlock returns from the grave when London is threatened with terrorist attacks. However, he soon discovers that things have changed and that John has moved on.

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  • Disappointed

    :( sad. What happen did they change writers?
  • SIgnal to noise ratio reaches zero...

    Between moments poignant and/or comical, and sometimes both, we have story telling stretched of the music-video-cum-la-YouTube age. The story goes almost nowhere for 40 minutes. I am not one to be in a hurry with a good tale told well, for I like to delve character and setting as much as plot. But everytime a "moment" occurred, it was followed by montage, special effects, pumped volume on and music and... noise (literally) signaling nothing. I am down and - more telling - so is my wife (her call) who always (used to) like this show twice as much as me. Volume off permanently.moreless
  • Overpromised and undelivered, but with a twist

    I had been waiting for the season 3 like everyone else. I remember some of the previous episodes really delivered in terms of the storytelling that kept me on the edge of my seat till the end.

    In this episode it seems they did not have much of a story at all, there was very little to guess about the bomb plot.

    They obviously wanted to play more drama between main characters and why and how Sherlock died which they did a rather twisty and masterful non-reveal but sadly that left very little time for any real Sherlock mystery episode. Seriously the bomb plot felt like a filler so they can "solve" some mystery.

    So it was a good tv with superb acting, just a really flat Sherlock story. Still even an undelivered BBC Sherlock episode seems to beat everything else on tv right now. And that is actually very unsettling.

    We have 2 more episodes before it is gone again, hopefully they make them more memorable like some of the s1 and s2 episodes.moreless
  • Good comeback

    Hey, so John got the short stick, but hey, this is true Holmes! And it's a great comeback! Love this show, hope it lives on for a long long time! These actors should keep doing this for the love of the show as well as the money!
  • The episode we need but not the one we deserve.

    This is rather an overrated episode (in MY opinion). Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the episode as I love Sherlock. It was hilarious. Not epic or phenomenal, but funny. It spent too much time trying to re-establish the Sherlock-Watson relationship (without really explaining why Sherlock had to keep him being alive a secret from Watson and let him grieve so much, but let 25 homeless people know. Does that mean he trusts his homeless network so much more than Watson?).

    I loved season 2 premier and it is still one of my favorite Sherlock episodes. Everything in that episode made so much sense unlike the season 3 premier. It looked as though they took Sherlock and made him more of comedy character than a mystery solving genius. And they climax, how they stop the terrorists, made me feel like the writers were too lazy to come up with a proper ending ( don't know if Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a similar ending in his books on which the tv show is based on as I haven't read

    SPOILER (kinda): Why would a terrorist organization put an off-switch to a bomb they had remotely connected to some kind of a remote? A much more plausible situation would be if they had installed a code that would stop the bomb. An off-switch so easily accessible especially in London where Sherlock lives? What is wrong with the writers!

    Well, anyways, I enjoyed the show even with its flaws and hope the coming episodes will be better.moreless
Amanda Abbington

Amanda Abbington

Mary Morstan

Guest Star

David Fynn

David Fynn

Howard Shilcott

Guest Star

Sharon Rooney

Sharon Rooney


Guest Star

Una Stubbs

Una Stubbs

Mrs Hudson

Recurring Role

Rupert Graves

Rupert Graves

DI Lestrade

Recurring Role

Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss

Mycroft Holmes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Anderson: I believe in Sherlock Holmes.
      Lestrade: Yeah, well, that won't bring him back.

    • Sherlock: I didn't know you spoke Serbian.
      Mycroft: I didn't. But the language has a Slavic root. Frequent Turkish and German lone words. Took me a couple of hours.
      Sherlock: You're slipping.
      Mycroft: Middle age, brother mine, comes to us all.

    • Mycroft: Baker Street? He isn't there anymore. It's been two years. He's got on with his life.
      Sherlock: What life? I've been away.

    • Sherlock: Interesting thing, a tuxedo. Brings distinction to friends and anonymity to waiters.

    • Mary Morstan: Gosh, you don't know anything about human nature, do you?
      Sherlock: Nature, no. Human... no.

    • Sherlock: London. It's like a great cesspool into which all kinds of criminals, agents, and drifters are irresistibly drained. Sometimes it's not a question of who. It's a question of who knows.

    • Mycroft: We have solid information. An attack is coming.
      Sherlock: Solid information? A secret terrorist organization's planning an attack? That's what secret terrorist organizations do, isn't it? It's their version of golf.

    • Mycroft: Don't be smart.
      Sherlock: That takes me back. "Don't be smart, Sherlock. I'm the smart one."
      Mycroft: I am the smart one.
      Sherlock: I used to think I was an idiot.
      Mycroft: Both of us thought you were an idiot, Sherlock. We had nothing else to go on. 'Til we met other children.
      Sherlock: Oh, yes, that was a mistake.
      Mycroft: Ghastly. What were they thinking of?
      Sherlock: Probably something about trying to make friends.
      Mycroft: Oh, yes. Friends.

    • Sherlock: Rest assured, Mycroft, whatever this underground network of yours is up to, the secret will reside in something seemingly insignificant or bizarre.
      Mrs. Hudson: Yoo-hoo.
      Mycroft: Speaking of which...

    • Mycroft: I'm not lonely, Sherlock.
      Shelock: How would you know?

    • John: I wanted you not to be dead.
      Sherlock: Yeah, well, be careful what you wish for.

    • John: I'm definitely going to kill you.
      Sherlock: Oh, please. Killing me. That's so two years ago.

  • NOTES (7)