Season 2 Episode 2

The Hounds of Baskerville

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 08, 2012 on BBC
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Henry Knight claims that his father was killed by a monstrous creature at large in Dartmoor, and asks Sherlock for help. When he and John Watson arrive on the moors to investigate, they discover a top-secret army base may be connected to the death.

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  • 2nd fave ep.

    Really great episode. I don't know why it has the lowest rating out of all the episodes (unless it's a book vs tv thing). This was my 2nd favorite episode of the series; it gave me terrified chills and thrills that had me smiling at the brilliance of the whole thing at the peak of the ep. Once again, really great episode.
  • Superb!!

    Part-mystery, part-horror. Excellent performances by Benedict and Martin. Great pacing. Never got bored for a sec. Simply Loved it.
  • 2x02 - The Hounds

    This was one that was okay. I think the only reason I didn't rate it lower was because I always appreciate seeing Lestrade and Sherlock's jerkish behavior in using John as a experiment really cracked me up.
  • Truly, truly awful

    This great story, certainly my favourite of the Rathbone series, has been butchered by Mark Gatiss to such a degree that it's almost unrecognisable aside from some supposedly clever play-on-words references. Whilst I can understand the need for the story to be rewritten for modern times, replacing the great Grimpen mire with the Grimpen minefield was merely a vehicle for a whopping explosion and the plot was so transparent that even Nigel Bruce could have worked it out.

    There were some nice touches too though, such as keeping the Stapleton name and having an actual large hound kept in secrecy, so it's not all bad news for those who know and love the original story.

    Aside from Gatiss' meddling, this was the weakest of the 5 episodes to date - the next one has considerable redeeming to do.moreless
  • I <3 you, John Watson

    Yes, Sherlock Holmes is amazing.

    Yes, Sherlock Holmes is gorgeous.

    Yes, I love Sherlock Holmes.

    But for me, it's still all about John.

    I love the way he admires Sherlock, but still calls him on all his b*llsh*it, and I love the fact that he never lets Sherlock's lack of tact and normal human social mores get to him.

    Even more than that, though - I love BAMF!John.

    Captain Watson pulling rank was epic.

    Dr. Watson, always a steady head when people around him need help.

    And John Watson, sharpshooter extraordinary, out-shooting Lestrade, really made my day. :D

    The case was far-fetched, fanciful, crazy and insane - but from what little I can remember of the original, that's pretty much the way it was, besides; there's only so much you can do with "demonic, giant hounds" these days, right?

    All in all, a Very Enjoyable installment in the saga, although the ending DOES leave me very puzzled.

    What POSSIBLE reason could Mycroft have for letting Mr. Supervillain GO, when he had him nice and safe in a locked room?

    I figure Mr. Secret Government should be able to keep him locked up, and throw away the key?

    Perhaps there's something in ACD's cannon that I'm not aware of - otherwise, they'd better have one hell of an explanation.moreless
Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey

Henry Knight

Guest Star

Amelia Bullmore

Amelia Bullmore

Dr Stapleton

Guest Star

Clive Mantle

Clive Mantle

Dr Frankland

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 (13)

    • John: Go after her and apologize.
      Sherlock: Apologize?
      John: Um-hmm.
      Sherlock: Oh, John, I envy you so much.
      John: You envy me?
      Sherlock: Your mind, it's placid, straightforward, barely used. Mine's like an engine, racing out of control, a rocket tearing itself to pieces, trapped on the launchpad. I need a case!

    • Sherlock: Phone Lestrade. Tell him there's an escaped rabbit.
      John: You serious?
      Sherlock: It's this, or Cluedo.
      John: Ah, no. We are never playing that again.
      Sherlock: Why not?
      John: Because it's not actually possible for the victim to have done it, Sherlock, that's why.
      Sherlock: It's the only possible solution.
      John: It's not in the rules.
      Sherlock: Then the rules are wrong!

    • Henry: Do you know Dartmoor, Mr. Holmes?
      Sherlock: No.
      Henry: It's an amazing place. It's like nowhere else. It's sort of... bleak, but beautiful.
      Sherlock: Hmm, not interested. Moving on.
      Henry: We used to go for walks after my mum died, my dad and me. Every evening we'd go out on the moors.
      Sherlock: Yes, good, skipping to the night that your father was violently killed, where did that happen?

    • Henry: How on earth did you notice all that?
      John: It's not important...
      Sherlock: Punched out holes where your ticket's been changed...
      John: Not now, Sherlock.
      Sherlock: Oh, please. I've been cooped up here for ages.
      John: You're just showing off.
      Sherlock: Of course. I am a show-off, that's what we do.

    • Sherlock: What did you see that changed everything?
      Henry: It's a strange place, the hollow. Makes you feel so cold inside, so afraid.
      Sherlock: Yes, if I wanted poetry, I'd read John's emails to his girlfriends. Much funnier. What did you see?

    • Sherlock: Nice touch.
      John: I haven't pulled rank in ages.
      Sherlock: You enjoyed it.
      John: Oh yeah.

    • Sherlock: I never did ask, Dr. Frankland, what exactly is is it that you do here?
      Dr. Frankland: Oh, Mr. Holmes, I would love to tell you. But then, of course, I'd have to kill you.
      Sherlock: That would be tremendously ambitious of you.

    • John: So?
      : So?
      John: What was all that about the rabbit? Oh, please, can we not do this this time?
      Sherlock: Do what?
      John: You being all mysterious with your cheekbones and turning your coat collar up so you look cool.
      Sherlock: I don't do that.
      John: Yeah, you do.

    • Sherlock: The question is, has she been working on something deadlier than a rabbit?
      John: To be fair, that is quite a wide field.

    • Sherlock: Look at me. I'm afraid, John. Afraid.
      John: Sherlock...
      Sherlock: I've always been able to keep myself distant. Divorce myself from feelings. But you see, body's betraying me. Interesting, yes. Emotions. Grit on the lens, the fly in the ointment.
      John: All right, Spock, just take it easy.

    • Sherlock: I uses my senses, unlike some people. You see, I am fine. In fact, maybe better. So just leave me alone.
      John: Yeah. Okay. Okay. So why would you listen to me? I'm just your friend.
      Sherlock: I don't have friends.
      John: No. Wonder why.

    • Sherlock: How about Louise Mortimer? Did you get anywhere with her?
      John: No.
      Sherlock: Too bad. Did you get any information?
      John: Hm. You're being funny now.
      Sherlock: I thought it might break the ice a bit.
      John: Funny doesn't suit you. I'd stick to ice.

    • Sherlock: Murder weapon, scene of the crime, all at once. This case, Henry... thank you. It's been brilliant.
      John: Sherlock.
      Sherlock: What?
      John: Timing.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This story was adapted from the novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, first serialized in The Strand Magazine (nine successive issues dated August 1901 to April 1902) and published in book form in 1902.

    • International Airdates:
      Sweden: February 11, 2012 on SVT1
      US: May 13, 2012 on PBS
      Slovakia: January 30, 2013 on STV1


    • Sherlock: It's this, or Cluedo.
      Cluedo (or, in the US versions, Clue) is a board game in which one must discover the identity of the murderer, his weapon, and its location, of victim Dr. Black (Mr. Boddy in the US) from a pool of, traditionally, six suspects, six weapons, and nine rooms. They are chosen randomly for each game from stacks of corresponding cards, and it is therefore impossible for Dr. Black/Mr. Boddy to be his own murderer, since he doesn't have a card.

    • John: All right, Spock, just take it easy.
      Referencing the 1960s TV series Star Trek, and the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy. Vulcans suppress their emotions to the point that many outsiders believe that they have no feelings whatsoever. At least one Star Trek movie suggested that Sherlock Holmes might be one of Spock's ancestors on his human side.