Season 2 Episode 3

The Reichenbach Fall

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 15, 2012 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • When John first sees Sherlock's body, there is a large truck with red and yellow markings blocking part of his view. The truck vanishes completely when John is hit by the biker and Sherlock can now be seen surrounded by several people. In the overhead shot of Sherlock, the truck can be seen driving off and people are only just now beginning to rush to Sherlock.

    • The "Sherlock's a Fake!" article that Kitty shows John consists of the same couple of paragraphs repeated three times across the four columns.

    • The article entitled "Jewel Thief on Trial at Bailey" repeats one of the sections twice: "Irish born Moriarty...trial of the century" is followed again by "Irish born Moriarty..."

    • Trivia: The opening dialogue establishes that 18 months have passed since the events of "A Study in Pink," matching the real-life time that has elapsed.

  • Quotes

    • Lestrade: Well, we got him. And there's one person that we have to thank for giving us the decisive leads. With all his customary diplomacy and tact.
      John: Sarcasm.
      Sherlock: Yes.

    • John: Remember...
      Sherlock: Yes.
      John: Remember...
      Sherlock: Yes.
      John: Remember what they told you. Don't try to be clever...
      Sherlock: No.
      John: And please, just keep it simple and brief.
      Sherlock: Confidence, star witness, come across as intelligent.
      John: Intelligent, yes. Let's give "smart ass" a wide berth.
      Sherlock: I'll just be myself.
      John: Are you listening to me?!?

    • Prosecuting Barrister: How would you describe this man, his character?
      Sherlock: First mistake. James Moriarty isn't a man at all. He's a spider. Spider at the center of a web. Criminal web with a thousand threads and he knows precisely how each and every single one of them dances.

    • Sherlock: How long have I known (Moriarty)? Not really your best line of inquiry. We met twice, five minutes in total, I pulled a gun, he tried to blow me up. I felt we had a special something.

    • John: Don't do that.
      Sherlock: Do what?
      John: The look.
      Sherlock: Look?
      John: You're doing the look again.
      Sherlock: I can't see it, can I? (John points to a mirror) It's my face.
      John: Yes, and it's doing a thing. You're doing a, "We both know what's really going on here" face.
      Sherlock: But we do.
      John: No. I don't, which is why I find the face so annoying.

    • Moriarty: It's going to start very soon, Sherlock. The fall. But don't be scared. Falling's just like flying except there's a more permanent destination.

    • Sherlock: Linseed oil.
      Anderson: Not much use. Doesn't lead us to the kidnapper.
      Sherlock: Brilliant, Anderson.
      Anderson: Really?
      Sherlock: Yes. Brilliant impression of an idiot.

    • Sherlock: I need your help. It's one of your boyfriends, we're trying to track him down. He's a bit naughty.
      John: It's Moriarty.
      Sherlock: Of course it's Moriarty.
      Molly: Um, Jim wasn't even my boyfriend. We went out three times. I ended it...
      Sherlock: Yes, and then he stole the Crown Jewels, broke into the Bank of England, and organized a prison break at Pentonville. For the sake of law and order, I suggest you avoid all future attempts at a relationship, Molly.

    • Lestrade: Now remember, she's in shock and she's seven years old, so anything you can do to...
      Sherlock: Not be myself?
      Lestrade: Yeah. That'd be helpful.

    • John: No, I know you're for real.
      Sherlock: One hundred percent?
      John: Nobody could fake being such an annoying dick all the time.

    • Sherlock: Molly, I think I'm going to die.
      Molly: What do you need?
      Sherlock: If I wasn't everything that you think I am, everything that I think I am, would you still want to help me?
      Molly: What do you need?
      Sherlock: You.

    • John: She's dying, Sherlock. Let's go.
      Sherlock: You go, I'm busy.
      John: Busy?
      Sherlock: Thinking, I need to think.
      John: You need to... doesn't she mean anything to you? You once half-killed a man because he laid a finger on her.
      Sherlock: She's my landlady.
      John: She's dying... you machine. Sod this. Sod this, you stay here if you want, on your own.
      Sherlock: Alone is what I have. Alone protects me.
      John: Nope. Friends protect people.

    • Moriarty : (to Sherlock) All my life I've been searching for distractions, and you were the best distraction, and now I don't even have you. Because I've beaten you. And you know what? In the end it was easy. It was easy. Now I got to go back to playing with the ordinary people. And it turns out you're ordinary, just like all of them. Oh well.

    • Moriarty: You think you can make me stop the order? You think you can make me do that?
      Sherlock: Yes. So do you
      Moriarty: Sherlock, your big brother and all the king's horses couldn't make me do a thing I didn't want to.
      Sherlock: Yes, but I'm not my brother, remember? I am you, prepared to do anything. Prepared to burn. Prepared to do what ordinary people won't do. You want me to shake hands with you in Hell, I shall not disappoint you.
      Moriarty: No. You talk big. No. You're ordinary. You're ordinary, you're on the side of the angels.
      Sherlock: Oh, I may be on the side of the angels. But don't think for one second that I am one of them.

    • John: Hmm, you--you told me once that you weren't a hero. Umm, there were times I didn't even think you were a human, but let me tell you this. You were the best man, the most human human being that I've ever known, and no one will ever convince me that you told me a lie. And so there. I was so alone, and I owe you so much. Oh, please, there's one more thing, one more thing. One more miracle, Sherlock, for me. Don't be dead. Would you do that just for me, just stop it? Stop this.

  • Notes

    • This story was adapted from the short story, "The Final Problem," first published in The Strand Magazine dated December 1893 and collected in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894).

    • Music: La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) (Gioachino Rossini), Sinner Man (Nina Simone), Stayin' Alive (The BeeGees)

    • Injoke: The Diogenes gent at the club is played by Douglas Wilmer, who played Sherlock Holmes in the 1965 BBC series.

    • Injoke: the article on Ricoletti refers to one of Watson's unpublished cases, "Ricoletti of the club foot and his Abominable Wife" (mentioned in "The Musgrave Ritual").

    • International Airdates:
      Sweden: February 18,2012 on SVT1
      US: May 20, 2012 on PBS
      Slovakia: February 6, 2013 on STV1

  • Allusions

    • Moriarty: Sherlock, your big brother and all the king's horses couldn't make me do a thing I didn't want to.
      Referencing the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" where "All the king's horses and all the king's men / Couldn't put Humpty together again." They represent the height of impossibility.

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