History Heartwarming / Sherlock

11th Nov '17 4:17:00 PM WalexCampledom
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* This little exchange:
-->'''Mycroft:''' This is a private matter.\\
'''Sherlock:''' John stays.\\
'''Mycroft:''' This is ''family.''\\
'''Sherlock:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis That's.]] [[FriendshipMoment Why.]] [[FamilyOfChoice He stays.]]
* Before the grenade explodes in 221B, Mycroft, Sherlock, and John are trying to remain calm and discuss "The Importance of Being Earnest." Mycroft reveals that he acted in a high school performance of it, Sherlock remembers and appears to sincerely compliment his performance, and Mycroft looks quietly pleased.
* Another moment from before the grenade explodes in 221B: Sherlock asking Mycroft if John can make a phone call to say goodbye to his daughter. Mycroft doesn't respond to Sherlock, who asked the question, but directly to John, sincerely apologising that it's not possible. John hadn't mentioned Rosie or asked to contact her (or whoever was looking after her just then). But so-called sociopath Sherlock thought John might want to contact his child in what was potentially his "very last few seconds", and so-called sociopath Mycroft genuinely empathised with John because he couldn't.
* Just the idea that Sherlock, Mycroft and John, three grown men, obviously got so much glee out of dressing up, hitting the high seas and playing out boyish fantasies of being actual pirates:
-->'''Mycroft:''' This man stole my boat. He's a pirate!
-->'''John:''' Yeah, I really am.

to:

* This little exchange:
-->'''Mycroft:''' This "This is a private matter.\\
"\\
'''Sherlock:''' John "John stays.\\
"\\
'''Mycroft:''' This "This is ''family.''\\
''"\\
'''Sherlock:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis That's.]] [[FriendshipMoment Why.]] [[FamilyOfChoice He stays.]]
]]"
* At the beginning of the episode, Mycroft's movie is interrupted by a home film of the Holmes family on the beach. Two things stand out from this: one is little Sherlock bear-tackling a younger Mycroft in a hug in the film and the second is that [[spoiler: Sherlock chose this film to begin with.]]
** Mycroft's [[spoiler: reaction to the home movie sells it. First he's confused, but when he sees little Sherlock playing with him, he begins to smile and even show signs of love at seeing his little brother]].
* Before the grenade explodes in 221B, Mycroft, Sherlock, and John are trying to remain calm and discuss "The Importance of Being Earnest." Mycroft reveals that he acted in a high school performance of it, Sherlock remembers and appears to sincerely compliment his performance, and Mycroft looks quietly pleased.
* Another moment from before the grenade explodes in 221B: ** Sherlock asking Mycroft if John can make a phone call to say goodbye to his daughter. Mycroft doesn't respond to Sherlock, who asked the question, but directly to John, sincerely apologising that it's not possible. John hadn't mentioned Rosie or asked to contact her (or whoever was looking after her just then). then. But so-called sociopath Sherlock thought John might want to contact his child in what was potentially his "very last few seconds", and so-called sociopath Mycroft genuinely empathised with John because he couldn't.
* Just During Mycroft's rant to the idea that Sherlock, Mycroft warden, the first thing he says is, "If the safety of my sister is compromised..." While he's extremely worried about the threat to national security Eurus poses, he also wants to keep her safe and John, three grown men, obviously got so much glee is prepared to do not-pleasant things if he finds out of dressing up, hitting the high seas and playing out boyish fantasies of being actual pirates:
-->'''Mycroft:''' This man stole my boat. He's a pirate!
-->'''John:''' Yeah, I really am.
she's been hurt or somehow put in danger by others.



-->'''John:''' Sherlock...
-->'''Sherlock:''' ''(looks up)'' ...Soldiers?
-->'''John:''' Soldiers.

to:

-->'''John:''' Sherlock...
"Sherlock..."
-->'''Sherlock:''' ''(looks up)'' ...Soldiers?
up)'' "...Soldiers?"
-->'''John:''' Soldiers."Soldiers."



* At one point Mycroft points out to John that Eurus is manipulating the two of them into competing as part of her games. John doesn't care, and says that neither of them matters, and that they need to set aside self preservation to save the little girl on the plane. Mycroft, taken aback, commends John for his priorities.
* Molly admitting, even after all this time, that she still loves Sherlock. What's more, when Sherlock says "I love you" to her, it's clear that in ''some'' way he completely means it, be it as a friend, romantically, or otherwise.
** Also, the fact that, in the background, Mycroft (who claims to care about others even less than Sherlock does) looks just as horrified as the other two about the possibility of Molly dying.
*** Listen closely, when Sherlock is hesitating to say "I love you" as the countdown gets lower, Mycroft whispers, "Say it!"



** Crossing into TearJerker: Just ''the look'' on Mycroft's face when instead of shooting either of them, Sherlock [[spoiler: turns the gun on himself]].
** In a tragic sense, it's still heartwarming how, regardless how hard it is for Sherlock, it doesn't take him many seconds to decide to point the gun at Mycroft as he could never imagine shooting John.
* At one point Mycroft points out to John that his sister is manipulating the two of them into competing as part of her games. John doesn't care, and says that neither of them matters, and that they need to set aside self preservation to save the little girl on the plane. Mycroft, taken aback, commends John for his priorities.
** There is a subtle sense of heartwarming to Mycroft's respect for John, and it ties to Mycroft's words in the first episode where he described John as the possible making of his brother, and his decision to bowing out so that John can stay by Sherlock's side.
* Definitely combined with a TearJerker, Molly admitting, even after all this time, that she still loves Sherlock. What's more, when Sherlock says "I love you" to her, it's clear that, in ''some'' way (be it as a friend, romantically, or otherwise), he completely means it.
** Also, the fact that, in the background, Mycroft (who claims to care about others even less than Sherlock does) looks just as horrified as the other two about the possibility of Molly dying.
*** Listen closely, which Sherlock his hesitating to say "I love you," Mycroft says, "Say it!"

to:

** Crossing into TearJerker: Just ''the look'' on Mycroft's face when instead of shooting either of them, Sherlock [[spoiler: turns the gun on himself]].
** In a tragic sense, it's still heartwarming how, regardless how hard it is for Sherlock, it doesn't take him many seconds to decide to point the gun at Mycroft as he could never imagine shooting John.
* At one point Mycroft points out to John that his sister is manipulating
John.
** Just
the two of them into competing as part of her games. John doesn't care, and says that neither of them matters, and that they need to set aside self preservation to save the little girl look on the plane. Mycroft, taken aback, commends John for his priorities.
** There is a subtle sense of heartwarming to
Mycroft's respect for John, and it ties to Mycroft's words in the first episode where he described John as the possible making of his brother, and his decision to bowing out so that John can stay by Sherlock's side.
* Definitely combined with a TearJerker, Molly admitting, even after all this time, that she still loves Sherlock. What's more,
face when instead of shooting either of them, Sherlock says "I love you" to her, it's clear that, in ''some'' way (be it as a friend, romantically, or otherwise), he completely means it.
** Also,
[[spoiler: turns the fact that, in the background, Mycroft (who claims to care about others even less than Sherlock does) looks just as horrified as the other two about the possibility of Molly dying.
*** Listen closely, which Sherlock his hesitating to say "I love you," Mycroft says, "Say it!"
gun on himself]].



** The better part is Mycroft and Mr. and Mrs. Holmes are there too, seeing the two play the violin, for all we know, it could be a sign that Sherlock's interaction (and theirs as well), ''might'' help Eurus recover in the end.
* Sherlock ''finally'' gets Lestrade's first name right, which actually leaves him completely speechless for a second.
** Better when he talks to a police worker by saying Sherlock is not just a great man but [[CallBack he is a good man.]]
* Sherlock is a ''lot'' more gentle towards Mycroft after seeing how shaken he is by the events in the episode. He even defends him from their parents when they call Mycroft out on lying to them.
-->'''Sherlock:''' [''to Lestrade''] Make sure he's looked after, okay? He is not as strong as he thinks he is.
* Although the little girl on the plane is actually [[spoiler: Eurus]], the way Sherlock speaks to her is kind and sweet; quite the difference--especially in comparison to his previous interactions with children. It shows how human he really is and highlights his character development.
* At the beginning of the episode, Mycroft's movie is interrupted by a home film of the Holmes family on the beach. Two things stand out from this: one is little Sherlock bear-tackling a younger Mycroft in a hug in the film and the second is that [[spoiler: Sherlock chose this film to begin with.]]
** Mycroft's [[spoiler: reaction to the home movie ''sells it''. First he's confused...but when he sees little Sherlock playing with him, he begins to smile and even show signs of love at seeing his little brother]].
** The fact that Mycroft isn't so above it all and was having a good time with a FilmNoir is rather endearing.

to:

** The better part is Mycroft and Mr. and Mrs. Holmes their parents are there too, seeing the two of them play the violin, for all we know, it could be a sign that Sherlock's interaction (and theirs as well), ''might'' help Eurus recover in the end.
* Sherlock ''finally'' gets Lestrade's first name right, which actually leaves him completely speechless for a second.
** Better when he talks to a police worker by saying Sherlock is not just a great man but [[CallBack he is a good man.]]
violin.
* Sherlock is a ''lot'' lot more gentle towards Mycroft after seeing how shaken he is by the events in the episode. He even defends him from their parents when they call Mycroft out on lying to them.
-->'''Sherlock:''' [''to Lestrade''] Make "Make sure he's looked after, okay? He is not as strong as he thinks he is.
is."
* Although the little girl on the plane is actually [[spoiler: Eurus]], the way Sherlock speaks to her is kind and sweet; quite the difference--especially in comparison to acknowledges Lestrade by his previous interactions with children. It shows how human he really is and highlights his character development.
* At the beginning of the episode, Mycroft's movie is interrupted by
first name, which leaves Lestrade completely speechless for a home film of the Holmes family on the beach. Two things stand out from this: one is little Sherlock bear-tackling a younger Mycroft in a hug in the film and the second is that [[spoiler: Sherlock chose this film to begin with.]]
** Mycroft's [[spoiler: reaction to the home movie ''sells it''. First he's confused...but when he sees little Sherlock playing with him, he begins to smile and even show signs of love at seeing his little brother]].
** The fact that Mycroft isn't so above it all and was having a good time with a FilmNoir is rather endearing.
second.



--> '''Mary:''' PS, I know you two. And if I'm gone, I know what you could become. Because I know who you really are. A junkie who solves crimes to get high. And the doctor who never came home from the war. Will you listen to me? Who you really are, it doesn't matter. It's all about the legend. The stories, the adventures. There is a last refuge for the desperate, the unloved, the persecuted. There is a final court of appeal for everyone. When life gets too strange, too impossible, too frightening, there is always one last hope. When all else fails, there are two men sitting arguing in a scruffy flat like they've always been there, and they always will. The best and wisest men I have ever known. My Baker Street boys. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.

to:

--> '''Mary:''' PS, "PS, I know you two. And if I'm gone, I know what you could become. Because I know who you really are. A junkie who solves crimes to get high. And the doctor who never came home from the war. Will you listen to me? Who you really are, it doesn't matter. It's all about the legend. The stories, the adventures. There is a last refuge for the desperate, the unloved, the persecuted. There is a final court of appeal for everyone. When life gets too strange, too impossible, too frightening, there is always one last hope. When all else fails, there are two men sitting arguing in a scruffy flat like they've always been there, and they always will. The best and wisest men I have ever known. My Baker Street boys. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson."



** We also see Sherlock sending a text saying "You know where to find me". While it's not stated, it's definitely implied that he's taking John's advice and seeing Irene again.

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** We also see Sherlock sending a text saying "You know where to find me". While it's not stated, it's definitely implied that he's taking John's advice and seeing Irene [[spoiler:Irene]] again.



* During Mycroft's rant to the general, the first thing he says is, "If the safety of my sister is compromised." While he's extremely worried about the threat to national security Eurus poses, he also wants to keep her herself safe and is prepared to do not-pleasant things if he finds out she's been hurt or somehow put in danger by others.
** He's got so many of these moments in this episode, we might as well just re-name it "Mycroft Really is a Human Being".
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* Every positive thing "Mary" says about Sherlock in this episode is really John's own subconscious admitting his feelings for his best friend, showing that the resentment and loathing he gives Sherlock is all just a mask.
-->'''Mary:''' Sherlock is the cleverest man in the world, but he is not a monster.\\
'''John:''' Yes he is.\\
'''Mary:''' Okay, he is! But he's ''our'' monster.
* John and Sherlock [[spoiler: reconciling at the end.]]
* Mary's continuation of her message from the stinger, as an order to Sherlock: "Go to hell, Sherlock...[[spoiler:...right into Hell, and make it look like you mean it. If [John] thinks you need him, [[UndyingLoyalty I swear he will be there."]]]] And go he did.
** More specifically, [[spoiler: John confessing his emotional affair with the girl on the bus to his hallucination of Mary (who doesn't judge him), and achieving catharsis by crying in Sherlock's arms. What's more, Sherlock doesn't think John's crazy. He even says good-bye to "Mary" in a friendly manner when they leave the flat. Given [[MushroomSamba the events of the episode]], Sherlock is perhaps the only person who could understand John's frame of mind.]]
** John also hears [[spoiler: Irene Adler's text noise on Sherlock's phone and deduces she's still alive. He encourages Sherlock to reach out and talk to her more, because he knows from experience [[TheLostLenore you might not get another chance]].]]
** And from that noise, he also [[spoiler: deduces it's Sherlock's birthday (which he didn't know before). Irene only would have texted if it was a special occasion.]]
** The [[spoiler:hug]] between Sherlock and John deserves a special mention. [[spoiler:Confronted by his best friend in tears, Sherlock approaches John the same way most people would approach an unexploded bomb...yet one arm goes around his friend, the other cradles his neck, and Sherlock gingerly hugs John as he breaks down. He attempts an "it's okay" platitude, before finally admitting that no, it's not okay: in John's own words, it "is what it is." No condescension, no dodging the topic, no leaving someone else to deal with it. Sherlock might still avoid the whole "social skills" thing when given a choice, but for John he'll absolutely make an exception.]]
* Sherlock's scenes with Faith early in the episode. Upon realizing she's suicidal and has self-harmed, he decides they'll get chips, and they share a sweet moment of genuine connection (until the reveal). He tells her he'll take the case but not for free. She offers cash, he wordlessly makes it clear what the actual price is, and she hands over the gun she was considering using on herself. He throws it into the river and gives a beautiful, if manic, speech against suicide wherein it's clear he does have some idea of the past grief John went through and hints at his own grief over Mary's death. The speech itself doesn't condemn those suicidal but does make clear suicide is a painful, tragic thing, especially for those who lose loved ones to it.
** Although it gets real dark when it's revealed [[spoiler:that Faith wasn't there. Sherlock's sister is impersonating as her.]]
* While teasing Mycroft about how he doesn't know Sherlock as well as he thinks he does, she says that Sherlock thinks he's clever, which means, at some point, Sherlock admitted this to Mrs. Hudson.
** Which means the same also goes for Sherlock telling Mrs. Hudson that he knows John is an idiot but it's okay because he's a "lovely doctor".
* John being something of a ShipperOnDeck when he finds out that [[spoiler: Irene Adler is, in fact, alive, and she and Sherlock text.]] Although he doesn't quite understand the...relationship, and knows that [[spoiler: Irene]] is dangerous, he tells Sherlock to take advantage of the fact that someone cares about him and wants to be with him while he still has the chance, and use it as an opportunity to be the man she thinks he is.
* Sherlock tentatively asking John if he can come round to visit his goddaughter.
* Mrs Hudson realises Sherlock needs help... so she handcuffs him, ''forces him into the boot of her Aston Martin'' and '''''fucking books it the length of the town to find John''''', who ''can'' help.
** And while she was doing this, she called Mycroft... who agreed with her drastic measures and proceeded to get her out of what might otherwise be time in jail.
* John's fatherly pride over his baby girl.
-->''"She's beautiful. Perfect. Unprecedented in the history of children. And that's not just me being biased, that's scientific fact!"''
* When Mrs Hudson sees the distress John is in after realising the "Miss Me?" video is of Mary, she doesn't hesitate to kick half a dozen Spooks, including Mycroft, out of her flat to protect his privacy.
-->''"This is '''my''' house, and this is '''my''' friend..."''
* The way that [[spoiler:John's hallucination of Mary]] changes throughout the episode shows how he's slowly recovering from deep grief. At the beginning, he argues with her about [[spoiler:whether she's dead or not,]] and in the therapist's office [[spoiler:Mary stands to one side, crying for him.]] But by the end of the episode, she's [[spoiler: standing in 221B, giving sass about how Sherlock has to wear 'the hat' in tribute to her, because she's dead; teasing him about being 'the posh boy', and otherwise being all lightness and fun. Even when John confesses to cheating on her, she doesn't judge him, but tells him to move on.]]

to:

* Every positive thing "Mary" says about Sherlock in this episode is really John's own subconscious admitting his feelings for his best friend, showing that the resentment and loathing he gives Sherlock is all just a mask.
-->'''Mary:''' Sherlock is the cleverest man in the world, but he is not a monster.\\
'''John:''' Yes he is.\\
'''Mary:''' Okay, he is! But he's ''our'' monster.
* John and Sherlock [[spoiler: reconciling at the end.]]
* Mary's continuation of her message from the stinger, as an order to Sherlock: "Go to hell, Sherlock...[[spoiler:...right into Hell, and make it look like you mean it. If [John] thinks you need him, [[UndyingLoyalty I swear he will be there."]]]] And go he did.
** More specifically, [[spoiler: John confessing his emotional affair with the girl on the bus to his hallucination of Mary (who doesn't judge him), and achieving catharsis by crying in Sherlock's arms. What's more, Sherlock doesn't think John's crazy. He even says good-bye to "Mary" in a friendly manner when they leave the flat. Given [[MushroomSamba the events of the episode]], Sherlock is perhaps the only person who could understand John's frame of mind.]]
** John also hears [[spoiler: Irene Adler's text noise on Sherlock's phone and deduces she's still alive. He encourages Sherlock to reach out and talk to her more, because he knows from experience [[TheLostLenore you might not get another chance]].]]
** And from that noise, he also [[spoiler: deduces it's Sherlock's birthday (which he didn't know before). Irene only would have texted if it was a special occasion.]]
** The [[spoiler:hug]] between Sherlock and John deserves a special mention. [[spoiler:Confronted by his best friend in tears, Sherlock approaches John the same way most people would approach an unexploded bomb...yet one arm goes around his friend, the other cradles his neck, and Sherlock gingerly hugs John as he breaks down. He attempts an "it's okay" platitude, before finally admitting that no, it's not okay: in John's own words, it "is what it is." No condescension, no dodging the topic, no leaving someone else to deal with it. Sherlock might still avoid the whole "social skills" thing when given a choice, but for John he'll absolutely make an exception.]]
* Sherlock's scenes with Faith early in the episode. Upon realizing she's suicidal and has self-harmed, he decides they'll get chips, and they share a sweet moment of genuine connection (until the reveal). He tells her he'll take the case but not for free. She offers cash, he wordlessly makes it clear what the actual price is, and she hands over the gun she was considering using on herself. He throws it into the river and gives a beautiful, if manic, speech against suicide wherein it's clear he does have some idea of the past grief John went through and hints at his own grief over Mary's death. The speech itself doesn't condemn those suicidal but does make clear suicide is a painful, tragic thing, especially for those who lose loved ones to it.
** Although it gets real dark when it's revealed [[spoiler:that Faith wasn't there. Sherlock's sister is impersonating as her.]]
* While teasing Mycroft about how he doesn't know Sherlock as well as he thinks he does, she says that Sherlock thinks he's clever, which means, at some point, Sherlock admitted this to Mrs. Hudson.
** Which means the same also goes for Sherlock telling Mrs. Hudson that he knows John is an idiot but it's okay because he's a "lovely doctor".
* John being something of a ShipperOnDeck when he finds out that [[spoiler: Irene Adler is, in fact, alive, and she and Sherlock text.]] Although he doesn't quite understand the...relationship, and knows that [[spoiler: Irene]] is dangerous, he tells Sherlock to take advantage of the fact that someone cares about him and wants to be with him while he still has the chance, and use it as an opportunity to be the man she thinks he is.
* Sherlock tentatively asking John if he can come round to visit his goddaughter.
* Mrs Hudson realises Sherlock needs help... so she handcuffs him, ''forces him into the boot of her Aston Martin'' and '''''fucking books it the length of the town to find John''''', who ''can'' help.
** And while she was doing this, she called Mycroft... who agreed with her drastic measures and proceeded to get her out of what might otherwise be time in jail.
* John's fatherly pride over his baby girl.
-->''"She's beautiful. Perfect. Unprecedented in the history of children. And that's not just me being biased, that's scientific fact!"''
* When Mrs Hudson sees the distress John is in after realising the "Miss Me?" video is of Mary, she doesn't hesitate to kick half a dozen Spooks, including Mycroft, out of her flat to protect his privacy.
-->''"This is '''my''' house, and this is '''my''' friend..."''

* The way that [[spoiler:John's hallucination of Mary]] changes throughout the episode shows how he's slowly recovering from deep grief. At the beginning, he argues with her about [[spoiler:whether she's dead or not,]] and in the therapist's office [[spoiler:Mary stands to one side, crying for him.]] But by the end of the episode, she's [[spoiler: standing in 221B, giving sass about how Sherlock has to wear 'the hat' "the hat" in tribute to her, because she's dead; teasing him about being 'the posh boy', and otherwise being all lightness and fun. Even when John confesses to cheating "cheating" on her, she doesn't judge him, but tells him to move on.]]



* John tells Sherlock that Mary taught him to be the man she thought he already was. In the episode we see [[spoiler:John is still doing that. He hallucinates Mary beside him, encouraging him to be smarter, braver and more compassionate; deducing like Sherlock, confronting Mycroft's lies, and suppressing his urges to be petty or mean.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Mary:''' Attaboy.]]
* And, of course, what else has John been doing for the past four seasons but teaching Sherlock to be smarter, braver and more compassionate - by treating him like he already is those things? It's implied in ''A Study in Pink'' that this has always been Lestrade's approach, too:
-->'''Lestrade:''' Sherlock Holmes is a great man. And I think one day, if we're very, very lucky, he might even be a good one.
** When John is telling Sherlock that having a romantic connection would help him to be a better person like Mary did for him, Sherlock begins to explain that ''John'' is the one who has helped him to be a better man, before he's cut off by John's cheating confession.
--> '''Sherlock:''' Forgive me, but I feel you are doing yourself a disservice. I have known many people in my time, made but few friends, and I can safely say that you-
* John wishing Sherlock a happy birthday for the first time. Then taking him out for cake.

to:

* John tells
** Every positive thing "Mary" says about
Sherlock that Mary taught him to be the man she thought he already was. In the in this episode we see [[spoiler:John is still doing that. He hallucinates Mary beside him, encouraging really John's own subconscious admitting his feelings for his best friend, showing that the resentment and loathing he gives Sherlock is all just a mask to hide his own pain.
-->'''Mary:''' "Sherlock is the cleverest man in the world, but he is not a monster."\\
'''John:''' "Yes, he is."\\
'''Mary:''' "Okay, he is! But he's ''our'' monster."

* When Mrs. Hudson realises Sherlock needs help, she traps him in a car boot and forces
him to be smarter, braver see John, while also calling Mycroft, who agrees with her drastic measures and more compassionate; deducing proceeded to get her out of what might otherwise be time in jail.

* Sherlock's scenes with "Faith" early in the episode. Upon realizing she's suicidal and has self-harmed, he decides they'll get chips, and they share a sweet moment of genuine connection. He tells her he'll take the case but not for free. She offers cash, he wordlessly makes it clear what the actual price is, and she hands over the gun she was considering using on herself. He throws it into the river and gives a beautiful, if manic, speech against suicide wherein it's clear he does have some idea of the past grief John went through and hints at his own grief over Mary's death. The speech itself doesn't condemn those suicidal but does make clear suicide is a painful, tragic thing, especially for those who lose loved ones to it.

* When Mrs Hudson sees the distress John is in after realising the "Miss Me?" video is of Mary, she doesn't hesitate to kick half a dozen Spooks, including Mycroft, out of her flat to protect his privacy.
-->''"This is '''my''' house, and this is '''my''' friend..."''

* Mary's posthumous message to Sherlock: "Go to hell, Sherlock... right into Hell, and make it look
like Sherlock, confronting Mycroft's lies, you mean it. If he thinks you need him, [[UndyingLoyalty I swear he will be there."]]

* John
and suppressing Sherlock reconciling at the end.
** More specifically, [[spoiler: John confessing
his urges emotional affair with the girl on the bus to be petty or mean.his hallucination of Mary, and achieving catharsis by crying in Sherlock's arms. What's more, Sherlock doesn't think John's crazy. He even says good-bye to "Mary" in a friendly manner when they leave the flat. Given [[MushroomSamba the events of the episode]], Sherlock is perhaps the only person who could understand John's frame of mind.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Mary:''' Attaboy.** The [[spoiler:hug]] between Sherlock and John deserves a special mention. [[spoiler:Confronted by his best friend in tears, Sherlock approaches John the same way most people would approach an unexploded bomb...yet one arm goes around his friend, the other cradles his neck, and Sherlock gingerly hugs John as he breaks down. He attempts an "it's okay" platitude, before finally admitting that no, it's not okay: in John's own words, it "is what it is." No condescension, no dodging the topic, no leaving someone else to deal with it. Sherlock might still avoid the whole "social skills" thing when given a choice, but for John, he'll absolutely make an exception.]]
* And, of course, what else has ** John been doing for the past four seasons but teaching also hears [[spoiler: Irene Adler's text noise on Sherlock's phone and deduces she's still alive. He encourages Sherlock to be smarter, braver reach out and more compassionate - by treating him like talk to her more, because he already is those things? It's implied in ''A Study in Pink'' knows from experience [[TheLostLenore there might not be another chance]].]] Although he doesn't quite understand the relationship, and knows that this has always been Lestrade's approach, too:
-->'''Lestrade:'''
[[spoiler: Irene]] is dangerous, he tells Sherlock Holmes is a great man. And I think one day, if we're very, very lucky, to take advantage of the fact that someone cares about him and wants to be with him while he might even be a good one.
still has the chance.
** When John is telling Sherlock that having a romantic connection would help him to be a better person like Mary did for him, Sherlock begins to explain that ''John'' John is the one who has helped him to be a better man, before he's cut off by John's cheating confession.
--> '''Sherlock:''' Forgive "Forgive me, but I feel you are doing yourself a disservice. I have known many people in my time, made but few friends, and I can safely say that you-
* John wishing Sherlock
you--"
** And from that noise, he also [[spoiler: deduces it's Sherlock's birthday, as Irene would only have texted if it was
a happy birthday for the first time. special occasion.]] Then taking he takes him out for cake.
* John's fatherly pride over his baby girl.
-->''"She's beautiful. Perfect. Unprecedented in the history of children. And that's not just me being biased, that's scientific fact!"''
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* Sherlock saying sorry to a family who lost their son on a case. Sure, he got the gender wrong at first. Sure, he can't stops himself from investigating when he shouldn't. But he managed to console them in an appropriate manner, a huge development from his old jerkass self.
** Also, Charlie Welsborough opting to try and surprise his father by coming home from his gap year in Tibet and joining him for his fiftieth birthday. Sadly, he died from a seizure before he could surprise him, but the fact that he was willing to come home for his father's birthday counts.
* Sherlock's interactions with John and Mary's baby and Toby the dog are the proof that Sherlock Holmes ''does'' have a heart.
* John works out that Sherlock didn't want Toby because he's a good sniffer dog (he doesn't move for ages) but just that Sherlock is fond of him. Sherlock turns it around and says the same can be true of his feelings for John.
* Sherlock showing Mycroft a photo of Rosie on his phone for no other reason than he just wanted his brother to see his goddaughter.
* Apparently as a child, Sherlock didn't like the outcome in "An Appointment in Samarra" - that is, he didn't like that a person couldn't outrun death. So he wrote his own ending called "An Appointment in Sumatra" where the main character goes to a different place and survives...and becomes a pirate.
** All of which is revealed by Mycroft, who remembers the story.
* Mary's [[spoiler: last words to Sherlock?]] [[CallBack "I like you."]]

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* Sherlock saying sorry to a family who lost their son on a case. Sure, he got the gender wrong at first. Sure, he can't stops himself from investigating when he shouldn't. But he managed to console them in an appropriate manner, a huge development from his old jerkass self.
** Also,
Charlie Welsborough opting to try and surprise his father by coming home from his gap year in Tibet and joining him for his fiftieth birthday. Sadly, [[spoiler:Sadly, he died from a seizure before he could surprise him, but the fact that he was willing to come home for his father's birthday counts.
counts.]]
* Sherlock's interactions with John and Mary's baby and Toby the dog are the proof that Sherlock Holmes ''does'' have giving his condolences to a heart.
family who lost their son on a case, despite some blusters on his part, a huge development from his behaviour in the first season.
* John works out that Sherlock didn't want Toby because he's a good sniffer dog (he after he doesn't move for ages) ages, but just that because Sherlock is fond of him.wanted to spend time with Toby. Sherlock turns it around and says the same can be true of his feelings for John.
* Sherlock showing Mycroft a photo of Rosie on his phone for no other reason than he just wanted his brother to see his goddaughter.
* Apparently as a child, Sherlock didn't like the outcome in "An Appointment in Samarra" - that is, he didn't like that a person couldn't outrun death. So he wrote his own ending called "An Appointment in Sumatra" where the main character goes to a different place and survives...and becomes a pirate.
** All of which is revealed by Mycroft, who remembers the story.
* Mary's [[spoiler: last words to Sherlock?]] [[CallBack "I like you."]]
John's new baby.
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* Victorian!Watson is undeniably a case of DeliberateValuesDissonance in regards to women. Yet, despite realising Victorian!Hooper is pretending to be a man in order to work an exclusively male job, he never tries to expose her. In fact, it's only revealed he knows after she insults both him and Victorian!Holmes. He waits until no one else is around, makes a pointed comment to let her know he knows, and literally tips his hat to her. There's definitely some bite to the gesture, but there was some genuine respect in it, too.



** Mycroft asking for John to look after his little brother, complete with a soft-spoken ''please'' at the end.
* Watson is undeniably a case of DeliberateValuesDissonance in regards to women. Yet, despite realising a woman is pretending to be a man in order to work an at-the-time almost exclusively male job, he never tries to expose her. In fact, it's only revealed he knows after she insults both him and Holmes. He waits until no one else is around (well, aside from the moronic Anderson), makes a pointed comment to let her know he knows, and literally tips his hat to her. There's definitely some bite to the gesture, but there might have been some genuine respect in it, too.
* In a curiously meta way, the very ending. Everything is wrapped up, the reveal is given that what we've just seen was [[spoiler: simply a drug-induced hallucination/mind-palace episode of Sherlock's]], onto the next case. And then the credits music literally slows to a crawl and we arrive back in the 19th Century, with 19th Century Sherlock and 19th Century Watson discussing [[spoiler: everything we've seen in the ''21st Century'' as a drug-induced hallucination of Sherlock's. (Admittedly, a startlingly accurate one, regarding technology, gender politics etc...but then it is ''Sherlock Holmes'' who's hallucinating a future. This, however small, however immaterial to the grander series, gives the idea that the entirety of the modern series is all actually the 19th Century Holmes' imaginings.]] To traditionalists and Conan-Doyle purists, it's rather a sweet touch. [[spoiler: The "real" Sherlock Holmes ''is'' in fact the original we all know and love.]]
** The final line, Sherlock's "I've always know I was a man out of my time." can also be taken as "Sherlock Holmes is ''forever.''"
* The scene at [[spoiler:the "actual" Reichenbach Falls]] can be this, on a sort-of meta level. Near the end of the episode, after lapsing in and out between [[spoiler:present-day and the 1895 dream-sequences,]] there we are, with Sherlock and Jim, at the cliffside by [[spoiler:the famous waterfall,]] where so many Sherlock Holmeses and Moriartys have fought in the past. It all seems like it'll go that same road, Moriarty has Sherlock by the collar, about to throw them both down the slippery slope.
--> '''Moriarty:''' Shall we go over together? It has to be together, doesn't it?! At the end, it's always just ''you'' and ''me.''
** And then John Watson, instead of being a spectator from a distance like he usually is in damn near every adaptation of [[spoiler:the Reichenbach Fall]], is standing right behind them with a gun raised, beckoning Moriarty to step away from his friend and get on his knees.
--> '''Watson:''' *ahem* Professor, if you wouldn't mind stepping away from my friend, I do believe he finds your attention a shade annoying.
--> '''Moriarty:''' That's not fair, there's two of you!
--> '''Watson:''' [[TrueCompanions There's always two of us]]. Don't you read ''The Strand''?
** Just getting to see Holmes and Watson triumph together like that, [[spoiler:at the Reichenbach Fall,]] [[spoiler:after 128 years of canonical stalemate with Moriarty]], can be a crowning moment of both awesome and heartwarming for fans who're in any way familiar with other versions of this story. Having John primly [[spoiler:kick Jim off the edge]] is just an extra slice of awesome.
** When John asks Sherlock what the Real John is like, Sherlock's answer shows his appreciation for his friend has come along way since calling him an 'idiot' in the first episode.
--> '''John:''' What's he like then? The other me in that other place?
--> '''Sherlock:''' Smarter than he looks.
--> '''John:''' Pretty damn smart then?
--> '''Sherlock:''' (smiling) Pretty damn smart.
* The fact that Sherlock, who usually has a difficult time connecting with and understanding women, sympathises heavily with the with the women in the secret organisation, highlighting their long-present struggles as he gives his exposition speech and telling John that "this is a war we must lose". Also nice in a meta sense because Benedict Cumberbatch is a very vocal feminist in real life.
* John Watson is now officially [[spoiler:the anti-virus program of Sherlock Holmes' brain.]] Pass it on.
* Mary is awesome in this episode. She hides her spy work from the world's greatest detective, tracks down the secret society, and [[spoiler: hacks MI5 from a cell phone... except she doesn't do any of that. It's all a hallucination cooked up in Sherlock's brain.]] If there was any doubt that Sherlock thinks Mary's the shit, The Abominable Bride dispels it completely.

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** Mycroft asking for John to look after his little brother, complete with a soft-spoken ''please'' "please".
* The fact that Victorian!Holmes, who's modern counterpart usually has a difficult time connecting with and understanding women, sympathises heavily with the with the women in the secret organisation, highlighting their long-present struggles as he gives his exposition speech and telling Victorian!Watson that "this is a war [they] must lose".
* The scene at [[spoiler:the Reichenbach Falls]] where, after lapsing in and out between [[spoiler:present-day and the 1895 dream-sequences,]] Victorian!Holes and Victorian!Moriarty stand
at the end.
* Watson
cliff side where so many Holmeses and Moriartys have fought in the past. Just as it looks like Victorian!Moriarty is undeniably a case of DeliberateValuesDissonance in regards about to women. Yet, despite realising a woman is pretending to be a man in order to work an at-the-time almost exclusively male job, he never tries to expose her. In fact, it's only revealed he knows after she insults throw them both him and Holmes. He waits until no one else is around (well, aside down the slippery slope, Victorian!Watson, instead of being a spectator from the moronic Anderson), makes a pointed comment distance, is standing right behind them with a gun raised, beckoning Victorian!Moriarty to let her know he knows, step away from his friend and literally tips get on his hat to her. knees.
--> '''Victorian!Moriarty:''' "That's not fair, there's two of you!"
--> '''Victorian!Watson:''' "[[TrueCompanions
There's definitely some bite always two of us]]. Don't you read ''The Strand''?"
** John Watson is now officially [[spoiler:the anti-virus program of Sherlock Holmes' brain.]]
** On a meta-level, getting
to see Holmes and Watson triumph over Moriarty together [[spoiler:at the gesture, but there might have been some genuine respect Reichenbach Fall,]] [[spoiler:after 128 years of canonical stalemate with Moriarty]], can be a crowning moment of both awesome and heartwarming for the fans.
** When Victorian!Watson asks Sherlock what the Real John is like, Sherlock's answer shows his appreciation for his friend has come along way since calling him an "idiot"
in it, too.
the first episode.
--> '''Victorian!Watson:''' "What's he like then? The other me in that other place?"
--> '''Sherlock:''' "Smarter than he looks."
--> '''Victorian!Watson:''' "Pretty damn smart then?"
--> '''Sherlock:''' ''(smiling)'' "Pretty damn smart."
* In a curiously meta way, the very ending. Everything is wrapped up, the reveal is given that what we've just seen was [[spoiler: simply a drug-induced hallucination/mind-palace episode of Sherlock's]], onto the next case. And then the credits music literally slows to a crawl and we arrive back in the 19th Century, with 19th Century Sherlock Victorian!Holmes and 19th Century Watson Victorian!Watson discussing [[spoiler: everything we've seen in the ''21st Century'' 21st Century as a drug-induced hallucination of Sherlock's. (Admittedly, a startlingly accurate one, regarding technology, gender politics etc...but then it is ''Sherlock Holmes'' who's hallucinating a future. This, however small, however immaterial to the grander series, Victorian!Holmes's. This gives the idea that the entirety of the modern series is all actually the 19th Century Holmes' Victorian!Holmes' imaginings.]] To traditionalists and Conan-Doyle purists, it's rather a sweet touch. [[spoiler: The "real" Sherlock Holmes ''is'' could in fact be the original we all know and love.]]
** The final line, Sherlock's "I've always know I was a man out of my time." time", can also be taken as "Sherlock Holmes is ''forever.''"
* The scene at [[spoiler:the "actual" Reichenbach Falls]] can be this, on a sort-of meta level. Near the end of the episode, after lapsing in and out between [[spoiler:present-day and the 1895 dream-sequences,]] there we are, with Sherlock and Jim, at the cliffside by [[spoiler:the famous waterfall,]] where so many Sherlock Holmeses and Moriartys have fought in the past. It all seems like it'll go that same road, Moriarty has Sherlock by the collar, about to throw them both down the slippery slope.
--> '''Moriarty:''' Shall we go over together? It has to be together, doesn't it?! At the end, it's always just ''you'' and ''me.''
** And then John Watson, instead of being a spectator from a distance like he usually is in damn near every adaptation of [[spoiler:the Reichenbach Fall]], is standing right behind them with a gun raised, beckoning Moriarty to step away from his friend and get on his knees.
--> '''Watson:''' *ahem* Professor, if you wouldn't mind stepping away from my friend, I do believe he finds your attention a shade annoying.
--> '''Moriarty:''' That's not fair, there's two of you!
--> '''Watson:''' [[TrueCompanions There's always two of us]]. Don't you read ''The Strand''?
** Just getting to see Holmes and Watson triumph together like that, [[spoiler:at the Reichenbach Fall,]] [[spoiler:after 128 years of canonical stalemate with Moriarty]], can be a crowning moment of both awesome and heartwarming for fans who're in any way familiar with other versions of this story. Having John primly [[spoiler:kick Jim off the edge]] is just an extra slice of awesome.
** When John asks Sherlock what the Real John is like, Sherlock's answer shows his appreciation for his friend has come along way since calling him an 'idiot' in the first episode.
--> '''John:''' What's he like then? The other me in that other place?
--> '''Sherlock:''' Smarter than he looks.
--> '''John:''' Pretty damn smart then?
--> '''Sherlock:''' (smiling) Pretty damn smart.
* The fact that Sherlock, who usually has a difficult time connecting with and understanding women, sympathises heavily with the with the women in the secret organisation, highlighting their long-present struggles as he gives his exposition speech and telling John that "this is a war we must lose". Also nice in a meta sense because Benedict Cumberbatch is a very vocal feminist in real life.
* John Watson is now officially [[spoiler:the anti-virus program of Sherlock Holmes' brain.]] Pass it on.
* Mary is awesome in this episode. She hides her spy work from the world's greatest detective, tracks down the secret society, and [[spoiler: hacks MI5 from a cell phone... except she doesn't do any of that. It's all a hallucination cooked up in Sherlock's brain.]] If there was any doubt that Sherlock thinks Mary's the shit, The Abominable Bride dispels it completely.
forever."
7th May '17 12:11:40 AM The12thDoctor
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Sherlock is a high-functioning sociopath. But that doesn't mean that he has no heart.
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"But it is what it is."'']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"But it [[caption-width-right:350:''"It is what it is."'']]



** "Go to hell, Sherlock" [[spoiler:"Go right into Hell and make it look like you mean it.", "If he thinks you need him, I swear... he will be there."]] And go he did.

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** * Mary's continuation of her message from the stinger, as an order to Sherlock: "Go to hell, Sherlock" [[spoiler:"Go Sherlock...[[spoiler:...right into Hell Hell, and make it look like you mean it.", "If he it. If [John] thinks you need him, [[UndyingLoyalty I swear... swear he will be there."]] "]]]] And go he did.
30th Apr '17 1:23:02 PM WalexCampledom
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* John turning PapaWolf on Sherlock when Molly confirms that he's been taking drugs.
-->'''John:''' If you were anywhere near this kind of thing again, you could have called, you could have talked to me!
** To parallel John being worried about Sherlock's habit, Sherlock also seems to show concern for John's adrenaline addiction. He looks surprised, not amused, when Wiggins hints that John attacked him - probably knowing Wiggins was harmless despite appearances. Sherlock later goes as far to turn Mary's confrontation into an intervention for John to get him to face up to his need for a dangerous lifestyle because he can see that trying to repress or deny it is affecting him badly.
*** On a similar note, Mycroft shows his BigBrotherInstinct by turning up at Sherlock's flat when John calls to tell him about the relapse.
* Anderson when he is conducting the Drug Raid on Sherlock's apartment. Unlike the first time in "A Study in Pink" where he did it just to tick off Sherlock, this time he is doing it because he wants to help Sherlock if he does have a drug problem. He even tells Sherlock he is sorry when Sherlock returns home but believe it is for his own good.
* John wonders who Sherlock Holmes would bother going on the run to protect. He sits down to ponder this, and realizes that his chair has rematerialized. It slowly dawns on him that he's [[YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion just answered his question]]... or, rather, he ''is'' [[TheNotLoveInterest the answer to that question.]]
* John and Mary's conversation in front of the fire in the Holmes' cottage. [[spoiler: He's found out that she's not really a nice nurse and an orphan who loves him and his carrying his child, but a nice nurse who's also a retired former professional killer who loves him and is carrying his child. Both Sherlock and Mary have pointed out to him that he's deeply attracted to dangerous people and he knows Sherlock trusts her because when she was in a position to kill Sherlock, she only wounded him instead. John's been brooding in silence about this for ''months''. Then he stands in front of her and tells her he's rehearsed what he wants to say:]]
-->'''John''': The problems of your past are your business. The problems of your future are my privilege. That's all I have to say. That's all I need to know.

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* John and Mary are awoken at an ungodly hour by a crying neighbour who is invited in and given tea and a shoulder to cry on. John is less than tactful, but Mary is wonderfully sympathetic. Then both of them go to a smack den to retrieve the neighbour's son, even though Mary is still in her dressing gown and slippers. John is gentle and fatherly with Isaac, calling him "mate" and checking he's physically all right without judging him or castigating him. And it ends with the Watsons taking Sherlock and two other drug addicts to a hospital for medical attention, though admittedly one of them had been injured by John.
* John turning PapaWolf on Sherlock when Molly confirms that he's been taking drugs.
drugs. And then Mycroft shows his BigBrotherInstinct by turning up at Sherlock's flat when John calls to tell him about the relapse.
-->'''John:''' If "If you were anywhere near this kind of thing again, you could have called, you could have talked to me!
me!"
** To parallel John being worried about Sherlock's habit, Sherlock also seems to show concern for John's adrenaline addiction. He looks surprised, not amused, when Wiggins hints that John attacked him - probably knowing Wiggins was harmless despite appearances.him. Sherlock later goes as far to turn Mary's confrontation into an intervention for John to get him to face up to his need for a dangerous lifestyle because he can see that trying to repress or deny it is affecting him badly.
*** On a similar note, Mycroft shows his BigBrotherInstinct by turning up at * When Anderson is conducting the Drug Raid on Sherlock's flat apartment, unlike when John calls he did it to tell him about the relapse.tick off Sherlock in ''A Study in Pink'', this time he is doing it because he wants to help Sherlock if he does have a drug problem.
* Anderson when Magnussen identifies only two "pressure points" for John. That one of them is his pregnant bride isn't a surprise. The other is Harry, a sibling he is conducting barely speaks to and maintains he dislikes. She didn't even show up to his wedding.
* When Sherlock deduces one of
the Drug Raid knocked out guards is a white supremacist and orders John to focus solely on Janine, it's not so much the implication the white supremacist doesn't deserve medical attention; it's the fact this is evidence Sherlock truly cares about Janine and jumped on the first thing he knew might sway John to make sure she was prioritised above a stranger.
* Suffering from a bullet wound, Sherlock immediately thinks of previous instructions from Molly and Mycroft to save himself from dying of the wound. He clearly appreciates their expertise.
**
Sherlock's apartment. Unlike comfort place to save himself from shock is seeing his deceased dog, Redbeard.
** Just
the first time fact that the information in "A Study his mind palace is represented not by a collection of inanimate objects or shelves of files, but by the people he respects most in Pink" where he did it just various fields (including, surprisingly, his former chew toy, Anderson), and that in his mind, he's willing to tick off Sherlock, this time he is ask for their help and opinions, something he's rarely seen doing it because he wants to help Sherlock if he does have a drug problem. He even tells Sherlock he is sorry when Sherlock returns home but believe it is for his own good.
in the real world.
* John wonders who Sherlock Holmes would bother going on the run to protect. He sits down to ponder this, and realizes that his chair has rematerialized. It slowly dawns on him that he's [[YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion just answered his question]]... or, rather, question]].
* Sherlock inviting John and Mary to his parents house on Christmas. Though
he ''is'' [[TheNotLoveInterest and Mycroft complain about their parents constantly, when Mary and John's relationship is in trouble Sherlock brings them to his parents house. Sherlock views his parents as the answer prime example of a happy marriage, and a good influence on the struggling couple. This is extremely impressive considering Sherlock's usual disdain for marriage in general. If the Christmas party was just a ploy to get his brother's computer he wouldn't have invited Mary. He wasn't obligated to invite her, she had just shot him after all. With all the irritation he let's out in the part of his home life he still sees his parents as a perfect couple. And of course he's right, even Mary and John agree that question.]]
the Holmeses helped in their recovery.
* Mrs. Holmes was a brilliant career mathematician, but she gave it all up to raise her family and she doesn't regret any of it.
* John and Mary's conversation in front of the fire in the Holmes' cottage. [[spoiler: He's found out that she's not really a nice nurse and an orphan who loves him and his carrying his child, but a nice nurse who's also a retired former professional killer who loves him and is carrying his child. Both Sherlock and Mary have pointed out to him that he's deeply attracted to dangerous people and he knows Sherlock trusts her because when she was in a position to kill Sherlock, she only wounded him instead. John's been brooding in silence about this for ''months''. Then he stands in front of her and tells her he's rehearsed what he wants to say:]]
say:
-->'''John''': The "The problems of your past are your business. The problems of your future are my privilege. That's all I have to say. That's all I need to know."



-->'''John''': All this doesn't mean that I'm not still basically pissed off with you. I am ''very'' pissed off, and it's gonna come out now and again.
-->'''Mary''': Oh, I know.

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-->'''John''': All "All this doesn't mean that I'm not still basically pissed off with you. I am ''very'' pissed off, and it's gonna come out now and again.
again."
-->'''Mary''': Oh, "Oh, I know."



-->'''John''': Invited us to Christmas with his lovely mum and dad, fine example of married life - I got that much. That's the thing with Sherlock, it's always the unexpected...
* Sherlock pulls himself out of ''being clinically dead.'' Why? Because John is in danger.
* "Also, your loss would break my heart." Oh, ''Mycroft.''
** This is a man who makes no secret of his and Sherlock's mutual dislike for each other, seems to have even less empathy in general than Sherlock does, and apparently treated him like crap growing up. So you wouldn't be blamed for wondering if he's being sincere or not. But then, not long later, Magnussen identifies Mycroft's pressure point as being Sherlock. And it's the only one he mentions.
* Magnussen identifies only two "pressure points" for John. That one of them is his pregnant bride isn't a surprise. The other is Harry...a sibling he barely speaks to and maintains he dislikes. She didn't even show up to his wedding.
* Magnussen's "files" usually list one or two pressure points at most for whoever he's looking at. It identifies ''five'' of them for Sherlock. You know, the sociopath who cares for very few and is almost incapable of empathy? As Moriarty said so long ago, "We both know that is not quite true."
* The short scene showing Mary's rapport with and obvious affection for Sherlock's father, and his frank adoration of his wife. FridgeBrilliance when one considers the obvious resemblance, in personality and demeanour, between Mr Holmes and John. Mary even asks him if he's "the sane one."
* [[spoiler: Suffering from a bullet wound, Sherlock immediately thinks of previous instructions from Molly and Mycroft to save himself from dying of the wound.]] He clearly appreciates their expertise.
** [[spoiler: Sherlock's comfort place to save himself from shock is seeing his deceased dog, Redbeard.]]
** Just that the fact that the information in his mind palace is represented not by a collection of inanimate objects or shelves of files, but by the people he respects most in various fields (including, surprisingly, his former chew toy, Anderson), and that in his mind, he's willing to ask for their help and opinions- something he's rarely seen doing in the real world.
** FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you remember Sherlock's words from ''A Study in Pink'': "Anderson won't work with me." Not "I don't like Anderson," not "Anderson's an idiot," just "Anderson won't work with me." He apparently already respected Anderson as much as he was capable of respecting "ordinary people" before the series began.
** Right back to FridgeLogic: Why wasn't John there in Sherlock's mind palace to help him with his wound?
*** Because John isn't Sherlock's head, he's Sherlock's heart. After all, it was the thought of him in danger that brought his heart back to life!
* Mummy Holmes was a brilliant career mathematician, but she gave it all up to raise her family and she doesn't regret any of it.
* "[[spoiler: William Sherlock Scott Holmes,]] [[CallBack if you're looking for baby names...]]"
** This ties into the previous revelation that Sherlock essentially pried the knowledge of John's middle name out of him; hell, he had to dig up his birth certificate to find it. For someone who is incredibly bored by the mundane, and even calls his straightforward ordinary parents "his cross to bear", the name [[spoiler:"William"]], so commonplace and simple, must have pissed him off to no end. It's easy to understand why [[spoiler:he chose to go by Sherlock, which is far more unique.]] So the fact that he [[spoiler:divulges his full name]], with its ordinary nature completely exposed, speaks volumes to how much he trusts and respects John.
*** Also possibly FridgeBrilliance - earlier, we learned that Myrcroft's first name is Mycroft. Could it be possible that Mycroft got picked on for his eccentric name, leading his parents to give a more common name to Sherlock, who then rejected it in order to be like his big brother?
* Combined with a TearJerker, Mycroft repeatedly shouting, "Don't fire. Do not fire on Sherlock Holmes. Do not fire on Sherlock Holmes."
** "Your loss would break my heart", anyone?
* Also at the same scene, Mycroft sees Sherlock, his little brother, as a small, crying kid - just as he once was.
* The runway scene at the end, when it's made clear that despite the fact that Sherlock likes to constantly make fun of Mary for shooting him ''dead'', he doesn't hold a grudge against her for it.
-->'''Sherlock:''' You will look after him for me, won't you?
-->'''Mary:''' ''(she kisses his cheek and hugs him)'' Don't worry. I'll keep him in trouble.
-->'''Sherlock:''' That's my girl.
** Even though she shot him, Sherlock seems more hurt over the fact that [[spoiler: Mary]] didn't trust him enough to come to him for help rather than having almost killed him. [[spoiler: Mary]], scared out of her mind, threatens him twice more after that and still Sherlock does all he can to encourage her and John to reconcile rather than coming between them.
* The earliest scenes with John and Mary. They're awoken at an ungodly hour by a crying neighbour who is invited in and given tea and a shoulder to cry on... John is less than tactful once or twice, but Mary is wonderfully sympathetic. Then both of them go to a smack den to retrieve the neighbour's son, even though Mary is still in her dressing gown and slippers. John is gentle and fatherly with Isaac, calling him "mate" and checking he's physically all right without judging him or castigating him. And it ends with the Watsons taking Sherlock and two other drug addicts to a hospital for medical attention. Mr and Mrs ''Psychopath?'' Hardly.
** On that note, Isaac Whitney. The kid may be an addict baked out of his brain, but he's still mild-mannered and kind of sweet even though he's drugged up, calling John and Mary "Dr Watson" and "Mrs Watson" and respectfully asking Mary if he could please get into the car.

to:

-->'''John''': Invited "Invited us to Christmas with his lovely mum and dad, fine example of married life - I got that much. That's the thing with Sherlock, it's always the unexpected...
unexpected..."
* Sherlock pulls himself out of ''being clinically dead.'' Why? Because John is in danger.
*
Mycroft: "Also, your loss would break my heart." Oh, ''Mycroft.''
**
This is a man who makes no secret of his and Sherlock's mutual dislike for each other, seems to have even less empathy in general than Sherlock does, and apparently treated him like crap growing up. So you wouldn't be blamed for wondering if he's being sincere or not. But then, not long later, Magnussen identifies Mycroft's pressure point as being Sherlock. And it's the only one he mentions.
* Magnussen identifies only two "pressure points" for John. That one of them is his pregnant bride isn't a surprise. The other is Harry...a sibling he barely speaks to and maintains he dislikes. She didn't even show up to his wedding.
* Magnussen's "files" usually list one or two pressure points at most for whoever he's looking at. It identifies ''five'' of them for Sherlock. You know, the sociopath who cares for very few and is almost incapable of empathy? As Moriarty said so long ago, "We both know that is not quite true."
* The short scene showing Mary's rapport with and obvious affection for Sherlock's father, and his frank adoration of his wife. FridgeBrilliance when one considers the obvious resemblance, in personality and demeanour, between Mr Holmes and John. Mary even asks him if he's "the sane one."
* [[spoiler: Suffering from a bullet wound, Sherlock immediately thinks of previous instructions from Molly and Mycroft to save himself from dying of the wound.]] He clearly appreciates their expertise.
** [[spoiler: Sherlock's comfort place to save himself from shock is seeing his deceased dog, Redbeard.]]
** Just that the fact that the information in his mind palace is represented not by a collection of inanimate objects or shelves of files, but by the people he respects most in various fields (including, surprisingly, his former chew toy, Anderson), and that in his mind, he's willing to ask for their help and opinions- something he's rarely seen doing in the real world.
** FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you remember Sherlock's words from ''A Study in Pink'': "Anderson won't work with me." Not "I don't like Anderson," not "Anderson's an idiot," just "Anderson won't work with me." He apparently already respected Anderson as much as he was capable of respecting "ordinary people" before the series began.
** Right back to FridgeLogic: Why wasn't John there in Sherlock's mind palace to help him with his wound?
*** Because John isn't Sherlock's head, he's Sherlock's heart. After all, it was the thought of him in danger that brought his heart back to life!
* Mummy Holmes was a brilliant career mathematician, but she gave it all up to raise her family and she doesn't regret any of it.
* "[[spoiler: William Sherlock Scott Holmes,]] [[CallBack if you're looking for baby names...]]"
** This ties into the previous revelation that Sherlock essentially pried the knowledge of John's middle name out of him; hell, he had to dig up his birth certificate to find it. For someone who is incredibly bored by the mundane, and even calls his straightforward ordinary parents "his cross to bear", the name [[spoiler:"William"]], so commonplace and simple, must have pissed him off to no end. It's easy to understand why [[spoiler:he chose to go by Sherlock, which is far more unique.]] So the fact that he [[spoiler:divulges his full name]], with its ordinary nature completely exposed, speaks volumes to how much he trusts and respects John.
*** Also possibly FridgeBrilliance - earlier, we learned that Myrcroft's first name is Mycroft. Could it be possible that Mycroft got picked on for his eccentric name, leading his parents to give a more common name to Sherlock, who then rejected it in order to be like his big brother?
* Combined with a TearJerker, Mycroft repeatedly shouting, "Don't fire. Do not fire on Sherlock Holmes. Do not fire on Sherlock Holmes."
** "Your loss would break my heart", anyone?
* Also at the same scene, Mycroft sees Sherlock, his little brother, as a small, crying kid - just as he once was.
* The runway scene at the end, when it's made clear that despite the fact that Sherlock likes to constantly make fun of Mary for shooting him ''dead'', he doesn't hold a grudge against her for it.
-->'''Sherlock:''' You will look after him for me, won't you?
-->'''Mary:''' ''(she kisses his cheek and hugs him)'' Don't worry. I'll keep him in trouble.
-->'''Sherlock:''' That's my girl.
** Even though she shot him, Sherlock seems more hurt over the fact that [[spoiler: Mary]] didn't trust him enough to come to him for help rather than having almost killed him. [[spoiler: Mary]], scared out of her mind, threatens him twice more after that and still Sherlock does all he can to encourage her and John to reconcile rather than coming between them.
* The earliest scenes with John and Mary. They're awoken at an ungodly hour by a crying neighbour who is invited in and given tea and a shoulder to cry on... John is less than tactful once or twice, but Mary is wonderfully sympathetic. Then both of them go to a smack den to retrieve the neighbour's son, even though Mary is still in her dressing gown and slippers. John is gentle and fatherly with Isaac, calling him "mate" and checking he's physically all right without judging him or castigating him. And it ends with the Watsons taking Sherlock and two other drug addicts to a hospital for medical attention. Mr and Mrs ''Psychopath?'' Hardly.
** On that note, Isaac Whitney. The kid may be an addict baked out of his brain, but he's still mild-mannered and kind of sweet even though he's drugged up, calling John and Mary "Dr Watson" and "Mrs Watson" and respectfully asking Mary if he could please get into the car.
mentions.



-->'''Sherlock:''' Give my love to Mary. Tell her she's safe now.
** And note the choice of words. It's not "Give my regards to Mary," or even "Give my best to Mary" -- it's "Give my ''love'' to Mary." He really does care for her because of ''her'', not just because John does.
* Earlier when he sees her [[spoiler: in Magnussen's office]], once he gets over the initial shock he tells her that he can help her.
* A dark one, but: Sherlock deduces one of the knocked out guards is a white supremacist and orders John to focus solely on Janine. It's not so much the implication the white supremacist doesn't deserve medical attention (no matter how horrible, he does), it's the fact this is evidence Sherlock truly cares about Janine and jumped on the first thing he knew might sway John to make sure she was prioritised above a stranger.
* Sherlock inviting John and Mary to his parents house on Christmas. He and Mycroft complain about their parents constantly, you never see them say anything nice about either of their parents and they find it mentally painful to spend time with them. But when Mary and John's relationship is in trouble Sherlock bring them to his parents house. Sherlock views his parents as the the prime example of a happy marriage, and a good influence on the struggling couple. This is extremely impressive considering Sherlock's usual disdain for marriage in general. If the Christmas party was just a ploy to get his brother's computer he wouldn't have invited Mary. He wasn't obligated to invite her, [[spoiler: she had just shot him after all]]. With all the irritation he let's out in the part of his home life he still sees his parents as a perfect, or near perfect, couple. And of course he's right, even Mary and John agree that the Holmeses helped in their recovery.

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-->'''Sherlock:''' Give "Give my love to Mary. Tell her she's safe now.
** And note
now."
* The runway scene at
the choice of words. It's not "Give my regards to Mary," or even "Give my best to Mary" -- end, when it's "Give my ''love'' to Mary." He really does care for her because of ''her'', not just because John does.
* Earlier when he sees her [[spoiler: in Magnussen's office]], once he gets over the initial shock he tells her
made clear that he can help her.
* A dark one, but:
despite the fact that Sherlock deduces one likes to constantly make fun of the knocked out guards is a white supremacist and orders John to focus solely on Janine. It's not so much the implication the white supremacist Mary for shooting him , he doesn't deserve medical attention (no matter how horrible, he does), it's the fact this is evidence Sherlock truly cares about Janine and jumped on the first thing he knew might sway John to make sure she was prioritised above hold a stranger.grudge against her for it.
* -->'''Sherlock:''' "You will look after him for me, won't you?"
-->'''Mary:''' ''(she kisses his cheek and hugs him)'' "Don't worry. I'll keep him in trouble."
-->'''Sherlock:''' "That's my girl."
** Even though she shot him,
Sherlock inviting seems more hurt over the fact that Mary didn't trust him enough to come to him for help rather than having almost killed him. Mary, scared out of her mind, threatens him twice more after that and still Sherlock does all he can to encourage her and John to reconcile rather than coming between them.
* Before going into exile, Sherlock gives John his full name, "William Sherlock Scott Holmes", just in case
John and Mary to his parents house on Christmas. He and Mycroft complain about their parents constantly, you never see them say anything nice about either of their parents and they find it mentally painful to spend time with them. But when Mary and John's relationship is in trouble Sherlock bring them to his parents house. Sherlock views his parents as the the prime example of a happy marriage, and a good influence on the struggling couple. This is extremely impressive considering Sherlock's usual disdain were "looking for marriage in general. If the Christmas party was just a ploy to get his brother's computer he wouldn't have invited Mary. He wasn't obligated to invite her, [[spoiler: she had just shot him after all]]. With all the irritation he let's out in the part of his home life he still sees his parents as a perfect, or near perfect, couple. And of course he's right, even Mary and John agree that the Holmeses helped in their recovery. baby names."
30th Apr '17 12:35:31 PM WalexCampledom
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* The skill and effort that Sherlock puts into his best man duties are ridiculously heartwarming. As he says in the episode, he doesn't really grasp exactly why the wedding day is so important to John, but he goes out of his way to make it as special and as personal an experience as he can muster. Observe the pub crawl Sherlock organises for the stag; firstly, how far it puts Sherlock out of his comfort zone, considering he's rarely seen eating, never mind recreationally drinking; and, more importantly, precisely how much effort he puts into the whole thing. He shuns conventional pub crawl ideas, instead favouring the "personal touch", he enlists Molly to help him work out the exact amount of beer necessary to have the best possible time, and he ends up totally pissed in 221B, to the extent that John's finishing his catchphrases. That's an impressively thoughtful stag night by anyone's standards, but for Sherlock? It's an unprecedented amount of care and attention paid by a character who has a notorious lack of awareness or respect for the wishes of others.
** Many of Sherlock and John's interactions during the stag night are just completely adorable. The fact that it's just the two of them and John doesn't seem to kick up any fuss about none of his other friends being invited (though he might not care if thinking, from ''Many Happy Returns'', [[FridgeBrilliance all his other friends hate him]]). When Sherlock is drunk after John accidentally spikes his drink and starts a fight with a stranger, John quickly rushes in to rescue his friend and drag him away before he gets beaten up. The two of them then return home ready to have a 'cosy' nap together ''on the staircase'' before Mrs. Hudson wakes them. The whole 'Who Am I?' game scene with the two of them giggling at each other is precious. It should also be noted that, when Tessa is explaining the case to the boys, it's the only time in the series we see them sat on the sofa ''together'' rather than in their separate chairs as they usually do when interviewing a client. Sherlock even starts falling asleep at one point with his arm around John before waking up.
** Sherlock organised a memorable stag, looked after the best interests of his friend's relationship, played a huge role in wedding planning, give a speech that reduced members of the audience to tears, set a lovelorn bridesmaid up with a suitable guy to the apparent detriment of his own happiness, wrote a waltz specifically for the bride and groom, and delivered the happy news that Mary was pregnant. Oh, and he solved two outstanding mysteries and prevented the murder of John's beloved commanding officer to boot. He was a best man worthy of the name, despite all of his natural limitations.

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\n* ** The skill and effort that Sherlock puts into his best man duties are ridiculously heartwarming. As he says in the episode, he doesn't really grasp exactly why the wedding day is so important to John, but he goes out of his way to make it as special and as personal an experience as he can muster. Observe the pub crawl Sherlock organises for the stag; firstly, how far it puts Sherlock out of his comfort zone, considering he's rarely seen eating, never mind recreationally drinking; and, more importantly, precisely how much effort he puts into the whole thing. heartwarming: He shuns conventional pub crawl ideas, instead favouring the "personal touch", he enlists Molly to help him work out the exact amount of beer necessary to have the best possible time, and he ends up totally pissed in 221B, to the extent that John's finishing his catchphrases. That's an impressively thoughtful stag night by anyone's standards, but for Sherlock? It's an unprecedented amount of care and attention paid by a character who has a notorious lack of awareness or respect for the wishes of others.
** Many of Sherlock and John's interactions during the stag night are just completely adorable. The fact that it's just the two of them and John doesn't seem to kick up any fuss about none of his other friends being invited (though he might not care if thinking, from ''Many Happy Returns'', [[FridgeBrilliance all his other friends hate him]]). When Sherlock is drunk after John accidentally spikes his drink and starts a fight with a stranger, John quickly rushes in to rescue his friend and drag him away before he gets beaten up. The two of them then return home ready to have a 'cosy' nap together ''on the staircase'' before Mrs. Hudson wakes them. The whole 'Who Am I?' game scene with the two of them giggling at each other is precious. It should also be noted that, when Tessa is explaining the case to the boys, it's the only time in the series we see them sat on the sofa ''together'' rather than in their separate chairs as they usually do when interviewing a client. Sherlock even starts falling asleep at one point with his arm around John before waking up.
** Sherlock
organised a memorable stag, looked after the best interests of his friend's relationship, played a huge role in wedding planning, give a speech that reduced members of the audience to tears, set a lovelorn bridesmaid up with a suitable guy to the apparent detriment of his own happiness, wrote a waltz specifically for the bride and groom, prevented the murder of a guest, and delivered the happy news that Mary was pregnant. Oh, and he solved two outstanding mysteries and prevented the murder of John's beloved commanding officer to boot. He was a best man worthy of the name, despite all of his natural limitations.
limitations.
30th Apr '17 12:29:25 PM WalexCampledom
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* The over theme of this episode, as pointed out in [[http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s129/sherlock/recaps/a541143/sherlock-series-3-the-sign-of-three-recap-the-end-of-an-era.html one review]] especially, is that it's just "one big love letter to John Watson".
* It's mostly the setup for a gag, but when Sherlock texts Lestrade for help at the beginning, he uses the word "please", and seems to mean it. Lestrade in turn completely flips, rushes out on making an arrest he's been dying to make for eighteen months, and pulls out every backup crew possible to ensure Sherlock's safety.
** And on that note, Sally Donovan. She's here shown to have a good working relationship with Lestrade, tolerating his angry rants, addressing him as "Boss" when she's trying to compliment him, and calling him "Greg" when she's trying to calm him down/admonish him for throwing a tantrum and kicking his car tyres in a rage.
* John asking Sherlock to be his best man. Sherlock takes a while to realise that John is asking him and when he finally realises it he freezes with shock for many long seconds..
-->'''John:''' I want to be up there with the ''two'' people that I love, and care about, ''most'' in the world.\\
'''Sherlock:''' ''[still oblivious]'' Yes.\\

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[[AC:General]]
* Sherlock wasn't just John's best man. He was practically the wedding planner. He helped organise the colours, the napkins, the music, the seating arrangements, as well as seeing to the guests and others involved in the ceremony. All John asked of him was to make a speech. But Sherlock heard John when he said that this would be the biggest day of his life and Sherlock, for all his cynicism about weddings, was determined to make it ''perfect''.

* The over theme of this skill and effort that Sherlock puts into his best man duties are ridiculously heartwarming. As he says in the episode, as pointed he doesn't really grasp exactly why the wedding day is so important to John, but he goes out of his way to make it as special and as personal an experience as he can muster. Observe the pub crawl Sherlock organises for the stag; firstly, how far it puts Sherlock out of his comfort zone, considering he's rarely seen eating, never mind recreationally drinking; and, more importantly, precisely how much effort he puts into the whole thing. He shuns conventional pub crawl ideas, instead favouring the "personal touch", he enlists Molly to help him work out the exact amount of beer necessary to have the best possible time, and he ends up totally pissed in [[http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s129/sherlock/recaps/a541143/sherlock-series-3-the-sign-of-three-recap-the-end-of-an-era.html one review]] especially, is 221B, to the extent that John's finishing his catchphrases. That's an impressively thoughtful stag night by anyone's standards, but for Sherlock? It's an unprecedented amount of care and attention paid by a character who has a notorious lack of awareness or respect for the wishes of others.
** Many of Sherlock and John's interactions during the stag night are just completely adorable. The fact
that it's just "one big love letter to the two of them and John Watson".doesn't seem to kick up any fuss about none of his other friends being invited (though he might not care if thinking, from ''Many Happy Returns'', [[FridgeBrilliance all his other friends hate him]]). When Sherlock is drunk after John accidentally spikes his drink and starts a fight with a stranger, John quickly rushes in to rescue his friend and drag him away before he gets beaten up. The two of them then return home ready to have a 'cosy' nap together ''on the staircase'' before Mrs. Hudson wakes them. The whole 'Who Am I?' game scene with the two of them giggling at each other is precious. It should also be noted that, when Tessa is explaining the case to the boys, it's the only time in the series we see them sat on the sofa ''together'' rather than in their separate chairs as they usually do when interviewing a client. Sherlock even starts falling asleep at one point with his arm around John before waking up.
** Sherlock organised a memorable stag, looked after the best interests of his friend's relationship, played a huge role in wedding planning, give a speech that reduced members of the audience to tears, set a lovelorn bridesmaid up with a suitable guy to the apparent detriment of his own happiness, wrote a waltz specifically for the bride and groom, and delivered the happy news that Mary was pregnant. Oh, and he solved two outstanding mysteries and prevented the murder of John's beloved commanding officer to boot. He was a best man worthy of the name, despite all of his natural limitations.

* Everything about Major Sholto, John and Sherlock. Sherlock's jealousy that he isn't the first anti-social man John's befriended, describing John as "bouncing like a puppy" around his ex-commanding officer. And it turns out that John, a man who used to hate opening up to his therapist, still sees her occasionally even now that he's happier. His hint to Sholto that talking to someone might help him, and that seeing a therapist doesn't have to mean he's weak, is such progress for him and his concern is very sweet.

* John must have meant a great deal to Sholto in return: its mentioned that Sholto rarely leaves his house, he's disfigured with only one working arm, he's had multiple death threats, he's lost his career and reputation, and yet he put on his dress uniform and attended the wedding of a subordinate who was invalided out of the army four years ago. John is one of the few people who remained loyal to and continued to believe in both Sholto and Sherlock. The two men explicitly identify with each other, culminating Sherlock begging Sholto not to kill himself at John's wedding. "We would ''NEVER'' do that to John Watson!" is enough to get this suicidal man to ask for John's help.
** Major Sholto is, as Mary says, "almost a recluse"; the conversation he has with John implies the two haven't been face-to-face in years, and even showcases that John doesn't even know where Sholto lives. But in the flashback to the table-napkin scene in 221B, John is ''absolutely convinced'' Sholto will be there, even though Mary quietly tells Sherlock that she doesn't think he's coming and points out he hasn't rsvp'ed. And John is right - Sholto does come through for him.
It's mostly John's faith in people he loves, just as he entrusted the setup for a gag, but when best man duties to Sherlock texts Lestrade for help at when everyone thought it would be a disaster, that inspires them to step up and be worthy of it.
* * Mary's casual mentions that John talks about Sholto all
the beginning, he uses the word "please", and time to her. Sherlock seems quite jealous of how close John is to mean it. Lestrade in turn completely flips, rushes out on making an arrest his new wife and how much of his past life he's been dying to make for eighteen months, confided in her. Mary notices this and pulls out every backup crew possible to ensure hugs Sherlock sympathetically.
--->'''Mary:''' "Oh, Sherlock! Neither of us were the first, you know."
*
Sherlock's safety.
relationship with John and Mary's young pageboy, Archie, who he successfully gets to go through with his ceremonial duties after the kid originally refused. Not only did Archie do them well enough for Sherlock to compliment him on it, but the boy just adores Sherlock, throwing himself at him and ''clinging'' to his waist after the ceremony.
** And How Sherlock convinced Archie to go through with the ceremony is quite charming; He talks to Archie like he was an equal and indulging him in gory crime scene photos of maggots in people's eyes and beheadings. Sherlock is really a man-child himself, and it's so clearly demonstrated with how well he gets on with young Archie.
** The kid was also eager to help solve the case, and Sherlock allowed him to give his opinion.
* Sherlock's repeated assertions
that note, John's role in their adventures are just as remarkable as his own and more noble: Sherlock may solve murders for fun, but, on many more occasions, John has saved people's lives out of moral obligation.
** Also, his choice of stories to tell during his speech. He chooses two cases that he ''couldn't solve''. Beforehand, he objected to John mentioning unsolved cases on the blog--now he's voluntarily recounting them to all of John's wedding guests. The second was chosen as a "funny" and "embarrassing" story about John, but he didn't choose a story that's embarrassing because John couldn't follow Sherlock's deductions or because Sherlock was pulling a trick over on him. Instead, he chose one that's at least as embarrassing for Sherlock as for John.
** Sherlock's absolute pride in his friend, most notably during telling the story of ''The Bloody Guardsman''. He stares at John with admiration, first when John is demanding that the Major let him examine Bainbridge and then when he's trying to save his life. Remember, this is from a man who spent the first two series believing that solving the crime was all that matters, not caring for the lives at stake.
* Sherlock manages to befriend a bridesmaid named Janine, enough to create hints of mutual liking and even attraction, even if nothing comes of it.
** When Sherlock and Janine are practicing waltzing in private, Sherlock says they have to practice because Janine's dancing skills are "appalling." Far from being offended at all, Janine laughs and says "Well, you're a great teacher, and a brilliant dancer." She didn't just brush aside the insult to herself to praise Sherlock's dancing, she praised him as a ''teacher'', and teaching requires interpersonal and communicative skills that most people, Sherlock included, assume he does not have. We later find out he [[FridgeBrilliance also had the skills and patience to successfully teach John to waltz, too.]]

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*
Sally Donovan. She's here Donovan is shown to have a good working relationship with Lestrade, tolerating his angry rants, addressing him as "Boss" when she's trying to compliment him, and calling him "Greg" when she's trying to calm him down/admonish down and stop him for throwing a tantrum and kicking his car tyres in a rage.
* When Sherlock texts him for help, Lestrade completely flips, rushes out on making an arrest he's been dying to make for eighteen months, and pulls out every backup crew possible to ensure Sherlock's safety.
* The relationship between John and Mary showcased in the scene where Sherlock is fretting over table napkins and John is barely listening and searching for cases on his phone (because Mary asked him to, as well as because wedding planning bores him.) When Mary discovers John's cousin hates her, she doesn't seem offended, just surprised. She then checks over her shoulder to see that John isn't paying attention before lowering her voice and asking Sherlock "Who else hates me?" She knows John, who is so protective of people he loves, would probably go ballistic if he found out there was an entire list worth of wedding guests who hate his bride-to-be, even if Mary doesn't care what they think.
** And the fact that Sherlock wrote up the list beforehand means he anticipated her asking. He could have remembered it, if it was just for his benefit. He wrote it down, having recognized that Mary would want to know, and that saying it out-loud might hurt John's feelings.
* John trying to reassure Sherlock that him and Mary getting married won't change their friendship.
-->'''John:''' "The thing about Mary is that she has completely turned my life around. Changed everything. But, for the record, in the past few years, there have been two people who have done that and the other one is... ''[looks to where Sherlock was sat which is now empty]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a complete dickhead!]]"
* When he's uncomfortable at the wedding reception, Sherlock calls Mycroft, and again tries to convince him to come to the wedding.
* John asking Sherlock to be his best man. Sherlock takes a while to realise that John is asking him and and, when he finally realises it he freezes with shock for many long seconds..
it, he's practically stuttering, completely taken off-guard.
-->'''John:''' I "I want to be up there with the ''two'' people that I love, and care about, ''most'' in the world.\\
"\\
'''Sherlock:''' ''[still oblivious]'' Yes.\\"Yes."\\



'''John:''' So Mary Morstan –\\
'''Sherlock:''' Yes.\\
'''John:''' – and...\\

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'''John:''' So "So Mary Morstan –\\
Morstan..."\\
'''Sherlock:''' Yes.\\
"Yes."\\
'''John:''' – and...\\"And..."\\



'''John:''' ''[exasperated]'' ...''you''.
** And when Sherlock finally snaps out of it, he's practically stuttering, completely taken off-guard.
--->'''Sherlock:''' So, in fact, y-you mean...I'm ''your''...best -\\
'''John:''' - man.\\
'''Sherlock:''' - friend?\\
'''John:''' ...Yeah, of course you are. Of course you're my best friend.
** And the expression on John's face at that point is just as good. It says 'How could you not know this?'

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'''John:''' ''[exasperated]'' ...''you''.
** And when Sherlock finally snaps out of it, he's practically stuttering, completely taken off-guard.
''[exasperated]'' "...''you''."
--->'''Sherlock:''' So, "So, in fact, y-you mean...mean... I'm ''your''...best -\\
''your''... best--"\\
'''John:''' - man.\\
"Man."\\
'''Sherlock:''' - friend?\\
'''John:''' ...Yeah,
"Friend?"\\
'''John:''' "Yeah,
of course you are. Of course you're my best friend.
** And
friend."
* When Sherlock notices that Mary's ex-boyfriend still loves her, he makes an implied threat that he would be watching him closely should
the expression on man try and ruin Mary's relationship with John.
* Not only does it actually occur to Sherlock to ask after Molly's fiancé, he even remembers the guy's ''name'' (even if he's guessing a bit). From anyone else that might not seem like such a big deal, but this is ''Sherlock'', who's been as dismissive and derisive of Molly's dates as he was of
John's face at girlfriends. And he still refrains from making a single snarky comment about Tom, which speaks quiet volumes.
** It's also sweet
that the moment he thinks he might have accidentally insulted Molly by implying that she has a drink problem he tries to make it up by complimenting her and asking about how her relationship is going.
* It's small, but during the charades game when John asks for a hint about what woman he is, asking if he's a "pretty" woman, Sherlock tells him that beauty is nothing but a construct informed by childhood experiences and role models. Sherlock may be full of himself, but he's incredibly non-judgmental. Petty qualities that ordinary people pay attention to - like looks - don't even matter to him.
* During a drunken "Who am I?" stag night game, Sherlock hilariously takes a bunch of clues that obviously refer to himself and concludes they apply to John. It's played for laughs, but one of the clues Sherlock is sure applies to John? ''Clever.''
* Sherlock's best man speech.
-->"The
point I'm trying to make is just as good. It says 'How that I am the most unpleasant, rude, ignorant, and all-around obnoxious arsehole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune to meet. I am dismissive of the virtuous, unaware of the beautiful ''[glances at the Maid of Honour]'', and uncomprehending in the face of the happy. ''[camera briefly pans to Mary and John]'' So if I didn’t understand I was being asked to be best man it is because I never expected to be anybody's best friend. Certainly not the best friend of the bravest, and kindest, and wisest human being I have ever had the good fortune of knowing. John, I am a ridiculous man. Redeemed only by the warmth and constancy of your friendship. But as I'm apparently your best friend, I can not congratulate you not on your choice of companion. Actually, now I can. Mary, when I say you deserve this man, it is the highest compliment of which I am capable. John, you have endured war, and injury, and tragic loss. So sorry again about that last one. So know this?'this, today you sit between the woman you have made your wife, and the man you have saved. In short, the two people who love you most in all this world. And I know I speak for Mary as well when I say we will never let you down, and we have a lifetime ahead to prove that."
** The reactions to Sherlock's speech, which prompts this:
--->'''Sherlock:''' "What's wrong? What's happened? Why are you all doing that? John? [[TearJerker Did I do it wrong?]]"\\
'''John:''' "No, you didn't. Come here." ''[as he stands up and hugs Sherlock]''\\
'''Sherlock:''' "I haven't finished yet."\\
'''John:''' "I know."
** And also a TearJerker, but just the fact that John started crying in front of about a hundred people and hugged Sherlock so publicly. This is a man who before Sherlock's return refused to cry in front of his therapist.
** The fact that Sherlock uses what are almost certainly the titles of John's blog entries to allude to the cases, considering how dismissive he was of them at the beginning.
* Despite no longer living in 221b, John still shows concern when Sherlock doesn't eat, interrupting his Mind Palace scene to ask if he's okay and noting he hasn't touched his food. Considering what John saw Sherlock go through the [[FridgeBrilliance the last time]] he was leaving his breakfast untouched, he obviously isn't ignoring Mary and Mrs Hudson's warnings about the effect his upcoming marriage might be having on Sherlock.
* When Sherlock is in his mind palace, he sees Mycroft goading him to find the logical answer. In the end, he rejects Mycroft and uses John to guide him.
* Sherlock snapping at John to "keep [his] wife under control!" is a bit shocking even for Sherlock, although it's mitigated somewhat by the extreme circumstances. But he makes up for it a minute later by kissing her on the forehead, echoing his kiss on Molly's cheek after he humiliated her. He clearly cares about this woman for her own sake and not just because she's important to John.
* When Sherlock calls John to arms to try to save Sholto, his immediate reaction is to turn and kiss his wife. And when she goes against his wishes and follows them out, he doesn't for a second try to send her away or act annoyed that she has a mind of her own. They run up two sets of stairs hand in hand, and when Sherlock tells him to control her, John tells Sherlock she's right.



* John trying to reassure Sherlock that him and Mary getting married won't change their friendship.
-->'''John:''' The thing about Mary is that she has completely turned my life around. Changed everything. But, for the record, in the past few years, there have been two people who have done that and the other one is – ''[looks to where Sherlock was sat which is now empty]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny – a complete dickhead!]]
* Sherlock's best man speech. Also probably doubles as a TearJerker.
-->[[spoiler:''"The point I'm trying to make is that I am the most unpleasant, rude, ignorant, and all-around obnoxious arsehole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune to meet. I am dismissive of the virtuous, unaware of the beautiful ''[glances at the Maid of Honour]'', and uncomprehending in the face of the happy. ''[camera briefly pans to Mary and John]'' So if I didn’t understand I was being asked to be best man it is because I never expected to be anybody's best friend. Certainly not the best friend of the bravest, and kindest, and wisest human being I have ever had the good fortune of knowing. John, I am a ridiculous man. Redeemed only by the warmth and constancy of your friendship. But as I'm apparently your best friend, I can not congratulate you on your choice of companion. Actually, now I can. Mary, when I say you deserve this man, it is the highest compliment of which I am capable. John, you have endured war, and injury, and tragic loss. So sorry again about that last one. So know this, today you sit between the woman you have made your wife, and the man you have saved. In short, the two people who love you most in all this world. And I know I speak for Mary as well when I say we will never let you down, and we have a lifetime ahead to prove that."'']]
** The reactions to Sherlock's [[spoiler:speech,]] which prompts this:
--->[[spoiler:'''Sherlock:''' What's wrong? What's happened? Why are you all doing that? John? [[TearJerker Did I do it wrong?]]]]\\
[[spoiler:'''John:''' No, you didn't. Come here. ''[as he stands up and hugs Sherlock]'']]\\
[[spoiler:'''Sherlock:''' I haven't finished yet.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''John:''' I know. ]]
** And also a TearJerker, but just the fact that John started crying in front of about a hundred people and hugged Sherlock so publicly. This is a man who before Sherlock's return refused to cry in front of his therapist or Mrs Hudson.
** John seems to know he's not going to be able to resist hugging Sherlock when the speech begins to get more touching. For this troper, though, the best part was the fact that during the hug, everyone started applauding and we get to see the touching smiles of Lestrade, Molly and Mrs Hudson. Awesome, heartwarming and tearjerking all at once.
--->'''John:''' If I try to hug him, stop me.\\
'''Mary:''' Certainly not.
** The fact that Sherlock uses what are almost certainly the titles of John's blog entries to allude to the cases, considering how dismissive he was of them at the beginning.
* When Sherlock is in his mind palace, he sees Mycroft goading him to find the logical answer. In the end, he rejects Mycroft and yells, "You! You! It's always you. John Watson, you keep me right...don't solve the murder; save the life." - at John. He uses John to guide him.
* Mary, John, and Sherlock when Sherlock reveals that [[spoiler: Mary is pregnant]]. They freak out, he freaks out with them, then tells them that they will be great parents because they've already had practice with him, before Mary starts crying and John grabs them both in a hug.
** Sherlock's line about them already being great parents says a lot about his feelings for the both of them but especially Mary. We've seen John and Sherlock interact for two series and can see why Sherlock thinks the protective, wise and caring John would make a wonderful father. But Mary is also Sherlock's idea of the perfect mother. At the beginning of the episode, Sherlock shows signs of resentment towards his own mother and comments that she 'never understands a word'. Sherlock loves Mary because she does understand; she's able to see through his lies and can tell when he's scared, encouraging his friendship with John instead of coming between them.
* When he's uncomfortable at the wedding reception, who does Sherlock call? His "arch-enemy" and big brother, Mycroft.
** Then you find out that he's been trying to convince him to come to the wedding, perhaps a CallBack to their discussion in the previous episode where Sherlock tells Mycroft he needs some friends.
*** Although it's not said in the most uplifting manner, Mycroft says he'll be seeing more of Sherlock now that Mary and John are married, "Just like old times." Apparently the brothers spent more time together before John Watson showed up then they let on.
* Everything about Major Sholto, John and Sherlock. Sherlock's jealousy that he isn't the first anti-social man John's befriended, describing John as "bouncing like a puppy" around his ex-commanding officer. He's right, John is ''beaming!'' And it turns out that John, a man who used to hate opening up to his therapist, still sees her occasionally even now that he's happier. His hint to Sholto that talking to someone might help him, and that seeing a therapist doesn't have to mean you're crazy or weak, is such progress for him and his concern is very sweet. And he even calls his C.O. by his first name later! John must have meant a great deal to Sholto: he rarely leaves his house, he's disfigured and has one working arm, he's had multiple death threats, he's lost his career and reputation, and yet he put on his dress uniform and attended the wedding of a subordinate who was invalided out of the army four years ago. John is one of the few people who remained loyal to and continued to believe in both Sholto and Sherlock. The two men explicitly identify with each other, culminating Sherlock begging Sholto not to kill himself at John's wedding. "We would NEVER do that to John Watson!" is enough to get this suicidal man to ask for John's help.
** But Sherlock did do that to John. And even though he wasn't actually dead, he originally didn't see how his fake death deeply impacted John. It wasn't until it [[AngerBornOfWorry smacked him straight in the face]] that Sherlock even recognized that he owed John an apology. The character development in Sherlock saying "We would NEVER do that to John Watson" is astounding. He recognizes how badly he hurt John, and he knows that Major Sholto's death would likely do something similar. It's his own experience in hurting John and having to make amends that allows him to talk Major Sholto down.
** Major Sholto is, as Mary says, "almost a recluse"; the conversation he has with John implies the two haven't been face-to-face in years, and John doesn't even know where Sholto lives (presumably the wedding invitation was emailed to him or something.) But in the flashback to the table-napkin scene in 221B, John is ''absolutely convinced'' Sholto will be there, even though Mary quietly tells Sherlock that she doesn't think he's coming and points out he hasn't rsvp'ed. And John is right - Sholto does come through for him. It's John's faith in people he loves - just as he entrusted the best man duties to Sherlock, even though everyone thought it would be a disaster - that inspires them to step up and be worthy of it.
* Sherlock's relationship with Archie, John and Mary's young pageboy. He successfully gets a kid who originally refused point-blank to go through with his ceremonial duties. Not only did Archie do them well enough for Sherlock to compliment him on it, but this kid just adores him, throwing himself at him and ''clinging'' to his waist after the ceremony. We're then shown how Sherlock convinced Archie to go through with it... by talking to him like he was an adult and indulging him in gory crime scene photos of maggots in people's eyes and beheadings. Sherlock is really a man-child himself, and it's so clearly demonstrated with how well he gets on with this little boy. The kid was also eager to help solve the case, and Sherlock allowed him to give his opinion. And he was ''right.''
* Sherlock notices that Mary's ex still loves her...so makes an implied threat that he would be watching him closely should the man try and ruin Mary's relationship with John. The man is quite obviously terrified.
* Mary's casual mention that John talks about Sholto all the time to her. Sherlock seems quite jealous of how close John is to his new wife and how much of his past life he's confided in her.
** Mary notices this and hugs Sherlock sympathetically.
--->'''Mary:''' Oh, Sherlock! Neither of us were the first, you know.
* Sherlock's repeated assertions that John's role in their adventures is just as remarkable as his own and more noble: Sherlock may solve murders, but on many occasions, John has saved people's lives.
** Also, his choice of stories to tell during his speech. He chooses two cases that he ''couldn't solve''. In season 2, he objected to John mentioning unsolved cases on the blog--now he's voluntarily recounting them to all of John's wedding guests. The second was chosen as a "funny" and "embarrassing" story about John, but he didn't choose a story that's embarrassing because John couldn't follow Sherlock's deductions or because Sherlock was pulling a trick over on him. Instead, he chose one that's at least as embarrassing for Sherlock as for John.
** Sherlock's absolute ''pride'' in his friend, most notably during telling the story of ''The Bloody Guardsman''. He stares at John with admiration, first when John is demanding that the Major let him examine Bainbridge and then when he's trying to save his life. Remember is from a man who spent the first two series believing that solving the crime was all that matters, not caring for the lives at stake.
* During the drunken "Who am I?" stag night game, Sherlock hilariously takes a bunch of clues that obviously refer to himself and concludes they apply to John. It's played for laughs (particularly "not as tall as people think" and "people don't like you because you tend to rub them up the wrong way"), but one of the clues drunk!Sherlock is sure applies to John? ''Clever.'' Remember in series one, he called him "an idiot", and in series 2, he only admitted he had an ''average'' intelligence.
* Despite no longer living in 221b, John still shows concern when Sherlock doesn't eat, interrupting his Mind Palace scene to ask if he's okay and noting he hasn't touched his food. Considering what John saw Sherlock go through the [[FridgeBrilliance the last time]] he was leaving his breakfast untouched, he obviously isn't ignoring Mary and Mrs Hudson's warnings about the effect his upcoming marriage might be having on Sherlock.
* Sherlock actually manages to befriend and flirt with a bridesmaid, enough to create hints of mutual liking and even attraction, even if nothing comes of it.
** When Sherlock and Janine are practicing waltzing in private, Sherlock says they have to practice because Janine's dancing skills are "appalling." Far from being offended at all, Janine laughs and says "Well, you're a great teacher, and a brilliant dancer." She didn't just brush aside the insult to herself to praise Sherlock's dancing, she praised him as a ''teacher'', and teaching requires interpersonal and communicative skills that most people, Sherlock included, assume he does not have. We later find out he [[FridgeBrilliance also had the skills and patience to successfully teach John to waltz, too.]]
* Not only does it actually occur to Sherlock to ask after Molly's fiance, he even remembers the guy's ''name'' (even if he's guessing a bit). From anyone else that might not seem like such a big deal, but this is ''Sherlock'', who's been as dismissive and derisive of Molly's dates as he was of John's girlfriends. And he still refrains from making a single snarky comment about Tom, which speaks quiet volumes.
** It's also sweet that the moment he thinks he might have accidentally insulted Molly by implying that she has a drink problem he tries to make it up by complimenting her and asking about how her relationship is going.
* Sherlock snapping at John to "keep [his] wife under control!" is a bit shocking even for Sherlock, although it's mitigated somewhat by the extreme circumstances. But he makes up for it a minute later by kissing her on the forehead, echoing his kiss on Molly's cheek after he humiliated her. He clearly cares about this woman for her own sake and not just because she's important to John.
* When Sherlock calls John to arms to try to save Sholto, his immediate reaction is to turn and kiss his wife.
** And when she goes against his wishes and follows them out, he doesn't for a second try to send her away or act annoyed that she has a mind of her own. They run up two sets of stairs hand in hand, and when Sherlock tells him to control her, John tells Sherlock she's right.
* Mary has only known Sherlock for a few months and she, unlike John, can tell when he's lying.
** All the scenes where it's obvious that Mary adores Sherlock. After they've found out Mary is [[spoiler: pregnant]], Sherlock tells them to go dance, and it's Mary who tearfully reaches for Sherlock and asks; "What about you?"
* Sherlock wasn't just John's best man. He was practically the wedding planner. He helped organise the colours, the napkins, the music, the seating arrangements, as well as seeing to the guests and others involved in the ceremony. All John asked of him was to make a speech. But Sherlock heard John when he said that this would be the biggest day of his life and Sherlock, for all his cynicism about weddings, was determined to make it ''perfect''.
* Despite everything, Sherlock still thinks about [[spoiler: Irene. And while he thinks about her in her "battle dress", she does not outwit him or manipulate him or hit him or slap him... she tenderly caresses his face.]]
* Doubles as a TearJerker: when Mary and John are waltzing, Molly isn't smiling and watching them - she is smiling and watching ''Sherlock'' play the violin for them.
** Similarly, when Mary and John go off to dance, Sherlock looks around and, seeing he is alone, leaves the wedding. Molly notices and looks visibly upset to see him go. She may have a boyfriend, but she still very much care for Sherlock.
* The skill and effort that Sherlock puts into his best man duties are ridiculously heartwarming. As he says in the episode, he doesn't really grasp exactly why the wedding day is so important to John, but he goes out of his way to make it as special and as personal an experience as he can muster. Observe the pub crawl Sherlock organises for the stag; firstly, how far it puts Sherlock out of his comfort zone, considering he's rarely seen eating, never mind recreationally drinking; and, more importantly, precisely how much effort he puts into the whole thing. He shuns conventional pub crawl ideas, instead favouring the "personal touch", he enlists Molly to help him work out the exact amount of beer necessary to have the best possible time, and he ends up totally pissed in 221B, to the extent that John's finishing his catchphrases. That's an impressively thoughtful stag night by anyone's standards, but for Sherlock? It's an unprecedented amount of care and attention paid by a character who has a notorious lack of awareness or respect for the wishes of others.
** Many of Sherlock and John's interactions during the stag night are just completely adorable. The fact that it's just the two of them and John doesn't seem to kick up any fuss about none of his other friends being invited (though he might not care if thinking, from ''Many Happy Returns'', [[FridgeBrilliance all his other friends hate him]]). When Sherlock is drunk after John accidentally spikes his drink and starts a fight with a stranger, John quickly rushes in to rescue his friend and drag him away before he gets beaten up. The two of them then return home ready to have a 'cosy' nap together ''on the staircase'' before Mrs. Hudson wakes them. The whole 'Who Am I?' game scene with the two of them giggling at each other is precious. It should also be noted that, when Tessa is explaining the case to the boys, it's the only time in the series we see them sat on the sofa ''together'' rather than in their separate chairs as they usually do when interviewing a client. Sherlock even starts falling asleep at one point with his arm around John before waking up.
** Sherlock organised a memorable stag, looked after the best interests of his friend's relationship, played a huge role in wedding planning, give a speech that reduced members of the audience to tears, set a lovelorn bridesmaid up with a suitable guy to the apparent detriment of his own happiness, wrote a waltz specifically for the bride and groom, and delivered the happy news that Mary was pregnant. Oh, and he solved two outstanding mysteries and prevented the murder of John's beloved commanding officer to boot. He was a best man worthy of the name, despite all of his natural limitations.
* The relationship between John and Mary showcased in the scene where Sherlock is fretting over table napkins and John is barely listening and searching for cases on his phone (because Mary asked him to, as well as because wedding planning bores him.) When Mary discovers John's cousin hates her, she doesn't seem offended, just surprised. She actually checks over her shoulder to see that John isn't paying attention before lowering her voice and asking Sherlock "Who else hates me?" She knows John, who is so protective of people he loves, would probably go ballistic if he found out there was an entire list worth of wedding guests who hate his bride-to-be, even if Mary doesn't care what they think.
** And the fact that Sherlock wrote up the list beforehand means he anticipated her asking. He could have remembered it, if it was just for his benefit. He wrote it down, ''having recognized that Mary would want to know, and that saying it out-loud might hurt John's feelings.''
* In this episode we meet John's commanding officer for the first time, and multiple times he is compared to Sherlock. Between their distaste for public appearances, antisocial behavior, their life being threatened, John... etc the do seem very similar. Even Major Sholto notices in his first actual conversation with the detective, and Sherlock agrees. Consider this when rewatching the series. There are so many times John stops everything to do what Sherlock tells him to do, usually with out a please, thank you, or even an explanation. John drops everything to do menial tasks like hand him a phone, as well as go far out of his way to follow an order. Never once does he refuse. It's sweet that John is so loyal to Sherlock, but it's touching when you think that maybe, just maybe, John does this because Sherlock reminds him of the commanding officer that John clearly loves and even looks up to. Mycroft asks John if he's seen the battle field when he spends time with Sherlock and it's clear that the answer is yes. The two haven't even done anything dangerous yet and John already feels like he's back in the action. Perhaps it's because his new flatmate subconsciously reminds him of his own commanding officer.

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* John trying to reassure Sherlock that him and Mary getting married won't change their friendship.
-->'''John:''' The thing about Mary is that she has completely turned my life around. Changed everything. But, for the record, in the past few years, there have been two people who have done that and the other one is – ''[looks to where Sherlock was sat which is now empty]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny – a complete dickhead!]]
* Sherlock's best man speech. Also probably doubles as a TearJerker.
-->[[spoiler:''"The point I'm trying to make is that I am the most unpleasant, rude, ignorant, and all-around obnoxious arsehole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune to meet. I am dismissive of the virtuous, unaware of the beautiful ''[glances at the Maid of Honour]'', and uncomprehending in the face of the happy. ''[camera briefly pans to Mary and John]'' So if I didn’t understand I was being asked to be best man it is because I never expected to be anybody's best friend. Certainly not the best friend of the bravest, and kindest, and wisest human being I have ever had the good fortune of knowing. John, I am a ridiculous man. Redeemed only by the warmth and constancy of your friendship. But as I'm apparently your best friend, I can not congratulate you on your choice of companion. Actually, now I can. Mary, when I say you deserve this man, it is the highest compliment of which I am capable. John, you have endured war, and injury, and tragic loss. So sorry again about that last one. So know this, today you sit between the woman you have made your wife, and the man you have saved. In short, the two people who love you most in all this world. And I know I speak for Mary as well when I say we will never let you down, and we have a lifetime ahead to prove that."'']]
** The reactions to Sherlock's [[spoiler:speech,]] which prompts this:
--->[[spoiler:'''Sherlock:''' What's wrong? What's happened? Why are you all doing that? John? [[TearJerker Did I do it wrong?]]]]\\
[[spoiler:'''John:''' No, you didn't. Come here. ''[as he stands up and hugs Sherlock]'']]\\
[[spoiler:'''Sherlock:''' I haven't finished yet.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''John:''' I know. ]]
** And also a TearJerker, but just the fact that John started crying in front of about a hundred people and hugged Sherlock so publicly. This is a man who before Sherlock's return refused to cry in front of his therapist or Mrs Hudson.
** John seems to know he's not going to be able to resist hugging Sherlock when the speech begins to get more touching. For this troper, though, the best part was the fact that during the hug, everyone started applauding and we get to see the touching smiles of Lestrade, Molly and Mrs Hudson. Awesome, heartwarming and tearjerking all at once.
--->'''John:''' If I try to hug him, stop me.\\
'''Mary:''' Certainly not.
** The fact that Sherlock uses what are almost certainly the titles of John's blog entries to allude to the cases, considering how dismissive he was of them at the beginning.
* When Sherlock is in his mind palace, he sees Mycroft goading him to find the logical answer. In the end, he rejects Mycroft and yells, "You! You! It's always you. John Watson, you keep me right...don't solve the murder; save the life." - at John. He uses John to guide him.
* Mary, John, and Sherlock when Sherlock reveals that [[spoiler: Mary is pregnant]]. They freak out, he freaks out with them, then tells them that they will be great parents because they've already had practice with him, before Mary starts crying and John grabs them both in a hug.
** Sherlock's line about them already being great parents says a lot about his feelings for the both of them but especially Mary. We've seen John and Sherlock interact for two series and can see why Sherlock thinks the protective, wise and caring John would make a wonderful father. But Mary is also Sherlock's idea of the perfect mother. At the beginning of the episode, Sherlock shows signs of resentment towards his own mother and comments that she 'never understands a word'. Sherlock loves Mary because she does understand; she's able to see through his lies and can tell when he's scared, encouraging his friendship with John instead of coming between them.
* When he's uncomfortable at the wedding reception, who does Sherlock call? His "arch-enemy" and big brother, Mycroft.
** Then you find out that he's been trying to convince him to come to the wedding, perhaps a CallBack to their discussion in the previous episode where Sherlock tells Mycroft he needs some friends.
*** Although it's not said in the most uplifting manner, Mycroft says he'll be seeing more of Sherlock now that Mary and John are married, "Just like old times." Apparently the brothers spent more time together before John Watson showed up then they let on.
* Everything about Major Sholto, John and Sherlock. Sherlock's jealousy that he isn't the first anti-social man John's befriended, describing John as "bouncing like a puppy" around his ex-commanding officer. He's right, John is ''beaming!'' And it turns out that John, a man who used to hate opening up to his therapist, still sees her occasionally even now that he's happier. His hint to Sholto that talking to someone might help him, and that seeing a therapist doesn't have to mean you're crazy or weak, is such progress for him and his concern is very sweet. And he even calls his C.O. by his first name later! John must have meant a great deal to Sholto: he rarely leaves his house, he's disfigured and has one working arm, he's had multiple death threats, he's lost his career and reputation, and yet he put on his dress uniform and attended the wedding of a subordinate who was invalided out of the army four years ago. John is one of the few people who remained loyal to and continued to believe in both Sholto and Sherlock. The two men explicitly identify with each other, culminating Sherlock begging Sholto not to kill himself at John's wedding. "We would NEVER do that to John Watson!" is enough to get this suicidal man to ask for John's help.
** But Sherlock did do that to John. And even though he wasn't actually dead, he originally didn't see how his fake death deeply impacted John. It wasn't until it [[AngerBornOfWorry smacked him straight in the face]] that Sherlock even recognized that he owed John an apology. The character development in Sherlock saying "We would NEVER do that to John Watson" is astounding. He recognizes how badly he hurt John, and he knows that Major Sholto's death would likely do something similar. It's his own experience in hurting John and having to make amends that allows him to talk Major Sholto down.
** Major Sholto is, as Mary says, "almost a recluse"; the conversation he has with John implies the two haven't been face-to-face in years, and John doesn't even know where Sholto lives (presumably the wedding invitation was emailed to him or something.) But in the flashback to the table-napkin scene in 221B, John is ''absolutely convinced'' Sholto will be there, even though Mary quietly tells Sherlock that she doesn't think he's coming and points out he hasn't rsvp'ed. And John is right - Sholto does come through for him. It's John's faith in people he loves - just as he entrusted the best man duties to Sherlock, even though everyone thought it would be a disaster - that inspires them to step up and be worthy of it.
* Sherlock's relationship with Archie, John and Mary's young pageboy. He successfully gets a kid who originally refused point-blank to go through with his ceremonial duties. Not only did Archie do them well enough for Sherlock to compliment him on it, but this kid just adores him, throwing himself at him and ''clinging'' to his waist after the ceremony. We're then shown how Sherlock convinced Archie to go through with it... by talking to him like he was an adult and indulging him in gory crime scene photos of maggots in people's eyes and beheadings. Sherlock is really a man-child himself, and it's so clearly demonstrated with how well he gets on with this little boy. The kid was also eager to help solve the case, and Sherlock allowed him to give his opinion. And he was ''right.''
* Sherlock notices that Mary's ex still loves her...so makes an implied threat that he would be watching him closely should the man try and ruin Mary's relationship with John. The man is quite obviously terrified.
* Mary's casual mention that John talks about Sholto all the time to her. Sherlock seems quite jealous of how close John is to his new wife and how much of his past life he's confided in her.
** Mary notices this and hugs Sherlock sympathetically.
--->'''Mary:''' Oh, Sherlock! Neither of us were the first, you know.
* Sherlock's repeated assertions that John's role in their adventures is just as remarkable as his own and more noble: Sherlock may solve murders, but on many occasions, John has saved people's lives.
** Also, his choice of stories to tell during his speech. He chooses two cases that he ''couldn't solve''. In season 2, he objected to John mentioning unsolved cases on the blog--now he's voluntarily recounting them to all of John's wedding guests. The second was chosen as a "funny" and "embarrassing" story about John, but he didn't choose a story that's embarrassing because John couldn't follow Sherlock's deductions or because Sherlock was pulling a trick over on him. Instead, he chose one that's at least as embarrassing for Sherlock as for John.
** Sherlock's absolute ''pride'' in his friend, most notably during telling the story of ''The Bloody Guardsman''. He stares at John with admiration, first when John is demanding that the Major let him examine Bainbridge and then when he's trying to save his life. Remember is from a man who spent the first two series believing that solving the crime was all that matters, not caring for the lives at stake.
* During the drunken "Who am I?" stag night game, Sherlock hilariously takes a bunch of clues that obviously refer to himself and concludes they apply to John. It's played for laughs (particularly "not as tall as people think" and "people don't like you because you tend to rub them up the wrong way"), but one of the clues drunk!Sherlock is sure applies to John? ''Clever.'' Remember in series one, he called him "an idiot", and in series 2, he only admitted he had an ''average'' intelligence.
* Despite no longer living in 221b, John still shows concern when Sherlock doesn't eat, interrupting his Mind Palace scene to ask if he's okay and noting he hasn't touched his food. Considering what John saw Sherlock go through the [[FridgeBrilliance the last time]] he was leaving his breakfast untouched, he obviously isn't ignoring Mary and Mrs Hudson's warnings about the effect his upcoming marriage might be having on Sherlock.
* Sherlock actually manages to befriend and flirt with a bridesmaid, enough to create hints of mutual liking and even attraction, even if nothing comes of it.
** When Sherlock and Janine are practicing waltzing in private, Sherlock says they have to practice because Janine's dancing skills are "appalling." Far from being offended at all, Janine laughs and says "Well, you're a great teacher, and a brilliant dancer." She didn't just brush aside the insult to herself to praise Sherlock's dancing, she praised him as a ''teacher'', and teaching requires interpersonal and communicative skills that most people, Sherlock included, assume he does not have. We later find out he [[FridgeBrilliance also had the skills and patience to successfully teach John to waltz, too.]]
* Not only does it actually occur to Sherlock to ask after Molly's fiance, he even remembers the guy's ''name'' (even if he's guessing a bit). From anyone else that might not seem like such a big deal, but this is ''Sherlock'', who's been as dismissive and derisive of Molly's dates as he was of John's girlfriends. And he still refrains from making a single snarky comment about Tom, which speaks quiet volumes.
** It's also sweet that the moment he thinks he might have accidentally insulted Molly by implying that she has a drink problem he tries to make it up by complimenting her and asking about how her relationship is going.
* Sherlock snapping at John to "keep [his] wife under control!" is a bit shocking even for Sherlock, although it's mitigated somewhat by the extreme circumstances. But he makes up for it a minute later by kissing her on the forehead, echoing his kiss on Molly's cheek after he humiliated her. He clearly cares about this woman for her own sake and not just because she's important to John.
* When Sherlock calls John to arms to try to save Sholto, his immediate reaction is to turn and kiss his wife.
** And when she goes against his wishes and follows them out, he doesn't for a second try to send her away or act annoyed that she has a mind of her own. They run up two sets of stairs hand in hand, and when Sherlock tells him to control her, John tells Sherlock she's right.
* Mary has only known Sherlock for a few months and she, unlike John, can tell when he's lying.
** All the scenes where it's obvious that Mary adores Sherlock. After they've found out Mary is [[spoiler: pregnant]], Sherlock tells them to go dance, and it's Mary who tearfully reaches for Sherlock and asks; "What about you?"
* Sherlock wasn't just John's best man. He was practically the wedding planner. He helped organise the colours, the napkins, the music, the seating arrangements, as well as seeing to the guests and others involved in the ceremony. All John asked of him was to make a speech. But Sherlock heard John when he said that this would be the biggest day of his life and Sherlock, for all his cynicism about weddings, was determined to make it ''perfect''.
* Despite everything, Sherlock still thinks about [[spoiler: Irene. And while he thinks about her in her "battle dress", she does not outwit him or manipulate him or hit him or slap him... she tenderly caresses his face.]]
* Doubles as a TearJerker: when
Mary and John are waltzing, Molly isn't smiling and watching them - them, she is smiling and watching ''Sherlock'' play the violin for them.
** Similarly, when Mary and John go off to dance, Sherlock looks around and, seeing he is alone, leaves the wedding. Molly notices and looks visibly upset to see him go. She may have a boyfriend, but she still very much care cares for Sherlock.
* The skill and effort that Sherlock puts into his best man duties are ridiculously heartwarming. As he says in the episode, he doesn't really grasp exactly why the wedding day is so important to John, but he goes out of his way to make it as special and as personal an experience as he can muster. Observe the pub crawl Sherlock organises for the stag; firstly, how far it puts Sherlock out of his comfort zone, considering he's rarely seen eating, never mind recreationally drinking; and, more importantly, precisely how much effort he puts into the whole thing. He shuns conventional pub crawl ideas, instead favouring the "personal touch", he enlists Molly to help him work out the exact amount of beer necessary to have the best possible time, and he ends up totally pissed in 221B, to the extent that John's finishing his catchphrases. That's an impressively thoughtful stag night by anyone's standards, but for Sherlock? It's an unprecedented amount of care and attention paid by a character who has a notorious lack of awareness or respect for the wishes of others.
** Many of Sherlock and John's interactions during the stag night are just completely adorable. The fact that it's just the two of them and John doesn't seem to kick up any fuss about none of his other friends being invited (though he might not care if thinking, from ''Many Happy Returns'', [[FridgeBrilliance all his other friends hate him]]). When Sherlock is drunk after John accidentally spikes his drink and starts a fight with a stranger, John quickly rushes in to rescue his friend and drag him away before he gets beaten up. The two of them then return home ready to have a 'cosy' nap together ''on the staircase'' before Mrs. Hudson wakes them. The whole 'Who Am I?' game scene with the two of them giggling at each other is precious. It should also be noted that, when Tessa is explaining the case to the boys, it's the only time in the series we see them sat on the sofa ''together'' rather than in their separate chairs as they usually do when interviewing a client. Sherlock even starts falling asleep at one point with his arm around John before waking up.
** Sherlock organised a memorable stag, looked after the best interests of his friend's relationship, played a huge role in wedding planning, give a speech that reduced members of the audience to tears, set a lovelorn bridesmaid up with a suitable guy to the apparent detriment of his own happiness, wrote a waltz specifically for the bride and groom, and delivered the happy news that Mary was pregnant. Oh, and he solved two outstanding mysteries and prevented the murder of John's beloved commanding officer to boot. He was a best man worthy of the name, despite all of his natural limitations.
* The relationship between John and Mary showcased in the scene where Sherlock is fretting over table napkins and John is barely listening and searching for cases on his phone (because Mary asked him to, as well as because wedding planning bores him.) When Mary discovers John's cousin hates her, she doesn't seem offended, just surprised. She actually checks over her shoulder to see that John isn't paying attention before lowering her voice and asking Sherlock "Who else hates me?" She knows John, who is so protective of people he loves, would probably go ballistic if he found out there was an entire list worth of wedding guests who hate his bride-to-be, even if Mary doesn't care what they think.
** And the fact that Sherlock wrote up the list beforehand means he anticipated her asking. He could have remembered it, if it was just for his benefit. He wrote it down, ''having recognized that Mary would want to know, and that saying it out-loud might hurt John's feelings.''
* In this episode we meet John's commanding officer for the first time, and multiple times he is compared to Sherlock. Between their distaste for public appearances, antisocial behavior, their life being threatened, John... etc the do seem very similar. Even Major Sholto notices in his first actual conversation with the detective, and Sherlock agrees. Consider this when rewatching the series. There are so many times John stops everything to do what Sherlock tells him to do, usually with out a please, thank you, or even an explanation. John drops everything to do menial tasks like hand him a phone, as well as go far out of his way to follow an order. Never once does he refuse. It's sweet that John is so loyal to Sherlock, but it's touching when you think that maybe, just maybe, John does this because Sherlock reminds him of the commanding officer that John clearly loves and even looks up to. Mycroft asks John if he's seen the battle field when he spends time with Sherlock and it's clear that the answer is yes. The two haven't even done anything dangerous yet and John already feels like he's back in the action. Perhaps it's because his new flatmate subconsciously reminds him of his own commanding officer.
Sherlock.



-->'''Sherlock:''' Mary and John. Whatever it takes, whatever happens, from now on I swear I will ''always'' be there. Always. [[FreudianSlip For all three of you.]]
** It's not just the vow itself that's heartwarming, but the fact that he ''unconsciously'' counts the baby. He only realized at some point that day, he hasn't told them yet, and it might not even be a ''fetus'' yet, but he's already made up his mind that it's included in his vow — to the extent he forgets ''not'' to mention it.
** Also the fact that the only vow he plans to make in his life is reserved for John Watson and his family.
* It's small, but during the charades game when John asks for a hint about what woman he is, asking if he's a "pretty" woman, Sherlock tells him that beauty is nothing but a construct informed by childhood experiences and role models. Sherlock may be full of himself, but he's incredibly nonjudgmental. Petty qualities that ordinary people pay attention to - like looks - don't even matter to him.

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-->'''Sherlock:''' Mary "Mary and John. Whatever it takes, whatever happens, from now on I swear I will ''always'' be there. Always. [[FreudianSlip For all three of you.]]
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** It's not just the vow itself that's heartwarming, but the fact that he ''unconsciously'' counts the baby. He only realized at some point that day, he hasn't told them yet, and it might not even be a ''fetus'' yet, but he's already made up his mind that it's included in his vow — to the extent he forgets ''not'' to mention it.
** Also the fact that the only vow he plans to make in his life is reserved for John Watson and his family.
* It's small, but during the charades game when John asks for a hint about what woman he is, asking if he's a "pretty" woman,
When Sherlock tells him reveals that beauty Mary is nothing but a construct informed by childhood experiences pregnant, she and role models. John freak out, and Sherlock may be full of himself, but he's incredibly nonjudgmental. Petty qualities freaks out with them, then tells them that ordinary people pay attention to - like looks - don't even matter to him.they will be great parents because they've already had practice with him, before Mary starts crying and John grabs them both in a hug.
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