History Heartwarming / Sherlock

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* John's support of Sherlock when he's on the phone to the hostages. You can particularly see this when the young man in Piccadilly Circus calls Sherlock while he's at the police station- he wanders out of the room and John, seeing that there's something wrong, follows him out. He doesn't interrupt him or say anything, and he can't really do anything to help, but he's ''there,'' and he's clearly trying to be as supportive as possible. He does it again when the old lady calls for the first time, maintaining supportive eye contact with him the whole time, and despite the fact that they've just had something approaching an argument, he's right by Sherlock when he solves the case but the old lady is killed for it anyway.
* In the scene where the hostage is revealed to be a child, John again is put in a position of being very powerless to help Sherlock. Nonetheless, watch him during this scene. Sherlock points out (quite correctly) that the whole point of these puzzles is that ''he'' has to get the right answer, not have another person hand it to him. John knows this, he heard him point it out (and watch his reaction to it.) But despite this, and despite admitting freely that he's not a consulting detective, you can practically see John's brain ticking over during the countdown. He's trying his best to work it out ''for'' Sherlock.
* Mycroft realising that the best way to get to Sherlock's reasonable side is through John. During his first conversation with Sherlock regarding the Andrew West case, he goes to give Sherlock the file, then changes his mind and gives it to John instead, talking directly to him. When blowing up Sherlock's phone with text after text doesn't get any kind of response from Sherlock at all, he starts texting John instead. Mycroft is having to face the amazing fact that Sherlock ''is'' capable of having friends. Well, one, at least. And that John also holds some influence over Sherlock, in his own way. In fact, Mycroft really is treating John like Sherlock's other half- what's said to John will reach Sherlock, and vice-versa.
* When Lestrade calls Sherlock about the pink phone and tells him to come down to New Scotland Yard, Sherlock asks John if he's coming. John's somewhat surprised answer is "If you want me to, of course," Then we get this line, with just the ghost of a smile:
-->'''Sherlock:''' I'd be lost without my blogger.
** The night before, Sherlock had attacked John over the contents of his blog, and then finished up with telling him quite nastily, "better still, stop inflicting your opinions on the world." It was this last line that caused John to storm out. Sherlock's comment, apart from being [[MythologyGag an approximation of something said in the books,]] is really quite sweet and appreciative, letting John know that he really doesn't mind his blogging and that unless otherwise specified, he's welcome to accompany Sherlock on his cases. It's the closest Sherlock can probably get to saying "I'm sorry I snapped at you about your blog last night."
* The look on John's face when he sees that Sherlock is okay after abruptly leaving Sarah's to return home when he'd heard Baker Street had been bombed.
* It's hard to imagine anyone being more gentle or kind than John is with West's fiancee when he goes to interview her. He's dealt with other grieving family and friends in the episode (Prince's brother, Woodbridge's flatmate) and used diplomacy and tact, but there's a difference between them and this girl- not only has she lost her fiancee, but the government thinks he was a traitor. He ''has'' to bring this up and she predictably reacts badly, but while he remains honest with her about what everyone thinks might have happened, he does it in the best way possible. (Can you imagine what would have happened if ''Sherlock'' had interviewed her? Or even if he'd been there?)
* John describes the first hostage to Sherlock as "the woman- the crying woman." Sherlock then calls her "just a hostage", which disgusts John. He obviously found her phone call to Sherlock- particularly her crying- very distressing.
* When John sees news of the explosion at Baker Street on the TV at Sarah's and rushes home, he finds Mycroft is already there. He's apparently only there to ask Sherlock to take the Andrew West case, but given how protective he is of Sherlock and how he "worries about him, constantly" it seems likely that he, too, got news of the explosion and rushed over because he was worried about Sherlock.
* Several times in The Great Game, Sherlock encourages John to solve the case. Although John doesn't quite manage it, it's both interesting and heartwarming that Sherlock, who is so defensive of his skills and desperate to be the only brilliant person alive, lets him try anyway and seems honestly pleased when he steps up. He's essentially trying to train John up as a sort of student of "the Science of Deduction." He doesn't really bother trying to teach anyone else.
** In the scene where John tries to deduce the Carl Powers case from his shoes, Sherlock seems to be telling the truth when he says a second point of view is useful to him. And his reaction of 'I mean, you've missed practically everything of importance...' is played for laughs (and directly out of the books), but his praise of 'really good' and 'you're in sparkling form' seems genuine, not snarky. Besides, his own deductions required scientific equipment and research. He couldn't possibly have expected John to be able to deduce that the shoes had been in Sussex simply by looking at the mud on the soles. Or to be able to tell that the miniscule flakes on the laces were human skin without using a microscope.
** Sherlock's comments over John's deductions about the shoes are even more heartwarming because John had initially flatly refused to tell Sherlock his impressions; he protested "I'm not going to stand here while you humiliate me." Sherlock had apparently, for a change, been really ''listening'' to John's concerns- his compliments toward him were his careful efforts to absolutely ''not'' humiliate John in any way. The comment about John missing practically everything of importance was meant as a statement of fact, not a put-down, and despite feeling that John really did miss every important detail Sherlock ''still'' enthusiastically encouraged him and told him he'd done an excellent job.
** Sherlock had been (literally) following John during the entire investigation of the Andrew West case. We know that Sherlock ''loves'' solving cases, showing off, being right and pissing off his brother. He had already solved the Andrew West case. But he waits patiently until John realises on his own how Andrew West was killed, before revealing himself and then taking John to Joe Harrison's flat. Sherlock is usually shown to have no patience with the 'funny little brains' of people he thinks are 'idiots', so the fact that he followed John around and waited for him to solve it on his own really is extremely patient and sweet of him. It's also somewhat implied that he was following John around to keep an eye on him as well, and make sure he wasn't in any danger.
* A tiny, almost throwaway moment, but it's adorable. While Sherlock is shut into the kitchen hard at work on the Carl Powers case, John is apparently pacing around anxiously in the living room. He opens the sliding door and blurts out, "Can I help?" When Sherlock ignores the question, he continues with, "I want to help. There's only five hours left." His tone is ''so'' earnest, almost pleading. John has no ego to protect in that way. He doesn't want to be the hero, and he doesn't care if Sherlock doesn't praise him or even credit him, he just wants to ''help.''
** Even more cute, Sherlock calling John 'quaint' for wanting to help Mycroft's matter of national importance. It's mostly meant as teasing but it's still rather sweet. As is the next moment where he refers to John as his 'best man'.
*** The 'best man' remark is even more adorable when John at first has no idea who Sherlock is even talking about. It seems to never have occurred to him, even yet, that he ''is'' Sherlock's best man (especially given the bickering between them in this episode), and that Sherlock trusts him and values him. Awww.
** This becomes HeartwarmingInHindsight when [[spoiler:in season 3, Sherlock becomes John's best man at his wedding]].
* John grabbing hold of Moriarty, ready to risk his life to take down the guy in order to save Sherlock. Sherlock repays this moment of heartwarming by tearing off John's bomb-rigged jacket in a panic as soon as Moriarty is gone, seeming totally freaked out by the whole thing.
** Especially when you remember that Sherlock had told John earlier that [[FridgeBrilliance "heroes don't exist."]] While John certainly isn't perfect, what he did for Sherlock in this scene, and the fact that he was perfectly willing to ''die'' to save him, is almost indisputably heroic.
** When John grabs Moriarty, Sherlock is visibly shaken, but he shows no signs whatsoever that doing what John told him to running away, and leaving John there to be killed ''ever'' occurred to him as an option. Later, we see that (assuming he's not bluffing) he's prepared to kill Moriarty, John and ''himself,'' but he's not going to leave the scene without John or allow him to be harmed as a sacrifice for his own life. They were in it together, whether they died or lived.
** Also, John letting go of Moriarty when he realised Sherlock was now a target. He backs off far enough from Moriarty that he had no reason to believe he wasn't going to be shot by the snipers then and there for attacking him.
* The normally lightning-fast thinking Sherlock pacing, ''rubbing his head with a loaded gun'', and this graceful bit of dialogue: "That uh thing that you did that you offered to do that was um...good." D'awww.
** As Sherlock is frantically trying to get the bomb off John, John says his name several times and appears to be trying to calm him down. As for whether he's all right, John says he's "fine", promptly buckles at both knees, grabs onto the side of a change-room door, sinks down onto his heels... and ''then,'' characteristically, thinks to ask "...Are ''you'' okay?" He doesn't specifically mention the loaded gun Sherlock is waving around, but he can see how shaken his friend is and his priority is Sherlock's wellbeing, not his own. Most people would probably be too busy thinking ''holy crap I just nearly died'' to be able to process anything else around them.
* Sherlock, despite claiming to be a high-functioning sociopath, not even hesitating to give Moriarty the USB when he saw that John was in danger. He pointedly asks John "Are you all right?" and waits for John to nod before holding the memory stick out to Moriarty. It strongly implies that there was no chance in hell of him making that offer if John had been hurt, or was otherwise not "all right."

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* John's support of Several times in ''The Great Game'', Sherlock when he's on encourages John to solve the phone to the hostages. You can particularly see this when the young man in Piccadilly Circus calls Sherlock while he's at the police station- he wanders out of the room and John, seeing that there's something wrong, follows him out. He case. Although John doesn't interrupt quite manage it, it's both interesting and heartwarming that Sherlock, who is so defensive of his skills and desperate to be the only brilliant person alive, lets him or say anything, try anyway and seems honestly pleased when he can't really do anything to help, but he's ''there,'' and he's clearly steps up. He's essentially trying to be train John up as supportive as possible. He does it again when a sort of student of "the Science of Deduction."
** In
the old lady calls for scene where John tries to deduce the first time, maintaining supportive eye contact with him the whole time, and despite the fact that they've just had something approaching an argument, he's right by Carl Powers case from his shoes, Sherlock seems to be telling the truth when he solves says a second point of view is useful to him. And his reaction of "I mean, you've missed practically everything of importance" is directly out of the case but the old lady is killed for it anyway.books, his praise of "really good" and "you're in sparkling form" seems genuine.
* In the scene where the hostage is revealed to be a child, John again is put in a position of being very powerless to help Sherlock. Nonetheless, watch him during this scene. Sherlock points out (quite correctly) that the whole point of these puzzles is that ''he'' has to get the right answer, not have another person hand it to him. John knows this, he heard him point it out (and watch his reaction to it.) But despite this, and despite admitting freely that he's not a consulting detective, you can practically see John's brain ticking over during the countdown. He's trying his best to work it out ''for'' Sherlock.
* Mycroft realising that the best way to get to
** Sherlock's reasonable side is through John. During his first conversation with comments over John's deductions about the shoes are even more heartwarming because John had initially flatly refused to tell Sherlock regarding his impressions; he protested "I'm not going to stand here while you humiliate me." Sherlock had apparently, for a change, been really listening to John's concerns; his compliments toward him were his careful efforts to absolutely not humiliate John in any way. The comment about John missing practically everything of importance was meant as a statement of fact, not a put-down, and despite feeling that John really did miss every important detail Sherlock still enthusiastically encouraged him and told him he'd done an excellent job.
* In the first scene between Sherlock and John, Sherlock mentions having seen [[http://www.johnwatsonblog.co.uk/blog/07february John's writeup of the taxi driver case,]] and John ventures "... Did you like it?" When the answer is a resounding ''no,'' he continues "Why not? I thought you'd be flattered..." John's blog is supposed to be therapy. Initially, he never even meant for Sherlock to know it existed. Now that Sherlock ''does'' know it exists, he's trying to use it as a way of complimenting Sherlock without all the awkwardness of doing it face-to-face. He cares if Sherlock "likes it" and much of that entry was written so Sherlock ''would'' feel flattered. When he ignores all the nice things John had written about him and picked up on '''''one thing''''' that was less than complimentary (and completely ''true'') John is genuinely hurt. [[note]]As you'd expect, Sherlock doesn't seem offended by the multiple references to him being a psychopath.[[/note]]
* When John storms out of the flat to go to Sarah's, he's that annoyed that he barges past Mrs Hudson and ignores her as he does so. Seconds later, Mrs Hudson is worrying aloud that John should have wrapped himself up a bit more, since it was so cold out. John is more than capable of deciding whether he's dressed warmly enough or not, but that's not going to stop Mrs Hudson from worrying about him if ''she'' decides he's cold.
* When John sees news of the explosion at Baker Street on the TV at Sarah's and rushes there, he finds Mycroft is already there. He's apparently only there to ask Sherlock to take
the Andrew West case, but given how protective he goes to give is of Sherlock and how he "worries about him, constantly" it seems likely that he, too, got news of the file, then changes his mind explosion and gives it to John instead, talking directly to him. When blowing up Sherlock's phone with text after text doesn't get any kind of response from Sherlock at all, rushed over because he starts texting John instead. Mycroft is having to was worried about Sherlock.
** The look on John's
face the amazing fact when he sees that Sherlock ''is'' capable of having friends. Well, one, at least. And that John also holds some influence over Sherlock, in his own way. In fact, Mycroft really is treating John like Sherlock's other half- what's said to John will reach Sherlock, and vice-versa.
okay after he'd heard Baker Street had been bombed.
* When Lestrade calls Sherlock about the pink phone and tells him to come down to New Scotland Yard, Sherlock asks John if he's coming. John's somewhat surprised answer is is, "If you want me to, of course," Then we get this line, with just the ghost of a smile:
course."
-->'''Sherlock:''' "[[FunnyMoment I'd be lost without my blogger.
blogger.]]"
** The night before, Sherlock had attacked John over the contents of his blog, and then finished up with telling him quite nastily, "better still, stop inflicting your opinions on the world." It was this last line that caused John to storm out. Sherlock's comment, apart from being [[MythologyGag an approximation of something said in the books,]] is really quite sweet and appreciative, letting John know that he really doesn't mind his blogging and that unless otherwise specified, he's welcome to accompany Sherlock on his cases. It's the closest Sherlock can probably get to saying "I'm sorry I snapped at you he's sorry.
* John praising Sherlock for deducing that the painting was a fake simply from the dead security guard. This scene takes place immediately after the one where John had shown himself to be upset that Sherlock didn't care
about your blog last night.the victims whose lives were at stake and Sherlock had all too bluntly told him not to place him on a pedestal. Yet John still can't help calling him "fantastic", with as much amazement in his voice as when he had praised him on their first case together. Granted, back then he barely knew Sherlock and now he's seen him at his worst as well as his best. None of it seems to make a difference because, to him, Sherlock is still a hero.
** There's also cute moment in that scene where Sherlock nods to John, giving him the go-ahead to give his preliminary thoughts on the security guard's cause of death and the overall condition of his body. John, in turn, looks at Lestrade and waits for his permission before doing so, which is something Sherlock never does. While John is talking to Lestrade, Sherlock is searching on his phone and probably barely listening, and it's highly unlikely John told him anything he didn't already know, but he let him have his turn anyway.
* In the scene referenced above, where Sherlock tells John not to make him into a hero, he asks if caring about the victims will help save them. John confidently answers "no" so quickly it's almost before Sherlock finishes asking the question. John anticipated the question, and the point. It didn't change his mind or even his perspective people with normal emotions and normal levels of empathy don't make a choice to care about people as a tool to helping save them, they care about people because they just do, they can't help themselves, that's what empathy and compassion ''is.'' As Sherlock bitingly pointed out at the hospital when John asked him to remember that there was a woman involved who might die, John is a doctor. No matter how good a doctor he is, a combat medic in particular would have had patients die on him. Doctors are trained extensively to cope when that happens, to not blame themselves, to be philosophical about it and move on to help the next person. John ''knows'' that "crying by their bedsides" will not do them any particular good.
* Sherlock's line to John:
--->'''Sherlock:''' "Don't make people into heroes, John. Heroes don't exist and if they did I wouldn't be one of them.
"
* The look on ** While it's delivered to sound quite brutal, there is an underlying heart-warming factor to it in that; Sherlock believes he has to be cruel to be kind. He seems genuinely put off that John is disappointed in him. Instead of trying to regain John's face when he sees that approval or impress him again, Sherlock simply lays it out flat this is okay after abruptly leaving Sarah's who he is and John is only going to return home be upset if he expects him to be something more. For someone with such a huge ego, it really is an impressive display of how humble he can be when he'd heard Baker Street had been bombed.he tells John that he's ''not'' a hero and also shows how [[TearJerker even Sherlock]] is aware of the type of [[AntiHero potentially twisted person]] he is.
* It's hard to imagine anyone being more gentle or kind than John is with West's fiancee John's support of Sherlock when he goes he's on the phone to interview her. He's dealt with other grieving family the hostages. When the young man in Piccadilly Circus calls Sherlock while he's at the police station, Sherlock wanders out of the room and friends in the episode (Prince's brother, Woodbridge's flatmate) and used diplomacy and tact, but John, seeing that there's a difference between them and this girl- not only has she lost her fiancee, but the government thinks he was a traitor. He ''has'' to bring this up and she predictably reacts badly, but while he remains honest with her about what everyone thinks might have happened, he does it in the best way possible. (Can you imagine what would have happened if ''Sherlock'' had interviewed her? Or even if he'd been there?)
* John describes the first hostage to Sherlock as "the woman- the crying woman." Sherlock then calls her "just a hostage", which disgusts John. He obviously found her phone call to Sherlock- particularly her crying- very distressing.
* When John sees news of the explosion at Baker Street on the TV at Sarah's and rushes home, he finds Mycroft is already there. He's apparently only there to ask Sherlock to take the Andrew West case, but given how protective he is of Sherlock and how he "worries about him, constantly" it seems likely that he, too, got news of the explosion and rushed over because he was worried about Sherlock.
* Several times in The Great Game, Sherlock encourages John to solve the case. Although John doesn't quite manage it, it's both interesting and heartwarming that Sherlock, who is so defensive of his skills and desperate to be the only brilliant person alive, lets
something wrong, follows him try anyway and seems honestly pleased when he steps up. He's essentially trying to train John up as a sort of student of "the Science of Deduction." out. He doesn't interrupt him or say anything, and he can't really bother do anything to help, but he's ''there,'' and he's clearly trying to teach anyone else.be as supportive as possible.
** In the scene where John tries to deduce the Carl Powers case from his shoes, Sherlock seems to be telling the truth He does it again when he says a second point of view is useful to him. And his reaction of 'I mean, you've missed practically everything of importance...' is played the old lady calls for laughs (and directly out of the books), but his praise of 'really good' and 'you're in sparkling form' seems genuine, not snarky. Besides, his own deductions required scientific equipment and research. He couldn't possibly have expected John to be able to deduce that first time, maintaining supportive eye contact with him the shoes had been in Sussex simply by looking at the mud on the soles. Or to be able to tell that the miniscule flakes on the laces were human skin without using a microscope.
** Sherlock's comments over John's deductions about the shoes are even more heartwarming because John had initially flatly refused to tell Sherlock his impressions; he protested "I'm not going to stand here while you humiliate me." Sherlock had apparently, for a change, been really ''listening'' to John's concerns- his compliments toward him were his careful efforts to absolutely ''not'' humiliate John in any way. The comment about John missing practically everything of importance was meant as a statement of fact, not a put-down,
whole time, and despite feeling the fact that John really did miss every important detail they've just had something approaching an argument, he's right by Sherlock ''still'' enthusiastically encouraged him and told him he'd done an excellent job.when he solves the case.
** In the scene where the hostage is revealed to be a child, John again is put in a position of being very powerless to help Sherlock. Nonetheless, even when Sherlock had been (literally) following points out that the whole point of these puzzles is that ''he'' has to get the right answer, John can be seen working things out for Sherlock during the entire investigation of the Andrew West case. We know that Sherlock ''loves'' solving cases, showing off, being right and pissing off his brother. He had already solved the Andrew West case. But he waits patiently until John realises on his own how Andrew West was killed, before revealing himself and then taking John to Joe Harrison's flat. Sherlock is usually shown to have no patience with the 'funny little brains' of people he thinks are 'idiots', so the fact that he followed John around and waited for him to solve it on his own really is extremely patient and sweet of him. It's also somewhat implied that he was following John around to keep an eye on him as well, and make sure he wasn't in any danger.
* A tiny, almost throwaway moment, but it's adorable. While Sherlock is shut into the kitchen hard at work on the Carl Powers case, John is apparently pacing around anxiously in the living room. He opens the sliding door and blurts out, "Can I help?" When Sherlock ignores the question, he continues with, "I want to help. There's only five hours left." His tone is ''so'' earnest, almost pleading. John has no ego to protect in that way. He doesn't want to be the hero, and he doesn't care if Sherlock doesn't praise him or even credit him, he just wants to ''help.''
** Even more cute, Sherlock calling John 'quaint' for wanting to help Mycroft's matter of national importance. It's mostly meant as teasing but it's still rather sweet. As is the next moment where he refers to John as his 'best man'.
countdown.
*** The 'best man' remark is * In the Connie Prince case, John, thinking he has a lead, calls Sherlock and orders him to get himself over to the Prince place quickly. Sherlock immediately agrees and follows every single one of his instructions. Sherlock had solved the case well before John called, and presumably, before he even sent John out. He went out to the Prince house anyway. Although John was wrong, Sherlock seems quite proud that he had come up with a very plausible theory; he's even more adorable proud of him a few minutes later when John at first has no idea who Sherlock is even talking about. It seems to never have occurred to him, even yet, that he ''is'' Sherlock's best man (especially given the bickering between them in this episode), and that Sherlock trusts him and values him. Awww.correctly deduces how Andrew West was killed.
** This becomes HeartwarmingInHindsight when [[spoiler:in season 3, * After the old lady is shot and her call to Sherlock becomes is cut off, there's a heartbreakingly sombre moment as the three men take in what has happened. Sherlock may claim not to care about the hostages, but the expression on his face and the way he sinks back into his chair tells a completely different story. Also, John's best man at his wedding]].
*
hand comes to rest on the back of Sherlock's chair, very close to Sherlock's neck. It looks as if John grabbing hold of Moriarty, is ready to risk comfort his life friend if he needs to take down the guy in order to save Sherlock. Sherlock repays this moment of heartwarming by tearing off John's bomb-rigged jacket in a panic as soon as Moriarty is gone, seeming totally freaked out by the whole thing.
** Especially when you remember
because he knows that Sherlock had told John earlier that [[FridgeBrilliance "heroes don't exist."]] While John certainly isn't perfect, what he did for Sherlock in this scene, and the fact that he was perfectly willing to ''die'' to save him, is almost indisputably heroic.
** When John grabs Moriarty, Sherlock is visibly shaken, but he shows no signs whatsoever that doing what John told him to running away, and leaving John there to be killed ''ever'' occurred to him as an option. Later, we see that (assuming he's
must feel some guilt, deep down inside, over not bluffing) he's prepared to kill Moriarty, John and ''himself,'' but he's not going to leave the scene without John or allow him to be harmed as a sacrifice for his own life. They were in it together, whether they died or lived.
** Also, John letting go of Moriarty
saving her when he realised Sherlock was now a target. He backs off far enough from Moriarty that he had no reason to believe he wasn't going to be shot by the snipers then and there for attacking him.chance.
* The normally lightning-fast thinking During the fight in the Planetarium, the Golem grabs Sherlock pacing, ''rubbing in a headlock in an attempt to strangle him or snap his head neck. John, in a moment that can only be described as [[BadassAdorable heart-warmingly badass]], aims his gun and utters this line with a loaded gun'', and this graceful bit of dialogue: "That uh thing that you did that you offered to do that was um...good." D'awww.
** As
such quiet menace:
--> '''John:''' "Let him go, or I ''will'' kill you."
* While
Sherlock is frantically trying to get shut into the bomb off John, kitchen hard at work on the Carl Powers case, John says his name several times is apparently pacing around anxiously in the living room. He opens the sliding door and appears blurts out, "Can I help?" When Sherlock ignores the question, he continues with, "I want to be trying to calm him down. As for whether he's all right, help, There's only five hours left." His tone is so earnest, almost pleading, but John says he's "fine", promptly buckles at both knees, grabs onto the side of a change-room door, sinks down onto his heels... and ''then,'' characteristically, thinks to ask "...Are ''you'' okay?" He doesn't specifically mention want to be the loaded gun hero, and he doesn't care if Sherlock is waving around, but doesn't praise him or even credit him, he can see how shaken his friend is and his priority is Sherlock's wellbeing, not his own. Most people would probably be too busy thinking ''holy crap I really does just nearly died'' want to be able to process anything else around them.
* Sherlock, despite claiming to be a high-functioning sociopath, not even hesitating to give Moriarty the USB when he saw that John was in danger. He pointedly asks John "Are you all right?" and waits for John to nod before holding the memory stick out to Moriarty. It strongly implies that there was no chance in hell of him making that offer if John had been hurt, or was otherwise not "all right."
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** In a rare moment of social awareness, Sherlock seems to immediately understand that blurting out "gay" was unacceptable and out of line, because when he's called on it, he [[CrowningMomentOfFunny mumbles "Nothing... um... hey."]] This is the same man who in earlier episodes told John to his face that he was an idiot and responded to John telling him about the time he thought he was going to die with "Yeah, but if you were ''clever''...". The same guy who crashed John's date and blatantly told Sarah to go home so he and John could pull another all-nighter over the book code. He seems genuinely sorry for what he's just said. Unluckily for him, Molly heard him the first time, which leads to him launching into his rundown on ''why'' he thinks Jim is gay.
** There's another in that scene, too. When Sherlock is...well, being his usual blunt, tactless, brutally rude self previously in the series, John never actually intervenes. Sherlock is rude to Lestrade, Donovan, Anderson, Mrs Hudson (!!), Mycroft, Dimmock... yeah, everybody, and generally John shrugs it off and lets it go, or at least waits until afterward to chew Sherlock out. After Jim leaves Molly, upset, confronts Sherlock on his "gay" remark. Sherlock brutally points out his case for Jim being gay, and John interrupts him with "Sherlock..." as a warning. When Sherlock ignores it, John goes in to argue with him, and then chews him out when Molly runs off. Obviously watching Sherlock absolutely destroy the series' resident ChewToy was a bit too much for him to take, which is sweet of him, considering that Molly completely ignores him and five minutes before couldn't remember his name.
* Any time we see them in a restaurant with only John eating. Even though Sherlock doesn't like to waste time eating when he's on the case, he'll still take the time to sit there for John's sake. Even if they do usually have to run out after just a few bites. This is particularly obvious in the scene where they receive the information about the Connie Prince case in some sort of cafe/canteen place. Sherlock opens the scene by asking John "feeling better?" and John, midway through eating as if he hasn't for days, replying that they'd hardly stopped for breath so far.
** Also, the look on Sherlock's face in this scene is very sweet and heartwarming on its own.
* After the old lady is shot and her call to Sherlock is cut off, there's a heartbreakingly sombre moment as the three men take in what has happened. Sherlock may claim not to care later but the expression on his face and the way he sinks back into his chair tells a completely different story. Also, John's hand comes to rest on the back of Sherlock's chair, very close to Sherlock's neck. It looks as if John is ready to comfort his friend if he needs to because he ''knows'' that Sherlock must feel some guilt, deep down inside, over not saving her when he had the chance.
* The scene at the art gallery, when they hear that Moriarty's newest hostage is a child. Lestrade blurts out "it's a kid, oh God, it's a kid!" Elsewhere, he uniformly shows a lot of sympathy for the "poor buggers" Moriarty's using as bomb mules, but this, and his panicked shout of "Sherlock!" while Sherlock is dicking around laughing about how brilliant the answer is, shows a lot about what a decent person he really is.
* In the Connie Prince case of "The Great Game", John calls Sherlock thinking he has a lead, and orders him to get himself over to the Prince place ASAP. Sherlock immediately agrees and follows every single one of his instructions. Sherlock had solved the case well before John called, and presumably, before he even sent John out. He went out to the Prince house anyway. Although John was wrong, Sherlock seems quite proud that he had come up with a very plausible theory; he's even more proud of him a few minutes later when he correctly deduces how Andrew West was killed.
* Shortly after the resolution of the Andrew West Case, Sherlock is watching trashy telly and John is (probably) typing up on his blog about recent events. While the easy domestic scene would be heartwarming enough by the virtue of being there, considering previous tense scenes, it's made even better when John mentions that he's still waiting for Sherlock to admit knowing something about the solar system would have helped in figuring out why the painting in the fourth "round" was fake. Sherlock retorts that it didn't help John any. John replies that while that's true he is not a "consulting detective." What is Sherlock's witty reply? Sherlock simply grins to himself and concedes the point.
* In ''The Great Game,'' Sherlock is seen boredly firing John's gun at the wall at Baker Street. A few moments later, John comes charging up the stairs and into the doorway, amid the gunfire. His absolute fury when he realises Sherlock is ''firing a freaking gun indoors because he's bored'' is that of someone who's just needlessly had the ''crap'' scared out of them. (After all, he says not one word about the actual vandalism of the wall.) We frequently see John irritated or annoyed and snarky, but moments where he's [[AngerBornOfWorry angry enough to shout at people]] are rare. In a situation where, for all he knew, Sherlock could have been being shot at, John raced up to the flat to see that he was okay.
** Given John's past experience at war and probable PTSD, his overreaction to the sound of gunfire could be seen in another light.
* John praising Sherlock for deducing that the painting was a fake simply from the dead security guard. This scene takes place immediately after the one where John had shown himself to be upset that Sherlock didn't care about the victims whose lives were at stake and Sherlock had all too bluntly told him not to place him on a pedestal. Yet John still can't help calling him; "fantastic!" with as much amazement in his voice as when he had praised him on their first case together. Granted, back then he barely knew Sherlock and now he's seen him at his worst as well as his best. None of it seems to make a difference because, to him, Sherlock is still a hero.
** There's also cute moment in that scene where Sherlock nods to John, giving him the go-ahead to give his preliminary thoughts on the security guard's cause of death and the overall condition of his body. John, in turn, looks at Lestrade and waits for his permission before doing so something Sherlock arrogantly never does. While John is talking to Lestrade, Sherlock is searching on his phone and probably barely listening, and it's highly unlikely John told him anything he didn't already know, but he let him have his turn anyway.
* In the scene referenced above, where Sherlock tells John not to make him into a hero, he asks if caring about the victims will help save them. John confidently answers "no" so quickly it's almost before Sherlock finishes asking the question. John anticipated the question, and the point. It didn't change his mind or even his perspective people with normal emotions and normal levels of empathy don't make a choice to care about people as a tool to helping save them, they care about people because they just do, they can't help themselves, that's what empathy and compassion ''is.'' As Sherlock bitingly pointed out at the hospital when John asked him to remember that there was a woman involved who might die, John is a doctor. No matter how good a doctor he is, a combat medic in particular would have had patients die on him. Doctors are trained extensively to cope when that happens, to not blame themselves, to be philosophical about it and move on to help the next person. John ''knows'' that "crying by their bedsides" will not do them any particular good.
** Sherlock's line to John:
--->'''Sherlock:''' Don't make people into heroes, John. Heroes don't exist and if they did I wouldn't be one of them.
*** While it's delivered to sound quite brutal, there is an underlying heart-warming factor to it in that, just like with letting Molly know Jim was gay, Sherlock believes he has to be cruel to be kind. He seems genuinely put off that John is disappointed in him. Instead of trying to regain John's approval or impress him again, Sherlock simply lays it out flat this is who he is and John is only going to be upset if he expects him to be something more. For someone with such a huge ego, it really is an impressive display of how humble he can be when he tells John that he's NOT a hero and also shows how [[TearJerker even Sherlock]] is aware of the type of [[AntiHero potentially twisted person]] he is.
* During the fight in the Planetarium, the Golem grabs Sherlock in a headlock in an attempt to strangle him or snap his neck. John, in a moment that can only be described as [[BadassAdorable heart-warmingly badass]], aims his gun and utters this line with such quiet menace:
--> '''John:''' Let him go. Or I ''will'' kill you.
** And, as previous events have shown us, he would have.
* In the first scene between Sherlock and John, Sherlock mentions having seen [[http://www.johnwatsonblog.co.uk/blog/07february John's writeup of the taxi driver case,]] and John ventures "... Did you like it?" When the answer is a resounding ''no,'' he continues "Why not? I thought you'd be flattered..." John's blog is supposed to be therapy. Initially, he never even meant for Sherlock to know it existed. Now that Sherlock ''does'' know it exists, he's trying to use it as a way of complimenting Sherlock without all the awkwardness of doing it face-to-face. He cares if Sherlock "likes it" and much of that entry was written so Sherlock ''would'' feel flattered. When he ignores all the nice things John had written about him and picked up on ''one thing'' that was less than complimentary (and completely ''true)'' John is genuinely hurt. [[note]]As you'd expect, Sherlock doesn't seem offended by the multiple references to him being a psychopath.[[/note]] He storms out of the flat because of ''this-'' when he blazed up but cooled down very quick over Sherlock shooting the wall, and barely scolded him for putting a head in the fridge.
* This line, from one of the most coldly analytical, scientific-minded men in Britain, looking up at the stars [[note]]And it's so heartwarming we'll forgive the glaring fact that you'd NEVER see those stars anywhere near Vauxhall Arches[[/note]]:
-->'''Sherlock:''' Beautiful, isn't it?
** It's the first time we've ever seen this part of Sherlock's personality, one who points out that he doesn't need to know about the concept of heliocentricity to be able to appreciate the beauty of a night sky. And it's extra heartwarming that not only did he notice something beautiful, he pointed it out so that he could share it with his best friend.
* During the standoff at the pool, when Moriarty mentions "thirty million quid just to get you to come out and play", there's a shot of John's face. His eyes are closed and he looks really pale and haggard. Then a shot of Sherlock glancing at him twice in quick succession he seems to be trying to look at John and Moriarty at the same time. It's just after this that he asks John if he's all right and hands over the memory stick, which unfortunately doesn't end the standoff. But Sherlock was hoping it ''would.'' He had previously called Jim's criminal consulting "brilliant" and was otherwise showing himself to be fascinated by him, but by this time he's no longer overly interested in hearing more of Moriarty explaining how brilliant he was and how he engineered all those "little problems." He could see that John ''really'' wasn't okay, and just wanted to get him out of the bomb jacket and somewhere safe before he passed out.
* Sherlock's smile to John after the two of them joke about how [[MistakenForGay people might talk]]. Considering they've spent most of the episode arguing and coming close to falling out, it's beautiful to see them acting like real best friends once they've escaped the danger. Too bad [[OhCrap it doesn't last]].
* Just before John leaves Sherlock watching crap telly to go to Sarah's, he pauses to sort out what Sherlock is going to do left on his own for the night specifically, what Sherlock's going to do about dinner. Sherlock is a grown man and more than capable of opening the fridge and finding food on his own, but we know that he has a tendency to [[ForgetsToEat forget to eat]] when he's preoccupied. Presumably he's been eating very little over the course of the previous few days, as he's been hard at work on the various cases throughout the episode. John won't be there with him for dinner, but he reminds Sherlock that he still has to eat anyway.

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** In a rare moment of social awareness, Sherlock seems to immediately understand that blurting out "gay" was unacceptable and out of line, because when he's called on it, he mumbles, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny mumbles "Nothing... um... hey."]] This is the same man who in earlier episodes told John to his face that he was an idiot and responded to John telling him about the time he thought he was going to die with "Yeah, but if you were ''clever''...". The same guy who idiot, crashed John's date and blatantly told Sarah to go home so he and John could pull another all-nighter over the book code. He seems genuinely sorry for what he's just said. Unluckily for him, Molly heard him perfectly the first time, which leads to him launching into his rundown on ''why'' why he thinks Jim is gay.
** There's another in that scene, too. When Sherlock is...well, * It's hard to imagine anyone being his usual blunt, tactless, brutally rude self previously more gentle or kind than John is with West's fiancée when he goes to interview her. He's dealt with other grieving family and friends in the series, John never actually intervenes. Sherlock is rude to Lestrade, Donovan, Anderson, Mrs Hudson (!!), Mycroft, Dimmock... yeah, everybody, episode and generally John shrugs it off used diplomacy and lets it go, or at least waits until afterward to chew Sherlock out. After Jim leaves Molly, upset, confronts Sherlock on his "gay" remark. Sherlock brutally points out his case for Jim being gay, and John interrupts him with "Sherlock..." as a warning. When Sherlock ignores it, John goes in to argue with him, and then chews him out when Molly runs off. Obviously watching Sherlock absolutely destroy the series' resident ChewToy was a bit too much for him to take, which is sweet of him, considering that Molly completely ignores him and five minutes before couldn't remember his name.
* Any time we see them in a restaurant with only John eating. Even though Sherlock doesn't like to waste time eating when he's on the case, he'll still take the time to sit there for John's sake. Even if they do usually have to run out after just a few bites. This is particularly obvious in the scene where they receive the information about the Connie Prince case in some sort of cafe/canteen place. Sherlock opens the scene by asking John "feeling better?" and John, midway through eating as if he hasn't for days, replying that they'd hardly stopped for breath so far.
** Also, the look on Sherlock's face in this scene is very sweet and heartwarming on its own.
* After the old lady is shot and her call to Sherlock is cut off,
tact, but there's a heartbreakingly sombre moment as the three men take in what difference between them and this girl- not only has happened. Sherlock may claim not to care later she lost her fiancé, but the expression on his face government thinks he was a traitor. He brings this up when he has too and she predictably reacts badly, but while he remains honest with her about what everyone thinks might have happened, he does it in the best way he sinks back into his chair tells a completely different story. Also, John's hand comes to rest on possible.
* This line, from one of
the back most coldly analytical, scientific-minded men in Britain, looking up at the stars:
-->'''Sherlock:''' "Beautiful, isn't it?"
** It's the first time we've ever seen this part
of Sherlock's chair, very close to Sherlock's neck. It looks as if John is ready to comfort his friend if he needs to because he ''knows'' personality, one who points out that Sherlock must feel some guilt, deep down inside, over not saving her when he had doesn't need to know about the chance.concept of heliocentricity to be able to appreciate the beauty of a night sky.
* The scene at the art gallery, when they hear that Moriarty's newest hostage is a child. Lestrade blurts out "it's a kid, oh God, it's a kid!" Elsewhere, he uniformly shows a lot of sympathy for the "poor buggers" Moriarty's using as bomb mules, but this, and his panicked shout of "Sherlock!" while Sherlock is dicking around laughing about how brilliant the answer is, shows a lot about what a decent person he really is.
* In the Connie Prince case of "The Great Game", John calls Sherlock thinking he has a lead, and orders him to get himself over to the Prince place ASAP. Sherlock immediately agrees and follows every single one of his instructions. Sherlock had solved the case well before John called, and presumably, before he even sent John out. He went out to the Prince house anyway. Although John was wrong, Sherlock seems quite proud that he had come up with a very plausible theory; he's even more proud of him a few minutes later when he correctly deduces how Andrew West was killed.
* Shortly after the resolution of the Andrew West Case, Sherlock is watching trashy telly and John is (probably) typing up on his blog about recent events. While the easy domestic scene would be heartwarming enough by the virtue of being there, considering previous tense scenes, it's made even better when John mentions that he's still waiting for Sherlock to admit knowing something about the solar system would have helped in figuring out why the painting in the fourth "round" was fake. Sherlock retorts that it didn't help John any. John replies that while that's true he is not a "consulting detective." What is Sherlock's witty reply? Sherlock simply grins to himself and concedes the point.
* In ''The Great Game,'' Sherlock is seen boredly firing John's gun at the wall at Baker Street. A few moments later, John comes charging up the stairs and into the doorway, amid the gunfire. His absolute fury when he realises Sherlock is ''firing a freaking gun indoors because he's bored'' is that of someone who's just needlessly had the ''crap'' scared out of them. (After all, he says not one word about the actual vandalism of the wall.) We frequently see John irritated or annoyed and snarky, but moments where he's [[AngerBornOfWorry angry enough to shout at people]] are rare. In a situation where, for all he knew, Sherlock could have been being shot at, John raced up to the flat to see that he was okay.
** Given John's past experience at war and probable PTSD, his overreaction to the sound of gunfire could be seen in another light.
* John praising Sherlock for deducing that the painting was a fake simply from the dead security guard. This scene takes place immediately after the one where John had shown himself to be upset that Sherlock didn't care about the victims whose lives were at stake and Sherlock had all too bluntly told him not to place him on a pedestal. Yet John still can't help calling him; "fantastic!" with as much amazement in his voice as when he had praised him on their first case together. Granted, back then he barely knew Sherlock and now he's seen him at his worst as well as his best. None of it seems to make a difference because, to him, Sherlock is still a hero.
** There's also cute moment in that scene where Sherlock nods to John, giving him the go-ahead to give his preliminary thoughts on the security guard's cause of death and the overall condition of his body. John, in turn, looks at Lestrade and waits for his permission before doing so something Sherlock arrogantly never does. While John is talking to Lestrade, Sherlock is searching on his phone and probably barely listening, and it's highly unlikely John told him anything he didn't already know, but he let him have his turn anyway.
* In the scene referenced above, where Sherlock tells John not to make him into a hero, he asks if caring about the victims will help save them. John confidently answers "no" so quickly it's almost before Sherlock finishes asking the question. John anticipated the question, and the point. It didn't change his mind or even his perspective people with normal emotions and normal levels of empathy don't make a choice to care about people as a tool to helping save them, they care about people because they just do, they can't help themselves, that's what empathy and compassion ''is.'' As Sherlock bitingly pointed out at the hospital when John asked him to remember that there was a woman involved who might die, John is a doctor. No matter how good a doctor he is, a combat medic in particular would have had patients die on him. Doctors are trained extensively to cope when that happens, to not blame themselves, to be philosophical about it and move on to help the next person. John ''knows'' that "crying by their bedsides" will not do them any particular good.
** Sherlock's line to John:
--->'''Sherlock:''' Don't make people into heroes, John. Heroes don't exist and if they did I wouldn't be one of them.
*** While it's delivered to sound quite brutal, there is an underlying heart-warming factor to it in that, just like with letting Molly know Jim was gay, Sherlock believes he has to be cruel to be kind. He seems genuinely put off that John is disappointed in him. Instead of trying to regain John's approval or impress him again, Sherlock simply lays it out flat this is who he is and John is only going to be upset if he expects him to be something more. For someone with such a huge ego, it really is an impressive display of how humble he can be when he tells John that he's NOT a hero and also shows how [[TearJerker even Sherlock]] is aware of the type of [[AntiHero potentially twisted person]] he is.
* During the fight in the Planetarium, the Golem grabs Sherlock in a headlock in an attempt to strangle him or snap his neck. John, in a moment that can only be described as [[BadassAdorable heart-warmingly badass]], aims his gun and utters this line with such quiet menace:
--> '''John:''' Let him go. Or I ''will'' kill you.
** And, as previous events have shown us, he would have.
* In the first scene between Sherlock and John, Sherlock mentions having seen [[http://www.johnwatsonblog.co.uk/blog/07february John's writeup of the taxi driver case,]] and John ventures "... Did you like it?" When the answer is a resounding ''no,'' he continues "Why not? I thought you'd be flattered..." John's blog is supposed to be therapy. Initially, he never even meant for Sherlock to know it existed. Now that Sherlock ''does'' know it exists, he's trying to use it as a way of complimenting Sherlock without all the awkwardness of doing it face-to-face. He cares if Sherlock "likes it" and much of that entry was written so Sherlock ''would'' feel flattered. When he ignores all the nice things John had written about him and picked up on ''one thing'' that was less than complimentary (and completely ''true)'' John is genuinely hurt. [[note]]As you'd expect, Sherlock doesn't seem offended by the multiple references to him being a psychopath.[[/note]] He storms out of the flat because of ''this-'' when he blazed up but cooled down very quick over Sherlock shooting the wall, and barely scolded him for putting a head in the fridge.
* This line, from one of the most coldly analytical, scientific-minded men in Britain, looking up at the stars [[note]]And it's so heartwarming we'll forgive the glaring fact that you'd NEVER see those stars anywhere near Vauxhall Arches[[/note]]:
-->'''Sherlock:''' Beautiful, isn't it?
** It's the first time we've ever seen this part of Sherlock's personality, one who points out that he doesn't need to know about the concept of heliocentricity to be able to appreciate the beauty of a night sky. And it's extra heartwarming that not only did he notice something beautiful, he pointed it out so that he could share it with his best friend.
* During the standoff at the pool, when Moriarty mentions "thirty million quid just to get you to come out and play", there's a shot of John's face. His eyes are closed and he looks really pale and haggard. Then a shot of Sherlock glancing at him twice in quick succession he seems to be trying to look at John and Moriarty at the same time. It's just after this that he asks John if he's all right and hands over the memory stick, which unfortunately doesn't end the standoff. But Sherlock was hoping it ''would.'' He had previously called Jim's criminal consulting "brilliant" and was otherwise showing himself to be fascinated by him, but by this time he's no longer overly interested in hearing more of Moriarty explaining how brilliant he was and how he engineered all those "little problems." He could see that John ''really'' wasn't okay, and just wanted to get him out of the bomb jacket and somewhere safe before he passed out.
* Sherlock's smile to John after the two of them joke about how [[MistakenForGay people might talk]]. Considering they've spent most of the episode arguing and coming close to falling out, it's beautiful to see them acting like real best friends once they've escaped the danger. Too bad [[OhCrap it doesn't last]].
* Just before John leaves Sherlock watching crap telly to go to Sarah's, he pauses to sort out what Sherlock is going to do when left on his own for the night specifically, what Sherlock's going to do about dinner. Sherlock is a grown man and more than capable of opening the fridge and finding food on his own, but we know that he has a tendency to [[ForgetsToEat forget to eat]] when he's preoccupied. Presumably he's been eating very little over the course of the previous few days, as he's been hard at work on the various cases throughout the episode. John won't be there with him for dinner, but he reminds Sherlock that he still has to eat anyway.



* Another domestic moment at Baker Street that's easily missed when John storms out of the flat to go to Sarah's, he's that annoyed that he barges past Mrs Hudson and ignores her "Sorry, love!" as he does so. Seconds later, Mrs Hudson is worrying aloud that John should have wrapped himself up a bit more, since it was so cold out. Aside from setting up an element of the last scene, it's another sign of the little family at Baker Street looking out for one another. John is more than capable of deciding whether he's dressed warmly enough or not, but that's not going to stop Mrs Hudson from worrying about him if ''she'' decides he's cold.
* When they're checking Connie Prince's body, Lestrade outright says that he ''trusts'' Sherlock. For a universe where Scotland Yard is nearly entirely made up of arrogant, bullying and jealous douchebags, it's pretty heartwarming.

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* Another domestic moment During the standoff at Baker Street that's easily missed the pool, when Moriarty mentions "thirty million quid just to get you to come out and play", there's a shot of John's face. His eyes are closed and he looks really pale and haggard. Then a shot of Sherlock glancing at him twice in quick succession he seems to be trying to look at John storms and Moriarty at the same time. It's just after this that he asks John if he's all right and hands over the memory stick, which unfortunately doesn't end the standoff. But Sherlock was hoping it ''would.'' He had previously called Moriarty's criminal consulting "brilliant" and was otherwise showing himself to be fascinated by him, but by this time he's no longer overly interested in hearing more of Moriarty explaining how brilliant he was and how he engineered all those "little problems." He could see that John ''really'' wasn't okay, and just wanted to get him out of the flat bomb jacket and somewhere safe before he passed out.
** Sherlock, despite claiming
to go be a high-functioning sociopath, not even hesitating to Sarah's, give Moriarty the USB when he saw that John was in danger. He pointedly asks John if he's "all right" and waits for John to nod before holding the memory stick out to Moriarty.
* John grabbing hold of Moriarty, ready to risk his life to take down the guy in order to save Sherlock.
** When John grabs Moriarty, Sherlock is visibly shaken, but he shows no signs whatsoever
that annoyed doing what John told him to running away, and leaving John there to be killed ever occurred to him as an option.
** Also, John letting go of Moriarty when he realised Sherlock was now a target. He backs off far enough from Moriarty
that he barges past Mrs Hudson had no reason to believe he wasn't going to be shot by the snipers then and ignores her "Sorry, love!" there for attacking him.
** Sherlock repays the sentiment by tearing off John's bomb-rigged jacket
as he does so. Seconds later, Mrs Hudson soon as Moriarty is worrying aloud gone, and stuttering so much to thank him that he begins rubbing his head with a loaded gun.
-->'''Sherlock:''' "That uh thing that you did that you offered to do that was um...good."
** As Sherlock is frantically trying to get the bomb off John,
John should have wrapped himself up a bit more, since it was so cold out. Aside from setting up an element of the last scene, it's another sign of the little family at Baker Street looking out says his name several times and appears to be trying to calm him down. As for one another. John is more than capable of deciding whether he's dressed warmly enough or not, but that's not going to stop Mrs Hudson from worrying about him if ''she'' decides really all right, John says he's cold.
* When they're checking Connie Prince's body, Lestrade outright says that he ''trusts'' Sherlock. For a universe where Scotland Yard is nearly entirely made up
"fine", promptly buckles at both knees, grabs onto the side of arrogant, bullying a change-room door, sinks down onto his heels... and jealous douchebags, then, characteristically, thinks to ask "...Are ''you'' okay?"
* Sherlock's smile to John after the two of them joke about how [[MistakenForGay people might talk]]. Considering they've spent most of the episode arguing and coming close to falling out,
it's pretty heartwarming.beautiful to see them acting like real best friends once they've escaped the danger.
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* The look on Sherlock's face when he's told that he's not going to be working with Lestrade on this case and instead has to work with Dimmock, who is a complete stranger to him. Poor Sherlock looks totally lost for a few seconds. He and Lestrade might drive each other up the wall on a regular basis, but it's clear even at this early point in the series that Sherlock likes Lestrade- he likes working with him, and thinks highly of him. In ''Baskerville,'' John and Lestrade have a discussion that speaks to this issue. Sherlock has a small but select group of what he eventually finds out are ''friends'' surrounding him, and they're the only people he feels comfortable with. Throw a stranger into the mix, and he becomes very insecure.
** Watching carefully, you can see he shoots John a quick look that just screams 'help!'. Already he's starting to trust and rely on John in situations that require social skills.
* At the beginning of ''A Study in Pink,'' John seems genuinely incapable of picking up regular work, even though that would ensure he'd be able to live in London. On top of his hand tremor and psychosomatic pain, he's also very withdrawn, depressed and moody, and is implied to not sleep properly. It's heartwarming that after just a month of living with Sherlock, John is now physically and mentally at the point where he's able to take control back over his own circumstances and re-enter the workforce. He even tells Sarah he doesn't care if the work is mundane- because life with Sherlock at that point is so jam-packed full of excitement and drama that adrenaline-junkie John hints that he needs a ''break'' from it.

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* The look on Sherlock's face when he's told that he's not going to be working with Lestrade on this case and instead has to work with Dimmock, who is a complete stranger to him. Poor Sherlock looks totally lost for a few seconds. He and Lestrade might drive each other up the wall on a regular basis, but it's clear even at this early point in the series that Sherlock likes Lestrade- he likes working with him, and thinks highly of him. In ''Baskerville,'' John and Lestrade have a discussion that speaks to this issue. Sherlock has a small but select group of what he eventually finds out are ''friends'' surrounding him, and they're the only people he feels comfortable with. Throw a stranger into the mix, and he becomes very insecure.
** Watching carefully, you can see he shoots John a quick look that just screams 'help!'. Already he's starting to trust and rely on John in situations that require social skills.
* At the beginning of ''A Study in Pink,'' John seems genuinely incapable of picking up regular work, even though that would ensure he'd be able to live in London. On top of his hand tremor and psychosomatic pain, he's also very withdrawn, depressed and moody, and is implied to not sleep properly. It's heartwarming that after just a month of living with Sherlock, John is now physically and mentally at the point where he's able to take control back over his own circumstances and re-enter the workforce. He even tells Sarah he doesn't care if the work is mundane- because life with Sherlock at that point is so jam-packed full of excitement and drama that adrenaline-junkie John hints that he needs a ''break'' from it.it.
* It's a small thing, but when John has to reluctantly ask Sherlock for cash, Sherlock responds instantly with "take my card." Giving a friend unrestricted access to your bank account is also a massive act of trust and familiarity... and the way the scene plays out may imply that Sherlock has actually offered John his card before.
* The upset look on Sherlock's face when he's told that he's not going to be working with Lestrade on this case and instead has to work with Dimmock, who is a complete stranger to him. He and Lestrade might drive each other up the wall on a regular basis, but it's clear even at this early point in the series that Sherlock likes Lestrade. He likes working with him, and thinks highly of him.
* When John leads Sherlock to the note written in the code and finds it painted over. The very first thing Sherlock did was look around to see if the person who painted over it was still around. It didn't even cross his mind that John might have been making it up.
* In the middle of being strangled at Soo Lin's flat, Sherlock tries several times to gasp out for John. It's either a warning or a call for help, either of which are heartwarming.
* Putting aside the fact that John [[IdiotBall abandoning the unarmed civilian, who was being targeted by an assassin]] was a hugely stupid moment for the ex-soldier; the reason he left Soo Lin was because he was worried about Sherlock and couldn't bear the thought of him fighting a gunman on his own. It walks a thin line between heart-warming and FridgeHorror that John is so protective of Sherlock that he would throw aside any duty to help others in danger just to make sure Sherlock is safe.



-->'''Sherlock:''' I need some air. We're going out tonight.\\
'''John:''' Actually, I can't. I've got a date.\\
'''Sherlock:''' What?\\
'''John:''' It's where two people who like each other go out and have fun.\\
'''Sherlock:''' [[LiteralMinded That's what I was suggesting]].
** While Sherlock wasn't intending to go out with John the same way John plans to go out with Sarah, or [[MistakenForGay at least John hopes not]], he did want a break from searching for the cipher to go out and have fun with his friend. Aw.
*** Extra heartwarming both in that the only ''fun'' Sherlock seemed to have before meeting John was when some poor unfortunate got themselves horribly murdered, and even though Sherlock already had the Chinese circus in mind, it's still a step up from the "fun" of a woman lying dead in Brixton. And on top of this episode being the first where Sherlock calls John his "friend", Sherlock's remark here betrays the adorable sentiment "I like you, and I assume that you like me too." Awwww.
* Sherlock asks John where he was taking his date, mostly to get John to the 'circus' whether he wanted to go or not, but the sweet thing is he automatically said "her". John gets mistaken for being gay so often that it was probably a relief to know that, at the very least, his flatmate knows he's straight.
* When John, on a date with Sarah, refuses to help Sherlock snoop around after clues, Sherlock throws a ''fit'' about it, borderline begging that he needs his help. He doesn't seem to have had a regular "helper" before meeting John, so one would think he'd be more than capable of working on his own[[note]]However in the previous episode he does say to Lestrade that he ''needs'' an assistant, before he even considers taking John on the case with him. It's unclear ''why,'' but considering John's role at the crime scene, he presumably needed someone with medical or forensic skills to take a look at the body/crime scene[[/note]]. Earlier in the episode, Sherlock had made a point of doing most of the sleuthing himself, expecting John to trail behind/wait for him outside/stay out of it altogether.
* Mrs Hudson rushing to the rescue with something edible to serve to Sarah when John brings her home. Nobody asked her to. When she noted that John had brought Sarah home she no doubt realised "oh God, they have ''nothing'' in [[ItCameFromTheFridge that fridge]] that's fit for human consumption" and made to cover John's social embarrassment (some of it. Sherlock's still acting like an ass.) She even sneaks in through the kitchen side door while Sarah and Sherlock are in the living room, so as not to embarrass John. In response, John falls over himself in gratitude and calls her a "saint." Aww.
* In the middle of being strangled at Soo Lin's flat, Sherlock tries several times to gasp out "John." It's either a warning or a call for help, either of which are heartwarming. Especially when you remember the conversation Sherlock and John had in ''A Study in Pink'' about what a person would say if they were dying, if they'd been murdered. In what he may have thought were his "very last few seconds", Sherlock didn't say anything remotely clever or imaginative. He simply said [[TearJerker "John."]]
** Although he loves to disagree with Anderson, Sherlock never contradicted him when he snarkily pointed out that it was totally normal for a dying person to think of someone they loved in their last moments.
* Sherlock comforting Sarah as he's untying her, by briefly putting his hands on her shoulders. He soothes her with something like 'it's all right, you're safe, it's over'. It's such a small but remarkable gesture of compassion and empathy, considering the earlier scene in Baker Street where it's clear he barely tolerates the woman.

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-->'''Sherlock:''' I need some air. We're "We're going out tonight.\\
"\\
'''John:''' Actually, "Actually, I can't. I've got a date.\\
"\\
'''Sherlock:''' What?\\
"What?"\\
'''John:''' It's "It's where two people who like each other go out and have fun.\\
"\\
'''Sherlock:''' [[LiteralMinded "[[LiteralMinded That's what I was suggesting]].
suggesting]]".
** While Sherlock wasn't intending to go out with John the same way John plans to go out with Sarah, or [[MistakenForGay at least John hopes not]], he did want a break from searching for the cipher to go out and have fun with his friend. Aw.\n*** Extra heartwarming both in that the only ''fun'' Sherlock seemed to have before meeting John was when some poor unfortunate got themselves horribly murdered, and even though Sherlock already had the Chinese circus in mind, it's still a step up from the "fun" of a woman lying dead in Brixton. And on top of this episode being the first where Sherlock calls John his "friend", Sherlock's remark here betrays the adorable sentiment "I like you, and I assume that you like me too." Awwww.\n* Sherlock asks John where he was taking his date, mostly to get John to the 'circus' whether he wanted to go or not, but the sweet thing is he automatically said "her". John gets mistaken for being gay so often that it was probably a relief to know that, at the very least, his flatmate knows he's straight.\n* When John, on a date with Sarah, refuses to help Sherlock snoop around after clues, Sherlock throws a ''fit'' about it, borderline begging that he needs his help. He doesn't seem to have had a regular "helper" before meeting John, so one would think he'd be more than capable of working on his own[[note]]However in the previous episode he does say to Lestrade that he ''needs'' an assistant, before he even considers taking John on the case with him. It's unclear ''why,'' but considering John's role at the crime scene, he presumably needed someone with medical or forensic skills to take a look at the body/crime scene[[/note]]. Earlier in the episode, Sherlock had made a point of doing most of the sleuthing himself, expecting John to trail behind/wait for him outside/stay out of it altogether.
* Mrs Hudson rushing to the rescue with something edible to serve to Sarah when John brings her home. Nobody asked her to. When she noted that John had brought Sarah home she no doubt realised "oh God, they "they have ''nothing'' in [[ItCameFromTheFridge that fridge]] that's fit for human consumption" and made to cover John's social embarrassment (some of it. Sherlock's still acting like an ass.) embarrassment. She even sneaks in through the kitchen side door while Sarah and Sherlock are in the living room, so as not to embarrass John. In response, John falls over himself in gratitude and calls her a "saint." Aww.
* In the middle of being strangled at Soo Lin's flat, Sherlock tries several times to gasp out "John." It's either a warning or a call for help, either of which are heartwarming. Especially when you remember the conversation Sherlock and John had in ''A Study in Pink'' about what a person would say if they were dying, if they'd been murdered. In what he may have thought were his "very last few seconds", Sherlock didn't say anything remotely clever or imaginative. He simply said [[TearJerker "John."]]
** Although he loves to disagree with Anderson, Sherlock never contradicted him when he snarkily pointed out that it was totally normal for a dying person to think of someone they loved in their last moments.
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* Sherlock comforting Sarah as he's untying her, by briefly putting his hands on her shoulders. He soothes her with something like 'it's "it's all right, you're safe, it's over'.over". It's such a small but remarkable gesture of compassion and empathy, considering the earlier scene in Baker Street where it's clear he barely tolerates the woman.



** Regarding the scene in Baker Street, it's heartwarming in its own weird way. Sherlock is jealous of Sarah- she's nicked his best (only!) friend. Remembering that previously, John himself seems to have had few friends, and apparently had all the time in the world to do whatever Sherlock wanted him to. Although Sherlock is barely polite to Sarah, you can see how much he's making an effort with her. We've seen how rude he can be when he's really trying to be. It's a genuine moment of character development- Sherlock is ''trying'' to comprehend why on earth John is bothering with this woman- and showing he has enough respect for John to respect Sarah (or try to) for his sake.
* It's a small thing, but when John has to reluctantly ask Sherlock for cash, Sherlock responds instantly with "take my card." It could also indicate that Sherlock just doesn't value money, but giving a friend unrestricted access to your bank account (for several days!) is also a massive act of trust and familiarity... and the way the scene plays out may imply that Sherlock has actually offered John his card before. In-universe, they've been flatmates for all of ''one month.''
** Continuing that thought, at that point John asks Sherlock for cash just to cover the shopping (which seems fair enough as he appears to have been shopping for both of them.) The fact that Sherlock offered him his card may indicate that his patented SherlockScan picked up that John was completely broke, full stop, and the card (John still has it days later) was a way of lending/giving him cash without embarrassing him. Considering the fact that Sherlock is ''constantly'' embarrassing John, both deliberately and otherwise, it seems that Sherlock recognized just ''how'' humiliated and upset John was when he returned to the flat, and knew better than to be insensitive or rude about it. Sherlock is totally deadpan even when John explains about his [[CrowningMomentOfFunny row with the Chip and Pin Machine.]]
*** Drawing the two main points above together, in "The Blind Banker," it's not explicitly stated, but I'm of the understanding that Sherlock paid for John and Sarah's tickets to the Chinese circus (they were in Sherlock's name, John was broke and living off Sherlock's card already, etc). If so, then that just might be the sweetest thing ever.
* When John goes over to the table to get Sherlock's card, he sees the scratch on it, sighs, and says in an adorably patronizing voice:
--> '''John:''' (sighs) Holmes...
** YMMV on whether he thinks Sherlock's been up to something or was just being careless, but the way John says "Holmes..." is like a father telling off his child. [[note]] This ties into The Last Vow, where Sherlock says that John and Mary have had practice being parents because of him. [[/note]]
* On the above note- Sebastian's cheque. Sherlock initially declines the first (smaller) cheque, causing John to awkwardly tell Sebastian that he was only kidding about not wanting it. In the scene toward the end where they go to the bank and pick up the rest, Sebastian's giving the cheque not to Sherlock, but to ''John.'' Sherlock's not even present- he's busy messing with Eddie Van Coon's secretary over the hairpin, something he'd find a lot more interesting than dull old money. It's even possible that Sebastian is writing the cheque out in John's name, not Sherlock's- since John's possession of a cheque in Sherlock's name nearly got him killed earlier in the episode. While John no doubt did sensible things with the money (common household bills, common household rent), it still seems that Sherlock maintained his position of not being interested in the financial side of it, and rather selflessly gave ''all'' of that money to John. We know that Mycroft is wealthy and Sherlock never seems to have any lack of funds either, but John urgently needed that money, and Sherlock knew it all the way from the opening scene where he offers John his bank card to tide him over.
* Maybe only HeartwarmingInHindsight, but Sherlock's interaction with an old "buddy" from university in the Blind Banker. The old friend in question casually insults Sherlock's deductive abilities, mentioning that it made [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer all of Sherlock's fellow students hate him]]. Sherlock is clearly hurt when he says this, but is careful to conceal this and refuses to rise to the bait. So John's most likely the first real friend Sherlock's ever had who truly appreciates his amazing deductive skills.
** Not to mention the way Sherlock pointedly introduces John as "my friend" to this banker, almost proudly.
** When Sherlock tries to convince Sebastian that one of his employees has been murdered, Sebastian brushes him off, and Sherlock, urgently, says "Seb," trying to get his attention. It's the only time he uses the shortened version of Sebastian's name and unlike all the other times he makes an emotional appeal to someone, he doesn't seem to be faking it. It seems very possible that Sherlock did once regard Sebastian as a friend, and maybe even that part of him still does, even after how rudely Sebastian treated him during the episode.
* Putting aside the fact that John [[IdiotBall abandoning the unarmed civilian, who was being targeted by an assassin]] was a hugely stupid moment for the ex-soldier; the reason he left Soo Lin was because he was worried about Sherlock and couldn't bear the thought of him fighting a gunman on his own. It walks a thin line between heart-warming and FridgeHorror that John is so protective of Sherlock that he would throw aside any duty to help others in danger just to make sure Sherlock is safe[[note]]Which John also does again, though to a less extreme degree, in ''A Scandal In Belgravia'' where he presumably cancels plans to spend Christmas with his alcoholic sister to look after a depressed Sherlock[[/note]].
** Running around the gallery, John never produces his gun- he probably did not have it on him. Which means he went to try to protect Sherlock against an armed assassin when he was totally unarmed. Pity only knows ''how'' he thought he could help Sherlock, but he didn't hesitate to literally put himself in the line of fire for him.
* Sherlock informing the woman at the end how much her hair pin was worth and thus making her a millionaire. If not the fact alone that he didn't need to tell her about it - they'd only had a brief conversation before this and he didn't owe her anything - but also the huge grin on his face at how thrilled she is. You'd almost think the sociopath was starting to enjoy making other people happy.[[note]]Extra heartwarming when you remember that the actress is Olivia Poulet, who at the time of filming was Benedict Cumberbatch's long-term partner.[[/note]]
** I always thought it was cute that Sherlock calls Amanda a "lady" when discussing Eddie having expensive soap in his flat. It's a small thing, but it's unusually courteous for Sherlock.
* It's a brief moment but, after the previous scene, where John and Sherlock are sat in Baker Street, John notices that Sherlock is disappointed that General Shan got away, even though Sherlock is silent about the whole thing. It's a heartwarming sign of how John is starting to be able to see through Sherlock and read when something is bothering him. John then tries to reassure him by praising how he cracked the code and gives Sherlock hope in that, because of him, the police might be able to capture her.
* When John leads Sherlock to the note written in the code and finds it painted over. The very first thing Sherlock did was look around to see if the person who painted over it was still around. It didn't even cross his mind that John might have been making it up.

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** Regarding the scene in Baker Street, it's heartwarming in its own weird way. Sherlock is jealous of Sarah- she's nicked his best (only!) friend. Remembering that previously, John himself seems to have had few friends, and apparently had all the time in the world to do whatever Sherlock wanted him to. Although Sherlock is barely polite to Sarah, you can see how much he's making an effort with her. We've seen how rude he can be when he's really trying to be. It's a genuine moment of character development- Sherlock is ''trying'' to comprehend why on earth John is bothering with this woman- and showing he has enough respect for John to respect Sarah (or try to) for his sake.
* It's a small thing, but when John has to reluctantly ask Sherlock for cash, Sherlock responds instantly with "take my card." It could also indicate that Sherlock just doesn't value money, but giving a friend unrestricted access to your bank account (for several days!) is also a massive act of trust and familiarity... and the way the scene plays out may imply that Sherlock has actually offered John his card before. In-universe, they've been flatmates for all of ''one month.''
** Continuing that thought, at that point John asks Sherlock for cash just to cover the shopping (which seems fair enough as he appears to have been shopping for both of them.) The fact that Sherlock offered him his card may indicate that his patented SherlockScan picked up that John was completely broke, full stop, and the card (John still has it days later) was a way of lending/giving him cash without embarrassing him. Considering the fact that Sherlock is ''constantly'' embarrassing John, both deliberately and otherwise, it seems that Sherlock recognized just ''how'' humiliated and upset John was when he returned to the flat, and knew better than to be insensitive or rude about it. Sherlock is totally deadpan even when John explains about his [[CrowningMomentOfFunny row with the Chip and Pin Machine.]]
*** Drawing the two main points above together, in "The Blind Banker," it's not explicitly stated, but I'm of the understanding that Sherlock paid for John and Sarah's tickets to the Chinese circus (they were in Sherlock's name, John was broke and living off Sherlock's card already, etc). If so, then that just might be the sweetest thing ever.
* When John goes over to the table to get Sherlock's card, he sees the scratch on it, sighs, and says in an adorably patronizing voice:
--> '''John:''' (sighs) Holmes...
** YMMV on whether he thinks Sherlock's been up to something or was just being careless, but the way John says "Holmes..." is like a father telling off his child. [[note]] This ties into The Last Vow, where Sherlock says that John and Mary have had practice being parents because of him. [[/note]]
* On the above note- Sebastian's cheque.
Sherlock initially declines the first (smaller) Sebastian's cheque, causing John to awkwardly tell Sebastian that he was only kidding about not wanting it. In the scene toward the end where they go to the bank and pick up the rest, Sebastian's giving the cheque not to Sherlock, but to ''John.'' Sherlock's not even present- he's busy messing with Eddie Van Coon's secretary over the hairpin, something he'd find a lot more interesting than dull old money. It's present, and it's even possible that Sebastian is writing the cheque out in John's name, not Sherlock's- since John's possession of a cheque in Sherlock's name nearly got him killed earlier in the episode. name. While John no doubt did sensible things with the money (common household bills, common household rent), money, it still seems that Sherlock maintained his position of not being interested in the financial side of it, and rather selflessly gave ''all'' of that money to John. We know that Mycroft is wealthy and Sherlock never seems to have any lack of funds either, but John urgently needed that money, and Sherlock knew it all the way from the opening scene where he offers John his bank card to tide him over.
* Maybe only HeartwarmingInHindsight, but Sherlock's interaction with an old "buddy" from university in the Blind Banker. The old friend in question casually insults Sherlock's deductive abilities, mentioning that it made [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer all of Sherlock's fellow students hate him]]. Sherlock is clearly hurt when he says this, but is careful to conceal this and refuses to rise to the bait. So John's most likely the first real friend Sherlock's ever had who truly appreciates his amazing deductive skills.
** Not to mention the way Sherlock pointedly introduces John as "my friend" to this banker, almost proudly.
** When Sherlock tries to convince Sebastian that one of his employees has been murdered, Sebastian brushes him off, and Sherlock, urgently, says "Seb," trying to get his attention. It's the only time he uses the shortened version of Sebastian's name and unlike all the other times he makes an emotional appeal to someone, he doesn't seem to be faking it. It seems very possible that Sherlock did once regard Sebastian as a friend, and maybe even that part of him still does, even after how rudely Sebastian treated him during the episode.
* Putting aside the fact that John [[IdiotBall abandoning the unarmed civilian, who was being targeted by an assassin]] was a hugely stupid moment for the ex-soldier; the reason he left Soo Lin was because he was worried about Sherlock and couldn't bear the thought of him fighting a gunman on his own. It walks a thin line between heart-warming and FridgeHorror that John is so protective of Sherlock that he would throw aside any duty to help others in danger just to make sure Sherlock is safe[[note]]Which John also does again, though to a less extreme degree, in ''A Scandal In Belgravia'' where he presumably cancels plans to spend Christmas with his alcoholic sister to look after a depressed Sherlock[[/note]].
** Running around the gallery, John never produces his gun- he probably did not have it on him. Which means he went to try to protect Sherlock against an armed assassin when he was totally unarmed. Pity only knows ''how'' he thought he could help Sherlock, but he didn't hesitate to literally put himself in the line of fire for him.
* Sherlock informing the woman at the end how much her hair pin was worth and thus making her a millionaire. If not the fact alone that he didn't need to tell her about it - they'd only had a brief conversation before this and he didn't owe her anything - but also the huge grin on his face at how thrilled she is. You'd almost think the sociopath was starting to enjoy making other people happy.[[note]]Extra heartwarming when you remember that the actress is Olivia Poulet, who at the time of filming was Benedict Cumberbatch's long-term partner.[[/note]]
** I always thought it was cute that Sherlock calls Amanda a "lady" when discussing Eddie having expensive soap in his flat. It's a small thing, but it's unusually courteous for Sherlock.
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* It's a brief moment but, after the previous scene, where When John and Sherlock are sat in Baker Street, John notices that Sherlock is disappointed that General Shan got away, even though Sherlock is silent about the whole thing. It's a heartwarming sign of how John is starting to be able to see through Sherlock and read when something is bothering him. John then tries to reassure him by praising how he cracked the code and gives Sherlock hope in that, because of him, the police might be able to capture her.
* When John leads Sherlock to the note written in the code and finds it painted over. The very first thing Sherlock did was look around to see if the person who painted over it was still around. It didn't even cross his mind that John might have been making it up.
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* '''Angelo'''. The man is like a big, friendly teddy bear. As soon as Sherlock and John walk into the restaurant, Angelo rushes up to shaker Sherlock's hand with a warm smile, and [[HospitalityForHeroes immediately offers him anything he wants, on the house]], for him ''and'' his friend. John's food is free simply on the strength of his ''accompanying'' Sherlock. And how many people do you imagine Sherlock has ''ever'' brought into the restaurant with him? This kind of makes it doubly adorable when Angelo [[ShipperOnDeck excitedly goes to get a candle]], because even if he has misinterpreted [[MistakenForGay Sherlock and John's relationship]] ([[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend despite John insisting that he's not Sherlock's date]]), he's clearly happy that Sherlock, who has no doubt consistently come to the restaurant alone in the past, ''finally'' has come with another person, and so Angelo wants to make the evening as pleasurable as possible for them. He also brushes off Sherlock's snarking at him ('I'd have gone to prison.' 'You did go to prison.') and treats him incredibly kindly in general. This is after Lestrade seemed to tolerate Sherlock with gritted teeth, Donovan called him a freak and a psychopath and warned John away from him, and the mystery man in the warehouse point blank told him that the closest thing to a friend Sherlock Holmes is capable of having is an enemy. John's just spent a couple of hours seeing people treat Sherlock like he's some weirdo with no emotions, and suddenly this random restaurant owner is acting like Sherlock can do no wrong and admiring him as much as John does. It also really speaks to how much Sherlock helps people, whether he does it for their sake or not, to have Angelo gushing over him for getting him off a murder charge - and it's all showcased for John's benefit, with Angelo quickly and proudly explaining to John what Sherlock did for him while Sherlock ignores him. Oh, and apparently Angelo likes Sherlock well enough to ''leave his restaurant'', which was presumably still open, and personally deliver John's cane to 221B Baker Street. It probably wasn't that much of a walk, and he was probably only gone from the restaurant for about 15 minutes, but he still took the time to come over after Sherlock texted him instead just telling Sherlock to walk back and pick up the cane himself. Man is awesome.
** Sherlock even knows the waiter at the door by his fist name, hinting that Sherlock frequents this place often. Between Angelo and Mrs. Hudson it seems he keeps in touch with many of his clients even after the case is over. They're probably the closest things he has to friends.
* Heartwarming and counts as a Crowning Moment of Acting on both sides- at the beginning of A Study in Pink, both Sherlock and John seem absolutely incapable of actually, genuinely smiling. John's been through a lot, is depressed, and hasn't got a lot of reason to even bother ''pretending'' to smile. Sherlock does try to smile on occasion, with hilarious results (he seems to think 'move lips outward at both ends briefly but enthusiastically' is the definition of 'smile.' You can really see it after he tells John "prospective housemates should know the worst about each other" and it crops up in other places where Sherlock evidently feels a smile is in order. It's awkward as hell. You can see John's pathetic attempt at a polite smile when he hands the phone over) In any case, the ice-breaking conversation at the restaurant and the chase after the cab are a watershed of sorts for both of them. They laugh about "welcome to London", and by the time they arrive back at Baker Street they're both giggling like loons, which is hilarious and adorable. (And the most laid-back and amused that we see either of them for an entire series.) In fact, Sherlock is having so much fun that at first he totally misses the ''drugs bust going on upstairs.''
* Mike Stamford. He is something of a OneSceneWonder, but he still manages to turn every single thing he says into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. When he meets John on the street, he is very happy to see him and their interaction suggests that Mike was very fond of John when they were training together at Bart's. He doesn't even seem to mind that John doesn't recognise him right away and acts rather distant and cold during their conversation. Instead, Mike is immediately willing to help him and very eager to introduce him to Sherlock. This is doubly heartwarming, as Mike thinks high enough of Sherlock to consider him a decent flatmate for an old friend. Even more so if you take into consideration that Mike knows both of them well enough to see how well they would fit together, although probably every one else would have expected their personalities to clash. Mike also is one of the few people who seem to honestly get along with Sherlock. They might not consider each other "friends", but Sherlock still talks to Mike about very personal problems, such as his troubles to find a flatmate who can put up with his moods and general wackiness. And Sherlock usually ''does not do that''. Then again, Mike must be the most accepting and tolerant human being the series - or really, ''any'' series has ever seen. Look at his face when he says "Yes, he [Sherlock] is always this way." There is no hint of annoyance or spite. Just affection, even pride. He genuinely appreciates Sherlock for what he is and firmly believes that John will eventually do the same.
** When Sherlock begins with "Afghanistan or Iraq?" there's a shot of Mike beginning to smile. He ''knew'' Sherlock would start on John the minute he saw him, and at least highly suspected that instead of being irritated or creeped out, John would freaking love it.
** There's one throwaway line in particular that warms this troper's heart: "Couldn't Harry help?" And John's response of "Yeah, like that's going to happen." Despite it being ''how many years'' since they trained at Bart's together, Mike still remembers off the top of his head that John has a sister nicknamed Harry who probably lives in London somewhere and who might be able to help. John's line and Mike's response to it seem to indicate he ''also'' remembers that John and Harry don't get along, and John assumes he'd remember, so he doesn't need to explain ''why'' that's never going to happen.
** Plus, his comments on John's blog are completely adorable. He's like a one-man John Watson cheer squad. He clearly thought incredibly highly of John in the past, and still does. Mike is also the one who let Sherlock know that John was blogging about him, and gave him the link to John's blog. He thinks John is awesome for having a blog at all (he points out that he himself can hardly work his phone) and obviously gave Sherlock the link because he wanted him to see John's compliments toward him. This is heartwarming of John, as well, since it's clear that he wasn't writing those things for Sherlock's benefit- he in fact never initially intended for Sherlock to know about his blog or read it.
** On [[http://www.thescienceofdeduction.co.uk/forum/page2 Sherlock's forum]], there is this exchange between Mike and Sherlock, after Mike has pointed John's blog out to him:
--->'''SH:''' He's blogging about me? Ha! Arrogant, imperious and pompous am I?\\
'''Mike Stamford:''' Well, you are!
*** Sherlock doesn't seem offended, however. For him to take this as the gentle ribbing it's obviously intended to be, they must be fairly close.
** In the scene at the park, John and Mike drink coffee at the same park bench Mike had been sitting at. There's a jump-cut so it's not explicitly said, but given John's disability and Mike's excitement to see his old friend again, it's heavily implied that Mike rushed off, bought them both coffee, and brought it back to where John was waiting. It's quite a lot of care and effort toward someone who he hadn't seen in years- someone who doesn't seem all that excited to see ''him'' and who has made no effort to keep in touch in recent times.
** There's a shot of Mike starting to smile when Sherlock asks John how he feels about the violin. In retrospect, Mike must have been pretty amazed that the high-functioning sociopath who is incredibly rude to ''everyone'' immediately accepted John, was about as respectful and pleasant as he's capable of being toward him, and in ''literally just under sixty seconds'' asks him to move in with him.
** The fact that Sherlock and Mike seem to be on a first-name basis ("I told Mike this morning that ...") is amazing and heartwarming in and of itself. Remember, he didn't even ''know'' Lestrade's and they'd known each other for five years.
* John freely gushes about how amazing and extraordinary Sherlock's deductions are, despite the fact that Sherlock has just bluntly, almost brutally, revealed a sensitive family issue concerning estrangement from his sister. Not everyone would react so well to a stranger blurting out to them that their "brother" has a drinking problem and they were into "his" wife.
** Regarding Harry Watson, this is heartwarming when you think about it. John, like Sherlock, has a sibling who is worried out of their mind about him and who makes repeated failed attempts at contacting him/helping him. A feud that on both the parts of Sherlock and John seems to be one-sided/a personality clash.
* Sherlock and John's first meeting in the lab. Sherlock, as usual, is very keen to show off his amazing deductive skills to impress John, but when John asks about how he does it, Sherlock ignores the question entirely. This is quite out of character for Sherlock, who just loves to explain how he comes to his conclusions on later occasions. But think about it this way: We later learn that it's not the deductions themselves that people find annoying or creepy, but the explanations of how Sherlock came to his conclusions. It is possible that Sherlock deliberately chose not to tell John the details because he didn't want to scare him away. He must have felt as immediately drawn to John as John felt drawn to him (on his blog, he says he found Sherlock to be oddly "charming"). Obviously, they had some kind of instant connection that became the foundation of their epic friendship. You could say that, in a way, they are soulmates. Aw.
** When John offers Sherlock the use of his phone, Sherlock looks taken aback that a stranger would do him a favour for no real reason, and awkwardly says "oh- thank you." He doesn't say "please" when he asks to use Mike's phone and although he ''does'' say "thank you" when Molly brings him coffee, a second later he's insulting her "too small" mouth so it's hardly a sign of his taking the time to use manners.
** Blink and you'll miss this one but when John offers Sherlock his phone, Sherlock's eyes dart between John and Mike just as he says "thank you", as if he's saying it to the both of them. Obviously thanking John for the use of his phone but also subtly thanking Mike for finding him such a generous potential flatmate.
** When Molly brings Sherlock coffee, he says "Ah, Molly. Coffee. Thank you." However, if you look carefully, Sherlock's looking at John and handing the phone back to him when he says "thank you." It's entirely possible that he wasn't thanking Molly for the coffee, he was thanking John for the phone. Again. He'd already thanked him for it only about a minute before. You can count how many times Sherlock ''thanks somebody'' in the course of two seasons on one hand (excluding when he's pretending to be someone else, e.g. a priest who's just been mugged) and in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' in particular it's hammered home that Sherlock really doesn't say "thank you" unless he really wants to/is prompted by someone else to say it.

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* '''Angelo'''. The man is like a big, friendly teddy bear. As soon as Sherlock and John walk into the restaurant, Angelo rushes up to shaker Sherlock's hand with a warm smile, and [[HospitalityForHeroes immediately offers him anything he wants, on the house]], for him ''and'' his friend. John's food is free simply on the strength of his ''accompanying'' Sherlock. And how many people do you imagine Sherlock has ''ever'' brought into the restaurant with him? This kind of makes it doubly adorable when Angelo [[ShipperOnDeck excitedly goes to get a candle]], because even if he has misinterpreted [[MistakenForGay Sherlock and John's relationship]] ([[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend despite John insisting that he's not Sherlock's date]]), he's clearly happy that Sherlock, who has no doubt consistently come to the restaurant alone in the past, ''finally'' has come with another person, and so Angelo wants to make the evening as pleasurable as possible for them. He also brushes off Sherlock's snarking at him ('I'd have gone to prison.' 'You did go to prison.') and treats him incredibly kindly in general. This is after Lestrade seemed to tolerate Sherlock with gritted teeth, Donovan called him a freak and a psychopath and warned John away from him, and the mystery man in the warehouse point blank told him that the closest thing to a friend Sherlock Holmes is capable of having is an enemy. John's just spent a couple of hours seeing people treat Sherlock like he's some weirdo with no emotions, and suddenly this random restaurant owner is acting like Sherlock can do no wrong and admiring him as much as John does. It also really speaks to how much Sherlock helps people, whether he does it for their sake or not, to have Angelo gushing over him for getting him off a murder charge - and it's all showcased for John's benefit, with Angelo quickly and proudly explaining to John what Sherlock did for him while Sherlock ignores him. Oh, and apparently Angelo likes Sherlock well enough to ''leave his restaurant'', which was presumably still open, and personally deliver John's cane to 221B Baker Street. It probably wasn't that much of a walk, and he was probably only gone from the restaurant for about 15 minutes, but he still took the time to come over after Sherlock texted him instead just telling Sherlock to walk back and pick up the cane himself. Man is awesome.
** Sherlock even knows the waiter at the door by his fist name, hinting that Sherlock frequents this place often. Between Angelo and Mrs. Hudson it seems he keeps in touch with many of his clients even after the case is over. They're probably the closest things he has to friends.
* Heartwarming and counts as a Crowning Moment of Acting on both sides- at the beginning of A Study in Pink, both Sherlock and John seem absolutely incapable of actually, genuinely smiling. John's been through a lot, is depressed, and hasn't got a lot of reason to even bother ''pretending'' to smile. Sherlock does try to smile on occasion, with hilarious results (he seems to think 'move lips outward at both ends briefly but enthusiastically' is the definition of 'smile.' You can really see it after he tells John "prospective housemates should know the worst about each other" and it crops up in other places where Sherlock evidently feels a smile is in order. It's awkward as hell. You can see John's pathetic attempt at a polite smile when he hands the phone over) In any case, the ice-breaking conversation at the restaurant and the chase after the cab are a watershed of sorts for both of them. They laugh about "welcome to London", and by the time they arrive back at Baker Street they're both giggling like loons, which is hilarious and adorable. (And the most laid-back and amused that we see either of them for an entire series.) In fact, Sherlock is having so much fun that at first he totally misses the ''drugs bust going on upstairs.''
*
When Mike Stamford. He is something of a OneSceneWonder, but he still manages to turn every single thing he says into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. When he meets Stamford sees John on the street, he is very happy to see him and their interaction suggests that Mike was very fond of John when they were training together at Bart's. He doesn't even seem to mind that John doesn't recognise him right away and acts continues to act rather distant and cold during their conversation. Instead, Mike is immediately willing to help him John and very eager to introduce him to Sherlock. This is doubly heartwarming, as Mike thinks high enough of Sherlock to consider him a decent flatmate for an old friend. Even more so if you take into consideration that Mike knows both of them well enough to see how well they would fit together, although probably every one else would have expected their personalities to clash. Mike also is one of the few people who seem to honestly get along with Sherlock. They might not consider each other "friends", but Sherlock still talks to Mike about very personal problems, such as his troubles to find a flatmate who can put up with his moods and general wackiness. And Sherlock usually ''does not do that''. Then again, Mike must be the most accepting and tolerant human being the series - or really, ''any'' series has ever seen. Look at his face when he says "Yes, he [Sherlock] is always this way." There is no hint of annoyance or spite. Just affection, even pride. He genuinely appreciates Sherlock for what he is and firmly believes that John will eventually do the same.
** When Sherlock begins with "Afghanistan or Iraq?" there's a shot of Mike beginning to smile. He ''knew'' Sherlock would start on John the minute he saw him, and at least highly suspected that instead of being irritated or creeped out, John would freaking love it.
Sherlock.
** There's one throwaway line in particular that warms this troper's heart: "Couldn't Harry help?" And John's response of "Yeah, like that's going to happen." Despite it being ''how many years'' since they trained at Bart's together, This is doubly heartwarming, as Mike still remembers off thinks high enough of Sherlock to consider him a decent flatmate for an old friend, and he is one of the top of his head that John has a sister nicknamed Harry few people who probably lives in London somewhere and who might be able to help. John's line and Mike's response to it seem to indicate he ''also'' remembers that John and Harry don't honestly get along, and John assumes he'd remember, so along with Sherlock. Though he doesn't need consider Mike a "friend", Sherlock still talks to explain ''why'' that's never going him about very personal problems, such as his troubles to happen.find a flatmate who can put up with his moods and general wackiness, which is something Sherlock usually ''does not do''.
** Plus, his comments on John's blog are completely adorable. He's like a one-man John Watson cheer squad. He clearly thought incredibly highly of John in the past, and still does. Mike is also the one who let When Sherlock know that begins on John was blogging about with "Afghanistan or Iraq?", there's a shot of Mike beginning to smile. He ''knew'' Sherlock would start on John the minute he saw him, and gave him the link to John's blog. He thinks at least highly suspected that instead of being irritated or creeped out, John is awesome for having a blog at all (he points out that he himself can hardly work his phone) and obviously gave Sherlock the link because he wanted him to see John's compliments toward him. This is heartwarming of John, as well, since it's clear that he wasn't writing those things for Sherlock's benefit- he in fact never initially intended for Sherlock to know about his blog or read it.
** On [[http://www.thescienceofdeduction.co.uk/forum/page2 Sherlock's forum]], there is this exchange between Mike and Sherlock, after Mike has pointed John's blog out to him:
--->'''SH:''' He's blogging about me? Ha! Arrogant, imperious and pompous am I?\\
'''Mike Stamford:''' Well, you are!
*** Sherlock doesn't seem offended, however. For him to take this as the gentle ribbing it's obviously intended to be, they must be fairly close.
** In the scene at the park, John and Mike drink coffee at the same park bench Mike had been sitting at. There's a jump-cut so it's not explicitly said, but given John's disability and Mike's excitement to see his old friend again, it's heavily implied that Mike rushed off, bought them both coffee, and brought it back to where John was waiting. It's quite a lot of care and effort toward someone who he hadn't seen in years- someone who doesn't seem all that excited to see ''him'' and who has made no effort to keep in touch in recent times.
would love it.
** There's a shot of Mike starting to smile when Sherlock asks John how he feels about the violin. In retrospect, Mike must have been pretty amazed that the high-functioning sociopath who is incredibly rude to ''everyone'' immediately accepted John, was about as respectful and pleasant as he's capable of being toward him, and in ''literally just under sixty seconds'' asks him to move in with him.
** The fact that Sherlock and Mike seem to be on a first-name basis ("I told Mike this morning that ...") is amazing and heartwarming in and of itself. Remember, he didn't even ''know'' Lestrade's and they'd known each other for five years.
* John freely gushes about how amazing and extraordinary Sherlock's deductions are, despite the fact that Sherlock has just bluntly, almost brutally, revealed a sensitive family issue concerning estrangement from his sister. Not everyone would react so well to a stranger blurting out to them that their "brother" has a drinking problem and they were into "his" wife.
** Regarding Harry Watson, this is heartwarming when you think about it. John, like Sherlock, has a sibling who is worried out of their mind about him and who makes repeated failed attempts at contacting him/helping him. A feud that on both the parts of Sherlock and John seems to be one-sided/a personality clash.
* Sherlock and John's first meeting in the lab. Sherlock, as usual, is very keen to show off his amazing deductive skills to impress John, but when John asks about how he does it, Sherlock ignores the question entirely. This is quite out of character for Sherlock, who just loves to explain how he comes to his conclusions on later occasions. But think about it this way: We later learn that it's not the deductions themselves that people find annoying or creepy, but the explanations of how Sherlock came to his conclusions. It is possible that Sherlock deliberately chose not to tell John the details because he didn't want to scare him away. He must have felt as immediately drawn to John as John felt drawn to him (on his blog, he says he found Sherlock to be oddly "charming"). Obviously, they had some kind of instant connection that became the foundation of their epic friendship. You could say that, in a way, they are soulmates. Aw.
**
When John offers Sherlock the use of his phone, phone in the lab, Sherlock looks taken aback that a stranger would do him a favour for no real reason, and awkwardly says "oh- thank you." He doesn't say "please" when he asks to use Mike's phone and although he ''does'' say "thank you" when Molly brings him coffee, a second later he's insulting her "too small" mouth so it's hardly a sign of his taking the time to use manners.
** Blink and you'll miss this one but when John offers Sherlock his phone, Sherlock's eyes dart between John and Mike just as he says "thank you", as if he's saying it to the both of them. Obviously thanking John for the use of his phone but also subtly thanking Mike for finding him such a generous potential flatmate.
** When Molly brings Sherlock coffee, he says "Ah, Molly. Coffee. Thank you." However, if you look carefully, Sherlock's looking at John and handing the phone back to him when he says "thank you." It's entirely possible that he wasn't thanking Molly for the coffee, he was thanking John for the phone. Again. He'd already thanked him for it only about a minute before. You can count how many times Sherlock ''thanks somebody'' in the course of two seasons on one hand (excluding when he's pretending to be someone else, e.g. a priest who's just been mugged) and in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' in particular it's hammered home that Sherlock really doesn't say "thank you" unless he really wants to/is prompted by someone else to say it.
thanks him.



* Mrs Hudson addresses John as "Dr Watson" all of ''once,'' and after knowing him for less than five minutes- starts addressing him as "dear." [[note]]In ''The Great Game,'' she even addresses John as "love", which is something she doesn't even call ''Sherlock.'' To this troper's memory, the only time Mrs Hudson ever calls him "John" is [[spoiler: when she's trying to console him at Sherlock's grave.]][[/note]] John in his turn almost instantly clicks with ''her,'' rather adorably pushing his luck when she offers him tea by asking for biscuits as well.
* On that note, the way Sherlock interacts with Mrs Hudson. The so-called high functioning sociopath- posh, serious, and stand-offish- breaks into a smile when Mrs Hudson opens the door, throws his arms around her in a big hug, and happily accepts her kiss. Later he kisses ''her'' on his way back out the door. As Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss remark in the commentary, Sherlock doesn't have psychological issues with showing people physical affection, he simply doesn't go around hugging and kissing anyone and everyone. Mrs Hudson is like a mother to him and he hugs and kisses her simply because he adores her and loves to show his affection for her (when he's in a good mood.) [[note]]This is extra heartwarming when the DVD Commentary reveals that none of Sherlock's hugging or kissing Mrs Hudson was ever scripted- it was simply that Creator/BenedictCumberbatch couldn't stop doing it ''naturally,'' as he's known and loved Una Stubbs since he was a small child.[[/note]]
* When Sherlock and John go look at 221b Baker Street together, and agree that it will do nicely. Sherlock remarks how he already went ahead and moved in just as John is saying they need to get the rubbish cleaned up. Sherlock pauses, then starts fluttering about trying to get papers out of the way, saying he can straighten things up a bit. The only time we ever see him embarrassed, one of only two times he seems flustered (the other being after ripping the bomb vest off John), and an example of him going out of his way to accommodate John, which he really doesn't do for anyone else, even though they've only just met.
** When John comes in and looks around the room, watch Sherlock. Sherlock Holmes, this "strange child" who doesn't have friends, who doesn't concern himself with what other people think, is so ''obviously'' thinking "Please like it, I do so want you to like it, please please please like it." And John, of course, can't help but like it -- in a way that shades strongly into TearJerker territory: 221B Baker Street, with its Kimax on the kitchen table and its general you'll-have-to-move-something-if-you-want-to-sit-down ambience and its ''endlessly'' entertaining assortment of wallpapers, is an infinite improvement over John's tiny bare flat.
* On the above scene, a very small moment: when they first go to look at the flat, Sherlock waits for John at the top of the stairs before opening the door for him and leading the way in. This troper has a physical disability, and can tell you that common courtesies like walking slower or waiting for someone with a disability is sadly not as common as it should be. That Sherlock didn't just self-interestedly wander into the flat leaving John to get there in his own time really is surprisingly considerate of him, without being condescending.
** And later, he invites John out with him, saying Northumberland Street is a five minute walk from there - meaning it's probably a ten minute walk at the least for John. Unlike the well-meaning Mrs Hudson (who assumed John needed to rest simply from getting up the stairs) and unlike the probably less well-meaning Mycroft, Sherlock ''refuses'' to treat John like an invalid who can't cope with a ten minute walk, cane or no cane. Which is exactly, psychologically, what John needs.
* When John tells Sherlock that he found his website, Sherlock looks all proud of himself and asks; "What did you think?" John gives him a doubtful look and Sherlock's face falls rather adorably as if to ask; "What did I do wrong?" He ''really'' did want John to be impressed with him. The same bloke who claims to never care what anyone thinks of him. Which also becomes something of a fridge TearJerker later on, as that line in Sherlock's 'note' appears to be the only thing that wasn't a lie.

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* Mrs Hudson addresses John as "Dr Watson" all of ''once,'' and after knowing him for less than five minutes- starts addressing him as "dear." [[note]]In ''The Great Game,'' she even addresses John as "love", which is something she doesn't even call ''Sherlock.'' To this troper's memory, Sherlock, the only time Mrs Hudson ever calls him "John" is [[spoiler: when she's trying to console him at Sherlock's grave.]][[/note]] John in his turn almost instantly clicks with ''her,'' rather adorably pushing his luck when she offers him tea by asking for biscuits as well.
* On that note, the way Sherlock interacts with Mrs Hudson. The
so-called high functioning sociopath- posh, serious, and stand-offish- sociopath, breaks into a smile when Mrs Hudson opens the door, throws his arms around her in a big hug, and happily accepts her kiss. Later he kisses ''her'' her on his way back out the door. As Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss remark in the commentary, Sherlock doesn't have psychological issues with showing people physical affection, he simply doesn't go around hugging and kissing anyone and everyone. Mrs Hudson is like a mother to him and he hugs and kisses her simply because he adores her and loves to show his affection for her (when when he's in a good mood.) mood. [[note]]This is extra heartwarming when the DVD Commentary reveals that none of Sherlock's hugging or kissing Mrs Hudson was ever scripted- it was simply that Creator/BenedictCumberbatch couldn't stop doing it ''naturally,'' as he's known and loved Una Stubbs since he was a small child.[[/note]]
** Mrs Hudson addresses John as "Dr Watson" on first meeting, but starts addressing him as "dear" after knowing him for less than five minutes. John in his turn almost instantly clicks with her, rather adorably pushing his luck when she offers him tea by asking for biscuits as well.
* When they first go to look at the flat, Sherlock waits for John at the top of the stairs before opening the door for him and leading the way in. And later, he invites John out with him, saying Northumberland Street is a five minute walk from there - meaning it's probably a ten minute walk at the least for John with his leg. Unlike the well-meaning Mrs Hudson (who assumed John needed to rest simply from getting up the stairs) and the less well-meaning Mycroft, Sherlock ''refuses'' to treat John like an invalid who can't cope with a ten minute walk, cane or no cane. Which is exactly, psychologically, what John needs.
* When Sherlock and John go look at are viewing 221b Baker Street together, and agree that it will do nicely. nicely, Sherlock remarks how he already went ahead and moved in just as John is saying they need to get the rubbish cleaned up. Sherlock pauses, then starts fluttering about trying to get papers out of the way, saying he can straighten things up a bit. The only time we ever see him embarrassed, one of only two times he seems flustered (the other being after ripping the bomb vest off John), flustered, and an example of him going out of his way to accommodate John, which he really doesn't do for anyone else, even though they've only just met.
** When John comes in and looks around the room, watch Sherlock. * The fact that after Sherlock Holmes, this "strange child" rushes off, John acts like he has every intention of hanging around, at least for a bit. He has only met Sherlock the day before, and has only met Mrs Hudson, who he's now being left alone with. He'd only gone there to ''look'' at the flat. But Sherlock tells him to make himself at home, and he does. Instantly. Sherlock even gives a general "don't wait up for me" before he leaves; he's assuming that John is staying there that night.)
** Also, given the pre-existing relationship between Sherlock and Mrs Hudson, the fact that Sherlock has exactly zero qualms in leaving his landlady in the company of a man he really
doesn't have friends, who know. Mrs Hudson doesn't concern himself seem in the least worried by being left alone with what other people think, is so ''obviously'' thinking "Please like it, I do so want you a strange man either. She's not even particularly perturbed when John abruptly turns on her after she tells him to like it, please please please like it." And John, of course, can't help but like it -- in a way rest his leg. She's evidently decided that shades strongly into TearJerker territory: 221B Baker Street, with its Kimax on the kitchen table and its general you'll-have-to-move-something-if-you-want-to-sit-down ambience and its ''endlessly'' entertaining assortment of wallpapers, is an infinite improvement over John's tiny bare flat.
* On the above scene, a very small moment: when they first go to look at the flat,
anyone Sherlock waits for John at the top of the stairs before opening the door for him and leading the way in. This troper has a physical disability, and can tell you that common courtesies like walking slower or waiting for someone with a disability is sadly not as common as it brings home should be. That be accepted as a guest.
*
Sherlock didn't just self-interestedly wander into coming back to the flat leaving for John. It wasn't just a matter of him needing an assistant. He chose a man he hardly knows, with only his word for it that he was a "very good" doctor. The conversation he has with John to get there in shows that he completely understands that John is missing his own time really life as a soldier, and is surprisingly considerate of him, without being condescending.up for examining a corpse, and anything else exciting that comes his way.
** And later, he invites John out with him, saying Northumberland Street is a five minute walk from there - meaning it's probably a ten minute walk at Then there's the least for John. Unlike the well-meaning Mrs Hudson (who assumed John needed to rest simply from getting up the stairs) and unlike the probably less well-meaning Mycroft, extremely gentle way that Sherlock ''refuses'' says "a lot of trouble too, I bet." He's not talking about injuries and violent deaths; he's just differentiated that from "trouble." He may, in a very small and hesitant way, be referring more to treat John like an invalid who can't cope John's war trauma. He seems to be trying to empathise with a ten minute walk, cane or no cane. Which is exactly, psychologically, what John needs.
* When John tells
him and be gentle with his mental state. At this point, Sherlock that he found his website, and John have known each other for a cumulative ten minutes or less. But they're connecting on an incredibly complex level and Sherlock looks all proud of himself and asks; "What did you think?" is showing more regard for John gives him a doubtful look and than he has so far shown for anyone else. And Sherlock's face falls rather adorably as if to ask; "What did I do wrong?" He ''really'' did want regard for John to be impressed with him. The same bloke who claims to never care what anyone thinks of him. Which also becomes something of a fridge TearJerker later on, as that line in Sherlock's 'note' appears to be is even more remarkable when you see how utterly clueless he usually is about reading the only thing that wasn't a lie.emotions and body language of others.



** In fact, when Sherlock finally ''does'' tell John how he made all of those deductions on the way to the crime scene, he's doing it because John had hurt his feelings by calling him an "amateur", so he lashed out at him... and then expected John to tell him to "piss off" for doing it.
* Mrs Hudson indulgently watches an excited Sherlock practically fly out the door on his way to a crime scene. She tells John, "Look at him, always rushing about... my husband was just the same...". That is, she's comparing Sherlock to her husband, just as a mother might compare her son with his father. Which is adorable and completely establishes her maternal relationship with Sherlock inside of about one minute of screen time.
** The part of this that always makes '''this''' troper smile is the way she says it. "''My'' husband was just the same." She's already got them married off in her head.
* The fact that after Sherlock rushes off, John acts like he has every intention of hanging around, at least for a bit. He has only met Sherlock the day before, and has only met Mrs Hudson, who he's now being left alone with, ''five minutes'' before. He'd only gone there to ''look'' at the flat. But Sherlock tells him to make himself at home, and he does. Instantly. (Sherlock even gives a general "don't wait up for me" before he leaves; he may have only been addressing Mrs Hudson, but it seems more likely that he was addressing John as well- he's assuming that John is staying there that night.)
** Also, given the pre-existing relationship between Sherlock and Mrs Hudson, the fact that Sherlock has exactly zero qualms in leaving his adored landlady in the company of a man he really doesn't know. Mrs Hudson doesn't seem in the least worried by being left alone with a strange man either (she's not even particularly perturbed when John abruptly turns on her after she tells him to rest his leg.) She's evidently decided that anyone Sherlock brings home should be addressed as "dear" and mothered accordingly.
* Sherlock coming back to the flat for John. It wasn't just a matter of him needing an assistant. He chose a man he hardly knows, with only his word for it that he was a "very good" doctor. The conversation he has with John shows that he completely understands that John is missing his life as a soldier, and is up for examining a corpse, and anything else exciting that comes his way.
** Then there's the extremely gentle way that Sherlock says "a lot of trouble too, I bet." He's not talking about injuries and violent deaths- he's just differentiated that from "trouble." He may, in a very small and hesitant way, be referring more to John's war trauma. He seems to be trying to empathise with him (after all, whether or not John has PTSD aside, he has psychosomatic pain and was ''shot,'' and Sherlock had already deduced that this must have been traumatic) and be gentle with his mental state. At this point Sherlock and John have known each other for a cumulative ten minutes or less. But they're connecting on an incredibly complex level and Sherlock is showing more regard for John than he has so far shown for ''anyone'' else. And Sherlock's regard for John is even more remarkable when you see how utterly ''clueless'' he usually is about reading the emotions and body language of others.
** Also, why exactly did he change his mind and come back for John? Might have only occurred to him spontaneously on the stairs that his new flatmate could come in handy, but ... John's "Damn my leg" outburst was certainly loud enough to be heard on the stairs. And all of a sudden Sherlock's back, offering to take him along. Again, a rather amazing level of empathy, given it's Sherlock we're talking about.
* On the above note. Sherlock complains that Anderson "won't work with me", even though he needs an assistant. He took John because he knew John ''would'' work with him. Keep in mind that this happens before the conversation in the cab where John praises his abilities for the first time. So far, John has reacted to Sherlock's deductions by either complete disbelief, or by being very uncomfortable about them and standoffish with him.
* It's just a tiny thing, but when you think about it, John and Sherlock's first conversation in the cab is one. Sherlock deduces John's life from his phone, and we learn that the usual response from people when he does this is "Piss off." John? John tells him it's amazing. It can't be something Sherlock's heard very often.
** John not telling Sherlock that he actually got a ''major detail wrong''- the gender of his sibling- until the absolute last minute, when Sherlock directly asks him if there was anything he got wrong. All that gushing over how amazing Sherlock is, and he wasn't 100% right anyway... and John wasn't quick to point that out. He goes through everything Sherlock got right before mentioning the one thing he got wrong.
* This little line:
-->'''Sherlock:''' You're a war hero who can't find a place to live, it's unlikely you've got an extended family, certainly not one you're close to.
** Sherlock just called John a ''hero,'' when the emotionally neutral term is ''veteran.'' It's a staggering compliment to John, especially when later Sherlock cracks a joke about the invasion of Afghanistan being 'ridiculous' and in ''The Great Game'' half-sneers at John's "Queen and country" attitude. It's highly implied that Sherlock's politics might be considerably to the left of John's- but he ''still'' called him a "hero."
*** It's entirely possible that John ''is'' a war hero - after all, on the blog Bill Murray (the nurse) once comments that John deserves "a medal - another one". And Sherlock probably knows about that medal and whatever John got it for by the time of their taxi conversation - initial deduction aside, he probably would have done some Internet research at least about his prospective flatmate by that point; just as John is seen googling "Sherlock Holmes", only more so, knowing Sherlock.
*** In ''The Great Game,'' Sherlock tells John not to make ''him'' into a hero. By this time we've seen multiple instances of Sherlock being quietly impressed with John's bravery, "nerves of steel" and general badassery, so it's possible that just a tiny part of Sherlock is guilty of making John into ''his'' hero.
*** More than that! Sherlock says that "''Heroes don't exist, and if they did [he] wouldn't be one''". Surely it would have to be more than "just a tiny part" of Sherlock for him to call John a hero seemingly thoughtlessly, if he really doesn't believe in them.
* When Sherlock drops the bomb on Anderson "So's Sergeant Donovan", John seems pleased when Sherlock scores points off both Anderson and Donovan. In his blog entry, he remarks on Donovan's calling Sherlock a psychopath by pointing out that it was "hardly a professional diagnosis". Even at this point, John does ''not'' appreciate the police bullying or insulting Sherlock. For extra heartwarming, there's no reason why he ''wouldn't'' be firmly on Sherlock's side at this stage. Sherlock has so far been (for Sherlock) ridiculously nice to John, remembering to say "please" "thank you" "sorry", telling him to make himself at home at 221B- things that aren't that unusual for socially normal people, but which are really quite amazing for Sherlock.
* Sherlock's determination to not exclude John from helping him with the case. He clearly overheard John get upset about being left out of the excitement because of his injury and from then Sherlock is keen to make sure he's in on the action. When Sally blocks John from following Sherlock into the crime scene, John acts bashful and suggests waiting outside but [[RuleOfSymbolism Sherlock lifts up the barrier for him]].
** And then there's this bit, where Lestrade meets John for the first time [[note]]the scene at 221B doesn't count as Lestrade completely blanked John.[[/note]] :
--->'''Lestrade:''' Who's this?\\
'''Sherlock''' He's with me.\\
'''Lestrade:''' Yeah but who is he?\\
'''Sherlock:''' I ''said'' he's with ''me''.
** Double heartwarming. Firstly for Sherlock's fierce defence of his potential new friend. Secondly for Lestrade not kicking up much of a fuss at Sherlock bringing another civilian in on the crime scene. He allows it, knowing full well how many rules he's breaking, but doesn't care and seems to be more baffled as to why John is with Sherlock in the first place.
*** Whether Lestrade let John in or not, I actually thought it was really rather rude of Lestrade to talk like that, as he's essentially treating John like a doormat or a piece of furniture. He doesn't say, "Who are you?", he says, "Who's he?". This is especially rude because he already saw (and ignored) John in Sherlock's flat. Sherlock doesn't invite a lot of people to his flat, and now here he is inviting John into a crime scene and still Lestrade is blanking him. Bonus heartwarming points to Sherlock, however, who becomes visibly annoyed at Lestrade's choice of words.
* On the above note, Sherlock goading John into admitting that he's not just a doctor- he's a ''very good'' doctor. Sherlock had been introduced to John simply as "John Watson." Sherlock had to ''deduce'' that John was a doctor. But he introduces him to Mrs Hudson as "Dr John Watson", addresses him as "Dr Watson" in front of Lestrade (when he'd previous called him "John" as he'd rushed out the door to the crime scene- no doubt this was Sherlock's way of answering Lestrade's "who is he?" in his own good time) and a couple of times actually ''reminds'' John that he's a doctor. John's self-esteem is at an all-time low at the beginning of ''A Study in Pink.'' He's broke- and while the tremor in his hand would exclude him from the operating theatre, there's really no reason for it to have stopped him from taking up work as a GP. In fact, in ''The Blind Banker'' he proves that he's ''such'' a good doctor that he literally walks into a clinic and is hired the same afternoon by a fellow doctor who is deeply impressed with his resume and work history, and baffled that someone so patently overqualified would even ''want'' a job there. It's possible, if not probable, that John hasn't even bothered to see about locum work in ''A Study in Pink''- something that would help alleviate the boredom and pay the rent- because he's totally lost confidence in his ability to do ''anything,'' including practice medicine.
* Another tiny thing, but this troper always smiles at this bit-
--> '''John:''' That's fantastic!\\
'''Sherlock:''' Do you know you do that out loud?\\
'''John:''' Sorry, I'll shut up.\\
'''Sherlock:''' No, it's...fine.
** Especially since Sherlock has just [[PreemptiveShutUp told Lestrade to shut up]] when [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the poor man hadn't even said anything.]]
* In the above scene with the body of the pink lady, Sherlock comes out with an absurd number of deductions, and Lestrade tells him "oh for God's sake, if you're just making this up...!" He's smiling and enjoying himself hugely (contrast with the unaired pilot, same line, Lestrade is much crankier.) Lestrade genuinely being entertained watching Sherlock do his [[SherlockScan thing]] heartwarmingly cuts across his assertions that he only puts up with Sherlock because he's desperate- or even that he puts up with Sherlock because he altruistically thinks he could be a good man. For all Sherlock's many faults, Lestrade seems to genuinely like him and be one of the very few people in Sherlock's life who appreciates the gifts he has.
* Retroactive example. At one point, John is approached by a sinister gentleman in a suit who offers him money to keep an eye on his new friend Sherlock and inform the man in the suit of Sherlock's activities, discretely of course, because he 'worries about him. Constantly.' The moment seems sinister when we, like John, think that the man is some sort of 'criminal mastermind' but becomes a bit more touching when we learn that he is in fact Sherlock's older brother Mycroft; despite their clearly factitious relationship, Mycroft obviously really does care about his brother and worries about him running around the city solving murders.
** Also from that scene, John turning down the bribe. He's not that well acquainted with Sherlock at this point (and has just been ditched by him) but still won't spy on him, not for any amount of money.
** Again from that scene, the chair. John seems to assume that it's there to intimidate him or put him in a vulnerable position. The line "the leg must be hurting you, sit down" could be taken as passive-aggressive bullying, or you could also read it as a much more heartwarming straight line- Mycroft might be OK with kidnapping and bribing John, but he's not mean-spirited and wants to accommodate John's physical limitations. He not only arranges for John to be dropped off at the door of Baker Street, he even has the car stop by wherever John was currently living so he could pick up the gun on the way.
** After Mycroft finishes his meeting with John, Anthea reappears and says she's to "take [John] home". John gives the address as 221B Baker Street. He hasn't even moved in yet, in fact he only went there that afternoon to ''check the place out'' and since then he's been abandoned by his potential flat-mate, been warned off by a police sergeant to stay away from him because he's a "psychopath" and intimidated by said flat-mate's apparent "arch-enemy". In spite of all that, he's already decided that 221B is now his ''home''. Aww.
*** There's extra heartwarming in that remark, too: at the time John makes it, he's still in such pain with his leg that he needs a cane to take three steps across a room. And yet the fact that he needs to climb ''two flights of stairs'' to even get to the living room of his new abode is not, apparently, a problem for him. For most people in his position, the stairs would be an instant dealbreaker. There's an emphasis on how long it takes him to negotiate them- Sherlock has to wait for him on the landing. Yet John thought negotiating the stairs, probably multiple times a day, was worth it. Mycroft, probably very deliberately, has tripped off John's protective instincts: on leaving Mycroft he genuinely believes Sherlock to be in danger, so he's determined to keep close to him to ''protect'' him.
* Related to the above: Mycroft tells John that he's "very loyal, ''very'' quickly." John protests, with a hint of embarrassment, that he's ''not,'' he's just not interested in being bribed to spy on Sherlock. It seems like he's protesting a bit too much, but [[FridgeBrilliance over the course of two seasons]] we see that John really ''isn't'' overly loyal- at least, not overly loyal to anyone ''except Sherlock.'' [[note]]And, arguably, Mrs Hudson. She becomes a mother figure for John as well as Sherlock; also, she presents herself as someone he needs to look after.[[/note]] He's estranged from Harry (so clearly not sentimental about the importance of family) and while he has friends and gains a few more in Bill, Mike, Lestrade, etc- he doesn't seem to have any more loyalty to them than you'd expect someone to have for their buddies. That fierce protectiveness- that drives him to shoot people dead or punch them in the face- is something he really doesn't show for anyone except Sherlock.
* John's reaction to Sherlock's "could be dangerous" text. On the one hand, we know John is a closet adrenaline junkie and wants in on anything "dangerous" for kicks. But at the time the text comes through he's with Mycroft, who he at that point believes to be a danger to Sherlock. He didn't just rush over to Baker Street for his own benefit. He thought there was a high chance that he needed to protect Sherlock.

to:

** In fact, when Sherlock finally ''does'' tell John how he made all of those deductions on the way to the crime scene, he's doing it because John had hurt his feelings by calling him an "amateur", so he lashed out at him... and then expected John to tell him to "piss off" for doing it.
* Mrs Hudson indulgently watches an excited Sherlock practically fly out the door on his way to a crime scene. She tells John, "Look at him, always rushing about... my husband was just the same...". That is, she's comparing Sherlock to her husband, just as a mother might compare her son with his father. Which is adorable and completely establishes her maternal relationship with Sherlock inside of
it. John instead freely gushes about one minute of screen time.
** The part of this that always makes '''this''' troper smile is the way she says it. "''My'' husband was just the same." She's already got them married off in her head.
* The fact that after Sherlock rushes off, John acts like he has every intention of hanging around, at least for a bit. He has only met Sherlock the day before,
how amazing and has only met Mrs Hudson, who he's now being left alone with, ''five minutes'' before. He'd only gone there to ''look'' at the flat. But Sherlock tells him to make himself at home, and he does. Instantly. (Sherlock even gives a general "don't wait up for me" before he leaves; he may have only been addressing Mrs Hudson, but it seems more likely that he was addressing John as well- he's assuming that John is staying there that night.)
** Also, given the pre-existing relationship between Sherlock and Mrs Hudson,
extraordinary Sherlock's deductions are, despite the fact that Sherlock has exactly zero qualms in leaving just bluntly, almost brutally, revealed a sensitive family issue concerning estrangement from his adored landlady in the company of sister. Not everyone would react so well to a man he really stranger blurting out to them that their "brother" has a drinking problem and they were into "his" wife.
** And John
doesn't know. Mrs Hudson doesn't seem in the least worried by being left alone with a strange man either (she's not even particularly perturbed when John abruptly turns on her after she tells him to rest his leg.) She's evidently decided that anyone Sherlock brings home should be addressed as "dear" and mothered accordingly.
* Sherlock coming back to the flat for John. It wasn't just a matter of him needing an assistant. He chose a man he hardly knows, with only his word for it that he was a "very good" doctor. The conversation he has with John shows that he completely understands that John is missing his life as a soldier, and is up for examining a corpse, and anything else exciting that comes his way.
** Then there's the extremely gentle way that Sherlock says "a lot of trouble too, I bet." He's not talking about injuries and violent deaths- he's just differentiated that from "trouble." He may, in a very small and hesitant way, be referring more to John's war trauma. He seems to be trying to empathise with him (after all, whether or not John has PTSD aside, he has psychosomatic pain and was ''shot,'' and Sherlock had already deduced that this must have been traumatic) and be gentle with his mental state. At this point Sherlock and John have known each other for a cumulative ten minutes or less. But they're connecting on an incredibly complex level and Sherlock is showing more regard for John than he has so far shown for ''anyone'' else. And Sherlock's regard for John is even more remarkable when you see how utterly ''clueless'' he usually is about reading the emotions and body language of others.
** Also, why exactly did he change his mind and come back for John? Might have only occurred to him spontaneously on the stairs that his new flatmate could come in handy, but ... John's "Damn my leg" outburst was certainly loud enough to be heard on the stairs. And all of a sudden Sherlock's back, offering to take him along. Again, a rather amazing level of empathy, given it's Sherlock we're talking about.
* On the above note. Sherlock complains that Anderson "won't work with me", even though he needs an assistant. He took John because he knew John ''would'' work with him. Keep in mind that this happens before the conversation in the cab where John praises his abilities for the first time. So far, John has reacted to Sherlock's deductions by either complete disbelief, or by being very uncomfortable about them and standoffish with him.
* It's just a tiny thing, but when you think about it, John and Sherlock's first conversation in the cab is one. Sherlock deduces John's life from his phone, and we learn that the usual response from people when he does this is "Piss off." John? John tells him it's amazing. It can't be something Sherlock's heard very often.
** John not telling
tell Sherlock that he actually got a ''major detail wrong''- the gender of his sibling- wrong'' until the absolute last minute, when Sherlock directly asks him if there was anything he got wrong. All that gushing over how amazing Sherlock is, and he wasn't 100% right anyway... and John wasn't quick to point that out. He goes through everything Sherlock got right before mentioning the one thing he got wrong.
wrong; his "brother" Harry is a girl.
* This little line:
-->'''Sherlock:''' You're a war hero who can't find a place to live, it's unlikely you've got an extended family, certainly not one you're close to.
**
Sherlock just called calls John a ''hero,'' "war hero", when the emotionally neutral term is ''veteran.'' "veteran". It's a staggering compliment to John, especially when later Sherlock later cracks a joke about the invasion of Afghanistan being 'ridiculous' "ridiculous".
* When Sherlock casually exposes Anderson
and in ''The Great Game'' half-sneers at John's "Queen and country" attitude. It's highly implied Donovan's affair, John seems pleased that Sherlock scored points off both Anderson and Donovan. Even at this point, John does not appreciate the police bullying or insulting Sherlock.
*
Sherlock's politics might be considerably determination to not exclude John from helping him with the left of John's- case; When Sally blocks John from following Sherlock into the crime scene, John acts bashful and suggests waiting outside but he ''still'' called him a "hero.[[RuleOfSymbolism Sherlock lifts up the barrier for him]].
** And then there's this bit, where Lestrade interacts with John for the first time:
--->'''Lestrade:''' "Who's this?"\\
'''Sherlock''' "He's with me."\\
'''Lestrade:''' "Yeah, but who is he?"\\
'''Sherlock:''' "I ''said'' he's with ''me''.
"
*** It's entirely possible that John ''is'' a war hero - after all, on the blog Bill Murray (the nurse) once comments that John deserves "a medal - another one". And Sherlock probably knows about that medal and whatever John got it for by the time of their taxi conversation - initial deduction aside, he probably would have done some Internet research at least about his prospective flatmate by that point; just as John is seen googling "Sherlock Holmes", only more so, knowing Sherlock.
*** In ''The Great Game,'' Sherlock tells John not to make ''him'' into a hero. By this time we've seen multiple instances of Sherlock being quietly impressed with John's bravery, "nerves of steel" and general badassery, so it's possible that just a tiny part of Sherlock is guilty of making John into ''his'' hero.
*** More than that! Sherlock says that "''Heroes don't exist, and if they did [he] wouldn't be one''". Surely it would have to be more than "just a tiny part" of Sherlock for him to call John a hero seemingly thoughtlessly, if he really doesn't believe in them.
* When Sherlock drops the bomb on Anderson "So's Sergeant Donovan", John seems pleased when Sherlock scores points off both Anderson and Donovan. In his blog entry, he remarks on Donovan's calling Sherlock a psychopath by pointing out that it was "hardly a professional diagnosis". Even at this point, John does ''not'' appreciate the police bullying or insulting Sherlock. For extra heartwarming, there's no reason why he ''wouldn't'' be firmly on Sherlock's side at this stage. Sherlock has so far been (for Sherlock) ridiculously nice to John, remembering to say "please" "thank you" "sorry", telling him to make himself at home at 221B- things that aren't that unusual for socially normal people, but which are really quite amazing for Sherlock.
* Sherlock's determination to not exclude John from helping him with the case. He clearly overheard John get upset about being left out of the excitement because of his injury and from then Sherlock is keen to make sure he's in on the action. When Sally blocks John from following Sherlock into the crime scene, John acts bashful and suggests waiting outside but [[RuleOfSymbolism Sherlock lifts up the barrier for him]].
** And then there's this bit, where Lestrade meets John for the first time [[note]]the scene at 221B doesn't count as Lestrade completely blanked John.[[/note]] :
--->'''Lestrade:''' Who's this?\\
'''Sherlock''' He's with me.\\
'''Lestrade:''' Yeah but who is he?\\
'''Sherlock:''' I ''said'' he's with ''me''.
** Double heartwarming. Firstly for
after witnessing Sherlock's fierce defence of his potential new friend. Secondly for John, Lestrade not doesn't kicking up much of a fuss at Sherlock bringing another a civilian in on the crime scene. He allows it, knowing full well how many rules he's breaking, but doesn't care and seems to be more baffled as to why John is with Sherlock in the first place.
*** Whether Lestrade let John in or not, I actually thought it was really rather rude of Lestrade to talk like that, as he's essentially treating John like a doormat or a piece of furniture. He doesn't say, "Who are you?", he says, "Who's he?". This is especially rude because he already saw (and ignored) John in Sherlock's flat. Sherlock doesn't invite a lot of people to his flat, and now here he is inviting John into a crime scene and still Lestrade is blanking him. Bonus heartwarming points to Sherlock, however, who becomes visibly annoyed at Lestrade's choice of words.
* On the above note, Sherlock goading John into admitting that he's not just a doctor- he's a ''very good'' doctor. Sherlock had been introduced to John simply as "John Watson." Sherlock had to ''deduce'' that John was a doctor. But he introduces him to Mrs Hudson as "Dr John Watson", addresses him as "Dr Watson" in front of Lestrade (when he'd previous called him "John" as he'd rushed out the door to the crime scene- no doubt this was Sherlock's way of answering Lestrade's "who is he?" in his own good time) and a couple of times actually ''reminds'' John that he's a doctor. John's self-esteem is at an all-time low at the beginning of ''A Study in Pink.'' He's broke- and while the tremor in his hand would exclude him from the operating theatre, there's really no reason for it to have stopped him from taking up work as a GP. In fact, in ''The Blind Banker'' he proves that he's ''such'' a good doctor that he literally walks into a clinic and is hired the same afternoon by a fellow doctor who is deeply impressed with his resume and work history, and baffled that someone so patently overqualified would even ''want'' a job there. It's possible, if not probable, that John hasn't even bothered to see about locum work in ''A Study in Pink''- something that would help alleviate the boredom and pay the rent- because he's totally lost confidence in his ability to do ''anything,'' including practice medicine.
* Another tiny thing, but this troper always smiles at this bit-
--> '''John:''' That's fantastic!\\
'''Sherlock:''' Do you know you do that out loud?\\
'''John:''' Sorry, I'll shut up.\\
'''Sherlock:''' No, it's...fine.
** Especially since Sherlock has just [[PreemptiveShutUp told Lestrade to shut up]] when [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the poor man hadn't even said anything.]]
* In the above scene with the body of the pink lady, Sherlock comes out with an absurd number of deductions, and Lestrade tells him "oh for God's sake, if you're just making this up...!" He's smiling and enjoying himself hugely (contrast with the unaired pilot, same line, Lestrade is much crankier.) Lestrade genuinely being entertained watching Sherlock do his [[SherlockScan thing]] heartwarmingly cuts across his assertions that he only puts up with Sherlock because he's desperate- or even that he puts up with Sherlock because he altruistically thinks he could be a good man. For all Sherlock's many faults, Lestrade seems to genuinely like him and be one of the very few people in Sherlock's life who appreciates the gifts he has.
* Retroactive example.
At one point, John is approached by a sinister gentleman in a suit who offers him money to keep an eye on his new friend Sherlock and inform the man in the suit him of Sherlock's activities, discretely of course, because he 'worries about him. Constantly.' activities. The moment seems sinister when we, like John, think John thinks that the man is some sort of 'criminal mastermind' criminal, but becomes a bit more touching when we learn John learns that he is in fact Sherlock's older brother Mycroft; despite their clearly factitious relationship, Mycroft obviously really does care about his brother and worries about him running around the city solving murders.
murders enough to have someone spy on Sherlock for him.
** Also from that scene, John turning down the bribe. He's not that well acquainted with Sherlock at this point (and point, and has just been ditched by him) him, but still won't spy on him, not for any amount of money.
** Again from that scene, the chair. John seems to assume that it's there to intimidate him or put him in a vulnerable position. The line "the leg must be hurting you, sit down" could be taken as passive-aggressive bullying, or you could also read it as a much more heartwarming straight line- Mycroft might be OK with kidnapping and bribing John, but he's not mean-spirited and wants to accommodate John's physical limitations. He not only arranges for John to be dropped off at the door of Baker Street, he even has the car stop by wherever John was currently living so he could pick up the gun on the way.
**
* After Mycroft finishes his meeting with John, Anthea reappears and says she's to "take [John] home". John gives the address as 221B Baker Street. He hasn't even moved in yet, in fact he only went there that afternoon to ''check check the place out'' out and since then he's been abandoned by his potential flat-mate, been warned off by a police sergeant to stay away from him because he's a "psychopath" and intimidated by said flat-mate's apparent "arch-enemy". In spite of all that, he's already decided that 221B is now his ''home''. Aww.
*** There's extra heartwarming in that remark, too: at the time John makes it, he's still in such pain with his leg that he needs a cane to take three steps across a room. And yet the fact that he needs to climb ''two flights of stairs'' to even get to the living room of his new abode is not, apparently, a problem for him. For most people in his position, the stairs would be an instant dealbreaker. There's an emphasis on how long it takes him to negotiate them- Sherlock has to wait for him on the landing. Yet John thought negotiating the stairs, probably multiple times a day, was worth it. Mycroft, probably very deliberately, has tripped off John's protective instincts: on leaving Mycroft he genuinely believes Sherlock to be in danger, so he's determined to keep close to him to ''protect'' him.
* Related to the above: Mycroft tells John that he's "very loyal, ''very'' quickly." John protests, with a hint of embarrassment, that he's ''not,'' he's just not interested in being bribed to spy on Sherlock. It seems like he's protesting a bit too much, but [[FridgeBrilliance over the course of two seasons]] we see that John really ''isn't'' overly loyal- at least, not overly loyal to anyone ''except Sherlock.'' [[note]]And, arguably, Mrs Hudson. She becomes a mother figure for John as well as Sherlock; also, she presents herself as someone he needs to look after.[[/note]] He's estranged from Harry (so clearly not sentimental about the importance of family) and while he has friends and gains a few more in Bill, Mike, Lestrade, etc- he doesn't seem to have any more loyalty to them than you'd expect someone to have for their buddies. That fierce protectiveness- that drives him to shoot people dead or punch them in the face- is something he really doesn't show for anyone except Sherlock.
* John's reaction to Sherlock's "could be dangerous" text. On the one hand, we know John is a closet adrenaline junkie and wants in on anything "dangerous" for kicks. But at the time the text comes through he's with Mycroft, who he at that point believes to be a danger to Sherlock. He didn't just rush over to Baker Street for his own benefit. He thought there was a high chance that he needed to protect Sherlock.



-->'''John:''' So I'm basically filling in for your skull?\\
'''Sherlock:''' (smiling) Relax. You're doing fine.

to:

-->'''John:''' So "So I'm basically filling in for your skull?\\
skull?"\\
'''Sherlock:''' (smiling) Relax.''(smiling)'' "Relax. You're doing fine."
* As soon as Sherlock and John walk into the restaurant, the owner, Angelo, rushes up to shaker Sherlock's hand with a warm smile, and [[HospitalityForHeroes immediately offers him anything he wants, on the house]], for him and ''his friend''. He also brushes off Sherlock's snarking at him and treats him incredibly kindly, as oppose to Lestrade tolerating Sherlock with gritted teeth, Donovan calling him a freak, and [[spoiler:Mycroft]] saying the closest thing to a friend Sherlock is capable of having is an enemy. It also really speaks to how much Sherlock helps people, whether he does it for their sake or not, to have Angelo gushing over him for getting him off a murder charge - and it's all showcased for John's benefit, with Angelo quickly and proudly explaining to John what Sherlock did for him while Sherlock ignores him.
** Also adorable is when Angelo [[ShipperOnDeck excitedly goes to get a candle]], because even if he has misinterpreted [[MistakenForGay Sherlock and John's relationship]], [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend despite John insisting that he's not Sherlock's date]], he's clearly happy that Sherlock, who has no doubt consistently come to the restaurant alone in the past, ''finally'' has come with another person, and so Angelo wants to make the evening as pleasurable as possible for them.
** Sherlock even knows the waiter at the door by his fist name, hinting that Sherlock frequents this place often. Between Angelo and Mrs. Hudson it seems he keeps in touch with many of his clients even after the case is over.
* John initiating a conversation about relationships with Sherlock. When he starts talking, Sherlock takes a few seconds to acknowledge him, implying not much has been spoken between them in that time. It's sweet that the first real conversation John wants to have with Sherlock outside of investigating criminals is a rather personal one.
-->'''Sherlock:''' "What do real people have then in their real lives?"\\
'''John:''' "Friends. People they like, people they don't like..."
** What's heartwarming about this is that John has so far had two people inform him that Sherlock doesn't have friends and there seems to be good reason for that. Instead of being warned off, John is making it clear here that he ''wants'' to be Sherlock's friend, despite knowing he would most likely be the first and only one Sherlock has ever had.
* Sherlock, [[MistakenForGay misinterpreting John's intentions,]] is surprisingly ''extremely'' delicate about turning him down. The conversation at hand seems to be over before Sherlock makes a point of starting it up again with "Umm, John..." We see later in ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' in particular that Sherlock is awkward and very underexperienced in matters concerning the heart, so going to the effort of talking about his sexual orientation to someone he barely knows, and genuinely seems to think is hitting on him, must have been difficult for him. His tone is quite gentle, explaining that he's "flattered" and overall showing a high level of regard for John's feelings.



-->'''Sherlock:''' ...Problem?\\
'''John:''' Yeah. Sergeant Donovan.\\
'''Sherlock:''' ''[looking exasperated]'' What about her?\\
'''John:''' She ''said'' you get off on this. You enjoy it.\\
'''Sherlock:''' And ''I'' said "dangerous" and here you are.\\
'''John:''' ...''Damn it!''

to:

-->'''Sherlock:''' ...Problem?\\
-->'''Sherlock:''' "...Problem?"\\
'''John:''' Yeah."Yeah. Sergeant Donovan.\\
"\\
'''Sherlock:''' ''[looking exasperated]'' What "What about her?\\
her?"\\
'''John:''' She ''said'' "She said you get off on this. You enjoy it.\\
"\\
'''Sherlock:''' And "And ''I'' said "dangerous" and here you are.\\
'''John:''' ...
"\\
'''John:''' "...
''Damn it!''it!''"



* John initiating a conversation about relationships with Sherlock. It's easy to miss because of abrupt editing but an amount of time seems to pass between Angelo setting the candle down and here because John suddenly seems to be eating moments having just picked up the menu. When he starts talking, Sherlock takes a few seconds to acknowledge him, implying not much has been spoken between them in that time. It's sweet that the first real conversation John wants to have with Sherlock outside of investigating criminals is a rather personal one.
-->'''Sherlock:''' What do real people have then in their real lives?\\
'''John:''' Friends. People they like, people they don't like...
** What's heartwarming about this is that John has so far had two people inform him that Sherlock doesn't have friends and there seems to be good reason for that. Instead of being warned off, John is making it clear here that he ''wants'' to be Sherlock's friend, despite knowing he would most likely be the first and only one Sherlock has ever had.
** As we see both here and various other moments throughout the show, friendship means ''a lot'' to John, even more than any relationship he has with his girlfriends[[note]]It's later implied that Sherlock is part of the reason many of John's relationships fail but not once does he choose them over his friend. In this conversation, 'friends' is the first word on his lips, with 'girlfriend' and 'boyfriend' more as afterthoughts.[[/note]] This seems to be the start of a running theme of John trying to teach Sherlock how important friends are; as he later tells him in ''The Hounds of Baskerville'' that he should listen to John because he's Sherlock's friend, then lecturing him about how "friends protect people" in ''The Reichenbach Fall''. Just the fact that John is willing to put in the effort to help Sherlock understand friendship is heartwarming when so many others appear to have given up hope with him being anything other than a "freak" or "sociopath" - even [[TearJerker Sherlock himself]].
*** What's also massively heartwarming about this is that at the point where Sherlock meets John, he [[FridgeBrilliance already has at least THREE friends-]] Mrs Hudson, Lestrade and Molly. Probably Mike Stamford, too. Part of John's influence over Sherlock is not just being a friend to Sherlock, it's facilitating his friendships with others and eventually getting Sherlock to the point where he realises that even then he ''did'' have friends- he just couldn't understand friendship because it had never been really ''translated'' to him. John is the only person who takes the time to explain (patiently and without insulting or demeaning Sherlock) not only such basic human interactions as tact, courtesy, appropriate topics of conversation, saying please and thank you, being polite even when you don't like someone, the difference between romantic and friendly social behaviour, etc- as well as some broader and more resonant issues such as the meaning of loyalty, compassion, bravery, sacrifice and devotion.
* Sherlock, [[MistakenForGay misinterpreting John's intentions,]] is surprisingly ''extremely'' delicate about turning him down. The conversation at hand seems to be over before Sherlock makes a point of starting it up again with "Umm, John..." We see later in ''Belgravia'' in particular that Sherlock is awkward and very underexperienced in matters concerning the heart, so going to the effort of talking about his sexual orientation to someone he barely knows, and genuinely seems to think is hitting on him, must have been difficult for him. His tone is quite gentle, explaining that he's "flattered" and overall showing a high level of regard for John's feelings. Since when does Sherlock go out of his way to be that polite to ''anyone?''
** And on that note, John telling him that if ''he'' is gay, it's fine, is heartwarming too. Not that we expect John to be a raging homophobe (especially not when his [[FridgeBrilliance sister is gay]]) but for him to go to the trouble of directly addressing the issue in that way, instead of awkwardly ignoring it, really is lovely. John seems intent on assuring Sherlock that if he (Sherlock) is gay, that's not a flatshare dealbreaker for him. And while Sherlock turns what he perceives to be John's attentions down, the way it's worded indicates that Sherlock wouldn't consider John being gay to be a flatshare dealbreaker either. The misunderstanding isn't even particularly PlayedForLaughs- John correcting Sherlock is quite gentle and tactful. Twice in ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' John indicates he still thinks it's possible that Sherlock is gay. But while he self-identifies as straight, Sherlock being possibly gay has never been a barrier to their friendship. Even when it leads others to conclude that ''John'' is gay.
* During the chase to follow the taxi, Sherlock and John climb up to the top of a building and Sherlock jumps from one rooftop to another. John hesitates from doing the same for a brief moment and Sherlock has to prompt him saying; "Come on, John! We're losing him." before he can make the jump. ''We're'' losing him? Sherlock could have easily just kept focusing on the task at hand, kept on running and not given a a damn as to whether John was catching up with him. Remember he did that very thing earlier that evening when he abandoned John at Brixton to find the suitcase. It's a wonder that he noticed John had stalled at all. But now he's prepared to wait for John and encourage him to realise how much he's capable of.
* Also during the chase, John apologizing for the many things Sherlock does in his haste, such as running in front of a car and knocking a man over. It's small but sweet considering the amount of time they've known each other.
* At the end of the chase, Sherlock tells John he can keep Lestrade's nicked badge. It seems an odd thing for him to offer him- except that, you know, Sherlock may have thought it would come in handy for John, what with [[FridgeBrilliance all the crimes he's going to be investigating with Sherlock in the future.]]

* The moment where John answers the door, realises for the first time that he left his cane at the restaurant and ran halfway across Soho without it... and turns back in amazement to Sherlock, who is ''grinning'' at him in pride and real cameraderie. Sherlock wasn't just trying to prove that he was right about John's limp being psychosomatic, or even simply trying to prove that John was capable of more than he thought he was. Sherlock has a tendency, even later in the series, in making everything about ''him,'' but this was all about ''John.'' It seems that the man who claims not to care about other people genuinely enjoyed making John happy and perhaps even had his first foray into being happy for someone else- after all, John's physical recovery was, from a practical point of view, neither here nor there to Sherlock.
** It's disturbing, and an entirely separate CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, to realize that if John had gone on favoring one leg and relying on a cane for very much longer it might have induced muscle weakness and an entirely ''somatic'' limp. Sherlock saved John from physical disability as well as aiding him with his psychological issues.
* When Lestrade says they're there for a "drugs bust", John tries in vain to defend Sherlock, mostly baffled at the thought of someone as intellectually focused as Sherlock using. Sherlock cuts him off and practically takes him to one side. He doesn't try to lie about his past but he's also too embarrassed, and possibly scared of losing his new friend, to say it out loud. He just gives John a really intense look as if to say; "This is who I am. Please accept me at my worst as well as my best."
** And he ''does.'' His response is simply a surprised but non-judgmental "No. ''You?"'' John is a doctor as well as a soldier, a well respected, law-abiding member of society. It's a ''personal'' risk to continue living with someone he now knows is a user who probably has drugs on the premises. He does anyway. Remembering that part of the reason he's estranged from his own sister is because she's an alcoholic- and at one point in his blog, he actually throws that in Harry's face by suggesting they "do drinks" together. He's judgmental of Harry, but not of Sherlock.
** Later Sherlock shows Lestrade is nicotine patch using it as proof that he is clean, he does not however pull up his sleeve all the way. Remember it was a "three patch problem." He's got two more patches under his sleeve, which would have probably gotten him in trouble. John knows this, it's possible he forgot but not likely since seeing the patch would have reminded him, but he says nothing at all to the police. And Sherlock trusts that he won't.
* During the preceding scene, there are a number of both background and cut-to shots of Lestrade's reaction to John in general and the way he interacts with Sherlock. There's one particularly interesting shot while Sherlock blurts out his inability to understand why a woman would still be upset about a stillbirth that happened "ages ago." John says nothing but looks ''absolutely appalled,'' and then Lestrade seems to be watching the both of them, wondering what will happen next. John's horrified look and the dead silence that falls over the room is well enough to tip Sherlock off that what he's just said is ''really, really bad.'' And it's one of the very few times he seems unsure of himself and willing to admit that what he's just said is "not good."
** When John goes with Lestrade and Sherlock in to view the body of Jennifer Wilson, there's a shot of each of their faces, and John is the only one to show any kind of real emotion- and it seems to be pity. You can see it again in the revelation that Rachel was Wilson's child and had been stillborn. There are two reaction shots of John as Lestrade is telling this to Sherlock- he reacts to "she's dead" with pity as it is, and when Lestrade is quite matter-of-fact with "technically speaking she was never alive... Rachel was Jennifer Wilson's stillborn daughter..." John winces and looks noticably upset to hear this. Sherlock is surprised that the baby's ''mother'' would still be upset! John's compassion and respect for the dead is in sharp contrast to Sherlock's frank disinterest in them as anything other than puzzles to solve.
* Related to the above. Lestrade has just given Sherlock the equivalent of a parental lecture about the way he is going off on his own and witholding evidence; Sherlock's gotten into it with Anderson and then Donovan, and is massively on the defence due to the whole drug bust thing anyway. When he questions "... not good?" John's response is not to call him a sociopath or a psychopath or a child or a lunatic or a freak; he simply replies "A bit not good, yeah." We've seen earlier in the episode that Sherlock is used to being insulted or nagged or yelled at, but John takes it at face value that he honestly didn't mean offence, and corrects him without getting him offside, which is kind of sweet.
** Bonus heartwarming that he asks the question ''at all''. It sounds surprisingly vulnerable and you don't get the impression he'd have asked anyone but John. Sherlock already trusts John enough to open up like that and not be called a freak in return, but to get an honest answer to an honest question (which, again, few of those present would understand it to be).
* The fact that all John has to do is ''look'' horrified and it instantly stops Sherlock dead in his tracks. John has already made it abundantly clear that he thinks Sherlock is brilliant and fantastic and amazing- or at least that his ''deductions'' are brilliant and fantastic and amazing. Sherlock now wants John to actually like him, and for John to think he's not just a ''clever'' person but a ''decent'' person. (Hours before, he'd actually told Mrs Hudson "who cares about decent?") And here, Mr I-Am-Always-Right-And-Brilliant stops as abruptly as if he's been slapped when he realises he's just said something that would make John think less of him as a person.

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* John initiating a conversation about relationships with Sherlock. It's easy to miss because of abrupt editing but an amount of time seems to pass between Angelo setting the candle down and here because John suddenly seems to be eating moments having just picked up the menu. When he starts talking, Sherlock takes a few seconds to acknowledge him, implying not much has been spoken between them in that time. It's sweet that the first real conversation John wants to have with Sherlock outside of investigating criminals is a rather personal one.
-->'''Sherlock:''' What do real people have then in their real lives?\\
'''John:''' Friends. People they like, people they don't like...
** What's heartwarming about this is that John has so far had two people inform him that Sherlock doesn't have friends and there seems to be good reason for that. Instead of being warned off, John is making it clear here that he ''wants'' to be Sherlock's friend, despite knowing he would most likely be the first and only one Sherlock has ever had.
** As we see both here and various other moments throughout the show, friendship means ''a lot'' to John, even more than any relationship he has with his girlfriends[[note]]It's later implied that Sherlock is part of the reason many of John's relationships fail but not once does he choose them over his friend. In this conversation, 'friends' is the first word on his lips, with 'girlfriend' and 'boyfriend' more as afterthoughts.[[/note]] This seems to be the start of a running theme of John trying to teach Sherlock how important friends are; as he later tells him in ''The Hounds of Baskerville'' that he should listen to John because he's Sherlock's friend, then lecturing him about how "friends protect people" in ''The Reichenbach Fall''. Just the fact that John is willing to put in the effort to help Sherlock understand friendship is heartwarming when so many others appear to have given up hope with him being anything other than a "freak" or "sociopath" - even [[TearJerker Sherlock himself]].
*** What's also massively heartwarming about this is that at the point where Sherlock meets John, he [[FridgeBrilliance already has at least THREE friends-]] Mrs Hudson, Lestrade and Molly. Probably Mike Stamford, too. Part of John's influence over Sherlock is not just being a friend to Sherlock, it's facilitating his friendships with others and eventually getting Sherlock to the point where he realises that even then he ''did'' have friends- he just couldn't understand friendship because it had never been really ''translated'' to him. John is the only person who takes the time to explain (patiently and without insulting or demeaning Sherlock) not only such basic human interactions as tact, courtesy, appropriate topics of conversation, saying please and thank you, being polite even when you don't like someone, the difference between romantic and friendly social behaviour, etc- as well as some broader and more resonant issues such as the meaning of loyalty, compassion, bravery, sacrifice and devotion.
* Sherlock, [[MistakenForGay misinterpreting John's intentions,]] is surprisingly ''extremely'' delicate about turning him down. The conversation at hand seems to be over before Sherlock makes a point of starting it up again with "Umm, John..." We see later in ''Belgravia'' in particular that Sherlock is awkward and very underexperienced in matters concerning the heart, so going to the effort of talking about his sexual orientation to someone he barely knows, and genuinely seems to think is hitting on him, must have been difficult for him. His tone is quite gentle, explaining that he's "flattered" and overall showing a high level of regard for John's feelings. Since when does Sherlock go out of his way to be that polite to ''anyone?''
** And on that note, John telling him that if ''he'' is gay, it's fine, is heartwarming too. Not that we expect John to be a raging homophobe (especially not when his [[FridgeBrilliance sister is gay]]) but for him to go to the trouble of directly addressing the issue in that way, instead of awkwardly ignoring it, really is lovely. John seems intent on assuring Sherlock that if he (Sherlock) is gay, that's not a flatshare dealbreaker for him. And while Sherlock turns what he perceives to be John's attentions down, the way it's worded indicates that Sherlock wouldn't consider John being gay to be a flatshare dealbreaker either. The misunderstanding isn't even particularly PlayedForLaughs- John correcting Sherlock is quite gentle and tactful. Twice in ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' John indicates he still thinks it's possible that Sherlock is gay. But while he self-identifies as straight, Sherlock being possibly gay has never been a barrier to their friendship. Even when it leads others to conclude that ''John'' is gay.
* During the chase to follow the taxi, Sherlock and John climb up to the top of a building and Sherlock jumps from one rooftop to another. John hesitates from doing the same for a brief moment and Sherlock has to prompt him saying; "Come on, John! We're losing him." before he can make the jump. ''We're'' losing him? Sherlock could have easily just kept focusing on the task at hand, kept on running and not given a a damn as to whether John was catching up with him. Remember he did that very thing earlier that evening when he abandoned John at Brixton to find the suitcase. It's a wonder that he noticed John had stalled at all. But now but he's prepared to wait for John and encourage him to realise how much he's capable of.
* ** Also during the chase, John apologizing for the many things Sherlock does in his haste, such as running in front of a car and knocking a man over. It's small but sweet considering the amount of time they've known each other.
* At the end of the chase, Sherlock tells John he can keep Lestrade's nicked badge. It seems an odd thing for him to offer him- except that, you know, Sherlock may have thought it would come in handy for John, what with [[FridgeBrilliance all the crimes he's going to be investigating with Sherlock in the future.]]

* The moment where John answers the door, realises for the first time that he left his cane at the restaurant and ran halfway across Soho without it... and turns back in amazement to Sherlock, who is ''grinning'' at him in pride and real cameraderie.camaraderie. Sherlock wasn't just trying to prove that he was right about John's limp being psychosomatic, or even simply trying to prove that John was capable of more than he thought he was. Sherlock has a tendency, even later in the series, tendency in making everything about ''him,'' but this was all about ''John.'' It seems that the man who claims not to care about other people genuinely enjoyed making John happy and perhaps even had his first foray into being happy for someone else- after else. After all, John's physical recovery was, from a practical point of view, was neither here nor there to Sherlock.
** It's disturbing, and an entirely separate CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, to realize that if John had gone on favoring one leg and relying on a cane for very much longer it might have induced muscle weakness and an entirely ''somatic'' limp. * In the beginning, both Sherlock saved and John from physical disability as well as aiding him seem incapable of smiling. John's been through a lot, is depressed, and hasn't got a lot of reason to even bother ''pretending'' to smile. Sherlock does try to smile on occasion, with his psychological issues.
hilarious results. In any case, the ice-breaking conversation at the restaurant and the chase after the cab are a watershed of sorts for both of them. They laugh about "welcome to London", and by the time they arrive back at Baker Street they're both giggling like loons, which is hilarious and adorable. In fact, Sherlock is having so much fun that at first he totally misses the ''drugs bust going on upstairs.''
* When Lestrade says they're there for a "drugs bust", John tries in vain to defend Sherlock, mostly baffled at the thought of someone as intellectually focused as Sherlock using. Sherlock cuts him off and practically takes him to one side. He doesn't try to lie about his past past, but he's also too embarrassed, and possibly scared of losing his new friend, embarrassed to say it out loud. He just gives John a really intense look as if to say; "This is who I am. Please accept me at my worst as well as my best."
loud.
** And he John ''does.'' His response is simply a surprised but non-judgmental "No. "No, ''You?"'' John is a doctor as well as a soldier, a well respected, law-abiding member of society. It's a ''personal'' personal risk to continue living with someone he now knows is a user who probably has drugs on the premises. He does anyway. Remembering that part of the reason he's estranged from his own sister is because she's an alcoholic- and at one point in his blog, he actually throws that in Harry's face by suggesting they "do drinks" together. He's judgmental of Harry, but not of Sherlock.
** Later Sherlock shows Lestrade is nicotine patch using it as proof that he is clean, he does not however pull up his sleeve all the way. Remember it was a "three patch problem." He's got two more patches under his sleeve, which would have probably gotten him in trouble. John knows this, it's possible he forgot but not likely since seeing the patch would have reminded him, but he says nothing at all to the police. And Sherlock trusts that he won't.
anyway.
* During the preceding scene, there are a number of both background and cut-to shots of Lestrade's reaction to John in general and the way he interacts with Sherlock. There's one particularly interesting shot while Sherlock blurts out his inability to understand why a woman would still be upset about a stillbirth that happened "ages ago." John says nothing but looks ''absolutely appalled,'' and then Lestrade seems to be watching the both of them, wondering what will happen next. John's horrified look and the dead silence that falls over the room is well enough to tip Sherlock off that what he's just said is ''really, really ''really bad.'' And it's one of the very few times he seems unsure of himself and willing to admit that what he's just said is "not good."
** When John goes with Lestrade and Sherlock in to view the body of Jennifer Wilson, there's a shot of each of their faces, and John is the only one to show any kind of real emotion- and it seems to be pity. You can see it again in the revelation that Rachel was Wilson's child and had been stillborn. There are two reaction shots of John as Lestrade is telling this to Sherlock- he reacts to "she's dead" with pity as it is, and when Lestrade is quite matter-of-fact with "technically speaking she was never alive... Rachel was Jennifer Wilson's stillborn daughter..." John winces and looks noticably upset to hear this. Sherlock is surprised that the baby's ''mother'' would still be upset! John's compassion and respect for the dead is in sharp contrast to Sherlock's frank disinterest in them as anything other than puzzles to solve.
* Related to the above. Lestrade has just given Sherlock the equivalent of a parental lecture about the way he is going off on his own and witholding evidence; Sherlock's gotten into it with Anderson and then Donovan, and is massively on the defence due to the whole drug bust thing anyway. When he questions "... not good?" John's response is not to call him a sociopath or a psychopath or a child or a lunatic or a freak; he simply replies "A bit not good, yeah." We've seen earlier in the episode that Sherlock is used to being insulted or nagged or yelled at, but John takes it at face value that he honestly didn't mean offence, and corrects him without getting him offside, which is kind of sweet.
** Bonus heartwarming that he asks the question ''at all''. It sounds surprisingly vulnerable and you don't get the impression he'd have asked anyone but John. Sherlock already trusts John enough to open up like that and not be called a freak in return, but to get an honest answer to an honest question (which, again, few of those present would understand it to be).
* The fact that all John has to do is ''look'' horrified and it instantly stops Sherlock dead in his tracks. John has already made it abundantly clear that he thinks Sherlock is brilliant and fantastic and amazing- or at least that his ''deductions'' are brilliant and fantastic and amazing.are. Sherlock now wants John to actually like him, and for John to think he's not just a ''clever'' person but a ''decent'' person. (Hours before, he'd actually told Mrs Hudson "who cares about decent?") And here, Mr I-Am-Always-Right-And-Brilliant stops as abruptly as if he's been slapped when he realises he's just said something that would make John think less of him as a person.



* When Sherlock finally figures out that the murderer is the taxi driver waiting for him, he kind of spaces out and wanders out the door looking all pale and distracted. John is the only person to notice something is wrong- even though he barely knows Sherlock or what he's like. If John had thought Sherlock had just got distracted and was off larking about somewhere, and had [[FridgeHorror not bothered to keep checking the phone GPS...]]
* This is awesome:
-->'''Lestrade:''' Why'd [Sherlock] have to do that? Why'd he have to leave?!\\
'''John:''' ''[shrugs]'' You know him better than I do.\\
'''Lestrade:''' I've known him for five years, and no, I don't.
** Really? In under two days John got closer to Sherlock than Lestrade did in ''five years?'' Aww!
*** And [[FridgeBrilliance brilliant]] when you see the comment in the context of what Lestrade has just seen from the two of them. He's seen Sherlock barge John into a crime scene (has he ever done that with anyone before? Lestrade's reaction seems to indicate he hasn't). He'd heard John gushing praise at Sherlock and Sherlock telling him that doing so was "fine"- when he'd told Lestrade to "shut up" for ''thinking.'' He saw Sherlock respect John professionally, honestly wanting to know his opinion and taking those opinions as fact, even though he thinks most people are stupid. He saw John back at the flat, defending Sherlock, even though the last time Lestrade saw him Sherlock had ditched him. He saw Sherlock back up with "not good?" when he thought he'd offended John, and the way he reacted to "I don't have to." He saw Sherlock bouncing ideas off John when he was rambling about the password. And he definitely heard Sherlock address John by his first name- we later find out that Sherlock doesn't even ''know'' Lestrade's first name. Of ''course'' this would all lead him to realise that somehow, Sherlock had found himself a friend and they were already (for Sherlock) close- closer than Lestrade is to Sherlock.
** And then, on his way out the door, Lestrade tells John that he "puts up with" Sherlock because 'Sherlock Holmes is a great man. And I think one day, if we're all very, very lucky, he may even be a ''good'' one." Lestrade usually acts like a man at the end of his tether with Sherlock. So far that evening, John had already been told that Sherlock was not capable of having friends, that he was a psychopath, a sociopath, a child, a freak and a lunatic who will always let people down. Lestrade might call Sherlock a "child" to his face, but when Sherlock's not around, he reveals that he thinks he's a ''great man'' who has the capacity to be a ''good'' one. Even at this point John isn't the only person who thinks Sherlock is amazing and fantastic, he's just the first who has said it to his face. Lestrade calls Sherlock a "great man" seemingly out of earshot of the rest of the officers he's arrived with. His trust in Sherlock and high opinion of him makes him a laughing stock at Scotland Yard, but he seems to know that John, of all people, will understand what he means and be one of the very few people who actually agree with him.
** When John realises that Sherlock is in danger, he doesn't just call 999. He tries specifically to get in touch with ''Lestrade.'' Probably because he's seen that Lestrade, for all his snarky impatience toward Sherlock, genuinely cares about his welfare, will believe what has happened without holding things up asking too many questions, and will do everything he can to help Sherlock.
* On the above note, Lestrade's attitude toward Sherlock after the shooting. He'd been so annoyed and snarky at and about him before, but now he just seems incredibly relieved that Sherlock is okay. Here more than anywhere else in series one, Lestrade is behaving less like an annoyed "colleague" of Sherlock's, and more like an older brother or father to him.
* Sherlock realizing mid-flow that John killed the cabbie, and choosing to protect his friend rather than prove his intellect by claiming that he was wrong and it was the shock speaking.
* Also from the end scene. Sherlock tells John: "We need to get the powder burns ut of your fingers. I don't suppose you'd serve time for this, but let's avoid the court case." We? Let's? Not only did Sherlock choose to protect John by claiming he had no idea who killed the cabbie, with these lines he's just offered to make himself an accessory after the fact. Sherlock seems confident that John wouldn't serve time, but it's hard to figure out ''why'' he thinks this. John, a trained marksman, has shot someone dead using a concealed firearm he probably doesn't have a permit for. It was entirely intentional and not manslaughter. It wasn't self defence either, since John was not in danger, and if it came down to it, John couldn't prove it was in defence of Sherlock, either. After all, the cabbie was unarmed and Sherlock was not hurt. If John ''was'' discovered to have been the shooter, and actually ''did'' do time for it, Sherlock couldn't be implicated by just playing dumb about knowing it was John. (He even points it out in a joking way: "you're the one who shot him, not me.") But Sherlock ''could'' be implicated in the shooting by helping John get the powder burns out of his hands or otherwise helping him cover his tracks. John's just demonstrated in a fairly dramatic way that even if Sherlock's being an "idiot" he still has his back. Sherlock, in a much smaller way- but massively heartwarming, for him- has done his best to return the favour by helping John get away with what a jury might ''literally'' decide to be murder.
* When John calls Sherlock an "idiot", Sherlock's response is simply a foolish smile- as if to admit "okay, well played." Extra heartwarming when you realise just how much of Sherlock's self esteem hangs on his reputation for being intelligent; any ''serious'' accusations of being an idiot would have hurt him deeply.
* Despite the fact that it's clearly very late by now (Sherlock makes a reference to the Chinese restaurant he has in mind staying open until two) Mycroft shows up at the crime scene, still dressed in his suit and looking sharp. When he heard that his brother had been involved in a shooting, he went to the scene to make sure. And then no doubt [[SherlockScan found out]] that John was the one who'd taken out the cabbie and saved Sherlock's life, prompting his reluctant compliments toward him after he and Sherlock leave.
* At the point of taking the pill, all Sherlock cares about is being right and proving he's clever. The gunshot [[FridgeHorror really only a couple of feet away from him]] causes him to drop the pill- and the first thing he ''demands'' of the dying cabbie is whether he got the right one. He even asks twice. He never finds out which pill was which (and neither do we.) You'd think, through all this, that Sherlock would actually be ''angry'' that John had interrupted him, and that he'd chew him out for interfering. He doesn't. He compliments John's [[ImprobableAimingSkills terrifyingly good marksmanship]], enquires if he's all right, talks about how they're going to get away with it, giggles with him and finally invites him out to dinner. Because even on that first night, his friendship with John was far more important to him than simply being right all the damn time and proving himself to be clever.
* When Mycroft shows up, John suddenly looks very nervous. He didn't look nervous earlier on meeting him, because he didn't have Sherlock with him at the time. He's not worried for his own safety. He's worried about Sherlock's. The fact that he drops his arms to his sides (from having them behind his back) may indicate he was ready to defend Sherlock physically if he had to. Remembering that he still had the gun on him somewhere.
* Virtually the last conversation that Sherlock and John have involves Sherlock still trying to impress John, and John taking down every one of his boasts. ("I can always predict the fortune cookies" "No, you can't." "I never guess" "Yes, you do.") It's really quite adorable, especially in the subtext- Sherlock's just shown John how vulnerable and stupid and ''human'' he can be. He's making a recovery by boasting, and John is casually reminding him that no, he can't literally read minds and yes, he does sometimes guess (he admitted that the conclusion that Harry was an alcoholic was a guess). And that that's perfectly ''okay,'' and there's really no need to keep showing off or trying to impress him.

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* When Sherlock finally figures out that the murderer is the taxi driver waiting for him, he kind of spaces out and wanders out the door looking all pale and distracted. John is the only person to notice something is wrong- wrong, even though he barely knows Sherlock or what he's like. If John had thought Sherlock had just got distracted and was off larking about somewhere, and had [[FridgeHorror not bothered to keep checking the phone GPS...]]
* This is awesome:
-->'''Lestrade:''' Why'd [Sherlock] have to do that? Why'd he have to leave?!\\
'''John:''' ''[shrugs]'' You know him better than I do.\\
'''Lestrade:''' I've known him for five years, and no, I don't.
** Really? In under two days John got closer to
Sherlock than Lestrade did in ''five years?'' Aww!
*** And [[FridgeBrilliance brilliant]] when you see the comment in the context of what Lestrade has just seen from the two of them. He's seen Sherlock barge
realizing mid-flow that John into a crime scene (has he ever done that with anyone before? Lestrade's reaction seems to indicate he hasn't). He'd heard John gushing praise at Sherlock killed the cabbie, and Sherlock telling him that doing so was "fine"- when he'd told Lestrade choosing to "shut up" for ''thinking.'' He saw Sherlock respect John professionally, honestly wanting to know protect his opinion and taking those opinions as fact, even though he thinks most people are stupid. He saw John back at the flat, defending Sherlock, even though the last time Lestrade saw him Sherlock had ditched him. He saw Sherlock back up with "not good?" when he thought he'd offended John, and the way he reacted to "I don't have to." He saw Sherlock bouncing ideas off John when he was rambling about the password. And he definitely heard Sherlock address John by his first name- we later find out that Sherlock doesn't even ''know'' Lestrade's first name. Of ''course'' this would all lead him to realise that somehow, Sherlock had found himself a friend and they were already (for Sherlock) close- closer rather than Lestrade is to Sherlock.
** And then, on
prove his way out the door, Lestrade tells John that he "puts up with" Sherlock because 'Sherlock Holmes is a great man. And I think one day, if we're all very, very lucky, he may even be a ''good'' one." Lestrade usually acts like a man at the end of his tether with Sherlock. So far that evening, John had already been told that Sherlock was not capable of having friends, intellect by claiming that he was a psychopath, a sociopath, a child, a freak wrong and a lunatic who will always let people down. Lestrade might call it was the shock speaking. Not only does Sherlock a "child" choose to his face, but when Sherlock's not around, he reveals that he thinks he's a ''great man'' who has the capacity to be a ''good'' one. Even at this point protect John isn't by claiming he had no idea who killed the only person who thinks Sherlock is amazing and fantastic, he's just the first who has said it cabbie, he offers to his face. Lestrade calls Sherlock a "great man" seemingly out of earshot of the rest of the officers he's arrived with. His trust in Sherlock and high opinion of him makes him a laughing stock at Scotland Yard, but he seems to know that John, of all people, will understand what he means and be one of the very few people who actually agree make himself an accessory by helping with him.
** When John realises that Sherlock is in danger, he doesn't just call 999. He tries specifically to get in touch with ''Lestrade.'' Probably because he's seen that Lestrade, for all his snarky impatience toward Sherlock, genuinely cares about his welfare, will believe what has happened without holding things up asking too many questions, and will do everything he can to help Sherlock.
* On
the above note, Lestrade's attitude toward Sherlock after the shooting. He'd been so annoyed and snarky at and about him before, but now he just seems incredibly relieved that Sherlock is okay. Here more than anywhere else in series one, Lestrade is behaving less like an annoyed "colleague" of Sherlock's, and more like an older brother or father to him.cover up.
* Sherlock realizing mid-flow that John killed the cabbie, and choosing to protect his friend rather than prove his intellect by claiming that he was wrong and it was the shock speaking.
* Also from the end scene. Sherlock tells John: "We need to get the powder burns ut of your fingers. I don't suppose you'd serve time for this, but let's avoid the court case." We? Let's? Not only did Sherlock choose to protect John by claiming he had no idea who killed the cabbie, with these lines he's just offered to make himself an accessory after the fact. Sherlock seems confident that John wouldn't serve time, but it's hard to figure out ''why'' he thinks this. John, a trained marksman, has shot someone dead using a concealed firearm he probably doesn't have a permit for. It was entirely intentional and not manslaughter. It wasn't self defence either, since John was not in danger, and if it came down to it, John couldn't prove it was in defence of Sherlock, either. After all, the cabbie was unarmed and Sherlock was not hurt. If John ''was'' discovered to have been the shooter, and actually ''did'' do time for it, Sherlock couldn't be implicated by just playing dumb about knowing it was John. (He even points it out in a joking way: "you're the one who shot him, not me.") But Sherlock ''could'' be implicated in the shooting by helping John get the powder burns out of his hands or otherwise helping him cover his tracks. John's just demonstrated in a fairly dramatic way that even if Sherlock's being an "idiot" he still has his back. Sherlock, in a much smaller way- but massively heartwarming, for him- has done his best to return the favour by helping John get away with what a jury might ''literally'' decide to be murder.
* When John calls Sherlock an "idiot", Sherlock's response is simply a foolish smile- smile, as if to admit "okay, well played." Extra heartwarming when you realise just how much of Sherlock's self esteem hangs on his reputation for being intelligent; any ''serious'' accusations of being an idiot would have hurt him deeply.
* Despite the fact that it's clearly very late by now (Sherlock makes a reference to the Chinese restaurant he has in mind staying open until two) Mycroft shows up at the crime scene, still dressed in his suit and looking sharp. When he heard that his brother had been involved in a shooting, he went to the scene to make sure. And then no doubt [[SherlockScan found out]] that John was the one who'd taken out the cabbie and saved Sherlock's life, prompting his reluctant compliments toward him after he and Sherlock leave.
* At the point of taking the pill, all Sherlock cares about is being right and proving he's clever. The gunshot [[FridgeHorror really only a couple of feet away from him]] causes him to drop the pill- and the first thing he ''demands'' of the dying cabbie is whether he got the right one. He even asks twice. He never finds out which pill was which (and neither do we.) You'd think, through all this, that Sherlock would actually be ''angry'' that John had interrupted him, and that he'd chew him out for interfering. He doesn't. He compliments John's [[ImprobableAimingSkills terrifyingly good marksmanship]], enquires if he's all right, talks about how they're going to get away with it, giggles with him and finally invites him out to dinner. Because even on that first night, his friendship with John was far more important to him than simply being right all the damn time and proving himself to be clever.
* When Mycroft shows up, John suddenly looks very nervous. He didn't look nervous earlier on meeting him, because he didn't have Sherlock with him at the time. He's not worried for his own safety. He's worried about Sherlock's. The fact that he drops his arms to his sides (from from having them behind his back) back may indicate he was ready to defend Sherlock physically if he had to. Remembering to.
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that he it's very late at night, Mycroft shows up at the crime scene, still had the gun on him somewhere.
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dressed in his suit and looking sharp. When he heard that Sherlock and his brother had been involved in a shooting, he went to the scene to make sure all was fine. And then no doubt [[SherlockScan found out]] that John have involves Sherlock still trying to impress John, was the one who'd taken out the cabbie and John taking down every one of his boasts. ("I can always predict the fortune cookies" "No, you can't." "I never guess" "Yes, you do.") It's really quite adorable, especially in the subtext- saved Sherlock's just shown John how vulnerable life, prompting his reluctant compliments toward him after he and stupid and ''human'' he can be. He's making a recovery by boasting, and John is casually reminding him that no, he can't literally read minds and yes, he does sometimes guess (he admitted that the conclusion that Harry was an alcoholic was a guess). And that that's perfectly ''okay,'' and there's really no need to keep showing off or trying to impress him.Sherlock leave.


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* In his blog entry, he remarks on Donovan's calling Sherlock a "psychopath" by pointing out that it was "hardly a professional diagnosis".
** Mike's comments on John's blog are completely adorable. He's like a one-man John Watson cheer squad. He clearly thought incredibly highly of John in the past, and still does. Mike is also the one who let Sherlock know that John was blogging about him, and gave him the link to John's blog. He thinks John is awesome for having a blog at all (he points out that he himself can hardly work his phone) and obviously gave Sherlock the link because he wanted him to see John's compliments toward him. This is heartwarming of John, as well, since it's clear that he wasn't writing those things for Sherlock's benefit- he in fact never initially intended for Sherlock to know about his blog or read it.
** On [[http://www.thescienceofdeduction.co.uk/forum/page2 Sherlock's forum]], there is this exchange between Mike and Sherlock, after Mike has pointed John's blog out to him:
--->'''SH:''' He's blogging about me? Ha! Arrogant, imperious and pompous am I?\\
'''Mike Stamford:''' Well, you are!
*** Sherlock doesn't seem offended, however. For him to take this as the gentle ribbing it's obviously intended to be, they must be fairly close.
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* Sherlock and John's conversation in the taxi is similar to the aired version. But there are heartwarming additions. Sherlock's small snippets of insecurity- his response to John's compliments are "really? You really think so?" He's not being sarcastic; he's genuinely touched.
* After Sherlock abandons John at Lauriston Gardens, John begins to wander off on his own but stops when he spots Sherlock [[http://up.picr.de/19628207dy.jpg standing on a rooftop]], the moon shining behind him and looking like Franchise/{{Batman}} watching over Gotham City. The moment itself is hilariously cheesy and was cut from the broadcast version because [[WordOfGod Word of God]] felt it was felt too 'Mills and Boon'. But what ''is'' adorable is the look of amazement on John's face, his brief but adoring smile, as well the symbolism of him honestly seeing Sherlock as a superhero.
** Doubly heartwarming as Sherlock Holmes is considered, along with [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]], Literature/JamesBond and Literature/HarryPotter, to be one of Britain's greatest superheroes. Even more so when you consider Sherlock's line about himself not being a hero in The Great Game.
* Sherlock goes after the cabbie (pretending to be drunk) and the last thing he says to John is "Watch. ''Don't'' interfere." When the cabbie drugs Sherlock, bystanders can't tell the difference between Sherlock pretending to be drunk and Sherlock ''actually'' drugged. But ''John,'' watching from a considerable distance away, can:
-->'''John:''' Something's wrong...
-->'''Angelo:''' No, no. All part of the plan. Sherlock ''always'' has a plan.
-->'''John:''' Yes and it's ''gone wrong.''
** In that scene we also have a weak, drugged Sherlock desperately [[SayMyName calling out John's name]], as his helpless body is being dragged off by the cabbie, even though John is [[NightmareFuel too far away to hear him]]. He's surrounded by a crowd of strangers that he could try to alert but in that terrifying moment he wants ''John'' to save him.
** On noting that Sherlock's plan had "gone wrong" John ignores Sherlock's order not to interfere, jumping up, running after the cab and then calling the police, prompting Sherlock later to smile and muse "Good old Dr Watson. I underestimated him."
** Even more heartwarming, the cabbie tells Sherlock, who is rapidly losing consciousness, that "your friends all think you're acting... that's the problem with people. They're all ''stupid."'' John is ''already'' Sherlock's friend by this stage, and what the cabbie doesn't realise yet is that he doesn't think Sherlock is acting and is certainly not stupid.
* There's a heartwarming difference in the pilot from the aired version in just how John's psychosomatic pain leaves him. In the aired version, he simply dashes off with Sherlock (both of them show heaps of common sense in running in front of a moving car) because he's excited and has forgotten the pain. In the unaired pilot, he leaves the restaurant and dashes after the taxi, the driver of which has just drugged Sherlock and abducted him. It's more poignant, though perhaps a bit saccharine, that his concern for Sherlock's safety is the primary motivator in his physical recovery.
* As in the aired version, Sherlock and John go to a restaurant, primarily so that Sherlock can keep an eye on the taxis outside. As in the aired version, John eats ([[RunningGag or at least orders]]) and Sherlock doesn't. The difference is that when John remarks on it and asks if Sherlock isn't going to eat, Sherlock asks him what day it is. John replies that it's Wednesday, and Sherlock's comment is "I'm all right for a bit." John is completely appalled, turns all doctor-y on his new flatmate, and tells him "For God's sake, you've got to eat!"
** In the end scene, he bitches out Lestrade for pursuing the issue of the cabbie with Sherlock, saying that Sherlock hasn't eaten in days, and that before anything else, he's going to get him to an actual meal. When Lestrade asks him who he is (expressed in the charmingly blunt "who the hell are you?") John falters, then says "I'm his doctor"- and Sherlock backs him up, agreeing that he has to listen to "his" doctor. It's adorable.
** Also, unlike the aired version, Lestrade was taking notes as Sherlock ran through his deductions about the shooter. After the exchange mentioned above, Lestrade smiles a little bit to himself, pulls out his notepad, rips the page out, and throws it away.
* Sherlock's reaction after figuring out that it was John who shot the cabbie. In the aired version he looks merely surprised and a little disbelieving. In the pilot he looks over to John and seems more touched and a little overwhelmed that this man who he's known for less than a day would go to such lengths to save his life.
* After realising that John was the shooter, Sherlock goes over to him. His first comment to him is very serious and concerned:
-->'''Sherlock:''' Where is it?
-->'''John:''' ...Where's what?
-->'''Sherlock:''' Don't just ''don't.'' What did you do with the ''gun?''
-->'''John:''' Oh. Bottom of the Thames.
** As in the aired version, Sherlock asks John if he's all right, as he ''has'' just killed a man. John's response in the pilot is very different to the aired version and next door to both [[FridgeHorror fridge horror]] and a TearJerker, especially when Sherlock responds in tones that are next door to affectionate:
--->'''John:''' I've seen men die before and good men, friends of mine. I thought I'd never sleep again... I'll sleep fine tonight.\\
'''Sherlock:''' Quite right.
** After John teasingly [[CallBack calls him an idiot]] after guessing that Sherlock probably would have taken the pill just to prove he's clever, Sherlock gives him a surprised look and the two [[ADorkable share a laugh before Sherlock hesitantly asks if he wanted to grab dinner.]]
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* There's a heartwarming difference in the pilot from the aired version in just how John's psychosomatic pain leaves him. In the aired version, he simply dashes off with Sherlock because he's excited and has forgotten the pain. In the unaired pilot, he leaves the restaurant and dashes after the taxi, the driver of which has just drugged Sherlock and abducted him.
* Sherlock and John's conversation in the taxi is similar to the aired version. But there are heartwarming additions. Sherlock's small snippets of insecurity- his response to John's compliments are "really? You really think so?" He's not being sarcastic; he's genuinely touched.
* After Sherlock abandons John at Lauriston Gardens, John begins to wander off on his own but stops when he spots Sherlock [[http://up.picr.de/19628207dy.jpg standing on a rooftop looking over London with the moon shining behind him]]; looking like Franchise/{{Batman}} watching over Gotham City. The moment itself is hilariously cheesy and was cut from the broadcast version because [[WordOfGod Word of God]] felt it was felt too 'Mills and Boon'. But what is adorable is the look of amazement on John's face, his brief but adoring smile, as well the symbolism of him honestly seeing Sherlock as a superhero and guardian.
** Doubly heartwarming as Sherlock Holmes is considered, alongside [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]], Literature/JamesBond, [[Series/TheAvengers John Steed]], and Literature/HarryPotter, to be one of Britain's greatest heroes.
* As in the aired version, Sherlock and John go to a restaurant, primarily so that Sherlock can keep an eye on the taxis outside. As in the aired version, John eats ([[RunningGag or at least orders]]) and Sherlock doesn't. The difference is that when John remarks on it and asks if Sherlock isn't going to eat, Sherlock asks him what day it is. John replies that it's Wednesday, and Sherlock's comment is "I'm all right for a bit." John is completely appalled, turns all doctor-y on his new flatmate, and order him to eat something.
** In the end scene, he stands up to Lestrade for pursuing the issue of the cabbie with Sherlock, saying that Sherlock hasn't eaten in days, and that before anything else, he's going to get him to an actual meal. When Lestrade asks him who he is, John falters, then says "I'm his doctor"- and Sherlock backs him up, agreeing that he has to listen to "his" doctor.
* Sherlock, pretending to be drunk, goes after the cabbie and the last thing he says to John is "Watch; ''Don't'' interfere." When the cabbie actually drugs Sherlock, bystanders can't tell the difference between Sherlock pretending to be drunk and Sherlock ''actually'' drugged. But John, watching from a considerable distance away, can:
-->'''John:''' "Something's wrong..."
-->'''Angelo:''' "No, no. All part of the plan. Sherlock ''always'' has a plan."
-->'''John:''' "Yes and it's ''gone wrong.''"
** On noting that Sherlock's plan had "gone wrong" John ignores Sherlock's order not to interfere, jumping up, running after the cab and then calling the police, prompting Sherlock later to smile and muse "Good old Dr Watson. I underestimated him."
** Sherlock, in a weak and drugged state, desperately [[SayMyName calling out John's name]] as his helpless body is being dragged off by the cabbie, even though John is [[NightmareFuel too far away to hear him]]. He's surrounded by a huge crowd that he could try to alert, but in that terrifying moment, he wants ''John'' to help him.
** The cabbie tells Sherlock, who is rapidly losing consciousness, that "[his] friends all think [he's] acting... [and] that's the problem with people. They're all ''stupid."'' However, what the cabbie doesn't realise yet is that John, who is already Sherlock's friend by this stage, doesn't think Sherlock is acting and is already rushing to his aide.
* Sherlock's reaction after figuring out that it was John who shot the cabbie. In the aired version, he looks merely surprised and a little disbelieving. In the pilot, he looks over to John and seems more touched and a little overwhelmed that this man, who he's known for less than a day, would go to such lengths to save his life.
* After realising that John was the shooter, Sherlock goes over to him. His first comment to him is very serious and concerned:
-->'''Sherlock:''' "Where is it?"
-->'''John:''' "...Where's what?"
-->'''Sherlock:''' "Don't just ''don't.'' What did you do with the ''gun?''"
-->'''John:''' "Oh. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Bottom of the Thames.]]"
* Unlike the aired version, Lestrade was taking notes as Sherlock ran through his deductions about the shooter. After the exchange mentioned above, Lestrade smiles a little bit to himself, pulls out his notepad, rips the page out, and throws it away.
* After John teasingly [[CallBack calls him an idiot]] after guessing that Sherlock probably would have taken the pill just to prove he's clever, Sherlock gives him a surprised look and the two [[ADorkable share a laugh before Sherlock hesitantly asks if he wanted to grab dinner.]]
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* The development of Sherlock and John's friendship. What starts simply as two lonely men wanting cheap accommodation quickly becomes the both of them giving the other purpose in life. Sherlock gives John the excitement and danger he's been missing from the war while John gives Sherlock the admiration and praise for his talents that he seems to so rarely get. By the end of the first episode alone they've affected each others lives tremendously. Sherlock has cured John's limp and John has saved Sherlock's life. Over the next two episodes, the initial spark seems to have faded as both have become used to each other and so the 'infatuation' stage if you will has worn off. Sherlock takes advantage of John's loyalty and treats him like a dogsbody that he expects to follow him everywhere and do anything for him regardless of whether John may have his own plans (''The Blind Banker''). John, in turn, is exasperated with Sherlock's coldness and things almost reach breaking point (''The Great Game'') when he's forced to accept that Sherlock isn't a perfect hero. Had their friendship been any weaker then the two would have probably parted ways at that point. The pair don't seem to realise how strongly they really do care for each other until Sherlock sees John strapped to a bomb and John witnesses Sherlock's panicked reaction that shows he really does care. While series 1 was all about establishing their friendship, series 2 revolves around how domestic their situation has become. As Irene points out (in ''Scandal''), they are a ''couple'' in whatever sense of the word. However they're still discovering new things about each other and the series focuses on how they'll stick by each other through the good and the bad. John still becomes annoyed at Sherlock's behaviour at times but it's no longer a surprise for him. That's just how Sherlock is. And John no longer defends him simply out of some fanboy 'crush'; he genuinely adores him and will do anything to protect him. He knows now, more so than he did by the end of ''The Great Game'', that Sherlock's bad points often appear to outweigh the good. But John simply doesn't ''care''. If anything John's devotion is strengthened because he recognises how ''human'' his friend is. Sherlock, in turn, is so used to John's company that he feels he can ignore him or experiment on him but the thought of John either being killed or losing faith in him for good causes him to [[NotSoStoic panic]]. For all the crap he pulls, by the end of the series he appreciates everything John has given him and, in return, Sherlock willingly sacrifices his life (more or less) to save John and his other friends.
* [[PassiveAggressiveKombat Mycroft vs John]] never gets old. Mycroft tells John the first time he meets him that he (Mycroft) is the closest thing to a friend that Sherlock is capable of having- an enemy. When he realises that he's wrong and that John is actually Sherlock's ''friend,'' he's not particularly happy about it. From the conversation in the morgue in ''Belgravia'' it's clear that Mycroft is very controlling and manipulative, and influences Sherlock more than Sherlock would be happy to admit to- but as John's influence over Sherlock grows, Mycroft's dwindles. It seems that overall Mycroft is even more messed up than Sherlock and he honestly believes that developing human emotions is ''bad for Sherlock'' and that therefore John is a bad influence on his brother. John, of course, feels the same way about Mycroft- even before their last conversation in ''Reichenbach'' it's clear how much John resents Mycroft and the way he influences Sherlock. Mycroft might be wrong in how he's brought up Sherlock and the sort of behaviour he encourages in his little brother, but it's heartwarming because he honestly seems to not know he's wrong- he's simply doing the best he can with the only person in the world he seems to care for besides himself.
** Equally as heartwarming is the number of times when Mycroft and John get into it in front of Sherlock and Sherlock reacts by being unashamedly delighted. We first see this in ''The Great Game'' when John points out to Mycroft that having secret missile plans on a memory stick given to a minor MOD worker is pretty stupid, and it shows up in other places as well. We know Mycroft is just as clever and witty as Sherlock and, as the older brother and with a lot of implied history between them, is domineering and knows how to push Sherlock's buttons. It's fairly obvious that Sherlock loves the fact that he now has John to stick up for him, and not only that, but John is at times snarkier than both Holmes brothers ''put together'' and is able to push ''Mycroft's'' buttons. See Mycroft's reaction in ''Belgravia'' when John gets the punchline "though... not how ''she'' treats royalty."
** While they do argue in front of Sherlock, it's heartwarming that neither of them will actively bring Sherlock into the argument or the fight. John never once goes to Sherlock and tells him that Mycroft is a bad example and Mycroft does the same. The latter will try to pull his brother away from John's influence, he never outright places any blame on John. They do not like each other and they do not respect each other, but they both love Sherlock and whether Sherlock admits it or not they both know that Sherlock loves them both back. They know that forcing him to choose between them would do him no good even if it removes a bad (in their eyes at least) influence on him.
* John can, and does, put ''so'' much meaning into two words: "'You okay?" The same phrase, said in the same gentle, concerned way, crops up again and again- everywhere from ''A Study in Pink'' (when Sherlock wanders out of 221B and gets into a taxi with a serial killer) to ''The Great Game'' (after collapsing ''himself'' at the swimming pool after Jim leaves) to ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' (when Sherlock, drugged, has just more or less collapsed on his bedroom floor, and on overhearing Sherlock telling Mycroft that Irene was dead) to ''The Reichenbach Fall'' (before Sherlock takes the cab on his own, and most heartwrenchingly, when he answers the phone call from the roof). And it's always said in the context of John knowing full damn well that Sherlock isn't okay and probably also knowing he isn't going to say so either. John continues to reach out anyway, just in ''case'' Sherlock ever wants to admit he's not okay and ask for help/support.
** Which makes it rather a TearJerker when Sherlock finally confesses to Molly "You were right. I'm not okay." She'd earlier pointed out both that he ''wasn't okay'' and that hell would freeze over before he would ever tell John that, or let John see how sad and afraid he was.
** And on the other side, whenever Sherlock takes a moment to ask John if he's "All right?". From the uncharacteristically soft way he delivers the question after John has just shot the cab driver (even though ''he'd'' been the one who'd narrowly avoided being another murder/suicide) to his utter panic when John is strapped to explosives or even after the experiment at Baskerville which ''Sherlock'' himself had set up. Even when he's being arrested and humiliated, all he cares about is reassuring John that it's "all right" even when they both know it's really not. These small displays of empathy are not limited to John either, as Sherlock's attempts to comfort both Sarah and Mrs. Hudson show.
* At the beginning of ''A Study in Pink'', Sherlock seems to take himself ''very'' seriously. He's certainly hilarious, frequently, but it's generally snark or social awkwardness, and not him intentionally being funny. At the conclusion of the chase after the cab, John starts laughing at the absurdity of it all and how ''golden'' Sherlock's punchline "Welcome to London" was- Sherlock looks confused by John's laughter and demands "what...?" By the time they get back to the flat, he's ''giggling'' and making jokes just to get John to keep laughing as well. Later, in ''Belgravia,'' he's stealing ashtrays and making jokes at Mycroft's expense- again, for no other reason than to make John laugh. He ''tries'' to do it again in ''Baskerville,'' trying to "break the ice"- John doesn't respond to it this time, which helps clue him in that he might actually have to apologise. He doesn't deliberately joke with John ''often,'' and he doesn't seem to do it for anyone else's benefit. But there are definite moments where you can see his sense of humour developing and becoming more "normal." Also, it's extremely heartwarming that sometimes he just wants to cheer John up by, oh, say, nicking him an ashtray from Buckingham Palace. He genuinely likes to see John happy.
* It might not seem very heartwarming, but Sally's attempts to make John stay away from Sherlock. Of course we, the audience, know that Sherlock is no criminal and that he and John will become best friends, but Sally doesn't. Even though she is very snarky about it, she is genuinely worried about John, a man she barely knows, and simply wants to protect him from the possibly dangerous 'freak' she believes Sherlock to be. On the other hand, John ignoring her and staying loyal to Sherlock (even if that might not be the smartest option) is heartwarming in its own way.
** There's one moment in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' particular- although she's ''gloating'' at the time, she reminds John that she had told him Sherlock was a psychopath "the first time we met." There's a few "first meetings" mentioned in ''The Reichenbach Fall''- the first time Sherlock met John, the first time they met Moriarty- that the first time Sally met John scores a mention really is quite oddly heartwarming, considering that Sally hasn't been seen at all since ''The Great Game'' and even then only had a few lines. And the majority of those lines weren't her disdain for Sherlock- they were her suggesting [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hobbies that John might like to take up]] rather than hanging around with Sherlock. Line for line, she really does spend a surprising amount of time not snarking about or to Sherlock, but trying to convince John to protect himself by staying away from him.
** In ''The Great Game,'' Sally (probably unintentionally) gives an indication of her regard for John, with this:
-->'''Sally:''' Still hanging 'round him, then?
-->'''John:''' Yeah, well...
-->'''Sally:''' Opposites attract, I suppose.
-->'''John:''' No, we're not...
*** Although John exasperatedly assumes this is simply yet another jab at the nature of his relationship with Sherlock, it can also be seen as a backhanded compliment. Sally has made it clear that she hates everything about "Freak." John, however, she'll admit is his "opposite", saying she quite likes him as far as she's seen him. (Incidentally, in hindsight, she also betrays that she knows next to nothing about John and is making superficial assumptions about him. She doesn't know that kind, mild-mannered Dr Watson is actually a badass adrenaline junkie who so far has offed ''two'' villains, one by shooting him through two windows from the next building, the other by tripping a rigged crossbow shaft straight through his torso using his ''foot.'' There is just no way that John is going to take up model trains instead of hang around with Sherlock.)
* John's general character development over the course of the whole series. It is obvious that John is a good influence on rude and callous Sherlock, but actually, it goes the other way around as well. At the beginning of ''A Study In Pink'', John lives on his own, complains that nothing happens to him, has no friends and won't even go to his own sister for help. It's not that he has no one to take care of him - almost all of the few people he meets are very nice to him - it is that he actively ''drives them away''. He doesn't want anyone in his life, maybe because he thinks no one understands him and what he has gone through in Afghanistan. Look at his interactions with Ella, his therapist: She just wants to do her job and help him, he mocks her for all its worth and lies straight to her face. There is also his encounter with Mike Stamford. John reacts very reserved and it takes Mike a lot of effort to get him to talk about his problems. And even then, John keeps up his mask of dry wit and sarcastically brushes them off as if they're nothing. John is a man who has already given up at this point - and then he meets Sherlock. Someone who doesn't treat him like an invalid. Someone who has some use for him, gives him a new home and something to do with his life. Sherlock understands his need for a thrill, even cures him from his psychosomatic limp. Watch how John developes after that: He warms up, becomes a lot friendlier towards people, makes friends again, dates several women and attempts to get his own life right again, e.g. getting a job in ''The Blind Banker''. In the second series, we see John happier than ever. He laughs and smiles a lot more and has become confident enough to not only play the part of Sherlock's bumbling sidekick who follows him everywhere and does all the dirty work, he considers himself an essential part of their team and asks questions or looks for pieces of evidence on his own, without having Sherlock tell him what to do (especially obvious in ''The Hounds of Baskerville''). Sherlock, for his part, seems heartwarmingly pleased with these developments and often refers to the two of them as "we" where he would have used "I" in the first series.
** On that note, more from the power duo of mutual heartwarming:
*** Sherlock and John, before they meet, are actually not that different from each other. We already know that Sherlock hardly eats or sleeps when he is on a case. Judging from ''A Scandal in Belgravia'', the same thing seems to happen when he is depressed. In addition, he doesn't talk, which is exactly what he warned John about during the meeting at Bart's. Now watch the beginning of ''A Study in Pink'' and pay attention to John's behaviour: He is clearly very depressed (possibly even suicidal, depending on how you interpret why he keeps his gun ready in the top drawer of his desk), doesn't sleep much and maybe doesn't even eat properly [[note]]Look at his breakfast - an apple and a cup of coffee - he puts them down next to his laptop and we never actually see him eating. His meal may be that simple because of his poor financial situation, but from the looks of it, he doesn't have much of an appetite anyway.[[/note]], hardly talks and never really smiles (see the ''A Study in Pink'' folder). It's hard to believe this is the same John Watson who, upon meeting Sherlock, is constantly seen eating, seems to get a healthy amount of decent sleep (when he's not working on a case with Sherlock), shamelessly uses his charm on everyone and everything and jokes around a lot. The difference is astounding, and almost ''instant,'' as he starts smiling during the cab ride to the Brixton crime scene and even hits on Anthea on the way ''back'' from the Brixton crime scene. Later that same night he's ''giggling'' at the absurdity of the chase across Soho.
*** And then there's the fact this rubs off on Sherlock, too: Apart from him talking practically nonstop for the entire series, the second season quite often shows him with a quick snack in his hand and in one scene in ''A Scandal in Belgravia'', it is implied he has developed a habit of sleeping in late. Seems like he actually took some advice from his doctor ...
* So in two series, John has put up with a ''lot'' from Sherlock. Apart from him being probably the worst flatmate in history, simply being ''friends'' with Sherlock has (directly or indirectly) caused John to be, among other things: kidnapped twice (and that's if you ''don't'' count Mycroft's efforts), threatened with execution by gunshot, strapped to explosives, held at gunpoint no less than four times, knocked unconscious twice, drugged once and arrested twice. He's killed two people, pointed a loaded gun at several more, committed housebreaking, fraud and arson, conned his way into a top secret weapons base, assisted in the hacking of a computer system and encouraged a fellow doctor to violate doctor-patient confidentiality by getting her drunk and chatting her up. Let's not go into the fact that Sherlock has apparently, deliberately or otherwise, also sabotaged no less than ''four'' of John's relationships. He's had national newspapers make sly insinuations as to his sexuality because of his friendship with Sherlock. He's been ignored for days at a time, insulted, dismissed, used as the butt of numerable mean-spirited jokes and cruel put-downs, had doors literally shut in his face and has had Sherlock hang up the phone on him mid-sentence. And he's still Sherlock's friend. Twice in Season 2 do things reach a crisis between Sherlock and John: during the fireside conversation in ''Baskerville'' and the conversation about Sherlock being a fraud in ''Reichenbach.'' [[note]]Since the "Mrs Hudson has been shot" argument is a set-up and Sherlock is incredibly passive, it doesn't really count as a two-sided conflict.[[/note]] And both arguments were about the same thing: John will simply take all of the above listed crap, that comes with being Sherlock's friend, but he can't stand the idea of Sherlock saying or implying that they ''aren't'' friends.
** John's ridiculous level of loyalty and wanting to be Sherlock's friend, despite taking so much crap from him when John gives nothing but devotion in return, almost crosses the line from heartwarming to [[FridgeHorror terrifying]] in how codependent their relationship is.
* On the issue of codependency: Sherlock's continually commandeering John's computer without his permission might annoy John, but he can hardly talk, considering that over the course of two seasons Sherlock has casually ''offered John his bank card,'' and apparently known but not cared that John was walking around with a three-figured cheque in Sherlock's name, that he frequently picks up Sherlock's phone and checks the messages, and that he apparently rifles through his belongings looking for drugs if and when Mycroft decides it's a "danger night." Sherlock doesn't just use John's computer because he's intent on invading his privacy. He just has a different concept of what privacy ''is.'' And judging from John's long-suffering sigh when Sherlock tells Henry he's been reading John's private emails to his girlfriends, he's kind of just resigned to the fact that Sherlock just doesn't have the same privacy boundaries as everyone else- and while Sherlock must simply trust that John isn't going to mishandle his money and that he's not going through his belongings out of sheer morbid curiosity, John in turn realises that Sherlock isn't going to use any information he finds on his computer maliciously. Now ''that'' is a trusting friendship.
* Sherlock's repeated attempts to please John by giving him things, and the fact that John gradually recognises that that's Sherlock's "love language" and the only way he really expresses emotions like gratitude or sympathy or remorse. Some of it [[FridgeBrilliance takes a while to sink in,]] but there's a definite pattern. In ''A Study in Pink,'' Sherlock ditches John at a crime scene- then apologises later by taking him out with him to dinner, then on a chase across London, "curing" his psychosomatic pain, and offering to give him Lestrade's badge. Later, Sherlock's gratitude isn't "thanks", it's "good shot" and "... dinner?" In ''The Blind Banker'' Sherlock, [[SherlockScan seeing]] John flustered, embarrassed and probably totally broke, offers him his bank card. After having kept John up all night deciphering book code, he suggests they go out and when John tells him he has a date, it's highly implied that all three of the circus tickets were funded by Sherlock. In their last scene together in ''The Blind Banker,'' Sherlock tries to make up for what John has been through (being partly Sherlock's fault) by making him a cup of coffee. In John's blog, there's a mention of Sherlock's reaction to finding out John had broken up with Sarah, largely due to Sherlock-related reasons: Sherlock responds to the news by buying John beer. In ''Baskerville'' John is so used to this that Sherlock can manipulatively use making coffee for John as a way of poisoning him (or so he thinks). John even tells him he doesn't have to keep apologising. At the end of the episode, Sherlock ''does'' bring John a presumably non-poisoned cup of coffee, as a way of apologising, as well as offering him various ketchups while avoiding admitting to what he did, clearly guilty about the whole thing.
** Mycroft seems to do this too. His offering Sherlock a cigarette in ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' was more to test his willpower on a possible "danger night" than anything else, and we later see that Sherlock saw through it- though Mycroft thought Sherlock would buy the "Merry Christmas" line. Since both Holmes brothers apparently equate showing repressed affection for someone by ''giving them stuff,'' or taking them somewhere cool, the obvious and very [[TearJerker sad]] conclusion is that their parents were the same way. [[note]]It's practically a given that Mycroft and Sherlock came from money, probably Old Money. No doubt they were given both plenty of expensive things and expensive opportunities like overseas trips, elite educations, etc.[[/note]] It seems more and more clear, the more we learn about Mycroft and Sherlock, that they were deprived of ordinary parental affection, and thus find it nearly impossible to show "normal" affection to others.
** There are two instances in particular where Sherlock is unable to express himself by his usual methods, and so tries to do so in the usual way- verbally. In ''The Great Game,'' he tries to thank John for selflessly risking his own life to give him a chance of escaping, and in ''The Hounds of Baskerville'' he tries to apologise to John for telling him to his face that he doesn't have friends (and therefore, that John is ''not'' his friend.) Both times he finds this excruciating, and although both times John knows what he's trying to express and appreciates it, it's worth noting that ''nowhere'' in either scene are the expressions "thank you" "thanks" "sorry" or "apologies" ever found. It's what makes his apology to Molly in ''Belgravia'' so amazing- in two seasons of wronging people left, right and centre, it's the only instance of him using the magical phrase ''I am sorry. Forgive me.''
* On the above note, Sherlock, having some sociopathic tendencies, is a skilled manipulator and lies very convincingly. Except when it comes to telling lies to John, where he is almost always ''awful'' at it, and has to rely on John's naivete or fear or other factors to avoid being caught out. (Examples include lying to John about what happened in Soo Lin's flat in ''The Blind Banker,'' lying to him about giving Mycroft the memory stick in ''The Great Game,'' lying to him about the hound glowing in ''The Hounds of Baskerville,'' lying to him about not caring about Mrs Hudson in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' and, later in the episode and the most epic example of all, lying to him in the phone call at St Bart's. In all these examples he's so awkward or acts so badly that it's clear he's not comfortable telling those lies.) He finds lying to others easy when he's able to put on a fake persona, but with John he's genuine, making it difficult for him to effectively lie. By the end of series 2, he actually goes out of his way to avoid having to directly lie to John (examples include simply ''ignoring John'' in ''Belgravia'' if he doesn't want to tell him the truth, and his behaviour in ''Baskerville'' when forced between lying to John about locking him in the lab, and admitting to doing that to him, neither of which he wants to do.)
* In ''The Reichenbach Fall,'' at [[spoiler:Sherlock's grave,]] Mrs Hudson tells John that Sherlock [[spoiler:made her feel]] angry with his eccentric, borderline-criminal behaviour- the cadaver parts in the fridge, the shooting in the flat in the middle of the night, vandalising the place, etc. The thing is, in two seasons Mrs Hudson hasn't ever shown her anger ''to Sherlock.'' She adores him through it all and is very gentle with him. In ''A Study in Pink,'' where it's implied that Sherlock has taken about five minutes to trash the place with all his stuff, she simply says gently "''Sherlock,'' the mess you've made...!" Her response in ''Belgravia'' to the thumbs in the fridge? "Oh dear!" She casually tells one of Mycroft's people that Sherlock ''shot'' the doorbell. She makes a comment in John's blog where she more or less admits to doing Sherlock's laundry for him, so she was probably ''highly'' unimpressed in ''The Hounds of Baskerville'' when his clothes turned out covered in pig's blood. The closest she's ever come to being ''angry'' with Sherlock is when she sees the spray-painted smiley face and the bullet holes and demands "what have you done to my bloody wall?! I'm putting this on your ''rent,'' young man!" But the way she says it, and probably her choice of words, simply causes Sherlock to smile at his own handiwork. Mrs Hudson comes across as so incredibly sweet and good-natured and "fluffy old lady", that it's a surprise, and very heartwarming, to find out that after all Sherlock's bad habits ''do'' make her angry- she just loves him too much to really take that anger out on him.
* Furthering the above note, Mrs Hudson's relationship to Sherlock and John in general. All ''three'' residents of Baker Street start out as lonely people who really need each other. Mrs Hudson may not come across as keen of intellect[[note]]except for that time when she outwitted three angry CIA agents[[/note]] but she must be, because Sherlock respects her, and he doesn't respect fools. One of the first things we see the "high-functioning sociopath" do is throw his arms around Mrs Hudson in a big hug, and on his way out the door to the Brixton crime scene, he ''kisses'' her. She in turn just adores Sherlock (as we've seen above, she really is never truly angry with him no matter HOW much of an annoying dick he's being.) On first meeting John, who at that stage in ''A Study in Pink'' is standoffish and terse and very messed up, Mrs Hudson instantly sees his vulnerability and loneliness, and decides he needs to be mothered as well. [[note]]It's interesting that neither Sherlock nor John seem to have had a biological mother in the picture, or at least, not in recent times. Mycroft's reference in ''A Study in Pink'' to "You know how it always upset Mummy" is in the past tense, implying Mrs Holmes is either dead or at least no longer in contact with her sons. Neither of John's parents are mentioned in any way, shape or form, though he's not old enough for the assumption that they have died of natural causes.[[/note]] In ''The Blind Banker'' she's saving the day by bringing up something decent to serve Sarah, and in ''The Great Game'' it's revealed that while Sherlock is off doing whatever it is that Sherlock does, John and Mrs Hudson frequently watch "crap telly" together- something Sherlock seems not to be aware of until John mentions it. There's a brief moment that indicates Mrs Hudson now buys food for Sherlock and John- she brings some in just after John storms out, and although she leaves the receipt on the table, you get the idea that ''Sherlock'' isn't going to pay her back, though John probably would. In ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' Mrs Hudson is cooking and cleaning for both her "boys". She's just as worried about Sherlock as John is, and never fails to compliment him on his violin (or, online, his [[CrowningMomentOfFunny lovely hat.)]] She's the sole witness of John getting dumped and despite the fact that John deserves it, she never tells him so, just remarking that it "wasn't very good." She takes a ''beating'' for Sherlock's sake on New Year's Eve. We don't see much of her in ''Baskerville'' but we do see that by now John will openly and strongly defend her if Sherlock upsets her- and Sherlock upsets ''everybody.'' This all pays off in ''The Reichenbach Fall.'' By now she's a credible reason for John to turn on Sherlock- look at his reaction when he thinks she's dying, he's practically in tears and rushes off with no regard for either Sherlock or for his own safety or liberty. Sherlock, meanwhile? We know what Sherlock does for her sake, and for John's and Lestrade's.
* Mark Gatiss has said that the only personal picture that Sherlock keeps in his bedroom is one of [[spoiler: him and Mycroft]].
* There's certainly something to be said about the relationship between Sherlock, John, and Mary. Sherlock Holmes, who previously seemed to enjoy actively pissing off John's girlfriends, and never bothered to remember their names, ends up accepting Mary's presence with grace. He helps plan their wedding, delivers a fairly touching speech as the best man, takes a bullet, and ''kills'' someone, all to protect Mary (and, of course, John). Compare this to the Sherlock in "A Scandal in Belgravia", who freely insulted John's girlfriend to her face. Mary is also amazing. When Sherlock reenters John's life, shes quick to understand the depth of their relationship, and pushes the two of them to work things out. During the engagement, she encourages the two men to spend time together, because she wants to assure them that the marriage won't change their friendship. She's not yielding her relationship with John: she realizes that John needs Sherlock just as much as John needs her. Just as Sherlock realizes the same (although he seems to believe that John and Mary can do without him). And John loves them both, and says as much to each of them. Even though things go downhill ''fast'' in the end, their commitment to each other is unwavering.
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* The development of Sherlock and John's friendship. What starts simply as two lonely men wanting cheap accommodation quickly becomes the both of them giving the other purpose in life. Sherlock gives John the excitement and danger he's been missing from the war while John gives Sherlock the admiration and praise for his talents that he seems to so rarely get. By the end of the first episode alone they've affected each others lives tremendously. Sherlock has cured John's limp and John has saved Sherlock's life. Over the next two episodes, the initial spark seems to have faded as both have become used to each other and so the 'infatuation' stage if you will has worn off. Sherlock takes advantage of John's loyalty and treats him like a dogsbody that he expects to follow him everywhere and do anything for him regardless of whether John may have his own plans (''The Blind Banker''). John, in turn, is exasperated with Sherlock's coldness and things almost reach breaking point (''The Great Game'') when he's forced to accept that Sherlock isn't a perfect hero. Had their friendship been any weaker then the two would have probably parted ways at that point. The pair don't seem to realise how strongly they really do care for each other until Sherlock sees John strapped to a bomb and John witnesses Sherlock's panicked reaction that shows he really does care. While series 1 was all about establishing their friendship, series 2 revolves around how domestic their situation has become. As Irene points out (in ''Scandal''), they are a ''couple'' in whatever sense of the word. However they're still discovering new things about each other and the series focuses on how they'll stick by each other through the good and the bad. John still becomes annoyed at Sherlock's behaviour at times but it's no longer a surprise for him. That's just how Sherlock is. And John no longer defends him simply out of some fanboy 'crush'; he genuinely adores him and will do anything to protect him. He knows now, more so than he did by the end of ''The Great Game'', that Sherlock's bad points often appear to outweigh the good. But John simply doesn't ''care''. If anything John's devotion is strengthened because he recognises how ''human'' his friend is. Sherlock, in turn, is so used to John's company that he feels he can ignore him or experiment on him but the thought of John either being killed or losing faith in him for good causes him to [[NotSoStoic panic]]. For all the crap he pulls, by the end of the series he appreciates everything John has given him and, in return, Sherlock willingly sacrifices his life (more or less) to save John and his other friends.
* [[PassiveAggressiveKombat Mycroft vs John]] never gets old. Mycroft tells John the first time he meets him that he (Mycroft) is the closest thing to a friend that Sherlock is capable of having- an enemy. When he realises that he's wrong and that John is actually Sherlock's ''friend,'' he's not particularly happy about it. From the conversation in the morgue in ''Belgravia'' it's clear that Mycroft is very controlling and manipulative, and influences Sherlock more than Sherlock would be happy to admit to- but as John's influence over Sherlock grows, Mycroft's dwindles. It seems that overall Mycroft is even more messed up than Sherlock and he honestly believes that developing human emotions is ''bad for Sherlock'' and that therefore John is a bad influence on his brother. John, of course, feels the same way about Mycroft- even before their last conversation in ''Reichenbach'' it's clear how much John resents Mycroft and the way he influences Sherlock. Mycroft might be wrong in how he's brought up Sherlock and the sort of behaviour he encourages in his little brother, but it's heartwarming because he honestly seems to not know he's wrong- he's simply doing the best he can with the only person in the world he seems to care for besides himself.
** Equally as heartwarming is the number of times when Mycroft and John get into it in front of Sherlock and Sherlock reacts by being unashamedly delighted. We first see this in ''The Great Game'' when John points out to Mycroft that having secret missile plans on a memory stick given to a minor MOD worker is pretty stupid, and it shows up in other places as well. We know Mycroft is just as clever and witty as Sherlock and, as the older brother and with a lot of implied history between them, is domineering and knows how to push Sherlock's buttons. It's fairly obvious that Sherlock loves the fact that he now has John to stick up for him, and not only that, but John is at times snarkier than both Holmes brothers ''put together'' and is able to push ''Mycroft's'' buttons. See Mycroft's reaction in ''Belgravia'' when John gets the punchline "though... not how ''she'' treats royalty."
** While they do argue in front of Sherlock, it's heartwarming that neither of them will actively bring Sherlock into the argument or the fight. John never once goes to Sherlock and tells him that Mycroft is a bad example and Mycroft does the same. The latter will try to pull his brother away from John's influence, he never outright places any blame on John. They do not like each other and they do not respect each other, but they both love Sherlock and whether Sherlock admits it or not they both know that Sherlock loves them both back. They know that forcing him to choose between them would do him no good even if it removes a bad (in their eyes at least) influence on him.
* John can, and does, put ''so'' much meaning into two words: "'You okay?" The same phrase, said in the same gentle, concerned way, crops up again and again- everywhere from ''A Study in Pink'' (when Sherlock wanders out of 221B and gets into a taxi with a serial killer) to ''The Great Game'' (after collapsing ''himself'' at the swimming pool after Jim leaves) to ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' (when Sherlock, drugged, has just more or less collapsed on his bedroom floor, and on overhearing Sherlock telling Mycroft that Irene was dead) to ''The Reichenbach Fall'' (before Sherlock takes the cab on his own, and most heartwrenchingly, when he answers the phone call from the roof). And it's always said in the context of John knowing full damn well that Sherlock isn't okay and probably also knowing he isn't going to say so either. John continues to reach out anyway, just in ''case'' Sherlock ever wants to admit he's not okay and ask for help/support.
** Which makes it rather a TearJerker when Sherlock finally confesses to Molly "You were right. I'm not okay." She'd earlier pointed out both that he ''wasn't okay'' and that hell would freeze over before he would ever tell John that, or let John see how sad and afraid he was.
** And on the other side, whenever Sherlock takes a moment to ask John if he's "All right?". From the uncharacteristically soft way he delivers the question after John has just shot the cab driver (even though ''he'd'' been the one who'd narrowly avoided being another murder/suicide) to his utter panic when John is strapped to explosives or even after the experiment at Baskerville which ''Sherlock'' himself had set up. Even when he's being arrested and humiliated, all he cares about is reassuring John that it's "all right" even when they both know it's really not. These small displays of empathy are not limited to John either, as Sherlock's attempts to comfort both Sarah and Mrs. Hudson show.
* At the beginning of ''A Study in Pink'', Sherlock seems to take himself ''very'' seriously. He's certainly hilarious, frequently, but it's generally snark or social awkwardness, and not him intentionally being funny. At the conclusion of the chase after the cab, John starts laughing at the absurdity of it all and how ''golden'' Sherlock's punchline "Welcome to London" was- Sherlock looks confused by John's laughter and demands "what...?" By the time they get back to the flat, he's ''giggling'' and making jokes just to get John to keep laughing as well. Later, in ''Belgravia,'' he's stealing ashtrays and making jokes at Mycroft's expense- again, for no other reason than to make John laugh. He ''tries'' to do it again in ''Baskerville,'' trying to "break the ice"- John doesn't respond to it this time, which helps clue him in that he might actually have to apologise. He doesn't deliberately joke with John ''often,'' and he doesn't seem to do it for anyone else's benefit. But there are definite moments where you can see his sense of humour developing and becoming more "normal." Also, it's extremely heartwarming that sometimes he just wants to cheer John up by, oh, say, nicking him an ashtray from Buckingham Palace. He genuinely likes to see John happy.
* It might not seem very heartwarming, but Sally's attempts to make John stay away from Sherlock. Of course we, the audience, know that Sherlock is no criminal and that he and John will become best friends, but Sally doesn't. Even though she is very snarky about it, she is genuinely worried about John, a man she barely knows, and simply wants to protect him from the possibly dangerous 'freak' she believes Sherlock to be. On the other hand, John ignoring her and staying loyal to Sherlock (even if that might not be the smartest option) is heartwarming in its own way.
** There's one moment in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' particular- although she's ''gloating'' at the time, she reminds John that she had told him Sherlock was a psychopath "the first time we met." There's a few "first meetings" mentioned in ''The Reichenbach Fall''- the first time Sherlock met John, the first time they met Moriarty- that the first time Sally met John scores a mention really is quite oddly heartwarming, considering that Sally hasn't been seen at all since ''The Great Game'' and even then only had a few lines. And the majority of those lines weren't her disdain for Sherlock- they were her suggesting [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hobbies that John might like to take up]] rather than hanging around with Sherlock. Line for line, she really does spend a surprising amount of time not snarking about or to Sherlock, but trying to convince John to protect himself by staying away from him.
** In ''The Great Game,'' Sally (probably unintentionally) gives an indication of her regard for John, with this:
-->'''Sally:''' Still hanging 'round him, then?
-->'''John:''' Yeah, well...
-->'''Sally:''' Opposites attract, I suppose.
-->'''John:''' No, we're not...
*** Although John exasperatedly assumes this is simply yet another jab at the nature of his relationship with Sherlock, it can also be seen as a backhanded compliment. Sally has made it clear that she hates everything about "Freak." John, however, she'll admit is his "opposite", saying she quite likes him as far as she's seen him. (Incidentally, in hindsight, she also betrays that she knows next to nothing about John and is making superficial assumptions about him. She doesn't know that kind, mild-mannered Dr Watson is actually a badass adrenaline junkie who so far has offed ''two'' villains, one by shooting him through two windows from the next building, the other by tripping a rigged crossbow shaft straight through his torso using his ''foot.'' There is just no way that John is going to take up model trains instead of hang around with Sherlock.)
* John's general character development over the course of the whole series. It is obvious that John is a good influence on rude and callous Sherlock, but actually, it goes the other way around as well. At the beginning of ''A Study In Pink'', John lives on his own, complains that nothing happens to him, has no friends and won't even go to his own sister for help. It's not that he has no one to take care of him - almost all of the few people he meets are very nice to him - it is that he actively ''drives them away''. He doesn't want anyone in his life, maybe because he thinks no one understands him and what he has gone through in Afghanistan. Look at his interactions with Ella, his therapist: She just wants to do her job and help him, he mocks her for all its worth and lies straight to her face. There is also his encounter with Mike Stamford. John reacts very reserved and it takes Mike a lot of effort to get him to talk about his problems. And even then, John keeps up his mask of dry wit and sarcastically brushes them off as if they're nothing. John is a man who has already given up at this point - and then he meets Sherlock. Someone who doesn't treat him like an invalid. Someone who has some use for him, gives him a new home and something to do with his life. Sherlock understands his need for a thrill, even cures him from his psychosomatic limp. Watch how John developes after that: He warms up, becomes a lot friendlier towards people, makes friends again, dates several women and attempts to get his own life right again, e.g. getting a job in ''The Blind Banker''. In the second series, we see John happier than ever. He laughs and smiles a lot more and has become confident enough to not only play the part of Sherlock's bumbling sidekick who follows him everywhere and does all the dirty work, he considers himself an essential part of their team and asks questions or looks for pieces of evidence on his own, without having Sherlock tell him what to do (especially obvious in ''The Hounds of Baskerville''). Sherlock, for his part, seems heartwarmingly pleased with these developments and often refers to the two of them as "we" where he would have used "I" in the first series.
** On that note, more from the power duo of mutual heartwarming:
*** Sherlock and John, before they meet, are actually not that different from each other. We already know that Sherlock hardly eats or sleeps when he is on a case. Judging from ''A Scandal in Belgravia'', the same thing seems to happen when he is depressed. In addition, he doesn't talk, which is exactly what he warned John about during the meeting at Bart's. Now watch the beginning of ''A Study in Pink'' and pay attention to John's behaviour: He is clearly very depressed (possibly even suicidal, depending on how you interpret why he keeps his gun ready in the top drawer of his desk), doesn't sleep much and maybe doesn't even eat properly [[note]]Look at his breakfast - an apple and a cup of coffee - he puts them down next to his laptop and we never actually see him eating. His meal may be that simple because of his poor financial situation, but from the looks of it, he doesn't have much of an appetite anyway.[[/note]], hardly talks and never really smiles (see the ''A Study in Pink'' folder). It's hard to believe this is the same John Watson who, upon meeting Sherlock, is constantly seen eating, seems to get a healthy amount of decent sleep (when he's not working on a case with Sherlock), shamelessly uses his charm on everyone and everything and jokes around a lot. The difference is astounding, and almost ''instant,'' as he starts smiling during the cab ride to the Brixton crime scene and even hits on Anthea on the way ''back'' from the Brixton crime scene. Later that same night he's ''giggling'' at the absurdity of the chase across Soho.
*** And then there's the fact this rubs off on Sherlock, too: Apart from him talking practically nonstop for the entire series, the second season quite often shows him with a quick snack in his hand and in one scene in ''A Scandal in Belgravia'', it is implied he has developed a habit of sleeping in late. Seems like he actually took some advice from his doctor ...
* So in two series, John has put up with a ''lot'' from Sherlock. Apart from him being probably the worst flatmate in history, simply being ''friends'' with Sherlock has (directly or indirectly) caused John to be, among other things: kidnapped twice (and that's if you ''don't'' count Mycroft's efforts), threatened with execution by gunshot, strapped to explosives, held at gunpoint no less than four times, knocked unconscious twice, drugged once and arrested twice. He's killed two people, pointed a loaded gun at several more, committed housebreaking, fraud and arson, conned his way into a top secret weapons base, assisted in the hacking of a computer system and encouraged a fellow doctor to violate doctor-patient confidentiality by getting her drunk and chatting her up. Let's not go into the fact that Sherlock has apparently, deliberately or otherwise, also sabotaged no less than ''four'' of John's relationships. He's had national newspapers make sly insinuations as to his sexuality because of his friendship with Sherlock. He's been ignored for days at a time, insulted, dismissed, used as the butt of numerable mean-spirited jokes and cruel put-downs, had doors literally shut in his face and has had Sherlock hang up the phone on him mid-sentence. And he's still Sherlock's friend. Twice in Season 2 do things reach a crisis between Sherlock and John: during the fireside conversation in ''Baskerville'' and the conversation about Sherlock being a fraud in ''Reichenbach.'' [[note]]Since the "Mrs Hudson has been shot" argument is a set-up and Sherlock is incredibly passive, it doesn't really count as a two-sided conflict.[[/note]] And both arguments were about the same thing: John will simply take all of the above listed crap, that comes with being Sherlock's friend, but he can't stand the idea of Sherlock saying or implying that they ''aren't'' friends.
** John's ridiculous level of loyalty and wanting to be Sherlock's friend, despite taking so much crap from him when John gives nothing but devotion in return, almost crosses the line from heartwarming to [[FridgeHorror terrifying]] in how codependent their relationship is.
* On the issue of codependency: Sherlock's continually commandeering John's computer without his permission might annoy John, but he can hardly talk, considering that over the course of two seasons Sherlock has casually ''offered John his bank card,'' and apparently known but not cared that John was walking around with a three-figured cheque in Sherlock's name, that he frequently picks up Sherlock's phone and checks the messages, and that he apparently rifles through his belongings looking for drugs if and when Mycroft decides it's a "danger night." Sherlock doesn't just use John's computer because he's intent on invading his privacy. He just has a different concept of what privacy ''is.'' And judging from John's long-suffering sigh when Sherlock tells Henry he's been reading John's private emails to his girlfriends, he's kind of just resigned to the fact that Sherlock just doesn't have the same privacy boundaries as everyone else- and while Sherlock must simply trust that John isn't going to mishandle his money and that he's not going through his belongings out of sheer morbid curiosity, John in turn realises that Sherlock isn't going to use any information he finds on his computer maliciously. Now ''that'' is a trusting friendship.
* Sherlock's repeated attempts to please John by giving him things, and the fact that John gradually recognises that that's Sherlock's "love language" and the only way he really expresses emotions like gratitude or sympathy or remorse. Some of it [[FridgeBrilliance takes a while to sink in,]] but there's a definite pattern. In ''A Study in Pink,'' Sherlock ditches John at a crime scene- then apologises later by taking him out with him to dinner, then on a chase across London, "curing" his psychosomatic pain, and offering to give him Lestrade's badge. Later, Sherlock's gratitude isn't "thanks", it's "good shot" and "... dinner?" In ''The Blind Banker'' Sherlock, [[SherlockScan seeing]] John flustered, embarrassed and probably totally broke, offers him his bank card. After having kept John up all night deciphering book code, he suggests they go out and when John tells him he has a date, it's highly implied that all three of the circus tickets were funded by Sherlock. In their last scene together in ''The Blind Banker,'' Sherlock tries to make up for what John has been through (being partly Sherlock's fault) by making him a cup of coffee. In John's blog, there's a mention of Sherlock's reaction to finding out John had broken up with Sarah, largely due to Sherlock-related reasons: Sherlock responds to the news by buying John beer. In ''Baskerville'' John is so used to this that Sherlock can manipulatively use making coffee for John as a way of poisoning him (or so he thinks). John even tells him he doesn't have to keep apologising. At the end of the episode, Sherlock ''does'' bring John a presumably non-poisoned cup of coffee, as a way of apologising, as well as offering him various ketchups while avoiding admitting to what he did, clearly guilty about the whole thing.
** Mycroft seems to do this too. His offering Sherlock a cigarette in ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' was more to test his willpower on a possible "danger night" than anything else, and we later see that Sherlock saw through it- though Mycroft thought Sherlock would buy the "Merry Christmas" line. Since both Holmes brothers apparently equate showing repressed affection for someone by ''giving them stuff,'' or taking them somewhere cool, the obvious and very [[TearJerker sad]] conclusion is that their parents were the same way. [[note]]It's practically a given that Mycroft and Sherlock came from money, probably Old Money. No doubt they were given both plenty of expensive things and expensive opportunities like overseas trips, elite educations, etc.[[/note]] It seems more and more clear, the more we learn about Mycroft and Sherlock, that they were deprived of ordinary parental affection, and thus find it nearly impossible to show "normal" affection to others.
** There are two instances in particular where Sherlock is unable to express himself by his usual methods, and so tries to do so in the usual way- verbally. In ''The Great Game,'' he tries to thank John for selflessly risking his own life to give him a chance of escaping, and in ''The Hounds of Baskerville'' he tries to apologise to John for telling him to his face that he doesn't have friends (and therefore, that John is ''not'' his friend.) Both times he finds this excruciating, and although both times John knows what he's trying to express and appreciates it, it's worth noting that ''nowhere'' in either scene are the expressions "thank you" "thanks" "sorry" or "apologies" ever found. It's what makes his apology to Molly in ''Belgravia'' so amazing- in two seasons of wronging people left, right and centre, it's the only instance of him using the magical phrase ''I am sorry. Forgive me.''
* On the above note, Sherlock, having some sociopathic tendencies, is a skilled manipulator and lies very convincingly. Except when it comes to telling lies to John, where he is almost always ''awful'' at it, and has to rely on John's naivete or fear or other factors to avoid being caught out. (Examples include lying to John about what happened in Soo Lin's flat in ''The Blind Banker,'' lying to him about giving Mycroft the memory stick in ''The Great Game,'' lying to him about the hound glowing in ''The Hounds of Baskerville,'' lying to him about not caring about Mrs Hudson in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' and, later in the episode and the most epic example of all, lying to him in the phone call at St Bart's. In all these examples he's so awkward or acts so badly that it's clear he's not comfortable telling those lies.) He finds lying to others easy when he's able to put on a fake persona, but with John he's genuine, making it difficult for him to effectively lie. By the end of series 2, he actually goes out of his way to avoid having to directly lie to John (examples include simply ''ignoring John'' in ''Belgravia'' if he doesn't want to tell him the truth, and his behaviour in ''Baskerville'' when forced between lying to John about locking him in the lab, and admitting to doing that to him, neither of which he wants to do.)
* In ''The Reichenbach Fall,'' at [[spoiler:Sherlock's grave,]] Mrs Hudson tells John that Sherlock [[spoiler:made her feel]] angry with his eccentric, borderline-criminal behaviour- the cadaver parts in the fridge, the shooting in the flat in the middle of the night, vandalising the place, etc. The thing is, in two seasons Mrs Hudson hasn't ever shown her anger ''to Sherlock.'' She adores him through it all and is very gentle with him. In ''A Study in Pink,'' where it's implied that Sherlock has taken about five minutes to trash the place with all his stuff, she simply says gently "''Sherlock,'' the mess you've made...!" Her response in ''Belgravia'' to the thumbs in the fridge? "Oh dear!" She casually tells one of Mycroft's people that Sherlock ''shot'' the doorbell. She makes a comment in John's blog where she more or less admits to doing Sherlock's laundry for him, so she was probably ''highly'' unimpressed in ''The Hounds of Baskerville'' when his clothes turned out covered in pig's blood. The closest she's ever come to being ''angry'' with Sherlock is when she sees the spray-painted smiley face and the bullet holes and demands "what have you done to my bloody wall?! I'm putting this on your ''rent,'' young man!" But the way she says it, and probably her choice of words, simply causes Sherlock to smile at his own handiwork. Mrs Hudson comes across as so incredibly sweet and good-natured and "fluffy old lady", that it's a surprise, and very heartwarming, to find out that after all Sherlock's bad habits ''do'' make her angry- she just loves him too much to really take that anger out on him.
* Furthering the above note, Mrs Hudson's relationship to Sherlock and John in general. All ''three'' residents of Baker Street start out as lonely people who really need each other. Mrs Hudson may not come across as keen of intellect[[note]]except for that time when she outwitted three angry CIA agents[[/note]] but she must be, because Sherlock respects her, and he doesn't respect fools. One of the first things we see the "high-functioning sociopath" do is throw his arms around Mrs Hudson in a big hug, and on his way out the door to the Brixton crime scene, he ''kisses'' her. She in turn just adores Sherlock (as we've seen above, she really is never truly angry with him no matter HOW much of an annoying dick he's being.) On first meeting John, who at that stage in ''A Study in Pink'' is standoffish and terse and very messed up, Mrs Hudson instantly sees his vulnerability and loneliness, and decides he needs to be mothered as well. [[note]]It's interesting that neither Sherlock nor John seem to have had a biological mother in the picture, or at least, not in recent times. Mycroft's reference in ''A Study in Pink'' to "You know how it always upset Mummy" is in the past tense, implying Mrs Holmes is either dead or at least no longer in contact with her sons. Neither of John's parents are mentioned in any way, shape or form, though he's not old enough for the assumption that they have died of natural causes.[[/note]] In ''The Blind Banker'' she's saving the day by bringing up something decent to serve Sarah, and in ''The Great Game'' it's revealed that while Sherlock is off doing whatever it is that Sherlock does, John and Mrs Hudson frequently watch "crap telly" together- something Sherlock seems not to be aware of until John mentions it. There's a brief moment that indicates Mrs Hudson now buys food for Sherlock and John- she brings some in just after John storms out, and although she leaves the receipt on the table, you get the idea that ''Sherlock'' isn't going to pay her back, though John probably would. In ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' Mrs Hudson is cooking and cleaning for both her "boys". She's just as worried about Sherlock as John is, and never fails to compliment him on his violin (or, online, his [[CrowningMomentOfFunny lovely hat.)]] She's the sole witness of John getting dumped and despite the fact that John deserves it, she never tells him so, just remarking that it "wasn't very good." She takes a ''beating'' for Sherlock's sake on New Year's Eve. We don't see much of her in ''Baskerville'' but we do see that by now John will openly and strongly defend her if Sherlock upsets her- and Sherlock upsets ''everybody.'' This all pays off in ''The Reichenbach Fall.'' By now she's a credible reason for John to turn on Sherlock- look at his reaction when he thinks she's dying, he's practically in tears and rushes off with no regard for either Sherlock or for his own safety or liberty. Sherlock, meanwhile? We know what Sherlock does for her sake, and for John's and Lestrade's.
* Mark Gatiss has said that the only personal picture that Sherlock keeps in his bedroom is one of [[spoiler: him and Mycroft]].
* There's certainly something to be said about the relationship between Sherlock, John, and Mary. Sherlock Holmes, who previously seemed to enjoy actively pissing off John's girlfriends, and never bothered to remember their names, ends up accepting Mary's presence with grace. He helps plan their wedding, delivers a fairly touching speech as the best man, takes a bullet, and ''kills'' someone, all to protect Mary (and, of course, John). Compare this to the Sherlock in "A Scandal in Belgravia", who freely insulted John's girlfriend to her face. Mary is also amazing. When Sherlock reenters John's life, shes quick to understand the depth of their relationship, and pushes the two of them to work things out. During the engagement, she encourages the two men to spend time together, because she wants to assure them that the marriage won't change their friendship. She's not yielding her relationship with John: she realizes that John needs Sherlock just as much as John needs her. Just as Sherlock realizes the same (although he seems to believe that John and Mary can do without him). And John loves them both, and says as much to each of them. Even though things go downhill ''fast'' in the end, their commitment to each other is unwavering.
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* The development of Sherlock and John's friendship. What starts simply as two lonely men wanting cheap accommodation quickly becomes the both of them giving the other purpose in life. Sherlock gives John the excitement and danger he's been missing from the war while John gives Sherlock the admiration and praise for his talents that he seems to so rarely get. By the end of the first episode alone they've affected each others lives tremendously. Sherlock has cured John's limp and John has saved Sherlock's life. Over the next two episodes, the initial spark seems to have faded as both have become used to each other and so the 'infatuation' stage if you will has worn off. Sherlock takes advantage of John's loyalty and treats him like a dogsbody that he expects to follow him everywhere and do anything for him regardless of whether John may have his own plans (''The Blind Banker''). John, in turn, is exasperated with Sherlock's coldness and things almost reach breaking point (''The Great Game'') when he's forced to accept that Sherlock isn't a perfect hero. Had their friendship been any weaker then the two would have probably parted ways at that point. The pair don't seem to realise how strongly they really do care for each other until Sherlock sees John strapped to a bomb and John witnesses Sherlock's panicked reaction that shows he really does care. While series 1 was all about establishing their friendship, series 2 revolves around how domestic their situation has become. As Irene points out (in ''Scandal''), they are a ''couple'' in whatever sense of the word. However they're still discovering new things about each other and the series focuses on how they'll stick by each other through the good and the bad. John still becomes annoyed at Sherlock's behaviour at times but it's no longer a surprise for him. That's just how Sherlock is. And John no longer defends him simply out of some fanboy 'crush'; he genuinely adores him and will do anything to protect him. He knows now, more so than he did by the end of ''The Great Game'', that Sherlock's bad points often appear to outweigh the good. But John simply doesn't ''care''. If anything John's devotion is strengthened because he recognises how ''human'' his friend is. Sherlock, in turn, is so used to John's company that he feels he can ignore him or experiment on him but the thought of John either being killed or losing faith in him for good causes him to [[NotSoStoic panic]]. For all the crap he pulls, by the end of the series he appreciates everything John has given him and, in return, Sherlock willingly sacrifices his life (more or less) to save John and his other friends.
* [[PassiveAggressiveKombat Mycroft vs John]] never gets old. Mycroft tells John the first time he meets him that he (Mycroft) is the closest thing to a friend that Sherlock is capable of having- an enemy. When he realises that he's wrong and that John is actually Sherlock's ''friend,'' he's not particularly happy about it. From the conversation in the morgue in ''Belgravia'' it's clear that Mycroft is very controlling and manipulative, and influences Sherlock more than Sherlock would be happy to admit to- but as John's influence over Sherlock grows, Mycroft's dwindles. It seems that overall Mycroft is even more messed up than Sherlock and he honestly believes that developing human emotions is ''bad for Sherlock'' and that therefore John is a bad influence on his brother. John, of course, feels the same way about Mycroft- even before their last conversation in ''Reichenbach'' it's clear how much John resents Mycroft and the way he influences Sherlock. Mycroft might be wrong in how he's brought up Sherlock and the sort of behaviour he encourages in his little brother, but it's heartwarming because he honestly seems to not know he's wrong- he's simply doing the best he can with the only person in the world he seems to care for besides himself.
** Equally as heartwarming is the number of times when Mycroft and John get into it in front of Sherlock and Sherlock reacts by being unashamedly delighted. We first see this in ''The Great Game'' when John points out to Mycroft that having secret missile plans on a memory stick given to a minor MOD worker is pretty stupid, and it shows up in other places as well. We know Mycroft is just as clever and witty as Sherlock and, as the older brother and with a lot of implied history between them, is domineering and knows how to push Sherlock's buttons. It's fairly obvious that Sherlock loves the fact that he now has John to stick up for him, and not only that, but John is at times snarkier than both Holmes brothers ''put together'' and is able to push ''Mycroft's'' buttons. See Mycroft's reaction in ''Belgravia'' when John gets the punchline "though... not how ''she'' treats royalty."
** While they do argue in front of Sherlock, it's heartwarming that neither of them will actively bring Sherlock into the argument or the fight. John never once goes to Sherlock and tells him that Mycroft is a bad example and Mycroft does the same. The latter will try to pull his brother away from John's influence, he never outright places any blame on John. They do not like each other and they do not respect each other, but they both love Sherlock and whether Sherlock admits it or not they both know that Sherlock loves them both back. They know that forcing him to choose between them would do him no good even if it removes a bad (in their eyes at least) influence on him.
* John can, and does, put ''so'' much meaning into two words: "'You okay?" The same phrase, said in the same gentle, concerned way, crops up again and again- everywhere from ''A Study in Pink'' (when Sherlock wanders out of 221B and gets into a taxi with a serial killer) to ''The Great Game'' (after collapsing ''himself'' at the swimming pool after Jim leaves) to ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' (when Sherlock, drugged, has just more or less collapsed on his bedroom floor, and on overhearing Sherlock telling Mycroft that Irene was dead) to ''The Reichenbach Fall'' (before Sherlock takes the cab on his own, and most heartwrenchingly, when he answers the phone call from the roof). And it's always said in the context of John knowing full damn well that Sherlock isn't okay and probably also knowing he isn't going to say so either. John continues to reach out anyway, just in ''case'' Sherlock ever wants to admit he's not okay and ask for help/support.
** Which makes it rather a TearJerker when Sherlock finally confesses to Molly "You were right. I'm not okay." She'd earlier pointed out both that he ''wasn't okay'' and that hell would freeze over before he would ever tell John that, or let John see how sad and afraid he was.
** And on the other side, whenever Sherlock takes a moment to ask John if he's "All right?". From the uncharacteristically soft way he delivers the question after John has just shot the cab driver (even though ''he'd'' been the one who'd narrowly avoided being another murder/suicide) to his utter panic when John is strapped to explosives or even after the experiment at Baskerville which ''Sherlock'' himself had set up. Even when he's being arrested and humiliated, all he cares about is reassuring John that it's "all right" even when they both know it's really not. These small displays of empathy are not limited to John either, as Sherlock's attempts to comfort both Sarah and Mrs. Hudson show.
* At the beginning of ''A Study in Pink'', Sherlock seems to take himself ''very'' seriously. He's certainly hilarious, frequently, but it's generally snark or social awkwardness, and not him intentionally being funny. At the conclusion of the chase after the cab, John starts laughing at the absurdity of it all and how ''golden'' Sherlock's punchline "Welcome to London" was- Sherlock looks confused by John's laughter and demands "what...?" By the time they get back to the flat, he's ''giggling'' and making jokes just to get John to keep laughing as well. Later, in ''Belgravia,'' he's stealing ashtrays and making jokes at Mycroft's expense- again, for no other reason than to make John laugh. He ''tries'' to do it again in ''Baskerville,'' trying to "break the ice"- John doesn't respond to it this time, which helps clue him in that he might actually have to apologise. He doesn't deliberately joke with John ''often,'' and he doesn't seem to do it for anyone else's benefit. But there are definite moments where you can see his sense of humour developing and becoming more "normal." Also, it's extremely heartwarming that sometimes he just wants to cheer John up by, oh, say, nicking him an ashtray from Buckingham Palace. He genuinely likes to see John happy.
* It might not seem very heartwarming, but Sally's attempts to make John stay away from Sherlock. Of course we, the audience, know that Sherlock is no criminal and that he and John will become best friends, but Sally doesn't. Even though she is very snarky about it, she is genuinely worried about John, a man she barely knows, and simply wants to protect him from the possibly dangerous 'freak' she believes Sherlock to be. On the other hand, John ignoring her and staying loyal to Sherlock (even if that might not be the smartest option) is heartwarming in its own way.
** There's one moment in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' particular- although she's ''gloating'' at the time, she reminds John that she had told him Sherlock was a psychopath "the first time we met." There's a few "first meetings" mentioned in ''The Reichenbach Fall''- the first time Sherlock met John, the first time they met Moriarty- that the first time Sally met John scores a mention really is quite oddly heartwarming, considering that Sally hasn't been seen at all since ''The Great Game'' and even then only had a few lines. And the majority of those lines weren't her disdain for Sherlock- they were her suggesting [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hobbies that John might like to take up]] rather than hanging around with Sherlock. Line for line, she really does spend a surprising amount of time not snarking about or to Sherlock, but trying to convince John to protect himself by staying away from him.
** In ''The Great Game,'' Sally (probably unintentionally) gives an indication of her regard for John, with this:
-->'''Sally:''' Still hanging 'round him, then?
-->'''John:''' Yeah, well...
-->'''Sally:''' Opposites attract, I suppose.
-->'''John:''' No, we're not...
*** Although John exasperatedly assumes this is simply yet another jab at the nature of his relationship with Sherlock, it can also be seen as a backhanded compliment. Sally has made it clear that she hates everything about "Freak." John, however, she'll admit is his "opposite", saying she quite likes him as far as she's seen him. (Incidentally, in hindsight, she also betrays that she knows next to nothing about John and is making superficial assumptions about him. She doesn't know that kind, mild-mannered Dr Watson is actually a badass adrenaline junkie who so far has offed ''two'' villains, one by shooting him through two windows from the next building, the other by tripping a rigged crossbow shaft straight through his torso using his ''foot.'' There is just no way that John is going to take up model trains instead of hang around with Sherlock.)
* John's general character development over the course of the whole series. It is obvious that John is a good influence on rude and callous Sherlock, but actually, it goes the other way around as well. At the beginning of ''A Study In Pink'', John lives on his own, complains that nothing happens to him, has no friends and won't even go to his own sister for help. It's not that he has no one to take care of him - almost all of the few people he meets are very nice to him - it is that he actively ''drives them away''. He doesn't want anyone in his life, maybe because he thinks no one understands him and what he has gone through in Afghanistan. Look at his interactions with Ella, his therapist: She just wants to do her job and help him, he mocks her for all its worth and lies straight to her face. There is also his encounter with Mike Stamford. John reacts very reserved and it takes Mike a lot of effort to get him to talk about his problems. And even then, John keeps up his mask of dry wit and sarcastically brushes them off as if they're nothing. John is a man who has already given up at this point - and then he meets Sherlock. Someone who doesn't treat him like an invalid. Someone who has some use for him, gives him a new home and something to do with his life. Sherlock understands his need for a thrill, even cures him from his psychosomatic limp. Watch how John developes after that: He warms up, becomes a lot friendlier towards people, makes friends again, dates several women and attempts to get his own life right again, e.g. getting a job in ''The Blind Banker''. In the second series, we see John happier than ever. He laughs and smiles a lot more and has become confident enough to not only play the part of Sherlock's bumbling sidekick who follows him everywhere and does all the dirty work, he considers himself an essential part of their team and asks questions or looks for pieces of evidence on his own, without having Sherlock tell him what to do (especially obvious in ''The Hounds of Baskerville''). Sherlock, for his part, seems heartwarmingly pleased with these developments and often refers to the two of them as "we" where he would have used "I" in the first series.
** On that note, more from the power duo of mutual heartwarming:
*** Sherlock and John, before they meet, are actually not that different from each other. We already know that Sherlock hardly eats or sleeps when he is on a case. Judging from ''A Scandal in Belgravia'', the same thing seems to happen when he is depressed. In addition, he doesn't talk, which is exactly what he warned John about during the meeting at Bart's. Now watch the beginning of ''A Study in Pink'' and pay attention to John's behaviour: He is clearly very depressed (possibly even suicidal, depending on how you interpret why he keeps his gun ready in the top drawer of his desk), doesn't sleep much and maybe doesn't even eat properly [[note]]Look at his breakfast - an apple and a cup of coffee - he puts them down next to his laptop and we never actually see him eating. His meal may be that simple because of his poor financial situation, but from the looks of it, he doesn't have much of an appetite anyway.[[/note]], hardly talks and never really smiles (see the ''A Study in Pink'' folder). It's hard to believe this is the same John Watson who, upon meeting Sherlock, is constantly seen eating, seems to get a healthy amount of decent sleep (when he's not working on a case with Sherlock), shamelessly uses his charm on everyone and everything and jokes around a lot. The difference is astounding, and almost ''instant,'' as he starts smiling during the cab ride to the Brixton crime scene and even hits on Anthea on the way ''back'' from the Brixton crime scene. Later that same night he's ''giggling'' at the absurdity of the chase across Soho.
*** And then there's the fact this rubs off on Sherlock, too: Apart from him talking practically nonstop for the entire series, the second season quite often shows him with a quick snack in his hand and in one scene in ''A Scandal in Belgravia'', it is implied he has developed a habit of sleeping in late. Seems like he actually took some advice from his doctor ...
* So in two series, John has put up with a ''lot'' from Sherlock. Apart from him being probably the worst flatmate in history, simply being ''friends'' with Sherlock has (directly or indirectly) caused John to be, among other things: kidnapped twice (and that's if you ''don't'' count Mycroft's efforts), threatened with execution by gunshot, strapped to explosives, held at gunpoint no less than four times, knocked unconscious twice, drugged once and arrested twice. He's killed two people, pointed a loaded gun at several more, committed housebreaking, fraud and arson, conned his way into a top secret weapons base, assisted in the hacking of a computer system and encouraged a fellow doctor to violate doctor-patient confidentiality by getting her drunk and chatting her up. Let's not go into the fact that Sherlock has apparently, deliberately or otherwise, also sabotaged no less than ''four'' of John's relationships. He's had national newspapers make sly insinuations as to his sexuality because of his friendship with Sherlock. He's been ignored for days at a time, insulted, dismissed, used as the butt of numerable mean-spirited jokes and cruel put-downs, had doors literally shut in his face and has had Sherlock hang up the phone on him mid-sentence. And he's still Sherlock's friend. Twice in Season 2 do things reach a crisis between Sherlock and John: during the fireside conversation in ''Baskerville'' and the conversation about Sherlock being a fraud in ''Reichenbach.'' [[note]]Since the "Mrs Hudson has been shot" argument is a set-up and Sherlock is incredibly passive, it doesn't really count as a two-sided conflict.[[/note]] And both arguments were about the same thing: John will simply take all of the above listed crap, that comes with being Sherlock's friend, but he can't stand the idea of Sherlock saying or implying that they ''aren't'' friends.
** John's ridiculous level of loyalty and wanting to be Sherlock's friend, despite taking so much crap from him when John gives nothing but devotion in return, almost crosses the line from heartwarming to [[FridgeHorror terrifying]] in how codependent their relationship is.
* On the issue of codependency: Sherlock's continually commandeering John's computer without his permission might annoy John, but he can hardly talk, considering that over the course of two seasons Sherlock has casually ''offered John his bank card,'' and apparently known but not cared that John was walking around with a three-figured cheque in Sherlock's name, that he frequently picks up Sherlock's phone and checks the messages, and that he apparently rifles through his belongings looking for drugs if and when Mycroft decides it's a "danger night." Sherlock doesn't just use John's computer because he's intent on invading his privacy. He just has a different concept of what privacy ''is.'' And judging from John's long-suffering sigh when Sherlock tells Henry he's been reading John's private emails to his girlfriends, he's kind of just resigned to the fact that Sherlock just doesn't have the same privacy boundaries as everyone else- and while Sherlock must simply trust that John isn't going to mishandle his money and that he's not going through his belongings out of sheer morbid curiosity, John in turn realises that Sherlock isn't going to use any information he finds on his computer maliciously. Now ''that'' is a trusting friendship.
* Sherlock's repeated attempts to please John by giving him things, and the fact that John gradually recognises that that's Sherlock's "love language" and the only way he really expresses emotions like gratitude or sympathy or remorse. Some of it [[FridgeBrilliance takes a while to sink in,]] but there's a definite pattern. In ''A Study in Pink,'' Sherlock ditches John at a crime scene- then apologises later by taking him out with him to dinner, then on a chase across London, "curing" his psychosomatic pain, and offering to give him Lestrade's badge. Later, Sherlock's gratitude isn't "thanks", it's "good shot" and "... dinner?" In ''The Blind Banker'' Sherlock, [[SherlockScan seeing]] John flustered, embarrassed and probably totally broke, offers him his bank card. After having kept John up all night deciphering book code, he suggests they go out and when John tells him he has a date, it's highly implied that all three of the circus tickets were funded by Sherlock. In their last scene together in ''The Blind Banker,'' Sherlock tries to make up for what John has been through (being partly Sherlock's fault) by making him a cup of coffee. In John's blog, there's a mention of Sherlock's reaction to finding out John had broken up with Sarah, largely due to Sherlock-related reasons: Sherlock responds to the news by buying John beer. In ''Baskerville'' John is so used to this that Sherlock can manipulatively use making coffee for John as a way of poisoning him (or so he thinks). John even tells him he doesn't have to keep apologising. At the end of the episode, Sherlock ''does'' bring John a presumably non-poisoned cup of coffee, as a way of apologising, as well as offering him various ketchups while avoiding admitting to what he did, clearly guilty about the whole thing.
** Mycroft seems to do this too. His offering Sherlock a cigarette in ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' was more to test his willpower on a possible "danger night" than anything else, and we later see that Sherlock saw through it- though Mycroft thought Sherlock would buy the "Merry Christmas" line. Since both Holmes brothers apparently equate showing repressed affection for someone by ''giving them stuff,'' or taking them somewhere cool, the obvious and very [[TearJerker sad]] conclusion is that their parents were the same way. [[note]]It's practically a given that Mycroft and Sherlock came from money, probably Old Money. No doubt they were given both plenty of expensive things and expensive opportunities like overseas trips, elite educations, etc.[[/note]] It seems more and more clear, the more we learn about Mycroft and Sherlock, that they were deprived of ordinary parental affection, and thus find it nearly impossible to show "normal" affection to others.
** There are two instances in particular where Sherlock is unable to express himself by his usual methods, and so tries to do so in the usual way- verbally. In ''The Great Game,'' he tries to thank John for selflessly risking his own life to give him a chance of escaping, and in ''The Hounds of Baskerville'' he tries to apologise to John for telling him to his face that he doesn't have friends (and therefore, that John is ''not'' his friend.) Both times he finds this excruciating, and although both times John knows what he's trying to express and appreciates it, it's worth noting that ''nowhere'' in either scene are the expressions "thank you" "thanks" "sorry" or "apologies" ever found. It's what makes his apology to Molly in ''Belgravia'' so amazing- in two seasons of wronging people left, right and centre, it's the only instance of him using the magical phrase ''I am sorry. Forgive me.''
* On the above note, Sherlock, having some sociopathic tendencies, is a skilled manipulator and lies very convincingly. Except when it comes to telling lies to John, where he is almost always ''awful'' at it, and has to rely on John's naivete or fear or other factors to avoid being caught out. (Examples include lying to John about what happened in Soo Lin's flat in ''The Blind Banker,'' lying to him about giving Mycroft the memory stick in ''The Great Game,'' lying to him about the hound glowing in ''The Hounds of Baskerville,'' lying to him about not caring about Mrs Hudson in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' and, later in the episode and the most epic example of all, lying to him in the phone call at St Bart's. In all these examples he's so awkward or acts so badly that it's clear he's not comfortable telling those lies.) He finds lying to others easy when he's able to put on a fake persona, but with John he's genuine, making it difficult for him to effectively lie. By the end of series 2, he actually goes out of his way to avoid having to directly lie to John (examples include simply ''ignoring John'' in ''Belgravia'' if he doesn't want to tell him the truth, and his behaviour in ''Baskerville'' when forced between lying to John about locking him in the lab, and admitting to doing that to him, neither of which he wants to do.)
* In ''The Reichenbach Fall,'' at [[spoiler:Sherlock's grave,]] Mrs Hudson tells John that Sherlock [[spoiler:made her feel]] angry with his eccentric, borderline-criminal behaviour- the cadaver parts in the fridge, the shooting in the flat in the middle of the night, vandalising the place, etc. The thing is, in two seasons Mrs Hudson hasn't ever shown her anger ''to Sherlock.'' She adores him through it all and is very gentle with him. In ''A Study in Pink,'' where it's implied that Sherlock has taken about five minutes to trash the place with all his stuff, she simply says gently "''Sherlock,'' the mess you've made...!" Her response in ''Belgravia'' to the thumbs in the fridge? "Oh dear!" She casually tells one of Mycroft's people that Sherlock ''shot'' the doorbell. She makes a comment in John's blog where she more or less admits to doing Sherlock's laundry for him, so she was probably ''highly'' unimpressed in ''The Hounds of Baskerville'' when his clothes turned out covered in pig's blood. The closest she's ever come to being ''angry'' with Sherlock is when she sees the spray-painted smiley face and the bullet holes and demands "what have you done to my bloody wall?! I'm putting this on your ''rent,'' young man!" But the way she says it, and probably her choice of words, simply causes Sherlock to smile at his own handiwork. Mrs Hudson comes across as so incredibly sweet and good-natured and "fluffy old lady", that it's a surprise, and very heartwarming, to find out that after all Sherlock's bad habits ''do'' make her angry- she just loves him too much to really take that anger out on him.
* Furthering the above note, Mrs Hudson's relationship to Sherlock and John in general. All ''three'' residents of Baker Street start out as lonely people who really need each other. Mrs Hudson may not come across as keen of intellect[[note]]except for that time when she outwitted three angry CIA agents[[/note]] but she must be, because Sherlock respects her, and he doesn't respect fools. One of the first things we see the "high-functioning sociopath" do is throw his arms around Mrs Hudson in a big hug, and on his way out the door to the Brixton crime scene, he ''kisses'' her. She in turn just adores Sherlock (as we've seen above, she really is never truly angry with him no matter HOW much of an annoying dick he's being.) On first meeting John, who at that stage in ''A Study in Pink'' is standoffish and terse and very messed up, Mrs Hudson instantly sees his vulnerability and loneliness, and decides he needs to be mothered as well. [[note]]It's interesting that neither Sherlock nor John seem to have had a biological mother in the picture, or at least, not in recent times. Mycroft's reference in ''A Study in Pink'' to "You know how it always upset Mummy" is in the past tense, implying Mrs Holmes is either dead or at least no longer in contact with her sons. Neither of John's parents are mentioned in any way, shape or form, though he's not old enough for the assumption that they have died of natural causes.[[/note]] In ''The Blind Banker'' she's saving the day by bringing up something decent to serve Sarah, and in ''The Great Game'' it's revealed that while Sherlock is off doing whatever it is that Sherlock does, John and Mrs Hudson frequently watch "crap telly" together- something Sherlock seems not to be aware of until John mentions it. There's a brief moment that indicates Mrs Hudson now buys food for Sherlock and John- she brings some in just after John storms out, and although she leaves the receipt on the table, you get the idea that ''Sherlock'' isn't going to pay her back, though John probably would. In ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' Mrs Hudson is cooking and cleaning for both her "boys". She's just as worried about Sherlock as John is, and never fails to compliment him on his violin (or, online, his [[CrowningMomentOfFunny lovely hat.)]] She's the sole witness of John getting dumped and despite the fact that John deserves it, she never tells him so, just remarking that it "wasn't very good." She takes a ''beating'' for Sherlock's sake on New Year's Eve. We don't see much of her in ''Baskerville'' but we do see that by now John will openly and strongly defend her if Sherlock upsets her- and Sherlock upsets ''everybody.'' This all pays off in ''The Reichenbach Fall.'' By now she's a credible reason for John to turn on Sherlock- look at his reaction when he thinks she's dying, he's practically in tears and rushes off with no regard for either Sherlock or for his own safety or liberty. Sherlock, meanwhile? We know what Sherlock does for her sake, and for John's and Lestrade's.
* Mark Gatiss has said that the only personal picture that Sherlock keeps in his bedroom is one of [[spoiler: him and Mycroft]].
* There's certainly something to be said about the relationship between Sherlock, John, and Mary. Sherlock Holmes, who previously seemed to enjoy actively pissing off John's girlfriends, and never bothered to remember their names, ends up accepting Mary's presence with grace. He helps plan their wedding, delivers a fairly touching speech as the best man, takes a bullet, and ''kills'' someone, all to protect Mary (and, of course, John). Compare this to the Sherlock in "A Scandal in Belgravia", who freely insulted John's girlfriend to her face. Mary is also amazing. When Sherlock reenters John's life, shes quick to understand the depth of their relationship, and pushes the two of them to work things out. During the engagement, she encourages the two men to spend time together, because she wants to assure them that the marriage won't change their friendship. She's not yielding her relationship with John: she realizes that John needs Sherlock just as much as John needs her. Just as Sherlock realizes the same (although he seems to believe that John and Mary can do without him). And John loves them both, and says as much to each of them. Even though things go downhill ''fast'' in the end, their commitment to each other is unwavering.
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28th Jan '17 5:17:53 PM LadyEros
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* 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.
26th Jan '17 6:01:47 AM axle-k89
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* Sherlock saying sorry to a family who lost their child on a case. Sure, he got the gender wrong. 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.

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* Sherlock saying sorry to a family who lost their child son on a case. Sure, he got the gender wrong.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.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.
18th Jan '17 1:49:56 PM Hjortron18
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-->'''Sherlock:''' [''to Lestrade''] Look after him, okay? He is not as strong as he thinks he is.

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-->'''Sherlock:''' [''to Lestrade''] Look after him, Make sure he's looked after, okay? He is not as strong as he thinks he is.
17th Jan '17 3:31:56 AM Edhla
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'''Mycroft:''' This man stole my boat. He's a pirate!
'''John:''' Yeah, I really am.

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'''Mycroft:''' -->'''Mycroft:''' This man stole my boat. He's a pirate!
'''John:''' -->'''John:''' Yeah, I really am.
17th Jan '17 3:26:17 AM Edhla
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[[spoiler: -->'''Mycroft:''']] This man stole my boat. He's a pirate!

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[[spoiler: -->'''Mycroft:''']] '''Mycroft:''' This man stole my boat. He's a pirate!
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