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7th May '17 12:11:40 AM The12thDoctor
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Sherlock is a high-functioning sociopath. But that doesn't mean that he has no heart.
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4th May '17 1:18:28 AM Sane_Spinster
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** "Go to hell, Sherlock" [[spoiler:"Go right into Hell and make it look like you mean it.", "If he thinks you need him, I swear... he will be there."]] And go he did.

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

to:

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



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

to:

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



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

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



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

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-->'''Sherlock:''' Mary "Mary and John. Whatever it takes, whatever happens, from now on I swear I will ''always'' be there. Always. [[FreudianSlip For all three of you.]]
]]"
** It's not just the vow itself that's heartwarming, but the fact that he ''unconsciously'' counts the baby. He only realized at some point that day, he hasn't told them yet, and it might not even be a ''fetus'' yet, but he's already made up his mind that it's included in his vow — to the extent he forgets ''not'' to mention it.
** Also the fact that the only vow he plans to make in his life is reserved for John Watson and his family.
* It's small, but during the charades game when John asks for a hint about what woman he is, asking if he's a "pretty" woman,
When Sherlock tells him reveals that beauty Mary is nothing but a construct informed by childhood experiences pregnant, she and role models. John freak out, and Sherlock may be full of himself, but he's incredibly nonjudgmental. Petty qualities freaks out with them, then tells them that ordinary people pay attention to - like looks - don't even matter to him.they will be great parents because they've already had practice with him, before Mary starts crying and John grabs them both in a hug.
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* Mycroft rescuing Sherlock from a cell in Serbia. Despite Sherlock thinking his brother enjoyed seeing him beat up, this seems to not be the case, with Mycroft personally going to bring his brother home, instead of sending one of his agents.
--> '''Mycroft:''' You're safe now.
* The very first thing Sherlock asks about when returning to London, brushing off what information Mycroft is trying to tell him about the terrorist plot.
-->'''Sherlock:''' What about John Watson?
** There is something rather cute [[TearJerker (and maybe a little bit sad)]] about Sherlock's naive expectation that his best friend will be so happy that he's alive.
--->'''Sherlock:''' I think I'll surprise John. He'll be delighted!
* On the above, Mycroft admits that he's kept an eye on John... for ''two whole years...'' so much so that he knows where John has a date that night (and, judging by his hints about the champagne menu, he also suspects John will be proposing to Mary, and that Sherlock would not be welcome there and then.) Anthea has John's file immediately on hand to give Sherlock. Since John's assassin in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' was "invited to reconsider" by Mycroft's men, he doesn't seem to have ever been under real threat since Sherlock's "suicide." Mycroft looked out for John both out of deference for the absent Sherlock and because ''he actually cares about him.''
* Sherlock subtly and not-so-subtly telling Mycroft that he needs to [[spoiler:make some friends]].
** What's more, we finally see for the first time that Mycroft and Sherlock really ''are'' friends and their bantering in past episodes really ''was'' just playful brotherly banter. Crosses into TearJerker territory with the implications that Sherlock is Mycroft's only friend and, before John, Mycroft was Sherlock's.
** Mrs. Hudson's commentary as the two brothers talk.
--->'''Mrs. Hudson:''' He's secretly pleased to see you under all that.\\
'''Mycroft:''' Sorry, which one of us?\\
'''Mrs. Hudson:''' Both of you.
* We finally get to see Sherlock and Mycroft's parents. And they, from what we can see, are ''completely normal, friendly people''. After all the dire speculation about them, it's kind of sweet. Although considering who they are, there's probably some ObfuscatingStupidity going on...
** Sherlock does eventually promise them that he'll get in touch more often.
** Plus, they were played by [[spoiler: Benedict Cumberbatch's real life mother and father]]. D'awwww.
** The fact that cold, distant Mycroft ''promised to take his parents to a matinee of Les Mis'' and actually went through with his promise, even though he describes it as pain and horror and abjectly begs Sherlock to take over. He doesn't just make an excuse about being busy and refuse to take them at all.
** Then there's the fact that [[spoiler: Mr and Mrs Holmes]] are dressed very similarly to John and Sherlock. Apart from the fact that we now know that the great Sherlock Holmes [[spoiler: dresses like his mother,]] it gives us a clue as to why Sherlock took such an immediate liking to John- consciously or unconsciously, John reminds Sherlock of [[spoiler: his father]].
* Mary immediately gets on well with Sherlock - probably having heard all about his quirks already from John - and doesn't hesitate to encourage John to go hang out with him again. Plus the fact that [[spoiler: when she figured out someone was sending her threatening messages about John she went straight to Sherlock despite just having met the man in person.]]
** Sherlock barges his way back into John's life right in the middle of what is pretty obviously a marriage proposal to her, pisses John off so much that they get kicked out of three restaurants, keeps trying to make jokes at John's expense instead of explaining himself properly - and she still decides she likes him and that John needs to make up with him. She's able to see past all his eccentrics (and the fact that he was accused of being a mad criminal a few years ago) and recognize that he really does love John and he really is sorry for upsetting him. And when she sees John is shaving off his mustache the next day, she playfully jokes about him doing it because ''Sherlock'' didn't like it in a way that suggests she is completely fine with John doing things because Sherlock said so. And John half-proposes to her right then and there, with a lot more confidence than he had in the restaurant, because she's the first girlfriend to get his relationship with Sherlock.
** Rather tellingly, Sherlock actually takes the time to do a SherlockScan of Mary and seems pleasantly surprised with what he finds. Remember, this is the same guy who in "A Scandal in Belgravia" appeared to either never bother to get to know John's girlfriends or intentionally mixed them up with past girlfriends in an effort to annoy them.
*** Becomes more HeartwarmingInHindsight. WordOfGod is the reason Sherlock didn't pick up on the fact that she's [[spoiler:an assassin]] is that he ''wanted'' to like her. John's happiness means enough to him that he subconsciously ignored any red flags so he wouldn't ruin their relationship.
* Sherlock asking Molly to help him solve a crime. Everything he says to her is so sweet and shows how much their friendship has shifted since the second series.
-->'''Molly:''' Should I be taking notes? John says that's what he does, so if I'm being John –\\
'''Sherlock:''' You're not being John, you're being yourself.
** And after the case is done, when he congratulates her on being engaged, complete with a kiss on the cheek.
---> '''Sherlock:''' I hope you'll be very happy, Molly Hooper. You deserve it.
* Lestrade giving Sherlock a hug when he comes back. Though at first, especially considering John's reaction (at least ''three times''), his sharp indrawn breath seems to indicate that he's coming in for a punch... And then the hug, instead. D'aww.
** Fridge heartwarming, if it could be called that - John repeatedly failed to recognise Sherlock when he was standing right in front of him. After two whole years, Lestrade recognised Sherlock by briefly hearing his voice. He instantly ''believes'' in him, despite how convinced he was of Sherlock's death. He asks no immediate questions and embraces him without hesitation, even if he does acknowledge he's been a "bastard." This is the reaction [[TearJerker Sherlock clearly wanted from John.]]
* [[spoiler: One line from John. "Of course I forgive you."]] Sherlock's face really says it all.
* Sherlock actually trying to comfort a woman who's stopped hearing from her online boyfriend and is clearly heartbroken. And when he figures out that the woman's stepfather was posing as said boyfriend to break her heart, he seems genuinely ''angry''.
* This is the most…domestic…we’ve ever seen Sherlock and Mycroft, playing games, being less tense, and you hear a bit about how hilariously weird their childhood was. But the best part is when Sherlock starts to hint that Mycroft is lonely and should get a friend like he did, maybe even a significant other. It’s not just the concern that Sherlock has for his brother that’s heartwarming, it’s HOW it’s implied this concern developed, because there’s no way Sherlock would have felt it before he met John. His retort “how would you know?” isn’t just payback for what Mycroft said in “A Scandal in Belgravia”, it’s a comment on how would ''Sherlock'' have known what it’s like to have any kind of companion until he got one, saying to Mycroft, “take it from someone with a very similar personality, it’s a lot better than you think to have someone to love; especially if you find someone who knows you’re a ‘freak’ but doesn’t care, maybe even likes it!” Sherlock never had a real friend until John, and now he doesn’t want to do this without him. The two years Sherlock spent without John (and even now he’s in the same city again with him but John won’t see him) were more painful than he thought possible, and they’ve changed him just as much as the two years he had WITH John.
** It's implied that the reason Sherlock thought he didn't need friends/emotional attachments in the first place is because his brother convinced him of it. Rather than being angry at his brother because he kept him from figuring out he wanted friends for a long time, he recognizes that Mycroft thought he was doing the right thing and tries to convince him otherwise. After he's had to go into hiding for years because of his emotional attachments to people and still hasn't properly made up with John, no less.
** Sherlock recognizes the benefits of having friends, and he cares about his brother enough to try and get him to see those benefits too.
** Mrs. Hudson's face after the above scene, she's so happy to see Sherlock giving his brother emotional advice.
* It’s lovely to see throughout the episode that Sherlock is trying to be more of a human being even without John there to tell him how, though he doesn’t always succeed. He still doesn’t get WHY people react and feel the way they do (‘Why would John be angry with me!?’) but he at least tries to demonstrate empathy when he gets what’s going on. It gives him insight about the isolation of the hat owner, something Mycroft doesn’t pick up on, and it makes him a better detective, just as John’s empathy makes them a better team.
* All the scenes involving just John and Mary. It's obvious that this isn't just another of John's passing girlfriends. She genuinely makes him happy, understands him, doesn't feel threatened by Sherlock but respects how important he is to John. The fact that she's played by Martin Freeman's [[RealLifeRelative real-life partner]], Amanda Abbington, only adds to how natural their chemistry is and how smitten John acts around her.
** The first scene we get of the two of them together is Mary coming with John to visit Sherlock's grave. She doesn't say anything, she just lets him have his moment with his 'dead' friend and then appears to hold his hand. As if John was introducing the two most important people in his life to each other.

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* Mycroft rescuing Sherlock from a cell in Serbia. Despite Sherlock thinking his brother enjoyed seeing him beat up, this seems to not be the case, with Mycroft personally going to bring his brother home, instead of sending one of his agents.
--> '''Mycroft:''' You're safe now.
* The very first thing Sherlock asks about when returning to London, brushing off what information Mycroft is trying to tell him about the terrorist plot.
-->'''Sherlock:''' What about John Watson?
** There is something rather cute [[TearJerker (and maybe a little bit sad)]] about Sherlock's naive expectation that his best friend will be so happy that he's alive.
--->'''Sherlock:''' I think I'll surprise John. He'll be delighted!
* On the above, Mycroft admits that he's kept an eye on John... for ''two whole years...'' so much so that he knows where John has a date that night (and, judging by his hints about the champagne menu, he also suspects John will be proposing to Mary, and that Sherlock would not be welcome there and then.) Anthea has John's file immediately on hand to give Sherlock. Since John's assassin in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' was "invited to reconsider" by Mycroft's men, he doesn't seem to have ever been under real threat since Sherlock's "suicide." Mycroft looked out for John both out of deference for the absent Sherlock and because ''he actually cares about him.''
* Sherlock subtly and not-so-subtly telling Mycroft that he needs to [[spoiler:make some friends]].
** What's more, we finally see for
spends the first time that Mycroft and Sherlock really ''are'' friends and their bantering in past episodes really ''was'' just playful brotherly banter. Crosses into TearJerker territory with the implications that Sherlock is Mycroft's only friend and, before John, Mycroft was Sherlock's.
** Mrs. Hudson's commentary as the two brothers talk.
--->'''Mrs. Hudson:''' He's secretly pleased to see you under all that.\\
'''Mycroft:''' Sorry, which one of us?\\
'''Mrs. Hudson:''' Both of you.
* We finally get to see Sherlock and Mycroft's parents. And they, from what we can see, are ''completely normal, friendly people''. After all the dire speculation about them, it's kind of sweet. Although considering who they are, there's probably some ObfuscatingStupidity going on...
** Sherlock does eventually promise them that he'll get in touch more often.
** Plus, they were played by [[spoiler: Benedict Cumberbatch's real life mother and father]]. D'awwww.
** The fact that cold, distant Mycroft ''promised to take his parents to a matinee of Les Mis'' and actually went through with his promise, even though he describes it as pain and horror and abjectly begs Sherlock to take over. He doesn't just make an excuse about being busy and refuse to take them at all.
** Then there's the fact that [[spoiler: Mr and Mrs Holmes]] are dressed very similarly to John and Sherlock. Apart from the fact that we now know that the great Sherlock Holmes [[spoiler: dresses like his mother,]] it gives us a clue as to why Sherlock took such an immediate liking to John- consciously or unconsciously, John reminds Sherlock of [[spoiler: his father]].
* Mary immediately gets on well with Sherlock - probably having heard all about his quirks already from John - and doesn't hesitate to encourage John to go hang out with him again. Plus the fact that [[spoiler: when she figured out someone was sending her threatening messages about John she went straight to Sherlock despite just having met the man in person.]]
** Sherlock barges his way back into John's life right in the middle of what is pretty obviously a marriage proposal to her, pisses John off so much that they get kicked out of three restaurants, keeps trying to make jokes at John's expense instead of explaining himself properly - and she still decides she likes him and that John needs to make up with him. She's able to see past all his eccentrics (and the fact that he was accused of being a mad criminal a few years ago) and recognize that he really does love John and he really is sorry for upsetting him. And when she sees John is shaving off his mustache the next day, she playfully jokes about him doing it because ''Sherlock'' didn't like it in a way that suggests she is completely fine with John doing things because Sherlock said so. And John half-proposes to her right then and there, with a lot more confidence than he had in the restaurant, because she's the first girlfriend to get his relationship with Sherlock.
** Rather tellingly, Sherlock actually takes the time to do a SherlockScan of Mary and seems pleasantly surprised with what he finds. Remember, this is the same guy who in "A Scandal in Belgravia" appeared to either never bother to get to know John's girlfriends or intentionally mixed them up with past girlfriends in an effort to annoy them.
*** Becomes more HeartwarmingInHindsight. WordOfGod is the reason Sherlock didn't pick up on the fact that she's [[spoiler:an assassin]] is that he ''wanted'' to like her. John's happiness means enough to him that he subconsciously ignored any red flags so he wouldn't ruin their relationship.
* Sherlock asking Molly to help him solve a crime. Everything he says to her is so sweet and shows how much their friendship has shifted since the second series.
-->'''Molly:''' Should I be taking notes? John says that's what he does, so if I'm being John –\\
'''Sherlock:''' You're not being John, you're being yourself.
** And after the case is done, when he congratulates her on being engaged, complete with a kiss on the cheek.
---> '''Sherlock:''' I hope you'll be very happy, Molly Hooper. You deserve it.
* Lestrade giving Sherlock a hug when he comes back. Though at first, especially considering John's reaction (at least ''three times''), his sharp indrawn breath seems to indicate that he's coming in for a punch... And then the hug, instead. D'aww.
** Fridge heartwarming, if it could be called that - John repeatedly failed to recognise Sherlock when he was standing right in front of him. After two whole years, Lestrade recognised Sherlock by briefly hearing his voice. He instantly ''believes'' in him, despite how convinced he was of Sherlock's death. He asks no immediate questions and embraces him without hesitation, even if he does acknowledge he's been a "bastard." This is the reaction [[TearJerker Sherlock clearly wanted from John.]]
* [[spoiler: One line from John. "Of course I forgive you."]] Sherlock's face really says it all.
* Sherlock actually trying to comfort a woman who's stopped hearing from her online boyfriend and is clearly heartbroken. And when he figures out that the woman's stepfather was posing as said boyfriend to break her heart, he seems genuinely ''angry''.
* This is the most…domestic…we’ve ever seen Sherlock and Mycroft, playing games, being less tense, and you hear a bit about how hilariously weird their childhood was. But the best part is when Sherlock starts to hint that Mycroft is lonely and should get a friend like he did, maybe even a significant other. It’s not just the concern that Sherlock has for his brother that’s heartwarming, it’s HOW it’s implied this concern developed, because there’s no way Sherlock would have felt it before he met John. His retort “how would you know?” isn’t just payback for what Mycroft said in “A Scandal in Belgravia”, it’s a comment on how would ''Sherlock'' have known what it’s like to have any kind of companion until he got one, saying to Mycroft, “take it from someone with a very similar personality, it’s a lot better than you think to have someone to love; especially if you find someone who knows you’re a ‘freak’ but doesn’t care, maybe even likes it!” Sherlock never had a real friend until John, and now he doesn’t want to do this without him. The two years Sherlock spent without John (and even now he’s in the same city again with him but John won’t see him) were more painful than he thought possible, and they’ve changed him just as much as the two years he had WITH John.
** It's implied that the reason Sherlock thought he didn't need friends/emotional attachments in the first place is because his brother convinced him of it. Rather than being angry at his brother because he kept him from figuring out he wanted friends for a long time, he recognizes that Mycroft thought he was doing the right thing and tries to convince him otherwise. After he's had to go into hiding for years because of his emotional attachments to people and still hasn't properly made up with John, no less.
** Sherlock recognizes the benefits of having friends, and he cares about his brother enough to try and get him to see those benefits too.
** Mrs. Hudson's face after the above scene, she's so happy to see Sherlock giving his brother emotional advice.
* It’s lovely to see throughout the
entire episode that Sherlock is trying to be more of a human being being, even without John there to tell him how, though he doesn’t doesn't always succeed. He succeed, as he still doesn’t get WHY doesn't understand why people react and feel the way they do (‘Why would John be angry with me!?’) about him faking his death, but he at least tries to demonstrate empathy when he gets what’s going on. sees the plight of others. It gives him insight about the isolation of the hat owner, something Mycroft doesn’t didn't pick up on, and it makes him a better detective, just as John’s empathy makes them a better team.on.
* All the scenes involving just John and Mary. It's obvious that this isn't just another of John's passing girlfriends. girlfriends; She genuinely makes him happy, understands him, doesn't feel threatened by Sherlock Sherlock, but instead respects how important he is to John. The fact that she's played by Martin Freeman's [[RealLifeRelative real-life partner]], Amanda Abbington, only adds to how natural their chemistry is and how smitten John acts around her.
John.
** The first scene we get of the two of them together is Mary coming with John to visit Sherlock's grave. She doesn't say anything, she just lets him have his moment with his 'dead' friend and then appears to hold his hand. As if John was introducing the two most important people in his life to each other.hand.



--->'''John:''' You're the best thing that could've happened to me.\\
'''Mary:''' I agree.\\
'''John:''' Sorry?\\
'''Mary:''' I agree, I'm the best thing that could've happened to you.
** Also his hesitation. John says; "You're the best... ''[pauses]'' ... yeah. You're the best thing that could've happened to me." It makes it sound like he's weighing what happened with Mary against what could have happened if, at any point, Sherlock returned, and he decided Mary was better for him than Sherlock resurrecting.
** The scene of the two of them together in their bedroom with John shaving off his moustache and Mary reading John's blog. It's so adorable that it's a mixture of heartwarming and CrowningMomentOfFunny. Especially with Mary giddy at the thought of John going to see Sherlock again.
--->'''John:''' Shut up.\\
'''Mary:''' Or what?\\
'''John:''' Or I'll marry you.\\

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--->'''John:''' You're the best thing that could've happened to me.\\
'''Mary:''' I agree.\\
'''John:''' Sorry?\\
'''Mary:''' I agree, I'm the best thing that could've happened to you.
** Also his hesitation. John says;
"You're the best... ''[pauses]'' ... yeah. You're the best thing that could've happened to me." It makes it sound like he's weighing what "\\
'''Mary:''' "I agree."\\
'''John:''' "Sorry?"\\
'''Mary:''' "I agree, I'm the best thing that could've
happened with Mary against what could have happened if, at any point, Sherlock returned, and he decided Mary was better for him than Sherlock resurrecting.
to you."
** The scene of the two of them together in their bedroom with John shaving off his moustache and Mary reading And then John's blog. It's so adorable that it's a mixture of heartwarming and CrowningMomentOfFunny. Especially more light-hearted proposal while Mary tells him to try to rec-connect with Mary giddy at the thought of John going to see Sherlock again.
Sherlock.
--->'''John:''' Shut "Shut up.\\
"\\
'''Mary:''' Or what?\\
"Or what?"\\
'''John:''' Or "Or I'll marry you.\\"\\



** Also when Mrs Hudson finally meets Mary, she's clearly very happy for John and warmly welcomes Mary into the fold. Cemented by the final scene when everyone is celebrating Sherlock's return and Mary and Mrs Hudson are sitting together and happily discussing Mary and John's upcoming wedding.
* Everything about Sherlock in the above scene in 221B. Most notably, when Mary gives him a good-natured jab about his interrupting her first proposal, Sherlock, who is pouring champagne (remember what a miserable git he'd been at Christmas several years before? He's learning to relax and celebrate) gives her the most adorable, shamefaced, affectionate ''smile.''
** John tells him the journalists outside are waiting for him and want the full story of the terrorism case he solved. Sherlock smiles and mutters that the journalists can wait - his friends are in the living room having a little celebration in honour of John and Mary's engagement. Sherlock has just blatantly pushed aside an opportunity to go outside and show off at length about how clever he is and instead concentrate on John and Mary's happiness, even though he outright says weddings are not his thing and he really doesn't understand why marriage is important to people.
** And then when Molly's fiancé turns up, Sherlock most notably does ''not'' deduce him into the ground, say anything rude, or even point out his obvious resemblance to himself. He just shakes his hand and excuses himself.
* Repeatedly Sherlock attempts to diffuse John’s grief and rage by making him laugh, though his methods of inspiring this laughter are characteristically in bad taste and almost always make things worse. He disguises himself, tricks John into thinking they’re going to die, bursts in on his new life and makes insultingly flippant remarks, but WHY is he so bent on making John crack up? Because, no matter how much John loves Mary, he still looks so old, tired and sad…until the layers of armour are stripped away and he’s sharing a joke with his best friend again. “I can’t be seen with an old man” isn’t just vanity, he wants the old John back for both of their sakes.

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** Also Also, when Mrs Hudson finally meets Mary, she's clearly very happy for John and warmly welcomes Mary into the fold. Cemented by the final scene when everyone is celebrating Sherlock's return and Mary and Mrs Hudson are sitting together and happily discussing Mary and John's upcoming wedding.
* Everything about Mycroft rescuing Sherlock from a cell in the above scene in 221B. Most notably, when Mary gives Serbia. Though Sherlock thinks his brother enjoyed seeing him a good-natured jab beat up, Mycroft still personally came to bring his brother home, instead of sending one of his agents.
--> '''Mycroft:''' "You're safe now."
* The very first thing Sherlock asks
about when returning to London, after brushing off what information Mycroft is trying to tell him about the terrorist plot, is how John is doing and making plans to see him again. There is also something [[TearJerker sadly]] cute about Sherlock's naïve expectation that his interrupting her first proposal, Sherlock, who is pouring best friend will be so happy that he's alive.
--->'''Sherlock:''' "I think I'll surprise John. He'll be delighted!"
** Mycroft admits that he's kept an eye on John for ''two whole years'', so much so that he knows where John has a date that night, and, judging by his hints about the
champagne (remember what a miserable git he'd been at Christmas several years before? He's learning to relax and celebrate) gives her the most adorable, shamefaced, affectionate ''smile.''
**
menu, he also suspects John tells him the journalists outside are waiting for him will be proposing to Mary, and want the full story of the terrorism case he solved. that Sherlock smiles would not be welcome there and mutters that the journalists can wait - his friends are in the living room having a little celebration in honour of John and Mary's engagement. Sherlock then. Anthea has just blatantly pushed aside an opportunity John's file immediately on hand to go outside and show off at length about how clever give Sherlock. Since John's assassin in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' was "invited to reconsider" by Mycroft's men, he is and instead concentrate on John and Mary's happiness, even though he outright says weddings are not his thing and he really doesn't understand why marriage is important seem to people.
** And then when Molly's fiancé turns up,
have ever been under real threat since Sherlock's "suicide." Mycroft looked out for John both out of deference for the absent Sherlock most notably does ''not'' deduce and because he cares about him into the ground, say anything rude, or even point too.
* Mary immediately gets on well with Sherlock, and doesn't hesitate to encourage John to go hang
out his obvious resemblance to himself. He just shakes his hand and excuses himself.with him again.
* Repeatedly ** Sherlock attempts barges his way back into John's life right in the middle of what is pretty obviously a marriage proposal to diffuse John’s grief her, enraging John enough that they get kicked out of three restaurants, keeps trying to make jokes at John's expense instead of explaining himself properly... and rage by making she still decides she likes him laugh, and that John needs to make up with him. She's able to see past all his eccentrics and recognize that he really is sorry for upsetting John. And when she sees John is shaving off his moustache the next day, she playfully jokes about him doing it because Sherlock didn't like it in a way that suggests she is completely fine with John doing things because Sherlock said so. And John half-proposes to her right then and there, with a lot more confidence than he had in the restaurant, because she's the first girlfriend to understand his relationship with Sherlock.
** When Mary figures out that someone was sending her threatening messages about John, she goes straight to Sherlock instead of the police.
* Lestrade giving Sherlock a hug when he reveals he's alive to him. Though at first, especially considering John's reaction, his sharp indrawn breath seems to indicate that he's coming in for a punch... And then the hug, instead.
** As opposed to John, who repeatedly failed to recognise Sherlock when he was standing right in front of him, Lestrade recognised Sherlock by briefly hearing his voice, and instantly believes in him, despite how convinced he was of Sherlock's death. He asks no immediate questions and embraces him without hesitation, even if he does acknowledge he's been a "bastard." This is the reaction [[TearJerker Sherlock clearly wanted from John.]]
* Sherlock asking Molly to help him solve a crime, for no reason other than to spend time with her and enjoy the company of a friend.
-->'''Molly:''' "Should I be taking notes? John says that's what he does, so if I'm being John-–"\\
'''Sherlock:''' "You're not being John, you're being yourself."
** And after the case is done, when he congratulates her on being engaged, complete with a kiss on the cheek.
---> '''Sherlock:''' "I hope you'll be very happy, Molly Hooper. You deserve it."
* Sherlock trying to comfort a woman who's stopped hearing from her online boyfriend and is clearly heartbroken. And when he figures out that the woman's stepfather was posing as said boyfriend to break her heart, he turns to scold him with genuine anger.
* In a show of brotherly affection, Sherlock and Mycroft, being less tense, play a game of Operation and swap childhood stories. Sherlock even starts to hint that Mycroft is lonely and should get a friend like he did.
** It's implied that the reason Sherlock thought he didn't need friends/emotional attachments in the first place is because his brother convinced him of it. Rather than being angry at his brother because he kept him from figuring out he wanted friends for a long time, Sherlock recognizes that Mycroft thought he was doing the right thing and tries to convince him otherwise. After he's had to go into hiding for years because of his emotional attachments to people and still hasn't properly made up with John yet.
* Sherlock's parents come to visit him after he announces his faked death to the public, for no other reason than they wanted to catch up with him. Sherlock even promise them that he'll get in touch more often as he kicks them out. They are even played by the real life mother and father of Creator/BenedictCumberbatch.
** It is mentioned that Mycroft promised to take his parents to a matinee of ''Les Misérables'' and, even
though his methods of inspiring this laughter are characteristically in bad taste he describes it as pain and almost always make things worse. He disguises himself, tricks John into thinking they’re going to die, bursts in on his new life horror and makes insultingly flippant remarks, but WHY is he so bent on making John crack up? Because, no matter how much John loves Mary, abjectly begs Sherlock to take over, he still looks so old, tired and sad…until the layers of armour are stripped away and he’s sharing a joke goes through with his best friend again. “I can’t be seen with promise, instead of making an old man” isn’t just vanity, he wants the old John back for both excuse of their sakes.being busy or refusing to take them at all.



** And the later scene in 221B when he asks "how are you feeling?" The look on his face is almost a TearJerker, practically screaming "oh God, I was so worried about you."

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* When explaining how he faked his death to him, Sherlock completely absolves Anderson of the guilt he felt over his "death", saying he was right all along. And when Anderson starts sobbing, Sherlock awkwardly pats his shoulder in an attempt at comforting him.
* [[spoiler: One line from John. "Of course I forgive you."]] Sherlock's face really says it all.
* When Mary gives Sherlock a good-natured jab about his interrupting her first proposal, Sherlock, who is pouring champagne gives her the most adorable, shamefaced, affectionate ''smile.''
** John tells Sherlock the journalists outside are waiting for him and want the full story of the terrorism case he solved. Sherlock smiles and mutters that the journalists can wait; his friends are in the living room having a little celebration in honour of John and Mary's engagement. Sherlock has just blatantly pushed aside an opportunity to go outside and show off at length about how clever he is and instead concentrate on John and Mary's happiness, even though he outright says weddings are not his thing and he really doesn't understand why marriage is important to people.
** And the later scene in 221B then when he asks "how are you feeling?" The look on Molly's fianc&eacute turns up, Sherlock most notably does ''not'' deduce him into the ground, say anything rude, or even point out his face is almost a TearJerker, practically screaming "oh God, I was so worried about you."obvious resemblance to himself. He just shakes his hand and excuses himself.



-->'''John:''' I asked you for one more miracle. I asked you to stop being dead.\\
'''Sherlock:''' I heard you.
** The way Sherlock says the last line is so soft and gentle. As if he's saying, "I stopped being dead, for you. It's okay now."
** This is followed by a call back to the scene earlier with Sherlock and Mycroft discussing the hat, which culminated in Sherlock making a point that the guy didn't care about the hat regardless of how ridiculous it was, by putting on the deerstalker he utterly ''despised'' in series 2, because he no longer cares that the hat makes him look stupid or weird, his friends love him regardless.
* Small one, but Sherlock now calls Anderson "Phillip" (his name) and made an effort to call Lestrade "Greg" (though he got it wrong.)
** In the last scene with Anderson, Sherlock also (standoffishly, but still) completely absolves Anderson of the guilt he felt over his "death", saying he was right all along (a brief hint that ''Anderson was cleverer than anyone else'' for guessing it, even if his conspiracy theories were hilariously wrong.) And when Anderson starts sobbing, Sherlock awkwardly pats his shoulder in an attempt at comforting him.

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-->'''John:''' I "I asked you for one more miracle. I asked you to stop being dead.\\
"\\
'''Sherlock:''' I heard you.
** The way Sherlock says the last line is so soft and gentle. As if he's saying,
"I stopped being dead, for you. It's okay now.heard you."
** This is followed by a call back to the scene earlier with Sherlock and Mycroft discussing the hat, which culminated in Sherlock making a point that the guy didn't care about the hat regardless of how ridiculous it was, by putting on the deerstalker he utterly ''despised'' in series 2, ''despised'', because he no longer cares that how the hat makes him look stupid or weird, look, his friends will love him regardless.
* Small one, but Sherlock now calls Anderson "Phillip" (his name) and made an effort to call Lestrade "Greg" (though he got it wrong.)
** In the last scene with Anderson, Sherlock also (standoffishly, but still) completely absolves Anderson of the guilt he felt over his "death", saying he was right all along (a brief hint that ''Anderson was cleverer than anyone else'' for guessing it, even if his conspiracy theories were hilariously wrong.) And when Anderson starts sobbing, Sherlock awkwardly pats his shoulder in an attempt at comforting him.
regardless.
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* Mrs Hudson realises Sherlock needs help... so kidnaps him, handcuffs him, ''throws him into the boot of her Aston Martin'' and '''''absolutely fucking books it the length of the town to find John''''', who ''can'' help.

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* Mrs Hudson realises Sherlock needs help... so kidnaps him, she handcuffs him, ''throws ''forces him into the boot of her Aston Martin'' and '''''absolutely fucking '''''fucking books it the length of the town to find John''''', who ''can'' help.
16th Apr '17 12:35:43 AM The12thDoctor
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[[caption-width-right:350:The start of one of the most iconic friendships in fiction.]]



* The final shot of Sherlock and John walking together, side-by-side, smiling at one another. One man who at the start of this episode was "so alone" and another who "didn't have friends"; now they have each other and they're both so ''happy''.

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* The final shot of Sherlock and John walking together, side-by-side, smiling at one another. One man who at the start of this episode was "so alone" and another who "didn't have friends"; now they have each other and they're both so ''happy''. This is the folder image.
16th Apr '17 12:32:29 AM The12thDoctor
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-->'''Mary:''' Sherlock is the cleverest man in the world, but he is not a monster.
-->'''John:''' Yes he is.
-->'''Mary:''' Okay, he is! But he's ''our'' monster.

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-->'''Mary:''' Sherlock is the cleverest man in the world, but he is not a monster.
-->'''John:'''
monster.\\
'''John:'''
Yes he is.
-->'''Mary:'''
is.\\
'''Mary:'''
Okay, he is! But he's ''our'' monster.



-->"She's beautiful. Perfect. Unprecedented in the history of children. And that's not just me being biased, that's scientific fact!"

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-->"She's -->''"She's beautiful. Perfect. Unprecedented in the history of children. And that's not just me being biased, that's scientific fact!"fact!"''



-->"This is ''my'' house, and this is ''my'' friend..."

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-->"This -->''"This is ''my'' '''my''' house, and this is ''my'' '''my''' friend...""''



--> [[spoiler: Mary: Attaboy.]]

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--> [[spoiler: Mary: [[spoiler:'''Mary:''' Attaboy.]]



-->Lestrade: Sherlock Holmes is a great man. And I think one day, if we're very, very lucky, he might even be a good one.

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-->Lestrade: -->'''Lestrade:''' Sherlock Holmes is a great man. And I think one day, if we're very, very lucky, he might even be a good one.


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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[AndTheAdventureContinues The best and wisest men I have ever known. My Baker Street Boys;]] [[BookEnds Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.]]"'']]
8th Apr '17 5:44:43 AM WalexCampledom
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* A man's weak point should not normally be considered as a heartwarming but in this case it is. Sherlock, this genius who does not need anything from anyone and who is apparently very arrogant and self-centeric – he solves crimes for fun after all – has a weak point to give up his life in order to keep friends away from hurt.
** He is too clever not to choose this way when there are other ways to save his friends. Anyway it seems such an obvious fact about him that Moriarty plans his whole scheme to make him kill himself based simply on it.
* John's reaction to Mycroft asking him to watch out for Sherlock "if it's not too much trouble." He's been hostile and bitchy to Mycroft throughout the entire conversation so far, but here he just looks wry, nods very slightly, and leaves. Before closing the door behind him, he actually ''smiles'' at Mycroft. Of course John's going to keep an eye out on Sherlock. But it was touching that Mycroft had to lower himself to ask for that help from John, and John seems to "get" that. (Further to this, John may have an idea that it explains why Mycroft was even ruder to him earlier than usual- to the extent of ''trolling'' him, and making nasty incredulous remarks about Sherlock having friends. In order to say something heartfelt to John, he had to give him a hard time first.)
* Sherlock's efforts to find the children. We've seen him bribe the Homeless Network before, but here it's implied that he had next door to an entire ''army'' of people out looking all over London for the right site. He comments that he's bribed them, which probably cost him a small fortune of his own money. We know that Sherlock loves solving cases simply for his ego and so that he can always be right, but here it really does seem that he also wanted to find the children for more compassionate reasons too. (It ties in with the point made below about how he makes a surprising effort to be kind and compassionate toward little Claudette when he first goes in to interview her. On some level, he really honestly cares about the welfare of those children.)
* John's support of Sherlock during Moriarty's trial. Heartwarming firstly because, even though he knows the papers are already making snide comments about his sexuality and his relationship with Sherlock, it doesn't prevent John from accompanying him to the "trial of the century"- an ''extremely'' high profile situation which was just going to fan those flames. He doesn't seem to care, putting Sherlock's interests before his own (he even takes on the temporary role of Sherlock's ''bodyguard,'' helping protect him from the crowd of reporters and photographers outside 221B and directing him to get into the near side of the police car to avoid them.) Secondly, even more heartwarming, going to Moriarty's trial means John will have to come face to face, for the first time in a year, with the man who tried to kill him in one of the most horrible ways possible. After all, he didn't just pull a gun on John. He strapped him with enough Semtex to (as Lestrade said) "take down a house"- deliberately set up a scenario to make his best friend think he'd betrayed him, and then used him as a mouthpiece against his will. There's a reason victims of violent and serious crimes now are often video linked to the trials of the people who allegedly hurt them- to avoid the trauma of being in the same room with them. Being right there in front of Moriarty must have been upsetting for John. Further heartwarming in that Sherlock seems to appreciate the effort John went to- he pointedly says "you were there for the whole thing, in the gallery from start to finish"- even after he'd been locked up for contempt and John was there on his ''own,'' taking mental note to report to Sherlock later what happened.
* In an odd way, Kitty Riley's devotion to "Richard Brook" is heartwarming. Think about it: she arrives home one night to find that two men- one of whom she believes to be a criminal mastermind of ''epic'' proportions responsible for bombings and kidnappings- have broken into her house and are waiting for her. Sherlock presses her fairly aggressively to give away her source. She ''refuses,'' even though there's no way she can't have felt very threatened by him and by John. For all she knows, Sherlock is going to hurt her. [[labelnote:*]]It's inside the realm of possibility that if Moriarty hadn't stumbled in, [[FridgeHorror Sherlock might have.]] We know he's not had a problem in the past torturing people.[[/labelnote]] When Moriarty arrives, her primary concern is for his safety, and she even attempts to physically protect him from Sherlock. It's misguided, but it's still heartwarming when you look at it this way. She earlier had told Sherlock he could "trust her"- it seems that Moriarty can trust her.
* Sherlock's call to John from the hospital roof was an extreme TearJerker, but it's incredibly heartwarming that the call was ever made in the first place. The very first thing we ever learn about Sherlock? He ''doesn't like talking on the phone'' and much prefers to text. He ''could'' have just texted "Goodbye, John." He ''could'' have left a comment on John's blog. He ''could'' have just jumped and said nothing to John at all. While he spends most of the phone conversation lying to John and trying to convince him he's a fraud in order to complete Moriarty's story, just convincing the snipers (and everyone else) that he was dead would have been quite enough without it. The only really compelling reason for him to be on that phone is because, feeling terrified and completely ''alone,'' he wanted to talk to his best friend- who stepped up and absolutely ''refused'' to believe anything about him being a fraud. Look at his reaction when John tells him that ''he'' could be that clever.
* In the scene where Sherlock asks for Molly's help, he says he's not okay and he thinks he's going to die. Molly says ''once'' "tell me what's wrong," and then switches to "What do you need?" That is ''incredible'' loyalty, not to ask what a person has done or what's going on, but asking what they need. Sherlock's just told her he thinks he's going to ''die.'' Molly doesn't ask (as most of us would) "WHAT? What the hell are you talking about, what's going on? Tell me the whole story." She's addressing his immediate need and putting that above her own desire for information- and implying that she doesn't care who started what or whether Sherlock is to blame (remembering that he's been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.) She's not interested in judging right and wrong, she simply wants to help. Plus, Sherlock then more or less asks her if she'd help him if she didn't think he was some kind of romantic hero. That she simply asks him again what he needs is the most heartwarming way of saying "yes" possible.
* In the scene where Lestrade goes to the flat for the first time to ask Sherlock down to the station, he comments that he "bets it was Sally Donovan." But even though Donovan has been- er- less than kind to Sherlock in the past (and the feeling is mutual) not once does Sherlock even ''imply'' that Donovan brought up the accusations due to her being stupid or having a vendetta against him. He simply says that Moriarty is ''smart,'' rather than Donovan is ''stupid.'' And we all know that Sherlock thinks practically everyone is stupid. Sherlock nowhere seems to take Donovan's accusations personally or resent her particularly for them.
* There's a reason cops travel in pairs- accountability and safety. When Lestrade, who is on duty, first goes to 221B to ask Sherlock down to the station, he has Donovan with him- but she never gets any further than the front door. Lestrade knows that if she goes up with him things are likely to get very ugly, very quickly. And he's not the least bit apprehensive about going up on his own, because Sherlock and John are his friends, and he trusts them. He's asking Sherlock privately in the desperate hope that he won't have to humiliate him publicly.
* In the scene where Sherlock is arrested, John goes from helpless, frustrated fury to ''cracking jokes'' and wondering aloud who's going to post bail for himself and Sherlock. No doubt part of it was because punching the Chief Superintendant felt great, but also, by being arrested himself he was able to stay close to Sherlock. We've already seen how badly Sherlock does socially without John. Imagine how "well" he'd do in a police interview. John would probably not be allowed with Sherlock in the interview room, but you just know that if they hadn't escaped, he would have tried. John seems to think that as long as he's ''there'' he can protect Sherlock from everything. He's proved [[TearJerker heartbreakingly wrong]] by the end of the episode.
* At the boarding school, Lestrade points out "Miss Mackenzie, housemistress... go easy." Sherlock responds by whipping off her shock blanket and viciously shouting at her. When she gives him the information he needs and begs him to believe her, he says "I ''do''. I just wanted you to speak quickly." His tone, and for a second his facial expression, is surprisingly gentle. And then he announces "Miss Mackenzie will need to breathe into a bag now"- he cared, on some level, that the woman was now hyperventilating, even though it was his fault. He simply saw the need for information, quickly, outweighing the down side of upsetting her further.
** Later, with the kidnapped little girl, we see Sherlock make a ''truly'' concerted effort to be kind to a victim/witness... adjusting his clothes (to look [[FridgeBrilliance more like the much more approachable John]]), speaking kindly and telling the little girl he understands that talking must be difficult for her just now. Which makes it all the more sad that those efforts of kindness and empathy were responded to by the child ''screaming.''
*** When he speaks to her, Sherlock starts with "Claudette..." This is from the man who didn't know Lestrade's first name for five years and who absent-mindedly calls Molly "John." Not to mention that others in this episode refer to Max and Claudette as "the boy" and "the girl"- even Sherlock himself does it when they were actually at the school investigating. He used the little girl's name. He was trying to be kind and empathise with her.
* Although he never did it a lot in the past, in this episode John refuses to criticise Sherlock in front of other people, particularly the police, even when he completely [[WhatTheHellHero deserves a lecture.]] Most heartwarmingly, when they're at the school after the children are kidnapped, John gets down beside Sherlock on the floor and asks "having fun?" in gentle tones. When Sherlock, missing the point entirely, says he's starting to, all John says is "maybe don't do the smiling... kidnapped children...?" It's a far cry from how aggressive he got over Sherlock's treatment of the hostages in ''The Great Game.'' (Remembering that, although they were keeping their voices down somewhat, he and Sherlock got into it over the old woman at the ''police station.)'' The only sort of criticism John will give Sherlock in front of other people now is simply to say his name as a reminder to behave himself, and that's only if it's important that Sherlock ''shuts up right about now'' (for example, when they're trying to find the kidnapped children in the disused factory.) We see John taking Sherlock to task ''privately'' a few times, but in front of others? United front.
** You can particularly see this in the scenes where Sherlock is arrested. Lestrade comes to the flat the first time; John says not one word until he leaves, then tells Sherlock he should have gone with him. They get into an argument about whether John is or isn't loyal to Sherlock. Lestrade calls John to let them know he's on his way with a few cops and an arrest warrant. John's response is to get angry; he gives Sherlock a lecture about "every police officer you've made to feel like a tit, which is a ''lot of people."'' He's not so much blaming Sherlock for his imminent arrest, but pointing out with some justification that things mightn't be THAT awful if he hadn't alienated most of Scotland Yard, who no doubt were going to ''love'' the subsequent arrest. Once the police arrive, John is back to being "100%" on Sherlock's side- so much so that he's threatened, by a friend, with an arrest for interfering with Sherlock's own arrest, and subsequently ends up punching someone for criticising Sherlock.
* When Sherlock comes up with the location of the kidnapped children, Lestrade jumps up and immediately orders everyone to get moving- it takes him about half a second. Donovan looks reluctant. Lestrade believes in Sherlock so much that he instantly believes everything he says and was prepared to rush a whole bunch of cops out to the scene, knowing it wouldn't be an embarrassing false alarm.
** An important thing to keep in mind is that, while the ''audience'' is shown some rather artsy depictions of Sherlock's thought processes, no in ''in-universe'' is privy to any such thing. From the perspective of the police, Sherlock just mutters something about having "people on it," then ''seconds'' later, suddenly announces where the children are, giving no explanation beyond "it matches everything."
* So Sherlock and John are both arrested one night- and the next day, John shows up at the flat again. Mrs Hudson automatically assumes that Sherlock "sorted it out"- the idea that Sherlock might really have kidnapped and poisoned two children apparently never even occurs to her, even though the police apparently had enough evidence to arrest him on suspicion. (She also isn't particularly surprised to see John, which may have led her to assume he'd managed to "sort out" the whole issue of assaulting the Chief Superintendant of Scotland Yard, too.)
* This line from Mycroft:
-->'''Mycroft:''' John... I'm sorry. Tell him, would you?
** Even if you believe that Mycroft didn't simply [[IdiotBall accidentally sell his brother down the river]] over a computer code that Moriarty never divulged to him and which ''never existed,'' and that he and Sherlock had about six aces up each sleeve the whole time, the line is still heartwarming. Who hates apologising? Sherlock. Who hates apologising ''even more?'' Mycroft. Mycroft has also spent the past five or so episodes in constant [[PassiveAggressiveKombat conflict]] with John, who he's consistently tried to one-up. Here, he's not just asking John to pass along apologies to Sherlock. He's also apologising ''to John.'' Even if he doesn't actually mean it and it's part of an act, it would still absolutely gall him to have to say something like that to John- who responds with complete contempt.
* The scene in which Lestrade presents the deerstalker gag gift to Sherlock. John helpfully points out that Lestrade's public remark about Sherlock's "customary diplomacy and tact" was sarcasm, which Sherlock already understands- even though he's not been all that great at picking up sarcasm previously. So he's learning. Even more, though, even though he ''really hates that hat,'' he wholeheartedly takes John's suggestion and just smiles and puts it on, instead of making a scene and cutting Lestrade or the other cops down with some devastating personal remarks (as he has done previously and is prone to do.) Even though he's aware that Donovan and Anderson are laughing at him.
* Although we don't yet know how it all went down, we do know that Sherlock places huge importance, while on the roof, for John to stay where he is and keep his eyes on him. He's too far away to stop him from going into the building if he insisted on it, and he's too far away to really see if John is keeping his eyes on him or not. The whole thing seems to hang on Sherlock being able to trust John to do exactly as he tells him, without knowing why, even though this involves him fighting the urge to look away from something upsetting, and fighting the urge to save his best friend from harm. And John, who has always been totally reliable and said and done exactly as he has promised, does it. It may well turn out that this unquestioning loyal obedience saved both of their lives. In any case, it goes to show how much trust Sherlock has in John.
* This one really is HeartwarmingInHindsight. When John confronts Mycroft over his indiscretion and then storms out, the last thing Mycroft says to him is that he's sorry, and he asks John to tell Sherlock. John gives him a non-commital, frustrated "you are ''unbelievable"'' kind of reaction and continues on his way. There's no scene where John tells Sherlock that he's even seen Mycroft, let alone what they discussed. If John told Sherlock Mycroft was "sorry", he would have to explain what exactly Mycroft was sorry ''for.'' John is under the impression that Sherlock doesn't know. The source of the leak is of no importance in keeping Sherlock safe- it's all out now regardless of where it came from. Ratting Mycroft out to his brother would accomplish nothing but more bad blood between Mycroft and Sherlock, so while John's refusal to pass on Mycroft's apologies seems harsh, his refusal to tell Sherlock that Mycroft had screwed up ''at all'' can be seen as heartwarming. Particularly when John points out that there are exactly ''two'' people on earth who could have been the leak- Mycroft or himself. Sherlock might start to wonder if ''he'' was the leak, but he still won't voluntarily rat out Mycroft.[[note]]This in turn suggests that Sherlock knew exactly where the leak had come from- he doesn't seem surprised that his entire life story has fallen into the hands of others, even though, as aforementioned, only two people alive would know that information. He never seems to even suspect the leak was John. It's entirely possible that Mycroft was playing John, and Sherlock had known from the beginning that his brother had screwed up and accidentally sold him down the river.[[/note]]
** On that note, the fact that John apparently knows so many details on Sherlock's early life, and is the ''only'' one beside Mycroft to know this stuff, is incredibly heartwarming. Even at this stage of their relationship Sherlock is still quite distant, so it's a huge sign of his bond with and trust of John that he would ever discuss issues that are clearly quite private to him. There are huge hints, for example, that Sherlock's family background was not a happy one, and smaller hints (judged on how he was treated at university, where everyone hated him) that his schooling wasn't much of a picnic, either. In any case it's even more interesting in that we the audience aren't told these details either. We're never (so far) even told Sherlock's age.
* There's another implication of John and Mycroft's meetings in ''The Reichenbach Fall,'' and it's heartwarming for Sherlock and rather a TearJerker for Mycroft. John has repeatedly complained that Mycroft doesn't have to keep freaking kidnapping him to talk to him; he can just ''phone him.'' (On one occasion, in Belgravia, he actually does, but that appears to be because kidnapping him was not good logistically just then.) John is now used to Mycroft's people bundling him into a car to take him to an undisclosed location for a chat with Mycroft. These always involve Mycroft asking John to do something for Sherlock; to protect him or look after him in some way. Mycroft, even 18 months after he and Sherlock met John, does not understand that John doesn't need to be kidnapped, threatened, humiliated, bribed or otherwise manipulated into looking after Sherlock. He's John Watson. It's what he ''does.'' It's his full-time job. He's Sherlock's ''friend.'' Mycroft's attitude toward John heavily implies that not only does he not really understand that John is genuinely Sherlock's friend (heartwarming) it implies that Mycroft doesn't understand what a friend even is, because he doesn't seem to have any himself (tearjerker.) Mycroft has "colleagues." He has people who help him advance in his work, and people he helps to advance in theirs. He has Sherlock. He has people he's polite to for his own ends, and one unnamed person (perhaps the guy at the palace) who he refers to as a "friend"; but I sincerely doubt that That Palace Guy would shoot someone to save Mycroft's life, or crash-tackle the craziest bastard in Britain, expecting to die for it, for no other reason than wanting Mycroft to live.
* Molly's first speech to Sherlock in the lab, where she earnestly speaks her heart. She genuinely cares for him, and it's obvious, perhaps... that he cares too. Even if he has difficulty showing it.
-->'''Molly:''' You look sad. When you think [John] can't see you.
** Especially when this speech comes just after Sherlock has more or less said that Jim's being "naughty" is ''Molly's fault.'' He snidely refers to Jim as Molly's "boyfriend" (not even ''old'' boyfriend. She'd 'ended it' with him over a year before!) and downright tells her "for the sake of law and order, Molly, I suggest you forgo all future attempts at a relationship"- as if Molly daring to want a relationship has any connection at all with the kidnapping of two kids. It's by far the cruellest thing he's ever said to her. And she helps him anyway.
* In the above scene, he surprised look of ''plain disagreement'' on Sherlock's face when Molly initially tells him she "doesn't count."
** The look on his face is almost as if to say "what on earth gave you ''that'' idea?" which may be yet another indication that he has, as yet, little to no idea of exactly how badly he treats Molly and how rudely dismissive he sounds whenever he speaks to her.
* Molly comparing Sherlock to her father. Her ''father?'' She's spent four episodes with a massive crush on Sherlock, but now she compares him to someone she's loved in an entirely different way. (Someone she's loved... and lost.) She's not helping Sherlock because she "loves him" in an unrealistic, obsessive, teenage-crush kind of way. She's helping him because she loves him on a deeper and more profound level, a level that is self-sacrificing and has nothing to do with expectations of romance.
* When Molly embarrassedly finishes up, she mentions going to get some crisps, asks Sherlock if he wants something, then says of ''course'' he doesn't. Sherlock protests "Well, maybe I-" but she repeats that he doesn't, and walks off. Sherlock, who's quite happy not to eat for days on end, was prepared to take up her offer, not because he really ''did'' want something, but just to let her do something nice for him- the sort of thing friends do for each other all the time. It's such a small moment, but it seems Sherlock's abruptly realised that sometimes you let people help you, even if you could just help yourself, and you do it for ''their'' gratification as well as your own. It's part of being human and having human relationships.
* Sherlock later telling Molly that she's wrong when she says she doesn't count. Also, that he has ''always'' trusted her.
-->'''Molly:''' What do you need?\\
'''Sherlock:''' If I wasn't everything that you think I am, everything that ''I'' think I am...would you still want to help me?\\
'''Molly:''' What do you need?\\
'''Sherlock:''' ...You.
* Sherlock proves that he trusts Molly; he absent-mindedly calls her "John." She's understandably annoyed and corrects him, but the fact that he accidentally called her John says a lot about how (relatively) affectionate he felt toward her at the time, since John is his best-loved and most-trusted friend.
* Not so much a moment as a running theme...When things are at their most difficult, with the police turning on Sherlock, the papers slamming him as a fake, and Moriarty playing his usual mind games, you wouldn't blame his best friend for questioning who's right. But John never wavers. Not once. [[spoiler: Not even with ''Sherlock'' trying to convince John that he's a fraud]].
** Sherlock tells John to tell everyone that he's a fraud. And what does John do? He writes one sentence in his blog. One sentence. He could have posted what Sherlock told him to, but he doesn't. He writes, "He was my best friend and I'll always believe in him."
*** And comments are disabled. He absolutely refuses to hear anyone else's dissenting opinion. It's not up for discussion. At all.
*** John's resolute statement at Sherlock's grave.
---->'''John:''' No one will ever convince me that you told me a lie.
* The phone call. "Remember when we first met?"
** The whole section is worth a quote. Especially when John gets Sherlock to ''laugh while he's crying.''
--->'''Sherlock:''' I'm a fake.\\
'''John:''' ''Sherlock.''\\
'''Sherlock:''' The newspapers were right all along. And I want you to tell Lestrade, and I want you to tell Mrs Hudson, and Molly — in fact, tell everyone who will listen to you — that I created Moriarty. For my own purposes.\\
'''John:''' Okay, Sherlock, shut up. Shut ''up.'' The first time we met — the first time we ''met'' — you knew all about my ''sister,'' right?\\
'''Sherlock:''' Nobody could be that clever.\\
'''John:''' ''You'' could.
** Sherlock starts to smile when John mentions "the first time we met". It was probably the first time anyone, ever, had straight-up told him he was amazing and extraordinary, and Sherlock's expression when John brings it up says so much about just what John's friendship has meant to him. Which would have made telling John that he'd ''lied to him'' that day even more painful.
** When Sherlock tells John that the reason he knew all about him and Harry was because he 'researched him', watch John's face. He reels back and grits his teeth, clearly trying to control his anger. Just for a second it looks as if he's accepting that it was all a lie. But no, he ''still'' refuses to believe a word of it and is only furious because he knows Sherlock is lying to him. Rather badly too, considering Sherlock wouldn't have been able to research him before Mike introduced them as he hadn't told Sherlock anything about John before then. John isn't just angry because he's being lied to; he's angry because Sherlock actually expects him to fall for it so easily, as if he hadn't done enough in the past eighteen months to prove how loyal he is and always will be.
* Lestrade gets a subtle one when he calls John informing that he's coming with a warrant to arrest Sherlock. He's essentially just tipped off the suspect about the arrest, which could lose him his badge if discovered. To reiterate: He's just put his friendship with Sherlock before his career.
* John's steadfast defence of Sherlock when the police arrive. He runs down to the front door where Mrs Hudson already is; off-screen we hear this:
-->'''John:''' Got a warrant? HAVE you?
-->'''Lestrade:''' ''Leave it'', John.

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* A man's weak point should not normally be considered as a heartwarming but The scene in this case it is. Sherlock, this genius who does not need anything from anyone which Lestrade presents the deerstalker gag gift to Sherlock. Even though he ''really hates that hat,'' he wholeheartedly takes John's suggestion and who is apparently very arrogant just smiles and self-centeric – he solves crimes for fun after all – has puts it on, instead of making a weak point to give up his life in order to keep friends away from hurt.scene and cutting Lestrade down with some devastating personal remarks. Even though he's aware that Donovan and Anderson are laughing at him.
** John helpfully points out that Lestrade's public remark about Sherlock's "customary diplomacy and tact" was sarcasm, which Sherlock already understands.
* John's support of Sherlock during Moriarty's trial.

** Even though he knows the papers are already making snide comments about his sexuality and his relationship with Sherlock, it doesn't prevent John from accompanying him to the "trial of the century"- an ''extremely'' high profile situation which was just going to fan those flames.
** He is too clever not doesn't seem to choose this way when there are other ways to save his friends. Anyway it seems such an obvious fact care about himself, putting Sherlock's interests before his own, even taking on the temporary role of Sherlock's "bodyguard", helping protect him that Moriarty plans his whole scheme from the crowd of reporters and photographers outside 221B and directing him to get into the near side of the police car to avoid them.
** Furthermore, going to Moriarty's trial means John will have to come face-to-face with the man who tried to kill him in one of the most horrible ways possible; He strapped him with enough Semtex to "take down a house", deliberately set up a scenario
to make his best friend think he'd betrayed him, and then used him kill himself based simply as a mouthpiece against his will.
** And Sherlock seems to appreciate the effort John went to; he pointedly says "you were there for the whole thing, in the gallery from start to finish" even after he'd been locked up for contempt and John was there
on it.
his own, taking mental note to report to Sherlock later what happened.
* John's reaction to Mycroft asking him to watch out for Sherlock "if it's not too much trouble." He's been hostile and bitchy to Mycroft throughout the their entire conversation so far, conversation, but here he just looks wry, nods very slightly, and leaves. Before closing the door behind him, he actually ''smiles'' at Mycroft. Of course John's going to keep an eye out on Sherlock. But it was touching that Mycroft had to lower himself to ask for that help from John, and John seems to "get" that. (Further to this, John may have an idea that it explains why Mycroft was even ruder to him earlier than usual- to the extent of ''trolling'' him, and making nasty incredulous remarks about Sherlock having friends. In order to say something heartfelt to John, he had to give him a hard time first.)
* Sherlock's efforts to find the children. We've seen him bribe the Homeless Network before, but here it's implied that he had next door to an entire ''army'' of people out looking all over London for the right site. He comments that he's bribed them, which probably cost him a small fortune of his own money. We know that Sherlock loves solving cases simply for his ego and so that he can always be right, but here it really does seem that he also wanted to find the children for more compassionate reasons too. (It ties in with the point made below about how he makes a surprising effort to be kind and compassionate toward little Claudette when he first goes in to interview her. On some level, he really honestly cares about the welfare of those children.)
* John's support of Sherlock during Moriarty's trial. Heartwarming firstly because, even though he knows the papers are already making snide comments about his sexuality and his relationship with Sherlock, it doesn't prevent John from accompanying him to the "trial of the century"- an ''extremely'' high profile situation which was just going to fan those flames. He doesn't seem to care, putting Sherlock's interests before his own (he even takes on the temporary role of Sherlock's ''bodyguard,'' helping protect him from the crowd of reporters and photographers outside 221B and directing him to get into the near side of the police car to avoid them.) Secondly, even more heartwarming, going to Moriarty's trial means John will have to come face to face, for the first time in a year, with the man who tried to kill him in one of the most horrible ways possible. After all, he didn't just pull a gun on John. He strapped him with enough Semtex to (as Lestrade said) "take down a house"- deliberately set up a scenario to make his best friend think he'd betrayed him, and then used him as a mouthpiece against his will. There's a reason victims of violent and serious crimes now are often video linked to the trials of the people who allegedly hurt them- to avoid the trauma of being in the same room with them. Being right there in front of Moriarty must have been upsetting for John. Further heartwarming in that Sherlock seems to appreciate the effort John went to- he pointedly says "you were there for the whole thing, in the gallery from start to finish"- even after he'd been locked up for contempt and John was there on his ''own,'' taking mental note to report to Sherlock later what happened.
* In an odd way, Kitty Riley's devotion to "Richard Brook" is heartwarming. Think about it: she arrives home one night to find that two men- one of whom she believes to be a criminal mastermind of ''epic'' proportions responsible for bombings and kidnappings- have broken into her house and are waiting for her. Sherlock presses her fairly aggressively to give away her source. She ''refuses,'' even though there's no way she can't have felt very threatened by him and by John. For all she knows, Sherlock is going to hurt her. [[labelnote:*]]It's inside the realm of possibility that if Moriarty hadn't stumbled in, [[FridgeHorror Sherlock might have.]] We know he's not had a problem in the past torturing people.[[/labelnote]] When Moriarty arrives, her primary concern is for his safety, and she even attempts to physically protect him from Sherlock. It's misguided, but it's still heartwarming when you look at it this way. She earlier had told Sherlock he could "trust her"- it seems that Moriarty can trust her.
* Sherlock's call to John from the hospital roof was an extreme TearJerker, but it's incredibly heartwarming that the call was ever made in the first place. The very first thing we ever learn about Sherlock? He ''doesn't like talking on the phone'' and much prefers to text. He ''could'' have just texted "Goodbye, John." He ''could'' have left a comment on John's blog. He ''could'' have just jumped and said nothing to John at all. While he spends most of the phone conversation lying to John and trying to convince him he's a fraud in order to complete Moriarty's story, just convincing the snipers (and everyone else) that he was dead would have been quite enough without it. The only really compelling reason for him to be on that phone is because, feeling terrified and completely ''alone,'' he wanted to talk to his best friend- who stepped up and absolutely ''refused'' to believe anything about him being a fraud. Look at his reaction when John tells him that ''he'' could be that clever.
* In the scene where Sherlock asks for Molly's help, he says he's not okay and he thinks he's going to die. Molly says ''once'' "tell me what's wrong," and then switches to "What do you need?" That is ''incredible'' loyalty, not to ask what a person has done or what's going on, but asking what they need. Sherlock's just told her he thinks he's going to ''die.'' Molly doesn't ask (as most of us would) "WHAT? What the hell are you talking about, what's going on? Tell me the whole story." She's addressing his immediate need and putting that above her own desire for information- and implying that she doesn't care who started what or whether Sherlock is to blame (remembering that he's been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.) She's not interested in judging right and wrong, she simply wants to help. Plus, Sherlock then more or less asks her if she'd help him if she didn't think he was some kind of romantic hero. That she simply asks him again what he needs is the most heartwarming way of saying "yes" possible.
* In the scene where Lestrade goes to the flat for the first time to ask Sherlock down to the station, he comments that he "bets it was Sally Donovan." But even though Donovan has been- er- less than kind to Sherlock in the past (and the feeling is mutual) not once does Sherlock even ''imply'' that Donovan brought up the accusations due to her being stupid or having a vendetta against him. He simply says that Moriarty is ''smart,'' rather than Donovan is ''stupid.'' And we all know that Sherlock thinks practically everyone is stupid. Sherlock nowhere seems to take Donovan's accusations personally or resent her particularly for them.
* There's a reason cops travel in pairs- accountability and safety. When Lestrade, who is on duty, first goes to 221B to ask Sherlock down to the station, he has Donovan with him- but she never gets any further than the front door. Lestrade knows that if she goes up with him things are likely to get very ugly, very quickly. And he's not the least bit apprehensive about going up on his own, because Sherlock and John are his friends, and he trusts them. He's asking Sherlock privately in the desperate hope that he won't have to humiliate him publicly.
* In the scene where Sherlock is arrested, John goes from helpless, frustrated fury to ''cracking jokes'' and wondering aloud who's going to post bail for himself and Sherlock. No doubt part of it was because punching the Chief Superintendant felt great, but also, by being arrested himself he was able to stay close to Sherlock. We've already seen how badly Sherlock does socially without John. Imagine how "well" he'd do in a police interview. John would probably not be allowed with Sherlock in the interview room, but you just know that if they hadn't escaped, he would have tried. John seems to think that as long as he's ''there'' he can protect Sherlock from everything. He's proved [[TearJerker heartbreakingly wrong]] by the end of the episode.
* At the boarding school, Lestrade points out "Miss Mackenzie, housemistress... go easy." Sherlock responds by whipping off her shock blanket and viciously shouting at her. When she gives him the information he needs and begs him to believe her, he says "I ''do''. I just wanted you to speak quickly." His tone, and for a second his facial expression, is surprisingly gentle. And then he announces "Miss Mackenzie will need to breathe into a bag now"- he cared, on some level, that the woman was now hyperventilating, even though it was his fault. He simply saw the need for information, quickly, outweighing the down side of upsetting her further.
** Later, with the kidnapped little girl, we see Sherlock make a ''truly'' concerted effort to be kind to a victim/witness... adjusting his clothes (to look [[FridgeBrilliance more like the much more approachable John]]), speaking kindly and telling the little girl he understands that talking must be difficult for her just now. Which makes it all the more sad that those efforts of kindness and empathy were responded to by the child ''screaming.''
*** When he speaks to her, Sherlock starts with "Claudette..." This is from the man who didn't know Lestrade's first name for five years and who absent-mindedly calls Molly "John." Not to mention that others in this episode refer to Max and Claudette as "the boy" and "the girl"- even Sherlock himself does it when they were actually at the school investigating. He used the little girl's name. He was trying to be kind and empathise with her.
Mycroft.
* Although he never did it a lot in the past, in this episode John refuses to criticise Sherlock in front of other people, particularly the police, even when he completely [[WhatTheHellHero deserves a lecture.]] Most heartwarmingly, when they're at the school after the children are kidnapped, John gets down beside Sherlock on the floor and asks "having fun?" in gentle tones. When Sherlock, missing the point entirely, says he's starting to, all John says is "maybe don't do the smiling... kidnapped children...?" " It's a far cry from how aggressive he got over Sherlock's treatment of the hostages in ''The Great Game.'' (Remembering that, although they were keeping their voices down somewhat, he and Sherlock got into it over the old woman at the ''police station.)'' The only sort of criticism John will give Sherlock in front of other people now is simply to say his name as a reminder to behave himself, and that's only if it's important that Sherlock ''shuts up right about now'' (for example, when they're trying now''.
* At the boarding school, Lestrade points out Miss Mackenzie as the housemistress, and tells Sherlock to "go easy." Sherlock responds by whipping off her shock blanket and viciously shouting at her. When she gives him the information he needs and begs him to believe her, he says "I do. I just wanted you to speak quickly." His tone and facial expression are surprisingly gentle. And then he announces "Miss Mackenzie will need to breathe into a bag now", showing that he cared, on some level, that the woman was now hyperventilating, even though it was his fault. He simply saw the need for information, quickly, outweighing the down side of upsetting her further.
* Sherlock's efforts
to find the children. We've seen him bribe the Homeless Network before, but it's implied that he had next door to an entire army of people out looking all over London for the right site. He comments that he's bribed them, which probably cost him a small fortune of his own money. We know that Sherlock loves solving cases simply for his ego and so that he can always be right, but here it really does seem that he also wanted to find the children for more compassionate reasons too.
** It ties in with the point made below about how he makes a surprising effort to be kind and compassionate toward little Claudette when he first goes in to interview her.
* Molly's first speech to Sherlock in the lab, where she earnestly speaks her heart. Especially when this speech comes just after Sherlock has more or less said that Jim's being "naughty" is ''Molly's fault.'' He snidely refers to Jim as Molly's "boyfriend" and downright tells her "for the sake of law and order, Molly, I suggest you forgo all future attempts at a relationship"- as if Molly daring to want a relationship has any connection at all with the kidnapping of two kids. It's by far the cruellest thing he's ever said to her. And she helps him anyway.
-->'''Molly:''' "You look sad. When you think [John] can't see you."
** Followed by the surprised look of ''plain disagreement'' on Sherlock's face when Molly initially tells him she "doesn't count."
* When Sherlock comes up with the location of
the kidnapped children children, Lestrade jumps up and immediately orders everyone to get moving. Though Donovan looks reluctant, Lestrade believes in Sherlock so much that he instantly believes everything he says and was prepared to rush a whole bunch of cops out to the scene, knowing it wouldn't be an embarrassing false alarm.
* When he goes to question Claudette, the kidnapped little girl, Sherlock makes a concerted effort to be kind to a victim/witness... adjusting his clothes to look [[FridgeBrilliance more like the much more approachable John]], speaking kindly and telling the little girl he understands that talking must be difficult for her just now. [[MoodWhiplash Which makes it all the more sad that those efforts of kindness and empathy were responded to by the child ''screaming.'']]
* After [[spoiler:Claudette starts screaming in fear of Sherlock]], Lestrade makes every excuse under the sun for it in defence of his friend.
-->'''Lestrade:''' "Well don't let it get to 'ya. ''I'' always feel like screaming when you walk into a room. In fact, so do most people." ''[glares at Sgt Donovan]''
* When Lestrade first goes to 221B to ask Sherlock down to the station, he has Donovan with him, but she never gets any further than the front door. Lestrade knows that if she goes up with him things are likely to get very ugly, very quickly. And he's not the least bit apprehensive about going up on his own, because Sherlock and John are his friends, and he trusts them. He's asking Sherlock privately
in the disused factory.) We see John taking desperate hope that he won't have to humiliate him publicly.
** And when Lestrade does ask
Sherlock to task ''privately'' a few times, come down to the station, he comments that he "bets it was Sally Donovan." But even though Donovan has been everything but in front of others? United front.
** You can particularly see this in the scenes where
kind to Sherlock in the past, and the feeling is arrested. mutual, not once does Sherlock even imply that Donovan brought up the accusations due to her having a vendetta against him. He simply says that Moriarty is "smart".
* When
Lestrade comes to the flat the first time; John says not one word until he leaves, then tells Sherlock he should have gone with him. They get into an argument about whether John is or isn't loyal to Sherlock. Lestrade calls John to let them know he's on his way with a few cops and an arrest warrant. John's response is to get angry; he gives Sherlock a lecture about "every police officer you've made to feel like a tit, which is a ''lot of people."'' He's not so much blaming Sherlock for his imminent arrest, but pointing out with some justification that things mightn't be THAT thar awful if he hadn't alienated most of Scotland Yard, who no doubt were going to ''love'' the subsequent arrest. Once the police arrive, John is back to being "100%" on Sherlock's side- so much so that he's threatened, by a friend, with an arrest for interfering with Sherlock's own arrest, and subsequently ends up punching someone for criticising Sherlock.
* When Sherlock comes up with the location of the kidnapped children, Lestrade jumps up and immediately orders everyone to get moving- it takes him about half a second. Donovan looks reluctant. Lestrade believes in Sherlock so much that he instantly believes everything he says and was prepared to rush a whole bunch of cops out to the scene, knowing it wouldn't be an embarrassing false alarm.
** An important thing to keep in mind is that, while the ''audience'' is shown some rather artsy depictions of Sherlock's thought processes, no in ''in-universe'' is privy to any such thing. From the perspective of the police, Sherlock just mutters something about having "people on it," then ''seconds'' later, suddenly announces where the children are, giving no explanation beyond "it matches everything."
* So Sherlock and John are both arrested one night- and the next day, John shows up at the flat again. Mrs Hudson automatically assumes that Sherlock "sorted it out"- the idea that Sherlock might really have kidnapped and poisoned two children apparently never even occurs to her, even though the police apparently had enough evidence to arrest him on suspicion. (She also isn't particularly surprised to see John, which may have led her to assume he'd managed to "sort out" the whole issue of assaulting the Chief Superintendant of Scotland Yard, too.)
* This line from Mycroft:
-->'''Mycroft:''' John... I'm sorry. Tell him, would you?
** Even if you believe that Mycroft didn't simply [[IdiotBall accidentally sell his brother down the river]] over a computer code that Moriarty never divulged to him and which ''never existed,'' and that he and Sherlock had about six aces up each sleeve the whole time, the line is still heartwarming. Who hates apologising? Sherlock. Who hates apologising ''even more?'' Mycroft. Mycroft has also spent the past five or so episodes in constant [[PassiveAggressiveKombat conflict]] with John, who he's consistently tried to one-up. Here, he's not just asking John to pass along apologies to Sherlock. He's also apologising ''to John.'' Even if he doesn't actually mean it and it's part of an act, it would still absolutely gall him to have to say something like that to John- who responds with complete contempt.
* The scene in which Lestrade presents the deerstalker gag gift to Sherlock. John helpfully points out that Lestrade's public remark about Sherlock's "customary diplomacy and tact" was sarcasm, which Sherlock already understands- even though he's not been all that great at picking up sarcasm previously. So he's learning. Even more, though, even though he ''really hates that hat,'' he wholeheartedly takes John's suggestion and just smiles and puts it on, instead of making a scene and cutting Lestrade or the other cops down with some devastating personal remarks (as he has done previously and is prone to do.) Even though he's aware that Donovan and Anderson are laughing at him.
* Although we don't yet know how it all went down, we do know that Sherlock places huge importance, while on the roof, for John to stay where he is and keep his eyes on him. He's too far away to stop him from going into the building if he insisted on it, and he's too far away to really see if John is keeping his eyes on him or not. The whole thing seems to hang on Sherlock being able to trust John to do exactly as he tells him, without knowing why, even though this involves him fighting the urge to look away from something upsetting, and fighting the urge to save his best friend from harm. And John, who has always been totally reliable and said and done exactly as he has promised, does it. It may well turn out that this unquestioning loyal obedience saved both of their lives. In any case, it goes to show how much trust Sherlock has in John.
* This one really is HeartwarmingInHindsight. When John confronts Mycroft over his indiscretion and then storms out, the last thing Mycroft says to him is that he's sorry, and he asks John to tell Sherlock. John gives him a non-commital, frustrated "you are ''unbelievable"'' kind of reaction and continues on his way. There's no scene where John tells Sherlock that he's even seen Mycroft, let alone what they discussed. If John told Sherlock Mycroft was "sorry", he would have to explain what exactly Mycroft was sorry ''for.'' John is under the impression that Sherlock doesn't know. The source of the leak is of no importance in keeping Sherlock safe- it's all out now regardless of where it came from. Ratting Mycroft out to his brother would accomplish nothing but more bad blood between Mycroft and Sherlock, so while John's refusal to pass on Mycroft's apologies seems harsh, his refusal to tell Sherlock that Mycroft had screwed up ''at all'' can be seen as heartwarming. Particularly when John points out that there are exactly ''two'' people on earth who could have been the leak- Mycroft or himself. Sherlock might start to wonder if ''he'' was the leak, but he still won't voluntarily rat out Mycroft.[[note]]This in turn suggests that Sherlock knew exactly where the leak had come from- he doesn't seem surprised that his entire life story has fallen into the hands of others, even though, as aforementioned, only two people alive would know that information. He never seems to even suspect the leak was John. It's entirely possible that Mycroft was playing John, and Sherlock had known from the beginning that his brother had screwed up and accidentally sold him down the river.[[/note]]
** On that note, the fact that John apparently knows so many details on Sherlock's early life, and is the ''only'' one beside Mycroft to know this stuff, is incredibly heartwarming. Even at this stage of their relationship Sherlock is still quite distant, so it's a huge sign of his bond with and trust of John that he would ever discuss issues that are clearly quite private to him. There are huge hints, for example, that Sherlock's family background was not a happy one, and smaller hints (judged on how he was treated at university, where everyone hated him) that his schooling wasn't much of a picnic, either. In any case it's even more interesting in that we the audience aren't told these details either. We're never (so far) even told Sherlock's age.
* There's another implication of John and Mycroft's meetings in ''The Reichenbach Fall,'' and it's heartwarming for Sherlock and rather a TearJerker for Mycroft. John has repeatedly complained that Mycroft doesn't have to keep freaking kidnapping him to talk to him; he can just ''phone him.'' (On one occasion, in Belgravia, he actually does, but that appears to be because kidnapping him was not good logistically just then.) John is now used to Mycroft's people bundling him into a car to take him to an undisclosed location for a chat with Mycroft. These always involve Mycroft asking John to do something for Sherlock; to protect him or look after him in some way. Mycroft, even 18 months after he and Sherlock met John, does not understand that John doesn't need to be kidnapped, threatened, humiliated, bribed or otherwise manipulated into looking after Sherlock. He's John Watson. It's what he ''does.'' It's his full-time job. He's Sherlock's ''friend.'' Mycroft's attitude toward John heavily implies that not only does he not really understand that John is genuinely Sherlock's friend (heartwarming) it implies that Mycroft doesn't understand what a friend even is, because he doesn't seem to have any himself (tearjerker.) Mycroft has "colleagues." He has people who help him advance in his work, and people he helps to advance in theirs. He has Sherlock. He has people he's polite to for his own ends, and one unnamed person (perhaps the guy at the palace) who he refers to as a "friend"; but I sincerely doubt that That Palace Guy would shoot someone to save Mycroft's life, or crash-tackle the craziest bastard in Britain, expecting to die for it, for no other reason than wanting Mycroft to live.
* Molly's first speech to Sherlock in the lab, where she earnestly speaks her heart. She genuinely cares for him, and it's obvious, perhaps... that he cares too. Even if he has difficulty showing it.
-->'''Molly:''' You look sad. When you think [John] can't see you.
** Especially when this speech comes just after Sherlock has more or less said that Jim's being "naughty" is ''Molly's fault.'' He snidely refers to Jim as Molly's "boyfriend" (not even ''old'' boyfriend. She'd 'ended it' with him over a year before!) and downright tells her "for the sake of law and order, Molly, I suggest you forgo all future attempts at a relationship"- as if Molly daring to want a relationship has any connection at all with the kidnapping of two kids. It's by far the cruellest thing he's ever said to her. And she helps him anyway.
* In the above scene, he surprised look of ''plain disagreement'' on Sherlock's face when Molly initially tells him she "doesn't count."
** The look on his face is almost as if to say "what on earth gave you ''that'' idea?" which may be yet another indication that he has, as yet, little to no idea of exactly how badly he treats Molly and how rudely dismissive he sounds whenever he speaks to her.
* Molly comparing Sherlock to her father. Her ''father?'' She's spent four episodes with a massive crush on Sherlock, but now she compares him to someone she's loved in an entirely different way. (Someone she's loved... and lost.) She's not helping Sherlock because she "loves him" in an unrealistic, obsessive, teenage-crush kind of way. She's helping him because she loves him on a deeper and more profound level, a level that is self-sacrificing and has nothing to do with expectations of romance.
* When Molly embarrassedly finishes up, she mentions going to get some crisps, asks Sherlock if he wants something, then says of ''course'' he doesn't. Sherlock protests "Well, maybe I-" but she repeats that he doesn't, and walks off. Sherlock, who's quite happy not to eat for days on end, was prepared to take up her offer, not because he really ''did'' want something, but just to let her do something nice for him- the sort of thing friends do for each other all the time. It's such a small moment, but it seems Sherlock's abruptly realised that sometimes you let people help you, even if you could just help yourself, and you do it for ''their'' gratification as well as your own. It's part of being human and having human relationships.
* Sherlock later telling Molly that she's wrong when she says she doesn't count. Also, that he has ''always'' trusted her.
-->'''Molly:''' What do you need?\\
'''Sherlock:''' If I wasn't everything that you think I am, everything that ''I'' think I am...would you still want to help me?\\
'''Molly:''' What do you need?\\
'''Sherlock:''' ...You.
* Sherlock proves that he trusts Molly; he absent-mindedly calls her "John." She's understandably annoyed and corrects him, but the fact that he accidentally called her John says a lot about how (relatively) affectionate he felt toward her at the time, since John is his best-loved and most-trusted friend.
* Not so much a moment as a running theme...When things are at their most difficult, with the police turning on Sherlock, the papers slamming him as a fake, and Moriarty playing his usual mind games, you wouldn't blame his best friend for questioning who's right. But John never wavers. Not once. [[spoiler: Not even with ''Sherlock'' trying to convince John that he's a fraud]].
** Sherlock tells John to tell everyone that he's a fraud. And what does John do? He writes one sentence in his blog. One sentence. He could have posted what Sherlock told him to, but he doesn't. He writes, "He was my best friend and I'll always believe in him."
*** And comments are disabled. He absolutely refuses to hear anyone else's dissenting opinion. It's not up for discussion. At all.
*** John's resolute statement at Sherlock's grave.
---->'''John:''' No one will ever convince me that you told me a lie.
* The phone call. "Remember when we first met?"
** The whole section is worth a quote. Especially when John gets Sherlock to ''laugh while he's crying.''
--->'''Sherlock:''' I'm a fake.\\
'''John:''' ''Sherlock.''\\
'''Sherlock:''' The newspapers were right all along. And I want you to tell Lestrade, and I want you to tell Mrs Hudson, and Molly — in fact, tell everyone who will listen to you — that I created Moriarty. For my own purposes.\\
'''John:''' Okay, Sherlock, shut up. Shut ''up.'' The first time we met — the first time we ''met'' — you knew all about my ''sister,'' right?\\
'''Sherlock:''' Nobody could be that clever.\\
'''John:''' ''You'' could.
** Sherlock starts to smile when John mentions "the first time we met". It was probably the first time anyone, ever, had straight-up told him he was amazing and extraordinary, and Sherlock's expression when John brings it up says so much about just what John's friendship has meant to him. Which would have made telling John that he'd ''lied to him'' that day even more painful.
** When Sherlock tells John that the reason he knew all about him and Harry was because he 'researched him', watch John's face. He reels back and grits his teeth, clearly trying to control his anger. Just for a second it looks as if he's accepting that it was all a lie. But no, he ''still'' refuses to believe a word of it and is only furious because he knows Sherlock is lying to him. Rather badly too, considering Sherlock wouldn't have been able to research him before Mike introduced them as he hadn't told Sherlock anything about John before then. John isn't just angry because he's being lied to; he's angry because Sherlock actually expects him to fall for it so easily, as if he hadn't done enough in the past eighteen months to prove how loyal he is and always will be.
* Lestrade gets a subtle one when he calls John informing that he's coming with a warrant to arrest Sherlock. He's essentially just tipped off the suspect about the arrest, which could lose him his badge if discovered. To reiterate: He's just put his friendship with Sherlock before his career.
discovered.
* John's steadfast defence of Sherlock when the police arrive. He runs down to the front door where Mrs Hudson already is; off-screen we hear this:\n
-->'''John:''' Got "Got a warrant? HAVE you?
-->'''Lestrade:''' ''Leave it'', John.
Have you?"



--->'''John:''' He's not resisting...\\
'''Sherlock:''' It's all right, John.\\
'''John:''' He's not resist- — no, it's ''not'' all right, this is ridiculous!\\
'''Lestrade:''' Get him downstairs, now.\\
'''John:''' You ''know'' you don't have to be –\\
'''Lestrade:''' Don't interfere. Or else I'll arrest you too.
** And of course, Sherlock's line. Even in the middle of his world crashing down around him and the humiliation of being arrested, he himself is quite calm and quiet, and his primary focus is on reassuring John. Extra poignant because this is Sherlock's ''only'' line during the scene- until he and John speak at the police car, that is. He doesn't say anything else to anyone- he doesn't try to protest his innocence or say anything to Mrs Hudson or Lestrade at all. And it's really in TearJerker territory that if John hadn't got himself arrested and ended up on the run with him- something Sherlock couldn't possibly have expected- the last thing he ever said to his best friend ''would'' have been "it's all right, John."
* And the fact that after Sherlock is arrested and the superintendent comes up and starts insulting Sherlock in front of John -- even though Sherlock isn't there -- John loses it and ''punches the superintendent of Scotland Yard'', earning himself an arrest. Also doubles as a {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}.

to:

--->'''John:''' He's "He's not resisting...\\
resisting!"\\
'''Sherlock:''' It's "It's all right, John.\\
"\\
'''John:''' He's "He's not resist- — no, it's ''not'' all right, this is ridiculous!\\
ridiculous!"\\
'''Lestrade:''' Get "Get him downstairs, now.\\
"\\
'''John:''' You "You ''know'' you don't have to be –\\
be-–"\\
'''Lestrade:''' Don't interfere. Or "Don't interfere... or else I'll arrest you too.
too."
** And of course, Sherlock's line. Even in the middle of his world crashing down around him and the humiliation of being arrested, he himself is quite calm and quiet, and his primary focus is on reassuring John. Extra poignant because this is Sherlock's ''only'' line during the scene- until he and John speak at the police car, that is. scene. He doesn't say anything else to anyone- anyone; he doesn't try to protest his innocence or say anything to Mrs Hudson or Lestrade at all. And it's really in TearJerker territory that if John hadn't got himself arrested and ended up on the run with him- something Sherlock couldn't possibly have expected- the last thing he ever said to his best friend ''would'' have been "it's all right, John."
all.
* And the fact that after Sherlock is arrested and the superintendent comes up and starts insulting Sherlock in front of John -- even though Sherlock isn't there -- Sherlock, John loses it and ''punches the superintendent of Scotland Yard'', earning himself an arrest.arrest, even though Sherlock wasn't there to hear the superintendent. Also doubles as a {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}.



* This one is part heartwarming and part [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funny-]] after [[spoiler:the kidnapped girl is terrified of Sherlock]] Lestrade makes every excuse under the sun for it, in defence of his friend. Sherlock appears to be upset about it. so he tries to cheer him up, in his typical snarky way:
-->'''Lestrade:''' Well don't let it get to ya. ''I'' always feel like screaming when you walk into a room. In fact, so do most people. ''[glares at Sgt Donovan]''
** Extra heartwarming when we remember that Lestrade dealt rather aggressively with Sherlock when the girl started screaming- though he was probably only trying to get him away from the child as quickly as possible and panicked a little at how she reacted. It's possible that Lestrade feels guilty about his own reaction, and is wondering if that might be part of why Sherlock seems so pensive, needing him to smooth over the situation by something that functions as "of course, I didn't ''really'' think she had a ''sinister reason'' for screaming like that, Sherlock- shut up, Donovan."
* Another one from Lestrade, when he's up before the Chief Superintendant, getting an ''epic'' bollocking for consulting Sherlock on "twenty or thirty" cases over the past ''six years.'' This guy could have Lestrade's badge for that, and even if he doesn't, he's still ''humiliating'' Lestrade in front of his team and lower ranking officers, including shouting at him and calling him a "bloody idiot." He accepts the name-calling. Lestrade is being careful (well, he doesn't punch the Chief Superintendent) but he never backs down. He tries to justify his decision(s) to use Sherlock, but never apologises for it.
** Which ties in a little with another heartwarming moment earlier, when Donovan snottily points out that "none of our boys" could have solved the kidnapping case on the strength of a footprint. Without any hesitation or misgivings, Lestrade responds "well that's why we need him, he's ''better!''"
* More on Lestrade: he takes a ''ridiculously'' long time to "get" the insinuations Sally Donovan is making about Sherlock. Either he's so touchingly loyal and believes so much in Sherlock's gifts that it ''honestly'' never occurs to him that Sherlock might be a fraud until it's spelled out, or- like John- he knows ''exactly'' what's being implied and he's making a very conscious decision to ignore anything that might indicate Sherlock is implicated in the kidnapping. While the case against Sherlock falls down if you think about it for more than five minutes, it seems that Donovan and Anderson have a rough time getting him to even ''consider'' the idea from that angle- which is ''his job.'' He's a cop. He has to look at crimes from as unbiased a perspective as possible. He doesn't- like Donovan and Anderson- immediately have to conclude that Sherlock is as guilty as sin, but he doesn't seem to question the little girl screaming, and never makes any basic enquiries that would eliminate Sherlock from the investigation.
* John rushing out to be with Mrs Hudson, after learning that she is apparently dying. He's extremely upset, so much so that he misses a few things: Sherlock's pitifully bad acting, and the fact that they're both sleeping in the lab of St Bart's because they're ''fugitives.'' Either it never occurs to John that going to Mrs Hudson will probably result in his re-arrest (or that it may even be a police trap) or he plain doesn't care.
** It's unclear whether the fake phone call was by arrangement of Sherlock or by arrangement of Moriarty himself. If it was Sherlock, he must have known (based on what we've seen in the past, particularly John's defence of her in ''The Hounds of Baskerville'') that Mrs Hudson is the ''only'' person that John would turn on him in order to defend. [[note]]Because really, a more appropriate choice of fake victim would have been ''Harry.'' John is her only family, it seems, so it would make sense for John to be called if she had a medical emergency. It would also make more sense that Sherlock wouldn't go with him to see her. However, John has chosen Sherlock over Harry before, so there was no guarantee that he wouldn't do so again, [[FridgeHorror even if he thought Harry was dying.]][[/note]] If Moriarty set the call up, then ''he'' knew that John loved Mrs Hudson so much that he'd react the way he did, and leave Sherlock on his own in order to go to her.
* When Sherlock calls John from the hospital roof, John answers the call with "Hey, Sherlock. Are you okay?" John's just been through an emotional wringer of first thinking that his landlady/mother figure was dying, then seemingly having to deal with Sherlock being a real asshole about it, only to find out that Mrs Hudson is fine but that he was lied to and made to leave the scene on purpose, then the anxiety and stress of desperately trying to get back to St Bart's. You could forgive him for answering the phone by angrily demanding to know what the hell was going on. But he doesn't sound angry or resentful or aggressive. All he sounds is ''concerned.'' He might be planning on "discussing" the diversion with Sherlock later, but just at that moment his number one priority is making sure that Sherlock's all right. And of course, [[TearJerker he's not.]]
* When John bails Sherlock out after his contempt of court business, Sherlock seems surprisingly sheepish. He takes John's "I told you so" scolding with a very meek "well I can't just turn it on and off...". Later back at Baker Street, when John tells him to stop giving him "The Look", he again seems honestly to want to know what he's doing to annoy John. When John spells it out that he ''doesn't'' know what Sherlock means, so Sherlock's smug assumption that he does is annoying, Sherlock responds by simply explaining it without being condescending or mean about it, and without insinuating that John was somehow stupid for not understanding it the first time around. By this time, Sherlock is really taking most of his public social cues from John; in these scenes he's demonstrating an honest desire to not annoy John and a willingness to be guided or instructed on how to tone down some of his more irritating habits.
** There's a lovely piece of Fridge Heartwarming here too. In ''A Study in Pink,'' Sherlock casually told John that he was an "idiot" regarding the pink case. In ''Baskerville'' John's intellect has gone up in Sherlock's estimation to "average." Here, he's being pulled up for assuming that John is following right along with his deductions, and is ''just as clever'' as he is. And he's being pulled up ''by John himself-'' nowhere in six episodes does John ever pretend to "get" something when he doesn't understand it for ego's sake. He's secure enough in his own intelligence to not feel threatened by Sherlock's, and has never behaved like it's somehow shameful to say "I don't understand" or "It's not obvious to me" or "I don't know."
* In the scene where Sherlock is climbing the furniture looking for the hidden camera, Mrs Hudson starts fretting about it because she's in her "nightie." Perfectly in character for a woman of her age and habits, but she doesn't seem to care about being in her nightie in front of ''Sherlock and John,'' because everyone at Baker Street is so familiar with each other that it's just not a "thing" now.
* Lestrade's reaction to Sherlock and John escaping. Yeah, Sherlock has a gun to his best friend's head. Yeah, the supposed psychopathic genius has a loaded gun. And Lestrade's reaction is more along the lines of, 'Christ, I have to deal with another mess he's made,' rather than, y'know, actually showing any sort of panic at the psychopathic genius with a hostage and loaded gun running about.
** Not only does Sherlock have a hostage; the 'hostage' is ''John,'' Lestrade's friend. The fact that Lestrade is clearly not all that concerned about John's safety says all you need to know about how he feels about Sherlock and his innocence- Lestrade ''knows'' Sherlock wouldn't dream of actually shooting John.
** Lestrade's situation in this scene is a borderline TearJerker- he's forced to arrest two of his best friends against his will and better judgment. When they escape, he does everything possible to help them, by ordering the other cops to stay back and then, after they make their escape, stalling as much as humanly possible before reluctantly going after them. Moreover, Sherlock and John end up at St Bart's. In the lab. Where they practically live anyway. There is no way that Lestrade didn't at least ''suspect'' that they might be there, but he apparently never goes looking for them.
*** Which also sort of ties in with the earlier moment where Sherlock rather adorably and sadly touched Lestrade's forehead and told him he needed to be strong against the niggling doubts forming in his mind. Lestrade was doing that; despite all the supposed evidence, despite Sherlock's stunt, which really didn't help his case at all, Lestrade still believed in Sherlock's innocence and genuineness.

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* This one is part heartwarming and part [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funny-]] after [[spoiler:the kidnapped girl is terrified of Sherlock]] Lestrade makes every excuse under the sun for it, in defence of his friend. Sherlock appears to be upset about it. so he tries to cheer him up, in his typical snarky way:
-->'''Lestrade:''' Well don't let it get to ya. ''I'' always feel like screaming when you walk into a room. In fact, so do most people. ''[glares at Sgt Donovan]''
** Extra heartwarming when we remember that Lestrade dealt rather aggressively with Sherlock when the girl started screaming- though he was probably only trying to get him away from the child as quickly as possible and panicked a little at how she reacted. It's possible that Lestrade feels guilty about his own reaction, and is wondering if that might be part of why Sherlock seems so pensive, needing him to smooth over the situation by something that functions as "of course, I didn't ''really'' think she had a ''sinister reason'' for screaming like that, Sherlock- shut up, Donovan."
* Another one from Lestrade, when he's up before the Chief Superintendant, getting an ''epic'' bollocking for consulting Sherlock on "twenty or thirty" cases over the past ''six years.'' This guy could have Lestrade's badge for that, and even if he doesn't, he's still ''humiliating'' Lestrade in front of his team and lower ranking officers, including shouting at him and calling him a "bloody idiot." He accepts the name-calling. Lestrade is being careful (well, he doesn't punch the Chief Superintendent) but he never backs down. He tries to justify his decision(s) to use Sherlock, but never apologises for it.
** Which ties in a little with another heartwarming moment earlier, when Donovan snottily points out that "none of our boys" could have solved the kidnapping case on the strength of a footprint. Without any hesitation or misgivings, Lestrade responds "well that's why we need him, he's ''better!''"
* More on Lestrade: he takes a ''ridiculously'' long time to "get" the insinuations Sally Donovan is making about Sherlock. Either he's so touchingly loyal and believes so much in Sherlock's gifts that it ''honestly'' never occurs to him that Sherlock might be a fraud until it's spelled out, or- like John- he knows ''exactly'' what's being implied and he's making a very conscious decision to ignore anything that might indicate Sherlock is implicated in the kidnapping. While the case against Sherlock falls down if you think about it for more than five minutes, it seems that Donovan and Anderson have a rough time getting him to even ''consider'' the idea from that angle- which is ''his job.'' He's a cop. He has to look at crimes from as unbiased a perspective as possible. He doesn't- like Donovan and Anderson- immediately have to conclude that Sherlock is as guilty as sin, but he doesn't seem to question the little girl screaming, and never makes any basic enquiries that would eliminate Sherlock from the investigation.
* John rushing out to be with Mrs Hudson, after learning that she is apparently dying. He's extremely upset, so much so that he misses a few things: Sherlock's pitifully bad acting, and the fact that they're both sleeping in the lab of St Bart's because they're ''fugitives.'' Either it never occurs to John that going to Mrs Hudson will probably result in his re-arrest (or that it may even be a police trap) or he plain doesn't care.
** It's unclear whether the fake phone call was by arrangement of Sherlock or by arrangement of Moriarty himself. If it was Sherlock, he must have known (based on what we've seen in the past, particularly John's defence of her in ''The Hounds of Baskerville'') that Mrs Hudson is the ''only'' person that John would turn on him in order to defend. [[note]]Because really, a more appropriate choice of fake victim would have been ''Harry.'' John is her only family, it seems, so it would make sense for John to be called if she had a medical emergency. It would also make more sense that Sherlock wouldn't go with him to see her. However, John has chosen Sherlock over Harry before, so there was no guarantee that he wouldn't do so again, [[FridgeHorror even if he thought Harry was dying.]][[/note]] If Moriarty set the call up, then ''he'' knew that John loved Mrs Hudson so much that he'd react the way he did, and leave Sherlock on his own in order to go to her.
* When Sherlock calls John from the hospital roof, John answers the call with "Hey, Sherlock. Are you okay?" John's just been through an emotional wringer of first thinking that his landlady/mother figure was dying, then seemingly having to deal with Sherlock being a real asshole about it, only to find out that Mrs Hudson is fine but that he was lied to and made to leave the scene on purpose, then the anxiety and stress of desperately trying to get back to St Bart's. You could forgive him for answering the phone by angrily demanding to know what the hell was going on. But he doesn't sound angry or resentful or aggressive. All he sounds is ''concerned.'' He might be planning on "discussing" the diversion with Sherlock later, but just at that moment his number one priority is making sure that Sherlock's all right. And of course, [[TearJerker he's not.]]
* When John bails Sherlock out after his contempt of court business, Sherlock seems surprisingly sheepish. He takes John's "I told you so" scolding with a very meek "well I can't just turn it on and off...". Later back at Baker Street, when John tells him to stop giving him "The Look", he again seems honestly to want to know what he's doing to annoy John. When John spells it out that he ''doesn't'' know what Sherlock means, so Sherlock's smug assumption that he does is annoying, Sherlock responds by simply explaining it without being condescending or mean about it, and without insinuating that John was somehow stupid for not understanding it the first time around. By this time, Sherlock is really taking most of his public social cues from John; in these scenes he's demonstrating an honest desire to not annoy John and a willingness to be guided or instructed on how to tone down some of his more irritating habits.
** There's a lovely piece of Fridge Heartwarming here too. In ''A Study in Pink,'' Sherlock casually told John that he was an "idiot" regarding the pink case. In ''Baskerville'' John's intellect has gone up in Sherlock's estimation to "average." Here, he's being pulled up for assuming that John is following right along with his deductions, and is ''just as clever'' as he is. And he's being pulled up ''by John himself-'' nowhere in six episodes does John ever pretend to "get" something when he doesn't understand it for ego's sake. He's secure enough in his own intelligence to not feel threatened by Sherlock's, and has never behaved like it's somehow shameful to say "I don't understand" or "It's not obvious to me" or "I don't know."
* In the scene where Sherlock is climbing the furniture looking for the hidden camera, Mrs Hudson starts fretting about it because she's in her "nightie." Perfectly in character for a woman of her age and habits, but she doesn't seem to care about being in her nightie in front of ''Sherlock and John,'' because everyone at Baker Street is so familiar with each other that it's just not a "thing" now.
* Lestrade's reaction to Sherlock and John escaping. Yeah, Sherlock has a gun to his best friend's head. Yeah, the supposed psychopathic genius has a loaded gun. And Lestrade's reaction is more along the lines of, 'Christ, I have to deal with another mess he's made,' rather than, y'know, actually showing any sort of panic at the psychopathic genius with a hostage and loaded gun running about. \n** Not only does Sherlock have a hostage; the 'hostage' is ''John,'' Lestrade's friend. The fact that Lestrade is clearly not all that concerned about John's safety says all you need to know about how he feels about Sherlock and his innocence- Lestrade ''knows'' Sherlock wouldn't dream of actually shooting John.\n** Lestrade's situation in this scene is a borderline TearJerker- he's forced to arrest two of his best friends against his will and better judgment. When they escape, he does everything possible to help them, by ordering the other cops to stay back and then, after they make their escape, stalling as much as humanly possible before reluctantly going after them. Moreover, Sherlock and John end up at St Bart's. In the lab. Where they practically live anyway. There is no way that Lestrade didn't at least ''suspect'' that they might be there, but he apparently never goes looking for them.\n*** Which also sort of ties in with the earlier moment where Sherlock rather adorably and sadly touched Lestrade's forehead and told him he needed to be strong against the niggling doubts forming in his mind. Lestrade was doing that; despite all the supposed evidence, despite Sherlock's stunt, which really didn't help his case at all, Lestrade still believed in Sherlock's innocence and genuineness.



* Calling someone an annoying dick is generally not considered heart warming in the slightest but...
--> '''John:''' No. I know you're for real.\\
'''Sherlock:''' One hundred percent?\\
'''John:''' Nobody could fake being such an annoying dick all the time.
** ''Why'' this is heartwarming comes from what John is implying. By this time, unlike most of the world, John isn't overawed by Sherlock or intimidated by his genius or his snark. He sees him, as far as possible, for who he ''really is,'' and that includes him often being ''such an annoying dick.'' He's supporting Sherlock not because he's got the wrong idea about the sort of person he is, or because he's in it for the reflected glory; if he was, he'd have jumped ship the minute the shine started to wear off Sherlock's media image. But he's his friend, in it for better or worse, and not even the worst of Sherlock's particularly dickish behaviour is going to stop that. Aww.
** It's also an excellent contrast to ''The Great Game'' which shows John becoming increasingly agitated by Sherlock's cold behaviour until he finally snaps and has a borderline [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath HBSOD]] when Sherlock forces him to face up to the fact that he isn't the great and good hero John thought he was. In this episode, John knows what an "annoying dick" Sherlock can be, he knows he isn't perfect and has serious problems with empathy. He's spent the majority of the series either being ignored by Sherlock (like in ''Scandal'') or cruelly manipulated (''Baskerville''). Seeing as how the rest of the world is turning against Sherlock, John probably has more reason than any of them to join in, but not ''once'' throughout the entire episode does his faith waver or he even questions the possibility that Sherlock is a fraud or a criminal. That is until he receives the phone-call about Mrs. Hudson where John [[TearJerker finally does abandon him]] only because Sherlock [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim needed him to believe he was a 'machine']].
** Also, because after John's punchline, just for a second, both he and Sherlock look like they might be about to smile. In much the same way they reacted to John's "because you're an idiot" in ''A Study in Pink.'' That they ''don't'' smile or laugh is testament to how serious the situation really is, but you can still see the cameraderie by their expressions.
* Sherlock deducing that the little boy would have left the clue with the linseed oil, from seeing detective stories amongst his belongings. It's implied, but not said, that Sherlock was easily able to make the deduction about what the boy was like and what he was likely to have done, because ''Sherlock'' had once been that lonely kid at boarding school, obsessed with spy and detective stories. If this is true, then it has to be one of the first, if not ''the'' first time that Sherlock has directly used empathy to arrive at an important deduction.
** To take it one step further, another interpretation would be that Sherlock was not only that lonely kid at boarding school, obsessed with detective stories, but that he was ''kidnapped as well'' as a child (coming from a rich family, he would've been a likely target), and that Moriarty (having access to Sherlock's life story by now) deliberately conducted the crime in a way that would mirror Sherlock's own abduction (presumably both to screw with Sherlock as well as to make Sherlock connect the dots in a way that is more suspicious than normal.) It also explains why he's so unexpectedly vicious to the teacher who was supposed to be taking care of the kids - he would have a lot of resentment for irresponsible authority figures after that - the "I just wanted you to speak quickly" thing being just a cover, since it's hardly the first time he's impatient with a witness, but he's never gone to the trouble of outright ''attacking'' them like that before.
* John calling Sherlock "the best man [that he's ever known]" at his friend's grave. As well as being a line [[MythologyGag from the original books]], it's also a lovely CallBack to the times when Sherlock has referred to John as his "best man".
* After everything that John has ever done for Sherlock, John finally asks Sherlock for just one thing in return. "Don't be dead. Would you do that just for me?" Yes. He does.
** To add to the above scene, the fact that Sherlock is there, watching John from afar. The placing of the gravestone and how overgrown the burial mound is shows that a considerable amount of time has passed since he faked his death. And yet, Sherlock is still watching over John to make sure he's safe. It's a mix of heart-warming and [[TearJerker tear jerker]] to wonder how often he looks in on John, watching his friend grieve without being able to show himself or comfort him. And John, all the while, not knowing that Sherlock is alive and still protecting him.
* The look on Donovan and Anderson's faces when explaining their theory to Lestrade, that Sherlock may be the kidnapper...neither of them look happy about it. No matter how much Anderson and Donovan profess to hate Sherlock and vice versa, neither really ''wants'' to believe Sherlock is guilty - or else they'd be positively gleeful at the suggestion. Either they don't hate Sherlock nearly as much as they claim to, or Donovan has a soft spot for kids. I'd think it's the former, though; like with Lestrade, Donovan's response to Sherlock taking John as his hostage is to just roll her eyes.
* When Moriarty stumbles in on the scene at Kitty's flat, John doesn't for ''one second'' believe anything he or Kitty says. He confidently challenges Kitty to "explain", but he barely glances at the "proof"- he's not interested. The ''only'' person's explanation that he'll accept is Sherlock's, even though the case seems to be material proof vs Sherlock's say-so. Just ''how'' trusting and loyal John is toward Sherlock is really highlighted here, because this scene had some fans thinking Jim really ''was'' Richard Brook- and made many more seriously question whether it was at least ''possible'' that Sherlock really was a fraud and that Moriarty never existed. John doesn't question this at all.
* This episode is packed full of moments where John demonstrates how protective he is of Sherlock. But there's one subtle moment near start of the episode that proves how it goes both ways. When Sherlock is approached by Kitty in the Men's before Moriarty's court case, he's initially dismissive of her and shows no interest in wasting any time with her. Then Kitty threatens to write about him and John being "more than just platonic" and that's when Sherlock turns on her. He knows John is upset by what his press nickname "''Bachelor'' John Watson" implies and while Sherlock doesn't care what people say about him, he knows that John cares and he doesn't want John to endure any further humiliation. Sherlock doesn't simply make some tactless deductions about Kitty, he enjoys verbally ripping her to shreds for daring to bring John's name into things. Shame that this act of defence on his best friend's behalf is what comes back to aid in his downfall later in the episode.
** Moriarty gives us some excellent foreshadowing during his 'tea party' with Sherlock:
---> '''Moriarty:''' Everyone has their pressure point. Someone who they want to protect from harm.
** The very next thing Sherlock asks is how Moriarty intends to ''burn'' him and Moriarty replies that he already told him. A few lines later he talks about how adorable ordinary people are and makes a point of reminding Sherlock; "You know. You've got John." It's possible that Sherlock understood Moriarty's intentions from that moment as Sherlock becomes noticeably more tense after that. He may as well be confirming for anyone who hasn't been paying enough attention this series that yes, John is his pressure point and he would go to any lengths to protect him [[note]his mind seems be already made on this before he has to think that Mrs. Hudson and Lestrade are targets as well[[/note]]. Which, in the end, [[TearJerker he does]].
* Sherlock committing (fake) suicide to save the lives of his three friends. The moment which [[WordOfGod Stephen Moffat]] himself described as the turning point for Sherlock from being a ruthless, potentially amoral man to becoming a real hero. Even though he doesn't literally die for them, he allows himself to be smeared as a criminal, his genius discredited and goes into hiding, leaving behind everything he knows and lives for, just to protect those he loves. It's the first truly selfless act he ever does as it [[TearJerker leaves him with nothing in the end]]. Though it seems cruel for him to make his friends grieve unnecessarily, even a mind that isn't as narrow and logical as Sherlock's would still argue that it was better they mourn him than be dead themselves. Not to mention he has no other choice but to remain 'dead' for as long as necessary to carry on protecting them. Kind of makes you feel bad for the guy in advance when the warmest welcoming he's most likely going to receive on his return is a punch to the face. That's if he's lucky.
* In his "note", Sherlock not only apologises to John (which can function as an apology for what he's about to do) but also tells him that he researched him, trying to find out everything he could about him in order to impress him. He's telling John that he ''cared'' enough about John's approval that he wanted to impress him. Earlier in the episode Sherlock had explicitly said he didn't care what other people thought.
* Even if the only point of this was to make their get-away easier and to avoid hurting their wrists, every viewer in the country let out a collective 'aww' at these three words:
--> '''Sherlock:''' Take my hand.
** While avoiding having the handcuffs chafe their wrists is the most logical reason for this, there's nothing to say there wasn't more to this moment. In fact the reason behind it is never mentioned and it's only afterwards that John tells Sherlock that they need to ''co-ordinate''. After that, John clutches Sherlock's sleeve or they don't bother at all. It could possibly be that, in that moment after more or less "proving" to the police that he is a criminal and forced to go on the lam, Sherlock honestly wanted some physical reassurance that he still had his best friend with him and that they were in this together. The next time they properly hold hands is when they jump in front of the oncoming bus.
** What was originally a cute line in the midst of all the tension becomes a [[TearJerker tear jerker]] later in the episode when John tries to take the hand (or rather, the wrist) of Sherlock's corpse and has to have his fingers prised off by the crowd to keep him away. The same goes for when Sherlock is on the roof and the shot of their outstretched hands makes it look as if they're reaching out to each other.
* Lestrade being one of the three friends which Sherlock would kill himself in order to protect. We knew that John was a given, he'd already been used as collateral against Sherlock twice, as has Mrs. Hudson who we've seen that he loves like a mum. But Lestrade? We've not seen any example so far of Sherlock showing concern, affection or even much respect for the D.I. In the previous episode Sherlock didn't even know his first name and was incredibly rude to him for just showing up when Lestrade only wanted to help them. We've seen Lestrade show loyalty and trust in Sherlock as well as being willing to go against the law for him several times but there's been little to no examples of Sherlock doing anything as heartwarming for him in return. Now we find out that, despite his ungrateful attitude, he really does care about Lestrade and is willing to throw himself off a building to save his life.
** When he got warned by Lestrade that he was about to be arrested, he did choose to stay and let this happen, rather than flee. He knew that suspicion would likely fall on Lestrade if he was not present, so he chose to stay and get himself arrested, ''then'' attempt an escape, rather than go on the run outright (which would have been considerably easier) in order to protect Lestrade.

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* Calling someone an annoying dick Kitty Riley's devotion to "Richard Brook" is generally not considered heart warming in the slightest but...
--> '''John:''' No. I know you're for real.\\
'''Sherlock:''' One hundred percent?\\
'''John:''' Nobody could fake being such an annoying dick all the time.
** ''Why'' this is heartwarming comes from what John is implying. By this time, unlike most of the world, John isn't overawed by Sherlock or intimidated by his genius or his snark. He sees him, as far as possible, for who he ''really is,'' and that includes him often being ''such an annoying dick.'' He's supporting Sherlock not because he's got the wrong idea about the sort of person he is, or because he's in it for the reflected glory; if he was, he'd have jumped ship the minute the shine started to wear off Sherlock's media image. But he's his friend, in it for better or worse, and not even the worst of Sherlock's particularly dickish behaviour is going to stop that. Aww.
** It's also an excellent contrast to ''The Great Game'' which shows John becoming increasingly agitated by Sherlock's cold behaviour until he finally snaps and has a borderline [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath HBSOD]]
misguided, but when Sherlock forces him to face up to the fact that he isn't the great and good hero John thought he was. In this episode, John knows what an "annoying dick" Sherlock can be, he knows he isn't perfect and has serious problems with empathy. He's spent the majority of the series either being ignored by Sherlock (like in ''Scandal'') or cruelly manipulated (''Baskerville''). Seeing as how the rest of the world is turning against Sherlock, John probably has more reason than any of them to join in, but not ''once'' throughout the entire episode does his faith waver or he even questions the possibility that Sherlock is a fraud or a criminal. That is until he receives the phone-call about Mrs. Hudson where John [[TearJerker finally does abandon him]] only because Sherlock [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim needed him to believe he was a 'machine']].
** Also, because after John's punchline, just for a second, both he and Sherlock look like they might be about to smile. In much the same way they reacted to John's "because you're an idiot" in ''A Study in Pink.'' That they ''don't'' smile or laugh is testament to how serious the situation really is, but you can still see the cameraderie by their expressions.
* Sherlock deducing that the little boy would have left the clue with the linseed oil, from seeing detective stories amongst his belongings. It's implied, but not said, that Sherlock was easily able to make the deduction about what the boy was like and what he was likely to have done, because ''Sherlock'' had once been that lonely kid at boarding school, obsessed with spy and detective stories. If this is true, then it has
two men she believes to be one of the first, if not ''the'' first time that Sherlock has directly used empathy criminals have broken into her house to arrive at an important deduction.
** To take it one step further, another interpretation would be that Sherlock was not only that lonely kid at boarding school, obsessed with detective stories, but that he was ''kidnapped as well'' as a child (coming
press her into give away her source, she refuses to give anything away. When "Richard" arrives, her primary concern is for his safety, and she even attempts to physically protect him from a rich family, he would've been a likely target), and that Moriarty (having access to Sherlock's life story by now) deliberately conducted the crime in a way that would mirror Sherlock's own abduction (presumably both to screw with Sherlock as well as to make Sherlock connect the dots in a way that is more suspicious than normal.) It also explains why he's so unexpectedly vicious to the teacher who was supposed to be taking care of the kids - he would have a lot of resentment for irresponsible authority figures after that - the "I just wanted you to speak quickly" thing being just a cover, since it's hardly the first time he's impatient with a witness, but he's never gone to the trouble of outright ''attacking'' them like that before.
* John calling Sherlock "the best man [that he's ever known]" at his friend's grave. As well as being a line [[MythologyGag from the original books]], it's also a lovely CallBack to the times when Sherlock has referred to John as his "best man".
Sherlock.
* After everything that John has ever done for Sherlock, John finally asks finds out Mycroft sold out Sherlock for just one thing in return. "Don't to get the computer code from Moriarty, Mycroft gives him a sincere apology.
-->'''Mycroft:''' "John... I'm sorry. Tell him, would you?"
* John rushing out to
be dead. Would you do with Mrs Hudson, after learning that just for me?" Yes. He does.
** To add to the above scene,
she has apparently been shot. He's extremely upset, so much so that he misses the fact that Sherlock is there, watching John from afar. The placing of they're both sleeping in the gravestone and how overgrown the burial mound is shows that a considerable amount lab of time has passed since he faked his death. And yet, Sherlock is still watching over John to make sure he's safe. It's a mix of heart-warming and [[TearJerker tear jerker]] to wonder how often he looks in on John, watching his friend grieve without being able to show himself or comfort him. And John, all the while, not knowing that Sherlock is alive and still protecting him.
* The look on Donovan and Anderson's faces when explaining their theory to Lestrade, that Sherlock may be the kidnapper...neither of them look happy about it. No matter how much Anderson and Donovan profess to hate Sherlock and vice versa, neither really ''wants'' to believe Sherlock is guilty - or else they'd be positively gleeful at the suggestion.
St Bart's because they're fugitives. Either they don't hate Sherlock nearly as much as they claim to, or Donovan has a soft spot for kids. I'd think it's the former, though; like with Lestrade, Donovan's response it never occurs to Sherlock taking John as that going to Mrs Hudson will probably result in his hostage is to just roll her eyes.
* When Moriarty stumbles in on the scene at Kitty's flat, John
re-arrest or he plain doesn't for ''one second'' believe anything he or Kitty says. He confidently challenges Kitty to "explain", but he barely glances at the "proof"- he's not interested. The ''only'' person's explanation that he'll accept is Sherlock's, even though the case seems to be material proof vs Sherlock's say-so. Just ''how'' trusting and loyal John is toward Sherlock is really highlighted here, because this scene had some fans thinking Jim really ''was'' Richard Brook- and made many more seriously question whether it was at least ''possible'' that Sherlock really was a fraud and that Moriarty never existed. John doesn't question this at all.
* This episode is packed full of moments where John demonstrates how protective he is of Sherlock. But there's one subtle moment near start of the episode that proves how it goes both ways. When Sherlock is approached by Kitty in the Men's before Moriarty's court case, he's initially dismissive of her and shows no interest in wasting any time with her. Then Kitty threatens to write about him and John being "more than just platonic" and that's when Sherlock turns on her. He knows John is upset by what his press nickname "''Bachelor'' John Watson" implies and while Sherlock doesn't care what people say about him, he knows that John cares and he doesn't want John to endure any further humiliation. Sherlock doesn't simply make some tactless deductions about Kitty, he enjoys verbally ripping her to shreds for daring to bring John's name into things. Shame that this act of defence on his best friend's behalf is what comes back to aid in his downfall later in the episode.
care.
** Moriarty gives us some excellent foreshadowing during his 'tea party' with Sherlock:
---> '''Moriarty:''' Everyone has their pressure point. Someone who they want to protect from harm.
** The very next thing
* In the scene where Sherlock asks is how Moriarty intends for Molly's help, he says he thinks he's going to ''burn'' him die, and Moriarty replies Molly, after some brief propping, asks "What do you need?" without the need for a further explanation.
* Sherlock telling Molly that she's wrong when she says she doesn't count. Also,
that he already told him. has ''always'' trusted her.
-->'''Molly:''' "What do you need?"\\
'''Sherlock:''' "If I wasn't everything that you think I am, everything that ''I'' think I am...would you still want to help me?"\\
'''Molly:''' "What do you need?"\\
'''Sherlock:''' "...You."

[[AC:Sherlock's "Note"]]
*
A few lines later he talks about how adorable ordinary people are and makes a man's weak point should not normally be considered as a heartwarming, but in this case, it is; Sherlock, a genius who does not need anything from anyone and who is apparently very arrogant and self-centeric to the point that he solves crimes for fun, will give up his life in order to keep his friends away from harm.
* Sherlock's call to John from the hospital roof was an extreme TearJerker, but it's incredibly heartwarming that the call was ever made in the first place; Sherlock doesn't like talking on the phone and much prefers to text. But, instead
of reminding Sherlock; "You know. You've got just texting "Goodbye, John." It's possible that Sherlock understood or leaving a comment on John's blog, but, feeling terrified and completely alone, wanted to talk to his best friend one last time, even though he spends most of the phone conversation trying to convince John he's a fraud in order to complete Moriarty's intentions from story.
* The phone call itself.
--->'''Sherlock:''' "I'm a fake."\\
'''John:''' "''Sherlock.''"\\
'''Sherlock:''' "The newspapers were right all along. And I want you to tell Lestrade, and I want you to tell Mrs Hudson, and Molly — in fact, tell everyone who will listen to you —
that moment as I created Moriarty. For my own purposes."\\
'''John:''' "Okay, Sherlock, shut up. Shut ''up.'' The first time we met — the first time we ''met'' — you knew all about my ''sister,'' right?"\\
'''Sherlock:''' "Nobody could be that clever."\\
'''John:''' "''You'' could."
**
Sherlock becomes noticeably more tense after that. He may as well be confirming for anyone who hasn't been paying enough attention this series that yes, starts to smile when John is his pressure point mentions "the first time we met". It was probably the first time anyone, ever, had straight-up told him he was amazing and he extraordinary, and Sherlock's expression when John brings it up says so much about just what John's friendship has meant to him. Which would go to any lengths to protect him [[note]his mind seems be already have made on this before he has to think telling John that Mrs. Hudson and Lestrade are targets as well[[/note]]. Which, in the end, [[TearJerker he does]].
he'd ''lied to him'' that day even more painful.
* Sherlock committing (fake) suicide "suicide" to save the lives of his three friends. The moment which [[WordOfGod Stephen Moffat]] himself described as the turning point for Sherlock from being a ruthless, potentially amoral man to becoming a real hero.friends. Even though he doesn't literally die for them, he allows himself to be smeared as a criminal, his genius discredited and goes into hiding, leaving behind everything he knows and lives for, just to protect those he loves. It's the first truly selfless act he ever does as it [[TearJerker leaves him with nothing in the end]]. Though it seems cruel for him to make his friends grieve unnecessarily, even a mind that isn't as narrow and logical as Sherlock's would still argue that it was better they mourn him than be dead themselves. Not to mention he has no other choice but to remain 'dead' "dead" for as long as necessary to carry on protecting them. Kind of makes you feel bad for the guy in advance when the warmest welcoming them.

[[AC:Sherlock's Grave]]
* John calling Sherlock "the best man [that
he's most likely going to receive on his return is ever known]". As well as being a punch to line [[MythologyGag from the face. That's if he's lucky.
* In his "note", Sherlock not only apologises to John (which can function as an apology for what he's about to do) but also tells him that he researched him, trying to find out everything he could about him in order to impress him. He's telling John that he ''cared'' enough about John's approval that he wanted to impress him. Earlier in the episode Sherlock had explicitly said he didn't care what other people thought.
* Even if the only point of this was to make their get-away easier and to avoid hurting their wrists, every viewer in the country let out a collective 'aww' at these three words:
--> '''Sherlock:''' Take my hand.
** While avoiding having the handcuffs chafe their wrists is the most logical reason for this, there's nothing to say there wasn't more to this moment. In fact the reason behind it is never mentioned and
original books]], it's only afterwards that John tells also a lovely CallBack to the times when Sherlock that they need has referred to ''co-ordinate''. After that, John clutches Sherlock's sleeve or they don't bother at all. It could possibly be that, in that moment after more or less "proving" to the police that he is a criminal and forced to go on the lam, Sherlock honestly wanted some physical reassurance that he still had as his best friend with him and that they were in this together. The next time they properly hold hands is when they jump in front of the oncoming bus."best man".
** What was originally a cute line * After everything that John has ever done for Sherlock, John finally asks Sherlock for just one thing in return. "Don't be dead. Would you do that just for me?"
* The fact that Sherlock is there, watching John from afar. The placing of
the midst of all gravestone and how overgrown the tension becomes burial mound is shows that a considerable amount of time has passed since he faked his death. And yet, Sherlock is still watching over John to make sure he's safe. It's a mix of heart-warming and [[TearJerker tear jerker]] later to wonder how often he looks in on John, watching his friend grieve without being able to show himself or comfort him. And John, all the episode when John tries to take the hand (or rather, the wrist) of Sherlock's corpse and has to have his fingers prised off by the crowd to keep him away. The same goes for when while, not knowing that Sherlock is on the roof alive and the shot of their outstretched hands makes it look as if they're reaching out to each other.
* Lestrade being one of the three friends which Sherlock would kill himself in order to protect. We knew that John was a given, he'd already been used as collateral against Sherlock twice, as has Mrs. Hudson who we've seen that he loves like a mum. But Lestrade? We've not seen any example so far of Sherlock showing concern, affection or even much respect for the D.I. In the previous episode Sherlock didn't even know his first name and was incredibly rude to him for just showing up when Lestrade only wanted to help them. We've seen Lestrade show loyalty and trust in Sherlock as well as being willing to go against the law for him several times but there's been little to no examples of Sherlock doing anything as heartwarming for him in return. Now we find out that, despite his ungrateful attitude, he really does care about Lestrade and is willing to throw himself off a building to save his life.
** When he got warned by Lestrade that he was about to be arrested, he did choose to stay and let this happen, rather than flee. He knew that suspicion would likely fall on Lestrade if he was not present, so he chose to stay and get himself arrested, ''then'' attempt an escape, rather than go on the run outright (which would have been considerably easier) in order to protect Lestrade.
still protecting him.



* The fact that [[spoiler:[[ButtMonkey Anderson]], of all people is convinced that Sherlock is coming back and is trying to convince Lestrade of the fact.]]
* On that note, the gentle way Lestrade tells Anderson to "take care" and promises to try to get him his job back.
* [[spoiler: Sherlock's birthday video ends with this.]]
* The fact that a beaming Inspector Prakesh of New Delhi addresses only-one-friend Sherlock as "my friend", and wants him to take credit for a case he solved.
* Heartwarming when you think about it - Sherlock tells Lestrade that all of John's friends hate him, but he doesn't include Lestrade himself in that comment. Given that Lestrade refers to John as "an old friend" in his absence, looks in on him, cares how he's doing, and thinks to give him Sherlock's old things, John's been left with at least one genuine friend who doesn't hate him.

to:

* The fact that Despite their amenity, [[spoiler:[[ButtMonkey Anderson]], of all people is convinced Anderson]] has spent the past few years trying to find proof that Sherlock is coming back alive, and is even trying to to convince Lestrade of the fact.]]
* ** On that note, the gentle way Lestrade tells Anderson to "take care" and promises to try to get him his job back.
* [[spoiler: Sherlock's birthday video ends with this.]]
* The fact that a beaming
Inspector Prakesh of New Delhi addresses only-one-friend wants Sherlock as "my friend", and wants him to take credit for a case he solved.
* Heartwarming when you think about it - Sherlock tells Lestrade that all of John's friends hate him, but he doesn't include Lestrade himself in that comment. Given that Lestrade refers to John as "an old friend" in his absence, looks in on him, cares how he's doing,
solved, and thinks to give even addresses him Sherlock's old things, John's been left with at least one genuine friend who doesn't hate him."friend".
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