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* [[spoiler: The entire episode is a lot more heartwarming after watching The Final Problem. Sherlock and Henry are incredibly similar, both rewrote their memories to rationalize the death of someone they love to make it easier to cope with. Sherlock obviously doesnít know this as heís trying to help Henry, but itís still there, deep inside, possibly motivating Sherlock to make sure at least one of them gets the help they need.]]

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* Mycroft complementing Sherlock heart and then telling John that Sherlock wanted to be a pirate growing up. Even the Iceman knows that Sherlock is a genuinely good person.


*** Also a CMoA for Sherlock. This is a self-identified sociopath- who is also probably a high-functioning autistic from what the writers have indicated- bringing a ENTIRE room to tears of joy through a single speech. It showcases how far Sherlock has come since the very first episode, and how much his friends mean to him at this point.

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*** Also a CMoA an awesome moment for Sherlock. This is a self-identified sociopath- who is also probably a high-functioning autistic from what the writers have indicated- bringing a ENTIRE room to tears of joy through a single speech. It showcases how far Sherlock has come since the very first episode, and how much his friends mean to him at this point.


* And the fact that after Sherlock is arrested and the superintendent comes up and starts insulting Sherlock, John loses it and ''punches the superintendent of Scotland Yard'', earning himself an arrest, even though Sherlock wasn't there to hear the superintendent. Also doubles as a {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}.

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* And the fact that after Sherlock is arrested and the superintendent comes up and starts insulting Sherlock, John loses it and ''punches the superintendent of Scotland Yard'', earning himself an arrest, even though Sherlock wasn't there to hear the superintendent. Also doubles as a {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}.SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.

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** John was in Afghanistan. He may not be Irene's biggest fan, but he likely has at least very close observational experience with the kind of "executions" performed by jihadi terrorists. Mycroft's coolly academic, John knows viscerally what that kind of execution would be like (and given Irene's a woman, the kind of other [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil tortures she could have been subjected to first]]) and has the kind of human, empathic reaction someone with firsthand experience would.


** In a rare moment of social awareness, Sherlock seems to immediately understand that blurting out "gay" was unacceptable and out of line, because when he's called on it, he mumbles, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Nothing... um... hey."]] This is the same man who in earlier episodes told John to his face that he was an idiot, crashed John's date and blatantly told Sarah to go home so he and John could pull another all-nighter over the book code. He seems genuinely sorry for what he's just said. Unluckily for him, Molly heard him perfectly the first time, which leads to him launching into his rundown on why he thinks Jim is gay.

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** In a rare moment of social awareness, Sherlock seems to immediately understand that blurting out "gay" was unacceptable and out of line, because when he's called on it, he mumbles, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "Nothing... um... hey."]] This is the same man who in earlier episodes told John to his face that he was an idiot, crashed John's date and blatantly told Sarah to go home so he and John could pull another all-nighter over the book code. He seems genuinely sorry for what he's just said. Unluckily for him, Molly heard him perfectly the first time, which leads to him launching into his rundown on why he thinks Jim is gay.



** John also admits that Lestrade helped him get Sherlock to the flat, even if he was [[CrowningMomentOfFunny filming the process on his phone]]. We never ''see'' Lestrade during this sequence, but we're reminded that any time Sherlock's in trouble, Lestrade's around to help out, even if it falls well outside his job description.

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** John also admits that Lestrade helped him get Sherlock to the flat, even if he was [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments filming the process on his phone]]. We never ''see'' Lestrade during this sequence, but we're reminded that any time Sherlock's in trouble, Lestrade's around to help out, even if it falls well outside his job description.



-->'''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!]]

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-->'''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 [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments a complete dickhead!]]



-->'''John:''' Oh. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Bottom of the Thames.]]

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-->'''John:''' Oh. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Bottom of the Thames.]]



** There's one moment in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' particular, although she's gloating at the time, she reminds John that she had told him Sherlock was a psychopath "the first time we met." There's a few "first meetings" mentioned in ''The Reichenbach Fall''- the first time Sherlock met John, the first time they met Moriarty- that the first time Sally met John scores a mention really is quite oddly heartwarming, considering that Sally hasn't been seen at all since ''The Great Game'' and even then only had a few lines. And the majority of those lines weren't her disdain for Sherlock- they were her suggesting [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hobbies that John might like to take up]] rather than hanging around with Sherlock. Line for line, she really does spend a surprising amount of time not snarking about or to Sherlock, but trying to convince John to protect himself by staying away from him.

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** There's one moment in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' particular, although she's gloating at the time, she reminds John that she had told him Sherlock was a psychopath "the first time we met." There's a few "first meetings" mentioned in ''The Reichenbach Fall''- the first time Sherlock met John, the first time they met Moriarty- that the first time Sally met John scores a mention really is quite oddly heartwarming, considering that Sally hasn't been seen at all since ''The Great Game'' and even then only had a few lines. And the majority of those lines weren't her disdain for Sherlock- they were her suggesting [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hobbies that John might like to take up]] rather than hanging around with Sherlock. Line for line, she really does spend a surprising amount of time not snarking about or to Sherlock, but trying to convince John to protect himself by staying away from him.

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***Also a CMoA for Sherlock. This is a self-identified sociopath- who is also probably a high-functioning autistic from what the writers have indicated- bringing a ENTIRE room to tears of joy through a single speech. It showcases how far Sherlock has come since the very first episode, and how much his friends mean to him at this point.

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** Anderson thinks he's found an inconsistency in Sherlock's account of how he survived the fall, but his skepticism only lasts for a moment before he dissolves into throes of joyous laughter, falling onto the floor and wiping his evidence off the wall. He's just that happy Sherlock's still alive.


'''Sherlock:''' ''[looks up{'' ...Soldiers?\\

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'''Sherlock:''' ''[looks up{'' ...up]'' ...Soldiers?\\



** [[FreezeFrameBonus Blink and you'll miss it]], but during Mary's voice-over, in one of the scenes of Sherlock and [[spoiler: Eurus]], Mrs. Holmes puts a hand on Mycroft's knee, and he smiles at her. Repeat: ''Mycroft'' gives his mother a ''genuine smile.''



** The way Sherlock and John run out of [[TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes1939 Rathbone Place]] at the end, [[AndTheAdventureContinues off to another mystery]].

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** The way Sherlock and John run out of [[TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes1939 [[Film/TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes1939 Rathbone Place]] at the end, [[AndTheAdventureContinues off to another mystery]].


** Followed by the surprised look of ''plain disagreement'' on Sherlock's face when Molly initially tells him she "doesn't count."

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** Followed by the surprised look of ''plain disagreement'' on Sherlock's face when Molly initially tells him she "doesn't count."" He may be an asshole, but he wouldn't be there seeking her help if he thought she was as insignificant as she believes herself to be.


* 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 quite possibly the cruelest thing he's ever said to her. And she helps him anyway.

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* 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 after she points out she broke up with him 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 and then ending it when it wasn't working has any ''any'' connection at all with the kidnapping of two kids. It's quite possibly the cruelest thing he's ever said to her. And she helps him anyway.


* 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.

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* 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 quite possibly the cruellest cruelest thing he's ever said to her. And she helps him anyway.

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** The way he humiliated Molly was using his SherlockScan on her and proclaiming all the tell-tale signs that she has a new boyfriend that she's desperately trying to impress...only to find out, from the present she's brought, that he misread all of those signs and it was actually ''him'' that she was trying to impress. The MyGodWhatHaveIDone reaction from him is immediate.


* Sherlock comforting Sarah as he's untying her, by briefly putting his hands on her shoulders. He soothes her with something like "it's all right, you're safe, it's over". It's such a small but remarkable gesture of compassion and empathy, considering the earlier scene in Baker Street where it's clear he barely tolerates the woman.

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* Sherlock comforting Sarah as he's untying her, by briefly putting his hands on her shoulders. He soothes her with something like "it's all right, you're safe, it's over". It's such a small but remarkable gesture of compassion and empathy, considering the earlier scene in Baker Street where it's clear he barely tolerates the woman.woman (until she ends up helping him make a breakthrough in the case, anyway).


* After the old lady is shot and her call to Sherlock is cut off, there's a heartbreakingly sombre moment as the three men take in what has happened. Sherlock may claim not to care about the hostages, but the expression on his face and the way he sinks back into his chair tells a completely different story. Also, John's hand comes to rest on the back of Sherlock's chair, very close to Sherlock's neck. It looks as if John is ready to comfort his friend if he needs to because he knows that Sherlock must feel some guilt, deep down inside, over not saving her when he had the chance.

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* After the old lady is shot blown up and her call to Sherlock is cut off, there's a heartbreakingly sombre moment as the three men take in what has happened. Sherlock may claim not to care about the hostages, but the expression on his face and the way he sinks back into his chair tells a completely different story. Also, John's hand comes to rest on the back of Sherlock's chair, very close to Sherlock's neck. It looks as if John is ready to comfort his friend if he needs to because he knows that Sherlock must feel some guilt, deep down inside, over not saving her when he had the chance.

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