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* ShipTease: John finds out that Irene still texts Sherlock occasionally, wondering what this implies, and Sherlock behaves very awkwardly at the reveal, trying to pretend he doesn't know what John's talking about. The script for the episode even describes Sherlock's behaviour as "Like he got caught by his parents trying to hide his girlfriend".


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* AsideGlance: Done by Sian Brooke, through her disguise glasses, just after switching her accent from German to Yorkshire to deliver the Faith Smith line quoted above, and just before revealing her character's real identity.

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* AsideGlance: Done by Sian Brooke, Brooke gives us one of these, through her disguise glasses, just after switching glasses upon shifting her accent from German to Yorkshire to deliver the Faith Smith "Faith Smith" line quoted above, and just before revealing her character's real identity.

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* ChekhovsGun: Mrs Hudson's Aston Martin. She uses it to bring Sherlock to John at his therapist's house, and at the end of the episode John uses it to get to the hospital and save Sherlock from Culverton Smith.
** A four-series-long one: John's cane, which was introduced in "A Study In Pink" and it turns out that Sherlock hid a recording device in it to catch Culverton Smith's confessing his crimes.


** There's a rich, blond-ish businessman who isn't conventionally attractive, with a working-class accent. He's a charismatic, bombastic man with fingers in a lot of pies and a successful reality-TV star, in shows about businesses. He's accused of horrible things, and somehow manages to spin the controversy lead into publicity gold, much to the frustration of his detractors. This makes Smith a combination of Savile and ''UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump''. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And let's end it there]].

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** There's a rich, blond-ish businessman who isn't conventionally attractive, with a working-class accent. He's a charismatic, bombastic man with fingers in a lot of pies and a successful reality-TV star, in shows about businesses. He's accused of horrible things, and somehow manages to spin the controversy lead into publicity gold, much to the frustration of his detractors. This makes Smith a combination of Savile and ''UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump''. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And let's end it there]].


* AloneWithThePsycho: John with Eurus at the end. As Sherlock finds the clue on the note left in his flat by Faith, John realizes with a shock that his therapist is actually an impostor, too late for him to do anything but sit and watch as she locks the doors on him.

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* AloneWithThePsycho: AloneWithThePsycho: Happens to John with Eurus at the end. As Sherlock finds the clue on the note left in his flat by Faith, flat, John realizes with a shock that his therapist he is sitting with is actually an impostor, too late for him to do anything but sit and watch as she locks the doors on him.him and [[{{Cliffhanger}} pulls the trigger]].



** There's a rich, blond-ish businessman who isn't conventionally attractive, with a working-class accent. He's a charismatic, bombastic man with fingers in a lot of pies and a successful reality-TV star, in shows about businesses. He's accused of horrible things, and somehow manages to spin the controversy lead into publicity gold, much to the frustration of his detractors. This makes Smith a combination of Savile and ''Creator/DonaldTrump''. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And let's end it there]].

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** There's a rich, blond-ish businessman who isn't conventionally attractive, with a working-class accent. He's a charismatic, bombastic man with fingers in a lot of pies and a successful reality-TV star, in shows about businesses. He's accused of horrible things, and somehow manages to spin the controversy lead into publicity gold, much to the frustration of his detractors. This makes Smith a combination of Savile and ''Creator/DonaldTrump''.''UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump''. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And let's end it there]].


** The episode repeatedly plays with the idea that Sherlock is just fixating on an innocent Smith and demonising him because of his drug addiction and guilt. This is inspired by the famous novel and film ''Literature/TheSevenPercentSolution'', in which Professor Moriarty is an innocent man whom a drug-crazed Holmes deludedly believes to be a supervillain because he once had an affair with Holmes's mother. In the end Smith really is as evil as Holmes believes.

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** The episode repeatedly plays with the idea that Sherlock is just fixating on an innocent Smith and demonising him because of his drug addiction and guilt. This is inspired by the famous novel and film ''Literature/TheSevenPercentSolution'', in which Professor Moriarty is an innocent man whom a drug-crazed Holmes deludedly believes to be a supervillain because he once had an affair with Holmes's mother.mother, and Holmes's innocent exposure of it led Holmes's father to kill her. In the end Smith really is as evil as Holmes believes.


--->'''Eurus:''' My parents loved silly names, like Eurus... or Mycroft... or Sherlock.

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--->'''Eurus:''' I'm Eurus. It's Greek; it means "[[ArcWords the east wind]]". My parents loved silly names, like Eurus... names. Like Eurus, or Mycroft... Mycroft...or Sherlock.Sherlock...


--> '''John:''' Sherlock's not your only brother. There's another one, isn't there?\\

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--> '''John:''' -->'''John:''' Sherlock's not your only brother. There's another one, isn't there?\\



--> '''Mycroft:''' Sherlock gone rogue is a legitimate security concern. The fact that I'm his brother changes absolutely nothing. It didn't the last time, and I assure you, [realizes what he just said] it won't with... with Sherlock.

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--> '''Mycroft:''' -->'''Mycroft:''' Sherlock gone rogue is a legitimate security concern. The fact that I'm his brother changes absolutely nothing. It didn't the last time, and I assure you, [realizes what he just said] it won't with... with Sherlock.


-->'''Smith''': Oh, Mr Holmes, I don't know if this is relevant, but we found three potential recording devices in the pockets of your coat. All your possessions were searched. Sorry!\\
'''Sherlock''': Must be something comforting about the [[RuleOfThree number three]], people always give up after three.

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-->'''Smith''': -->'''Smith:''' Oh, Mr Holmes, I don't know if this is relevant, but we found three potential recording devices in the pockets of your coat. All your possessions were searched. Sorry!\\
'''Sherlock''': '''Sherlock:''' Must be something comforting about the [[RuleOfThree number three]], people always give up after three.



-->'''Mary''': Go and pick a fight with a bad guy, put yourself in harm's way. If [John] thinks you need him, I swear... he will be there.

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-->'''Mary''': -->'''Mary:''' Go and pick a fight with a bad guy, put yourself in harm's way. If [John] thinks you need him, I swear... he will be there.



--> '''Sherlock:''' I'm Sherlock Holmes, I wear the damn hat. Isn't that so, Mary?

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--> '''Sherlock:''' --->'''Sherlock:''' I'm Sherlock Holmes, I wear the damn hat. Isn't that so, Mary?



--> '''Eurus:''' My parents loved silly names, like Eurus... or Mycroft... or Sherlock.

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--> '''Eurus:''' --->'''Eurus:''' My parents loved silly names, like Eurus... or Mycroft... or Sherlock.


* RoomFullOfCrazy: Sherlock's room looks like this during one of his drug trips.

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* RoomFullOfCrazy: Sherlock's living room looks like this during one of his drug trips.


* RealityEnsues: John is seeing a therapist to deal with Mary's death and having his daughter taken care of by family friends, since the trauma of the incident has him feeling he failed Rosie and is starting to hallucinate Mary's ghost in front of him. He is also avoiding Sherlock like the plague, blaming him for what happened to Mary, and it takes him to learn that Mary left a video in the event that she dies that would help Sherlock and John reconcile for him to come to Sherlock's aide just in time before he is strangled by the episode's killer. Sherlock mentions later that the recorder he hid to prove who the killer was will most likely be thrown out of court on grounds of entrapment, but the killer keeps on confessing to his crimes, so it doesn't really matter.


* TheReveal: The woman with whom John flirted on the bus last episode, the woman who came to Sherlock's flat as "Faith Smith" and John's new therapist are all the same woman in disguise: Eurus, the third Holmes sibling.

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* TheReveal: Philanthropist and public icon Culverton Smith really is the serial killer Sherlock accused him of being. The woman with whom John flirted on the bus last episode, the woman who came to Sherlock's visited Sherlock at his flat claiming to be Culverton's daughter Faith really was there (and not a drug hallucination as "Faith Smith" Sherlock feared), and she, John's new therapist therapist, and the woman John flirted with on the bus in the previous episode are all the same woman in disguise: Eurus, the third Holmes sibling.person: Sherlock's and Mycroft's sister Eurus Holmes.

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* RealityEnsues: John is seeing a therapist to deal with Mary's death and having his daughter taken care of by family friends, since the trauma of the incident has him feeling he failed Rosie and is starting to hallucinate Mary's ghost in front of him. He is also avoiding Sherlock like the plague, blaming him for what happened to Mary, and it takes him to learn that Mary left a video in the event that she dies that would help Sherlock and John reconcile for him to come to Sherlock's aide just in time before he is strangled by the episode's killer. Sherlock mentions later that the recorder he hid to prove who the killer was will most likely be thrown out of court on grounds of entrapment, but the killer keeps on confessing to his crimes, so it doesn't really matter.


As Sherlock attempts to comfort John Watson after his wife's death, entrepreneur and apparent philanthropist Culverton Smith tests a new drug on daughter Faith and his employees to make them forget his confession that he is planning to commit murder. Faith has a partial memory and approaches Sherlock to identify a likely victim but her disappearance, and his descent into drug-taking, lands him in Smith's hospital and at his mercy. However, Sherlock is not as helpless as he appears and has his own way of trapping Smith though the final shock is reserved to Watson as his therapist springs a terrible surprise on him.

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As Sherlock attempts to comfort John Watson after his wife's death, entrepreneur and apparent philanthropist Culverton Smith (Creator/TobyJones) tests a new drug on daughter Faith and his employees to make them forget his confession that he is planning to commit murder. Faith has a partial memory and approaches Sherlock to identify a likely victim but her disappearance, and his descent into drug-taking, lands him in Smith's hospital and at his mercy. However, Sherlock is not as helpless as he appears and has his own way of trapping Smith though the final shock is reserved to Watson as his therapist springs a terrible surprise on him.

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