- In all seriousness, though, Inspector Lestrade is simply made of awesome in this story. Recurring character ascended to The Hero, the Team Dad, the Parental Substitute for a certain convalescent amateur, the Determinator, the Only Sane Man, the Not So Stoic professional, and the guy who gets to give Sherlock Holmes the What the Hell, Hero? speech several times.
- Mary is also made of win in this story, having gone from being a spirited lady to an honest-to-goodness Action Girl. She is also The Heart, Lestrade's Hyper-Competent Sidekick, the Team Mom, The Smart Girl, the Determinator - all of which adds up to, you guessed it: Pintsized Powerhouse.
Holmes: "Lestrade, have you gone insane? How could you bring Mary into this? If Watson had had the least notion... that you, or anyone, would involve his wife..."
- The fact that she got the drop on Lestrade in the first place and has made herself indispensable ever since is cause for applause.
Lestrade: "You talk as if I had some kind of choice in the matter, Mr Holmes. The first I even knew that Mary was following me was on the boat from Newhaven. Came up beside me while I was hanging over the rail and offered me a ginger pill, as calm and unruffled as you please."
Awesome / A Study in Regret