Watson: “This room has five air vents.”
Bell: “And the capital of Michigan is Lansing. You know you are starting to sound like your partner.”
This episode allows viewers a glimpse at a teenage Sherlock. Sadly, there aren’t any flashbacks, but instead, viewers get to see Sherlock describe himself in his own words. Sometimes that is even better than being shown flashbacks because it isn’t another person’s impression of him, it is his own. Sherlock has a surprising connection to a suspect, Anne. Well, he knew Abigail who changed her name to Anne. It’s great to see brief moments of their friendship because, as touched upon in the last episode, Sherlock doesn’t have a life outside of his work. He doesn’t have a lot of friends. This episode provides an example of someone who Sherlock helped get through things, and also someone who helped Sherlock. Did you enjoy this brief look into Sherlock’s childhood?
So far during the course of this show, viewers have watched Sherlock deal with his addiction. In this episode, Sherlock brings up a different traumatic aspect of his past. He was bullied, and not via anonymous messages online, but he was beaten. This is just an all-around great episode for Sherlock. Viewers learn so much about him in one episode. What will be interesting to watch is whether or not the writers continue to show this side of Sherlock. This could be a onetime thing. Now, it does make sense that every episode can’t feature Sherlock looking within himself to try to heal old wounds, but hopefully there will continue to be conversations between Sherlock and Watson where she tries to help him through things. What did you think about Sherlock opening up about his past?
Let’s talk about the case, shall we? All in all, it’s alright. It is amusing that the wife’s alibi involves her admitting that she was considering killing him. When does that ever happen? It is obvious that Anne would take the fall for Graham, since they were both abused, and she did cheat jail before. What would be great is if Graham reappears in a later episode, whether it is briefly, perhaps involving him taking up Sherlock’s offer to talk, or even as another murder suspect. Did you enjoy the case?
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