And now, even more deductions, specifically centered around season three-
7- The Empty Hearse (season three), “deductions” scene at 221 B: There are a couple of moments in this scene at Baker Street where John Watson has refused to return to Sherlock’s side because Sherlock faked his death and didn’t tell him at the cliffhanger of season two. So now, Sherlock has enlisted the help of his brother to solve the case of this terrorist threat coming to the UK. Just to pass the time, at first the two of them look like they’re playing chess, when really, they’re playing Operation.
Sherlock: “Can’t handle a broken heart. How very telling.”
They eventually decide to abandon the stupid Operation board game and Sherlock hands Mycroft a hat that was left behind by a client. He says, “Let’s do deductions,” where Mycroft tells him he’d rather not. But a few moments later, Mycroft gives in and makes a deduction on who the client is just by inspecting the hat, that the client is sentimental, lonely, almost obsessive compulsive with cleaning and repairing his hat, and he has a bad case of halitosis.
Yeah, Mycroft is definitely Sherlock’s brother all right. They’re both sociopaths.
8- His Last Vow, Christmas dinner scene: Sherlock has persuaded newlyweds John and Mary Watson to come with him for Christmas dinner with the Holmes family in the English countryside after Sherlock had just come home from the hospital. (I won’t spoil anything, but in this episode, someone shoots Sherlock with a bullet in the chest area. But don’t worry, Sherlock doesn’t die.) We see Sherlock and Mycroft in the kitchen with their parents, whom are played by Benedict Cumberbatch’s real mummy and daddy, and their mother starts nagging Mycroft for leaving his computer underneath the potatoes.
Mycroft then gets back at his mom for what he’s done and for calling him Mike. Apparently, he doesn’t like that nickname. I’m also guessing that when Sherlock was courting Janine to get closer to the new villain Magnussen, he also didn’t like Janine calling him Sherl. Human error.
9- His Last Vow again, front yard of the Holmes house on Christmas: Both Sherlock and Mycroft are sharing cigarettes on the front lawn of their parents’ house after a very long holiday dinner, while John and Mary are making up to each other after John finds out that his new wife had lied to him. For a brief moment, Mycroft thanks Sherlock for giving up on the Magnussen case, although Sherlock has a secret plan of taking Magnussen down at Appledore.
So in the middle of their conversation, Mycroft describes Magnussen as, “A necessary evil, not a dragon for you to slay.”
Sherlock: “A dragon slayer, is that what you think of me?”
Mycroft: “No, it’s what you think of yourself.”
At that precise moment as Sherlock is taking a drag, their dear mom walks in on them and a nagging comment is imminent.
Mrs. Holmes: “Are you two smoking?!”
Mycroft: (quickly) “No.”
Sherlock: “It was Mycroft!”
Just as they turn around, they’re both hiding their cigarettes behind their backs as their mom looks back at them suspiciously, shutting the door behind her. Then Sherlock finally lets out a breath of smoke, knowing she’s back in the house. This scene is funny as it is intriguing, as the Holmes brothers are talking about the next new villain, Charles Augustus Magnussen (in the books- Milverton).
In that little way, that’s what brothers would do if their mother caught them doing something bad, like smoking. In the beginning of the series, Sherlock is using three nicotine patches to help him think, but by season two in “Hounds of Baskerville” Sherlock’s got a real nicotine craving and he’s begging his best friend John Watson to hand over the cigarettes. And much later in season four, Sherlock nearly overdoses on drugs in “The Lying Detective” while taking down Culverton Smith, just like what happens in the middle of His Last Bow in the Doyle story “The Dying Detective”.
This scene is probably my favorite Holmes brother moment between Mycroft and Sherlock. Brothers can be a little silly sometimes.
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