Brotherly compassion… or rivalry? Part four

I was supposed to post this last week before the American holiday, sometime in the last week of June, but that didn’t happen. A crisis arose and was dealt with. But now, without further ado, here is the last post in the Sherlock Brotherly Compassion series!

10- Six Thatchers (season four), office scene, first scene of the episode: “Are you tweeting?” As we pick up where we left off on season three with the Moriarty cliffhanger (I won’t spoil it), Mycroft is making his introductions to the main government heads, including Lady Smallwood, and their secretary, and he’s talking about what happened at Appledore with Sherlock and Magnussen. Just when they’re about to play the video, Mycroft shouts, “Are you tweeting?!”

At long last, Sherlock looks up from his phone and goes, “No.”

That’s when Mycroft grabs at Sherlock’s phone and pries it free from his little brother’s fingers. The tweet reads: “Back on terra firma. Free as a bird. #ohwhatabeautifulmorning”

Mycroft: “Will you take this matter seriously, Sherlock?”

Even though Sherlock is feeling good that his brother is doing him a favor for getting him cleared of all charges on the subject of Magnussen, Mycroft still wants him to take the whole deal seriously, especially now that England is being threatened with another attack from Moriarty… or is it?

Either way, this is a very funny brotherly moment.

11- The Final Problem, Mycroft’s house: “There’s an east wind coming, Mycroft, coming to get you!” Now with this scene, I can just tell that my friend Tiffany would hate it because there’s a clown in it and she really hates clowns, thanks to Stephen King. In this chilling scene, Mycroft is watching an old film noir on a film projector when the picture cuts to an old family video, followed by a scary message on screen.

Mycroft gets up and bolts for the door, only to be lured in another direction. He finds a little girl running through the house, then he stumbles into a clown. He grabs an umbrella, which has a sword concealed inside it, while the clown also draws a sword. Before they fight, Mycroft makes one other adjustment- there’s a gun inside the umbrella handle as well. So he snaps off the blade and tries to fire his weapon, but nothing happens. He runs.

Just as Mycroft is running for the locked door, Sherlock appears and Mycroft cries in fear, “Sherlock! Help me!”

When Sherlock acknowledges his brother, he gives a whistle and the lights turn on. That’s when his little experiment is over and the two homeless people dressed as a clown and a little girl. Sherlock makes some conclusions that he has a sister, Mycroft has his sister locked away somewhere, and Mycroft is freaking terrified of her.

Yes, this experiment was somewhat a way of brothers who terrorize each other. It’s kind of the way where the boys would hide their faces to me and pretend to be laughing, but they were really laughing at me. This was usually on the bus stop on my street in high school. That was one act of juvenile terrorism and bullying they did to me.

12- The Final Problem again, 221 B apartment scene: “16 by six, brother and under we go…” 

This scene is probably one of the most chilling scenes of the series, where family is involved. When Mycroft comes to 221B, Sherlock and Watson are waiting for him to sit in “the chair” where the clients sit. Mrs. Hudson makes it clear that they won’t take the case unless he sits down.

When Mycroft finally takes a seat, there’s a very long scene of dialogue where Mycroft tells Watson about the lost sister of the Holmes brothers. Eurus used to sing a song as a clue to what happened to Sherlock’s beloved companion, “Redbeard”. Notice I said “companion”- I didn’t say dog or pet. I’m not spoiling anything because I want you to watch the series!!!

But anyway, Mycroft tells Watson that Sherlock had rewritten his memories to forget all about his sister Eurus, and Mycroft helps him remember: “I am lost/ who will find me/ deep down below the old beech tree/ help succor me now/ the east winds blow/ 16 by six, brother and under we go…”

This is where we’re getting closer to solving the puzzle of the Holmes family. And at the end of the episode, there is a beautiful song on violin shared between Sherlock and Eurus which unites the whole family.

I guess Mycroft was just trying to protect his brother from Eurus when he kept all those secrets under lock and key at Sherrinford while Sherlock rewrote his memories. He only let him have them back when he needed them, to solve the mystery of the “return” of his old archnemesis Moriarty.

Well, that’s about it! I think that’s all I can think of for my Sherlock theories about the Holmes boys. If you think of anything else, just let me know in the comments. If you liked this series, hit the Like button!

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