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Sherlock series 3 continued last night, and to celebrate, the Hypable staff have picked their favorite moments from “The Sign of Three.”

Sherlock is only on air for about two weeks every two years, so when we do get these concentrated bursts of brilliance, it’s important to enjoy every second of it that we can! To help you relish this short but sweet broadcast window, Hypable writers Harri Sargeant and Marama Whyte have selected their 10 favorite moments from “The Sign of Three” in the second of a series of Sherlock articles, accompanied by GIFs made by writer Tariq Kyle. Check them out below, and make sure you share your faves in the comments below!

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Poor Greg Lestrade has always been one of the unsung heroes of Sherlock. He is constantly the third wheel to the Sherlock and John bromance, he manages to put up with Sherlock’s strangeness, and he is generally the last to know absolutely anything.

The opening sequence of “The Sign of Three” was pure Lestrade gold. The growing frustration, the yelling, the kicking, oh Lestrade. But it also set up the rest of the episode, which was decidedly focused on Sherlock’s character, rather than a case of the week. This scene perfectly demonstrated this change – the audience is taken from what could be the new case to Sherlock, as he copes with the best man duties that will occupy him for the remainder of the episode.

Of course the reveal that Sherlock was not really in danger was fairly predictable for the audience, but once again poor Lestrade didn’t see it coming. While Lestrade really should know better by now, the way he dropped absolutely everything to go to Sherlock’s aid showed just how much he valued his friend. – Marama Whyte


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It’s sometimes easy to forget that John was a soldier when he’s dealing with awkward ailments and chasing around after the great detective. “The Sign of Three” was a nice throwback to Martin Freeman’s character’s long and illustrious career in the forces.

It was nice too, to see the effect he had on James Sholto, showing the difference John has made for people in all kinds of different situations. And Sherlock’s discussion with Sholto, where he convinced John’s former superior to stay alive for his wedding day was touching proof of this.

Of course, we also had the obligatory “pulling rank” while investigating the mysterious murder of the Queen’s Guard – a fun throwback to “The Hounds of Baskerville” – proof that though he may have retired, John will always be a noted and respected man of honour. – Harri Sargeant


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She’s become a regular mainstay in our favourite moments of every episode, but the subtlety and realism that Louise Brealey’s brilliant portrayal brings makes Molly an unforgettable character in a sea of memorable ones. The small glimpses into her speculation with Mrs. Hudson and Greg Lestrade were a nice touch, as we so rarely see her interact with anyone other than Sherlock.

It was great to see a bit more of Tom too, and Molly’s embarrassed hushing of him while he tried to turn his hand to solving the case is evidence that high functioning socio-paths have sort of become her type. Though they looked genuinely happy together while dancing at the episode’s close, we can’t help but feel the relationship is only temporary.

It’s anyone’s guess what’s next for the only regular character not created by Arthur Conan Doyle, but with the constant references to her love life we can’t help but feel their could be another spark on the horizon for the Sherlolly shippers out there. – Harri Sargeant


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The end of “The Sign of Three” might not be to everyone’s taste, but it made sense for this slightly bizarre episode. Not only does this send a twist into our story, but the idea that Sherlock makes deductions everywhere he looks without intending to is endlessly fascinating.

The reveal was set up from the beginning, when Sherlock made one too many deductions about a possible date for Mary’s bridesmaid. And like all good mysteries, the signs were there throughout the episode, but as always, Sherlock was the only one who noticed them.

The fact that Sherlock was the one to recognize this pregnancy seems somehow fitting for this odd trio. Neither Sherlock nor John may have believed that a wedding would change their friendship, but there is no question that a baby will. And so our detective boys face another challenge going into the season 3 finale, “His Last Vow.” Marama Whyte


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It is no secret that Sherlock is one of the most visually stunning television shows, but season 3 has really stepped it up a notch. The structure of this episode meant that there was a heavy reliance on flashbacks, and one of the flashbacks we enjoyed most was Sherlock interviewing the women who had been involved with the “Mayfly Man.” And that’s not to mention the beautiful interpretation of the wedding photos.

A show like Sherlock that is so closely tied to a single man’s thought process does face the obstacle of becoming repetitive. The constantly changing visuals are one way that the writers and directors keep us involved and interested, and in such a character-focused episode as this one, they were critical.

Plus, being inside Sherlock’s head has other benefits – like another appearance by Mycroft (this time sans workout clothes), and a surprising cameo from The Woman – Irene Adler. We wonder just how much time Irene usually occupies in Sherlock’s mind. – Marama Whyte

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That stag night, an awkward silence, and Sherlock the wedding planner

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  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    This episode was just perfect. I don’t think I could’ve narrowed my favourite moments down to just 10.

  • PabloRuiz7

    “He’s clueing for looks”

  • Kira Bonnice

    I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at an episode of Sherlock. The Stag Night had me in tears. I love Mary, she’s an excellent match for John and so tolerant and understanding of Sherlock’s quirks. I loved this episode.

  • Allison L.

    I think this might currently be my favorite episode! I loved the character development and character relationships being explored!
    My hope is that they will surprise us with extra episode/s, perferably a fresh three, for having us wait so long…but it’s Moffat and he is a cruel cruel man..but hey a girl can dream!

  • Lotte

    This is once again a perfect summary of the last, oh so amazing episode. Well done, once again, Hypable.

  • Tess Lai

    What I love the most about this episode (but feel bad for Sherlock) is that: even we’ve kept saying how different he’s become, he is still the spectator who does not fit in.
    He might have learnt to be more “human” in the past two years, at the end of the day, he still struggles. And we are reminded of that when we see him leave the party as it continues w/o him.

    • Mrs_Badcrumble

      Yes, that was so heart breaking… He made that touching speech and seemed to be getting along with the human world, but in the end he was alone again. I was really hoping for an amazing dance…

    • Alex Holmes

      The worst part of it all was that once everyone started dancing, he actually tried to find someone to be with, but the maid of honor had found a man to dance with, and Molly was dancing with her boyfriend. When he saw that there was no one else there for him, he left alone

  • Maria Wang

    I also just loved the sequence of the queen’s guard marching, shifting between john and sherlock walking.

  • Castinghub

    Loved every moment of this episode!

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    “Am I a pretty lady?” I loved it! Although it was awesome having the stag do be only John and Sherlock, it would’ve been hilarious to have seen Lestrade tag along. I thought it the way they depicted Sherlock’s reasoning with the women and the courtroom was really cool. Another funny bit I liked what when Sherlock was trying to guess John’s middle name.

  • sherlocked

    “Let’s play a game. Let’s play murder.”

  • Tee

    “High functioning sociopath… with your number” + the creepy Sherlock grin = priceless

    • Susan Stack Dorris


    • Mrs_Badcrumble

      Vote on that one too!

      • Anthony

        +1 that was really impressive

  • HypableUser

    Ok, I’ll say it.


    • recklesstenacity

      Seriously! Did they just go, “find one that looks like Sherlock might have at oh, eight or so. We’re about to have him regress anyway, it’ll be fun!”

  • Susan Stack Dorris

    Sherlock’s pirouette. “I love to dance.”

  • Becky Fathers Cook

    This episode was perfection. Possibly one of the best, well-put together, funny, heartwarming, brilliant episodes of television that I have ever seen.

  • Mrs_Badcrumble

    I loved this episode! It was so cool to have such a great insigth into Sherlocks head.
    I loved Watson’s Proposal! Sherlock’s freeze was really amusing. But I think he froze not because he was terrified of his duties, but because he was realising just how much Watson loves him. He was trying to figure out that he was John’s best friend. So touching… and funny.

  • M. Hooper

    A friend will help you look for clues.

    But a best friend will help you clue for looks xD

  • Mom2KidsDog

    It’s a tossup between violent assertions of “I know ash” and John’s squeaky eyeball and eyebrow movements in the prison cell. Every drink I have for the rest of my life I will hear the squeaking of John’s eyeball against his eyelid.

  • Aly

    “Karaoke. Cake. MINGLING.”

    • Aly

      Oh, and Mary’s thumbs up to both of them, having played both sides brilliantly! :)

  • owern

    “a complete dickhead”

  • Sarah

    I’m pretty sure this is my absolute favorite episode of all time.

  • froggyhpmb3

    At first I thought this was the most hilarious episode ever but it’s also one of the saddest episodes we have gotten so far.

  • JMJones

    I loved the way Mary ‘handled’ both boys to get them out of the house and onto a case – instead of in her hair! I got married in October, I guarantee you that having Sherlock and John underfoot during planning would have gotten old fast. She handily manipulates both men into thinking that they are helping the other. Masterful!

  • nora

    all the above and the very last scene when there were couples dancing everywhere and he ended standing awkwardly watching them, then left all alone. so sad :(

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