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Sherlock Rewatch: S3E2 “The Sign of Three”

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It’s a beautiful day for a
wedding…and an attempted murder…

The episode begins with
Lestrade and Donovan finally catching a group of robbers that have been evading
them for several months. Just as he’s about to make the arrest, Lestrade gets a
text from Sherlock saying that it’s “urgent,” and to “come help me.” Being the
great guy he is, Lestrade leaves the arrest to Donovan and makes his way to
Baker Street in a rush. On his way, he calls in backup, including helicopters
and some armed forces. He finally arrives at the flat and finds Sherlock perfectly
fine, uninjured, sitting at his desk. The urgent matter? He’s struggling to
write his best man speech for John’s and Mary’s wedding. (What a great friend
though. Lestrade, that is. Sherlock, not so much in this case.)

The day of the wedding has
arrived. Sherlock, John, Mary, and Mary’s bridesmaid Janine, greet the guests
after the ceremony, and flashbacks are seen in which Sherlock, a great wedding
organizer, threatens some of Mary’s male friends to keep a distance from her,
and encourages a young kid’s fascination with gory photographs. (Don’t ask.)
Also throughout the wedding and reception, Sherlock uses his skills of
deduction to help Janine determine which of the guests/staff would make a
worthy boyfriend. (Anyone else kind of wish we had a friend like that? It’d be
so helpful sometimes.) At the reception, John greets a guest that most assumed
wouldn’t come due to his reclusive nature: his former commander, James Sholto.

Sherlock begins his speech—hands-down
the greatest best man speech ever—but at first struggles to communicate, well,
anything. He describes his reaction to John when he was asked to be his best
man. I’m not even going to try describing it in all its perfection, just
observe this beautiful image:

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He then remembers to read through the wedding telegrams, and proceeds to make a very touching speech about how great a man John Watson is, and how much Mary deserves him, congratulating the couple. Of course, being oblivious to most human emotions, he’s a bit confused when he notices all the guests wiping away tears at this point, right as he’s
about to tell some “funny stories” about John. (Yeah, timing isn’t really your
thing, Mr. Holmes…)

He begins with the story of “thebloody guardsman,” or the case of Stephen Bainbridge, a royal guard who, after
suspecting he was being stalked, was found stabbed in a locked shower. Sherlock
points out that, while the ultimately did not solve the case, John was able to
save the man’s life while Sherlock was focused on piecing together the mystery.

The next story is that of the
stag night. Sherlock planed a night out using carefully calculated amounts of
alcoholic consumption. (Nerdy friends for the win.) John, however, managed to
sneak extra shots into their drinks, resulting in the both of them getting
drunk and returning to Baker Street after only a couple of hours out. In the
flat, as they attempted to play a game of Heads Up, a client by the name of
Tessa arrived, claiming to have dated a ghost. (And she’s not the drunk one…)
Although they were both falling asleep as she told them her case, they agreed to
visit her dead boyfriend’s apartment, where Sherlock got to work at “cluing for
looks.” So professional. His drunken brain couldn’t do it, however, and both he
and John are arrested, after he throws up all over the carpet. The woke up in
jail the next morning to nasty hangovers and a rather amused Lestrade. Sherlock
decided to investigate a group of other women who claimed to have dated a ghost;
he refers to this man as a “mayfly,” seeing as he seemed to only live a day at
a time. Unfortunately, Sherlock couldn’t find an obvious connection between
these women.

As he finishes his speech—which
kind of went off on a tangent there—Sherlock suddenly remembers that Tessa
referred to John by his full name, meaning that she must have seen it on the
wedding invitation, meaning the mayfly man must be one of the wedding guests.
He concludes the mayfly is there to kill someone, and as he scans the crowd at
the reception, realizes it’s Sholto, who has, in the past, been threatened
after some of his soldiers were killed under his command. As Sherlock makes
John and Mary aware of this, Sholto locks himself in his room. The trio try to
open the door, and Sherlock realizes that Sholto will be killed by a weapon
that’s been forced into him through his belt, just like in the case of
Bainbridge. Sholto believes he should just let it kill him if it’s his time to
die, but Sherlock manages to convince him not to, since it would hurt John
greatly. This is enough to make Sholto open the door and ask for John’s help. (Another
day, another murder prevented.)

Later on, back at the
reception, Sherlock and Lestrade manage to capture the wedding photographer—the
mayfly man/murderer—after figuring out that his brother was one of the soldiers
killed under Sholto’s command. Ah, revenge stories.

That evening, for the wedding
dance, Sherlock plays a waltz on his violin that he composed for John and Mary.
He makes a toast to John, Mary, and, um, the third member of their family. Yep,
he let that deduction slip, revealing that Mary is pregnant. He manages to keep
the two from panicking by assuring them they’ll be great parents, considering
all the practice they’ve had with him.

The wedding dance and party
continues, and Sherlock seems to realize how different things will be now that
John is married. He notices Janine as he walks through the room, only she’s
dancing with someone else. (Third-wheel status officially achieved, poor guy.)
He leaves the party, jacket collar up as usual (gotta look cool with those
cheekbones), walking off into the night.

Now that, my friends, was an eventful and totally memorable wedding.

Check back next week as we
approach the end of this series rewatch!

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