Episode 16: Rat


In which we celebrate the return of Sherlock and discuss The Empty Hearse. Show notes, links, and more under the cut.

Art by Fox Estacado

Intro (0:00)
Coroner’s Report (9:18)
“The Empty Hearse” Reaction Roundtable (10:58)
Post Mortem (1:49:08)

Intro (0:00)
Consulting Fans: Rachael, Methleigh, Qui, and Chris

Coroner’s Report (9:18)
Consulting Fan: Octopieces

“The Empty Hearse” Reaction Roundtable (10:58)
Consulting Fans: Shannon, DrinkingCocoa, Emma, Roane, and Dixie

  • Our Top 10 for “The Empty Hearse”
    1. Multiple takes on “How he did it”
    2. Loveletter to the Fandom
    3. This episode was sexy as hell
    4. Holmes family backstory
    5. There’s something about Mary
    6. The other hat scene
    7. Sherlock and John Without the Other
    8. Sherlock and human nature
    9. Molly mattered the most
    10. Questions that did and didn’t get answered
  • Links

Post Mortem  (1:49:08)
Consulting Fan: Rachael

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– David Arnold and Michael Price, Sherlock: Original Television Soundtrack Music From Series One: Opening Titles
– Arrangement of opening by AledWyn91 [1] http://www.sherlockology.com/

Coroner’s Report
-Breaking News: Eye on the World Broadcast News

“The Empty Hearse” Reaction Roundtable
– Pink Martini, “Donde Estas, Yolanda?”

– Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever [The Original Movie Soundtrack]: Stayin’ Alive
How to Cite
Three Patch Productions (Producer). (2014, January 2). Rat [Episode 16]. Three patch podcast. Podcast retrieved from http://www.three-patch.com/2014/01/02/episode-16/

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10 thoughts on “Episode 16: Rat

    • admin Post author

      Thank you! This is one of the risks of recording right after watching the episode! So glad it was addressed in some way.

  • Juliana

    I’m SO happy that I started to listen to this podcast, it is fun, and smart and silly all in one, and it complements the experience of watching Sherlock so perfectly 🙂 About this episode in particular, I must say that the only thing you guys didn’t talk about which I hope you will discuss in the next podcast, was the introduction of our new villain. I’ve seen a lot of people discuss how they think the kidnapping of John was not to hurt Sherlock, but to hurt Mary. I don’t know what to think about it really, but I’m more inclined to think that he was testing Sherlock. Either way, it was so intense, I hope to hear more of your opinions about it.

    • admin Post author

      This is a good point. There was so much to talk about that we could only go with a few and still we recorded for over 2 hours! You’ll definitely hear us talking more about the villain in the upcoming reaction episodes.


  • Kristen

    So are we really supposed to believe that Sherlock and Mycroft had the entirety of Reichenbach all planned out?

    I think we’re in “unreliable narrator” territory. Especially given who he’s talking to.

    I can deal with Giant Inflatable Landing Pad being set up and then torn down within minutes. My disbelief can be suspended that much.

    I don’t understand why Molly (who has terrific emotional strength but physically just is not very big) threw a lookalike body out the window only to have the body dragged off and Real Sherlock lying down to play dead.

    And Sherlock does NOT act throughout Reichenbach like someone who is having a well ordered plan work out according to plan. He’s flustered. He’s on the run. He looks sad when he thinks John can’t see him.

    Now he’s able to emerge victorious in the end (in significant part because Moriarty underestimates Sherlock’s social connections) but the events of Reichenbach are not simply a well orchestrated plan taking its course. Sherlock may be a step ahead of Moriarty, but not ten steps.

    Benedict Cumberbatch did an amazing job in Reichenbach. For Sherlock’s story to Anderson to be accurate, Sherlock would have had to be an equally amazing actor. I don’t think our Sherlock has it in him to be looking sad when John can’t see him. He doesn’t have the people skills for that.

    Sherlock tells the “real” story to Anderson, of all people. Might he be shading the truth to make himself appear more competent and in-control than he was? This makes sense to me.

    • Kristen

      Also, if the whole thing was planned out from the end of Baskerville, and Mycroft can dispense with the snipers with a phone call, then Sherlock is not doing what he did in order to protect the people he loved. They never needed protection. It was all just a chess game.

      That really cheapens Reichenbach for me. I don’t want that to be true. But I could easily imagine that’s the public image Sherlock wants to portray.

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