Series 2, Episode 1
Sherlock is distracted from piecing together a puzzle by the introduction of Irene Adler after whom he is sent because of a collection of compromising photographs. Lara Pulver guest stars as Irene Adler.
Watson: People want to know you're human.
Sherlock: Tell us from the start. Don't be boring.
Watson: Do you just carry on talking when I'm away?
Sherlock: I don't know. How often are you away?
Watson: And that's as modest as he gets.
Watson: I always hear "punch me in the face" when you're speaking, but it's usually subtext.
Sherlock: Stop boring me and think; it's the new sexy.
Mycroft: He's Sherlock. How will we ever know what goes on in that funny, odd head?
Watson: There is no usual in this case.
1) Andrew Scott may be a genius. He does a brilliant job of incorporating menace, intelligence and slight ineptitude. The first minutes of the episode show that even in well planned moments of menace and aggression that real life can intrude. I also adore the fact that he has Staying Alive as his ringtone (I wonder if she is the one who planted that one). I just can't figure out why he is so familiar. I've looked through his filmography on IMDB and nothing rings a bell. It's been making me nuts ever since I saw the series 1 finale. Why are you so familiar, you cute, charming, little man?!
3) This episode reminded me that under all that intellect lies a good hearted man. At the Christmas party, Sherlock went on at Molly (part of me believes he thinks he's teasing her) in what really was a cruel fashion (though not to his eyes) but backed off and gave a heartfelt apology when he realized that the supposed "boyfriend" he was on about was him. I think he did regret what he said and how he said it. One review I read mentioned Asperger's and I think that may be a good point about this Holmes. He really doesn't realize how regular people interact and how far off base he is with it.
Another point in his favor is how he treats Mrs. Hudson when [she is taken hostage by the Americans]. He is very protective of her and his point is both [her safety and a bit of vengeance in her honor. ]
Oh, and before I forget again: [ He saved her?! How in the world did he manage to do that without Watson or Mycroft knowing? ]