Enjoy the best quotes / moments from Sherlock’s episode ‘The Six Thatchers’.
‘The Six Thatchers’ is the first episode of season 4. (s04e01)
Top 30 Sherlock Quotes from 4×01
Ordered chronologically as they appear in the episode.
- Mycroft Holmes (reading Sherlock’s tweets): “Back on Terra firma.”
Sherlock Holmes: Don’t read them out.
Mycroft Holmes: “Free as a bird.”
Sherlock Holmes: God, you’re such a spoilsport.
Mycroft Holmes: Will you take this matter seriously, Sherlock?
Sherlock Holmes: I am! What makes you think I’m not taking it seriously?
Mycroft Holmes: “#OhWhatABeautifulMorning”
- Sherlock Holmes (about Moriarty): He’s planned something, something long-term. Something that would take effect if he never made it off that rooftop alive. Posthumous revenge. No, better than that – posthumous game.
- ‘The Duplicate Man – How could Dennis Parkinson be in two places at the same time? And murder one of them?’
John Watson: Sherlock…
Sherlock Holmes: It’s never twins.
- John Watson: A jellyfish?
Sherlock Holmes: I know.
John Watson: You can’t arrest a jellyfish.
Sherlock Holmes: You could try.
John Watson: We did try.
- John Watson (to Sherlock): Godfather, we’d like you to be godfather.
Sherlock Holmes: God is a ludicrous fiction, dreamt up by inadequates who abnegate all responsibility to an invisible magic friend.
John Watson: Yeah, but there’ll be cake. Will you do it?
Sherlock Holmes: I’ll get back to you.
- Molly Hooper: Didn’t you get John’s text?
Sherlock Holmes: No. I delete his texts. I delete any text that begins “Hi.”
Molly Hooper: No idea why people think you’re incapable of human emotion.
Sherlock Holmes (to Rosamund): As ever, Watson, you see but do not observe. To you, the world remains an impenetrable mystery, whereas, to me, it is an open book. Hard logic versus romantic whimsy – that is your choice. You fail to connect actions to their consequences. Now, for the last time, if you want to keep the rattle, do not throw the rattle.
- Sherlock Holmes: Take all the credit. It gets boring if I just solve them all.
Greg Lestrade: Yeah, you say that, but then John blogs about it, and you get all the credit anyway.
John Watson: He’s got a point.
Greg Lestrade: Which makes me look like some kind of prima Donna who insists on getting credit for something he didn’t do!
John Watson: Well, I think you’ve hit a sore spot, Sherlock.
Greg Lestrade: Like I’m some kind of credit junkie.
John Watson: Definitely a sore spot.
- Greg Lestrade: You’re at the beck and call of a screaming, demanding baby, woken up at all hours to obey its every whim. Must feel very different…
Sherlock Holmes: Sorry, what?
John Watson: Yes, well, you know how it is. All you do is clean up their mess, pat them on the head.
Sherlock Holmes: Are you two having a little joke?
John Watson: Never a word of thanks. Can’t even tell people’s faces apart.
Sherlock Holmes: This is a joke, isn’t it?
Greg Lestrade: Yeah, and it’s all, “Oh, aren’t you clever. You’re so, so clever.”
Sherlock Holmes: Is it about me?
Greg Lestrade: I think he needs winding.
John Watson: You know, I think that really might be it.
Sherlock Holmes: No, don’t get it.
- Mary Watson (about a case): And what are you going to call this one?
John Watson: Oh, the Ghost Driver.
Sherlock Holmes: Don’t give it a title.
John Watson: People like the titles.
Sherlock Holmes: They hate the titles.
John Watson: Give the people what they want.
Sherlock Holmes: No, never do that – people are stupid.
Sherlock Holmes: Intuitions are not to be ignored, John. They represent data processed too fast for the conscious mind to comprehend.
- Mrs Welsborough (about Sherlock): Is your friend quite mad?
John Watson: No, he’s an arsehole, but it’s an easy mistake.
- Sherlock Holmes: I can’t stand it, never can. There’s a loose thread in the world.
John Watson: It doesn’t mean you have to pull on it.
Sherlock Holmes: What kind of a life would that be?
- Mycroft Holmes (looking at a screen): Why am I looking at this?
Sherlock Holmes: That’s her, John and Mary’s baby.
Mycroft Holmes: Oh, I see, yes. Looks very… fully functioning.
Sherlock Holmes: Is that really the best you can do?
Mycroft Holmes: Sorry, I’ve never been very good with them.
Sherlock Holmes: Babies?
Mycroft Holmes: Humans.
- Mycroft Holmes: Are you having a premonition, brother mine?
Sherlock Holmes: The world is woven from billions of lives, every strand crossing every other. What we call premonition is just movement of the web. If you could attenuate to every strand of quivering data, the future would be entirely calculable. As inevitable as mathematics.
Sherlock Holmes: What is that? (balloon with a face drawn on it)
John Watson: That is… me. Well, it’s a me substitute.
Sherlock Holmes: Don’t be so hard on yourself. You know I value your little contributions.
John Watson: Yeah? It’s been there since nine this morning.
Sherlock Holmes: Has it? Where were you?
John Watson: Helping Mrs H with her Sudoku.
- Greg Lestrade: What’s wrong? I thought you’d be pleased.
Sherlock Holmes: I am pleased.
Greg Lestrade: You don’t look pleased.
Sherlock Holmes: This is my game face. And the game is on.
- Sherlock Holmes (about Greg’s date): Trust me, though, she’s not right for you.
Greg Lestrade: What?
Sherlock Holmes: She’s not the one.
Greg Lestrade: Well, thank you, Mystic Meg.
John Watson: How do you work all that out?
Sherlock Holmes: She’s got three children in Rio that he doesn’t know about.
John Watson: Are you just making this up?
Sherlock Holmes: Possibly.
- John Watson: Hang on, Mary’s better than me?
Sherlock Holmes: Well, she is a retired super-agent with a terrifying skill-set. Of course she’s better.
John Watson: Yeah, OK.
Sherlock Holmes: Nothing personal.
John Watson: What, so I’m supposed to just go home now, am I?
Mary Watson: What do you think, Sherlock? Shall we take him with us?
Sherlock Holmes: John or the dog?
John Watson: Ha-ha, that’s funny!
Mary Watson: John.
Sherlock Holmes: Well…
Mary Watson: He’s handy and loyal.
John Watson: That’s hilarious. Is it too early for a divorce?
- Sherlock Holmes (about Toby, the dog): Keep up, he’s fast.
John Watson: He’s not moving.
Sherlock Holmes: He’s thinking.
John Watson: He’s really not moving.
Sherlock Holmes: Slow but sure, John, not dissimilar to yourself.
John Watson: You just like this dog, don’t you?
Sherlock Holmes: Well, I like you.
Mary Watson: He’s still not moving.
Sherlock Holmes: Fascinating.
Mary Watson: Oh!
- Mary Watson: You should have seen the state of the front room. It was like The Exorcist.
John Watson: Huh. Was Rosie’s head spinning round?
Mary Watson: No. Just the projectile vomiting.
John Watson: Nice!
Mary Watson: Now, you think we’d have noticed, when she was born.
John Watson: Hmm? Noticed what?
Mary Watson: The little 666 on her forehead.
John Watson: Hmm, that’s The Omen.
Mary Watson: So?
John Watson: Well, you said it was like The Exorcist. They’re two different things. She can’t be the devil and the Antichrist.
Mary Watson: Yeah, can’t she?
- Sherlock Holmes: Congratulations, by the way.
Greg Lestrade: I’m sorry?
Sherlock Holmes: Well, you’re about to solve a big one.
Greg Lestrade: Yeah, until John publishes his blog.
Sherlock Holmes: Yeah, until then, basically.
- Ajay (about Mary): Tell her she’s a dead woman. She’s a dead woman walking.
Sherlock Holmes: She’s my friend. And she’s under my protection.
- Mycroft Holmes: But remember this, brother mine, agents like Mary tend not to reach retirement age. They get retired in a pretty permanent sort of way.
Sherlock Holmes: Not on my watch.
- Passanger: Did you have a nice time in London?
Mary Watson (in disguise): It was OK, I guess. But did somebody hide the sun? Did you lose it in the war?
- Mary Watson: Every movement I made was entirely random, every new personality just on the roll of a dice!
Sherlock Holmes: Mary, no human action is ever truly random. An advanced grasp of the mathematics of probability, mapped onto a thorough apprehension of human psychology and the known dispositions of any given individual, can reduce the number of variables considerably. I myself know of at least 58 techniques to refine a seemingly infinite array of randomly generated possibilities down to the smallest number of feasible variables. But they’re really difficult, so instead I just stuck a tracer on the inside of the memory stick.
Mary Watson: Oh, you bastard! You bastard!
Sherlock Holmes: I know, but your face!
Mary Watson: “The mathematics of probability”?
Sherlock Holmes: You believed that.
Mary Watson: “Feasible variables”?
Sherlock Holmes: Yes, I started to run out about then.
Mary Watson: You were my whole world. Being Mary Watson… was the only life worth living.
John Watson: Mary…
Mary Watson: Thank you.
- Sherlock Holmes: Work is the best antidote to sorrow, Mrs Hudson.
Mary Watson (from recording): I’m giving you a case, Sherlock. When I’m gone, if I’m… gone… I need you to do something for me. Save John Watson. Save him, Sherlock. Save him.
Sherlock Holmes: When does the path we walk on lock around our feet? When does the road become a river with only one destination? Death waits for us all in Samarra. But can Samarra be avoided?
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