Enjoy the best quotes / moments from Sherlock’s episode ‘The Final Problem’.
‘The Final Problem’ is the third and finale episode of season 4. (s04e03)
Top 40 Sherlock Quotes from 4×03
Ordered chronologically as they appear in the episode.
- Mycroft Holmes: Sherlock? Help me!
Sherlock Holmes: Experiment complete. Conclusion, I have a sister. Conclusion two, my sister, Eurus, apparently, has been incarcerated from an early age in a secure institution controlled by my brother. Hey, Bro! Conclusion three, you are terrified of her.
John Watson: New information, she’s out.
- Mycroft Holmes: Dr Watson, why would he do that to me? That was insane!
John Watson: Er…yes, well, someone convinced him that you wouldn’t tell the truth unless you were actually wetting yourself.
Mycroft Holmes: Someone?
John Watson: Probably me.
John Watson: Don’t worry, there’s a place for people like you, the desperate, the terrified. The ones with nowhere else to run.
Mycroft Holmes: What place?
John Watson: 221B Baker Street. See you in the morning. If there’s a queue, join it.
Mycroft Holmes: For God’s sake, this is not one of your idiot cases!
- Mrs Hudson (to Mycroft): You have to sit in the chair. They won’t talk to you unless you sit in the chair, it’s the rules.
- Mrs Hudson: Would you like a cup of tea?
Mycroft Holmes: Thank you.
Mrs Hudson: The kettle’s over there.
- Mycroft Holmes (to Sherlock): Memories can resurface. Wounds can reopen. The roads we walk have demons beneath. And yours have been waiting for a very long time. I never bullied you. I used, at discreet intervals, potential trigger words to update myself as to your mental condition. I was looking after you.
- Mycroft Holmes: This is a private matter.
Sherlock Holmes: John stays.
Mycroft Holmes: This is family!
Sherlock Holmes: That’s why he stays!
- Mycroft Holmes (about Eurus): They found her with a knife once. She seemed to be cutting herself. Mother and Father were terrified. They thought it was a suicide attempt. But when I asked Eurus what she was doing, she said: I wanted to see how my muscles worked.
- Mycroft Holmes: Sherrinford is more than a prison, or an asylum. It is a fortress, built to keep the rest of the world safe from what is inside it. Heaven may be a fantasy for the credulous and the afraid. But I can give you a map reference for hell.
Older sailor: Who the hell are you?!
Sherlock Holmes: My name’s Sherlock Holmes.
Younger sailor: The detective?
Sherlock Holmes: The pirate.
- Sailor (Mycroft in disguise): I’m the victim here, this man stole my boat! He’s a pirate.
John Watson: Yeah, I really am.
- Prison govenor: The true art of disguise, according to your famous friend, is not being looked at. But I am looking at you, aren’t I, Mr Holmes? (thinks he talks to Sherlock in disguise)
Mycroft Holmes (in disguise): Yes, you are.
John Watson: But that is sort of the point, isn’t it? You see, you should have been looking at the guy you just gave your pass to.
- John Watson: Oh, you’ll find the real Landers on the north shore, tied up with two others.
Prison govenor: Two others?
John Watson: Hm. Well, it was trial and error. We had to find the right waistband.
- Prison govenor: Everyone we sent in there, it’s hard to describe, it’s…it’s like she…
Mycroft Holmes: Recruited them.
Prison govenor: Enslaved them.
Mycroft Holmes: She’s been capable of that since she was five. She’s an adult now. I warned you. I ordered you.
- Mycroft Holmes: Eurus doesn’t just talk to people, she…reprograms them. Anyone who spends time with her is automatically compromised.
- John Watson: Sherlock?
Sherlock Holmes: Not now.
John Watson: Vatican Cameos.
Sherlock Holmes: In a minute.
- Eurus Holmes: I could make you laugh. I loved it when you laughed. Once, I made you laugh all night, I thought you were going to burst. I was so happy. Then Mummy and Daddy had to stop me, of course.
Sherlock Holmes: Why?
Eurus Holmes: Well, turns out I’d got it wrong. Apparently, you were screaming.
- John Watson (to govenor): One question, that’s your voice, isn’t it? If Eurus has enslaved you, then who exactly is in charge of this prison?
- Eurus Holmes: You’re not used to being unsure, are you?
Sherlock Holmes: It’s more common than you’d think.
Eurus Holmes: Look at you. The man who sees through everything is exactly the man who doesn’t notice… when there’s nothing to see through.
- Jim Moriarty (from recording): Red alert! Red alert! Big, red, bouncy, red alert! Klingons attacking lower decks! Also cowboys in black hats and Darth Vader. Don’t be alarmed! I’m here now, I’m here now! Did you miss me? Did you miss me? Miss me? Miss me? …
- Jim Moriarty: Ah! Isn’t that sweet? I wrote my own version of the Nativity when I was a child. The Hungry Donkey. It was a bit gory, but if you’re going to put a baby in a manger, you’re asking for trouble.
- Mycroft Holmes: There is, in this facility, a prisoner whose intellectual abilities are of occasional use to the British government.
Jim Moriarty: What, for, like, really difficult sums, long division, that sort of thing?
Mycroft Holmes: She predicted the exact dates of the last three terrorist attacks on the British mainland after an hour on Twitter. That sort of thing.
- Jim Moriarty (from recording): Hello. My name’s Jim Moriarty. Welcome to the final problem.
- John Watson: How can that be Moriarty?
Eurus Holmes: Oh, he recorded lots of little messages for me before he died. Loved it. Did you know his brother was a stationmaster? I think he was always jealous.
- Eurus Holmes: You see, what you did, Dr Watson, specifically because of your moral code, because you don’t want blood on your hands, two people are dead instead of one. What advantage did your moral code grant you? Is it not, in the end, selfish to keep one’s hands clean at the expense of another’s life?
- John Watson: Today, we have to be soldiers, Mycroft, soldiers. And that means to hell with what happens to us!
- Molly Hooper: I’m not an experiment, Sherlock.
Sherlock Holmes: No, I know you’re not an experiment, you’re my friend.
Molly Hooper: You say it. Go on. You say it first. Say it. Say it like you mean it.
Sherlock Holmes: I… I love you. I love you. Molly? Molly, please!
Molly Hooper: I love you.
- Eurus Holmes: Oh, do be sensible, there were no explosives in her little house. Why would I be so clumsy? You didn’t win, you lost. Look what you did to her. Look what you did to yourself. All those complicated little emotions, I lost count. Emotional context, Sherlock, it destroys you every time.
- John Watson: I know this is difficult, and I know you’re being tortured, but you have got to keep it together.
Sherlock Holmes: This isn’t torture, this is vivisection. We’re experiencing science from the perspective of lab rats… Huh! Soldiers?
John Watson: Soldiers.
- Mycroft Holmes (to Sherlock): We’re not actually going to discuss this, are we? I’m sorry, Dr Watson, you’re a fine man in many respects. Make your goodbyes and shoot him.
- Mycroft Holmes (to Sherlock): What is he? Nothing more than a distraction, a little scrap of ordinariness for you to impress, to dazzle with your cleverness. You’ll find another.
- Sherlock Holmes: Please, for God’s sake, just stop it.
Mycroft Holmes: Why?
Sherlock Holmes: Because, on balance, even your Lady Bracknell was more convincing. (to John): Ignore everything he just said, he’s being kind. He’s trying to make it easy for me to kill him. Which is why this is going to be so much harder.
- Mycroft Holmes: Not in the face, though, please. I promised my brain to the Royal Society.
Sherlock Holmes: Where would you suggest?
Mycroft Holmes: Well, I suppose there is a heart somewhere inside me.
- John Watson: Sherlock, the bones I found…
Sherlock Holmes: Yes. They’re dogs’ bones, that’s Redbeard.
John Watson: Mycroft’s been lying to you, to both of us. They’re not dogs’ bones.
- Sherlock Holmes (deciphering the song): I am lost. Help me brother. Save my life before my doom. I am lost without your love. Save my soul, seek my room.
- Sherlock Holmes (to Eurus): Look how brilliant you are. Your mind has created the perfect metaphor. You’re high above us, all alone in the sky, and you understand everything except how to land. Now, I’m just an idiot, but I’m on the ground. I can bring you home.
- Sherlock Holmes: Um…Mycroft, make sure he’s looked after. He’s not as strong as he thinks he is.
Greg Lestrade: Yeah, I’ll take care of it.
Sherlock Holmes: Thanks, Greg.
- Police Officer: Is that him, sir, Sherlock Holmes?
Greg Lestrade: Fan, are you?
Police Officer: Well, he’s a great man, sir.
Greg Lestrade: No, he’s better than that. He’s a good one.
Mary Watson (from recording): PS, I know you two. And if I’m gone, I know what you could become. Because I know who you really are. A junky who solves crimes to get high. And the doctor who never came home from the war. Will you listen to me? Who you really are, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about the legend. The stories, the adventures. There is a last refuge for the desperate, the unloved, the persecuted. There is a final court of appeal for everyone. When life gets too strange, too impossible, too frightening, there is always one last hope. When all else fails, there are two men sitting arguing in a scruffy flat like they’ve always been there, and they always will. THE best and wisest men I have ever known. My Baker Street boys. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.
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