Sherlock Recap: “Murder at the Wedding”

Last Week: Sherlock rose like Lazarus from his mock-up grave and we witnessed the life and times of that dead thing on John Watson’s upper lip. Plus, Mary Morstan is adorable and full of secrets.

This week we start off with Lestrade and Donovan’s frustration spiral over what appears to be your classic creepy clown masked crime family. It looks like the pair are about to catch one hell of a break when, beep! It’s your friendly neighborhood Sherlock with a life or death text! Sensing the urgency of the Sherlock Holmes actually asking for help, Lestrade rushes to Baker Street with whatever the British equivalent of the S.W.A.T. team may be.

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To be fair, the public skill and social charm that go into giving a best man’s speech at a wedding may constitute more than a minor emergency when it comes to Sherlock.

Title sequence!

The lovely Mrs. Hudson brings her trusty pot of tea along to have a subtle talk with Sherlock about how much it’s going to suck losing his best friend to marital bliss. Short of plugging those magnificently long fingers of his into his ears and humming nah nah nah I can’t hear you Sherlock does a marvelous job of shouting over the harsh truths Mrs. H is laying down.

I particularly loved the really open moment he has when he glances at John’s vacant chair and sighs as he prepares for the wedding.

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The church bells are ringing and Sherlock is quite obviously on his best behavior (if perhaps a bit confused as to why he’s not considered a part of the newlyweds). As the happy couple (and Sherlock) greet their guests we find out Sherlock has taken his role as best man very seriously indeed, threatening lingering exes, charming the ring boy with images of gruesome murders, and entertaining his appointed bridesmaid Janine with a game of Why You Shouldn’t Sleep with That Guy You’re Checking Out.

Mary and Sherlock gossip about how he’s not actually the only reclusive and unsociable buddy in John’s life and the already displaced Sherlock doesn’t seem to be taking it gracefully at all. But my goodness, aren’t Sherlock and Mary the most unexpectedly adorable friends?

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Sherlock puts in a call to his big brother Mycroft only to be given the whole ‘your best friend is getting married and you’re going to be all alone’ speech once more.

Speaking of speeches! It’s finally time for Sherlock’s Best Man speech. And if you aren’t cringing already, well, you will be– starting in about two seconds and continuing until pretty much the end of the episode.

A special Molly Hooper flashback reminds us that she knows this man like the back of her hand and she’s anticipating the train wreck this speech is going to be. Sherlock begins reading out little apology notes from invitees who couldn’t make it, and really, in what other scenario can you imagine Sherlock having to utter the phrases “squishy cuddles” and “oodles of love”? Oh, this episode is priceless.

The scene in which John asks Sherlock to be his best man was both hilarious and a little bit heartbreaking. It’s hard to really process that Sherlock had never so much as grasped that he was John’s best friend. After shocking and insulting everyone at the reception, we can be wonderfully surprised at how aware Sherlock is of his flaws, and how readily he admits to them. But then again, it is a very special day for a better special man.

“Know this today you sit between the woman you have made your wife and the man you have saved. In short the two people who love you most in all this world.”

Pass the hanky Mrs. Hudson, the tears are real!

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Next, Sherlock declares has stalked John’s blog for the “funny stories about John” portion of the speech. This will be good, some old murder!

Once again, from making a thorough list of everyone who secretly hates Mary and the awful places where they should be sitting to YouTubing the skill of napkin folding, Sherlock is taking his best man duties above and beyond the call of duty. But Mary, it seems, just wants the friends to go out, have fun, and catch some murderers! So she plays both her boys like puppets and has them go off and entertain each other with crime solving like they do.

Wait a minute! You look oddly familiar you sexy shirtless man who is possibly being stalked. Don’t bust you brains; I was on IMDb within seconds. It’s none other than Alfred Enoch, best known for his portrayal of Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter films.

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Back to business, it seems like Dean Thomas – sorry – Private Bainbridge, is gonna get murdered! It looks like our duo gets there just minutes too late, but our beautiful naked man is still alive. Not even Sherlock can figure out how the man got stabbed by something thin and apparently invisible inside a locked shower stall, but who cares! John saves the day because, well, he’s more adept than Sherlock when the conundrum happens to not be a corpse yet.

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