Sherlock , Series 1

Sherlock is a British television crime drama series, broadcast on BBC One. It is a contemporary update of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. more »

[In the back of a taxi]

Sherlock:
Okay, you've got questions.

John:
Yeah. Where are we going?

Sherlock:
Crime scene. Next?

John:
Who are you? What do you do?

Sherlock:
What do you think?

John:
I'd say private detective...

Sherlock:
But...

John:
But the police don't go to private detectives.

Sherlock:
I'm a consulting detective. The only one in the world. I invented the job.

John:
What does that mean?

Sherlock:
It means whenever the police are out of their depth-which is always-they consult me.

John:
[scoffs] The police don't consult amateurs. [Sherlock looks at him askance, then gives a sly smile.]

Sherlock:
When I met you for the first time yesterday, I said "Afghanistan or Iraq?" You looked surprised.

John:
Yes. How did you know?

Sherlock:
I didn't know, I saw. Your haircut, the way you hold yourself, says military. But your conversation as you entered the room said trained at Bart's, so army doctor. Obvious. Your face is tanned, but no tan above the wrists: you've been abroad but not sunbathing. The limp's really bad when you walk, but you don't ask for a chair when you stand, like you've forgotten about it, so it's at least partly psychosomatic. That says the original circumstances of the injury were probably traumatic: wounded in action, then. Wounded in action, suntan: Afghanistan or Iraq.

John:
You said I had a therapist.

Sherlock:
You've got a psychosomatic limp. Of course you've got a therapist. Then there's your brother. Your phone-it's expensive, email enabled, MP3 player. But you're looking for a flat-share, you wouldn't waste money on this. It's a gift, then. Scratches-not one, many over time. It's been in the same pocket as keys and coins. The man sitting next to me wouldn't treat his one luxury item like this, so it's had a previous owner. The next bit's easy, you know it already. [the back of the phone has been engraved "Harry Watson - from Clara xxx"]

John:
The engraving?

Sherlock:
Harry Watson: clearly a family member who's given you his old phone. Not your father, this is a young man's gadget. Could be a cousin, but you're a war hero who can't find a place to live. Unlikely you've got an extended family, certainly not one you're close to, so brother it is. Now, Clara: who's Clara? Three kisses says a romantic attachment. Expensive phone says wife, not girlfriend. Must've given it to him recently; this model's only six months old. Marriage in trouble, then-six months on, and already he's giving it away? If she'd left him, he would've kept it. People do, sentiment. But no, he wanted rid of it-he left her. He gave the phone to you, that says he wants you to stay in touch. [beat] You're looking for cheap accommodation and you're not going to your brother for help? That says you've got problems with him. Maybe you liked his wife, maybe you don't like his drinking.

John:
How can you possibly know about the drinking?

Sherlock:
Shot in the dark. Good one, though. Power connection: tiny little scuff marks around the edge. Every night he goes to plug it in and charge but his hands are shaky. You never see those marks on a sober man's phone, never see a drunk's without them. There you go, you see? You were right.

John:
I was right? Right about what?

Sherlock:
The police don't consult amateurs.

[Long beat]

John:
[slowly] That was amazing.

Sherlock:
[deadpan] You think so?

John:
Of course it was. It was extraordinary. It was quite... extraordinary.

Sherlock:
That's not what people normally say.

John:
What do people normally say?

Sherlock:
"Piss off!"

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