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  • This is the best episode on the Memoirs set, although it is a little unnerving, as Jeremy Brett does indeed look as if he's at death's door, which I suppose he really was

    • by jolly

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      I am reviewing The Dying Detective, a Sherlock Holmes episode from the boxed set, The Memoirs of Sherlock HOlmes, which was produced by Granada television in the 1990’s. This episode finds Holmes in battle with another extremely intelligent man: a doctor. He is a specialist in a certain fever that has infected some amounts of people in far away places. Holmes is hired by the wife of this man’s cousin.

      Her husband has seemed to have taken extreme ill, and he later ends up dying of the very fever his cousin is an expert of. As a result, she and her children are forced out of the house, and the entailment goes to the cousin, the doctor. It

      is Watson who is determined to help the lady, and not Holmes,who does not seem to see a connection.

      “Are you deliberately trying to misunderstand me?” Watson asks of his friend at one point, who refuses to come to the conclusion that the doctor killed his own cousin. After long debate, Holmes eventually comes around and accuses the doctor out in the open of killing his cousin, by somehow infecting him with the disease. As a result, Holmes is sent a myterious box of tabacco.

      The next thing we know, Mrs. Hudson hurries for Dr. Watson’s aid, as she believes HOlmes is dying.

      He hasn’t eaten or drank anything for three days, and he says he believes he caught the ...

      • fever. Watson returns to find a very sick Holmes indeed, and, a Holmes who is unnaturally harsh and somewhat vicious with Watson as he tries to help his friend. There is only one thing Watson can do, Holmes says, and that is to bring the doctor to save him.

        Watson does as he is told and hides as instructed. With his superior acting skills, Holmes is able to convince the doctor that he has contracted the fever, and gets the doctor to admit that he killed his cousin and that he placed infected nails into the box of tabacco Holmes received. With Watson as a witness, Holmes is able to convict the man and get him sent to prison.


        the end, the woman and her children get the house back, but there are bitter and hurt feelings between poor Mrs. Hudson and Holmes, as she had been utterly distraught at the thought that he really had been dying. Watson doesn’t seem too upset, and Holmes is clueless as to why Mrs.

        Hudson should hold him a grudge. This is the best episode on the Memoirs set, although it is a little unnerving, as Jeremy Brett does indeed look as if he’s at death’s door, which I suppose he really was. This episode is very superior to the others on the set however, as the acting is incredible.

        The chemistry between the two characters is very touching and extreme. Don’t miss this one.

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