Sherlock - Vatican cameos





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Uploaded on Jan 2, 2012

An epic scene from 2x01.
Vatican Cameos - EXPLANATION:


'From Hound of the Baskervilles: ""I must thank you," said Sherlock Holmes, "for calling my attention to a case which certainly presents some features of interest. I had observed some newspaper comment at the time, but I was exceedingly preoccupied by that little affair of the Vatican cameos, and in my anxiety to oblige the Pope I lost touch with several interesting English cases..."'


'"Vatican cameos" refers to a case Sherlock mentioned in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Doyle never wrote a book about it that case, but someone else did. I guess they used it in this episode as a nod to the next episode, The Hounds of Baskerville. It is code for "duck", so I imagine that in The Vatican Cameos (the "unofficial" book) Holmes and Watson may have been in a similar situation, so Holmes shouting it out here is warning Watson to expect some sort of trap in the safe and to duck.'


'While it may be a reference to one of Conan Doyle's works, the phrase "vatican cameos" was also used by British agents in World War II to warn one another that a person that were talking to was an armed enemy/double agent. The safe was booby-trapped, so it would seem to fit this scenario.'


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