Martin Freeman : your face, sir!
[Martin’s] most remarkable quality as an actor is to be able, with absolute clarity, to convey that he’s thinking two things at the same time, and you know as an audience what they are. And I wasn’t the only one on set to say later, “I wish I could act like that.” Martin Freeman has a palette of subtlety, and I thought, this is a new sort of acting that I’ve never seen before. - Ian McKellen, The Hobbit Behind The Scenes
Teeth like razors, claws like meat-hooks, extremely fond of precious metals.
I love what Martin does with his hands here. Such a simple gesture revealing the anxiety Bilbo feels over the discussion of dragons.
Some of my favourite Martin Freeman reaction gifs.
at understanding Sherlock is protecting him? Because then... don't you think he might be slow, because he can't understand why Sherlock would protect him without talking to him, and then he realizes, with Mary's perfume bottle (I always thought it was voluntarily left there to show John, maybe I'm wrong), that the one person he'd have to leave him in the dark from, is his wife, but he doesn't quite believe his wife can have anything to do with it?
Here’s the comment in full: I’ve seen the discussion about John, and though I haven’t seen what made the anons send you messages, two things intrigued me in your answers. One: when is it told that Jeanine wears Clair de Lune? We know the blond haired lady from the beginning of the episode and Mary wears it, but Sherlock didn’t associate the smell to Jeanine even though she works in Magnussen’s office. Did I miss it? Second: what do you mean, John’s slow on the uptake? (I’ll have to make two asks, sorry…) Do you mean at understanding Sherlock is protecting him? Because then… don’t you think he might be slow, because he can’t understand why Sherlock would protect him without talking to him, and then he realizes, with Mary’s perfume bottle (I always thought it was voluntarily left there to show John, maybe I’m wrong), that the one person he’d have to leave him in the dark from, is his wife, but he doesn’t quite believe his wife can have anything to do with it?h
My response:So, I think we’ve established I’m an idiot in remembering who wore the perfume. (self consciously clears throat). Now, on to the rest of your comments. In The Reichenbach Fall Sherlock protected John without talking to him first, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to John that he’s done it again. Good point that he left the perfume there as a clue for John (which I missed because - you know - idiote moi). I’m not clear on whether John was masquerading as Sherlock at Leinster Terrace because he refused to believe who Mary really was unless he heard from her own lips, or whether he did it so that Sherlock could trick Mary into unwittingly confessing to John. Or maybe both, both is good. Maybe John is basically a bit slow in figuring this all out because he is so annoyed that Sherlock left his sickbed in the hospital, and put his life at risk again. I think John’s getting a bit peeved at Sherlock nearly dying all the time.
I've seen the discussion about John, and though I haven't seen what made the anons send you messages, two things intrigued me in your answers. One: when is it told that Jeanine wears Clair de Lune? We know the blond haired lady from the beginning of the episode and Mary wears it, but Sherlock didn't associate the smell to Jeanine even though she works in Magnussen's office. Did I miss it? Second: what do you mean, John's slow on the uptake? (I'll have to make two asks, sorry...) Do you mean
Ack, my mistake. I’m an idiot. You’re right about the perfume!!!
Let me think about the rest of your post for a bit.
So the conversation between John and Lestrade at Baker Street goes as follows:
John: He knew who shot him. The bullet would was here [points at chest] so he was facing whoever it was.
Greg: So why not tell us? Because he’s tracking them down himself.
John: Or protecting them.
Greg: Protecting the shooter. Why?
John: Protecting someone, then. But why would he care? He’s Sherlock. Who would he bother protecting?
I don’t agree that John believes that Sherlock is necessarily protecting the shooter, because he says ‘protecting someone, then.’ So, he acknowledges it might not be the shooter, which leaves the door open for him to consider it might be one of Sherlock’s inner circle that John knows Sherlock cares for: him and Mary (as he acknowledged at the wedding), Mrs. Hudson (even though he’s got her on semi-permanent mute, he no doubt still thinks ‘England would fall’ if she left Baker Street), Molly, Graham Greg. Maybe he’s getting close to the answer as he observes that Sherlock has put his chair back (he asks Mrs. H. why Sherlock thinks he’s moving back in), and he looks at Janine’s bottle of Claire de Lune on the table, the same perfume that Mary wears. But John just seems a little slow on the uptake here, possibly because he’s still shocked by Sherlock having been shot, and angry with the way Sherlock treated Janine. Still, it seems to be a little bit of plot convenience that doesn’t quite fit with how well John actually knows Sherlock.