ELLA THOMPSON - THE CHANGEABLE THERAPIST
Yesterday this post crossed my dash - the one with Sherlock’s memory snippets which went through his head when Mary turned round at CAM Tower. There are some scenes among them where Sherlock actually has been absent and therefore he shouldn’t have memories of them at all.
There is something else. John’s therapist Ella Thompson.
John visits her for a meeting right at the beginning of ASIP. BEFORE he makes the acquaintance of Sherlock Holmes.
Adding the PILOT as well for the sake of completeness:
The next time John visits her is AFTER Sherlock ‘died’ in TRF.
There is never even the slightest hint in the whole story that Sherlock has met Ella Thompson at any time in between. And yet he knows exactly how this woman looks like in TST …. an episode which seems to be a direct continuation of TAB …. located inside Sherlock’s head.
Because this time it is Sherlock who visits Ella Thompson in her - once again - new and lofty office:
ELLA: You’ve been having dreams. A recurring dream?
And interestingly the very next episode - The Lying Detective - opens with John visiting his therapist again. But strangely this isn’t Ella Thompson any more. It’s a new one.
At the end of this episode it is revealed that this woman is actually none other than Eurus …. who at the end of the series turns out to be a part of Sherlock.
So - Sherlock visits Johns therapist Ella Thompson in TST because he has a recurring dream and because he doesn’t know what do do about John::
SHERLOCK: I need to know what to do.
SHERLOCK: About John.
And the very next episode starts with John visiting a therapist who is - in a way - actually Sherlock.
John’s therapist plays a big role in this story. Ella Thompson changes her appearance every time she turns up. And with the therapist her office changes as well. Then it is Sherlock who visits the therapist. And finally the therapist turns into 'Sherlock’. A very strange development.
And the barking of a dog can be heard immidiately before John visits his therapist for the very first time.
I leave you to your own deductions. Thanks @callie-ariane for the scripts.