When Sherlock says in a low voice- “I forgot.” This was far more genuine than his “I’m sorry to hear that.”
But no photo and no gifset could capture the moment Joan’s voice breaks.
“You can remember what you had for lunch on your fifth birthday.”
“You can remember how many stars there were in the sky that night.”
At stars: That’s when she breaks. She starts to cry. Not like I would cry, no. She is still holding it back, but barely. And then, this:
JLM is brilliant as he shows Sherlock’s utter confusion and helplessness. He doesn’t know what the hell is happening to him, to his mind, his most reliable source. The thing he banks on the most.
Later Sherlock makes the devastating mistake of putting Shinwell down, and the hurt on her face is so heartbreaking. Lucy Liu, you are a goddamn STAR. BRILLIANT. FUCKING. ACTING.
“And if you can’t see the difference between him and Tius Wilcox…”
And she leaves that sentence unfinished. A chilling end to a scene.