So you know how we’re always talking about how one thing we love about A Scandal in Belgravia is that even years on we’re still discovering new little things about it? Well that just happened again for me, and the “little thing” I noticed is that Sherlock blatantly checking out Irene as she is looking right at him is CANON.
See this? It was already such an iconic Adlock moment because of the way they’re looking at each other after their amazing match of wits and mutual compliments, but it’s even better than we thought.
Right before John’s outburst of “Hamish!” they’re locking gazes, in mutual admiration and interest. Here’s Sherlock:
Then John interrupts them, and the camera moves to him for a few seconds. But when the camera goes back to Sherlock, where are his eyes now??
In those few seconds we looked away, they’ve clearly traveled downward… in full view of Irene. That’s pretty brazen, and I’m so here for it.
Here’s that moment, with John’s outburst taken out:
So there you have it! Sherlock blatantly scoping out Irene as she looks on is canon, my friends 😁
“I’m wondering why I shouldn’t just kill you.” There’s a pause. The tension had seemed to peak as soon as they had made eye contact. And yet it continued to rise.
Benny rebounds soon enough. A quick thinker, as was expected given his current line of business, “but baby - you’d be disappointing me. All the trouble you went through to arrange this shin-dig? Must be something more you’re after…?”
Was it another play? Another move to get him ahead? He couldn’t be sure. Regardless, the offer was intriguing enough to play along.