You guys this is Monsieur Jean from the opening scene who im pretty sure is a certain character at the end we all see (i dont want to spoil anything and also can’t remember) but it makes sense now that he can’t remember what hes forgotten……
1) SHERLOCK: And what about John Watson? MYCROFT: John?
SHERLOCK: Mmm. Have you seen him?
MYCROFT: Oh, yes – we meet up every Friday for fish and chips.
2) SHERLOCK: Fancy some chips?
SHERLOCK: I know a fantastic fish shop just off the Marylebone Road. The owner always gives
me extra portions.
3) (Dropping his chips to the floor, he races down the stairs with Mary following.)
4) SHERLOCK: Chips.
FAITH: Chips? SHERLOCK: You’re suicidal. You’re allowed chips, trust me. It’s about the only perk.
5) FAITH: Amazing.
SHERLOCK: I know.
FAITH: I meant the chips. SHERLOCK: Hm.
6) THERAPIST: It was lovely. We had chips.
7) THERAPIST: In fairness, though, he does have excellent taste in chips.
8) SHERLOCK: No, we’ve spoken since then. You came round to my flat a few weeks back; you
pretended to be a woman called Faith Smith. We had chips.
Eight times chips are mentioned or shown and under very different circumstances:
Myrcoft’s sarcastic answer to Sherlock’s Big Question, the only thing he seems interested in after his return: John Watson.
Sherlock’s thank you invitation to Molly
Sherlock going home alone to eat the chips, being called upon by Mary, dropping the chips on the floor to go and save John
Sherlock connecting being suicidal and eating chips, he seems to be talking from experience.
Faith making a joke that reminds me very much of John’s way with Sherlock. On the downside this reflects John not being amazing by Sherlock’s deductions anymore and not wishing to be Sherlock’s friend anymore.
Therapist Eurus mentioning eating chips with Sherlock when talking to John.
A slightly dismissive joke about Sherlock’s deduction skills.
Sherlock mentioning the chips to Eurus when meeting her as Eurus for the first time.
In the Sherlock universe, “having chips with someone” symbolises connecting to other people and it reflects upon the Holmes brothers as well.
Mycroft is sarcastic, he did not meet John for fish and chips = he did not connect to his brother’s best friend just as he does not connect to other people in general.
Sherlock inviting Molly and Faith to have chips with him, is a deeply felt, non-sexual way of connecting with other people, something Sherlock has learnt by now and Mycroft has not.
And there is another interesting parallel: There are two times Sherlock invites a woman for chips and both times Sherlock thinks he has lost John.
P.S. I’d be happy if a native speaker wants to have a go at the additional idiomatic uses of “having chips”.