We’re not actually supposed to believe that there was no signal on
Sherlock’s phone, right? Network irregularities aside, either most
phones work in the lab or most don’t, and Sherlock would have
switched networks ages ago if this were a persistent problem easily fixed. Further,
he surely knew Mike’s phone-keeping habits already.
Pretending no signal is his first little manipulation of John, a deliberate attempt to extract something more from him. And that’s a quick decision being made in this gif. Notice how his eyes linger when he looks back down? So intrigued.
[I’m sure this is established already but it’s just occurred to me.]
“I’ve always been drawn to pathos. I think you can fall in love with a character because you find them funny, and it’s then very easy to turn that into something moving. I really love laughing and crying – what could be better?” [x]