Sherlock (TV series) - Does “You or Me?” mean “John or James?”
YOU OR ME? - THE BRIDE
Before faking her suicide Emelia Ricoletti utters:
EMELIA: YOU OR ME?
JOHN OR JAMES? - THE SKIP CODE
The skip code in The Empty Hearse repeats the question “John or James?” twice.
John is clearly John’s name.
James is mainly Moriarty’s name, but could also be a reference to John being mistakenly called James in ACD canon.
ARE THEY RELATED?
The structure of the sentence is similar and there are possible links between John/YOU and Moriarty/ME.
THE LINKS - PITMAN SHORTHAND
John’s name looks like a U in Pitman Shorthand, with can stand for YOU.
Moriarty’s name looks like an M (as the jury foreman writes it), which is the first of two letters of ME or the reverse of ME when it’s spelled EM.
Pitman Shorthand has already appeared in The Reichenbach Falls.
YOU also appears in The Abominable Bride above a capitalized mention of Pitman Shorthand in the newpapers’ articles.
Plus I have a theory in which John is the U in IOU and the answer to the final problem is IT IS JOHN. See I O U = IT IS JOHN.
THE LINKS -
IN THE DIALOGUE
John is YOU in the best man speech:
SHERLOCK: It’s always you, John Watson.
Moriarty is ME in the “Did you miss me?” video.
MORIARTY: Did you miss me?
THE LINKS -
IN THE MIRRORS
The names of Eustace Carmichael and Emelia Ricoletti could have been chosen to have a similarity between “YOUstace or eMElia?” and “YOU or ME?”, as Emelia might be accusing the man who mistreated her in the past with YOU and referring to herself as ME.
Emelia Ricoletti is a evident mirror for Moriarty, as Sherlock tries to solve both their similar suicides.
Eustace Carmichael could be a mirror for John as he’s married to one of the murderous brides.
Sherlock has to choose between John and Moriarty.
This theme is also specifically addressed at the end of The Abominable Bride, where Sherlock actually chooses not to go down with Moriarty and be saved by John Watson.
This might be addressed again, out of sherlock’s mind palace, as the final problem, being the question “You or me”/”John or Moriarty” and the answer “It is you”/”It is John.”