“He loves her. Of course he does, he adores her” - Steven Moffat

“Molly’s just this rock for Sherlock” - Amanda Abbington

“No no I didn’t practice it, i just fucking did it. I had loads of glass in my hair and I just go for the girl” - Benedict Cumberbatch

“You can’t have Sherlock Holmes without Molly Hooper” - Steven Moffat

“Molly started really as a one shot character, really, in the pilot, doing that first scene just to help introduce Sherlock. And it’s just one of those magical things because Lou Brealey was so brilliant in the part. And it was so automatically funny to see Sherlock with her. But she’s as a character, she’s grown the most of anyone in that series. She’s so totally different now and continues to be that. I have to keep reminding myself you haven’t seen the next two. So there’s a lot to come with that. She’s the first person to make Sherlock apologize. And in extremis, while Sherlock was faking emotion when he was talking to John from the rooftop, just to make sure he was so totally upset he wouldn’t notice that the man was actually alive and had a squash ball in his armpit, when he goes to Molly, he’s being genuinely emotional. So she’s a hugely important character and a surprise to us because we never really intended to add any characters to the original canon. But here we have” - Steven Moffat

“Look how pretty Loo looks. She’s gorgeous” - Benedict Cumberbatch

“You didn’t have to come in, Molly” - Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Belgravia, S2.01

“You do count. You’ve always counted and I’ve always trusted you” - Sherlock Holmes, The Reichenbach Fall S2.03

“You look well” - Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Three, S3.02

“The one person he thought didn’t matter at all to me was the one person that mattered the most” - Sherlock Holmes, The Empty Hearse, S3.01

“What do I do?” - Sherlock Holmes, His Last Vow, S3.03

“I’m sorry. Forgive me. Merry Christmas, Molly Hooper” - Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Belgravia, S2.01

“You can see me” - Sherlock Holmes, The Reichenbach Fall, S2.03

“Would you…would you like to solve crimes?” - Sherlock Holmes, The Empty Hearse, S3.01

“For the sake of law and order, I suggest you avoid all future attempts at a relationship, Molly” - Sherlock Holmes, The Reichenbach Fall, S2.03

“You’ve changed your hair. The style, it’s usually parted in the middle. It’s nice. suits you better this way” - Sherlock Holmes, The Blind Banker, S1.02

“You” - Benedict Cumberbatch/Sherlock Holmes

“I will always ship Sherlock and Molly” - The Oxford English Dictionary

“Molly is so important. So fucking important” - Steven Moffat

long story short:

The Holmes parents and how they mirror John and Sherlock

This has been discussed all over but I thought I’d pull it together in one post to save for my own meta files.

In Season 3 we meet Sherlock and Mycroft’s parents. Lovely!  They are played by Benedict Cumberbatch’s real life parents, which is even more fun.

But the ‘rents are not introduced to little effect.  They play a very important subtext role in season 3.  They are mirroring Sherlock and John.  One way to say something without literally saying it is to use an analogy or example.  You know, sort of like Jesus and the parables.  Kinda.

Anywho, here are the appearances of the Holmes and what each scene revealed about Sherlock and John.

S3.01: The Empty House

Right after this episode aired I saw posts on Tumblr that were like “Did anyone notice that Sherlock’s parents were cos-playing Sherlock and John?”  It’s particularly noticable with his mother.  What older woman dresses like that?  She had on a dark coat with a turned up collor, white button down dress shirt, a black pants, and black dress shoes.  Mr. Holmes is wearing a  plaid shirt and neutral-toned sort of Army-style jacket like John.

We’re being told Mrs. Holmes represents Sherlock and Mr. Holmes represents John.

S3.02: The Sign of Three

During the “Who am I?” game, John asks if he (his person to guess) is pretty.  Sherlock says:  "Beauty is a construct based entirely on childhood impressions, influences, and role models.“

Who would have been Sherlock’s childhood impression/role model?  His parents (speciflcally his father, who looks and dresses like John).  In other words, Sherlock finds John attractive because he’s like his father.

S3.03: His Last Vow

At the Christmas party we learn more about Sherlock’s parents.  She wrote a mathematical treatise. She gave up her career in mathematics for children.   

He says:  "Complete flake, my wife, but happens to be a genius. I could never bear to argue with her. I’m something of a moron myself. But she’s unbelievably hot.”

Mary says: “My God. You’re the sane one, aren’t you?”

He says: “Aren’t you?”  (well no, not really).

Later in HLV, Magnussen calls John a “moron”.  Again Sherlock/Mrs. Holmes is the “genius flake” and John/Mr. Holmes is the “moron”.

So what do we take away from this mirroring?  What are the creators trying to tell us?

1. It’s John and Sherlock will will grow into old age together, who are the right couple.

2. John and Sherlock find each other physically attractive, which is something neither one is saying out loud.

Why do they bother?  They may be trying to reassure us through all this angst, and also it’s foreshadowing of what is going to come.

Note that in the “Who am I?” game, we’re being told Sherlock finds JOHN attractive (because he looks like his father) and in HLV we’re told John finds SHERLOCK attractive (unbelievably hot).