I made another observation having to do with Molly Hooper (and James Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes).
What else is new? But, actually, this is really interesting.
We all know that when Jim is leaving the lab in The Great Game he says to Molly, “See you at The Fox, about six-ish?”. (Or, if you didn’t know, now you do.) I’m quoting from memory, so that might not be quoted verbatim, but he says something like that. Point is, he mentions “The Fox”. Which, if you do a quick google search, what comes up is a nice restaurant in London.
Well, in The Reichenbach Fall, James Moriarty wears a stick-pin to his trial. Guess what is on the stick-pin? Yes, a fox. Don’t believe me? Here’s the post, so you can see for yourselves.
I refuse to believe that this is a coincidence.
My theory is that The Fox belongs to James Moriarty, and is the center of his criminal web— his HQ, per say.
Now what does this have to do with Molly Hooper? Does this mean that maybe people’s theories that she is actually Moran are true? It’s possible. However, I find it much more likely that she had no idea who Jim actually was when she was dating him.
So then why are you telling us this, Prisci? What does this have to do with Molly?
Well, think about it. Sherlock is always deducing things about people based on their appearances—what they wear, what they put in their hair, how their nails are done… He even notices something as minuscule as dog hair on one of the agents that shows up in A Scandal in Belgravia to take him to Buckingham Palace— so we can safely assume that he would notice Jim’s stick-pin. Maybe he wouldn’t make anything of it when he first sees it, because it holds no significance to him at that moment, but he would notice it and he would store it away in his mind palace.
So, let’s move on. Things happen, and then, in Reichenbach, when Molly is the only one who sees him grieving, it forces Sherlock to finally see her for the first time.
“You can see me.”
“I don’t count.”
And now that he is aware of Molly, what does he see? Does he see a nervous morgue attendant/pathologist/lab assistant? No. He sees Molly Hooper— the only one who can tell that something’s wrong, the one person who he’s always trusted entirely, the girl who dumped James Moriarty—the greatest criminal mastermind in the world, the girl who dumped him after three dates… Dates. They went on three dates. Where? Sherlock searches his mind palace and what does he find?
“Meet me at The Fox, around six-ish?”
The Fox. The fox stick-pin.
“I never liked riddles.”
Moriarty wore that pin as yet another clue in the riddle: Molly went to The Fox with James Moriarty. Sherlock needs Molly.
“What do you need?”
He needs Molly because she knows something. She was at the Fox. She is the key. She probably doesn’t even know that she is.
And now I want to write this fic.
Also, don’t think that this could possibly be? Then explain this:
1. Why would they very clearly mention the name of the location in which Jim and Molly were going on a date within Sherlock’s earshot? Why would the writers include that? They never include information that won’t be useful later on.
2. Why would Jim then wear a fox stick-pin? Doesn’t it seem a bit too coincidental?
3. Why would they have that scene in which Sherlock tells Molly that they’re tracking down one of her ex-boyfriends AND have Molly stop, focus the camera on her, and have her say, “Actually, Jim wasn’t even my boyfriend. We went on three dates, I broke it off.” Why would they make such a point of making sure the audience knows that Molly and Jim went on three dates if that information wasn’t important?
Molly has something or knows something that Sherlock needs, we know that much— Sherlock goes to her and tells her he needs her— and James Moriarty placed it there on purpose. That’s why he went through the trouble of pretending to date her, instead of just meeting Sherlock some other, less troublesome way— because he had a long-term plan.
Now the question is, why Molly?
Prisci, I will never get over the fabulousness that is this post