16 Times Sherlock Drove Us All Crazy

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Lara Pulver in that series of very dramatic “Sherlock” Season 2 promo shots.(Photo: BBC)

When Irene Adler’s Password Was Ridiculous

There are several insanity-inducing moments in Season 2’s “A Scandal in Belgravia”. And maybe it’s the fact that the bulk of the episode is so entertaining and well done that makes its missteps feel even more jarring and awful. Such is the case with Irene Adler’s phone and its utterly stupid password.  Which is a twist that is so dumb it deserves its own entry on this list.

Once Sherlock realizes that Irene’s increased pulse means that she’s caught feelings for him, he’s able to crack her previously impenetrable password with ease. (Of course, Irene’s icky emotions are her downfall. Girls and their feelings, amiright??) She’s apparently so besotted with Sherlock that she decides it’s appropriate to lock her most important and valuable secrets behind the digital version of a game of M.A.S.H.

Yes, “I AM S-H-E-R-LOCKED” is a funny play on words, and goodness knows the show has been all over it as a marketing opportunity, but it also makes NO SENSE. Why would such a smart, savvy businesswoman make her most important password a play on the name of her new crush? (Worst of all? Girl had to purposefully change her password to that after she met Sherlock.) To be fair, you can make the argument that this password has something to do with Irene’s love of taking risks, or her desire to tease Sherlock in some way. However, she reiterates more than once how important the photos on her phone are to her life, so it seems like quite a big stretch to think that she’d put all that in danger over an in-joke with a man she just met.

Or, to put it another way: Does anyone think that Sherlock’s password was “Irene”? Ever?

Number of eyerolls: 8