Time for another speculative theory… In ASIB prior to the Christmas scene, suppose Sherlock had been mistakenly informed that Molly had a boyfriend. He was especially agitated during this scene. Now this was probably due to the fact that all these people were in his flat. But maybe…
Lovely meta!!! So many Molly / Sherlock feels. :) And, think about this too: Who invited Molly in the first place…or told her there would be a small holiday gathering? Sherlock invited her. It’s clear from the conversation she’s having with Mrs Hudson, John and Lestrade, they didn’t do it. It was Sherlock. He probably told her it was a casual gathering, something Mrs Hudson wants, downplaying the whole thing but, you know, she’s welcome. And, Molly who’s been waiting for this since ASiP is sooo happy. He was definitely expecting her, especially since he invited her.
But, what if — and this is just a question for you - no one misinformed him she might be seeing someone - but instead he jumped to that conclusion when he first saw her appear on the stairs? Prompting his derisive “Oh, dear lord” comment. Meaning (maybe) — "Oh, god, here we go again. She’s interested in someone else. Look at her hair and make up, when I told her it was casual. Didn’t she learn anything from the Moriarty fiasco? I’m sure she’s chosen someone awful. Why does she always insist on messing with our dynamic?" etc. Just wondering. Love your thoughts on this scene! :)
I always assumed Mrs. Hudson arranged the party, but I would agree with you that Sherlock probably was the one to invite Molly. While Mrs. Hudson and Molly have most likely met before (because of the comment about her hip), I doubt Mrs. Hudson would have invited her on her own. John isn’t really close to her and Lestrade was a guest himself so that leaves Sherlock. I bet as Sherlock was chatting with her one day at Barts, he casually brought it up: “Oh by the way Mrs. Hudson insists on having some sort of Christmas get-together so if you feel inclined to stop by…” I imagine it kind of like him asking her to solve crimes in TEH only he’s less enthused about the idea of a party. Sherlock likes being in Molly’s company and I’m sure he was looking forward to having her there. He would have someone to joke around with that would make the party more bearable.
I love the theory that the idea of the boyfriend was formed right when he saw her. It makes the scene much more sad. He was looking forward to having Molly there and now he thinks she’s just stopping by before heading to see someone else, someone she fancies. His mood definitely drops the moment she arrives. His jealousy comes out when he starts teasing her. Sherlock has always taken a concern in her relationship status. I think Sherlock feels that Molly is better than all these guys she dates and doesn’t understand why she is going out with people who are beneath her. Like you say he’s probably thinking why is she doing this again?
Thanks for the response! I hadn’t thought about it this way before. Also, I always enjoy reading your meta. :)
I hadn’t really thought about it this way until *your* meta, lol, because this is brilliant! :)