And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,
imagine john finding out that sherlock’s in love with him and asking him how long he’s felt that way and sherlock just staring at the ground and not replying and john saying, a little more insistently, “sherlock, how long have you been in love with me?” and sherlock, still looking at the ground, saying “the 30th of january, 2010.” and john staring at him for a few seconds before saying “…we met on the 29th.” and sherlock finally looking up and saying “i know.”
Ok, I’ve pulled up the scene at Baker Street at the beginning of HLV. First thing I noticed:
John: “Hey, what happened to my chair?”
Sherlock: “It was blocking my viewto the kitchen.”
John: “Well, it’s good to be missed.”
Sherlock: “You were gone, I saw an opportunity.”
John: “No, you saw the kitchen.”
Soooo apply the classic Sherlock food/sex metaphor there, and…yeah. Mmm-hmm.
I’m really starting to believe that anytime there’s dialogue in this show that’s funny/silly, or that sounds like an odd use of language or anything, it’s because there’s a deeper, subtextual meaning that the writers are almost trying to distract us from. In this case – on the surface it sounds like Sherlock’s just kind of goading John. Why would he want a “view” of the kitchen? But then you apply the food/sex metaphor:
John’s gone and suddenly Sherlock sees what he’s missing.
Sherlock doesn’t mention what he did with the chair at all. However, he does allow everyone to believe his bedroom door is closed because he’s hiding drugs. Of course, we know Janine is in there. Everyone but John leaves, and Sherlock heads off to take a bath. Right before closing the bathroom door, he calls to John:
"Stay out of my bedroom."
Okay, bear with me here, but this is what I think:
1. John’s chair is pretty large and looks like it’d be fairly awkward for one person to move. Sherlock obviously didn’t get rid of it, as he brings it back after Mary shoots him. It stayed in the apartment. The only options are his and John’s bedroom.
2. John’s bedroom is upstairs – massive pain in the ass to lug it up there. (Unrelated: will we ever see John’s effing bedroom? EVER? This is essential to my emotional and mental health. Anyway.)
3. When John sees his chair back in its place, he asks Hudders about it (to be specific, the way he words it is “why does Sherlock think I’ll be moving back in here?” and she says “oh yes, he’s put your chair back, hasn’t he?”). So Hudders didn’t move it.
(3a. WTFFF that is a weird and interesting leap of logic John made right there – that his chair being back means Sherlock thinks he’s moving back? worthy of its own meta…)
4. Sherlock escaped from the hospital in a great deal of pain and moved that fucking chair back himself. (Christ.) The only place it could be is his bedroom. He could never have lugged it up and down the stairs. And it probably cost him a great fucking deal of pain to do it, but he did it for John. Kind of symbolic of this entire season.
*pauses to pour shot of sorrow drowning whiskey*
5. So speaking symbolically:
John’s chair represents John.
Sherlock’s “view of the kitchen” (food=sex) was “blocked.”
With John/John’s chair gone, Sherlock saw what he was missing.
And he put John’s chair in his bedroom.
6. When he goes into the bathroom and tells John to stay out of his bedroom, it’s not because Janine’s in there. Sherlock WANTS John to find out about Janine. He clearly enjoys John’s reaction to that later on. So…
7. Sherlock didn’t want John to see that he’d put John’s chair in his bedroom because it means John is now welcome in there.