looooove the “hand-on-the-neck-so-that-John-couldn’t-go-there-to-feel-for-the-pulse” bit! hadn’t occurred to me yet!
A couple of notes here in passing about the checking-for-a-pulse thing:
(a) Even when you have a clear shot at a pulse point, it can be surprisingly difficult to find, especially if the pulse is weak or thready. That said:
(a1) John’s hand is actually pretty poorly positioned to find a wrist pulse at all. The spot on Sherlock’s wrist that John’s gripping during the closest shot — the one where the woman’s hand pulls his away — is such that he has no better than a 50/50 chance of finding a pulse at all even if there’s a perfectly good one to be found. Naturally we can put the poor positioning down to his own great distress and the fact that somebody’s just knocked him down in the road.
(b) And even if there was no pulse to be felt: mere lack of a pulse does not mean either that someone is dead, or that they cannot be resuscitated. While still nursing I participated in any number of (much more commonplace) codes during which there was no pulse, or detectable pulse, for many seconds before we got things going again.
The main matter of interest for me here: that face on the stretcher, as excerpted above, really looks nothing like Sherlock, blood or no blood.
(sigh) Tell 2013 to hurry up.