Let’s Talk About Number 57
“For two people who aren’t romantically interested in each other, Sherlock and John do not react exceptionally well to the other being in a relationship. Sherlock crashes John’s dates and is rude to his girlfriends, leading to John’s inability throughout the first two seasons to be involved with anyone. But when Irene Adler actively, and mildly successfully, starts flirting with Sherlock in A Scandal in Belgravia, John is not even subtle about his jealosy: interrupting their conversations, making passive aggressive comments, and counting the number of times she texts him (57 times), just by listening for the text alert noise. What would cause ladies’ man John Watson to become hostile and dismissive of the most attractive woman in the show?”
Sonnet 57 is the one that made everyone think Shakespeare was gay
Doctor Who, which Steven Moffat writes for/acts as show runner for, also referenced this in The Shakespearian Code:
THE DOCTOR: Come on! We can have a good flirt later!
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: Is that a promise, Doctor?
THE DOCTOR: Oh, 57 academics just punched the air. Come on.