I find it interesting that many of the scenes that hit the cutting room floor relate to The Sherlock/John relationship or Sherlock a/sexuality. (Also removed, reference to Sherlock's drug use).
- Mycroft/Sherlock dialogue: "Don't be alarmed; it's to do with sex." / "Sex doesn't alarm me." / "How would you know?"
- John asking Mrs. Hudson about Sherlocs' relationship history/lack thereof.
- Jeanette to John: "It's heartwarming: you would do anything for him ... You’re a great boyfriend… and Sherlock Holmes is a very lucky man."
But more than anything my 'Meh' comes from giving us a lesbian dominatrix Irene and having her utterly besotted, defeated and rescued by Sherlock. How does that make her 'the woman'? 'The damsel', maybe.
P.S. If they have to cut something, I suggest Alan Cumming. But why not just play it in full FFS? The slot is call 'Masterpiece', not '85% of a Masterpiece'.