I have just seen the first episode of Sherlock.
The cab driver offered Sherlock 2 bottles. Once containing a poisionous pill, and the other has a "no effect" pill. Or at least that's what the cab driver claims.
Sherlock knew that the driver had a fake gun. Sherlock picked the bottle that was far from him. As they were both about to swallow their pills, Dr. Watson shoots the cab driver.
Question 1: Was time of the essence in that situation? I mean there was no threat, no time limit. Dr. Watson could have gone to the other building and arrest the cab driver. So why did Sherlock say that he was buying time?
Question 2: Do both bottles contain "bad pills"? and the cab driver only pretends that he is about to swallow the other pill while in fact he is encouraging the victim to swallow first?
Question 3: Why kill the cab driver if more information can be obtained if he is arrested?