Mother & Son: Mrs. Hudson & Sherlock Holmes
I did say that I would go into some more descriptive detail of how I view their relationship. So here I go:
We never did learn much of how they met and what exactly did Mr. Hudson do to warrant his execution, but it didn’t put the either of them on bad terms. He obviously can tolerate her enough to rent a flat above her and converse with her from time to time. Plus, in a Study in Pink (pilot or other, whichever you choose) he greeted her with a hug and gave her a kiss on the cheek as he left to go to a crime scene.
She cares for Sherlock and John, but with Sherlock it’s more motherly. She tolerates his quirks, though does give him a necessary scolding when she disapproves. She cooks for them and cleans after them when she didn’t have to. Sherlock, despite his tendency to proclaim to be a sociopath (noun. a person lacking in sense of moral responsibility, antisocial, or social conscious), is angered when he deduces evidence of a break in and Mrs. Hudson taken hostage.
When he sees her injured, a cut on her cheek from being slapped, he enacts his own punishment on the man by (A) headbutting him and (B) tying him to a chair and tossing him out the window. Repeatedly. The suggestion of her leaving Baker Street, the home and comfort she provided, is scoffed at. He fakes his death for the three people he cared for.
The graveyard scene, where she lists off all the things Sherlock’s done (fighting, shooting the wall, specimens in the fridge) that would have had him kicked out on the streets by anyone else. She was angry, but that was all what made Sherlock, well, Sherlock. Him and his “funny little brain” only a mother would love.
I’ve been told that Mrs. Hudson could also be viewed as a grandmother figure to Sherlock and that’s fine. If that’s how you view her, then by all means don’t let my ramblings stop you. But the protectiveness and care that they give each other is the closest thing I’ve seen of a mother and her child in this series (unless they bring in Mummy Holmes and I would love to see that).