Previously on Sleepy Hollow, Pied Piper Bone Flute Child Sacrifice Generational Curse. Yeah, that about covers it. Plus, bonus delicious cappuccino!
Oh my goodness, Ichabod has gone and made himself a friend! All by himself! I have hearts in my eyes. She thinks she’s making him new clothes (and gosh, it’s nice of her to not to mention he might still smell a bit like cave grave) to support his “dedication to colonial reenactment,” and Ichabod thinks Betsy Ross herself would admire Caroline’s handiwork.
I wait for them to start “aww-shucks!”-ing each other and play-bopping each other on the chin. Whoops, she wants to churn his butter! Bow wow chicka wow wow. When Ichabod awkwardly says he’s a married man and Abbie arrives, Caroline dies a thousand deaths of mortification and bustles out.
Even if Caroline has “a case of Crane on the brain,” (and sheesh, Abbie jokes, put a tie on the door next time; maybe he would if he wore one), Ichabod thinks of Katrina constantly: “thoughts of my wife imperiled do plague me.” Katrina can handle herself, Abbie insists. Urk. Nothing is ever more awkward between our Witness-y duo than when they disagree about Katrina handling.
Cue Katrina and some mortar-pestle potion-y witchery! Unable to do magic in Abraham’s home, she enchants a crow to carry a note to Ichabod (omg, Ichabod, I like you; do you like me? CHECK YES OR NO OKAY?).
Abraham enters and talks sharing apocalypse riches (while also checking out her booty in that bustle, unf). He wants her to choose him willingly, “but I will not wait forever,” he says ominously.
Abraham and Henry have a little confab via a mirror. Henry’s perfect day would involve Katrina and Ichabod suffering like crazy; Abraham doesn’t want to hurt Katrina. Alone after Abraham goes poof, Henry pulls out a box of Katrina’s belongings; she must have some sin he can read and manipulate.
Bring on the classic teen couple at make-out point horror scenario, complete with a body landing on and cracking the windshield. Next we see Abbie and Ichabod in a car, not making out (aww!) but at Caroline’s house to apologize. Omg, Caroline’s “I <3 Founding Fathers” mug!
Ichabod explains he has “precious few friends in Sleepy Hollow”; she’s willing to be just pals who share a “fervor for the colonial way of life.” Hey, see you Saturday at the Battle of Saratoga re-enactment! Okay, I actually love Caroline already, and I want them to swan around in historical garb and earnestly talk about ye olden times together, aww!
And of course because I’ve let myself get attached to Caroline, she heads back inside to dreadful creaking sounds and haunting sobs. Shadows like underwater ripple marks show in the room, and a veiled woman in a chair rushes at her in a fog of shadows and lace.
Damn it all to hell, THAT’S IT FOR CAROLINE! Ichabod is shaken seeing her in the body bag at the police scene. I have no idea why I got so quickly attached to this ten-line character, but bah. *kicks poor Caroline’s I Heart Founding Father’s mug on the riverbank*
I’m glad there’s a little more emphasis on Abbie detecting stuff, though the entire “we’re going to talk to the queen bees! That’s right, the cheerleaders!” bit makes zero sense when they could have easily just talked to the teen couple another way. Unless we’re going to get cheerleader horror stylings in some future episode. *hopes*
Now that they’re on to a local legend, the Weeping Lady, Ichabod and Abbie head to their friendly neighborhood library.
Ichabod gets Katrina’s note from the crow while Abbie runs into Hottie Hawley. He’s doing research on things that go bump in the night. That could be you if you play your cards right, Hawley! “Cut me some slack,” he protests when she mentions he turned tail and ran like a big coward. “It was my first real live monster.”
To make it up to Abbie, he offers to help with their next “critter”, even saying it’ll be on the house. If she wants to find him, he’s at the pier, slip 44. Because of course he’s a renegade who lives on a boat. Sorry, but that’s hot.
Next comes one of the creepiest, most gorgeous special effects sequences we’ve seen on Sleepy Hollow yet. Abbie hears crying, and confronts the Weeping Lady. The specter hisses and rushes at her, and second later, Abbie’s underwater at the river. There’s a stunning back and forth of Abbie surfacing at the river while Ichabod tries to reach for her from inside the library, leaning into the supernatural black smudge-y hole of vengeful kidnapping.
“She’s drowned!” Ichabod cries out, and holy crap, he sounds so desperate and horrified. “Give her mouth to mouth!” shouts Hawley, who soon does the job himself (of course Ichabod wouldn’t know CPR). “Please, please,” Ichabod repeats as Abbie begins to cough, revived.
While the EMTs checked Abbie over, Ichabod found more evidence in the tale of a sorrowful woman jilted by her lover. Abbie has better evidence; a piece of the Weeping Lady’s shawl, and the assertion that was no sorrowful ghost. Uh oh, Ichabod recognizes the garment, and we’re flashbacking to Ye Olden Colonial Dayes.
Ichabod’s former intended Mary shows up, all crazy eyes and babbling about bringing Ichabod back to London. Katrina side-eyes Mary; but at this juncture, alas, she’s let Abraham put a ring on it. When Katrina lets them have a moment, Ichabod gives Mary the whole “I think of you as a sister” spiel. Mary immediately seizes on Katrina as having stolen Ichabod’s heart, and she’s not wrong, yo. She rallies, though, insisting he’s too kind and noble to shame her and their families; she’ll expect him to leave with her for England by morning.
“She sounds like a piece of work,” says Abbie, and I’ll rein in my disappointment we’re doing the “man, old girlfriends are wack!” thing and focus on how it’s fun that Mary’s now a literal green-eyed monster. But the Weeping Lady of legend is benign, so what happened to rouse Mary’s vengeful impulses to kill the women close to Ichabod? Ichabod realizes he lost Katrina’s love note, and Abbie grimly says Katrina must now be “at the top of [Mary’s] hit list.”
“I didn’t order a pizza,” Hawley says archly as he sprawls at his hipster bohemian vaguely-international-y-looking artefacts decorated boat. “Boys, we don’t have time for this,” Abbie scolds when Hawley and Ichabod snipe at each other. You three are so love triangle-y sometimes!
Hawley proves his plotty helpfulness, providing them with another shortcut; the very weapon they need, a crossbow owned by a “real life Van Helsing” with a druidic rune arrow featuring a reservoir tip filled with “Greek fire and Basilisk venom.” He lends them for free, because he claims it’ll be funsies to see if it works against the “sea hag”. Ah, he’s just trying to get in good with Abbie (Haha, that’s what she sa- I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, I stopped myself almost in time).
By the time Ichabod and Abbie approach the Abraham’s mansion, Katrina is already gone, stolen by the Weeping Lady by way of the purloined love note.
Headless himself is riding off with his axe, presumably to chase down and/or save Katrina. “We’re too late,” Ichabod says despairingly (man, you do a lot of giving up this episode, Crane), but Abbie insists they can make it to Dobbs Ferry bridge in time.
Another lovely special effects bit — Katrina in her white nightgown struggles against the black mourning-garb clothed Weeping Lady, and summons her magic to defend herself and escape. I dig those glowing enchanted arc-reactors in your pals, Katrina! Fleeing to the woods, Katrina encounters Ichabod and Abbie. “Only one warlock” could have raised Mary and made her flesh — obviously Henry — and now Katrina must use dark magic to send Mary’s soul to a better place.
But Katrina needs another witch to ground her. “How about a Witness?” Abbie offers, and man, the way Abbie throws herself into things to protect Katrina, almost no questions asked, never any skepticism in the heat of the moment, is such a huge show of her faith in Ichabod. It really is Abbie’s greatest weakness, even if I love her for it.
While Katrina and Abbie repeat the spell, of course in our favorite Romani Greek (anyone else picking up a phrase here or there?) Ichabod tries to reason with Mary, unwilling to use the weapon at first. When she screeches with jealousy, he fires, but the quick glow that hits her chest fades in seconds. Haha, nice job, Hawley! I actually like that his perfect weapon for the occasion was a total dud; he’s doing plot convenience work, but it’s okay with me if he can be totally wrong sometimes. Though, you know, not the most reassuring results. Run, Ichabod!
Just as Mary, filled with furor, makes for Katrina and Abbie, the enchantment takes hold, and Mary once again looks like her human self. “She will not harm me,” Ichabod says, distressed when Katrina warns him to get away from the dying Mary. If he got Mary’s letter saying she went home, though, what happened? “What happened to you?” he implores. Mary holds out a shaky hand, points at Katrina, and vanishes.
HOCRAP! Is this all Katrina’s fault in the end? Katrina tries to sidestep, reminding Ichabod how possessive and jealous Mary was. “And never one to give up on anything,” Ichabod remembers; so why would Mary have given up on him and returned to England? Katrina will explain it all, she promises; just another time. But no, he wants the truth: “What in god’s name did you do?”
Gah, this is SUPER EXCITING, because Katrina is getting more complex and grey-spectrum on the evil bar all the time! Okay, so it wasn’t entirely Katrina’s fault; Mary asked to meet with her then attacked her for seducing Ichabod; in the hullaballoo, Mary tripped, fell, and hit her head, dying on the shore of the river. But hello, Katrina didn’t have to just abandon Mary there; nor did she have to forge a letter in Mary’s hand to pretend Mary sailed for England.
“You would have carried the blame, the weight of it all,” Katrina protests. But the most fascinating part (or most horrible bit, depending on your perspective): Katrina clearly wanted Ichabod to stay to fulfill his role in the “mission”, his part in the grand scheme of the fight against evil. “There’s so much you’ve kept from me,” Ichabod says, clearly shaken. Since he’s awoken, he’s learned she’s a powerful witch, was a spy for Washington, tied him to the Horseman in order to keep him in the fight against evil, had their child without telling him. “And now this.”
When you actually hear that laundry list of things Katrina neglected to tell Ichabod, it’s pretty freaking damning. What’s riveting here is how much Ichabod finally adds the secrets all together — he’s had to deal with each one in the heat of a crisis, but when he perceives their entire relationship from start to present day is built on keeping him in the dark, he reels.
The Horseman rides up, and dude, for a guy with supernatural connections, you’re getting to the scene kind of late. Mary pleads with him to spare Ichabod’s life, because he saved her from the angry spirit who stole her from his home. I am loving those back-and-forths in which Abbie and Ichabod see Headless, and Katrina sees Abraham; it’s such a humanizing of evil for Katrina, but for Abbie and Ichabod, they never lose sight of who the Headless Horseman is.
“I am ready to go home,” Katrina tells Abraham, taking his hand. Ichabod looks horrified and betrayed all over again as Abbie stands warily at his side.
Oh ho HO! How did I not see coming that Hawley and Jenny Mills HAD A THING back in the day? She shows up to return his lame-o dud crossbow, and also to see if he wants to mess around while she’s bored (and it really does seem that fantastically uncomplicated for Jenny, which fills me with toe-wriggling delight).
Hawley, though, stammers he wants to “keep things professional”, because he’s saving it for Abbie, obviously. Okay, so I’m torn, because clearly the idea of Hawley and Jenny getting it on while they’re demon artefact hunting together is super fun. But I would hate to see Hawley get turned into a plot point of Mills sister conflict. I kind of don’t think he can at this stage, because Jenny seems so devil-may-care about it all (go Jenny!), but, yeah, I wouldn’t put it past the writers of any show not to make a thing out of an opportunity like that. Hmm.
I’m a big fan of the way Jenny makes out with Hawley to steal his coffee, though. That’s right! You get that coffee! Mmmm, coffee!
Aww, Abbie helps Ichabod and Caroline’s friends arrange a colonial-styling memorial for Caroline at their new pub hangout. See you at the battle of Saratoga, everyone tells each other seriously, and I hope we see Ichabod with more colonial re-enactor pals in the future.
At the bar, Ichabod gets maudlin, lamenting their mission as Witnesses “puts those for whom we care the most in terrible danger.” But those people would be endangered by an apocalypse anyway, Abbie reasons. Well, their duty to one another must come first, he says grimly. Uh, clearly that’s his heartache over Katrina talking. “Marriage is difficult on the best day,” he says heavily. “But without trust, without honesty, how can a union between two people hope to survive?”
It’s a poignant aphorism about marriage, but you know, it’s a tricky commentary on the bond between Ichabod and Abbie as well. Much of her trust in him has to be founded on his faith in his wife. How many times has Katrina given them information, guided them, or been put in situations that require Abbie or Ichabod to risk everything to help her? And looking at Katrina as someone who, however it might be justified, withholds important truths much of the time, that has to be a frightening situation for Abbie. Again, Abbie’s trust in Ichabod is an immense Achilles heel, and from the way Abbie regards Ichabod at the bar, I would say she’s becoming more and more aware of this.
Katrina, back at Abraham’s place, accuses him of conspiring with Henry to raise Mary and shake Ichabod’s faith in her (let’s be clear, Katrina; your acts and secrets are ultimately what caused Ichabod’s faith to be shaken). Abraham had no part in it, he insists. “I’m never happy to see you unhappy, Katrina.” God, Abraham is the most naif-ish Horseman of the Apocalypse ever. He’s so much less sophisticated and calculated than Katrina. OF course, let’s not forget he’s awful evil Death personified, though. Still, it’s strange how earnest he is in comparison to Katrina’s duplicities (necessary though those duplicities often are).
Hey, I wonder what doing that black magic did to Katrina? It makes me think part of Henry’s plan was not just to make her suffer, but to leave her more vulnerable to Moloch’s machinations. He’s certainly gone the twist-y route before to get what he actually wants instead of the seeming evil prize (witness the bone flute dust incident). And hell, what did helping with that black magic potentially do to Abbie?
“I want the witch turned, not dead,” Moloch snarls at Henry, grabbing him by the throat and throwing him. Henry protests he was trying to please him, but “you are a soldier” whose duty is to obey,” Moloch declares.
When Moloch lets him go, Henry reappears in his abandoned manor, sitting on the floor with his legs sprawled and crying. Wow, I loved this small moment with John Noble. Despite all of Henry’s abilities and new powers, he’s a frightened and angry little boy at the heart of it all. It makes me wonder if he despairs at the loss of Moloch’s favor, as another father figure he couldn’t reach. Or will he rebel and try to hurt Moloch in the end, just as now he strives to destroy his actual parents?
Lovely complicated character development, gorgeous special effects, and so many exciting layers in everyone’s relationship with one another — this might be my favorite ep of the season so far. What did you all think? Who wins the Most Trapped by the Plot award — Katrina or Frank Irving (I’m voting Frank)? How far will Katrina go to win Abraham’s trust? Will Henry be Moloch’s soldier or betray him in the end? Will Hawley ever sort out which Mills sister he wants to get with? Who’s zoomin’ who in Sleepy Hollow? I’d love to hear from you in comments! And definitely come back next week for more Sleepy Hollow with the next episode, which looks to be absolutely filled with Sheriff Corbin feels, “And the Abyss Gazes Back”!