***Warning: Spoilers ahead.***
This week on Sleepy Hollow, we get more character development for Abbie (!), John Cho comes back from the dead and we meet the first of Death's evil minions. There was also the unveiling of a new Super Secret HQ, relationship talk between our two leads (and relationship talk evading between our two leads), and donut tax outrage. Yes, I said donut tax outrage. Man, I love this show.
Before I get started on the recap, let's talk about the show's copious amounts of diversity for a minute. There are characters of color galore and all of them are still alive. We've already met three and were introduced to two more in this episode. Is it just me, or has anyone else felt the need to repeatedly pinch yourself as you watch to make sure you aren't seeing things?
For the moment, there are now more POC characters on the show than there are white ones, which is unheard of on a network TV genre show. There's a pattern of inclusion developing here, and I hope it continues. I also hope the other networks see the success of this show, realize part of the reason for that success and play follow the leader like they're so apt to do when there's money involved. But since keeping the status quo intact seems more important than earning money for them right now, I'm not going to hold my breath. I'm just going to love the hell out of the jewel we've been given and continue to revel in the awesome that is Sleepy Hollow.
|Ichabod's sticky notes|
The captain tells Abbie that she's basically on an island all by herself when it comes to the events from the pilot because no one wants to corroborate her story. He then shows her a rather disturbing video of John Cho snapping his own neck in his cell to further discourage her. After spending the better part of an entire scene shooting holes in every one of her points, he negates his entire tirade by telling her that he's leaving town for a few days and gives her permission to do her thing. As long as she doesn't embarrass him, that is. Yeah, good luck with that, Captain.
Cut to Abbie knocking on Crane's motel room door where we immediately find out that Ichabod is definitely not a morning person. The second she arrives, he begins to complain about everything from being held captive by the police to Abbie's seeming reversal of her belief in his veracity (I love Ichabod-speak). She finally manages to shut up him with that little slice of heaven known as the donut hole.
In one of the creepiest scenes I've seen on TV (and I've watched Supernatural from the beginning, so...), John Cho bursts from his body bag, head still hanging backward like an open Pez dispenser. Seems that the Blurry Man has resurrected our favorite psycho cop (fixing his neck in the process....kind of) and wants him to pay it forward. He's not so much afraid as "WTF" and that made me love Andy Brooks all the more. I hope this character isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
|Captain Irving and Abbie|
It takes a visit to Katrina's grave and a not-so-gentle reminder via voiceover that the dark force they're looking for is "one of us" and the lightbulb finally clicks on over Ichabod's head. The coming evil is a witch. Come on, Katrina, why couldn't you just say that in the first place? Next time, try to be a little less cryptic, please and thank you.
Back at the station house, Abbie and Crane (who are suddenly sporting strikingly similar hairstyles and wardrobes) go back and forth some because Abbie still needs a moment to breathe after all the craziness that's been thrown her way lately. This is where we get our first moment of Abbie-related character development as Ichabod practically begs her to open up to him. (And it couldn't have been a coincidence that he used the same words with her that he just had at his wife's grave. "Please, help me understand.")
Haltingly, Abbie tells Crane that after her incident in the woods with the four white trees, she began to get into trouble. After an incident involving breaking into a pharmacy looking to score, Sheriff Corbin decided to take her under his wing instead of arresting her. By the end of her story (which involved a wonderful flashback of a younger Abbie and Corbin), she is nearly in tears and so am I. Ichabod looks like he wants to hug her, and I can understand the urge. It's so refreshing to see a black woman being allowed to be vulnerable, to cry, to show normal human emotions just like any other woman. It's something we're not usually allowed to do on TV, so I applaud the writers here.
Andy Brooks and his neck
It's back to the station house for Corbin's file and here the writer's play on one of my favorite TV tropes: The new man in Abbie's life and the old man in Abbie's life meet and instantly sparks fly. They don't like each other, and it's apparent from the outset. As they meanly snark at each other, we learn that Ichabod's cover story is that he's a visiting professor from Oxford, which Luke seems to find hilarious. Abbie makes a sudden appearance (who didn't see that one coming?), and much to Ichabod's gloating delight and Luke's confused dismay, she quickly pulls Crane out of there. Before they even cut the corner however, Ichabod begins to shamelessly grill Abbie about her relationship with Luke. He wants to know why they broke up, if they're going to get back together and straight up tells her that he feels entitled to know since she'd interrogated him about Katrina earlier. Of course, much like he did, Abbie deflects and the game is suddenly afoot.
Um-hm...we see you, show.
Crane bashes in a wall in the station's basement which leads to the bowels of the armory across the street and their new Super Secret HQ. It's loaded to the brim with old stuff and luckily, that includes all of Corbin's files. After some Winchester-style research, we learn that the Big Bad of the week is Serilda of Abbadon and she's back to seek revenge on the ancestors of those who killed her. We also learn in a bit of throwaway dialogue that Ichabod has an eidetic memory and can remember sights, sounds and smells with perfect clarity.
|Luke Morales and Ichabod hating each other intensely|
Before they rush off to the tunnels to burn the witche's bones, Abbie impersonates Ichabad badly but hilariously, and John Cho gets sassy with Serilda as the camera cuts to him digging up said bones. Unfortunately, they're too late as Serilda uses her ill-gotten gains to bring herself back to the land of the living. Fortunately, she doesn't stay that way for long. After some exposition by way of subtitles, Ichabod has the great idea to use the old gunpowder chests to blow Serilda to kingdom come.
The music swells, the day is saved and back at the precinct, Abbie laments that she wishes things could go back to the way they were. For his part, Ichabod isn't trying to hear it. He butters her up by telling her that he takes comfort knowing that they have to walk their path together. Judging by the small smile she gives him, the buttering worked. I don't blame you, Abbie. It probably would've worked on me too.
Oh, and in this same scene we learn that Ichabod wants to try to free his wife after learning from Serilda's subtitled exposition that she's trapped in "a world between worlds." Whatever that means. I take it to mean limbo or Purgatory, but what do I know? On this show, it could mean the corner convenience store, so we'll just have to wait and see.
|Jenny Mills - BAMF|
The last epic scene of the night is the BAMF entrance of
Yep...only two episodes in, and I'm already addicted (damn you, show!). I love the characters, the setting, the story that's being told and the set up for what's to come.
Fox, you have a winner on your hands. Now don't screw it up.