***Warning: Spoilers ahead.***
After the world’s longest three-week hiatus (at least that's how it felt), Sleepy Hollow returned with a bang.
Abbie and Ichabod
It’s a bit ironic that the episode starts at a baseball game given that baseball was what kept the show off the air for so long, but that’s where the fun begins. After getting a short lesson on the history of baseball and why Abbie loves it so much, Ichabod heckles the ump 18th-century style and makes the lieutenant giggle like a schoolgirl. They bid each other adieu, but not before Abbie reminds Crane that Sleepy Hollow is his home now and he gives her a deep, gallant bow that made all the Ichabbie shippers die a little inside if the massive fangirling on Tumblr is any indication.
Ichabod is kidnapped and Katrina, in all her infinite wisdom, decides to pull Abbie into a vision while she’s driving. Now either Katrina just has really bad timing or has it in for Abbie. But I digress. She tells Abbie in that roundabout, cryptic way that has become her trademark that Ichabod was kidnapped and tells her to find the Sin Eater (one who literally eats people's sins, thus sanctifying their souls) in order to find him and save him. She gives Abbie no clues on how to find him or who he is, but makes it clear that "all will be lost" if she doesn't. Sigh.
Abbie goes all out to save Crane, including standing firm against Irving and his skepticism, getting Jenny out of the asylum to help her in her bid to find the Sin Eater (who we later learn is named Henry Parrish) and generally just being an all around bad ass. We get to see some more of Abbie’s detective skills in action when she figures out who the elusive Sin Eater is and they track him down to Hartford, CT. When she and Jenny catch up to him, Parrish (John Noble of Fringe fame) doesn’t want to help, but her connection to Ichabod is so strong that he is able to discover Crane’s location just by brushing up against her.
For his part, Ichabod has his badass moment too, namely volunteering to take himself out so that he’ll take the Headless Horseman with him. By this time, Abbie has caught up to him and is desperately trying to convince him that there is a way, but he isn't having it. He's scared, but resolute, insisting that it must be done.
And this scene alone is to date one of the best Abbie/Ichabod moments in the entire series. We saw throughout the episode how much Abbie has come to care for Crane, but in this scene, we learn just how much.
There was handholding and heartfelt goodbyes and tears and Crane calling Abbie by her first name and hugs! It was a very touching scene all the way around, and I commend both Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison on their acting here and really making us believe that these two people have grown to mean a lot to each other. Honestly, I'm not sure how smart it was to include such huge moments between Ichabod and Abbie in an episode that was meant to showcase the marriage of Crane and his wife, but that's just me.
Now that Parrish has separated Ichabod from the Horseman, I get the feeling that now the stake's are even higher than they were before.
Abbie, Ichabod and Katrina
I find it interesting that Katrina can also contact Abbie via vision because Abbie is also a Witness. I wonder if that means that it's now been confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt that Abbie and Ichabod are the two witnesses since there has been some speculation about who the true witnesses might really be.
We’re also given a window into the Ichabod and Katrina relationship. To this I say, it’s about damn time. Admittedly, their initial meeting left me a bit cold, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m nothing if not fair.
Abbie and Jenny
Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long before we got a reunion of the Mills sisters and it was just as glorious as always. As much as they’re still trying to rebuild their relationship, they work well together and you can see that they’re slowly putting it back together again. Jenny also seems to notice the strong bond that Abbie has developed with Ichabod and has no qualms about calling her sister on it.
Jenny also had my favorite quote of the night when she told Abbie to inform “the witch” to be more specific next time she had something to tell them. It’s like Jenny heard every complaint from the fandom and boiled it down into one awesome, spot-on sentence. I hope we see more of her sooner rather than later.
John Cho returns next week! I've been waiting for this since the second episode. Can. Not. Wait.