***Warning: Spoilers ahead.***
Oh, show. Show, show, show. Sigh. If we were several seasons in, I'd be tempted to use the words "jump", "the" and "shark" in a sentence after this week's episode. But since it's only the eighth, I'm willing to grin, bear it and trust that the writers have a grander plan in mind. A plan so awesome that it will make the rather ridiculous revelation that came at the end of the episode make some kind of sense.
That doesn't mean I have to like it, however. And I don't. So this is going to be short and sweet.
Abbie and Ichabod
The show picks up right where we left off last week and that's with Headless all chained up below ground, suffering under a ton of UV lights. Ichabod is off-kilter the entire episode, doing an unwelcome imitation of a bad cop while Abbie spends the majority of the time giving him major side-eye. I don't know whether dude had a double-shot espresso on his way to the interrogation or what, but he's turned all the way up and it's a bit unsettling.
During the interrogation, we learn that the Headless Horseman isn't the badass, mysterious, supernatural being that we all know and are in awe of. Instead, he's Ichabod's cuckholded, bitter best friend Abraham (introduced in flashbacks), who's managed to carry 200 year old hurt feelings into the present and wants nothing more than to get revenge on Crane. Why? Because he used to be engaged to Katrina, and she left him for Ichabod. Yes, you read that right. Unfortunately.
So now, we have to brace ourselves to live through a love triangle between Ichabod, Katrina and the Headless Horseman. In one fell swoop, they took all the menace out of that character for me. He became a pathetic lump of a man who can't let go of the past. I was actually embarrassed for him. For her part, Katrina continues to be used as a plot device, which eight episodes in, I can't figure out.
And for the first time this season, I think we've seen Abbie and Ichabod truly out-of-sync. After learning that Ichabod betrayed his best friend and left him for dead in the woods while they were out on a mission, Abbie gives him the benefit of the doubt and basically tells him to get over himself.
They have a nice moment after the threat of the week is dispensed, but something still seems a bit off. I'm curious to see how that plays out going forward. Especially now that
Abbie and Andy
This relationship is both sweet and tragic at the same time. Even in his pseudo-evil, zombie-like state, Andy obviously cares deeply for Abbie and wants desperately to protect her from Moloch and the Horseman.
John Cho plays him beautifully and along with Jenny and Irving, he's one of the best things about this episode. His acting, from his sad, tortured moment with Abbie in the tunnels to his channeling of the Horseman's deep, scary voice, was top-notch. I was hooked in every single scene he was in, and I hope he makes another appearance before the season finale. I don't want to have to wait until next season to see him again.
Bonus: Irving and Jenny
My, my, my. Who knew? Captain Irving and Jenny Mills finally come face to face and the sparks fly. So what's their ship name going to be? So far, I've seen Jirving and Captain Jenny. Whatever it is, I'm down. They were both badass in this episode, and it makes it a hundred times better that they were being badass together.
They had chemistry with some to spare, and I wouldn't mind seeing that play out over the next few episodes and into next season.