by Billie Doux
Ichabod: "To finding family."
This was a Thanksgiving episode about family, both the kind we grow up with and the kind we make for ourselves as adults. Well, and a haunted house. And a secret baby plot.
As Lena Gilbert was exploring the house in the opener, the first thing I thought was, this woman is a billionaire and she's never seen a horror movie? I'll give them this, though: that freaking walking tree was scary. The roots dragging Lena into the closet worked, too. And since this was an episode about family trees, isn't it interesting that Ichabod spent a lot of this episode cutting evil roots with an axe?
I'm not a fan of the secret baby plot, but this one was sad. Lonely out-of-time Ichabod discovered that he had a posthumous son that he will never get to know. Unless there is something supernatural and time travel-y about Ichabod's son, and of course, that is probably the case because his birth broke Lachlan Fredericks's witchy protections around the house, with crows smashing themselves against the windows and everything.
I kept expecting to discover that Lena Gilbert was Ichabod's descendant, but no -- it was about Abbie meeting her ancestor, Grace Dixon, who delivered Ichabod's son, and wasn't that lovely? Abbie knew how much learning about his son would upset Ichabod, and I liked that she didn't even consider keeping it from him. (I also liked the gentle way she told him.) I wonder what Katrina named the baby? I like the lead on this show so much that I'm starting to think that Ichabod is not such a bad name for a baby boy. Ichabod Junior. Works for me.
(Since I'm talking about names: Lena Gilbert, supernatural family, descendant of the founding fathers? How far are we from Mystic Falls?)
In a nice little complementary plot, we learned that Frank Irving has an ex-wife named Cynthia and a disabled daughter named Macey, and he's about to lose joint custody because he's keeping his daughter at a distance. It sounded like whatever happened to Macey broke them up. Jenny told Macey that her dad was a good guy. That was nice, considering Jenny doesn't have nice things to say about anyone.
I can't decide if it was good or bad that we didn't see our heroes sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner together. At least Abbie and Ichabod had a private drink afterward, and that was nice. Maybe next year.
Bits and pieces:
-- This week's man-out-of-time goodies: Ichabod's critique of McDonalds, and his aghast face when he learned that a person could be a billionaire.
-- At one point I was thinking about Hitchcock's The Birds. At another, I was thinking of Ripley and the flares in Aliens.
-- Lena's bodyguard. Sucks to be him, poor guy.
-- I really like how they keep returning to the cause of abolition and the situation of free African Americans during a time of slavery.
-- In this week's hair report, Ichabod's was out of its ponytail for a good bit of the episode. Well, he did let his hair down to some extent.
-- The scenes in between the walls reminded me of the Supernatural episode "No Exit." A lot of Sleepy Hollow reminds me of Supernatural. The two shows could exist in the same universe, couldn't they? If they weren't on different networks, that is.
-- The next episode airs in two weeks.
Ichabod: "Not that the 'drive-through' wasn't impressive. And despite this establishment's nomenclature, this resembles no Scottish meal I've ever eaten. These (holding up a McDonald's French fry) are from the Austrian Netherlands, for one thing, dreadfully prepared."
Abbie: "Turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, you know, all the stuff the pilgrims ate."
Ichabod: "The pilgrims didn't have any sugar to make a sauce, let alone a pie. And venison, not turkey, was served. It would have been a miracle for a single half-starved pheasant to trot past during such a harsh winter."
Abbie: "What are holidays for if not airing our grievances?"
Ichabod: "I can't fathom how such beauty fell into such ruin."
Abbie: "Or why somebody who dated George Clooney would want to buy it."
Ichabod: "An… an Irishman?"
Haunted houses are not my cup of tea, but the family angle was cool and of course, they did a good job with the material. Three out of four fries from the Austrian Netherlands,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.