Ichabod: "I'd like to see you bringing a cello onto the battlefield."
The Pied Piper myth, interpreted with a touch of Sophie's Choice.
Eh. It was okay. The child sacrifice twist, with Beth the former Mills caseworker choosing her three adopted boys over her daughter was, well, a twist, and the swordfight in the basement was definitely creepy and visceral. A flute made out of a human bone had an ick factor. (I'm going, Ichabod! Don't put that thing in your mouth!) I liked the thing with the cell phone loop because that was smart. And the earbuds. Especially how the score went silent when Ichabod put them in. Well done, for a monster of the week episode.
And yet, what I really enjoyed the most was Ichabod driving Abbie's car skilfully but with total abandon. He was treating it like an actual horse, wasn't he? I kept expecting him to plow into some conveniently stacked bales of hay or something, but no. Ichabod not only has an eidetic memory, he has great reflexes as well. Jinba ittai.
And the cappucino scene was adorable. Loved it. And also that Ichabod said that he and Abbie would survive or die together, not alone.
I didn't care for Hawley so much this time. He felt too much like a super nasty and irredeemable Han Solo. He claims he doesn't believe in the supernatural; is that just an act? The Sawyer-like nicknames are fun, though. In this episode, Hawley called Ichabod "Shakespeare" and "Pride and Prejudice." (That last one is apt, since Tom Mison has played Darcy as well as Bingley.) In return, Ichabod called Hawley a "callous brigand for hire", a "self-serving reprobate" and a "privateer".
Because of Hawley, Henry Parish now has a bone he appears to be very much enjoying grinding into evil powder for some future nefarious purpose. (John Noble makes me want to use words like 'nefarious'.) And Frank tried to fire Henry as his lawyer, only to realize that Henry has taken Frank's soul. I'm worried that Frank might sacrifice himself for his daughter's sake again.
Plus Frank had a vision of himself as a demonic soldier. That can't be good.
Bits and pieces:
-- This week's Revolution War flashback was to 1778 and the Pied Piper hired by Daniel Forbes Lancaster, yet another traitor. (Betrayal is a big theme on Sleepy Hollow.) The Lancaster family sponsored foster care programs in an attempt to compensate. Points for trying.
-- Ichabod called himself a "gillygaupus". I assume that means someone tall.
-- Henry referred Frank to Ezekiel 18:4. "Behold all souls are mine."
-- There was no Jenny in this one. Hey, she had a hard time in last week's. Time to rest up. No Katrina, either.
-- This week in historical tidbits: Benjamin Franklin did actually invent a simple odometer. How about that?
-- I wonder if Ichabod will be keeping the Fishkill Bailey cutlass that he ripped off from the Lancasters?
Ichabod: "I have faced many enemies on horseback. Horsemen without heads. Even discovered my own son is the apocalyptic Horseman of War. Thus, how challenging must it be to guide the power of 300 horses using only one's right foot?"
Abbie: "Not so fast, Ricky Bobby. I'm driving."
Ichabod: "I haven't had to do this much sneaking about since the second Continental Congress."
Abbie: "Let me guess. This was when Betsy Ross had the hots for you."
Ichabod: "That woman was relentless. Once Adams found me hiding in a broom closet. (Abbie looks at him.) From her."
Abbie: "I'm sure it was because you were just the cutest continental courier."
Hawley: "Is he gonna haunt me? Definitely. That's why God created a shot glass."
Ichabod: (gesturing at the computer) "Left-tenant, if you would perform the logging ceremony…"
Ichabod: "Sadistic larceny. This is typical of the Italians. A gaudy hillock of overheated milk atop a thimble's worth of coffee. And the cost! It's equal to three Tennessee stallions."
Ichabod: (later, with foam on his mustache) "Oh my. I can see where this might be popular."
Two and a half out of four cappucinos,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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