Abbie: "I'm assuming that's not some Colonial euphemism?"
Ichabod Crane, Colonial heartbreaker.
Poor "Miss Caroline". She was actually churning butter and sewing period clothes for the object of her desire, only to get drowned by one of his old flames. At least her infatuation with Ichabod and his obsession with "staying in character" gave the producers of Sleepy Hollow another opportunity to expand Crane's eighteenth century wardrobe. He wore quite a spiffy outfit to Caroline's very re-enactment funeral.
It shouldn't be surprising that Ichabod was such a heartbreaker back then as well as now, since he's unfailingly noble as well as extremely attractive. Not noble enough to marry Mary Wells, though, to whom he'd been promised since childhood. Let's see. Mary Wells was jealous, irrational and wouldn't take 'no' for an answer, a total negative female stereotype, and she turned into a spirit that wept eternally about being jilted, another negative female stereotype. At least she was a benign spirit. That is, until Henry Parish decided to cause some serious mischief for his parents.
With all of the terrible things they've been through, Ichabod and Katrina have remained steadfast in their love for each other -- at least until now. Maybe they just weren't together long enough back in the day for Ichabod to notice that Katrina might not pass the smell test. Note that we didn't see what happened at the top of that cliff. Did Katrina kill Mary? Katrina also used Abbie to help her with a dark spell to get rid of the Weeping Lady. Was Katrina deliberately endangering our Abbie?
Not to mention the ending, where Moloch told Henry that Katrina is a "hellfire shard" and a "chosen vessel". It looks very much as if Katrina is on a scenic trip to the dark side of the force, if she isn't already there.
Katrina said she faked the letter to keep Ichabod from being noble, from going back to England to explain Mary's death to her family and endangering his advent as a Witness. But it just didn't ring true, and Ichabod has now realized that trust and honesty might be an issue with Katrina. It's an interesting development. I almost felt sorry for Bram, who wasn't part of Henry's dastardly plan. Bram wants to win Katrina's love without trickery. Pretty noble for a Headless Horseman of the Apocalypse, huh?
Lots of other good stuff in this episode, too. Since I'm a librarian (and a Buffy fan), I love it when there are scenes in libraries. The effects they used for the Weeping Lady were suitably creepy, and I enjoyed how Abbie wasn't intimidated by a ghost showing up in the stacks. The drowning sequence was intense, and the fact that Ichabod didn't know CPR made sense. Good thing Hawley was there in a pinch to save Abbie. (I bet that Ichabod will sign up for a CPR class before the next episode.)
But despite his rakish blond hair, attractive outdoor living room and newfound willingness to help out, I am still not warming to Hawley. Is the character just not clicking with me? When Jenny showed up and started smooching with him, I was going, "Oh, no." And not in a good way.
But I did love the final scene of Henry sitting on the floor with his legs splayed out, crying like a child having a tantrum. Things aren't going well for him. Henry needs a win, or he could be in serious trouble with Moloch. Not that I want Henry to have a win.
Bits and pieces:
-- Miss Caroline, who by the way resembled Katrina, had a novelty cup: I [heart] Founding Fathers. That made me smile.
-- The place names on this show are always cool. Like "Blind Brook River", which is difficult to say three times fast. Showing up in the nearest body of water felt a little like stuff that happens in the new show Forever.
-- This week's man out of time bits were Ichabod's description of what a lover's lane used to be like in his day, and his reference to paramedics as "mobile doctors".
-- Of course, Supernatural did something similar to the Weeping Lady with a "Woman in White". Maybe I should just shut up about Supernatural parallels.
-- This week's supernatural gadget was Van Helsing's crossbow.
-- Tom Mison had a difficult time working with his avian co-star.
Ichabod: "Oh, look. She comes bearing a selection of delicacies from the Far East."
Abbie: "Commonly known as Yummy Food Szechuan."
Abbie: "Anyone could tell that girl had a case of Crane on the brain."
Henry: "I relish any chance to cause my parents pain."
Aww, Henry. So in need of therapy.
Abbie: "Just send her a text. It's the way it's done these days."
Ichabod: "A missive composed by thumb cannot adequately convey emotions."
Abbie: "Hence, emoticons."
Ichabod: "Oh, yes. A grimacing lemon caricature. That should do the trick."
Hawley: "There's a lot going on right now. Monsters, creatures, Armageddon … it's a weird time."
Moloch: "I want the witch turned, not dead. She is one of the hellfire shards. A chosen vessel."
Wow. That really can't be good.
Three out of four swatches of Scottish black lace,
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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