Sleepy Hollow: “The Art of War” — Nov. 12, 2015

Abbie, Joe and Ichabod Sleepy Hollow

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Ichabod Crane knows we’re mad at him, so the damn sexy hobo makes love to us with his arched eyebrow. It won’t work. Yes, it will. Let’s go!

First Appearances: FBI Director (Michael O’KeefeHead Berserker (Derek Mears), The Hidden One (Peter Mensah)

Daniel shows up Chez Ichabbie to talk to Abbie. It goes like this:

Daniel: Hi, Agent Doe Eyes. Quantico.
Abbie: Hi, Agent Chocolate. Quantico, to you too.
Daniel: Our Quantico entwined.
Ichabod: FML.

Agent Reynolds heads to D.C., where he and the FBI Director engage in a cryptic conversation. They discuss a female agent, but use pronouns so we can’t be sure if it’s Abbie.

Joe and Jenny kickbox. Zach Appelman’s muscles should demand an on-set trailer. Lyndie Greenwood’s midriff hurts my feelings. Kickboxing is the new foreplay, apparently. Jenny goes into Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots mode, glows red, and her eyes glaze white. Uh-oh! They head to Abbie and Ichabod. It goes like this:

Abbie: Any physical changes?
The Audience: You mean aside from a veiny red glow and the white contact lenses the Sleepy Hollow effects crew buy in bulk?
Joe: I wonder if taking the Shard of Anubis had anything to do with this. Did I mention that it glowed red?
Jenny: Well, maybe Atticus Nevins…
Abbie: Nevins?! I told you to let the FBI handle it! Quantico! FBI!
Ichabod: I’ve got this, Bae. Blah, blah, blah plot. Essentially, you are the shard now.
Jenny: Oh, I am a metahuman? No biggie.

Nevins appears to be in league with my girl, Pandora, who is MIA for most of the episode. He uses Pandy’s box to summon Berserkers. They are high-strung demons and go after Jenny; The Witnesses & Co. start shooting. When guns don’t work, Jenny grabs blades and starts slashing until they can all get away.

In the archives, Ichabod counsels Joe. It goes like this:

Ichabod: You should actively pursue Miss Jenny.
Joe: Okay, you don’t have to tell me twice. Go actively pursue Abbie.
Ichabod: Gulp!

An ailing Jenny starts speaking in scary deep voice. She is taken to the Masonic cell for safekeeping. They set it up with a bed, it’s comfy. Crane goes on a rare solo mission to snoop in Nevins’ shabby bait shop. We are treated to silhouette porn; this is a great profile shot of Crane picking a lock. He eventually gets busted by Nevins’ minion Sophie. She frisks him longer than is necessary. Watch it, Sophie. Ichabod does not look terribly upset and after freeing himself, gives her the eyebrow and a smile. Knock it off, Crane.

At the hexed cell, Joe comforts Jenny, and then pigs fly, and Hell freezes over:  two favorite characters kiss. It’s not tepid like Ichabod and his first wife, awkward like Crane and poor thirsty Betsy. It’s not out-of-left field like Jenny and Hawley, and it’s not off-screen like Abbie’s relationships. That Ichabbie kiss probably won’t happen this season, and it’s a juicier story if Grace Abigail Mills lips explore other options for now.

Blah, blah, blah, Joe and Team Witness defeat the demons and Corbin goes off on his own. There is a significant shippable conversation.

Quotable Ichabbie:

Ichabod: When I pledged my allegiance to this country in 1776, I had a very clear vision of what my future would hold. Nowhere in that vision did I imagine waking in the 21st century, and yet… More and more, I feel this desire to acculturate. But the idea of losing the archives, of losing my fight for citizenship for a country that I, in part, founded, the idea of losing you… to some wretched federal promotion to… I don’t know, Dallas or to Los Angeles or… Sometimes, it seems as though the unbeatable enemy is the 21st century.

Abbie: Yeah, but the thing is, Crane… Joe, me, Jenny… we are the 21st century. And every day, we take you a step further in that direction. That is the unbeatable enemy beating itself. And we ain’t goin’ nowhere.

Of course the moment is broken when Nevins shows up, he has caught Joe and is backed up by his gun-toting minion Sophie. Of all the  times for Little Abbie Oakley  to not wave a pistlol. Nevins is looking for Jenny. His boss needs that shard energy and he is talking about a way bigger fish than Pandy. Nevins is about to shoot Joe, but first Sophie has something to say: She’s FBI. Whaaaaaaaaat? Sophie is working the case for Reynolds. Whaaaaaaaaat?

Cliffhanger: Jenny is missing from the cell. She pays a visit to Pandora, who commands her to kneel as she greets a cloaked figure. Whaaaaaaaaat?

We love the clever Sleepyhead comments. They don’t appear right away, but we promise we will get to them.

Sleepy Hollow airs Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox.

Elaine G. Flores, Chief Editor
Elaine is the chief editor of TV Recappers' Delight. She's an experienced entertainment reporter, reviewer, editor, blogger, columnist and Bon Vivant.

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