36 Thoughts on Sleepy Hollow: “Incident at Stone Manor”

Ichabod and Abbie see each other on Sleepy Hollow

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Did you get all kinds of hormones and feelings watching this episode? Here are my pre-recap stream-of-consciousness musings.

  1. Last week focused on Ichabod’s feelings for MIA Abbie, it was touching. But now we need to really see Abbie and here she is! Oh, dear, this is a desolate wasteland. It’s like Game of Thrones. Maybe. I stopped watching. Waaaay too rapey. Outlander is rapey, too, but less so than GOT.
  2. Abbie “BAMF” Mills is just walking around all by herself, totally unruffled. Meanwhile, without Abbie by his side, Ichabod took his weirdo ways to DEFCON 1 last week.
  3. DEFCON 1 is the most serious level. People always think DEFCON 10 is the most serious level. First of all, there is no DEFCON 10. There are only five levels and DEFCON 5 is the least worrisome level. The higher the level, the less alarming the threat. Perhaps you’ll find this helpful.
  4. Different time zone obviously. Abbie’s been gone for over a month in Sleepy Hollow time, but seemingly just woke up in this world.
  5. Abbie is so beautiful. It’s clear that Abbie has been wherever she is for a while now. One or two days max without coconut oil and shea butter and my look goes south. Abbie gets by just fine without the Japanese flat iron, does she not?
  6. Wonder what she’s eating. Not a lot of vegetation wherever she is.
  7. Back in Swirltown, USA, Pandora and her chocolate evil god husband are getting along. He’s not as cranky as he was when he was resurrected. He’s being nice to her now as they plot total world-domination.
  8. Ezra Mills! Finally we meet Abbie and Jenny’s dad. He seems pleasant.
  9. Crane is doing an astral projection thing to find Abbie. So romantic.
  10. Thoughts on Sophie? She’s smart and knows how to take care of business. So long as Miss Lady doesn’t supplant Abbie, we’re cool.
  11. Now Abbie is acting crazy, but she is all alone; Crane was acting crazy when he was sitting around shooting the breeze with Sophie and eating frozen lasagna, so she is still the one with the most emotional fortitude. Bottom line: These two need each other.
  12. Awww, they finally see each other! Look at Abbie’s face. So happy but a little cray-cray.
  13. Damnit, astral projection means no hugs. Guess that rules out kisses and carnal knowledge.
  14. Ten months! I misjudged the time difference, huh? Good thing it’s not vice versa though. If that were the case, she would return to find her loved ones had moved on and that would be awful.
  15. Pandora refers to Ichabod as Abbie’s “other half.” You know that’s right.
  16. Back to Abbie. She made an hourglass with some sand. That’s very The Martian. Crane is all, “You eating okay, Boo?” Food, sleep and hydration are not necessary on this planet. That’s too bad about the sleep. Being awake all day in this situation would be awful. More time to be sad with no relief.
  17. Seriously, though, that hair. Love it. Big, big fan of natural hair. When she gets back, Abbie should consider keeping this style.
  18. Without Ichabod to narrate, Betsy Ross’ flashback lasted for like 30 seconds. Hee!
  19. Oh, so Pandora can also do astral projections and she’s interrupting Ichabbie’s alone time to get that mystical thingamajig. Damnit, Pandora! She can’t hurt Abbie directly but she can hurt Ichabod and that hurts Abbie. Now what? Pandora just made him this invisible silent ghost?
  20. Maybe Abbie should just hand over the Eye of Providence now. Okay, good. She’s doing it.
  21. Wait, she’s crushing it. Damnit, Abbie! Must you always be so self-sacrificing?
  22. These catacombs are even worse than Purgatory and 1781. At least in Purgatory, Andy Brooks was trying to watch her back. And in 1781, Grace Dixon was there and Ben Franklin was crushing on her.
  23. Great, Abbie. Now how long will you be by yourself? Isolation is no good. She might be nutty as a fruitcake by the time she gets back. Oooh, Betsy Ross’ weapon is there, that means she might be useful. That sounded harsh. I meant to say it makes Betsy germane to the storyline. Hilariously, no flashback. She’s just getting name-checked now.
  24. Abbie’s back! She figured it out. Uh-oh, Ichabod’s body is here but Pandora did that thing and his spirit is gone. This is no good at all. Oh, everything is fine now. Thank you, sweet Baby Jesus because nobody can handle this separation. Okay, physical contact. Kissing time. Joe kisses Abbie’s cheek, we are on the right track.
  25. Do it! Hands, hands. Touching. Ichabod got all fresh and touched her wrist, which is practically baby-making with him.
  26. Wait, he has something to say. Three words. Three. Please. JUST. SAY. IT. DON’T MAKE ME UPPERCASE!
  27. Oh, I see how it is. We’re going to resume pretending we are just a couple of buddies here. Whatever, go home and make love to Abbie’s elbow, freak.
  28. Sigh.
  29. And now The Hidden One is hangry. Shut up. Nobody cares. A thousand years without food or power or whatever it is you are whining about does not compare to Team Ichabbie waiting for a motherf… Whew, language, language.
  30. A kiss. Just a teensy one. Last week Ichabod was acting like Pervy McPerverston of Pervakistan with Abbie’s lingerie and doing who knows what with that mirror.
  31. And Ichabod is to blame here because he could just scoot down. Abbie is too tiny to kiss him without a boost. How the hell is she supposed to reach his lips? No shade, I’m as short as Nicole Beharie.
  32. The tall person initiates the kiss.
  33. It’s science.
  34. I don’t really care because I’m mad about the lack of lip action, but what the hell is THO doing. Doesn’t it look like he is spinning a pizza? A mystical pizza?
  35. Mystic Pizza?
  36. The Kindred is back next week? Yay!!! Maybe he’ll bring a kissing potion.

Please come back for the full recap. We really love witty Sleepy Head comments. They don’t appear right away but we will get to them.

Sleepy Hollow airs Fridays at 8/7c 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.

10 thoughts on “36 Thoughts on Sleepy Hollow: “Incident at Stone Manor””

  1. Layla says:

    Great recap. Number 30 made my night!

    1. Elaine F. says:

      Thank you, Layla! Glad you were amused, :)

  2. scyren says:

    Loved your review! I feel so let down. It makes me want to practice witchery so I can make the writers do what I want. Can’t a sister even get a hug. Makes me curse. Joe gets cheek and after all that build up….nothing? Ridiculous.

    1. Elaine F. says:

      Hi Scyren. Thank you! Yeah, the emotional connection is clear, but these two are vexing.

  3. Lola says:

    Your recaps are always so fun to read!
    Last night episode made clear to me that these two are stuck in a sexless, platonic friendship forever. Their relationship evolving into romance was the biggest hook for me so I’m suddenly feeling turned off by Sleepy Hollow.
    I like the monster of the week stuff but without some adult spice to go with it the show becomes much less attractive to me. And by spice I meant it between the leads, not ‘Joenny’ or any other variety of pairing.
    The secondary characters don’t excite me and, even worse, it’s the very possibility that the leads will be hooking up with others.
    I resent the game of bait and switch they play heavily with the shippers. The previous ‘One Life’ episode raised the expectation of an epic reunion. I don’t think anybody expected a kiss but that chess joke and not even a hug was the lamest thing they could have written. It felt they were laughing at or ridiculing the shippers.
    The fandom is great and I hope the show gets renewed because they have so many faithful fans.
    I will be unfollowing and weaning out of Sleepy Hollow this week because there is nothing more annoying than viewers that keep hate watching a show that they don’t enjoy anymore.

    1. Elaine F. says:

      Hi Lola, thanks for writing and for the compliment! The emotional aspect is strong and obvious but the writers could throw us a bone. I’d have settled or a kiss on the hand or cheek. That said, it’s still my favorite TV obsession, so I’m in it until the end as long as Mison and Beharie are still there.

  4. Mauve_Avenger says:

    So frustrating! He was right there! His hand was on her chin. Her CHIN. And then he just…just…Queen to rook 4. It wouldn’t bother me do much is season 4 was guaranteed. I love a good slow burn ship. But it’s not as far as I’ve heard. It’s Valentine’s day, for pity’s sake! Mama, why do bad things happen to good ships?

    1. Elaine F. says:

      Hi Mauve!

      Thanks for commenting. Your last two lines made me choke on my coffee. :)

  5. Chelle says:

    I am hysterical over here at #25!!! So true! That wrist and hand touching was like 3rd base for Crane. Maybe he’ll go all the way next week and longingly caress her face??

    A girl can dream.

    1. Elaine F. says:

      Hi Chelle, thanks for commenting! I’m glad you were entertained. Let’s dream of a some steamy face touching, or dare I hope for a peck on the cheek? :)

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