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Sleepy Hollow recap: 'Go Where I Send Thee'

Abbie and Ichabod encounter a demon with his very own enchanted bone flute—and he ain’t using it to play “Peter and the Wolf.”

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Sleepy Hollow
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Sleepy Hollow

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, John Cho, Katia Winter
Mystery and Thriller, Crime, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Autumn is officially upon us, which may explain the chill in the air. But given tonight’s Sleepy Hollow, there’s also another possibility: Ichabod is driving.

Which means, clearly, that hell has frozen over.

It makes sense to see Crane finally get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Having this new skill will open up a world of possibilities for the show—and it certainly bodes well for its funnier side, considering how many of Ichabod’s best moments (complaining about highly taxed baked goods, waxing poetic to Yolanda, seeing how many Starbucks there are in Sleepy Hollow and wondering, “Is there a law?”) happen to occur when he’s sitting in a car.

As amusing as that initial “Ichabod is hell on wheels!” segment was, though, it functioned more as a cold open than a crucial plot development. Instead, “Go Where I Send Thee…” was another straightforward MotW episode, centered on another supremely creepy creature: Sleepy Hollow‘s answer to the Pied Piper, a demonic flautist who preys on a single unlucky family and makes his horrible instruments out of their children’s bones. (It’s a shame that thanks to choppy editing and shots filmed in dark, blurry Monster Vision, we barely got a chance to appreciate the beast’s awesome costume and makeup design.) In short, let’s just say this version of the mythical figure was a lot spookier than Once Upon a Time‘s.

The folks being terrorized by the Piper are the Lancasters, an old clan that’s been in New York at least since the Revolutionary era. (Naturally.) They may as well be known as the Frankensteins, though, because the thing that’s been making their lives miserable for centuries was also created by them. See, back in the day, patriarch Daniel Forbes Lancaster—a figure who, unusually enough for Sleepy, appears to be purely fictional—was forced to house a rowdy group of redcoats on his Sleepy Hollow estate. When the crimson tide started getting a little too friendly with the Lancaster ladies, Daniel decided to teach them a lesson… by paying a musician to lure them out of his house with beautiful flute music, then slaughter the lot of them. Dude. This was Plan A?

Anyhow, the scheme went off without a hitch; once the British had been taken care of, Daniel decided to tie up loose ends by then murdering the piper he had hired. What he didn’t know was that said piper was so good at killing en masse because he’d made a deal with a demon—and after his mortal self “died,” Pipes came back as a fiend who, once each generation, lures a Lancaster girl into the woods and leaves her to die of starvation and exposure. He does this on each victim’s 10th birthday, because, as Nick Hotley later explains to Abbie and Crane, this is “when her bones are the right size to make his instruments.” Eeeee!

NEXT: See a bone flute, pick it up, all the day you’ll have BAD LUCK