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Sleepy Hollow recap: Novus Ordo Seclorum

Team Witness tests its skills against a god.

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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

“Witness to the Apocalypse” is right up there with “double agent for the CIA” on the list of TV careers that are best kept secret from loved ones. The more people know, the more they’re in danger — and the higher the chance that the truth will get out to someone who can’t be trusted. But there always comes a time when what people don’t know can hurt them as badly as what they do, and that time usually coincides with the fall finale.

Abbie can’t go on keeping her life as a Witness separate from her life with the FBI. That possibility went out the window when Jenny unintentionally interfered with Reynolds’ operation. Now, their very supernatural quest is Abbie’s boss’ business. Should she tell him? On the one hand, the explanation would take time Abbie doesn’t have, and there’s always the chance that he’s not to be trusted. Then again, some backup from the Bureau wouldn’t hurt Team Witness’ odds in this fight — if winning a fight against a god is even a possibility.

That’s right; the training wheels are off! Abbie and Crane are up against their first honest-to-god god, and he’s a vengeful one. (R.I.P. to his “Ghost of Christmas Future from The Muppet Christmas Carol” look, which I was hoping he’d keep forever.) Pandora brings The Hidden One, who also happens to be her husband, back from the underworld, but he’s going to need a lot of rejuvenation if he expects to Apocalypse and Chill with someone as attractive as her. He pulls strength from his “all-seeing eye,” the Shard, which is both good and bad for Jenny: It will eventually kill her, but for now, at least they’ve got a reason to keep her alive.

Abbie, Crane, and Joe identify The Hidden One’s “all-seeing eye” from a drawing Jenny left on the wall, which is totally different from how I identified it: by treating National Treasure as fact. It’s the same eye that can be found on American currency, placed there at the insistence of Crane’s favorite Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin. Crane braves a toga party to recover Franklin’s writing on the Eye of Providence, but it was Paul Revere who had first-hand experience with its powers. Revere’s nephew accidentally absorbed the Eye when he volunteered to help deliver it to George Washington. Even after its energy blew up the boy, the Eye remained intact.

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But Revere had a staff that could hold the Eye (“like an Eye magnet,” Joe points out. His commentary is the single greatest argument in favor of letting more civilians in on the truth about Team Witness). Revere melted down the staff and forged it into the nondescript, “rock in your front yard where you hide your spare key” sphere that Jenny had in her possession. Pandora didn’t come after Jenny sooner because the sphere also acts as a kind of cloak to prevent the Eye from being detected — which makes it the key not only to saving Jenny, but to stopping Pandora.

It’s easy enough for Abbie to recover the sphere from Nevins’ possessions, but Reynolds needs more information from her than she’s willing to give. She can’t say where Jenny is or what she wanted with Nevins, and she definitely can’t explain why Nevins was only willing to talk to her after they took him into custody — or that it was Pandora who killed him before he got the chance to talk. Reynolds wants answers. He knows that Abbie pulled surveillance and sent Crane in to investigate last week. It’s time for Abbie to either trust him or take the consequences, so she takes them on her terms and hands over her badge and her gun.

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