The fate of Ichabod's son is revealed; Moloch delivers a (terrifying) threat
There might be evil afoot in Sleepy Hollow but the lurking presence of demons was not enough to stop the holidays from arriving in this week’s episode. But the spirit was proving hard to find for Ichabod Crane, who at the start of the hour was still frustrated with the unanswered questions surrounding his son and once again took his frustrations out on trees.
To put it in his words (cue beautiful, soul-melting musical score): “My head is swimming with questions. What was he like? What did he know of me? How did he live? And why did Katrina not tell me she was with child?”
In hopes of finding some answers, Ichabod called upon Henry Parrish (John Noble), who he hoped would be able to move the “freaky mountains” (to borrow Abbie’s phrasing) of the universe and put him in contact with Katrina in the other realm. Henry was less than excited to do Ichabod this favor — “a mortal soul has no place in the realm of the dead,” he warned — but it became obvious that the absence of answers was worse than any fate that could befall Crane. At least, that’s what we could guess was Crane’s reasoning.
Abbie stuck around for the show, which kicked off with Henry choking Ichabod. You see, the closer to death he was, the easier it was to put him in contact with the other realm. (Next time, maybe try the buffet joint across the street from EW LA, guys. Legend has it that’s the closest to death you’ll ever get.)
Ichabod soon found himself reunited with Katrina, who explained that she was unaware of her pregnancy until after she’d saved his life, which turned out to be a good thing because soon after he’d been saved, her coven was out to punish her for doing so. Under the threat of serious harm and out of concern for her unborn child, Katrina fled to Frederick Manor, where Grace helped her deliver a son, named Jeremy. And not only that — Grace and her husband Joseph raised him, too.
Yes, ABBIE’S ANCESTOR RAISED ICHABOD’S SON! This show…
NEXT: Meet the Golem
Well, I use the term raised loosely because Ichabod’s son was only a boy when it was realized that he had inherited some of Katrina’s powers. Apparently, the mere sound of his cries could light fires. (I’ve heard the same thing about some celebrities…) And unfortunately, Grace and Joseph were killed in one of the fires he’d caused.
We didn’t find out this piece of information until later, though. The only other thing we learned in Ichabod’s trip to the other realm was that Katrina was terrible at making stuffed animals. You know that creepy Aaahh! Real Monsters-reject of a doll that Abbie saw in her vision? That was Jeremy’s and a parting gift from his dear ole witch mum. It’s the thought that counts, I guess.
Side note, here: I understand and respect how some people can ‘ship Abbie and Ichabod. Honestly, I get it. Those two are a bundle of sweet, wrapped in an old-timey coat, smothered in one-liners and drenched in deep affections. But when you have dreamy, lens-flared scenes between Ichabod and Katrina in which he “swears” to find out what happened to their son, free her from her supernatural prison, and defeat the evil that stalks them so they can “be together again,” how do you argue with THAT? I’m officially Team Whatever The Hell the Writers Want to Do Because They Haven’t Failed Me So Far.
Once back from his cross-realm journey, the team hit up the local historical society where they not only unearthed the aforementioned information about the fate of Jeremy, but also encountered a witch. Upon initial interactions they did not realize this, though. They simply noted, after she was murdered by something strong enough to smash her car, that something strange was afoot. (Obviously.) Further poking around in the historical society nooks and crannies led them to discover a box that contained the personal effects of Ichabod’s son — in particular, a journal that contained a scribble of the creepy stuffed animal.
Henry was able to discern from the object the rest of Jeremy’s past: After his guardians were killed, Jeremy was sent to a home for orphans that was run by a horrid priest, who abused Jeremy. That is, until one day, a drop of Jeremy’s blood landed on his stuffed animal and summoned a chubby-fingered golem, whose sole task was to protect the boy.
It was not easy for Ichabod to hear that in his absence, his boy was forced to bring to life a dark force. But there was not too time much to spend lamenting it further because Ichabod and Co. realized his trip to the other realm had allowed the Golem to travel into the present day — a bad side effect and something Henry had warned them about — and they had to stop him. (Later, though, Ichabod and Henry had a conversation about this, in which Henry consoled Ichabod. “It is a father’s task to impart wisdom. Mine taught me not to fear my power; I wish I could have thanked him for this gift while his mind was still intact. Whatever became of your son, you speak for him now. I believe he was a good man, Ichabod. He was, after all, molded from your clay.” God, I love John Noble.)
With all this action, I have yet to talk about Irving’s subplot this week, which, I worry, is setting us up for a farewell. Not only did he visit a church where a priest essentially said (in much more veiled words) that he is destined to die, but he visited his ex and apologized for being an absent father and husband. (What, he’s on some sort of Farewell Tour?) And on top of all of that: He encountered a demon who was all too excited to tell Irving — without detail — about a “plan” that the baddies have cooking. Again, I’m not liking the looks of this.
NEXT: Veiled villains
The search for the Golem eventually led the team to a carnival, where the veiled members of the coven were gathered. Because the Golem was getting revenge upon everyone who harmed Jeremy, he’d gone after them. In any other case, Ichabod surely wouldn’t have minded a little help taking them out — because they’re EVIL — but Ichabod believed that if they were powerful enough to put Katrina in purgatory, they could also bring her back so she could help the gang battle Moloch.
Now, carnivals are inherently the creepiest places on Earth, and I think setting the encounter with the razor-teethed Witches of Beast End was a great but ultimately traumatizing choice. (Thanks for the nightmares, show; there will be no sleeping tonight thanks to Sleepy.) Nevertheless, this proved to be an information-packed exchange. The witches told Ichabod that they had at one pointed offered to help Jeremy control his Golem, but he refused and “chose to be alone with his Golem.” (“He was afraid,” defended Ichabod. “The creature was his only means of defense.”) And once Jeremy rejected the witches’ offer, they decided to eliminate both him and his Golem. They sent the latter to purgatory and Jeremy was put under a hex to stop his heart.
Even though Ichabod accused them of murder, I feel like there has to be some sort of loophole, right? I don’t entirely believe his son is gone forever. But that’s just a guess/hope. We’ll find out eventually, I suppose.
Meanwhile, the Golem finally showed up. (Did ya crawl there, G?) And he quickly killed the coven and almost killed Ichabod and Abbie. But Ichabod stabbed it just in time with a piece of mirror that had his blood on it. (Only Jeremy’s blood could stop the Golem and since Ichabod is his dad… you get where I’m going.)
Before he did, though, he made peace with the creature, thanked him for watching over Jeremy, and even tried to get it to stand down. (“I owe you my life,” he said.) In the end, the Golem could not conceive the idea of letting go enough to stop his rampage. What I truly loved was that even after Ichabod delivered the fatal blow, he knelt by it and comforted the creature. “You’ve endured enough pain. Endure it no more. Be at peace.” Now, can someone explain why I was crying OVER A MONSTER?!
NEXT: Quotes and questions
That very well could have marked the end of a fantastic episode, but it wouldn’t be SH without a WTF moment, and this one set us up for quite an exciting January: At the end of the episode, after Henry took off to catch his train, Ichabod had an encounter with Moloch in the other realm. It was here that Moloch delivered an ominous threat: “I touched her soul once. Soon it will be mine forever… and you will give it to me.”
QUESTIONS AND QUOTES
+ If this is going to be a trend, should I start a ‘F— yeah, Ichabod With An Ax’ Tumblr?
+ “6,000 little Ichabods…” — Abbie (#agirlcandream)
+ “If God has a plan, who’s it for? Me or him?” (Orlando Jones, you gave me chills.)
+ “Without books, we have neither a past nor a future.” — Ichabod. (Book nerds, I present your new Match.com headline!)
+ THIS CONVERSATION! Ichabod: “I’m still reconciling today’s language and its advancements. For example, in my era, a toilet was a vanity cabinet. Intercourse meant simply, social conversation. Awful meant awe-inspiring.” Abbie: “So if I went out with a guy and we had awful intercourse, we’d be going on a second date?” Ichabod: “Disconcerting, yet accurate.”
+ “What hellish form of torment is this?” — Ichabod, re: a funhouse mirror. (I hate those, too.)
+ “When did irony become a national past time?” — Ichabod. (I blame Buzzfeed.)
+ “We never really bury the dead, son. Not really. We take them with us; it’s the price of living.” — Henry (#allthetears)
+ “You embroidered my name on some oversized hosiery. How odd.” — Ichabod to Abbie (Would it be weird if I hung a stocking for Ichabod on my mantel this Christmas? Actually, not asking for me. Asking for a friend…)
+ Your regular recapper, Hillary, will be back in January! Thanks for letting me sub.
Now, don’t just sit there and gongoozle your butts off. Tell me what you think about the episode.