Ichabod tracks down what happened to his son while a demonic creature begins stalking Sleepy Hollow….
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
There’s not much to be happy about in Sleepy Hollow these days after Ichabod learned via a haunted house that his wife Katrina has kept more secrets from him than a CIA agent because they had a son that he never knew about. He’s now been soaking in that knowledge for a few weeks because we are now approaching Christmas and Ichabod is still stewing with questions about what happened to his son all those hundreds of years ago.
If there’s one thing about Ichabod, he’s determined and there will be no rest until he finds out where his son ended up and despite Abbie’s best efforts to assure him Katrina’s reasons had to be out of protection for the family, he’s not having it.
Sins of the Father
To find out what in the hell Katrina was up to when she hid the fact that he had a son, Ichabod enlists the services of squirrely sin eater Henry Parrish, who doesn’t seem very interested at first in helping him cross over to purgatory to have a little marital spat with his wife but he quickly changes his mind. The best way to get Ichabod to crossover is to bring him as close to death as possible so Henry opts for the choke hold to put him under and when he awakens he’s in a church staring at a baby carriage.
Inside the carriage is one creepy ass doll. I’m talking Halloween costumes from the 1900’s creepy. A moment later, Katrina appears as she lights a candle and she’s shocked to see Ichabod in purgatory. He demands answers about their child.
She explains that she wasn’t aware she was with child until after Ichabod was already safely tucked away in his alive/dead tomb and if her coven had found out about the child they would have taken him away. See as it turns out, Katrina’s coven were the ones that locked her away in purgatory all those years ago. Before they could get to her, however, she fled to the one safe house she could find to give birth to the baby, she named him Jeremy (after Ichabod’s grandfather) and then had to travel to a church where she gave the baby up to Grace and her husband (Abbie’s descendants).
Just as Ichabod and Katrina are starting to share a moment, a loud pounding is at the door and at the last second a faceless brute of a creature busts. At that moment, Ichabod awakens back in the cabin with Abbie and Henry and he’s now more determined than ever to find out about what happened to his son.
The best place to dig up information is at the old town archives where they have historical records dating back to the Revolutionary War and so off we go.
King Jeremy Ruled His World
At the archives, the librarian isn’t much help and she quickly shuffles off after meeting Ichabod and his Scooby gang. Obviously there’s more to her than meets the eye — we’ll come back to that.
Henry stumbles upon a book that documents Jeremy’s childhood where as a baby he was able to randomly start fires wherever he was and that eventually led to the church where he was staying to burn to the ground, taking Grace and her husband with it. Ichabod feels awful that his son, who has inherited his mother’s witchy abilities, killed Abbie’s family. From there Jeremy is given up to an orphanage and the lineage about his life stops.
That is until they find a hidden book that carries all kinds of evil ju-ju along with it and with one brush over the pages, Henry finds out Jeremy’s entire life story.
Turns out the young boy’s powers continued to manifest at this orphanage where he was regularly beaten for his strange and unique abilities. At one point the head master slaps Jeremy so hard that his blood trickles down onto the creepy ass doll his mother left him, and in an instant the doll comes to life. It’s morphed into a giant creature — the same one we saw burst into the church in purgatory — and it dispatches of the abusive caretaker in a hurry. This creature was created by Jeremy’s powers as a protector of sorts to keep an eye on him as he now had no mother or father to help raise him. Once again, Ichabod is guilt ridden over the fact that he wasn’t able to aid his son in his time of need.
There’s no time for crying because the librarian has made a run for it, but not before the creature from purgatory appears and smashes her car into a cube like it was Clark Griswold’s trade-in from Vacation.
Turns out the librarian was a witch descended from Katrina’s coven, and the golem (the giant doll smashing machine) was going after her because she was the eternal threat that was trying to hurt Jeremy from the day he was born. The librarian had been keeping tabs and visiting the main coven of witches as they were now hidden away as a sideshow act in a traveling carnival.
A very pissed off Ichabod tracks them down (they just happen to be right outside of town — of course!) and he’s not happy when confronting the witches because not only were they threatening his son, but they were the ones that locked Katrina away in purgatory where she is not tortured and stalked by Moloch on the regular. The witches reveal that they eventually tracked down Jeremy after he was grown to a teenager and to stop the golem from hunting and killing them, they put a spell on him to stop his heart and bury him deep in the ground. Now the key here is they stopped his heart. Anybody wanna guess how soon we get to meet Ichabod’s son in the modern age?
The other piece of info the witches reveal is that their death was sealed the moment Ichabod came back while also telling him that the only way to stop the golem is with Jeremy’s own blood. Seconds later the golem arrives, smashes up the witches, and now he’s going after Ichabod, Henry and Abbie.
In the melee, a funhouse mirror gets shattered and a shard flies into Ichabod’s shoulder. When he pulls the piece out, Henry realizes that Ichabod’s blood is also Jeremy’s blood as they are father and son. Ichabod runs and stabs the golem and sure enough it perishes but not before he holds its hand and comforts the creature as it dies. After all this big beast was the one protecting his son when he wasn’t around.
Guess Who’s Back?
Ichabod and Abbie officially enlist Henry as their newest team member on their quest to stop the apocalypse. Back at the office, Abbie gives Ichabod his Christmas gift — a stocking with his name on it, which invokes the best line of the week.
“You embroidered my name on some oversized hosiery,” Ichabod says with great confusion.
Just when it seems like there’s going to be a happy ending, Ichabod looks at a mirror in Abbie’s office, which quickly shatters and a second later he’s crossed back over into purgatory as Moloch stalks him from the woods. Ichabod tries to challenge the demon to face him, but Moloch instead taunts him from the shadows before popping up and clubbing him and sending him flying.
This is where Moloch makes his big revelation — he tells Ichabod that Abbie’s soul will be his and it’s Ichabod that’s going to deliver it to him.
A moment later he awakens back in the room with Abbie standing nearby. He reveals this nasty bit of business to her as he’s clearly shaken with the knowledge that he may somehow cause Abbie harm for the sake of Moloch.
One other interesting plot point that happened this episode was with Captain Irving as he was spending some quality time with his daughter. He reveals that his daughter became paralyzed after being struck by a car, and over time his relationship with her mother deteriorated to the point where they had to get separated. Irving is holding up his end of the bargain now and spending more time with his daughter so he takes her to a park where she goes to play with a puppy while her dad gets them some hot chocolate.
In the midst of ordering, the vendor’s eyes turn white as he asks Irving if his daughter is ready to fight for her soul. Obviously the demons are onto Irving as one of the members of the Ichabod gang and they are coming after him and his daughter as well.
So there you have it folks, the last episode of Sleepy Hollow for 2013. The show returns on Jan 13 before the two hour season finale a week later. What did you think of the episode and do you believe Ichabod and his son will be reunited before the season is over?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below!