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Sleepy Hollow – S3E2 – Whispers in the Dark

Previously on Sleepy Hollow, ‘I, Witness’

Ichabod’s singing a sea shanty while proving that he is, in fact, the perfect man—cleaning Abbie’s house, doing her dainty laundry, burning dinner… Okay, that last thing isn’t great, but he tried. They resolve to order out instead.

Pandora croons over her blue rose tree (R+L=J!) then summons a dark vapor from her Box o’ Evil and traipses through the woods while magically changing clothes into flirty librarian garb. That will get you everywhere in this town. At the train station, she finds Paul Everett, accountant to the county, calling the FBI to blow the whistle on workplace embezzlement and sends her Secret Reaper to dementor it out of him. Abbie and Crane rush to the murder/death scene.

Enter studly new FBI boss, Agent Daniel Reynolds. Ichabod’s eyebrows practically hit the cupola and he leans all over Abbie marking his territory. Not having it, Abbie sends him home, but on the way out, he spots a shadow crawling up the façade. Ichabod rushes back to look up Evil Shadows, but Abbie is still reeling from “Danny” being her new boss. As academy buddies, they pushed each other through the program at super speed, because it totally works like that, and I’m so sure that was all it was.

Ichabod meets Reynolds Sleepy Hollow 3x02

Abbie picks up an EVP on Everett’s phone call, a vision of his last conversation with two colleagues deciding to go public with the scandal… and then an uber creepy voice growling “I will kill for secrets.” Ichabod recalls a passage in Grace Dixon’s journal and a personal memory of General Howe raising a wraith, binding it to a human, Marcus Collins. The wraith could draw secrets from people, costing many spies their lives during the Revolutionary War.

Flashback to “spymaster” Betsy Ross at Howe’s formal party. Ichabod invites her to dance and tips her off to Howe and Collins’ duplicity. She points out her fellow spies they must extract and resolve to meet at the barn. While Ichabod does his part, whatever that is, she flirts with Howe and offers to show her appreciation for his help. An hour later, she pops up at the barn in her underclothes and Howe’s jacket, but seems aghast at Ichabod’s conclusion that she is a ho and don’t know. I, also, am confused. At any rate, the other two spies are dead, thanks to the dementor. She calls out Marcus Collins/wraith guy while Crane poaches a getaway coach for them both, leaving the demon behind.

Abbie and Crane hunt down the names of Everett’s conspirators and go to the first man’s home, Williams. Sensing even more tasty secrets, the wraith crawls out of his chimney and draws visions out of them both (Crane being interrogated and Abbie taking photos of a man on a park bench) as it swirls in the front yard like a possessed gnat swarm at dusk. But Williams makes a run for it in the car, so Smoke Demon follows him instead and runs him off the road.

Images: FOX

Images: FOX

Jenny’s Googling the Second Worst Prop in the World—the Shard of Anubis—when Joe Corbin calls, from her mega-trashed mobile home. He’s a bit jealous of her relationship with his dad and she still hasn’t let him in on the know after 6 months back in town as an EMT. Someone’s watching!

Probably the big dude in a yellow mustang, who stalks Joe through a parking garage and then tosses him in the trunk. Joe… Joe… Never get into the car of a strange man, especially in the trunk! So the guy ties him to a tree out in Dem Woods, where he reveals that he’s Reynolds, one of Jenny’s former compatriots, and hunting for the Shard of Anubis. Speaking of Jenny, she pops up and kicks his ass for calling her soft, then lets him have the Second Worst Prop in favor of rescuing Joe. But she still doesn’t tell him what’s up.

Abbie finds hidden documents in Williams’ house right before Studly Boss pops in and recognizes the look of Abbie Mills on a case. But first, an awkward talk about their Thing at the Academy in vague terms that they will just have to get over. They can just be friends and colleagues and such, right? Magic 8 ball says, “Not looking good.” He gives her instincts a vote of confidence and leaves her to it.

Embarrassed by memories the shadow brought to the surface, Crane recalls being interrogated by Howe for the names of his fellow spies and taking a quill to paper before escaping. Abbie doesn’t admit to her secret, but she does turn up the third comptroller: Susan James. Ichabod notes that maybe she’s next, but now that they know the secret, they’re on the shadow’s hit list too.

Sleepy Hollow S3E2 - Crane With Quill

Pandora chants the shadow towards her next victim while Crane and Abbie set up a circle of safety lights. Seeing as how they don’t have an arrow blessed by a priest of Ankor, this is the best they can do. If only they had Henley (Hawley)! The shadow wraith blows the electrical box, then comes for Ichabod’s secrets and isn’t super impressed with the rebar he threatens it with. Abbie tosses a flash grenade and they confer on some way to defeat it. He recalls Betsy calling its human name in the barn, so he does the same. Its dementor powers retreat into Marcus Collins’ wizened body, enough for Abbie and Ichabod to stab it through.

Crane Abbie porch swing Sleepy Hollow 3x02

Back at home, Ichabod porch swings away his troubled memories, obsessing over the shameful moment he considered giving up his companions, brief though it was, as he recalls declaring that he would not. But he feels relieved confessing it, and offers Abbie the same. She admits to searching the FBI database and finding her father alive in Saratoga. She’s been watching him and taking pictures, but hasn’t said anything yet, to him or to Jenny. She’s just not ready. Ichabod toasts to her first step, telling him.

But hey, why leave on a sweet Ichabbie moment when we can go back to the plot device to drive them apart, er, Danny Reynolds, who smoothly implies that Abbie’s small potatoes life would be much improved if they stuck together and rode the FBI wave to the top. Over with Couple 2, Joe presses Jenny to let him in on the Scooby Gang one more time, but again she tries to blow him off until he wants to go after the Second Worst Prop in the World. Jenny isn’t sure she’s ready to share that life with someone. Oh, girl, you know you are.

Sleepy Hollow S3E2 - Jenny

Meanwhile Ichabod solicits yet another Caroline replacement for historical status to protect the Archives. Trouble is, he’s a British citizen, and they won’t release funds to non-citizens. He bows elaborately in thanks, then notices that the coffee shop where Everett and his cronies met is now gone, and never was there. Looking back on the security video, Abbie and Ichy spot the pop-up coffee shop, named Café Boite (boite = box, and that is the extent of my 3 years of French) with Sexy Librarian at the door. Abbie remembers meeting Pandora, and suddenly they realize they’re in a world of future hurt.

Pandora’s tree o’ evil grows and grows and grows…

The good and the bad:

Pandora and her box of baddies continues to work, although the threat wasn’t entirely terrifying. Shannyn Sossamon is completely suited to Sleepy Hollow’s vibe and the shadow wraith effects were nicely done, even if the villain didn’t seem very powerful. I’m still unclear as to how General Howe was using the wraith to extract secrets if he interrogated Crane at his desk.

Abbie and Ichabod living together at a nice, bright home was a delightful surprise and will offer some fresh bonding moments going forward, although I do miss the cabin’s earthy feel where Crane didn’t seem completely out of time.

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”#4A7097″ class=”” size=””]“That’s very astute, Encyclopedia Brown.”  – Jenny[/pullquote]

Joe Corbin should never have left, and I appreciate that they’re matching him with Jenny, rather than Abbie, his former babysitter. Their slightly renegade histories should mesh well. The sexy new boss Reynolds, too, fits the show dynamics, and warms Abbie up a bit from the stiff corner the show wrote her into last season. His presence brought out an amusing jealousy in Ichabod, rather than an uncomfortable pissing match like Katrina vs. Abbie. Much better. If this is the road we’re taking this season, at least it has nice scenery.

On the other hand, Betsy Ross aka Katrina 2 is still very clunky. Flashing back to the past each episode is nothing new, but insisting she was the spymaster and tying her into every intrigue is making it weird. She’s no Benjamin Franklin, so it doesn’t make sense, and every line feels a bit overwrought.

Overall a nice caper designed to introduce three (potentially four if the historical lady sticks around) new characters and add in some needed diversity to what continues to feel like a promising 3rd season.

Sleepy Hollow S3E2
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    Plot - 7/10
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    Dialogue - 8/10
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    Performances - 8/10
7.7/10

Summary

Interesting cast introductions. Cute Ichabbie moments. Decent effects. Solid if slightly fluffy MOTW episode.

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4 Comments on Sleepy Hollow – S3E2 – Whispers in the Dark

  1. Still good although now I’m wondering about Betsey-hopefully she remains linked to flashbacks of the briefest order. They are roomies sure but Ichabod looked at her new boss like “don’t even breathe in the direction of my chocolate woman!” It was epic and everything. I like how they are setting up activities and a side story that I am sure will link directly back to this season’s evil entity for Jenny and Joe-that way they aren’t just waiting in the sidelines until needed. The plot about Abbie and Jenny’s dad will be very interesting. I give it an 8 out of 10- 2 point deduction for the Betsey Ross acting ability. I’m still so glad it’s back!

  2. FOR THE PODCAST

    Hmm. Ichabod doing laundry? Sexy. That wonderful shapely bearded face lives there? Yessss! He can’t cook, but I’ll teach him. Okay, okay. I’ll stop. But he was staring Danny down! The eyes were going back and forth. And damn, every woman who briefly talks to Ichabod smiles like they have a chance.

    Shannyn (that is the spelling she uses for her career) is so beautiful in this show. But this is the second black man she has come across in this show where something happens. Is she going after black men? I kid, I kid. She’s great.

    Nicki is trying too hard. I don’t dislike her, but her acting is a little flat in this show. Is Corbin’s son Henly 2.0 for Jenny? I’ll allow it I guess. I am glad that they brought him back because he was a highlight for me last season.

    I like Danny’s beard but those waves are too much. He looks like he had a wave cap on all day.

    I enjoyed that Abbie and Ichabod kicked some ass. The teamwork is just great. I love it all.

  3. I loved this episode!

    All the Ichabbie scenes warmed my shipper heart! From house husband Ichabod doing the chores to the porch scene. Plop Ichabod down in front of the Food Channel for like a week. He’ll know how to cook by the end of it!

    The porch scene was EVERYTHING! The way they looked at each other! The conversation! Loved it! And I’m very intrigued by this discovery of Abbie’s dad. Do she & Jenny have the same dad? Do they have any other siblings? Does her father have a magical past as well? Can’t wait to find out! Will Peter Mensch be playing their dad? Can’t wait!

    Love that Joe Corbin is back! He suits the group nicely. And I’m enjoying he & Jenny playing off each other. I especially enjoyed seeing badass Jenny in action. But clearly they’re gonna need that fake looking rock back. It’ll probably end up important down the line.

    Hello Agent Sexy! If he was my boss, I’d be at work everyday! Yum! Ichabod clearly sees he may be a threat to his Leftinant. But so far not in a supernatural way. Loved how he was awkwardly marking his territory. Lol.

    Pandora is still creepy. I don’t mind the monster of the week stuff cause it’s clearly linked to an overall plot with her. Plus doesn’t she have unlimited monsters in her box?

    Still hating on the alleged “spy master”. Why was she dressed like Marie Antoinette? She’s unnecessary. Unless they just wanted to fill the corseted lady quota they feel is necessary for this show.

    Still loved the episode. While Ichabod’s secret wasn’t that bad, Abbie’s more than makes up for that. And clearly yet another woman has a crush on him.

    Can’t wait to hear the podcast! And let me know if my feedback length is ok. I know this isn’t a show that gets a lot of feedback like the others so I try to give y’all a lot. 😉

  4. I loved this episode. I like that Ichabod recognizes that he needs to find his place in the modern world. Question: I thought when they got Ichabod his fake papers they made him an American citizen otherwise they will have to deal with immigration.
    Love the reaction to smooth brotha. Abbie had that fake smile covering her shock and Ichabod was like an over protective brother.
    Why is Jenny so hesitant to let Joe help?
    Love the podcast and I hope this is in time for the podcast.

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