Previously on Sleepy Hollow, ‘Blood and Fear’
Two cute little sisters, Tessa and Saffron, enjoy an idyllic bedtime until Saffron wakes up to catch Tessa being soul sucked by the Tooth Fairy. All parents know idyllic bedtimes are too good to be true. The comatose Tessa is taken to the ER where Joe Corbin tips off Abbie and Crane. They were just at home chatting over his video games and the fact that he’s using his civics textbook (full of incorrect dates, of course) as a coaster. Oh, and that the “helpful” Zoe has been texting him 20 times an hour.
Abbie: “We share a roof, Crane. I know a lot of things that I cannot unknow.”
Guess who else is at the hospital? Pandora in another one of her choice wigs, and by “choice,” I mean terrible. So Abbie and Jenny interview Saffron about her monster vision—the two best candidates for such a thing—but she’s not talking yet. Abbie tells her boss it’s a peeping tom case she’s handling as a favor. While the sisters investigate the girls’ bedroom, Abbie tries to segue into telling Jenny about their dad but Jenny seems down on him so she puts it off again.
Crane crawls up into the treehouse to talk to Saffron and tries a little way-too-loud, quarter-in-the-ear magic, but kids today are way too cynical for that trick. Also, they aren’t deaf. But they do find adults busting their ass hilarious. “You have rather a sadistic sense of humor, don’t you?” he asks and suggests she draw the monster. It’s predictably creepy as hell, since this fairy tale is more Brothers Grimm than Mother Goose.
Flashback! Betsy Ross’s niece fell victim to this monster and she called in Paul Revere, then shut Ichabod out of the room, igniting his manly man jealousy and perhaps a Men in Black “flashy thing.” Ichabod now realizes Revere was using dentistry as a cover for supernatural soldiering because Betsy’s niece recovered. According to their books, the Tooth Fairy is an Abyzou, a Sumerian demon, attracted by the portal left by missing teeth and takes 48 hours to completely move in, but is warded off by silver. That’s right: silver coins were given to kids to ward off the demon. This tooth fairy’s already moved on to its second victim, Greg, but he sees it and escapes while it snarls on his ceiling. Nasty!
Fortunately this beast is territorial and within its 5 mile radius is only one elementary school. But how to non-creepily find out which kids are losing teeth? Next thing you know, Jenny has Ichabod posing as the director of the local historical society and guest lecturing a class on the travesties of history and secret dentist Paul Revere. Fortunately Greg’s teacher is way more aware of his business than my teachers were, so Jenny passes him a silver coin while the Scooby Gang attempts to procure Paul Revere’s dentistry bag from its museum home. Abbie’s FBI credentials are less impressive to the curator than Ichabod’s now fully-fledged pretend role as the Sleepy Hollow Historical Society Director.
That night the Mills sisters stake out Greg’s house while Joe and Ichabod unintentionally bond over “getting back in the saddle” while watching Saffron’s house. Abbie finally fesses up about finding their dad, but Jenny was 5 years ahead of her (atta girl!). Greg finally loses his tooth and wards off the monster with the coin until Jenny and Abbie swing into action, but it’s invisible to adults. Spraying it with water and fighting it prove to be too challenging as it knocks Abbie out and creeps off in a backbend.
At the hospital, Jenny, watching over the still-unconscious Abbie, gets a visit from Saffron, who feels guilty about not helping her sister. Jenny encourages her that nothing is more powerful than sisterly love. But when she steps out, Pandora comes right behind to take that hope away, handing her a tiny bag to help save her sister. Assuming it’s the tooth, why is Pandora so keen on getting her monsters killed, or was this not one of her own? Ichabod initially strikes out with Paul Revere’s bag, then realizes all the tools combine to form a silver nitrate flash gun.
That night, Pandora shuts herself in with Abbie and wakes her up with, “Hello, sleepyhead.” That’s so meta. She tries to talk Abbie out of the fight, using the word “Napalutu” for Ichabod. Then she questions what Abbie can’t stand to lose—her father. Pandora tells the story of her father beating her until she lost the ability to speak and was sold into slavery, but when she got her voice back, her owner fed her father to a lion. Hey, that’s not canon!
Back in the treehouse, Saffron lures the tooth fairy with her sister’s tooth. Crane and Jenny swoop in, flashing it with silver nitrate to make it visible, but the effect is very temporary. They flash and fight through Dem Woods and finally Jenny skewers it with a fire poker. When the contortionist beast dies, Tessa and Abbie wake up.
Flashback. Crane watches Betsy practicing sword fighting with the other men because she’s a pirate. He apologizes for assuming they were a thing rather than assuming she and Paul Revere, who visited one whole time, were a thing. She kisses him because I haven’t rolled my eyes enough today. On the upside, it wasn’t so much a flashback as a laughing gas hallucination as Crane has successfully made it through his first modern-era dentistry experience, thankfully less traumatic than that of Paul Revere’s handiwork, much to Abbie’s amusement:
“You’ve given me so much joy! The joy of dentistry!” he exclaims, before his phone beeps again. Abbie scopes out his flirty texts which now include a selfie of Zoe with Thomas Payne’s Common Sense and a bitmoji of Crane riding a bald eagle. Oy, history nerds!
Later, Jenny tells Abbie that she found last episode diner girl’s name, Sophie Foster, who may be working for a guy called Atticus Nevins. She apologizes for not sharing information about their dad and lets Abbie decide what to do—she wants to talk to their dad, but she doesn’t want to screw his life up. They’ll always have each other.
In closing, Ichabod looks up Napalutu; not surprisingly, it’s Sumerian for destroyers. Why is Pandora doing this? What if they really are the destroyers? This ain’t no Greek textbook Pandora, that’s for sure.
Wire-tap pond! Black Rose! Creepy Pandora face! The end.
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Sleepy Hollow S3E4
Thanks to the return of makeup-master Corey Castellano and director Guillermo Navarro, fanciful, horrifying monsters make a big comeback with the Tooth Fairy making for a scary MOTW episode with great effects and fight sequences. However, Pandora’s role was a bit thin, and because the shoe-horned-in Betsy Ross “needed” lines, Paul Revere had none. The pairings of Abbie and Jenny on one side with Crane and Joe on the other side were enjoyable. A couple of glaring logic leaps regarding the monster’s limitations, but the child actors were quite good.