BWW RECAP: The Headless Horseman Returns in Ep. 6 of FOX's SLEEPY HOLLOW
This week's episode opens with our heroes, Abbie and Ichabod, in the stands of a baseball game. Strangely normal, right? But we have to say we're digging it. They exchange some cute banter about the point of the sport and the merits of heckling the referee. You know, All-American things like that.
As they're leaving, Ichabod tells Abbie he looks forward to her expanding his horizons in the future. Yeah, we BET you do Ichabod. If by expanding your horizons you mean going on more totally platonic friend dates with Abbie, we can't say we're opposed to it either. Did we mention he bows to her before they leave? Our hearts melted.
The whole scene is funny, sweet and oddly ordinary. Sometimes it's nice to intersperse the supernatural with a sense of normalcy. It reminds us that although they might fight demons and headless monsters every week, our prophesized heroes are still just regular people.
Of course, the moment doesn't last. The episode quickly transfers out of the realm of normal and back into horror, when Ichabod, who is visiting his wife's grave, is shot in the neck and abducted.
Abbie is driving along minding her own business when she is also dragged off the road and into the supernatural world, this time in the form of a dream. She wakes in a creepy room filled with candles and to the sound of eerie music and babies crying. What is it about horror and babies that go together so perfectly?
Katrina reminds Abbie that Ichabod and the Horseman are bound by blood and warns her that she must find the Sin Eater in order to save Ichabod, who has been taken by god knows who. And she must find him before sundown! Or the world is over! How many times have they saved the world so far? And we're only on episode six.
Meanwhile, Crane wakes up from his tranquilizer induced sleep in a dark, dank dwelling surrounded by men in surprisingly snappy suits. Oh, villains and their caves. Wait, they are villains right? Who are these people again? We think Crane is asking the same questions but he seems to be one step ahead of us. He does some impressive, Sherlock-esque deducing and comes to the conclusion that the men in front of him are Freemasons. As in, the ancient fraternity.
The Freemasons need to make sure that Ichabod is who he says he is since he's, you know, supposedly long dead. And you can never be too careful when dealing with a world filled with demons, witches, and Headless Horsemen (Oh my!). He is asked to corroborate his story of the first time he heard the phrase "Order out of Chaos," with an account written by some mysterious third party. He admits the first time he heard the phrase was from a man named Arthur Bernard. Cue flashback.
We are taken back in time to Ichabod's Red Coat days where he has been asked to torture Arthur Bernard, a freed slave who has been convicted of treason. The goal is to get information out of him about the identity of another man. But that's not really important. What's important is that Crane really doesn't want to torture Bernard because he has what Katrina (who he has just met for the first time) calls, a conscience.
Ichabod, to prove his loyalty, is ordered to kill Bernard. Crane has yet to switch sides in the war, and pledge allegiance to George Washington. Still, like a good soldier, he takes Bernard out to the forest to shoot him, as he's been instructed. And yet, he just can't do it.
Bernard tells him to go to Katrina who will bring him to George Washington. His superior shoots Arthur just as he's getting away. When Crane runs and stabs him with his sword, he suddenly turns into a monster, but is then scared off by other riders in the forest.