[Why can’t the Supernatural recapper at Television Without Pity be more like the Sleepy Hollow recapper? Even though the story is filled impossible phenomena, like making a cell phone call from a tunnel, or blinding a headless man (or a headless man at all), she still gives “The Midnight Ride” an A+. But noooo, Supernatural fans (recapper included, whom I’m not sure is even a fan at all) have to bitch about and nitpick each and every episode.</rant>]
This show never misses a chance to behead something. Whether it’s a compatriot rider with Paul Revere, a Mason (or four), a portrait of George Washington, or a stuffed bird (not to mention the “horse crossing” sign from the premiere), no object is off limits.
There are so many moving parts to Sleepy Hollow, it’s sometimes hard to keep up, particularly this week. Let’s count the plots: A) the information the Masons have on how to exploit the Headless Horseman’s weakness; B) the skull itself—yes, it gets its own plot; C) Abbie’s admirers, namely Detective Luke Morales and Dead Andy Brooks; D) Paul Revere’s midnight ride; E) Thomas Jefferson; and F) bottled water, aka the comic relief. Oh yeah, and then there’s Crane discovering internet porn.
Andy Brooks returns, wrinkled neck and all, to protect Abbie, or so he says. It’s kind of creepy. Of course, much of the creepiness is because he’s dead, but even when he was alive, it was a little creepy. He threatens Morales to stay away from Abbie. Morales then checks on Andy’s warnings of a coming war, and he becomes spooked. Perhaps the creepiest thing Andy says (and it’s almost a throw-away line) is “There are more like me in Sleepy Hollow.” Harbinger of things to come?
The Headless Horseman is once again after his skull. Abbie and Crane want to destroy it, so Captain Irving retrieves it from the “Fish and Wildlife Services” lab. (Huh!? Oh, show, you are so kooky!) There he comes face-to-face (so to speak) with Headless. His reaction? “Oh, my God!” Irving demonstrates some mad Ninja skillz as he eludes the Horseman’s axe. The stuffed bird is not so lucky.
It turns out the skull is impervious to sledge hammers, acid, and explosives. Like you didn’t see that coming.
In the A plot, Ichabod’s meeting with the Mason’s doesn’t go according to plan because they’ve all been beheaded. Even more disturbing? The heads are not on the premises. Ichabod searches the Masons’ library, but the information he seeks is missing. Fortunately, Ichabod has an eidetic memory, and he remembers a document Samuel Adams gave to Paul Revere as he began his famous midnight ride. Through the use of shared logic, Crane and Abbie realize this document contains the needed information.
We’ll skip the trip to the Tarrytown Museum. Our duo find the needed manuscript online (with requisite “in the web” fumbling by Crane), but it’s written in code. Crane discovers Paul Revere wrote the password on the back of skull’s teeth, which is apparently where the rumor that Revere was a dentist started. The manuscript says Headless can be trapped when a witch turns the night moon into the sun. Abbie realizes UV light simulates the sun, so with some needless drama (“Crane, I broke my ankle”), Crane and Abbie lure Headless into the Masons’ underground devils trap, and Irving, now fully on board, turns on the UV light. Headless begins to sizzle, and there our story for this week ends.
And what did Headless do with the heads of the four Masons he killed? Why, he lined the skulls with silver, put a candle in them and hung them in a carport. Man-o-lanterns! What an awesome Halloween accessory. If I have a party to go to next year, I might have to as a Sleepy Hollow Mason.
Next week Almost Human premieres. Oh boy!