Last week on Sleepy Hollow we learned a couple important things. The first of which is Ichabod will not remain in modern attire anytime soon, and the second is that things may not be as secret as this blogger would like.
Sleepy Hollow, Season 1 Episode 11: The Vessel
The episode began with a very frustrated Ichabod. Whether he was more frustrated at Abbie’s clothing choices for him or at trying to work out how to defeat Moloch before he supposedly will deliver Abbie over to him is unknown, I call it a toss up. He’s not the only frustrated person in Sleepy Hollow though, as the hot dog guy from last episode is very confused during an interrogation that Irving is observing, insisting that he has no idea why he’s in the police station. Irving still has no clue how the demon left after threatening his daughter’s life, but he finds out very quickly why he was approached, what the demons want, and how hard they are to pin down.
The demons want Washington’s Bible, and tell Irving that he only has until sundown, or they will claim his daughter.Irving tells Ichabod and Abbie, and they get to work researching the demon through Corbin’s notes (which is like “Dad’s Journal in Supernatural, I don’t know why they don’t read them more often). They find that Corbin dealt with this demon before. He even left a video of a time that he had encountered and exorcised it. When it possessed Abbie’s sister, Jenny.
Anyway, they call Jenny before viewing the entire video, and understandably it’s difficult for her, and she leaves without giving much information. Ichabod though follows after “Miss Jenny”. In addition to also being perplexed by her wardrobe, learns from her that she often would still hear the demons voice in her head, especially with words that she wanted to hurt her sister, and would deliberately break laws to get caught and locked up to help keep Abbie safe from her potential harm. Ichabod convinces her to help though.
While all of this is going on Irving made the decision to move his wife and daughter to a safe house, that is unfortunately not that safe, and the demon jumps yet again. Both the audience and the team back in town learn something very important about salt though, that sadly cost Blonde-Detective his life. Following one of the very traditional demon rules, which is that demons cannot cross salt. Jenny remembers that Corbin had it, and it’s also seen in the exorcism video,
The team also learns that this particular demon can be expelled with the use of a very special lantern that was sent to Benjamin Franklin during the Revolutionary war, and Jenny, thanks to her years acquiring various “artifacts” knows just where to find one.
Unfortunately they’re not moving fast enough, sundown comes and we get what is definitely one of the creepiest scenes in the show so far. When the demons said that they would claim Irving’s daughter it was in a way we never expected, add a murdered priest, and Irving is quick to offer up the bible.
Ichabod and Abbie are able to get the lantern they need, only to nearly not be able to use it, as its owner, and his fellow gun-toting constitutionalists, who seem to be at least somewhat clued into the battle going on isn’t too willing to part with it. He seems momentarily willing, when Ichabod recognizes that he’s quoting from Jonathan Edwards’ book Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, but doesn’t give it up, until Jenny shows up with guns.
Back at the precinct Irving discovers that the Bible isn’t there, and the others show up just in time,
In retrospect, I’m glad that Ichabod changed back into his old clothes, as much as I wanted to see him in something new, I like him the way he is. Regarding Abbe and Jenny, their relationship is probably my favorite of the show. I love seeing this sisters that have spent so much time apart growing close again. And when it comes to family, I’m actually a bit disappointed that Irving’s family was roped into all of this. I had looked forward to seeing one member of this team try and figure out the work-life balance that comes with you know, demon hunting and family. I also like that it was ambiguous if Irving would have given up the Bible. He definitely communicated to the others where he would be, but I don’t think less of him if he would have given it up for the life of his daughter. Finally regarding the Bible, love the invisible ink concept, and can’t wait to see where it leads the show.
Here’s what I do know, I’m psyched for the finale tonight!