Sleepy Hollow was back on point last night as the dual Witnesses return to center stage, both for supernatural heroics and for Karaoke. Ironically enough, the weekly baddie is old acquaintance of Hawley’s, Carmilla, who shows up out of the blue, uninvited, and asks for his help with one last score. We discover later on that she was Hawley’s guardian, post the death of his parents, and she has also been turned into some kind of supernatural creature (a Vetala) against her will. The thing she wants to steal – from the Knox estate – is ostensibly a cure. (Of course, this ends up being a ruse, and her plan all along is to use the object to actually convert more people into Vetalas – Hawley included – but I’m getting ahead of myself).
The episode opens and closes with an amusing display of our apocalyptic saviors’ respective singing talents; solos at the open, a duet to finish. No symbolism there. Of course the middle of the episode finds Abbie and Ichabod working through their recent divisiveness and many residual resentments. I must admit, I am forever in awe of the show’s ability to have them fight and disagree and still be able to maintain an incredible degree of mutual respect. Even when they are at odds, intellectually or emotionally, they don’t act like sullen teenagers. They communicate like mature adults. It’s endlessly refreshing, no matter how one-sided the topics of their fights can sometimes be.
Also it was simply a delight to watch them work a case together again. They tried last week to have Katrina fill in for Abbie, and broad consensus was, ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby. The writing between Abbie and Ichabod is always far superior, and there is absolutely no topping Beharie and Mison’s off-the-charts chemistry. Katia Winter (aka Katrina) is a perfectly fine actress, but she and Mison together simply cannot hold a candle to our star dynamic duo. A fact which Jenny broached openly with her sister during Ichabod’s turn at the mic.
Although the romantic tension between Abbie and Ichabod still remains liminal, this episode edged it a lot closer to overt acknowledgement. Seems everybody is growing slowly closer to admitting the obvious, thank goodness. And speaking of romance, the Hawley/Jenny storyline seems to have been put on a temporary hold, despite the fact that two clearly still have some unresolved feelings. Hawley has been given a hiatus to track down Carmilla, who managed to escape Sleepy Hollow’s forces of good, despite having her plan ultimately foiled by them. No telling if or when he’ll be back.
I have to admit, I’m actually a tad disappointed. Going against the grain for moment, I actually quite liked Hawley. I’m a bit of a sucker for the whole good-looking fiendish rogue with a heart of gold trope, and I found him a nice recurring addition to the team. But I also don’t think his absence will depreciate the quality of the show considerably, either. He’s likable, in my unpopular opinion, but also objectively quite expendable.
Frank also saw some advancement on his storyline. He is reunited with his ex-wife, who, like Abbie, still has legitimate reservations about the state of his soul. They seek out Katrina for a diagnosis, and she declares him to be without supernatural corruption, though the show suggests this might be a lie related to her continuing desire to redeem Henry. That moment was exceedingly ambiguous and clearly a set-up to further plot developments down the road. I can’t help but hope it signals the unequivocal turn of Katrina to the dark-side.
I don’t normally like stories that utilize female deception of a male character through a romantic bond. It tends to be a gender cliché reiterating the inherent untrustworthiness of women in general. But in this case, I’ll make an exception if only because it will put a solid end to this Crane marital storyline that needs a swift, merciless death. It would also mean Katrina’s general witchly incompetence was not just, well, incompetence. To be honest, it would actually give me a renewed modicum of respect for her.
In the end, I’d much rather she be a competent enemy than a bumbling ally