**This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Sleepy Hollow, including last night’s episode, 1x06, “The Sin Eater.”**
Sleepy Hollow is finally back! I missed my time-traveling hottie, Ichabod Crane, and his kick ass “leftenant” Abbie Mills. And yes, he is pronouncing it correctly. Leftenant is the old English way of saying lieutenant. How do I know this? Google. Anyhoo, I missed Abbie and Ichabod so much I found myself annoyed they weren’t together so much in this episode. But the tension and buildup were well worth it. The first five episodes showed us their awkward way around each other physically; by the end of this episode, they hug! Yes, they actually hug, and the emotion that brings them to this point is a turning point in their relationship. By the end they are shown they are destined to be together...on this quest to save mankind, at least.
The episode opens with Abbie and Ichabod at a local baseball game. Abbie gets all up in the ump's face and Ichy is all like, How rude, he’s just doing his job and I don’t understand baseball.
This is the Abbie and Ichabod I’ve come to know and love. Their banter has a unique opposites attract-style chemistry, like that of Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting. They’re not a couple, yet, or maybe even ever with Katrina, Ichy’s ghost-goth-witch wife, popping up now and again. But we can’t deny there is something between them that keeps up guessing. Even Abbie’s sister Jenny sees it.
Back at the game, Abbie explains the deal with America’s obsession with baseball in a monologue I swore I heard in A League of Their Own, and she nails it, piquing Ichabod’s interest so much so he too shoots his mouth off at the ump. Too bad the poor ump wasn’t making a call at the time, something Abbie also rectifies in that snarky way she knows will get at Ichabod. This causes Ichy to get all nostalgic for his previous leisure activities, his Revolutionary-era Sleepy Hollow. On the way back to Abbie’s car after the game, Abbie sweetly reassures Ichabod he is home now, in the present with her. Ichabod smiles that sexy one only he can muster and bows before Abbie. Chivalry isn’t dead and Ichabod Crane is the reason. He declines Abbie’s offer for a ride home and decides to stroll through town alone. He ends up at Katrina’s grave. Sigh.
How can you not feel for the guy? What is he feeling being there? Torn between Abbie and Katrina? I mean, he did just wake up from a two-hundred-year-long nap to find out his wife is dead and yeah, two hundred years have zipped by. And then there’s this courageous, tough woman he’s partnered with on a journey they seemed to have been destined to take together. What’s a man to do? It’s here I notice once again Ichabod is still in the same clothes he woke up in. Really? I thought someone would’ve brought that up by now. Then Ichabod gets shot with some dart in his neck and is kidnapped, breaking my daydream of him in a dressing room trying on new duds.
Abbie is driving along and a trance takes her. She’s in an old home and there’s a crying baby. But it turns out to be some creepy voodoo doll looking thingy. Then the Headless Horseman shows up walking briskly toward Abbie. She runs and hides and comes across women in black lace chanting at a table. Then Katrina Crane shows up telling her that the Headless Horseman is returning by nightfall and that Ichabod has been kidnapped. She also informs Abbie that the only way to break Ichabod’s and the Horseman’s blood tie is to find the sin eater and he must sanctify Ichabod.
I’ll sanctify him….Ha cha cha!
The Free Masons took Ichabod and they inform him they are on his side and that the only way to kill the Horseman is to kill himself. They tell him that Katrina was working with them until she hid Ichabod, burying him with the spell that allowed him to rise from his grave two hundred years later. Katrina’s love for Ichabod is the reason she ultimately meets her demise. The Free Masons are here now to right Katrina’s betrayal and ask Ichabod to take his life, finally ending the war on evil.
Oh, the drama!
Abbie and Jenny find Ichabod and try to convince him to let the sin eater separate him from the Horseman. Ichabod refuses, that it will only separate them, that the Horseman will still be free. Abbie refuses to accept his death. The fear in her voice and eyes is telling; she too is torn about her feelings, that much is obvious. Ichabod humbly tells her this is the only way, that they found each other through time and it’s all come to this, for him to make the ultimate sacrifice. She relents and will not leave his side, that she’s lost too many she never got to say good-bye to.
This is such a touching moment, as Ichabod calls her Abbie, something he’s never done before. Here we see their vulnerability, their deep affection and connection for one another. Ichabod takes the poison, seeing both Abbie and Katrina in the haze that overwhelms him. The sin eater arrives to save the day as Ichabod is dying. The sin eater says that he’s hoped for this day, for the reason he was given this gift to be revealed, and it’s Ichabod. He tells him he can remove the poison and his sin. Ichabod relents, wanting to live and fulfill his true destiny, not wanting Kartina’s sacrifice to have been for nothing. The sin eater holds Ichabod’s hands, digs deep into his soul, telling him to forgive himself for not saving Arthur Bernard, a man accused of treason Ichabod feels he let die. Arthur appears, smiling, telling him he knew this day would come. That his death saved Ichabod’s soul. His death wasn’t Ichabod’s sin but his salvation, that once Ichabod’s frees himself of the guilt he will finally free himself to stop the apocalypse with Abbie. That together, he and Abbie will save the world. Again, they are destined to be together…
It works. Once Abbie sees Ichabod will live she runs to him and they embrace. He rests his head lightly upon hers and gives up that disarming smile. I admit I got a little teary eyed seeing this. It doesn’t last long but it was enough for me, and them apparently too as they immediately return to their normal banter of who was right and who should listen to whom. And now the Horseman is back, ready to slice his way into Apocalypse.
What will happen? Where is this connection with Abbie and Ichabod going? We know Ichabod loves his wife dearly and Abbie has unresolved feelings for her ex, hottie fellow officer Luke Morales, who wasn’t in this episode. But we cannot deny what we see blossoming between Abbie and Ichy. Which makes for great TV drama.
Hopefully in the weeks to come we’ll see more sexual tension and maybe Ichabod in a new suit.
Charli Mac writes Women’s Fiction and YA Paranormal set in Philly and the South Jersey Shore. Snorts & screams are probable and fist-pumps are highly discouraged at www.charlimac.com. Twitter her @charlimacs.