So, I guess Ichabbie is canon now, right? What else as viewers are we to assume? It’s only a matter of time now.
Anyways, things happened in the episode, “Go Where I Send Thee,” other than tons of Ichabbie moments, moments that will be discussed later in this recap. Let’s quickly discuss said things.
A demon piper is torturing the Lancaster family. The story beings with Daniel Lancaster, a gentleman from the 1700s who was supporting the British and allowed troops to stay in his home. When they became rowdy with the Lancaster women, Daniel called for an assassin, a piper who was in league with demons, to lure the men out and slay them. After the piper did so, Daniel killed him. When he arose, our piper became the demon piper that has kidnapped Lancaster girls throughout the ages. If a girl escapes, then every child in the current Lancaster family dies.
Abbie and Ichabod are called to save the latest girl from the piper. Things hit home for Abbie because the girl is the daughter of her old case worker. Also, Abbie is a lost child herself and is able to be lured into the Pied Piper’s lair herself by the haunting melody played through his creepy bone flute. Also, Nick Hawley joins the festivities once again, but shows his true colors as a coward.
Okay, so now the bits that everyone’s talking about on the internet and around the water cooler.
Tons o’ Ichabbie: I knew about the driving scene, and I’d read everyone’s commentary on said scene while perusing Tumblr. Most people took the scene as thinly-veiled sexual tension. Knowing the writers, that’s probably true. But what I didn’t expect was the final scene at the coffeeshop.
Firstly, I’d love to be at that coffeeshop overlooking the water. Secondly, how much of a “We’re totally playing with you guys” moment was it when Abbie wiped Ichabod’s mouth with the napkin? Or early on in the episode, when Ichabod felt like it pertinent to clarify to Abbie that he was hiding from Betsy Ross in the closet, not stuck in there with her? Not to mention the fact that Abbie gave a look beforehand to suggest that she actually cared if he had gotten it on with Betsy.
Ichabod and Abbie have never seemed that platonic to me, but after this episode, I feel like the writers are just saying, “Yes, you guys. It’s Ichabbie.” As Naruto would say, “Believe it!”
Teamwork: Apart from Ichabbie stuff, there was just a lot of great camaraderie and friendship going on in this episode. What I like about Abbie and Ichabod is that you can tell that they genuinely care about each other and won’t turn on each other just for the sake of a plotline (which generally happens in television writing).
I’ve always been astounded by how Abbie and Ichabod act relatively normal with each other. What I mean is that in another show, Ichabod might have totally forced Abbie to become bait for the Pied Piper. Instead, we get an Ichabod who would wish to do anything but use Abbie as a pawn. It’s Abbie’s decision to allow herself to be guided by the Pied Piper’s song, and even then, Ichabod develops a plan to keep her as shielded from the song’s effects. Classic teamwork.
Hawley’s a coward, or is he?: By all intents and purposes, Hawley is a piece of work, especially since he’s not as noble as our Witnesses. But does that make him a bad person? Ichabod was right not to trust him—he did turn out to be a “privateer” after all, but Hawley never said he was going to be like the Witnesses. He’s always maintained that he’ll do whatever it takes to get priceless artifacts to make a buck. He didn’t say he’d hunt down supernatural beings, especially not for free.
And honestly, how many of us would stay with Ichabod and Abbie to fight demons from Hell? I personally know I’d be seeking out the local church and setting up camp, far away from wherever Ichabod and Abbie are battling demons. They’re the Witnesses, not me. That’s not to say I’m a coward, but these are demons we’re talking about, and if I’m not personally called upon to fight them, then I’m going to leave it to those who are called. Basically, this is a long-winded version of me saying I can’t be mad at Hawley for wanting to bail and just get paid. He has that right.
Abbie’s connection: It’s amazing how fast Sleepy Hollow can turn from a romp down Ichabbie Lane to Serious Drama. When Abbie confronted the girl’s mother about the curse, I became even more riveted than ever. It’s great how they wove Abbie’s personal story of loss and forest-based trauma into the Lancaster story. It brought it down to a real world level that allowed for real feeling from Abbie and the mother to show through. That was some Emmy-level emoting from the both of them.
Irving’s fate: Poor Irving. Not only is his fate sealed by Henry, but he’s also ensnared in Henry’s own brand of evil, which involves using the bureaucratic system against Irving. Why isn’t Henry actually developing his own law firm since he knows the legal and insurance systems so well? He could make a fortune tying up litigation in red tape and winning beaucoup settlements for his clients.
Anyways, even though it’s raining cats and dogs for poor Irving, at least he’s been promised a cool battle scene, and in broad daylight, no less. Of course, it’s sad that he’s sold his soul and now has to fight for the bad side, but at least he gets to wear a cool bandana. Or is any of this even going to happen? Was Henry just messing with Irving’s mind? We’ll have to wait and see.
Broken bones: What’s with crushing the bone flute, Henry? What kind of sins could he taste? How were they so delectable that he said they were perfection? What could he use this for? So many questions.
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