Sleepy Hollow Recap: Enter Sandman

Sleepy Hollow Season 1 RecapAbbie and Ichabod take on Ye Olde Freddie Krueger in this week’s Sleepy Hollow, and it’s derivative and pretty ridiculous, yet somehow incredibly watchable. Forget the horsemen and the horned mirror demon and all of the Revelation nonsense: The real voodoo in this series is how it manages to be so silly yet so fun, week to week. Let’s review what went down in “For the Triumph of Evil.”

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PERCHANCE TO DIE | The Monster of the Week is one Grimm took on just last season: the Sandman, who uses people’s dreams to their extreme disadvantage. We’re introduced to the baddie – here depicted as a pale, bald man with no mouth and black sockets for eyes – as he torments everyone involved in keeping Jenny, Abbie’s sister, in mental institutions for a decade. First, her shrink jumps off a ledge – when Ichabod demands to see the victim’s eyes (because apparently that’s a thing he can do now?), he, Abbie and Irving are skeeved to see the glazed-over orbits pop and sand spill out. It’s pretty nasty.

The next target is the local rancher who found Abbie and Jenny in the woods, but first, a little more of the girls’ story. Abbie confesses to Ichabod that she and her sister had been drinking beers when they saw the demon; though it felt like they’d only been unconscious for minutes, they were really gone for four days. And even though both Abbie and the rancher saw the horned demon, neither would back up Jenny’s story for fear of looking crazy. Abbie had another concern: She and her sibling had just landed in a decent foster home, and Abs was worried that they’d be sent somewhere else if their crazy story got out.

Sensing a pattern? The psychiatrist — who believed Jenny but claimed she didn’t — and the rancher — who denied witnessing the demon in the forest — are driven crazy with guilt by Old Sandy, whom we learn is a Mohawk “dream demon” and is also a member of the army of evil that’s coming for Crane and Mills. (Just go with it.) And right before the rancher shoots himself in the head, he has a message for Abbie: She’s next on The Sandman’s list. “The next time you fall asleep, you’re dead.”

(DEMON) TEA FOR TWO | Ichabod says they need the help of a Mohawk shaman, but the closest thing they can find is Seamus Duncan, car salesman/Native American sage. (Side note: Geronimotors. Ha!) Crane guilts the man into helping them, so he feeds Abbie some tea that will put her to sleep so she can meet The Sandman in the dream world. “Then the fight begins,” Seamus says. How very The Cell of you, Sleepy Hollow.

Crane deduces that if Abbie dies in the dream, she’ll die in real life. And without a moment’s hesitation, he pours the tea down his own gullet. After all, he needs to back her up, right? (Take a look at Abbie’s face after he does so, then try to convince me that this ‘ship isn’t about to set sail.)

Sleepy Hollow Season 1 RecapGOT A CIGARETTE? | I’m sure there’s a good reason that the next shot (see right) is an overhead view of our two leads, stripped down and strapped to tables – I vaguely remember something to do with scorpions’ venom helping them fight in the netherworld – but it’s really unimportant when I have So. Many. Questions.

Why do the scorpions have to bite them on the naked torso? Wouldn’t an arm suffice? And why is Ichabod, who was nearly done in by the novel fizziness of an energy drink earlier in the episode, apparently totally cool with a half-nude woman chillin’ just a few feet away? Isn’t he from a time when a hint of bare ankle could incite sweaty palms and naughty thoughts?

All of these queries are pushed aside, though, as our heroes delve into dreamland. They’re not together at first, but both wind up at the sheriff’s department, where Abbie’s reliving the moment she betrayed Jenny. She can’t muster up the courage to stand up for her sister, so the Sandman begins slashing at Ichabod. His pain impels Abbie to admit that she lied out of fear; as she keeps talking, the monster turns into glass. Finally, he’s rendered hollow and immobile, so she shatters him, thus freeing her and her colonial partner from their dream state.  They come back to their senses, sweaty, chests heaving, and turn to look at each other. I… well… oh my.

GONE GIRL | Abbie thanks Ichabod during a lovely moment in their little occult room, then leaves to make nice with her estranged sister. But Jenny’s not in her room at the institution; Abbie realizes that she slipped out through the drop ceiling. Earlier in the episode, Ichabod told “Miss Jenny” (side note: I love that little detail, as well as the way he calls Abbie “Leftenant”) that he believes her. Maybe she’s headed his way?

CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN | I realize it’s silly to harp on minor details (like, how does Ichabod get around when Abbie’s not there to drive him places?), but can we please get him some modern-day clothes? There are only so many times he can interact with the public before someone calls him out for being dressed like a community theater castoff from Pirates of Penzance.

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62 Comments
  1. enri says:

    I’m really enjoying the show. It’ll be interesting to see where these next few episodes go.

    • Beth says:

      I would like to see all the characters listed on the website. Who played ancient Native American dream-demon on sleepy hollow? Was it Doug Jones? He may not have had a speaking part, but significant to the episode, so would be good to know who it is!

  2. Tony says:

    Venom sting in the torso because it’s closer to the heart. The potion only put then to sleep but the venom is what gave them the power to control their interactions within the dream state. I remember doing a report on how the Indians in PA used something similar with snake venom.

  3. TVPeong says:

    Abbie and Ichabod have so much chemistry. I can’t wait to see their relationship grow.

  4. Georgia Madman says:

    And might I mention that Abbie and her sister are SMOKIN’!!

  5. Jenna says:

    LOL. I love this show! I was surprised no one at the mental institution wanted to detain ‘Ichy’ for his appearance. And does he even have an ID? Geronimotors! And Ichabod rather liked pow-wows. :) Such a fun show. I’ll ship Ichabbie(?) too!

  6. On Ichabod’s clothes: I know that they’re really quite impractical, but I really like them. They fit the character. Actually, in a lot of ways Ichabod’s clothes remind me of Jack’s coat on Torchwood. It might not make a whole lot of sense, but the character wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t that way.

    • DarkDefender says:

      At least this week his clothes were clean and not full of dust and dirt.. And kudos to the Capt. Jack reference.. He really did have a nice coat. :D

  7. Abby says:

    I love the show! And love the way Crane looks in his out of date clothes… But I am ready for him to be in modern clothes too! Why would any woman let him run around in the same clothes over and over? Really…

  8. Alichat says:

    I love that he calls her ‘Leftenant’ as well. And that he grabbed the dream tea without a moment’s hesitation. I agree that it’s odd he’s wearing the same clothes over and over. You’d think there would at least be a moment where they give him modern clothes, and he balks at them or something. But it would see odd if he didn’t have at least his jacket and boots on.

    • Guest says:

      It wasn’t the colonial clothes but the shirtless scene what made me realize…Is that Potty? Potty Perowne?! It is! Potty Perowne!!!

      I like him better in Sleeping Hollow than Parade’s End.

    • meem says:

      Yes, I want to see Ichabod Crane encounter a zipper, please.

  9. Chris says:

    I wasn’t sure at first but the show is growing on me. I really enjoyed this episode.

  10. tvdiva says:

    This show is my fave guilty tv pleasure. There is such great chemistry between the leads and the show (a lot like Grimm) does not take itself too seriously. I love Crane’s colonial clothes too, but after 250 years you would think those clothes would be in tatters. I would love to see him in modern clothes and maybe keeping the jacket or something from his own era (besides the hair.) But that is trivial compared to introducing the monster of the week and still advancing the story. I am ready to buy a season pass to this show.

  11. EmmaG says:

    He can keep the jacket and boots, but the rest has to go. I can suspend disbelief for an awful lot, but the clothes issue just keeps pulling me out of the story. He literally has one set of clothes, and that’s it. Come on, now.

  12. Meghan says:

    He can have more modern clothes.. so long as the coat stays.

  13. Leah says:

    This show is so weird and fun and funny and I love it. I kept thinking the same questions as you. Surely they’ll address it soon. The guy needs some practical clothes (even though he realllllly pulls them off). The best thing about this show is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Its just fun. I really look forward to getting to know these guys.

  14. Geronimotors Inc. says:

    I loved Jenny! She’s like a XXIst century Sarah Connor, or a female version of John Connor

  15. danoregon says:

    One of those shows I would generally avoid, but the characters and dialogue keep me dialed in. I just about wrote it off when Clancy Brown and John Cho “died” in the pilot – glad I gave i another shot.

  16. Morisot says:

    Really enjoy the show, in fact, my favorite network show at the moment. BUT, there are NO RANCHES near Sleepy Hollow! A FARM, yes. A HOMESTEAD, maybe. A CAMP, if it is really back-woods. But NO ranches!

    • Joanna says:

      You are so right! I worked in Tarrytown and Briarcliff for several years and when they said “rancher ” I thought. “Huh?”

      The only ranch I know of on the East Coast is Rockin’ Horse Ranch, fun for the whole family! :)

      • Morisot says:

        LOL I thought I mis-heard the first time, but they said “ranch” about 3 times. I kept waiting for one of the law officers to say to another, “Are we going to Montana?”

  17. Cory says:

    Didn’t we see Ichabod cleaning his clothes in ep 2? Which logically means he does it often. Anyway, great episode! Kinda glad they’re focusing on other occult goings-on instead of the Horsemen but I hope he shows up at least every three to four episodes.

  18. Moonlight4evr says:

    I love his clothes. No modern clothes. It would not be the same. It would not be the same.

  19. chris says:

    I think him changing to modern clothes will be a big step to admission that “old Crane” is gone. He may even get embarrassed by Luke & the prankster office so its coming. Episode 3 was great, love all the groundwork but still mysterious. We know now her and her sister were out for 4 days so…. what the heck did they do for that time? 4 horsemen, 4 trees, 4 days in the woods…

  20. Jules says:

    I’m with many people here, yes, get him more modern clothes.. but please, please let him keep the coat. He needs something to tie him back to his origin and also, yes it does remind me of Captain Jack’s coat on Torchwood, which made up so much of the character.

  21. Pati says:

    I’m really linking this show, so far. The two leads have such good chemistry. really fun show for Monday nights.

  22. KD says:

    This show is just so goofy…I love it. It’s definitely one of those shows where you have to remind yourself to “just go with it.”

  23. Marc says:

    I love Sleepy Hollow, but I let out a huge “ugh!” last night when I saw Crane in the same old nasty clothes again last night. Full time Abbie takes him to a Joseph A. Bank and get him some new clothes, they always have a buy one get one free. Besides, those clothes should have been in tatters right now since he’s been in them for the last 250 years.

  24. Marc says:

    I love how Sleepy Hollow manages to put one extremely creepy scene that just makes you sit up in every episode. The first week was the horned-demon in the mirror, last week it was the cop whose head was bent over and this week it was the doctor’s eyes that turned to sand. Love this show.

  25. Maryann says:

    The “Sandman” looks a lot like the demon we saw in the mirror in earlier episodes. So is it the same one or not? The one thing I recall is long and white with no visible clothes.

  26. JB says:

    Ichabad needs new clothes. I mean, these are the clothes he was BURIED in over 200 years ago, right? There is all this concern about keeping his work on the DL but his clothing is completely anachronistic.

    I love the idea of putting him in modern clothes, but keeping the jacket. Also, please get rid of the terrible wig.

  27. Tommy Hart says:

    OK, but what were they callin the Sandman? I tried to Google Native American Mohican demon Sandman but had no idea after that, Rockinrostine or something like that.

  28. Jake says:

    OMG, Seriously, the way you all go on about his clothes, you would think you all just came back from fashion week in NYC. Who cares..I think his costume makes you remember that he is from the past. Also that eyeball exploding …GROSS…Love this show.! I was totally thrilled when I realized that Jenny is played by the same actress that plays Sonya on Nikita.!!! LOVED IT!

  29. Peevesie says:

    Okay seriously did only I notice the red bull scene???? “Icky’s(Thats what I am calling him now) reaction to the taste was hilarious.

    • Tracy says:

      I was trying to remember the red bull comment. It made me laugh but I can’t remember what he said. Does anyone remember the comment he said describing red bull?

  30. Julie says:

    Does anyone else think that it is going to turn out that Orlando Jones is from a long line of demon-hunters or something to that effect? He is taking all the weirdness in this show much too calmly.

  31. MLO says:

    I hate to tear you all away from the topic of Ichy’s clothes, but can anyone riddle me this? Do we know what happend to the Headless Horseman’s, er. head? Last I saw it, Ichy was holding it at the end of Ep 1. Where have they hidden it?

  32. Cate Amos says:

    I’m really loving that Ichabod doesn’t have all the answers. It’s a pleasure to see Abbie and him research to find what the need to get the job done.

  33. Angel says:

    In response to how Crane gets around without Abby, perhaps he still has the police guard he had in episode 2. So Abby could call the officer to drive Crane to wherever he is needed. I think they even showed Crane walking away from a police car at the scene of the psychiatrist’s death.

  34. Morisot says:

    He’s a history professor and a Revolutionary War re-enactor?!

  35. John says:

    They can give him modern clothes just keep the jacket! That’s all i ask.

  36. Mikael says:

    Ichabod can get new pants and a shirt, but the coat is a must. I almost wish I had one just like it. The boots would be cool too.

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