Sleepy Hollow Recap: Mad Money

Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Recap

And you thought you had money problems.

This week’s Sleepy Hollow finds the town in the grips of a Henry-engineered plan to turn the good citizens against each other. The Horseman of War’s weapon of choice? A cursed coin with some historically bad mojo, as the Mills sisters learn firsthand.

The evil cash also brings into town a ray of hot, scruffy sunshine, and it sets up an hour that makes me want to become a full-fledged congregant of the Sisterhood of the Radiant Beharie — that’s how much leading lady Nicole shines during the ep.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take a look at what goes down during “Root of All Evil.”

SAVINGS RAGE | Fresh off learning that Henry is Irving’s new lawyer — and that he’s barred them from visiting Frank at Tarrytown Psychiatric — Mills and Crane track the evil attorney into town. When Ichabod looks aghast at two men holding hands in a restaurant’s window, Abbie launches into a lecture about how much attitudes toward gays and lesbians have changed since Ich’s day. He responds that he was referring to the fact that one man was wearing a hat indoors; he knows about homosexuality, he sniffs, because he served under Baron Von Steubing (who apparently liked a man in uniform). “Also,” he adds, “I watched the finale of Glee.” (Ha!)

Their convo is cut short when they notice Henry leaving the bank… followed by gunfire from inside. A teller is losing her stuff in there, waving a gun around and talking about how no one appreciates her. Abbie tries to talk the woman down, but it’s no good; Sheriff Reyes takes the shot and kills her.

SILVER POISONING | Abbie’s stymied by the teller’s episode; up until then, she’d been a loyal and happy employee at the bank. But while watching security footage, Ichabod notices that just before she went mental, the woman pocketed a coin Henry brought in. (Side note: Abbie’s mild amusement at Ich asking her to “unspool” the video is one of those little things that make me adore this show.)

Crane recalls one of his back-in-the-day missions to get some silver coins out of British hands. Benedict Arnold also was on the mission, and he famously betrayed the country not long after his exposure to that silver. Might it have turned him? And if so, should the Witnesses be worried that some random guy from the bank crime scene grabbed the coin in question on his way out the door?

WELL, HELLO THERE… | Under the influence of that bad penny (it’s actually more like a quarter, but you know what I mean), the guy from the crime scene builds a bomb and blows up his father’s flower shop. It happens while Ichabod and Abbie are down by the river, meeting with Nick Hawley, Jenny’s “go-to guy for supernatural artifacts.” Hawley is Mal Reynolds by way of Point Break, all shaggy blonde hair and deep blue eyes and possibly a hidden agenda but good God, who cares? (Well, Ichabod surely does, but we’ll get to that in a moment.)

Hawley helps the Team WTF co-captains realize that the coin is likely a Tyrian shekel, aka one of the 30 pieces of silver Judas was paid to betray Jesus. And Henry all but confirms that when they run into him at the sheriff’s department, saying that the coin doesn’t turn people bad — it merely magnifies the anger they already have inside.

(Side note: Anyone else surprised that Abbie leaves Ichabod alone to talk with the horseman formerly known as Jeremy? This is the same man who has a track record of getting a little nutty when matters regarding his family arise. Maybe she had to run to the ladies’ lounge to touch up her hair, which is looking quite lovely this episode?) Ichabod tries to start over with his petulant son, who’s not having it. But Henry does get a good line in: “Your son’s a lawyer. You must be very proud.” (Heh.)

MILLS ON A MISSION | Later, Henry makes sure the bullion of bitchiness rolls right by Jenny while she’s doing her court-ordered community service. Earlier in the episode, she got quite mad when she learned that Reyes was the one who had Lori Mills locked up at Tarrytown. So it makes sense that shekel-controlled Jenny grabs a rifle and goes after the new sheriff, who’s out hunting in the forest. (Side note: I totally expected the coin to activate Jenny’s anger at Abbie for abandoning her for all those years; nice twist there, Sleepy Hollow.)

Ichabod accompanies Nick, with whom he grows hilariously irritated as the hour progresses, to a church to get some special stained glass that can counter the effects of the mean money. And once they track Jenny to the forest, Abbie gets right in front of her sister’s gun and breaks. stuff. down. Beharie gives a great monologue about not letting anger overtake them, because there may be aspects of their mother’s plight that they don’t know yet — and killing Reyes will hide those aspects forever. With an assist from Ichabod, they disarm and de-coin Miss Jenny… and then the coin almost works its wormy way with Abbie, but Crane kicks it away and Hawley catches it in the special glass. Yards away, Reyes has no idea how close she came to being Bambi’s mother.

MOTHER OF THE YEAR | Ichabod devises a clever way to get into the psychiatric hospital, which allows him to brief Irving on exactly how messed up everything is. Later, he and Abbie relax in a tavern while she reads to him from her mother’s file, a gift from Reyes. Seems like Lori Mills was tormented by the same demons that dogged her daughters, and that her suicide was driven by Moloch messing with her. He shares a final memory of a contrite Benedict Arnold, and she reaches for his hand (if you need me, I’ll be over here, ‘shippily warming my hands over the glow of a slooooow burn). Then Hawley shows up with a fake passport for Ichabod, but Crane still isn’t blondie bear’s biggest fan.

Meanwhile, back at Fredericks Manor, we watch Henry glower at the bed where he was born, then light it on fire with a wave of his hand. Looks like maybe mama’s comments are hitting home?

BEFORE YOU GO, LET’S TALK ABOUT… | No, seriously: Beharie rules in this episode. Often, the fact that Abbie swallows all of her emotions — and Crane wears his as conspicuously as a beer helmet at a tea party — makes it easy to ignore that Abs has had some real loss in her life. Beharie slightly softens her tough character here, and it’s lovely… Are we actually sure Katrina spied for Washington? Because it seems like she can’t even eavesdrop on Henry and Abraham without getting caught. (Nice new dress, though!)… I adore the subtle way the show is exploring Abbie’s unease about Katrina and about how wrapped up Ichabod is in saving her. Even if you’re not with me that there might be a small bit of jealousy there, it’s a delicious little thread they’re weaving into each episode of this season so far. And that redhead line was phenomenal…

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  1. Angela says:

    The “Glee” line. I laughed. Loudly. Brilliant. Loved Henry’s sarcastic lines to Ichabod, too-the lawyer line, as noted, as well as him asking if he and Ichabod would go fishing together. And later on, Ichabod running off a list of all the things he’s had to deal with to that priest, that was fun, too.
    So agreed on Nicole in this episode. I felt for Abbie so much-I loved her debate she had with Jenny over their mom, I loved the way she talked Jenny down (and agreed on the misdirect in regards to who Jenny wanted to actually target! This show is really good at those unexpected moments)…and my favorite scenes had to be her end one with Ichabod in the bar and her comforting Jenny after all was said and done with the coin. I was “awwwww”-ing during that whole scene.
    I also really liked the point she made to Ichabod about Katrina’s loyalties to Henry (and ha, agreed on Katrina’s spying skills. I’m hoping she’s doing that on purpose to get their attention, ’cause otherwise…yeah). Katrina made a good point to Abraham as well, about why Henry brought her back to the place he did. I’m starting to wonder if Katrina really is sympathetic to Henry or if she’s playing that up to mess with him as well as Abraham. I’m kinda hoping it’s the latter-that could be a juicy turn of events.
    As for Hawley…meh. Ichabod’s more my type, personally. But the interaction between him and Ichabod was indeed fun :D. I just wonder if the mention of there still being 29 coins out there means this storyline will appear again later in the season now? And I’m very excited to learn more about Lori Mills-way to get me interested in a woman we haven’t even met yet, show!
    Good episode. Nice review as well.

    • I screamed “fun network synergy” at the Glee reference lol but it was definitely good and I got the same feeling about the 29 coins appearing later in the season.

      • Angela says:

        Haha, yeah, those moments referencing other shows on your network are always amusing to spot.
        Glad I’m not alone in wondering about the coins, too.

  2. This was a brilliant for both Mills sisters because if it was not for the chemistry Nicole Beharie built with Lyndie Greenwood, the monologue wouldn’t have been nearly as powerful.

    • Angela says:

      Agreed. Those two are so believable as sisters. Abbie/Jenny moments are some of the best moments on the show.

    • sharky says:

      I agree 100%, Beharie & Greenwood’s chemistry is amazing, but I realize that the chemistry among the main characters in general is pretty Damn good! It shows how much they trust and respect each other. Great episode! The 1st season gag reel is hilarious.

  3. Babybop says:

    Loved the redhead line too! As a proud and stubborn red head I took it as a compliment. Also, as someone who wants Abbie and Ichabod together, I also see some jealousy from her on the Katrina end… and assume that he will show some jealousy as well when sexy blonde guy eventually puts the moves on Abbie. I join you warming hands over the very slow burn…

    • It is a testament to the writing and Nicole Beharie’s talent that it is more complicated than just jealousy.

      • Babybop says:

        I agree – I wouldn’t trust Katrina fully either especially if I was in this crazy world where nobody can be trusted. But I still saw her face in the last episode when he said he intends to honor both bonds… there is a little bit of jealousy there… but I’m also a hopeless romantic who will read into the smallest of things like a facial expression so I probably can’t be trusted. Ha ha.

      • Angela says:

        Absolutely. Her facial expressions tonight in regards to Katrina had me raising an eyebrow, and then she’d give her reasons and I’d be like, “Oh, yeah, that’s a valid concern, too.” I also like that Ichabod called her out on her reaction right away, too. Most shows would have characters like this dancing around the issue and not confronting it for the longest time and all that jazz, but no, on this show, these guys get their stuff out in the open. I appreciate that.
        To Babybop-the redhead bit amused me, too. I have a friend who definitely fits the stereotype of the fiery redhead, so that made me smile.

  4. Robert says:

    I loved the episode, as always the cast bought their A game! I am in the minority but I truly hope they never make Crane and Abbie a romantic couple. Their chemistry is powerful and loving as platonic partners, not every partnership have to go the romantic route , I swear I will stop watching if they do.

    • RReg says:

      If they can make Castle and that idiot detective a couple in spite of a definite lack of chemistry; If they could make Bones and Seely a couple in spite of not much chemistry; if they could make any number of leads on shows couples – I see no reason why they should not make Crane and Abbie a couple. Why let chemistry go to waste… I don’t want them to be a couple right now – but this should be part of the end game.

    • Mikael says:

      I like Ichabod & Abbie as friends too. I’m sure they will eventually end up together, but at least the show isn’t shoving it in our faces yet. I absolutely love their chemistry, and it would be so refreshing to have a male/female friendship on tv that didn’t end up in romance. There is too much “shipping” these days. I’d love to see a sibling/best friends relationship sometime.

  5. Ron says:

    The ‘Glee’ line NEEDS to be one of the Quotes of the Week! That was absolutely hysterical.

  6. Sara says:

    Abbie is totally right though….when it comes down to it do we actually think a mother would turn on her child?

  7. alistaircrane says:

    See, this is the type of filler episode I was worried about when the network decided to order 18 episodes instead of 13. *sigh*

    • Moment says:

      When you go beyond 13 episodes filler will always occur, as evident in pretty much every tv show on the air.

      • starship says:

        You can have filler in a 13 episode season, too. It’s always up to the writers to figure out how to make every episode count. Anyway, filler episodes are sometimes the most fun. I personally liked this episode more than the rest of this season as it sort of felt like the good season 1 episodes again.

    • herman1959 says:

      This was not a filler episode because it (1) filled in the background of major characters (Abbie, Jenny, and the new sheriff), (2) explained the motivation of major characters (Henry and Katrina), and introduced a new character (Hawley). Therefore, this episode was particularly EXPOSITORY and definitely not a filler.

  8. Karen says:

    All this artifact hunting makes me wish we could have seen a crossover between Sleepy Hollow and Warehouse 13!

  9. i feel the dumbest part was asking Ichabod for ID in a bar. Are you so blind that you can’t see he’s over 21? quite annoying.
    other than that – another good episode

    • Angela says:

      Meh, we ask for ID at where I work, too, and not just because of age. We also do it to make sure people are who they say they are, to try and help halt identity theft. That could’ve been the case here, too.