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Sleepy Hollow Recap: Is There a Mrs. Kindred?

An ancillary member of Team WTF is back in this week’s Sleepy Hollow, and while his return is clunky, everything that surrounds it is very promising, indeed.

In other words, think of the hour in terms of Adele’s troubled performance on Monday’s Grammys, where The Kindred is a discordant microphone bloop on the piano strings… but the rest of the episode is buttery goodness that warms you from the inside and leaves you wanting more.

Because if Ben Franklin’s Frankenstein becoming sentient — and really getting into collages (?!) — is what it takes for Abbie and Ichabod to grow closer (interpret that in whatever way makes you happiest), then I’m on board.

Read on for what happens in “Kindred Spirits.”

HELLO AGAIN | The hour opens with that twisty-flip camera shot we saw a few times in Season 1, and when the scene rights itself, we’re on lovers lane with a couple in a car. The guy gets handsy, then aggressive, and just as we’re about to veer into SVU territory, something huge and powerful breaks the glass and drags him out of the driver’s side window.

Just as the woman is about to thank her rescuer, he grabs her, too, and hacks her into many pieces. If you missed Season 2, here’s a quick catch-up: The attacker is The Kindred, the mystical creature made up of various stitched-together body parts — plus the Headless Horseman’s head — that Abbie and Ichabod raised to fight their nemesis; after the battle, The Kindred ran off and hasn’t been seen since. Apparently, he has not been eating shwarma all by his lonesome… but we’ll get to that in a sec.

ABBIE IN DENIAL | Over at Casa Witness, Ichabod wakes in the middle of the night to find Abbie sitting in front of their chessboard. She can’t sleep, but when he tries to get her to talk about her time in the catacombs, she kindly but firmly deflects, saying that all she had to deal with there was “painstaking boredom.” She thanks Ich again for being her “Wilson,” though I’m fairly certain the Cast Away reference is lost on him, and notes that he neglected all of her now-dead houseplants during her absence. Then she decides she’s going for a run.

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While out on the trail, Abbie (and her gorgeous natural hair — please, Sleepy Hollow, let’s see this look on Nicole Beharie more often. It suits her) pauses for a breather and is overcome by memories of her time away. Not as OK as you seem, eh Mills? But then Daniel calls: Even though she’s on leave from the FBI, he’d like her to consult on the third double murder in a week.

Once she hears the killer’s M.O., Abs immediately knows their galumphing pal is back in action. So she bails on Daniel, saying she’s not ready to work again yet — and learning he never handed in her resignation —then calls Ichabod to fill him in.

The call, though mission-related, is sweet: If you rewatch the episode, pay special attention to her face when he refers to their home as their “mid-Atlantic abode.” This scene, the checkers bit later — all of the Crane-Abbie interaction in this episode is aces… which maybe kinda sorta helps make up for the Kindred silliness. Speaking of which, let’s get that out of the way now.

KINDRED GOES COURTING | Long, Kindred story short: The creature Ichabod and Abbie roused last season is slowly growing human, and the reason he’s attacking couples is because he’s jealous of romantic connection/looking for a bride. How do the Witnesses realize this? Because they find a picture of a woman he crafted out of ripped pages from magazines.

Yep, The Kindred has a vision board.

Who knows what other kinds of goal visualizations they might’ve found in his lair? I picture him tearing apart old issues of Good Housekeeping and Men’s Fitness, deciding that yes, he IS going to include that photo of a muscle-y dude, because even monsters need a little #fitspiration. But where did he get a glue stick? And how did Team WTF miss the fact that a hulking abomination of nature was catching Zzzs in the very tunnels they traverse all the time? So many questions!

Anyway, Ichabod realizes that Franklin figured The Kindred’s creeping humanity would rear its head someday, so the founding father sewed together a patchwork “Kindress” to soothe him . Problem is, before the Witnesses can introduce the beast to his wife, he grabs Zoe — who’s in the process of an awkward breakup (if you can even call it that) with Crane — and runs off with her.

HAPPILY EVER NASTY | With the help of Sophie (and Franklin’s glass harmonium, which Jenny and Joe conveniently lift from a New Jersey opera house), Ichabod and Abbie bring The Kindress to life, save Zoe, then watch as the two undead beings suck face and then walk off into the night. “Well, that was odd,” Ichabod says, and not even a stellar Tom Mison line reading like that can save this part of the story. My biggest beef: Crane and Mills’ handwringing over how they inadvertently brought a sentient life force into the world… and then they do the exact same thing again, just in a skirt this time.

Anyway, by the time The Hidden One — who’d hoped to recruit The Kindred as his lieutenant and is irked that the beast is choosing his lady, instead — blows them both to bits, I’m ready for some more Witness bonding, pronto. But first, Daniel welcomes Abbie back to the FBI (after mentioning for the first time that he fell in love with her at Quantico), and Ichabod and Zoe have an amicable parting… with one key idea highlighted.

After Ichabod apologizes to the woman he neglected nearly as much as he did Abbie’s plants, he explains that maybe he’s just not ready for a relationship. She kindly says that he probably is ready for commitment, just not with her. (And here’s the part where those of you who railed so hard against Zoe might want to take a moment and think about the purpose she actually served in the narrative.) He bows, she bids him farewell, and that’s that.

BLOODY HELL | The hour ends with its best moment: Ichabod and Abbie, drinking beer and playing chess at home. She notes the cacti he has placed all around the apartment and asks if they’re a permanent addition. He says yes, because “we’re a succulent family now.” (Side note: That small “squee” you heard immediately following that line was likely bubbles escaping from the beer bottles and in no way emanated from me.)

When Abs accidentally slices her finger as she opens another bottle, and Ich runs to fetch her a bandage “from the apothacreeeeeeeeeee drawer,” she absentmindedly traces patterns on the table… in her blood… which she then realizes is a symbol she saw in the catacombs. She wipes it away before her partner returns, but there’s no way this is going away that easy.

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. APFW says:

    Yes, the story line made less sense than usual but this episode sold me in bringing the relationship between the witnesses in the forefront.

  2. Steven says:

    Good episode, but I found it hysterical and oddly appropriate that the Kindress’ weapon of choice was the old ball and chain….

    • Wordsmith says:

      That was maybe a bit on the nose, but most of the ‘cleverness’ on this show seems to fall into this same category of eye-roll-inducing corniness.

  3. Nichole says:

    The Bride of Franklinstein

  4. Angela says:

    Yeah, the case was kinda goofy this week, but eh, this show’s cases have often had some silly elements to them, so…*Shrugs*. I still did chuckle at Ichabod’s “Well. That was odd.” line all the same (also laughed at Abbie’s “You were abroad for a year and I was bored.” response to Ichabod being all surprised at her reading Franklin’s stuff).
    I like the way they handled Zoe in this episode. She and Ichabod ended things amicably and that was that. Simple and neat and easy. And I definitely agree that her parting words to Ichabod about him being ready for a relationship, but not with her, were quite telling in what they might be hinting at :).
    On that note, I’m loving the way Ichabod’s keeping an eye on Abbie and trying to help her deal with the aftermath of her time in that weird place. And I hope we get to see more examples of Abbie trying to deal with it, too, and any struggles or triumphs she may have in her recovery. There’s lots of good story potential there with all of that, so I’m all for the show exploring more of it if they so wish.
    And I’m very curious about what the heck that weird symbol Abbie saw at the end is hinting at. I think the only appropriate reaction is, “Uh-oh.”

    • suzi says:

      I agree. The show embraces it’s quirkiness, never taking itself too seriously, which is one of the reasons i love it. I also love the relationship between Abby and Ichabod, and I’m happy to see how that is progressing.

    • A. Clark says:

      It’s the same as the Enkeli rune from the mortal instruments book/movie/TV series. Stands for angelic power in that realm.

  5. Mary says:

    I loved this episode despite a 102 fever! The writing was great with all the double entendres and filling out questions we had hanging. I believe Abbie’s wall is beginning to crack and we’ll find out more as the season progresses. Your summation was terrific too!

  6. Melissa says:

    I loved this episode. I disagree about The Kindred being silly…well silly in the creepy, campy way that made Sleepy Hollow must-watch television in season one. The cold open was great and actually frightening, the atmosphere was perfect and, most importantly, Abbie and Ichabod were back where they should be. Abbie’s going through some serious PTSD, but as far as their banter and time together, it was close to perfect. Even if you don’t ship them (shame on you if you don’t), I’m sure everyone agrees this crazy show is at its best when they are front and center TOGETHER. Sure, it’s fun and often necessary to bring in other people, but they can do so without jeopardizing the lead relationship. It should be refreshing when they OCCASIONALLY work apart because they’re always together, not the other way around. I finally felt for really the first time this season that the two were fully back in action together. This was a fantastic episode and I hope it isn’t too little too late for Sleepy Hollow. We’ve had some good episodes this season but this is probably the closest I’ve felt to season one magic in some time. If they bring Headless back (THE REAL HEADLESS, NOT THE WHINING LOVESICK GUY), it’ll be even better.

    • Nancy says:

      Melissa summed up my feelings perfectly. The focus should always be on the 2 leads because that’s when th e show is at it’s best. Hope there is a season 4.

  7. Regina says:

    This was a fabulous episode! The interactions between Abbie and Ichabod were wonderful! The shout out to those of us who felt #AbbieMillsDeservesBetter was affirming and Abbie, you in danger girl! The tracing of the symbol was disturbing. Poor Kindred….Great episode overall.

  8. scyren says:

    Glad Zoe is gone. She just annoys. I’m really over the Hidden One. I could watch Abbie and Ichabod all day long. P.S. That is not all her hair.

    • Winkle43 says:

      I don’t see what that’s got to do with the actress’s ability to do her role or the quality of the show. One of the writer tweeted during 3.10 that the cast no longer have to wear wigs. Besides, wearing hairpieces or hair attachments are part and parcel of the entertainment industry. Why not comment on Betsy wearing obvious hair extensions in an earlier episode, yet you singled out Abbie?

  9. MP says:

    The fact that the Kindred had a more honest and pure relationship than all of Crane’s previous romantic relationships is most telling.

  10. Annie says:

    The episode made about as much sense as they ever do, I still ‘ship Crane + Abbie 4eva, but what I really wanna point out: The casting director for this show deserves ALL the prizes for finding Zach Appelman to play Clancy Brown’s son. Those two look JUST like father and son.

  11. csg says:

    Time to lower our expectations this season because the scripts are stuck on mediocre. Kindred was back but he added nothing to the overall tale except Crane’s first meeting Betsy Ross. Zoe’s leaving was a good idea. Widower Crane seems like a caricature of his former self. Prickly Abbie had a relationship with Daniel, but he never before told her that he loved her? Really? Luke, Andy, and Daniel ought to have a chat. Meanwhile the B team of Jenny, Joe, & Sophie keeps the action moving while the Ichabbie crowd pines for their fantasy to be fulfilled. Ho-hum.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      Was that Crane’s first meeting with Ross? I am totally confused about that timeline.

    • Winkle43 says:

      Salty, much? Last week, he was true to character, and this week he’s a ‘caricature’. I wonder why? Could it be that the show is finally showing clear signs that the relationship between Abbie and Ichabod will become romantic?

      Considering the B-team served as back-up on this episode, it’s quite a stretch to say that they progressed the plot. And as good as the secondary characters may be, most fans watch for the Witnesses. It’s why diehard fans are still around despite S2.

  12. PatriciaLee says:

    About the hang wringing part, perhaps they anticipated the two wouldn’t be around long enough to bother humanity, as how it turned out. I guess they were not bothered by the ethics the first time around, either, but by the mess to clean up. Fun article.

  13. Jen says:

    Was it a symbol Abbie saw in the catacombs or one that she actually drew there? Also, not too thrilled about Reynolds saying he loved her. What will that lead to? Still don’t trust him after the call stating Abbie was an asset.

    • A. Clark says:

      Yes it was. It’s also the same as the Enkeli rune from the mortal instruments book/movie/TV series. Stands for angelic power in that realm.

  14. TREXARTIST says:

    When the show first started, I did not want crane and abs to get together because there already was a love for the ages with crane and his wife. But now that that is defunct and the show will likely be cancelled soon, I say bring it on and lets see the show out with a nice happily ever after with the two of them.

  15. TaMara says:

    Your Sleepy Hollow recaps are my favorites.

  16. A. Clark says:

    Anyone else realize that the symbol Mills drew at the end is the Enkeli rune from the mortal instrument book series? Stands for angelic power. Curious.

  17. dr says:

    What is up with the monster of the week, writers, listen it is about Abbie, the apocalypse, and Ichabod. The monsters make the show childish. Somewhat dissapointed mainly bcause that love scene beteen the Mr. and Mrs.Kindred was totally not cool.

  18. dr says:

    What is up with the monster of the week, writers, listen it is about Abbie, the apocalypse, and Ichabod. The monsters make the show childish. Somewhat dissapointed mainly bcause that love scene beteen the Mr. and Mrs.Kindred was totally not cool. Okay the episode was in pu.rgatory

  19. Ressa says:

    The rune that Abbie is seeing-drawing is not the same as the enkeli rune – it is upside down with the “feet” on the bottom not the top. And the ends are square not pointed. In the episode the rune was above the door of the TEMPLE when Abbie walked to the door that looked out to the void land. She was in a chamber in this temple and I’ll bet some “god or goddess” will manifest through her that will rival the hidden one and Pandora.

  20. Richard says:

    The kindress and kindred- taking necrophilia to a whole new level.