Sleepy Hollow Season 3 Episode 15 Recap

Sleepy Hollow Recap: The God Fraud

It takes a lot of chutzpah to mansplain to a god, but Ichabod Crane has never been one to shy away from a challenge. So when Sleepy Hollows oldest living Revolutionary widower gets trapped in the Archives with The Hidden One, Crane doesn’t let a teachable moment slip away.

The result? One of the season’s better episodes, an hour in which:

* Ichabod is allowed to be funny but not necessarily goofy (and there is a difference)
* We get some serious, interesting movement on The Hidden One and Pandora, as well as a hint of how their involvement in the season might shake out
* Joe’s otherworldly side is purged, seemingly for good
* Abbie buys donuts and kicks ass (and she’s all out of donuts)

Read on for the highlights of “Incommunicado.”

ALL HAIL THE WAIL | A suburban dad jam band rehearses, and it sounds so terrible, it literally summons a demon to make it stop. Well, technically, the ruckus attracts a banshee who sucks up all the sound and then vomits it back at the guys until their eardrums pop and their brains bleed out their ears. Potato, potahto.

At the archives, Abbie arrives with a bag from the local bakery, but even before she can show him what’s inside, Ichabod is peeved she didn’t get him what he wanted. It takes her all of a nanosecond to realize that he’d been spying on her with the tablet/symbol combo, and he quickly swears that that was the only time he’d watched her remotely. (Cue the “Ichabod inadvertently remotely views Abbie in the shower” fan fiction in 3… 2.. 1…) “This is a crime against pastries, nothing more,” he vows, grudgingly accepting a multigrain croissant as she trots off to check out the band attack details with Sophie at the FBI.

No sooner has Abs gone than The Hidden One appears in the Archives, and again I ask: Is there no protection spell or anything of the sort — heck, even a salt circle couldn’t have hurt — the Witnesses might’ve employed to hinder otherworldly creatures sauntering onto their turf? The god slams Ichabod about a bit, then threatens to kill both him and Abbie. But just as The Hidden One hurls a ball of energy at Crane, the symbol he slipped into his pocket leaps out to intercept it, creating a mystical barrier that seals both men in the room… and everyone else out.

Sleepy Hollow Season 3 Episode 15 RecapBREAKING THROUGH | Abs comes back to find herself locked out — and Pandora strolling the tunnels like she’s walking a geriatric Corgi. She informs Agent Mills that the emblem of Thura (aka that symbol she’s been worshipping since she returned from the catacombs) was made to contain the power of a god; in fact, it’s the thing that kept The Hidden One away from humanity for such a long time. (Pay attention, because that little fact is going to be important later.)

The good news: Pandora thinks she can use the fragments of her box to get through the spell. The possibly good news: She needs to channel the energy of a living supernatural creature to do so… and there just happens to be a banshee wailing its way all over town.

GETTING AN EARFUL | Jenny, Joe and Sophie arm themselves with the ambulance’s siren (to draw the banshee out) and some really ineffective drug-store earplugs: Is it any wonder they’re not real successful in bringing her/him/it home alive? Though they manage to trap it at one point, the creature nearly scrambles Jenny’s cerebellum with its unholy yodel, and Joe is forced to crossbow it through the chest to save his lady. Who’s gonna tell Abbie? “Not it!” Sophie cries. (Ha!)

So they need another monster… and Joe volunteers to have the evil sucked outta him in order to help the cause. Jenny tearfully objects; after all, as Pandora informs them in the most hilariously blasé way possible, the process might kill him. Or maybe not. Who even knows these days? So Joe kisses his girlfriend, tells her he loves her, strips off his shirt (not mad about it) and steps into the circle to begin the ceremony.

Joe beasts out rather quickly, and it seems like all is lost when he advances on the women as though he’s going to hurt them. But Jenny assures Pandora and Abs that she can get through to Joe, and after she tells him she loves him for the first time, it seems like she’s right: He turns around and heads back to his Pandora-determined spot like a good little monster. (Side note: Has Joe always had that booty when he’s in beast mode? Damn. I hate to see him wendi-go, but I love to watch him leave, if you know what I mean.)

KILLING TIME BEFORE IT’S KILLING TIME | Meanwhile, Ichabod searches his books for a solution while The Hidden One mocks him. “I take it you’re not a reader,” Crane quips. “Omnipotent,” the god replies. So Ichabod puts on some jazz and generally takes on the air of that annoying guy in your freshman dorm who was all, “You’ve never heard Miles Davis?! John Coltrane?! Dizzy Gillespie?! I’m going to go make you a mixtape RIGHT NOW.” He waxes poetic about various works of music, art and literature while The Hidden One looks bored. “What you call ‘pablum’ is in fact inspiration, and it is forged in the enduring soul of humanity. You may know everything, but you understand nothing,” Crane lectures, which is awesome and all, but don’t you have a supernatural construct to disassemble?

The Hidden One makes a big show of absorbing all the information in every book in the room, then announces that none of them will help the pair escape. Oh, and while he’s pontificating, he drops some rather important knowledge on Ichabod: Witnesshood is handed down through family bloodline. As Ich will note later: Mind blown.

Crane makes one last-ditch effort to contact Abbie by assembling the tablet-symbol combo in such a way that it becomes a projector, giving everyone in the room a window into the other Witness’ existence. And that’s how The Hidden One hears Pandora — who has asked Abbie to give her any outstanding pieces of her box in order to focus the spell — confess that she was both the one who got her hubby banished back in the day and the one who knew Abbie had the emblem that was so important to him but said nothing.

But then the walls start shaking and the end seems imminent, so Ich pours himself a drink and settles in for him, The Hidden One and the apocalypse.

ALMOST ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL | Thanks to her slightly more complete box, Pandora is able to get rid of the barrier and save both men. Joe is also fine, though I can’t be sure that his pants survive the transition back to humanity; sadly, the camera doesn’t show us one way or the other. And when Abbie runs to the archives to check on Crane, the Witnesses share a relieved hug AND IT’S A VERY GOOD ONE. He shares the bloodline intel with Abbie, they realize the tablet has been destroyed and they wrap the episode with donuts and a fist bump. And here I thought today would bear no fruit…

At Jenny’s trailer, Joe’s sore but pretty sure that the wendigo is wendigone. And he remembers Jenny telling him she loved him and that he can have a key to her trailer. They are cute as they tussle on the bed. Less cute? The Hidden One and his wife, particularly as he lets on that he knows she lied to him. “We have much to discuss, Pandora,” he says, and anyone who’s ever been in a relationship knows that no good conversation begins with that line.

On a closing note: Props to Shernold Edwards and Heather Regnier, who wrote this week’s episode. The Crane-Mills relationship feels more on point than it has all season, making me very excited to see what the final few episodes will bring.

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

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22 Comments
  1. suzi says:

    Good recap. I am looking forward to the next episodes too, as the show has really found it’s way. I was also quite happy to see that next week the Horseman will rear his…you know…again.

  2. Pat says:

    I really enjoyed it. I thought the Hidden One showed just a slight smidge of humanity when he was watching Ichabob reading books and when he told Ichabob about knowing his childhood and how he use to sneak off to read books. Also, when he told him about before he was born his destiny to be a witness was already in play because it was passed down from the bloodlines of generations of witnesses. Now, I just hope Joe is totally rid of that Wendego and I am so glad that Jenny said I Love You to him, even though at the time he was morphed into the Wendego but yet he heard it loud and clear. Two more episodes are left and I sure hope they renew this show.

    • worldtraveler9 says:

      Crane’s first name is IchaboD not Ichabob. There are three episodes left in total including the season finale.

  3. piebokou says:

    Nice recap, really makes me want to go watch it now. Well Pandora and her hubby are already the epitome of what a disastrous relationship look likes so who cares what they both do.

  4. Regina says:

    I loved this episode and totally agree with this recap! All the Witness lineage backstory was what fans needed! We have not had any of this info and it was glorious! We now have a name for the symbol!

    Tom Mison & Peter Mensah were fabulous tonight! Such goodness we must see again!

  5. Candy K says:

    Mmmmmm.I luv the Jenny,Joe combo!!!!!!!…..
    Luv watchin them together…….and its always a treat to see Abs and Crane wrk together…….cant wait for the “hopefully inevitable hook up” between them……. :)

  6. Luv luv luv your revap. So should we assume that the Hidden One and Pandora are not the real big bad we should be looking at? I hope so, because these two are like watching a bad episode of Real Housewives.

    • Luv luv luv your recap. So should we assume that the Hidden One and Pandora are not the real big bad we should be looking at? I hope so, because these two are like watching a bad episode of Real Housewives.

  7. BillyBobJohnson says:

    Agreed that this was one of the better episodes of this season (too little too late to save the show?). However, it still lacked any significant Crabbie time. They need to be together for more than just 10 minutes per episode.

  8. Angela says:

    I quite liked this episode, too. I liked Crane rattling off all these great artists and writers and musicians throughout history (and the fact that he listed Prince, Bob Dylan, and Charles Schultz among some of the greats really made me smile. Also, now I want to hang out and listen to music with him and Abbie, ’cause I bet they’d have a great collection). And I REALLY liked the information about Crane’s childhood, and the whole thing about family bloodlines being integral to the Witness thing. That was quite interesting.
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    And despite the fact that Pandora’s working against them, I kinda liked the interaction between her and Abbie and Jenny this episode. In another world, they could’ve made for an interesting team. And on the note of Pandora, definitely intrigued to see how this whole thing with her and the Hidden One will play out as the season wraps up.
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    Also, the banshee was creepy. I literally cringed every time it shrieked and everyone was covering their ears. Good monster focus this week.

  9. APFW says:

    I loved your recap especially your assessment of Joe’s assets. This speisode was a return to form for Sleppy Hollow. The writing made the story more engaging then it has been. I hate when the witneses are apart the show’s magic is when they are together solving mysteries. There is almost a tangible force (que The Force) when they unite.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Loved last nights episode. I look forward to Friday nights. Really praying for a Season 4.

  11. C.G.Henry says:

    I liked this episode for the revelation of the bloodline relationship of the witnesses, Pandora’s confession and the true connection felt between the characters Abbie and Ichabod. They are already great friends, who are truly loyal and love each other in a greater way, as expressed by both characters in this and other episodes.

    I do not feel any “Luv” or chemistry between Jenny and Joe. They are more like brother-sister-friends, than lovers. Yes, they care about and are loyal to each other because they grew up together in some way and shared the same father figure, as per Abbie’s statement to Pandora about, “Joe being like a brother to her”.

    I would like the series to have a 4th season. Maybe adding a new writer or two, who can work with the current writers to bring back the energy of the 1st season, with a dab of some of the episodes I enjoyed in season 2 and few so far in season 3, including this recent episode.

  12. Jen says:

    Great episode and recap! I’m praying it’s not too late for this show. I would love a season 4.(begging, praying, anything to bring it back)
    The only downside was the preview. Abbie and Ichabod letting Daniel in on the real Sleepy Hollow. There will be no getting rid of him now. Ugh.

  13. Alichat says:

    The ‘mind blown’ scene was absolutely adorable!

  14. Chris Wolfe says:

    Great recap (shadow fanfic, LOL I thought the same!)
    I loved this episode, easily one of the strongest of the season! Tense, hilarious, and heartwarming. Plus Abbie and Ichabod buying and eating pastries in a clear nod to the early season 1 days!

  15. Sara says:

    Solid episode. So how long before Pandora gets tired of her whiny other half and decides she wants to fly solo?

  16. Amelia says:

    I absolutely adore this show. It’s the fans who bring out the positive outlook that save the show. I think that if we can keep showing our love and support for this show and continue to mention that it is getting better, S4 might have a chance. Fox is not doing a great job in promoting this show, almost like they want this show to end. It can’t end, it is redeeming itself. We need recaps like this to draw people back in. It’s possible to save this show. Please, make it so. My heart would be crushed.

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