Crane: “I’m still reconciling today’s language and its advancements. For example, in my era, a ‘toilet’ was a ‘vanity cabinet,’ ‘intercourse’ meant simply ‘social conversation,’ ‘awful’ meant ‘awe-inspiring…’
Abbie: “So if I went out with a guy and we had ‘awful intercourse,’ we’d be going on a second date?”
Crane: Disconcerting, yet accurate.
When Sleepy Hollow returns next year, I hope that the show is settled into its rhythm after the frenzied first few episodes this season and gives proper time to story developments. This episode, while good at being self-contained, simultaneously introduces and dispatches of key characters in a single hour.
Crane enlists the help of Henry, the ‘sin eater’ to get in contact with his wife after learning of his son the previous episode. Henry warns him that this is dangerous and has never been done before, but then reluctantly agrees to help. This argument takes the whole of two minutes, and then Henry dramatically warns Abbie not to interrupt him, then strangles Crane, who finds himself in a church with Katrina. She shows him the Coraline-inspired creepy doll she made to keep their son Jeremy safe, and tells him she had to give him away since her coven was trying to punish her for the spell she cast to keep Ichabod safe. They are interrupted by a monster, but Crane is able to get away in time. So you wake up 250 years in the future after dying, find out the thing that killed you is Death itself – reborn with you to bring about the Apocalypse, know that your wife risked her life to protect you and got banished to Purgatory for hundreds of years, and 10 weeks later now you want to actively seek her out because you find out you had a a son? The Ichabod/Katrina relationship I hope also gets more development, because when all their interactions are stressful, despair-filled short conversations, it’s hard to see the love.
Henry gets coerced to continue helping the duo, and they head to the historical society with the shadiest librarian ever to find out what happened to Crane’s son. Turns out he inherited his mom’s magical abilities, and was shunned. After he burned down the house he was raised in, he got sent to an orphanage where he was badly treated, and then his rage and blood spilled brought his mother’s doll to life, which turned into a Golem that would kill anyone that came near him. The first casualty is said librarian, who turns out to be a witch from Katrina’s coven, who gets crushed in her car.
Crane and Abbie go through her belongings and find ticket stubs to traveling carnivals, and Crane finds a poster for the “four who speak as one” at a carnival, which conveniently is right outside town at the moment. These women are the same ones who banished Katrina, so Crane asks to confront the women alone. They turn out to be vampire-inspired, blue-eyed, teeth-filed pale women with high-pitched snake voices (kind of disappointing how non-threatening they are). They tell him his arrival means their death, and willingly accept it. They tried to “help” Jeremy, but the only way to stop the Golem was to cast a curse to stop Jeremy’s heart, and then send the Golem to Purgatory. Sending his wife to Purgatory and killing his son? Goodbye, ladies. Before they are dispatched, they tell Ichabod that the only way to kill the Golem is with Jeremy’s blood.
Crane seems at a loss until Henry points out the very obvious fact that Crane’s blood is Jeremy’s blood, and in a somewhat touching moment, Crane apologizes for not being there for Jeremy and causing the creation of the Golem, before he stabs it. If that is the full extent of Crane’s son in the story, it is a rather weak one. Maybe stopping his heart means it can start up again? I’m still confused if he is dead why they would wrap his story so quickly. Back at the precinct Abbie tries to cheer Crane up with a Christmas gift, but then he gets pulled into a conversation with Moloch, who tells him that Crane will deliver Abbie’s soul to him.
Bonus Christmas quote:
Crane: “You… you embroidered my name on some over-sized hosiery. How odd.”
Abbie: “It is a Christmas tradition.”
At least Irving is having a good Christmas, right? Nope. He’s trying to have a peaceful afternoon with his neglected daughter, but instead his priest tells him that according to the Bible, the two “witnesses” – Abbie and Crane – will be martyrs, and anyone following them will suffer the safe fate. And then at the park while trying to buy some hot chocolate for his daughter, the vender gets possessed and asks him if his daughter’s soul will be strong enough.