Sleepy Hollow Recap: Lonely Island
A mysterious young boy turns up in Sleepy Hollow this week, and before you know it, lots of people are sick. (Kids = germ factories, am I right?) But when Ichabod falls ill, too, it takes no less than Abbie, Katrina-in-limbo and a very old ghost settlement to put things right again. Before the creeping black veins of badness are too far gone, let’s review what happened in “John Doe.”
BOY WONDER | This week’s main plot follows Thomas, a young boy dressed in old garb who runs into Sleepy Hollow and passes out. Ichabod tags along when Abbie is called to the scene, and that’s where he realizes that the boy speaks Middle English. As in Middle Ages. As in, maybe Crane’s not the only time-transplant in town. (Of course Ichabod studied the tongue at Oxford and can therefore converse with the kid; I’m waiting for the week when a language comes up in the investigation and he’s like, “I got nothing.”)
Aside from being very freaked out, Thomas is also suffering from some kind of ailment that’s turning his veins black. Soon, many of the people who’ve come into contact with him are sick, too, leading to an Outbreak-type situation at the local hospital.
WALK ON THE WATER | Abbie and Ichabod, working off the fact that Thomas said he was from Roanoke, make a spectacular leap that he’s not from the town in Virginia – he’s from Roanoke Island, N.C., otherwise known as a community whose entire population vanished off the face of the Earth between 1587 and 1590. As the duo find out when they go looking in the forest, that community – untouched by the march of time — is now located on a small island off a wooded trail in Sleepy Hollow. (Both of them literally walk on water to get there, a slight tie to the faith theme raised later in the episode.) The horseman of pestilence (one of headless’ buds) tried to decimate the population, leaving everyone there veiny, too, but not sick… because the ghost of a little girl lead them to the island for protection. (I realize that last sentence reads as though it were strung together by a teenager who’s a little too excited about Magic: The Gathering, and I apologize.)
Anyway, Abchabod realize they have to bring Thomas back to the island to stem the spread of the disease and to thwart pestilence’s reunion with his headless bro in Sleepy Hollow. But Ichabod succumbs to the sickness and is put in isolation, where he dreams that he encounters Katrina in a purgatory ruled by Moloch. They kiss, but he’s distracted by wondering what Moloch wants with the redhead’s soul. Before she can tell him, he’s yanked back to reality, where Abbie and Capt. Irving conspire to get Thomas and Crane back to Roanoke.
A DUNK’LL DO YA | The trio almost doesn’t make it; Abbie has to give Ichabod an adrenaline injection just to help him keep walking (“I like it!” he replies. Ha.) and, in a line sure to make all of the fanvids, she tells him, “I cannot make it without you.” Aw. All three of them arrive at Roanoke just in time for Ichabod to submerge himself and Thomas in the central well, curing themselves of the plague and vanquishing the swiftly advancing horseman of pestilence. Everyone else who’s in town is similarly cured.