Sleepy Hollow Recap: Season 1, Episode 5 -- John Doe
Scenes from 'Sleepy Hollow's' 'John Doe' episode -- FOX
Ichabod Crane and Lt. Abbie Mills faced off with another Horseman of the Apocalypse, a plague and Middle English in the latest episode of Fox's "Sleepy Hollow."
Here's the blow-by-blow account of what happened:
The Forest: A girl is collecting leaves as a young boy about her age -- in clothing from the 1500s -- watches. She invites him to chase her. He does and as she disappears in the forest he becomes the one pursued -- by a Horseman! As the boy reaches the road an RV drives by and the Horseman vanishes.
Ichabod's New Cabin, Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod Crane is a motel resident no more. Just as he starts to get comfortable in his new abode (with bullet holes on the wall they plan to "spackle" over) and begins to unpack the grocery bags he and Lt. Abbie Mills walked in with, a voice comes over her radio. Someone has been found unconscious, but breathing, at Market and 5th. She volunteers to check it out. Ichabod volunteers to tag along.
Market & 5th Street, Sleepy Hollow: Abbie's ex-boyfriend, Morales, explains a boy was spotted stumbling down the street before he passed out. Now on a gurney, Ichabod takes a look at the youngster. The boy's veins are blackening. He wakes up just long enough for Ichabod to realize the child (in 1500s period garb as he is the boy from the opening sequence) is speaking Middle English.
Sheriff's Station, Sleepy Hollow: Back at the station, Abbie, Ichabod and Capt. Frank Irving discuss the youngster they are calling a John Doe. There are no leads on the child's identity, but the Capt. has called in the CDC. He advises Ichabod to brush up on his Chaucer to question the kid.
Morales speaks to the Captain, expressing his concerns about Crane. Capt. Irving wisely brings up Morales' romantic past with Abbie. "Is that gonna cause a problem, Morales?" he asks. "No, sir," Morales replies.
Medical Facility, Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod interviews the youngster. His name is Thomas and he's from Roanoke -- as in the lost colony of Roanoke that disappeared without a trace in the late 1500s. Ichabod and Abbie set out to investigate. Capt. Irving tells them Thomas' disease is spreading to others and an EMT has just been infected. Ichabod suspects it might be a plague!
Witches Spring Trail, Sleepy Hollow: As it turns out, he can not only translate Middle English, but Ichabod can track Thomas' trail too. He learned those skills fox hunting. "My father was a nobleman," Ichabod tells Abbie. "I had a rather regal upbringing. It's one thing I'm pleased to have left behind."
The trail ends at a lake in the forest. Ichabod finds a special pathway for them to walk across the lake. Reaching the other side, IchAbbie (Ichabod plus Abbie) realize they are now in the lost colony of Roanoke! All the colonists are infected, but don't appear sick.
The colonists were cursed by the Horseman of Pestilence, but were led to this location after the death of Virginia Dare (the very first child born in North America), by Virginia's ghost, a colonist tells the pair. The place protects them from the virus' lethal properties. So, when Thomas left the area (in the opening sequence), he must have taken the plague with him. "We must prevent this will all costs," Ichabod says when he learns the Horseman of Pestilence will come to Sleepy Hollow and beyond if the plague spreads.