'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: A Plague On All Your Houses
'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: A Plague On All Your Houses
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
This week on Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod and Abbie meet a new blast from the past. Another horseman lays in wait to join his fellow Hessian in the battle of good versus evil. An unknown illness threatens the residents of Sleepy Hollow and Ichabod. And Crane is once again reunited with his wife, only to discover she's got a seemingly endless supplies of secrets.

Child's Play

The opening scenes of Sleepy Hollow are never what they seem, so I shouldn't have been surprised that the young girl playing in the forest all by her lonesome is an illusion. I mean, who would let their child go wandering off deep into the woods without supervision in a town where the residents have started losing their heads over the course of a few weeks?

This girl isn't the inhabitant of one of Ichabod's flashbacks or Abbie's dreams. She turns out to be the hallucination of a young boy who she engages in a game of tag. This pleasant encounter is replaced by what is most likely a Hessian on a large horse who starts chasing the boy.

Bachelor Pad

After mastering enough modern technology to survive in a moderately priced motel room, Ichabod is finally getting his own digs: Corbin's cabin by the lake. Ichabod is also starting to question whether he should update his appearance. I was beginning to wonder when the guy might hit up an Old Navy. The logistics of keeping an outfit and pair of underpants sanitary for such an extended period of time was becoming unfathomable. 

Another Time Traveler

Abbie receives a call, and even though she believes it to be routine, Ichabod accompanies her to the scene. It turns out to be the little boy from the woods. He was seen stumbling in the street until he collapsed. Abbie comments on his clothes, saying he looks like he belongs at a Renaissance festival. The boy's veins in his arms are turning black, and he utters a word that Ichabod recognizes as Middle English. This means that nobody other that academics and people who lived in the Middle Ages speaks or understands it.

Abbie searches a database of missing children while the boy is temporarily given the moniker of John Doe. Ichabod tells Irving the boy said "Evil girl" in a dead version of their language. Irving asks Abbie if she has any leads he's going to like. She says there's nobody looking for him. A fellow detective has even tried the local Amish communities. Ichabod says his identity is as much of a mystery as his illness.

Irving says he's called the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Irving says when he described the condition of the boy's arms, they said they would send someone right away. Irving tells Crane to brush up on his Middle English so he can question John Doe.

The Green-Eyed Monster

Luke is not pleased with the sudden camaraderie between Abbie and Crane. He tells Irving there's been talk about Crane: the fact that he was a murder suspect and is now some kind of consultant. Irving doesn't bother to provide Luke with any intel regarding Ichabod. He just makes it clear that he knows Luke and Abbie had a "history" and asks Luke if that's going to be a problem. Luke answers no. Irving says that Ichabod's knowledge about the beheadings makes him an important adviser to him. He then advises Luke to stay focused on his work.

Ichabod questions the boy and finds out his name is Thomas. He tells Ichabod that he knows he wasn't supposed to leave home, but he followed the girl anyway. Abbie sees this as a possible case of child abuse; his parents, or another adult, used the ideas of monsters to keep him close. Ichabod is dubious of her theory, especially since the boy speaks Middle English. She argues it would be a good way to prevent him from asking for help. The boy says he is from Roanoke.

While the police set out to locate the boy's exact origins, Ichabod tells Abbie he suspects the Roanoke Thomas speaks of is not on a modern map but rather Roanoke Island, North Carolina. This was the first British colony in the New World. The colony was led by Governor John White. He returned to Europe for provisions for the colony, but when he returned, everyone was gone. It became known as "The Lost Colony."

The search to find Thomas' home intensifies when not only the boy's physical condition deteriorates, but the EMT who treated him and several nurses fall ill. Ichabod points out to Abbie that if Thomas is carrying a plague from 400 years ago, the effects could be apocalyptic. Not exactly a new concept on this show. On the plus side, Abbie and Ichabod are up four, while Moloch and the Hessians are batting zero.

A Lost World

Ichabod and Abbie head to the woods to retrace Thomas' steps and hopefully discover a lost colony of people just hanging out. They come to a body of water, in the middle of which sits a small island. They discover a hidden crossing designated by markings on the trees. It doesn't take long for them to find the colonists, who not only seem to be expecting Ichabod and Abbie, but are suffering from the same disease as Thomas.

Abbie notices that even though the residents have the same black veins as Thomas, none of them are behaving as if they are sick. Ichabod questions a man on why they left Roanoke Island. He tells Ichabod that the colony was cursed by the Horseman of Pestilence. The infection took the youngest first, the granddaughter of the governor. She soon appeared as an apparition and guided the survivors to their current location to protect them.

As long as they don't leave their island hideaway, their symptoms don't progress. When Thomas left, he brought the plague to the outside world. The man claims this is what the horseman wanted all along. The only way to save Thomas and prevent an outbreak of epic proportions is for Ichabod and Abbie to get Thomas back to the island.

There's one more problem facing Ichabod and Abbie: if Thomas dies and the plague spreads any further, the Horseman of Pestilence will have succeeded in his task and be able to join the Horseman of Death. There's no telling how rowdy those two could get once united. Ichabod says that no modern medicine can fight the illness. He believes the cure lies within the colony. Abbie points out that the CDC won't let anyone leave the hospital, and she questions how they're supposed to get Thomas to a place nobody believes exists.


Before they can save the world again, Ichabod becomes ill and is put in quarantine. Since Ichabod can't just be unconscious like a normal person, he is reunited with his wife in what she tells him is purgatory. It looks like Katrina kept a lot of secrets from her hubby. He questions what the fuzzy demon Moloch wants with her soul. Katrina lucks out because Ichabod wakes up before he can get an answer.

Abbie comes up with a theory that the spring water on the island could hold the cure. She turns to Irving for help. Usually a naysayer, he formulates a plan that gets both Thomas and Ichabod out of the hospital and into Abbie's hands.

With the horseman lurking, waiting for Thomas to die, Abbie leads Ichabod and the boy back to his village. Crane then submerges himself and the boy in a stone pit full of water and emerge cured, and the horseman turns to dust.

A Brush with Death

All of a sudden, Abbie and Ichabod are standing in the middle of the forest and the colony is gone. Ichabod realizes Thomas had been dead all along but returned to flesh and blood after he was lured into the present by the horseman or Moloch or some other dark warrior. Miraculously, all the townies immediately start to improve. Yet again, Abbie and Ichabod have thwarted a harbinger of evil from destroying humanity.

No rest for the wicked, I'm afraid. The headless horseman is about to make a comeback.

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