On this episode of Sleepy Hollow, “Kindred Spirits,” a monster from Crane and Abbie’s past comes back to haunt them, Abbie is reluctant to return to work and Crane must deal with a heartbroken Zoe.
Young lovers go parking, but the scenario quickly takes on a date rape quality as the “gentlemen” fails to respect the young lady’s boundaries. Before he can do any real harm though, he’s pulled from the car and killed, rather viciously.
A Not So Charming Prince
The woman emerges, anxious to thank her rescuer. It’s dark, and his back is to her, but when he turns around, he’s a monster. One we’ve seen before in season 2, called the Kindred. The woman is horrified, and it turns out the Kindred isn’t quite as chivalrous as we thought, because he proceeds to slaughter her as well.
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Abbie Struggles to Adjust
Abbie’s having a little trouble acclimating to life in the real world again. She grew used to not eating or drinking or sleeping for almost a year and is suffering from some post-Catacombs stress disorder. Crane tries to get her to open up about her experiences in the alternate dimension, but Abbie insists her biggest enemy was boredom. Crane suggests an outing, but Abbie is more interested in solitude and chooses to go running along a trail that she and Jenny hiked as kids.
On her jog, Abbie has some flashbacks of herself coming a bit mentally unhinged during her time of solitude. So she’s still got some issues to work through.
For such a remote little town, Sleepy Hollow gets stellar cell reception, because Abbie gets a call from Reynolds. Abbie handed in notice, but he still needs her help.
Abbie meets him at the crime scene, but the couple we saw slaughtered turns out not to be the first victims of the Kindred. Reynolds informs Abbie there have been three double homicides in one week, all the victims killed and dismembered.
A Monster Returns
There’s one set of boot prints but there’s evidence that shows he’s using two different weapons. There are lacerations and puncture wounds. Abbie puts the pieces together pretty quickly realizing this is the monster she and Crane unleashed on the world. She tells Reynolds that she’s not quite ready to come back to work after all and suggests he put Agent Foster on the case. Reynolds knows Foster is good but thinks Abbie’s better. Abbie reminds him that she no longer works for him, but Reynolds announces he never turned in her letter of resignation.
Reynolds attempt to engage Abbie doesn’t work. Abbie tells him she still needs more time before she can even entertain the idea of coming back to work. Foster catches up with Abbie as she’s leaving the scene, and Foster tells Abbie that she knows this isn’t the work of a run-of-the mill serial killer. Abbie makes a plan to meet Foster at the Archives in an hour.
Crane and Abbie fill Agent Foster in on how the Kindred came to be. In short, he and Abbie raised the creature to help them fight the Headless Horseman and get Katrina back. The Kindred proved to be somewhat of an ally but disappeared, and this is the first they’ve heard of him since. They know the Kindred must be back because of Pandora and the Hidden One.
Foster feels helpless, because there’s nothing she can do to stop the Kindred, and he will just go on and on killing. Crane and Abbie encourage Foster to use her resources at the Bureau; they have to attack this from every angle. Abbie asks Foster to look for spots the Kindred might hit next, romantic spots with low foot traffic.
Abbie and Crane do a little more research regarding Ben Franklin’s experiments with the undead. After Franklin failed to raise the Kindred, he continued to reanimate the piece parts of other fallen soldiers, minus the Kindred’s immortality. Franklin wanted to figure out how to control the Kindred if he ever had the good fortune of coming across a piece of the Horseman of Death to get the “Franklin-stein’s Monster.”
In an old book of Franklin’s, Abbie and Crane find some information gathered by Franklin during his experiments on the Kindred proxies. When left alone, Kindred Proxies, creatures of habit, return to familiar places such as burial and resurrection sites. They can be soothed and guided by calming vibrations, specifically a glass harmonica, an instrument invented by Franklin.
Joe and Jenny go to retrieve the glass harmonica, while Abbie and Crane return to the tunnels where they found the Kindred’s body. They find evidence the Kindred has been back to his burial spot, He’s been squirreling away items from his victims. Crane finds a piece of paper with the Kindred’s writing on it, raising the questions since when does this thing write, and why would it want to?
Crane recalls the moderating influences Franklin wrote about: a creature of habit that returns to its origins-that means home-and responds to music/relaxation therapy. These are moderating influences for people, not monsters. Abbie recalls the condition of the bodies. The way the were killed indicated pain, rage and longing. These are all emotions. They surmise the Kindred isn’t just turning evil, he’s turning human.
Agent Foster has tracked down the Kindred just as he’s about to take out another couple. He’s impervious to bullets which is bad news for her. But instead of killing her, he takes off on his horse.
The Kindred is Looking for Love
Crane and Abbie have figured out the Kindred’s motive. He’s killing couples because he’s envious of love, a connection he can never have. Abbie and Crane inform Foster they are now faced with two problems. One being that they have no way to kill the Kindred, and even if they did, they can’t kill a semi-conscious being. Crane feels it’s their responsibility to end this humanely.
Foster gets that they feel guilty, but whether the Kindred is a monster, human or something in between, he’s killing innocent people, and they’ve got to get a hold on it.
Abbie wants to use the glass harmonica to draw the Kindred inside the Masonic cell. Crane recalls Franklin’s hobby of reworking the lyrics of beloved songs, and this helps them track down a tune Franklin apparently composed strictly for the Kindred, a summoning tune.
In the middle of trying to capture a lovesick hybrid monster-human, Crane is dealing with some issues in the romance department. He runs into Zoe who is more than a little put out that he just quit calling. He tries to explain that Abbie went missing, but Zoe thinks it’s just a lame excuse.
She shows up at the Archives to retrieve a book she loaned him just as he, Abbie, Joe and Jenny are setting their trap for the Kindred. Crane is distracted, but Zoe can’t figure out by what, since he seems to be all by himself in the Archives. She’s unaware that the rest of the gang is down below in the tunnels.
Sundown comes, and the Kindred rises. Joe plays a tune, and it appears they are going to be able to trap him, that is until the Kindred hears the voices of Crane and Zoe having a heated discussion upstairs. The Kindred takes off, and Abbie, Joe and Jenny chase him. The Kindred drops a photo that is a basically a collage of parts, the final product being a woman’s face. Abbie figures out the Kindred isn’t just jealous, he’s looking to make a love connection of his own.
The Kindred burst into the Archives, and Crane valiantly attempts to fight him off. The Kindred takes Zoe captive and tells Crane she belongs to him, and if Crane follows them, Zoe dies. Looks like Franklin-stein found his bride.
Abbie calls Foster and tells her to check out the Carriage House. The Kindred has been there before, and it’s where the Headless Horseman took Katrina.
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Better Than Tinder
Still unsure how to stop the Kindred, Joe recognizes an insignia on the front of one of Franklin’s books. He and Jenny saw it at The Jersey Opera House where they stole Franklin’s harmonica. They got lucky. It happened to be a place Franklin hung out back in the day. Only then, it was known as the Ridotta Theatre. The insignia was on a weird door that Crane knows very well. One of his first missions with Betsy Ross was to hide medical supplies there. (BTW, I’m sick to death of the Betsy Ross flashbacks. Bring the chick to the present already.) Crane realizes the medical supplies he thought he was hiding from the British were a cover, in fact the medical school that Franklin founded in the Colonies was also a cover, all so he could conduct these Kindred experiments.
Behind that odd door with the insignia lies a female counterpart to the Kindred, the Kindress. Crane, Abbie, Joe and Jenny grab the girl and head to the Carriage House where Foster has been keeping an eye on the gruesome bachelor.
Joe and Jenny show up in time to save Foster from getting decapitated. They temporarily disable the Kindred while they hurry to retrieve Zoe who has fainted from all of the excitement. During the battle, a lantern tips over and a fire begins to spread.
Outside, Crane is doing a spell to raise the Kindred’s girlfriend, and she is not pretty. She’s also immediately ready to kick ass.
Everybody makes it out of the Carriage House, with the Kindred hot on their heels. He spots his lady, and it’s love at first sight. All murderous intent drains from them both, and they wander off hand in hand, leaving Crane to comment “That was odd.”
Conveniently, Zoe doesn’t remember much, and all she can tell the FBI is that the guy who took her was really deformed. That’s an understatement.
Crane apologizes to her for being inattentive, claiming he’s not ready for a relationship, but Zoe thinks he is, just not with her. They still end things politely, mainly because Zoe’s just thankful to be alive.
And, not surprising, Abbie tells Reynolds she’s ready to come back to work. Oh, and he confesses that he used to be in love with her, no biggie.
And as for the Kindred and his girlfriend, they are on their way out of town, which is upsetting to the Hidden One. He was counting on the Kindred to be his second in command and lead an army of supernaturals and instead, the guy throws the Hidden One over for a piece of tail. In retaliation, he destroys the happy couple with a wave of his hand. So much for happily ever after.
And finally, Abbie is haunted by a symbol from the Catacombs.
Sleepy Hollow airs Fridays at 8pm on FOX.
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