You know, last Friday’s Sleepy Hollow episode, “Kindred Spirits,” wasn’t as hokey as I initially thought it’d be. When I first heard that the Kindred was coming back, I was excited, since we hadn’t heard or seen the Kindred since the last time it wandered into the forests of Sleepy Hollow to possibly become an urban legend campers tell along with tales of Sasquatch sightings. But I was also curious as to how they were going to explain why no one had discussed seeing an undead monster around Sleepy Hollow, where it hid for all of these years, and what it’d been doing for a least a year. Unfortunately, the episode didn’t answer any of these questions. But, “Kindred Spirits” did provide us with closure, both for the Kindred and for Ichabod’s pained relationship with Zoe Corinth (who I guess isn’t evil…or is she?). Let’s get into it.
We enter the episode watching two people on a date. The man is a perverted rapist, and just at the last moment, our lady is saved by a mysterious man who hacks the rapist to death. The woman, grateful, wants to know who her white knight is. Turns out, it’s the Kindred! If only she had just run away when she had the chance! Quiet as it’s kept, she should have run away: she just witnessed a murder! Nothing would make me run faster (and throw up along the way) like witnessing a murder. But Brave Sally decides she has to thank her murderous savior. Because of her unnecessary curiosity, Brave Sally gets herself killed by the Kindred. Enter Daniel and Sophie Foster the next day, trying to solve the case. Sophie immediately knows that this is the work of the supernatural, so she enlists Abbie and the rest of Team Witness for help.
Before all of this though, Abbie had just had it out with Daniel again, who had called her from her head-clearing run to the crime scene. All Abbie wanted to do was run, but in an effort to bury the hatchet and get Abbie back on the squad, Daniel pushed Abbie farther away. (Sidenote: Before Abbie went on her run, Ichabod was trying to be a good roommate/friend/potential love interest by taking care of her and worrying about her mental health. Ichabod’s intentions were endearing, but Abbie, being who she is, is still trying to shut him out because, as we’ve discussed ad nauseum, Abbie bottles her emotions to a pathological degree. All Ichabod wants to do is go eat a presidential-themed breakfast with you at Colonial Times. Let him take you to Colonial Times, Abbie!)
Ichabod and Abbie tell Sophie that they believe the killer is their hellacious Frankenstein baby, and like guilty parents, they take the blame for the Kindred’s bad behavior. They become even more guilt-ridden the more the read about Benjamin Franklin’s notes on the Kindred, which states that the monster, like Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, develops human emotion and bases its personality on the person (or people) who raised it. Basically, when the Kindred was under Ichabod and Abbie’s care (for 15 minutes), it was a crime fighter. And maybe, since Abbie and Ichabod were all the Kindred knew, it still acted good for a year. But Abbie and Ichabod’s influence has since worn off, and now the Kindred is under a new master; the Hidden One, who has called him to be his lieutenant. However, without a family (i.e. Ichabod and Abbie’s influence), the Kindred is angry and lonely, taking out his frustrations on any couple he sees. All he wants is love, and his parents were busy killing witches and going back in time and getting stuck in the dead zone. In a way, it’s like Henry all over again.
Abbie and Ichabod realize that their negligence caused the Kindred to become under the sway of evil (as well as existential depression). Ichabod also states that their rashness in raising the Kindred in the first place was probably inhumane. In order to take the Kindred out of its misery, they decide to humanely take it out by luring it into their grasp with Franklin’s glass harmonica.
Jenny and Joe break into the local museum to steal the glass harmonica (during which Joe decides to question Jenny’s continued use of her father’s lighter). With the harmonica now in hand, all Team Witness needs is the perfect song to soothe the Kindred. The lullaby turns out to be one of Franklin’s rewritten hymns (to the tune of Greensleeves). Ichabod is just about to join Team Witness in the catacombs (which is where the Kindred sleeps), but then Zoe shows up! Zoe has been angry at Ichabod throughout the whole episode since he hadn’t called her in “two fortnights.” What’s hilarious about Zoe’s anger is that she’s no longer enamored with Ichabod’s 18th century-isms, is annoyed she introduced him to her family and had her brother help him with his immigration papers, and just wants the book she lent him back in her possession.
Unfortunately, Ichabod doesn’t know where it is, and tries to get Zoe to leave without telling Zoe that there’s a monster underneath their feet. However, Ichabod doesn’t need to tell Zoe, since the Kindred shows up! The Kindred has been at some arts and crafts, because after the lullaby plan fails (thanks to Zoe’s loud arguing), Abbie, Jenny, and Joe discover a collage of a woman with dark hair, a woman that fits Zoe’s description. The Kindred kidnaps Zoe and takes her to some lair in the woods, and now Team Witness (and Sophie) have to save her.
The end of this episode is something that I believed Sleepy Hollow wouldn’t do, just because it was completely ridiculous. But the show did it, and thinking back on it, the episode harkened back to the zaniness that made up the first season. Since we’re dealing with a Frankenstein’s monster (or a Franklinstein’s monster), guess how Team Witness saves the day? With a Bride of Franklinstein. Yes, there’s a Kindress that needs raising.
Abbie and Ichabod raise the Kindress while Sophie, Jenny and Joe do their best to keep the Kindred at bay while saving a passed-out Zoe. It’s too bad the Kindress doesn’t stick around longer, since she actually seems rather cool, what with her mace and one good eye. In any event, once the Kindress shows up, one of the craziest moments in Sleepy Hollow history happens: The Kindred and Kindress present themselves to each other with proper 18th century manners. Like a gentleman should, the Kindred takes the Kindress’ hand and they walk off into the night, as if they’re about to go to a ball.
The Hidden One isn’t pleased about this at all. In his anger, he destroys the Kindred and Kindress in the middle of their midnight walk. The Hidden One dismayed and disturbed that the Kindred’s fatal flaw was human emotion. He says he’s not going to be held back by stupid human feeling, and Pandora looks on, scared about what her place with the Hidden One could mean. Supposedly he loves Pandora, right? But it’s becoming clearer and clearer that he doesn’t really “love” her, since he hates human emotion. This relationship is more about him, not about the both of them.
The day after her harrowing incident, Zoe finally makes it easy for Ichabod to let go. Ichabod says how fond he is of her and how he wishes he was ready for an actual relationship, but Zoe tells him that she believes he is ready, just not with her. As if we don’t know who that special someone is, right? I know Ichabbie is taking a while, Ichabbie fans. But everything’s set up; it’s just a downhill slope from here. More on this later.
Back at home, Ichabod and Abbie are staying up late again. Abbie’s internal clock has been off since she came back, and Ichabod is now keeping her company by playing chess at all hours. Abbie cuts herself and Ichabod, still being the doting roommate/friend/potential love interest, quickly trots off to get a band-aid. Abbie starts drawing a symbol on the table with her blood, a symbol that’s a carry-over from her time in the dead zone. What does the symbol mean? Does she now have powers? I can’t wait to know what is going on with her.
Doggone Betsy Ross: I neglected to mention Betsy Ross in this recap, mostly because I don’t know why she was in this episode. Did she add anything pertinent to this? NO. Did we need to know about Betsy and Ichabod’s first meeting? NO. I don’t even know what we were supposed to learn from it. They didn’t get along at first. Great. Who has gotten along with Ichabod upon first meeting? Not even he and Abbie got along, and they are destined to be together, regardless of romantic entanglement. Heck, not even he and Katrina got along, and they were married.
Nikki Reed isn’t the problem here; the problem is that it’s clear that Reed is phoning it in. Nothing about Betsy is getting fleshed out like it needs to be, at least for me. There’s no rhyme or reason to Betsy’s place in this mythology, and that wishy-washiness reflects in how Reed is clearly grasping at straws when it comes to making Betsy a character in her own mind. I had a conversation with an actor from Tryant a while ago, and he told me that during the first season, he was basically doing all he could to bring out some emotional beats in his then barely-written character. It seems like the same thing is happening with Reed and Betsy. If something doesn’t happen with Betsy soon, let’s hope she’s written out in the fourth season (#RenewSleepyHollow), because her usefulness (if she ever had any usefulness) has worn out its welcome.
The groundwork for #Ichabbie is officially complete: Everyone’s waiting on that big Ichabbie moment, and trust me, it’s coming. Zoe’s statement of Ichabod being ready for a relationship with someone else proves it. The show knows the entire plot revolves around Ichabod and Abbie, and that the vast majority of the fanbase wants Ichabod and Abbie together. But they gotta make you wait, though! They have to keep the suspense! But honestly, it’s only a matter of time before they give us blatant romantic feeling. I think, though, that Abbie has a longer way to go with opening up to her emotions than Ichabod. Once Abbie realizes her feelings, then it’s really going to get real.
Abbie, the Friendzoner: Abbie is so good and friendzoning people. Thankfully for Daniel, Abbie agrees to come back to work, but Abbie quickly shuts down Daniel’s declaration of love by just repeating Daniel’s words back to him. Meanwhile, Ichabod’s main reason for dating Zoe is because he couldn’t get anywhere emotionally with Abbie, and we know how emotionally dependent Ichabod can be. Abbie’s friendzoning is an admirable skill, but I wonder just how long she’s going to keep friendzoning men who are interested in her.
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