Sleepy Hollow, Episode 23 “Deliverance” Broadcast November 3, 2014
Written by Sam Chalsen & Nelson Greaves
Directed by Nick Copus
After a very brief summary of past events involving Katrina, the story begins in the past with Ichabod and Katrina awakening after a night of passion. This romantic scene is quickly replaced with Ichabod opening his mouth and a spider falling out and into Katrina’s mouth. She wakes from her nightmare gasping. Drinking water doesn’t stop her gagging. Across town, Ichabod complains to Abbie that not enough people vote, and that he’s disappointed that only fourteen percent turn out, considering what he fought for in the past. Back at the Horseman’s, Katrina feels like poison is inside her. The Horseman pleads that he has nothing to do with her condition, and then Henry bursts in with his men. A minion checks her eyes and says it as they suspected. “Moloch has a new purpose for her,” Henry tells the Horseman. They take Katrina, but the Horseman moves to stop the men. Henry opens a window and the sunlight causes him to lose his head and his body to smoke. Once they leave, the Horseman grabs his axe and kills a man. Katrina escapes, running across the street to an auto garage and collapses. At the polling place, Ichabod and Abbie are told by two officers arriving to vote that a red headed Jane Doe was found and transported to the hospital. Once there, the Cranes are reunited. As his wife begins to scream in pain, Ichabod raises the sheet to reveal blue veins streaking across her belly. “What’s happening to me?” she asks. Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.
This was a fun episode that was predictable after a time, but still enjoyable. Once again on a mission to save his wife from harm, Ichabod finds himself having to ask someone for help, and it gives him great pause to do so. It was good to see Abbie able to do some work without her partner from the past, and she puts her cellphone to good use. Katrina mostly writhed this episode after the first commercial break. She’s the damsel in distress that has to be saved, though her fate is never really in doubt. Henry is Henry, and John Noble chews the scenery wonderfully in the asylum. There’s also some nice historical tie-ins that pay off for fun effect.
The good: Ichabod jealous of Abraham, gross stomach effects on Katrina, a great conversation in the asylum, a seed planted for future stories after a brief touch, Ben Franklin–Savior of the Future!, Tom Mison getting some solid dramatic scenes, and a good tease in the final two minutes for next week.
Fun lines: “That sounds like a swine being strangled,” “A lack of imagination,” and “I’m going somewhere else.”
The bad: The smoking Headman’s body looked really low tech, Noble going over the top at the end of his asylum scene, and not enough Orlando Jones!
The final line: Just fun. Predictable, but good, old fashioned fun. Overall grade: B
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.