Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Review “The Weeping Lady”

Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Episode 5 The Weeping Lady (9)

The truth isn’t an inherently bad thing, but the truth we conceal almost always is. However noble our intentions or pure our motives may be for hiding the truth, that is rarely a comfort to the one we were trying to protect. Katrina found that out the hard way in this week’s Sleepy Hollow.

Ichabod and Abbie began investigating a case of drowning when a woman, who also happened to be a friend of Ichabod’s from the Revolutionary War re-enactment group, was found floating in the river. While he and Abbie were in the library trying to find information on a local legend called The Weeping Lady, Abbie was grabbed by the Lady. Thankfully, Ichabod was able to pull her out of the water and then Nick administered CPR. They discovered that the Lady was actually the spirit of a woman named Mary. Apparently, before Ichabod left England for the war, he was promised to Mary. They broke off their engagement before he left, but Mary apparently didn’t get that memo. She showed up in Sleepy Hollow to get her man and she was devastated to learn that Ichabod’s heart belonged to someone else. Mary asked Katrina to meet her at night in a secluded, wooded area next to the river so they could discuss Ichabod. Because, you know, nothing bad ever happens at night in a secluded, wooded area next to a river. There was an argument and (according to Katrina anyway) Mary accidentally fell over one of the embankments and hit her head on a rock. Back in present day, Katrina and Abbie were able to put Mary’s spirit to rest and stop the killings.

I’ve been waiting patiently for Katrina to become more interesting, and it finally happened. Sort of. I’m trying to stick with Katrina, but it’s really hard to get invested in her character because in addition to not being particularly interesting, we haven’t really spent a lot of time getting to know her. What we’ve learned about her has been filtered through Ichabod’s perception of things, so it may or may not be the truth because love has a way of making us blind to a lot. I would like to spend some more time with Katrina right now since it seems that she’s more important to Mulock’s plan than even she knows. I want to get invested in this character so it will mean something when her life is put in jeopardy. I can say it was great to see Katrina finally use a little magic. I found it amusing that the writers put in a throwaway line about Headless having his house warded to dampen Katrina’s powers. I guess the folks in charge must’ve heard the fans wondering how Katrina can be such a powerful witch yet she never uses any magic. I know I’ve said that quite a few times. So it was good to see her use some for once. I was thisclose to being disappointed if Katrina was, yet again, to be the damsel in distress with everyone running to her rescue. It was a refreshing change of pace to see her save herself from the Weeping Lady and then in turn save Ichabod and Abbie’s lives as well.

I felt really bad for Ichabod. He has spent the whole series being so devoted to Katrina and it broke his heart when he realized that she hasn’t been completely honest with him. After the truth about what happened with Mary came out, Ichabod was understandably furious. It wasn’t so much that Mary died. It’s that Katrina deceived him by sending Ichabod a letter pretending to be from Mary saying she was going back home to England. Katrina claims that she didn’t lie for selfish reasons, but I’m not entirely convinced. She says she did it because he would’ve gone back to England to bury Mary and he may not have returned in time for the whole battle against evil thing. But I get the sense that the truth is more basic than that. Katrina had fallen in love with Ichabod and she didn’t want him to leave. The fact that he was a witness for the coming Apocalypse was probably a distant second in her reasoning. Needless to say, all of these revelations shook Ichabod’s faith in Katrina, but even worse, it destroyed his trust in her. I can’t say I blame him. Ichabod ran down the list of lies and half truths Katrina has told him, and you have to wonder whether Katrina has ever told Ichabod the whole truth about anything. It causes me to question whether she’s truly in love with him at all. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. I do believe that she loves Ichabod, but she doesn’t seem to trust Ichabod with the truth. I agree with Ichabod. Marriage is difficult in the best of circumstances, but if you can’t completely trust the other person, successful marriage becomes next to impossible.

Henry got himself into a bit of trouble. He’s the one who sent Mary after Katrina. After Headless asked Henry to check the warding on his house, Henry went in search of Katrina’s sins. I was wondering why he did it, but apparently it’s as simple as he just wants to use every opportunity to screw with his parents. Mulock was not amused. Apparently, Katrina is a very important part of Mulock’s plan and if she dies it messes up the whole deal. For a minute there, it looked like Mulock was literally going to bite Henry’s head off. Thankfully, we didn’t have to see that, but Henry knows he’s in the doghouse with the boss. It also causes me to wonder whether Mulock is using Henry the same way he wants to use Katrina. Henry was all too willing to join up with Mulock because he hated his parents so much. But I wonder whether it was part of Mulock’s plan to turn Henry just like he’s trying to turn Katrina. I’m still working that theory out in my head, but everything about this Apocalypse seems intimately connected to the Crane family so I wouldn’t put it past Mulock.

One thing that’s kind of concerning me is the rift that they’ve created between Ichabod and Katrina. It concerns me not so much because of what it means for those characters but for what it means for the Ichabod/Abbie relationship. Part of the reason the Ichabbie relationship is one of my favorite things about Sleepy Hollow is the complete lack of romantic and/or sexual tension between these two characters. Their relationship is intimate on a level that is rarely seen in TV today, and it’s not about sex. It’s about love. The argument Ichabod had with Katrina and his subsequent statement to Abbie that all they, meaning he and Abbie, have to rely on is each other makes me think they might be opening the door to explore a more romantic angle of Ichabbie. I really want to be wrong about this though. I love Ichabbie the way they are and I don’t want their relationship to morph into a romantic or sexual one. Perhaps they’re trying to set up some sort of love triangle. I don’t know because Nick was certainly flirting with Abbie in the library. I’m not generally a fan of love triangles at all, but if it has to happen, I would really rather Nick/Abbie/Jenny than Ichabod/Abbie/Nick. Maybe I’m wrong though.

Overall, I enjoyed this episode. It looks like Abraham won himself a few brownie points with Katrina. Not only did he run to the river to save her after Mary took her, but he let Ichabod live. I’m really kind of over Abraham pining so hard after a woman that obviously doesn’t want him, but things may turn around for him if Ichabod and Katrina don’t get a chance to work through their issues. I’m just going to go on record as saying that all the guys I know need to take a few lessons from Ichabod Crane on how to properly apologize to a woman. His apology to Caroline was both hilarious and very sweet. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?