Sleepy Hollow “The Sisters Mills” Review (Season 3, Episode 4)

I don’t remember where I saw it, but I once saw a quote that said something to the effect of: We are sisters. If I’m mad at someone, you’re mad at them too. End of story. And that, my friends, is sisterhood in a nutshell. There are many very strong bonds we create in our lives, but very few are as strong as the bond of sisterhood. It can be simultaneously our greatest strength and our greatest weakness. At the end of the day, though, being a sister is a powerful thing.

I mentioned last week how much I enjoy Sleepy Hollow’s ability to use historical people and events in a way that fits into the crazy mold of this show. They did it with Jack the Ripper last week, and they did it with Paul Revere this week. They’ve already addressed the fact that Paul Revere was actually a soldier in the war against the supernatural, but they went a step further in this episode to reveal how he was able to maintain his cover. Every superhero has an alternate identity, and apparently Paul Revere’s was being a dentist. As a dentist, Revere had already faced this week’s monster, Abyzou aka the tooth fairy. My favorite description of the tooth fairy actually comes courtesy of Supernatural where a little girl describes the tooth fairy as a freak who’s gonna come in her room while she’s sleeping and take her tooth. That made me laugh the first time I saw it because that’s pretty much how I’d felt about the tooth fairy too. Well, Sleepy Hollow took that a step further and has officially joined the ranks of fictional shows destroying children’s fairy tales. Their version of the tooth fairy was even creepier than Supernatural’s, and that is saying something. It had a creepy non-face that actually looked mostly like a couple rows of very sharp teeth. It could twist and bend itself into all kinds of weird pretzel shapes. Most disturbingly is the creature was invisible except to the children whose souls it was about to eat. It’s kind of hard to fight something that’s both invisible and seemingly infallible to most readily available weapons. Not to mention that you can’t exactly ask a kid to face that creature. But Saffron was certainly willing to do it if it meant saving her sister. Thankfully, she didn’t have to do it alone (after Pandora tricked her into summoning the thing) because our heroes were able to find Paul’s Revere’s weapon, kill the Abyzou, and save the children. Although, Pandora looked entirely too pleased at the outcome. More on that later.

The tooth fairy was the monster of the week, but this episode focused primarily on Abbie and Jenny. Abbie finally told Jenny that she’s located their father, but Jenny wasn’t surprised because she’d apparently found him years ago. Abbie was livid that Jenny never told her, but my question is when would they have had that conversation? When they introduced Jenny in the first season, it was clear that Abbie and Jenny hadn’t spoken in quite some time, and their relationship had been pretty strained for years. Jenny was locked up in the crazy house, and I can’t remember how long she had been there by the time we met her, but suffice it to say it had been a good while. Furthermore, in addition to Abbie and Jenny rebuilding their own relationship, they were also trying to stop the forces of evil from taking over the world. But I would say the most significant factor in all of his is the fact that the show seemed to forget Abbie even had a sister after season one. They were living in the same town and still fighting the same war, but other than a few passing mentions, Abbie was an only child. This episode was a step in the right direction of reintegrating Jenny into Abbie’s life on a more consistent basis. I’m not saying I expect them to spend weekends painting their nails and dishing on all the latest gossip, but having them check in with each other on the regular would be nice. The addition of their father to the mix could provide some interesting story points as well.

Abbie and Jenny have always been a part of the supernatural war even though they didn’t know it going all the way back to Grace Dixon. They thought their mother was just a crazy person, but they recently found out that she was also fighting the supernatural war. Their father’s absence can’t be a coincidence, and I get the feeling that there’s much more to his leaving than they know. I’m sure we’ll get to that later in the season, but in this episode, Abbie and Jenny had to work out how they felt about him. Jenny admitted that some of her issues with her father were her own, but it wasn’t entirely wrong to say that Abbie’s feelings were a major contributing factor for Jenny’s feelings toward him. And I don’t think that’s something Abbie had considered. When people look up to us, they tend to mirror how we think and feel. It happens sometimes with blended families. If a child’s mother doesn’t like her ex-husband’s new wife, the child tends to not like her either. It happens more frequently between siblings though. Oftentimes people forget how perceptive children are and how quickly they pick up on non-verbal cues. That sounds like what happened with Abbie and Jenny. Abbie is Jenny’s big sister, and Jenny looked up to her. Probably adored her. So when Abbie developed negative feelings toward their dad, Jenny did too and I don’t think Abbie even realized it. Now that they’re both adults and have gone through as much as they’ve gone through, it might be time for them to close that chapter of their lives. It may not be that they need to develop a relationship with him and mess up what he has with his new family. But in order for both Abbie and Jenny to get on with their lives, they need to deal with that part of their past.

Something else this episode did was give us a bit more insight into Pandora. Apparently, she’s not the Pandora of Greek myth. She’s from Sumerian mythology and doesn’t have the same backstory as Greek Pandora. Part of what she did in this episode was to reveal to Ichabod and Abbie that they might be the destroyers. But destroyers of what, exactly? The world? Pandora’s plans? That weird tree she’s growing? Honestly, I have no idea about any Sumerian mythology, and I’m pretty sure most of the audience doesn’t either. That’s actually kind of exciting because it means most people will have no prior references for any of the mythology the show decides to create for this character. That leaves the story wide open for the writers to interpret that mythology any way they want without people having certain expectations about it. Let’s hope they don’t squander the opportunity.

All in all, this episode was ok. Maybe I’m the only one, but I’m kind of confused about Ichabod’s relationship with Betsy Ross. I thought that he hooked up with Katrina as soon as he defected from the British side, so when were he and Besty a thing? Maybe they explained it and I just missed it, but I don’t believe they have. Also, Ichabod high on Novacane is both adorable and hilarious. Next week is the Bones/Sleepy Hollow crossover, and I’m cautiously optimistic about how that will turn out. I sincerely hope it’s good. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?