Sleepy Hollow “Sins of the Father” Review (Season 3, Episode 12)

It was pretty clear from last week’s episode that Abbie is having a hard time readjusting to regular life. That’s understandable considering the fact that she was trapped in what appears to be Limbo for the better part of a year. In a surprising turn of events, it looks like Abbie’s readjustment issues aren’t just about the psychological effects of being stuck wherever she was. Someone, or more likely something, has gotten into Abbie’s head and now has her worshiping it. That’s not good. Yeah, I know. Massive understatement. Whatever the thing is, it’s causing Abbie to hallucinate and fear that she’s losing her mind just like her mother. Now would be a good time for her to tell Ichabod and the bunch what’s going on with her so they can help her. Abbie likes to handle things on her own, but the beauty of having friends and family is that you don’t have to shoulder everything yourself. You can lean on your loved ones. But then again, I can’t really tell how much of this is Abbie trying to deal with this on her own and how much of it is whatever that symbol thing is controlling her. Either way, I sincerely hope that Ichabod keeps pushing until he figures out that Abbie isn’t nearly as ok as she’s pretending to be.

Whatever is going on with Abbie might have something to do with the information Nevins stole from Team Crane. Honestly, I can’t say that I was at all surprised that Nevins was pulling a double cross. It was really the only thing that made sense considering what we know about Nevins. It actually would’ve been more of a twist for Nevins to be on the up and up with Team Crane and maybe shed some light on what that FBI Director Creepy is doing. Speaking of which, I’m not overly surprised that the Director Creepy is mixed up in some supernatural type stuff either. Not that I figured he was working with Nevins, but he just seemed entirely too interested in Abbie for it to only be a professional interest in a good agent. We’ve seen time and time again how evil seems to have people in strategic places, so the FBI director being a bad guy isn’t shocking. However, it doesn’t appear that he’s working with Pandora and The Hidden One. So that begs the question(s): who is he working for and what is their endgame? Whoever it is and whatever their endgame is, I’m wondering whether Sheriff Corbin was on to them and that’s why they sent Headless after him in the first place. Maybe there are still followers of Molock hanging around and they’re trying to get the apocalypse back on track. It’s a wild theory, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

In the midst of fending off Nevins’ supernatural bulldog, Jenny and Abbie each had a face-to-face with their father. Although both of them seem to want to know why he abandoned them, Abbie was mostly interested in her mother’s early symptoms of insanity. Before we found out that Abbie is worshipping some weird symbol she saw in Limbo, I thought that was an odd question. But now it makes more sense. Although he couldn’t shed very much light on the situation, I have a feeling Abbie’s questions may have him going back in his mind to see what he can remember. As much as I want the Mills sisters to get closure regarding their father’s abandonment, I sincerely hope there’s more to the story than that. Ezra told Jenny he left because he didn’t know how to handle their mother going insane. I can understand that even if I don’t condone it. You don’t walk out just because the going got tough. However, given how intertwined into supernatural events Abbie’s and Jenny’s lives are, there has to be more to it than that. Or maybe this is the one area of their lives that’s actually normal. I don’t know, but I do know that that storyline can go in several different directions, and they’ve got an actor that I have no doubt would be up to the challenge. James McDaniel does great work and I hope he gets a chance to showcase his talent. I would hate for the show to waste him the way they wasted John Noble.

Pandora and The Hidden One are still having some marital woes. The Hidden One is pretty much a selfish whinerbaby who can’t seem to let go of the past. Oh woe is me! I used to be so powerful and now I can’t rule the world! Boohoo! Give me a break. I’m still unclear on how the monsters he called showing up equates to him regaining the power he lost. I mean, I get that it means he’d have an army of monsters to wreak havoc on Sleepy Hollow, but since Abbie destroyed the stone I don’t see how fighting a war is going to help him power up. He’s already siphoned off Pandora’s power, and now she seems to be realizing that he’s never going to give it back. He professes to love her, but it’s pretty clear that he loves himself more. Pandora is being patient right now, but I have to wonder how long she’s going to continue standing by her “love’s” side when it’s pretty clear that he loves power more than he loves her. The primary issue with Pandora and The Hidden One is that they’re getting less and less scary and more and more annoying. Pandora was a force to be reckoned with at the beginning of the season because she was a powerful unknown. She didn’t fall into the normal villain trap of monologuing about her grand master plan, but she kept Team Crane on their toes. When The Hidden One showed up, I thought it would be an even greater challenge but I’m still waiting on that front. Maybe if The Hidden One spent more time being scary and less time whining and intimidating his wife, I’d be more interested.

Despite my annoyance with the Big Bads, I actually enjoyed this episode. I’m not thrilled with the way the show seems to be turning Jenny into a damsel in distress though. Jenny is pretty much a BAMF, so I don’t get why she was pretty much next to useless when Nivens was using her as a bullet shield to prevent Joe from shooting him. We’ve seen Jenny get out of tougher situations than that, and it would be nice if the show remembered how badass Jenny is. Ichabod has already realized that Abbie isn’t coping all that well, but him supporting her is very sweet. He’s cooking her dinner, encouraging her to talk, and generally being a wonderfully sweet friend. I really need Abbie to accept his help. It also seems like Reynolds is having some second thoughts about Director Creepy. I don’t know how long it’s going to take him to work out that Director Creepy isn’t on the up and up, but I’m sure he’ll figure it out. Also, I’m still not feeling Reynolds and Abbie. I thought if given some time there would be more chemistry, but it’s still not working. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m having a hard time seeing them as anything more than friends. Next week looks like we get a peek at Sleepy Hollow’s version of the devil, and I’m interested to see their take on it. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?