Sleepy Hollow “Delaware” Review (Season 3, Episode 17)

A few thoughts about this week’s Sleepy Hollow:

Ichabod and Abbie journeyed into the Underworld, and they found quite a bit more than they were expecting. In addition to finding George Washington’s entire regiment dead on the banks of the River Styx, they found Betsy Ross trapped in a secret room in the catacombs. Honestly, can’t say I was expecting that, and actually, I’m intrigued. Betsy’s sudden appearance now explains why the show dispatched Zoe so quickly. They couldn’t very well have Ichabod dating Zoe given the way they’ve played up his relationship with Betsy. However, Betsy’s reappearance raises several new questions. Primarily, if Betsy has been trapped in the catacombs for centuries, then who (or what) came back with Washington and took Betsy’s place? Also, when Ichabod astral projected into the catacombs, he recognized Betsy’s sword that Abbie had found imbedded in the exit well. If Betsy has been trapped in that one room the entire time, how did her sword end up somewhere else? Did Washington know when he went back that “Betsy” wasn’t actually Betsy? If so, why was he complicit in allowing whoever or whatever that was to take Betsy’s place? So many questions! I look forward to exploring them.

I’m also looking forward to Betsy getting familiar with the 21st century. Ichabod’s discovery and exploration of the America he helped create was one of my favorite things about the first season, and I enjoy every time Ichabod has another experience that causes him to launch into a rant. I look forward to watching how Betsy copes with America and what history has had to say about her. Assuming they can bring her back to the world, that is. I’m sure she’ll just be thrilled with the fact that the only thing people remember about her is that she sewed the American flag.

While Ichabod and Abbie were doing their thing in the Underworld, the rest of the Scooby Gang (and Pandora) was trying to delay The Hidden One from achieving his goal of omnipotence. It doesn’t seem like it was all that successful, but I don’t think Pandora was being totally honest with them. She wanted to be on that mountain for a reason other than trying to distract The Hidden One from what everyone else was doing. I bet whatever it was she had the team do, it was to benefit her somehow. After all, it’s been pretty well established that Pandora is a master manipulator. The Hidden One didn’t seem fooled though.

And here’s where I got a bit upset with the show. I understand everyone wants to stop The Hidden One and all that, but I don’t get exactly what it is that Jenny thought she was doing. Even if he’s not at full power yet, The Hidden One has already shown that he’s plenty powerful as is. What made Jenny think that she was going to be able to pull a gun and shoot the hourglass? Aside from the fact that you can’t really sneak up on a god, the hourglass is magical for goodness sakes. Jenny’s tactical error and refusal to listen to anyone else seems to have gotten Joe killed. Which just makes me very angry. I like Joe. But even more than that, I don’t get why Jenny was so quick to take the kill shot. The last time they cured Joe, it took a little minute before the wendigo actually went away. I could’ve forgiven all of this if Jenny hadn’t been there the last time Joe was cured. She saw the fact that Abbie had to keep him focused on her for a few minutes after Ichabod did the ritual. If this was just a quick and dirty way to get Joe out of the picture, I’m going to call shenanigans on Sleepy Hollow. Not only does it mean they’ve decided to make Jenny stupid, it also means they haven’t done right by Joe.

It seems that there was actually more to Ezra Mills than meets the eye. Totally called it. I’m not going to say ‘I told you so.’ I’m going to say ‘I informed you of the facts before the events occurred.’ Ok. Now that I’ve got that out of my system. I knew he had to have been involved with the supernatural somehow. Abbie and Jenny’s lives are too tangled up in it for Ezra to not be involved too. I just didn’t think he was the Random Black Soldier #2 on that mission with Corbin and Nevins. But now that his secret is out, his abandonment of Abbie and Jenny makes more sense. He knew what was out there, and I have no doubt he thought he was protecting his girls from it when he left. I don’t know whether he knew that Abbie was one of the witnesses, but he and Corbin must’ve suspected something. His friendship with Corbin also explains why Corbin took such an interest in Abbie and Jenny’s lives.

Danny has also stepped up and joined the fight. Can’t say I expected anything less from him. For all that I’m not particularly interested in him and Abbie as a couple, he’s actually not a bad guy. And now that his eyes have been opened, he’s also realized that he was being used. He told Sophie that he was ordered to keep tabs on Abbie for some higher ups, and now he realizes they probably know about her status as a witness. So his decision to fight isn’t just because he’s a good guy. It’s also because he feels that he may have put Abbie’s life in jeopardy. Albeit unknowingly. But he still cares about her, and he wants to make it right. I can’t be mad at him for that. Besides, he might actually be able to turn this around to their advantage. Shady FBI Boss Guy was using Danny because Danny didn’t know anything about Abbie’s extracurricular activities. They can still play that card. No one else knows that he and Sophie are in on it. They can use that to gather information and possibly find out exactly who these people are and what they want.

All in all, I’d say this episode did a really good job of setting up next week’s season finale. Many of the seasons threads have been pulled together, but they’ve presented some more questions that I hope we’ll get a chance to explore next season. Based on the previews, it looks like the season finale is going to be a rollercoaster ride. Can’t wait! So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?