Sleepy Hollow Episode 103
“For the Triumph of Evil...”
Teleplay By: Jose Molina
Story By: Phillip Iscove
Directed By: John F. Showalter
Original Airdate: 30 September 2013
In This Episode...
Abby has a nightmare in which she and a shrink go to the precinct to interrogate a suspect. Ichabod is already there, and the suspect is Abby. A monster with a featureless face tries to attack Abby, but she is woken by a call to report to a crime scene.
Dr. Maura Vega is on the ledge of a 10-story building, threatening to jump. She will only speak to Abby. Abby has never met Dr. Vega and has no idea who this woman is, but goes to work. She discovers that Dr. Vega is the same shrink from her dream. This Vega has thick cataracts, making her eyes look pure white. She tells Abby that it was her fault, everything she saw was real, and she should have told the truth. “I deserve this. I had it coming. We all have it coming.” Then she jumps. A peek at the body after the fact reveals that her white eyes crumble to dust when touched. Abby tells Ichabod about her dream, and he thinks she is a prophet, a Witness with a capital W. Vega, it turns out, was one of Jenny’s doctors, and judging by her notes, she believed Jenny’s story of the demon in the woods, but didn’t say anything for fear of ridicule. Ichabod wants to speak to Jenny; Abby does not. But they go try, anyway.
At the institution, Abby is surprised to hear that Jenny is in room 49, the number Corbin told her not to fear in her vision. Abby is less surprised to hear that Jenny refuses to see her. However, she does agree to see Ichabod. He breaks the ice by telling her upfront that he believes her story about the demon in the woods - he has seen it too, and tells her about the four horsemen. Jenny assures him that he knows more than she does, but Ichabod doesn’t need information as much as he wants her to help in the fight. She tells him her conscience is clear - but suggests he ask Abby if hers was.
When pressed, Abby finally admits to Ichabod something she has never told another person, not even Corbin. When the girls passed out in the woods all those years ago, it felt like they were just asleep for minutes, but it turns out they had been missing for four days. The whole town was looking for them, and a rancher named Gillespie found them. He saw the demon in the woods, but did not say anything so he could enjoy his 15 minutes as the town hero. When the girls were questioned by the police, Jenny gave her account first. Abby went second, but she denied the entire demon story. Their parents were gone and they had finally ended up at a decent foster home, and Abby didn’t want to risk that. At this point, Jenny is dragged off by the men in white coats.
Gillespie still lives in town, doing carpentry and drinking. He falls asleep in his studio, and is woken by a bang. This bang is the demon, but Gillespie doesn’t know that, and goes looking for his wife. The demon appears before him, and Gillespie shoots, but it has no effect - other than getting the neighbors to call the cops. Abby wasn’t officially called out to the scene, but she and Ichabod were on their way anyways. It’s a good thing, because as the captain tells her when they arrive, Gillespie is holding his wife hostage, and will only speak to Abby. He is in a similar state - physically and emotionally - as Dr. Vega, but he offers another piece of the story. The demon is coming for Abby next. He is the Sandman, and the next time she falls asleep, she’s dead. Then Gillespie shoots himself in the head.
They hit the books in the archives and they match up this demon with a myth that Ichabod once heard from the Mohawk indians. This story was told to children, saying that the demon will kill them in their sleep if they “turned a blind eye on their neighbor’s plight.” Abby and Ichabod go to a local used car salesman, Seamus Duncan, the only Native American that Abby can think of. He is reticent to help, but when they tell him the name of the demon (which is something that I can’t even begin to spell) he agrees to help. Basically, this demon is a vengeful sandman demon who plays on your guilt until the pain drives you to kill yourself. Ichabod insists on going with Abby to battle the demon in his own dream world, so they must drink a special tea, then be stabbed by a poisonous scorpion. The spirit will choose the challenge, since Abby and Ichabod will be the living in the valley of death. If they die in the dream, they die for real. So it is basic Freddy Krueger rules.
Ichabod and Abby are split up in the dream world. Abby is in the forest when she encounters the demon. Sand pours from his black eyeholes, which he throws at Abby, giving her those cataract eyes in real life. Dream-Abby shoots at the demon, but it has no effect, and he swirls away. Next thing she knows, Abby is watching her and her sister being questioned as children and forcing Abby to relive her betrayal. Meanwhile, Ichabod walks through a red door that mysteriously appears in the woods, and is in a hallway with the hanging corpses of Vega and Gillespie. An empty noose taunts him. Back with Abby, the cop questioning the girls turns into the demon who reaches for adult Abby. Ichabod comes in and draws the demon’s ire so he leaves Abby alone. Abby takes control of the situation, bursts into the interrogation room and admits that she saw the demon but was a coward, lied to protect herself, and turned her back on her sister. The sandman’s power has been sapped, and he turns into glass. Abby shatters him to dust with a chair and she and Ichabod wake up in Seamus’ home, eyes clear and unharmed.
Back in the real world, Abby goes to visit Jenny again, this time determined to talk to her. But her room is empty - it seems she sneaked out through the air ducts.
Dig It or Bury It?
I’m a total sucker for creepy faceless monsters. This episode was real horrorshow and did a great job blending a mythology episode with a monster-of-the-week episode. Predictable? Yes. Tapping into a deep vein of horror? Hell yes. The pacing still seemed a bit off, but overall this was an engaging hour of television.
Douchey Time Traveler Thing to Say
I’m a little disappointed - there wasn’t a lot of douchbaggery this week. Ichabod is startled when he accidentally hits a remote control and fast forwards through a video; he calls cars “motorized carriages;” and he marvels when Abby tells him that Native Americans have been brutalized and cheated by the settlers.
Ichabod invented the Boston Tea Party all in an effort to steal something from the British.