Sleepy Hollow Review: ‘The Lesser Key of Solomon’

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SLEEPY HOLLOW: Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie, C) and Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, L) find Abbie's estranged sister, Jenny (guest star Lyndie Greenwood, R), in "The Lesser Key of Solomon" episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Monday, Oct. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Brownine Harris/FOX

This week’s episode of Sleepy Hollow, The Lesser Key of Solomon, picked up right where last week’s left off with Abbie discovering that Jenny had escaped the asylum. Abbie convinces Captain Irving to allow Ichabod and her time to find Jenny before calling for a manhunt.

More details are given regarding Jenny and Abbie’s pasts. While Abbie only had one foster home, Jenny lived in seven different foster homes. Some of those foster homes weren’t so nice either. Abbie tells Ichabod that their father had bailed on the family and their mother suffered a nervous breakdown shortly afterwards. With their mother institutionalized, they were put into the system. Towards the end of the episode Abbie tells Jenny “It’s you and me. That’s it.” Because of this line, I assume that their mother must have passed away. I’m curious to know more about their father. Could he be the reason that the demon chose Abbie and Jenny?

Abbie and Ichabod are able to track Jenny to Sheriff Corbin’s cabin. Unknown to Abbie, Jenny use to visit Sheriff Corbin at the cabin and she traveled the world helping him obtain rare objects. One of those rare objects is a sextant that is hidden in the wall of the cabin.

It turns out that at the orders of General George Washington, Ichabod had invented the Boston Tea Party as a diversion so he could steal a stone chest from the British. The sextant contains a hidden map of Sleepy Hollow with the location of the chest. In the chest is The Lesser Key of Solomon, a book of black magic written by King Solomon. (I did a quick google search and apparently The Lesser Key of Solomon is a real book.)

A group of German soldiers called the Hessian are looking for the book and manage to steal the sextant. Luckily Ichabod is able to reconstruct the map using his photographic memory and they are able to stop the Hessian from opening a portal to hell in the middle of one of the town’s Dutch Reformed Church.

While Ichabod, Abbie, and Jenny were battling the Hessian, Captain Irving was investigating the murder of a bartender. The bartender was tortured and decapitated by the Hessian as they were hunting for Jenny. Irving’s investigation leads him the home of one of the Hessian who also happens to be a music teacher. The music teacher’s basement is full of spooky occult items. It reminds me of Buffalo Bill’s basement in the film Silence of the Lambs. “The man’s a music teacher. What the hell is happening here?” asks Irving. I suspect Irving may now believe something supernatural and disturbing is threatening his town.

The big reveal in this episode was the demon’s name – Moloch. Moloch is the demon of child sacrifice and started the battle between Hell and Heaven. A passage from John Milton’s Paradise Lost describes him as “horrid king of human sacrifice and parent’s tears.” I wonder if this is why Moloch appeared to Abbie and Jenny while they were children and if perhaps Jenny is meant to be a sacrifice.

More layers were added to the complex relationship between Abbie and Jenny. Throughout the episode the sisters are constantly bickering. It’s clear that Abbie feels a lot of guilt about abandoning Jenny while Jenny feels a lot of resentment towards Abbie. After learning that Abbie and Ichabod are the two witnesses fated to save the world from evil, Jenny responds with bitterness. “You turn your back and you get picked to fight the good fight.” Jenny has been preparing her whole life for the battle against good and evil only to have the honor given to Abbie.

Though by the end of the episode the relationship between Abbie and Jenny is still very much broken, it appears to be on its way to repair. Abbie is applying to for conservatorship of Jenny so that she can be freed from the asylum. “I’m sorry it took me so long to find you,” Abbie tells her sister.

Abbie wants to earn her sister’s forgiveness but Jenny doesn’t know if she can ever forgive her. Do you think Abbie and Jenny’s relationship repaired? Hit the comments to share your thoughts on tonight’s episode of Sleepy Hollow.

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Jenn Bishop is TVSource Magazine's Soap Editor. She's a thirty-something fan girl of soapy television and anything involving Joss Whedon. She began sharing her views on daytime soaps in 2012 with her blog Save Our Suds. A former philosophy major, she loves discussing different view points with fellow TV addicts and aficionados. When not watching television, she enjoys art, live music, exploring the Midwest food scene, and drinking too many lattes. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceJenn.