‘Sleepy Hollow’ Review: ‘Vessel’ Finds Captain Irving’s Family In Danger

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, L), Jenny (guest star Lyndie Greenwood, C) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie, R) search for answers in the "Vessel" episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Monday, Jan. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Brownie Harris/FOX

Only one more week until the season finale of Sleepy Hollow. Time flies when your having fun being frightened! This week’s episode Vessel, picked up where we left off with Captain Irving’s family being threatened and the team working to protect them.

Here are my highlights:

The Skinny Jeans

Every week we see Ichabod’s struggle with the inventions of the modern world. This week he was introduced to the most torturous of contraptions, the skinny jean. Anyone who has given into the peer pressure of the fashion world can tell you the skinny jean is a evil cross between jeans and corset. If Abbie really wanted Ichabod to dress more 21st century, she should have started with something a little more comfortable. Luckily for us, Ichabod decision to give modern clothing a try did not last long and he was back in his 18th garb before the opening credits.

Jenny’s Demonic Past

It turns out the same body hopping demon that threatened Irving’s family,Ancitif, used to take possession of Jenny. Abbie and Ichabod learn this when watching a video that Corbin had taken of an exorcism he did on seven years ago on a then 19 year old Jenny. In the video, a possessed Jenny predicts Corbin’s death and says she will kill Abbie. Jenny later confesses to Ichabod that because she feared harming Abbie, she would commit crimes on purpose to get herself locked up. Jenny’s seemingly selfish acts of rebellion were actually very selfless.  Under all the anger she felt towards Abbie, there was still always love.

It’s already been established that Jenny is not one of the two witnesses. She still seems to get a lot of attention from the forces of evil though. Since the premonition of Corbin’s death came true, I can’t help but be curious whether the prediction about Jenny killing Abbie is true. Maybe Jenny is being used to get to Abbie. I’m curious to know what Jenny’s real role will be.

Macy’s Possession

For some reason, ghosts and demons are always scariest when they’re little girls. I think it’s the idea of something ordinarily harmless being malevolent. There’s just something erie about that. Seeing Macy levitating and growling with twisted features was no exception.

With such a great transformation, I suspect that Irving may have been worried that he had lost his daughter to the demon. Thankfully Macy is strong.  Macy’s fight to escape Ancitif paired with Ichabod’s exorcism sent the demon back to Hell. I wonder if this will bring the Irving family back together again or push them further apart.

George Washington’s Bible

What just seemed like a cool antique is actually more important than Abby and Ichabod realized. Ancitif’s body snatching was all in the pursuit of the book so it’s clear that it is important in the war of good vs. evil. Just exactly how important and why is the big question the audience as well as Abby and Ichabod are left with.

The only clue given is the date December 18, 1799 written in invisible ink in George Washington’s handwriting.  Washington died on December 14, 1799. How could he have written the date? Perhaps the date was written before his death as some sort of warning.  Or maybe Washington didn’t really die when all the history books say he did. I’m sure well find out the answer to this riddle in next week’s finale.

What did you think of the episode? Hit the comments to share your thoughts!

Jenn Bishop
Jenn Bishop was 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.

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