[SPOILERS BELOW FOR LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE OF SLEEPY HOLLOW]
Last night’s Sleepy Hollow, “Deliverance,” brought Henry’s plans for his mother to a head – so far as we know – when he used the rare poison he’d obtained and his buddies in the new Hellfire Club to (non-sexually, thank goodness) impregnate Katrina with Moloch himself. Like many magical pregnancies, this one will last for a day and kill its “vessel.” Crane’s doubts about his relationship with Katrina haven’t vanished, and before they figure out what happened he has a moment of wondering whether Katrina is pregnant with Abraham’s child (though it’s unclear whether he’s assuming rape or consensual sex there), but he of course wants to save her. So does Abbie, actually – Katrina herself is the only one who suggests dying so the unborn demon baby dies as well – but what the trio disagrees on is how to go about this.
Katrina believes that her child Jeremy is still inside Henry somewhere, and that she and Crane can reach him and turn him to their side. “Henry follows Moloch because he had no family to grab onto.” Honestly, I don’t think that’s a terrible hope in general, but I wouldn’t count on it happening in one day in time to remove this demon inside you, Katrina. Abbie is completely skeptical about this and delightfully pragmatic in general, urging Crane not to let his feelings about his child affect their mission. And so Crane is caught in the middle, which may be a common place for him to be if Katrina is now back with them for good. He does try Katrina’s way, but when Henry refuses to help, Crane and Abbie come up with a new way to save Katrina involving the Hellfire Club, a stone tablet, and the aurora borealis, for . . . some reason. The Cranes aren’t going to give up on their son, though, and Abbie and I both have concerns. On the idea that Jeremy is still reachable, Abbie says “Henry would love for you to think that,” but Crane disagrees. “No. I do not think he would.” Interesting. I’m now hoping that this comes down to a test of the common pop culture idea that all villains are misunderstood and can be saved by love, and that this time, it doesn’t work and he’s in fact just evil. We’ll see!
In a much more fun subplot, it’s election day in Sleepy Hollow as well as the real world, and Crane goes along with Abbie to observe his first contemporary voting experience. He’s adorably upset about the low percentage of voter turnout in modern America, but Abbie completely awesomely brings up the fact that in Crane’s day she wouldn’t have been allowed to vote for at least three reasons – her gender, her race, and her lack of property – and he has to concede her point. I also love that he’s done his research and has recommendations for how she should vote, and even gets in trouble for electioneering at the polling place. Hee. (Go vote today!)
Other favorite lines and points of interest:
- “American Idol.” “I know its name.”
- “Maybe I could afford property if I weren’t paying all your bills.” Seriously, how does Abbie afford this?
- I like how Crane is thoughtful enough to notice that Abbie isn’t in Reyes’s inner circle.
- “Crane sees it as a test. I think he’s going to lose.”
- “How pedestrian to expend all that effort on a mere demon.”
- “Evidence of good in him is not proof that he will change.” I feel like I need this embroidered on a pillow or something.
- “I must Internet. Immediately.”
- “One thing I miss about modernity: An army to assist me.”
- “I told you to keep your walking historical society out of my precinct.”
- I like the limited version of the truth they told Reyes – it is a Doomsday cult, among other things.
- “They’re a freaking evil club. Try 666.”
- Crane’s new cover for Reyes: he’s a criminal profiler who specializes in acts of historical imitation. Heh. True enough!
- Has Crane suddenly learned CPR, since the last time someone he loved was dying, a few weeks ago? I guess that would make sense, actually.