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A man and a woman catalog historical artifacts. The man leaves the room. After which, a dark man in dark clothing emerges. He takes one of the items from a glass case. Security demands he turn around and put his hands in the air. Instead he pulls out a knife and slits his own wrists while muttering something under his breath. He then gestures to the woman and security guy, choking them from a distance and causing them to bleed from their eye sockets and eventually die.

The book stolen is a very famous book chronicling the knowledge of the time pertaining to black magic. Both Ichabod and Katrina recognized it immediately.

We finally have a Henry sighting. A long-term motel guest who for some strange reason is captivated by infomercials and being left alone. He sees the report on the news about the auction house robbery. The details claim that the blood on the scene appear to have been boiled. The motel attendant (a non-threatening middle-aged woman) asks, “have you ever seen anything like it?” His answer seems more human than any others to this point. Maybe he is not currently plotting anything.

Woman: Every seen anything like it?
Henry: Yes I have. And if I could forget all about it, I would.

Ichabod explains to Abbie the source of basic magic. Katrina’s magic comes from nature. Others from fire or even blood. Sorcery from blood is a form of magic often referred to as “the Dark Arts”. Abbey calls in a favor through someone at Quantico. The result is damaged security footage, now becomes usable. The face comes into focus on our dark mystery man. Katrina gasps for air suddenly.

Ichabod: Do you recognize him?
Katrina: His name is Solomon Kent. The Warlock that all witches fear. Killing Moloch must have released him from Purgatory.

Katrina tells a story in flashback form of Kent’s history in a Puritan town that would become “Salem”. His love was not reciprocated, when he attempted to convey his feelings more directly, the woman in question was badly hurt. Instead of facing the music, he cut himself and used the blood to cast a spell making this woman appear evil (in her facial features). Then Kent, a warlock himself, proclaimed that “Witches are among us”.

Katrina attempts the sense the book’s “mystical signature” as a means to track the relic. In a vision, Kent turns a page of the book to discover that the middle section is missing. Katrina elaborates that the book’s powers, and by some extension Kent’s powers cannot surface until the book is whole.
Irving walks up on Abbey and is met by her gun. She is still skeptical of where his allegiance lies. Irving gives it to Abbey straight, considering his emotional state when she didn’t trust him. While that was difficult to take, he understood why. Then he explains how he went to Katrina and says that she verified that his soul is clean. One problem. Katrina said, “the horseman has no hold on your soul” be in that episode we also learned that the horseman has no hold on the soul because she found no soul at all.

Henry arrives back at his motel room to find a young man working on his faucet. The young man strikes up a conversation about Henry’s wood working. The young man is also a bit of a hobbyist in that realm. Henry asks about the kid’s mother (the lady from earlier, pertaining to her limp), he gladly answers. Henry comments that she must be very strong. The kid then jokingly said, “who needs a father anyway”. An idea that strikes a chord with Henry. A rare smile creeps in.

After hearing the news about Irving putting everything in the past behind him, Ichabod develops a theory about Solomon Kent. He believes Kent will attempt a resurrection spell to bring back the unrequited love (Sara Osborne) that he accidentally killed. Problem is that if Kent resurrects Sara Osborne, her soul will not be the only one to enter our plane.

Abbey knows of a shipment to the same auction house and they plan to intercept Kent when he arrives. As predicted Kent is there. Ichabod and Abbey flank him on either side. The second he notices them, he tosses them with his magic like rag dolls. Just then Katrina arrives to neutralize the situation. He recognizes her as her grandmother, Helena. Then a very wordy witches standoff takes place. While Kent spins his version of reality, he cuts himself and summons two blood demons. Abbey got one of them, which leaves a loose blood demon.

Kent did in fact find the missing pages and reunited them. The close book glowed yellow sporadically. Eventually the yellow glow transferred to Kent’s hands. Before Kent could finish whatever he was doing, Katrina blew a handful of some sort of dust his way. This stopped the yellow glow and create a small dust storm around him. He reached for the book and Katrina flexed out her arms, palms up. Creating a white glowing source of her own. The book’s power wins in this moment.

Ichabod (to Katrina): I will find Kent. And when I do, there will be no magic that can protect him.

After a little brainstorming, their minds click into gear and consider something they didn’t before. The basic idea that Kent had 400 years to rethink everything is still intact. Instead of a resurrection spell, Kent plans to go back in time. One major problem. And by major, I mean the huge elephant now in the room. If Kent goes back and changes anything we could have a Back to the Future 2/Butterfly Effect on our hands. Potentially rewriting history and altering the path from that moment on. Abbey, Ichabod, Jenny, Momma Mills, Irving, the whole thing could be flipped upside down or never existed in the first place.

Abbey and Ichabod head to the munitions hold under the precinct. Ichabod is skeptical that their mortal weapons will be enough. Then Irving arrives, to Ichabod’s surprise. Irving still has come pull with the surrounding police resources. They’ll need a chemist. Then Abbey suggests Irving and Ichabod head out so she can get ready to face Kent. Ichabod has a different idea.

Ichabod: No. I will face Kent. You asked me before about my commitment to the cause.
Abbey: You don’t have to prove anything to me.
Ichabod: No. I do not. I will prove it to Kent.

In the woods, Kent begins his incantation. A portal opens up revealing his desired time and place. He actually said her name out loud, then his gaze is interrupted by a flash bang. Before Kent can conjure anything, Ichabod shoots him with his crossbow. Then we begin a game of arrogant hide and seek. While he is focused on Ichabod, Irving shoots him in the neck with what looks like a poisoned dart. The plant that Kent ingests before using his blood magic is said to be like using steroids for magic. The dart may have been designed to neutralize that effect.

Ichabod: Atropine. Found in gypsum weed, which you use to boost your powers. I high doses, it results in hallucinations and seizures. Something we know from modern chemistry. (He steps recklessly into a puddle) Your magic is vulnerable to elemental energy such as lightning. In the twenty-first century, we make our own lightening. (Abbey flips a switch on a generator frying Kent)

Ichabod is not finished though. He pursues, hitting Kent’s limp body repeatedly while proclaiming the names of the Von Tassle’s including his wife. Abbey pulls him off. Then they both realize Frank is not around. They run away to find him. Three seconds later Frank walks up to the warlock’s body. Removes the book of black magic and breaks Kent’s neck with his foot. Abbey calls out for him, and Frank quickly tucks the book down the back of his pants. Breaking his neck made Kent disintegrate. Thus, no book is no issue. It seems that Abbey’s initial instincts might have been correct about Frank Irving.

Abbey shows up at the cabin to congratulate Crane and offer to take he and Katrina out for beers. Katrina wished to be undisturbed as she rested. The moment they left, she left the bedroom. She found the flower on the table and began to levitate it as she did in the cold open. In their first interaction, Kent told her she could master her true potential if she embraced the dark side. While her lovely red flower hovered, her eyes went completely white, the flower turned blue, then exploded. She’s beginning to like it. That is now two new problems on our collective plate.
The next morning Henry awakes eager to find the gang of three that threatened the motel lady and her son. Henry confronts these three thugs but not in the way you might think. He tells them that their display reminded him that there is a natural order to things. There are sheep and there are wolves. Henry is a wolf. Then he broke all of their necks without touching them.

Henry travels to the woods. Specifically the spot where the white trees once stood and he killed Moloch. Irving slowly joins him. Irving is calm. “The witnesses now trust me again”. And Irving hands Henry the book.

Henry: No longer am I the Horseman of War. No longer will I be defined by anyone else. From now on, destiny bends to my will. You were wrong Captain Irving, when you said this is where it all ended. This…is where it all begins.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Abbey does karaoke. Just let that marinate for a moment. The image of Ichabod fully immersed in the performance is only made better by the conversation (almost yelling to be heard over the bar’s music) between Ichabod and Jenny about the perceived notion that Ichabod and Abbey are spending less and less time together.

Hawley steps out to meet with an associate. When he arrives at the undisclosed location, he does not find this “McKenna” he was looking for. Instead Camilla exits the vehicle. The woman who allegedly, raised Hawley. Hawley thinks about it and refuses. He attempts to leave and Camilla appears behind him with different eyes and pointy teeth.

Back at Mabie’s Bar, Ichabod attempts a song from his days as opposed to something in the book. No musical accompaniment. No one else familiar with his song choice. And a tempo that is very much not made for a bar. It was painful to be polite.

Ichabod: I should have done the one about the bass. The bass.

Hawley is a no-show at Mabie’s and there has been a breach at the archives. They go to investigate and while they can’t see the one who broke in, they do find Hawley in the underground tunnel system outside. Jenny chases after him and he warns her not to. Camilla instantly appears in full on vampire mode. It begins to look bad for Jenny until Ichabod shoots an arrow from a cross-bow into her back and through her chest. Camilla takes off after removing the arrow.

In a courtroom Frank Irving sits looking less than optimistic. He is accompanied by his wife, a defense attorney. And while the judge takes a moment to poke fun at the situation, she has no choice but to inform Frank that he has been exonerated of all charges. Frank’s reaction was a lot like mine, only my reaction wasn’t followed by a sense of relief. Even outside the courtroom, Frank is excited and relieved, his wife has a completely different look on her face. Something is off. If you remember back to the last episode, Frank was adamant that his wife would be able to tell if he was really himself.

Ichabod aids the Mills sisters in getting the bottom of whatever Camilla was. An undead Hindu goddess of regeneration. The next step is to find Hawley and McKenna. They split up to do so. Abbey and Jenny look for McKenna while Ichabod and Katrina look for Hawley. Yet once again, Abbey reacts awkwardly to any reference of Ichabod and Katrina.

Abbey and Jenny follow a lead to a pawn shop McKenna uses as a front. There the two sisters engage in good cop – not cop. The man in the pawn shop comes off the information rather easily. It’s a name that Jenny is familiar with. Camilla Pines.

Just before the sisters Mills return to the archive, Ichabod discovers Orion’s little halo trinket. There is the concern of deception in his eyes. They enter the archives with the news of the name that goes along with Hawley’s guardian from 12-18. Ichabod tucks the trinket into a drawer.

The target is the Knox estate. Yes that Knox, as if Fort Knox, but instead of the fort we are looking at the residence. Assumption is that inside that residence is a vault with many valuable items and none should fall into the clutches of Camilla. The more pressing issue at the time is what Camilla is. Hawley admits that he ran away from her because he saw her murder someone. And that the way it was done suggests that wasn’t the first time. She claims a cult of some sort turned her into this.

Side note: The product placement of some of these shows as of late could be less obvious. “Tonight’s Sleepy Hollow is sponsored by Ford”, and magically, Hawley (the lives on a boat guy) drives a brand new 2015 Ford Mustang.

Hawley and Camilla get passed Knox’s party with next to no impediments. Hawley is able to open the vault (with a massive tumbler system) on the first attempt. Then Jenny finds Hawley. He won’t tell her anything more than, “she’s a monster” and locks Jenny outside that room for her own safety.
There is an item in the vault that is supposed to restore Camilla back to her human self. Eventually something catches her eyes. It is a wood and glass display case that looks to have a statue of the Goddess Kali in it. Abbey takes a shot and Camilla dodges it and grabs Abbey before Abbey knew what happened. Ichabod follows with his crossbow pointed at Camilla, demanding she release Abbey. Hawley follows shortly thereafter. There is real fear and emotion in Hawley’s eyes. He quickly forces a deal on Camilla she can’t refuse. Lock Abbey and Ichabod in the vault unharmed and Hawley will stay with Camilla.

Hawley and Camilla seem to be in an underground or dilapidated building. Hawley takes a sip of champagne and apologizes for leaving like he did. At the moment she says, “I wish I could trust you” he begins to feel the effects of whatever she slipped in his drink. The statue isn’t to return her humanity, its to rob Hawley of his and make him what she is.

In the vault, Abbey suggests that there should be a fail-safe, a way out. Ichabod follows a clue and a panel reveals metal symbols synonymous with the Sons of Liberty. Ichabod and Abbey start addressing their various issues (sounding a lot like a relationship fight) when Ichabod follows a line of thinking that should open the vault door. He’s wrong and we have a Star Wars situation with spike walls closing in. A moment or two from impaling death, Abbey convinces Ichabod to dig deep and he saves their fate by pressing the correct symbol for gold.

Abbey, Ichabod and Jenny find each other outside. Hawley stole Jenny’s cell phone before locking her in that room, now it will serve as a tracking device. They need to hurry, Hawley is starting to wake. In his dazed and foggy vision, we see other bodies being turned.

Ichabod enters this chamber and takes a shot at Camilla, not noticing the other turned men in the room. Ichabod and Abbey fight the newbies while Camilla continues the ritual on Hawley. Their plan to use iron and fire (crossbow arrow on fire) actually works. Hawley, broken free actually has a chance to end Camilla and makes the mistake of apologizing first. She gets away.

Hawley returns to the archive after the fact to inform Jenny that he can’t stay around. He keeps his distance for a reason. And now, he plans on hunting Camilla down. This may be a temporary hiatus for Mr. Hawley.

Ichabod and Abbey doing a karaoke version of Proud Mary is almost unbearable.

Frank and his wife pay Katrina a visit hoping to get that “supernatural physical” they mentioned in the last episode. She gives Frank something to drink and she sees everything that happened since Henry took control of Frank’s soul. Katrina informs him that while has no earthly idea how he came back to life, but there seems to be no hold on his soul. During their embrace after the fact, Frank looks up to see that he has no reflection. Could be that Henry has no hold on Frank’s soul, because Frank doesn’t have a soul, thus making this a much bigger problem.

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Part two of the Fall Finale picks up in real-time from the conclusion of last week’s episode. Ichabod and Abbey race down a country road with the Sword of Methuselah in tow. Ichabod makes a crack about not being inclined to trust a small electric device during an Apocalyptic Storm. That’s when the GPS and engine die. In their moment of desperation, due to the lack of transportation, Ichabod politely suggests that this moment calls for commandeering a vehicle. He looks to a not new motorcycle. Abbey gets on first. Ichabod looks nervous. That is until they arrive at the country house.

Ichabod (excitedly dismounts the bike): I WANT ONE OF THESE. As soon as all of this is over.

Inside the country house where they expected to find Moloch, Henry or Abraham and did not, they find something equally as troubling. A very intricate scale model of Sleepy Hollow. On this model we find multiple black flags. Ichabod finds some yarn and connects all of the points created with black flags. The pull back reveals a pentagram over the entire town of Sleepy Hollow.

They find at least Katrina and Abraham outside. Abraham is attempting to complete the binding ritual, this would connect Katrina to Abraham with or without her consent. Ichabod unsheathed the sword and takes on Abraham. The sword is so strong in fact, the Ichabod is able to break the Horseman’s ax with it. Ichabod gains leverage and put the tip of the sword over Abraham’s heart. His life for the location of Moloch. Abraham claims the sword must gain a life for each it takes. If Ichabod kills Abraham, the sword will most likely take Ichabod’s soul. There’s an obvious solution that was telegraphed many episodes ago. Let’s see how long it takes them.

Katrina shackles the Horseman in the same holding cell they held him in last season. A big question needs to be answered with the apocalypse around the corner. If push comes to shove, will Ichabod do what is necessary?

Abbey: Moloch knows your weakness is your family.
Ichabod: I will lay down my soul to stop this apocalypse.
Abbey: But are you willing to lay down your son’s?

It didn’t take as long as I thought. If the sword needs a sacrifice and will consume the soul of the person doing the killing, they the best course of action is to get someone to wield the sword who has no soul. Enter Frank Irving.

Katrina stands before Abraham trying to gain more information. They aren’t yelling, but everything they say would carry in a facility such as this one. Whether Katrina is saying what is required to get the information, or if she is speaking the truth. It sounds, despite her alleged love for Ichabod, she has feelings (on some level) for Abraham. In which case, she can die right now for all I care.

Back at Ichabod’s cabin, Jenny is working on a computer. She discovers a digital message from Irving. Sounds basic enough, but at the end he says, “Frank Irving signing off. 9-2-3-1-7-8-0” September 23, 1780. This clue leads Ichabod and Jenny directly to him. Underground.

(Shotgun is cocked)
Irving: Hands up!
Ichabod: Captain…? It’s us.
Jenny: We need you Frank.
Irving: This is it isn’t it?

Frank is hesitant at the idea that he could potentially die and Henry would keep his soul. Then Frank gives his condition. If anything happens to him, if he dies, Jenny is to care for his family. A request she gladly agrees to. In the holding cell Abraham stands arrogant in defiance. With Frank standing a foot in front of him with the sword, still indignant. Abraham makes a reference to how much Frank has sacrificed. He informs The Horseman, that Henry already has his soul. Nothing to sacrifice.

I have not seen the entire Orlando Jones catalogue. However, I have seen a variety of works from Drumline to Mad TV, Biker Boyz to The Replacements and many other in between. I even watched Evolution. More than once. I don’t believe this to be hyperbole. This scene with Frank Irving showing Abraham exactly what he is willing to do, is in my opinion the single greatest moment in Orlando Jones’ acting career to date.

Abraham finally does cave and gives up some helpful information. The four white trees. The same ones that seemed to appear out of nowhere when young Abbey and Jenny Mills awoke in the forest. As Moloch and Henry burn each of the white trees, more and more evil will be permitted in as they merge this world and purgatory. Lightning, Blood, the Demon Army, and the fourth tree will complete the formation of Hell on Earth.

They come to the conclusion that Frank with the Sword of Methuselah is not enough and they will need to ‘weapon up’. Jenny and Ichabod hunt down Hawley. They find him in a dive bar not quite three sheets to the wind, but working on it. He is excited to see his friends came to party. Hawley is, as expected, less than enthused. He gives one last attempt to deviate about the Doomsday-ers and being 0 for 10,000 in predicting the end of the world. Then it starts to hail. Blood. It starts hailing blood.

All return to the Archives. Hawley is explaining the weapons he brought and exactly what the lore says about them. Then Katrina starts to put an enchantment on a gun. Hawley attempts to stop her, but she doesn’t hear him. Jenny interjects to tell him that Katrina is a witch. Hawley then looks over to Ichabod and says, “nice work”. He asks where Abbey is and Jenny tells him that she’s with the Horseman. To this point the worst thing Hawley has seen is the Wendigo. He doesn’t even know that there is a Horseman, that there are really four of them, or that the Headless Horseman is essentially tied up in their basement.

Hawley: Wow… This. Ain’t. No. Wendigo.

Abbey asks Hawley to babysit the Headless Horseman. In a moment of hesitation for trusting Hawley with this task, Abbey tries to impress upon him how critical this is. Call it unrequited affection for Abbey, it could be the logic of the predicament. Either way, there is a calm with Hawley now that should (for now) instill some confidence in his ability to do this.

Before everyone reconvenes, Ichabod and Katrina are alone in the library of the Archives. Ichabod starts a conversation about what she meant when she said to Abraham she ‘cares for him’. This conversation starts out innocent enough. But Ichabod has been a ticking time bomb on this subject. All of the lies and deceit have come to a head. By the end of this conversation, Ichabod and lunged toward her in anger, raised his voice in anger and voiced his distrust and even question the very merits of their union. To which Katrina gets very cold very quickly. They both decided to consider themselves soldiers with a role to play in this war until it is over.

The third tree has begun burning. This is the arrival of Moloch’s demon army. To which Moloch will use along with ‘War’ to find and retrieve Abraham. Not good.

The team advances through the trees toward Moloch’s location. They are met by the demon army. All of which seem to be revolutionary era like Ichabod. They march shooting their muskets . A shot hits Abbey and she drops immediately. Frank surges ahead and wields the sword like Russell Crowe in Gladiator. He’s no ninja to be sure, but the sword allows him to be effective. Ichabod is a kid getting back on his bike. This is all muscle memory for him. War approaches as the two men of strength look on.

Frank advances with almost an arrogant confidence. War does not seem impressed. They have a medieval like sword fight. Frank seems to be learning on the fly. And in a swift motion takes War’s arm. The arm holding the fiery sword. Frank gets cocky and attempts a video game like finishing move. This buys War enough time to kick him to create separation. Frank collects himself and starts again. From Ichabod’s perspective he can see Frank getting faster and eventually even in a position to land the fatal blow to War. Then we watch as War dies slowly like. Like the Wicked Witch of the West, but instead of water it’s his internal fire that does him in.

Frank has been hit. It doesn’t take long. The wound cannot be closed and the bleeding cannot be slowed. Ichabod and Katrina saunter back towards Abbey and Jenny. The can sense something went terribly wrong. After the break, Abbey is steadfast. She is determined to use the sword and take out Moloch. It’s a typical response. Someone she cared for is dead, so now she must lay it all on the line to end this. They try to consider who will sacrifice their life to take out Moloch. Abbey insists that she will. Then if she falls, then Ichabod. Then Katrina. Then Jenny. This is a horrible idea.

Ichabod is the only person in the room that has any experience at all using a sword. Abbey may be trained with a gun, but I don’t see her being effective. Now Jenny on the other hand, I’m positive can handle a sword. And Katrina? Give me a break. I don’t think she could wield a bread knife.
Moloch orders Henry to retrieve War’s sword. Henry has dramatically over estimated his value to Moloch. Moloch would have him go even if it means he will not survive. “There were Horseman before you, there will be Horseman after you.” He is also to slow down the team. He enters the church to find Abbey holding a sword. Henry uses the roots beneath the church to restrain Abbey and then Jenny. Even Katrina. That is when Ichabod appears with the actual Sword of Methuselah, point inches from Henry throat.

Henry lays on the ‘father’ bit thick. Ichabod still with the sword at his throat begins to relate this moment to that of the biblical story of Isaac and Abraham. Ichabod all but begs Henry to let them pass and take out Moloch and free Henry from his clutches. Henry puts on an emotional display that lowers Ichabod’s guard. Long enough for Henry to gain the upper hand. The ladies all restrained and Ichabod on his knees and Henry, sword in hand.

Moloch stand over all including Henry. Katrina is tied to the last white tree. Moloch instructs Henry to sacrifice his mother, Abraham be damned. The moment before Henry is to do just that, Ichabod shouts, “Take me instead”. Henry holding the sword asks about the story of Isaac and Abraham again. Ichabod says nothing but looks on intently. Henry then starts in on the details of the story but conceptualizing.

Henry: Who would worship a deity who commands a man to sacrifice his own son? Any man willing to sacrifice his child, should die! As well as any god.

That moment, Henry raises the sword to relieve Ichabod of his very life. He swings but not with intent. Completely misses Ichabod and turns. When he yells, “as well as any god” he stabs Moloch in the chest with the Sword of Methuselah. Moloch goes from a slick black color to bright red as the life is removed from him. The team look on in a blissful horror, attempting to take in what is happening. The camera pulls to show each one as they look on.

It’s in this moment, that the concept of ‘witness’ changes slightly. Maybe Ichabod or Abbey were never meant to be the ones to end the apocalypse. Maybe it is a literal definition to the term ‘witness’. Sure they had to do the work. Everything they did served a purpose toward an end. However, from where we stand, being the ones to actively do the deed that stops the apocalypse maybe was never the intention.

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