As a little girl picks flowers in the woods, she suddenly notices a little boy and offers to play with him. When she takes off running for the game, he chases after her only for her to mysteriously disappear as a horseman emerges from behind him and chases him out into the street where the horseman disappears and the boy continues on into town where he collapses. Paramedics and our favorite duo are called to the scene just as Abbie is attempting to help Ichabod settle into Corbin’s cabin and Ichabod has discovered the “impenetrable barriers” of those ridiculous plastic containers: the bane to many. What’s worse is when the scissors you need to open those barriers come in those barriers! When Ichabod and Abbie arrive at the scene, they notice the boy is wearing Renaissance style clothing and has blackened veins as he suddenly opens his eyes and speaks in Middle English, a language that hasn’t been spoken since the Middle Ages.
At the precinct, Abbie searches through the list of missing boys and abductions to identify their little John Doe. As they puzzle out the boy’s appearance, both the physical nature behind it and style of his dress, the captain informs Ichabod of the necessity to call the CDC to contain any possible disease John Doe carries and tells Ichabod to go to the hospital to speak to the boy as he is the only one able to communicate with him. As Ichabod and Abbie leave, Morales butts his nose in and inquires about Ichabod’s constant presence, probably a bit annoyed by his recent ex’s favoritism for him. (Can’t say I’d blame her for that one!) The captain, more or less, tells Morales to stay out of it and mind his own business while Abbie and Ichabod arrive to find the boy in quarantine. Ichabod is concerned for the boy as his surroundings and situation must be terrifying for him and sits down to speak to the boy through a camera. He quickly learns that the boy, Thomas Grey, followed “the evil girl” (Euel perne) through the woods away from his home when he wasn’t supposed to. When Ichabod asks the boy where his home is, he tells him he’s from Roanoke. The others in the room immediately start searching for information and lost children from Roanoke, Virginia, the only problem being that with the boy’s appearance and language, it’s not the right Roanoke. Ichabod immediately connects the dots to The Lost Colony and I was actually a little surprised that Abbie had to ask about it. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought The Lost Colony of Roanoke was common knowledge. At any rate, Ichabod explains the history behind The Lost Colony and determines that the inability to find clues regarding the colony lies in the fact that Roanoke relocated to Sleepy Hollow, so they must start in the woods where the boy came from for answers. At this moment, the two are informed of a possible outbreak as the EMT that treated Thomas is now infected as are some of the nurses. As the EMT begins to seize, he suddenly sees the horseman that chased our young little Middle English boy and then drops back with blood oozing from his eyes.
With fear of the outbreak spreading, Abbie and Ichabod arrive at the woods where the boy was found to track his origins. Abbie actually jokes around a bit though with biting sarcasm and asks Ichabod about Jefferson or Adams. He doesn’t seem to trust that she really wants to know so he only gives a little tidbit of each man whether true or not is left to be determined. If I were in Abbie’s situation, I’d probably talk Ichabod’s ear off for information about the history he lived and I can only read about! As they continue on due to Ichabod’s skill from foxhunting as a nobleman’s son (and no thanks to Abbie’s smartphone) the two reach the path’s start at the edge of a lake with an island in the center. Ichabod puts a stick in the water to see if it’s solid figuring that’s how the boy passed from the island, but the stick immediately sinks. He steps back and decides to take his chances anyway and heads out on the water confidently…and doesn’t sink. Abbie is surprised as Ichabod points out that two trees marked the pathway. They continue onto the island and enter a small village where Ichabod uses his Middle English charm to ask where they are. Just as a villager tells him they’re in Roanoke, Abbie notices that all of the villagers have blackened veins as the boy did. Meanwhile, back at the hospital, the captain, Morales, his partner and the CDC doctor discuss the outbreak and learn that the boy has foreign antibodies and has never been inoculated in his life, which has somehow allowed for the boy’s ability to withstand the illness longer that is quickly making its way through Sleepy Hollow.
In the village, Ichabod and Abbie notice that no one seems sick despite their blackened veins. Ichabod is in awe that the boy was raised in a village that hasn’t changed in 400 years and asks why they left Roanoke. The villager tells them the Horseman of Pestilence cursed the land as he rode through the night infecting them. When the youngest, Virginia Dare, died, her spirit appeared and led them to safety near Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod and Abbie note that they all seem well despite having the blackened veins, so he inquires about this as well and the villager tells him symptoms don’t affect them there. When Thomas left, he took the plague with him. Ichabod realizes that’s what the Horseman wanted and asks how to save Thomas and the others infected. The villager tells him they must return Thomas to the island to save them all before it’s too late. With this news, Abbie and Ichabod leave as Ichabod notes that Virginia Dare’s spirit seems to watch over them much like Katrina for him. Abbie inquires about the Horseman (Conquest) and fears another Horseman has arrived, but Ichabod points out the plague was instituted centuries ago and contained by Roanoke. Bad news: It’s been “unleashed anew” with Thomas and if it spreads, the Horseman of Pestilence will come to Sleepy Hollow and join the Horseman of Death so they must bring Thomas back to keep Conquest at bay. As they leave, Thomas’ father thanks him for watching over his son, while a girl offers an herbal looking flower to Abbie. Abbie refuses it, turns around and notices a horseman in the forest so tells Ichabod they have to go. I’m just curious what would have been the harm in accepting the plant from the girl? Considering the village they’re in and the kind of medicines used in the time, maybe the herb has something to do with keeping the illness at bay. Okay, so it seems more mystical at this point, but still, there could be something to it or nothing at all. Why point out the flower, if it’s nothing though?
On their way to the hospital to retrieve Thomas, Ichabod determines modern medicine will be defenseless against the plague and the cure must lie in the environment of the colony (could it be that floral thing?) When they arrive at the hospital, they notice the disease has been keeping busy, worse yet: It’s made it’s way into Ichabod! Before he has a chance to hide his infection, however, the CDC quickly grabs him and sticks him in quarantine, forcefully sedating him in the process. As he drifts off into la-la-land sedation, he finds Katrina, much to her shock. They kiss and though he’s happy to see her, she’s bewildered as the only way to enter the world of his own volition is with death or close case of it.
At the hospital, Morales receives his much awaited phone call from Oxford where he learns that Ichabod’s backstory, a college professor on sabbatical and on loan to law enforcement in the states, is solid. Somebody has been busy covering Ichabod’s tracks, my guess is the captain… who interrupts Morales to tell him to track down the CDC guy as Ichabod talks to Katrina in dreamland about his near death situation. She tells him she’s been trapped in purgatory where many souls are trapped yet apart. The other souls move on to wherever “he” determines. Ichabod quickly connects the “he” to Moloch as Katrina tells him he’s keeping her captive. Katrina admits that she believes she knows why she’s there and cannot leave, but just when she’s getting to the good part, Ichabod reenters consciousness and loses his chance to know the answer to that. Back in the real world, Abbie confronts the captain to get Ichabod and the boy out of quarantine, but he refuses because of the panic. Going back into real-world mode and none of that mystical bull, he tells her to report to Morales and passes her off. She, however, knows how to save the town so she ducks into a chapel to avoid Morales and decides while in Rome, she may as well try some of that prayer thing. She asks if everyone will be saved if she takes the boy back to Roanoke and asks for a sign, as so many do in moments of duress, right? When nothing happens, of course, she begins to head out just as an older woman enters and dips her hand in holy water. Abbie does the same thing and remembers Ichabod’s words about a cure in the colony and quickly seeks out the captain with an idea that the spring water in Roanoke is the answer. With Roanoke being a holy place, if they are baptized in the water, they’ll be saved. He asks if it’ll really work, but ultimately willing to take any chance and seeing no other option at the moment, he agrees and tells her he’ll have Ichabod and Thomas set up to be transferred to another quarantine facility so she can steal them away during the transfer while he’ll take care of the rest if she’s right about the cure. Guess, I was wrong about the flower…as I am about so many things!
Abbie leads the two sicklings to the island, having Ichabod speak to her to remain in the here and now and he tells her about Katrina being stuck in purgatory. Suddenly the boy and Ichabod collapse and Ichabod fears they’re losing Thomas just as the Horseman heads their way. Abbie attempts to urge him on, but Ichabod is feeling a bit too ill and tells her to go on ahead without him. Fearing she wouldn’t be able to find the way without him, though, she gives him a little adrenaline boost, (which he likes) that gives him enough energy to keep moving as the horseman gains on them. As they get to the village closely followed by Conquest, Abbie instructs Ichabod to get in the water. He does and just as he emerges the Horseman vanishes, the two are cured and village disappears. What? what? What just happened there? Ichabod suddenly realizes Thomas and the entire village were dead all along and Thomas had been lured into our world to return to flesh and blood and spread a plague. Now, I have to admit that was a nice twist that had me fooled! Ichabod tells Abbie it was her faith that stopped the plague just as Abbie gets a call from the captain about the plague vanishing and everyone recovering. She tells Ichabod the good news and commiserates with him a bit about his situation and desire to return to a lifestyle closer to where he came from. She tells him he belongs in the here and now in Sleepy Hollow and the two return home albeit concerned about the Horseman of Death’s return. While somewhere in the deep, dark woods that very Horseman emerges from the water and takes to his horse again.
Sleepy Hollow returns November 4th with all new episodes on Fox!