“First Moloch, hrid King besmear’d with blood of human sacrifice and parents’ tears.” ~ Milton’s Paradise Lost
After hilariously bonding a bit with “Yolanda from North Star” while waiting in the car, Abbie returns with some dire news for Ichabod: Jennifer has escaped from the loony bin! With law enforcement called and a local search beginning, Abbie begs the captain to give her a little leeway and a head start on finding Jennifer, as she clearly knows something about what’s going on. The captain reluctantly agrees to give them twelve hours before putting out a nationwide bulletin. Meanwhile elsewhere in town, Jenny walks into a bar in the most conspicuous inconspicuous outfit you could imagine. Obviously nobody is going to look twice at the person walking around wearing a black hoodie and sunglasses…in a dimly lit bar…in the middle of the night. Gee. That’s not suspicious at all, is it? So Jenny approaches the bartender who apparently knows her from the good ole days and has been keeping her things in his safe, which he quickly hands over before she leaves. All is not well, however, as a piano teacher gets a disturbing call that requires him to follow Jenny to “item 37” and then retrieve the mysterious item with the help of a cleanup crew and a list of known associates. The cleanup crew and piano teacher quickly arrive at the bar Jennifer had patronized earlier and do some mob-style interrogation (that means torture) to find out what the bartender knows about Jennifer.
Back at the precinct while perusing Jennifer’s record, which apparently involved a lot of traveling (wish I could afford to travel that much), Ichabod inquires about Abbie’s and Jennifer’s family life and Abbie confesses that her dad bailed and her mom had a nervous breakdown that required hospitalization and resulted in the sisters’ foster care. At this point, Ichabod notices the discrepancy in the number of foster homes between the sisters but most importantly Jennifer’s presence in one particular home for a lengthier stay and decides they must speak with those foster parents. Abbie and Ichabod head to the foster home and ask Jennifer’s old foster mom a bit about Jennifer and find that the woman is clearly taking advantage of the system and neglecting her foster children. Something that, no doubt happened during Jennifer’s stay as well. When Abbie threatens legal action against her, the woman admits that Jennifer liked to hang out with a friend in a cabin by Trout Lake. With that Abbie leaves and tells her she’s going to shut her down for mistreating her foster children, but getting in one last barb, the foster mom tells Abbie she’s mad at herself for abandoning Jenny. Meanwhile, in a truck stop bathroom, Jennifer digs through her bag o’ goodies looking at her passport, news articles and weapons before continuing on her way and back at the bar the captain arrives to find Jennifer’s friend whose head is now somewhat less than attached.
When Abbie and Ichabod, get to the cabin by the lake (a pretty freaking nice one at that)…wait, how did they know which one to go to? Was that the only cabin by the lake? Anyway, Abbie breaks in and the two search around the pretty neatly well kempt place, when Ichabod spots a photograph of Jennifer with Sheriff Corbin just as Jennifer steps out with a gun and the two sisters have a little Mexican standoff. Abbie attempts to convince Jenny to trust her, but Jenny passes her off while Ichabod shakes his head and then scolds both of them. They reluctantly put their weapons away and Abbie asks about Sheriff Corbin. Jenny is surprised to find that he hadn’t told Abbie about her, but tells her that the sherrif is the one who sent her traveling for the items and the night before he died he came to visit her and told her he felt Death was coming for him and that he wanted her to get something he needed her to keep safe should he be right about Death. As Jenny speaks she pulls out the object from a hidey-hole and shows it to her sister and Ichabod. As Abbie and Jenny look at the sextant, Ichabod is struck with some markings on it and relates a part of his history including his part in the Boston Tea Party, which apparently was a mere distraction while Ichabod went to steal a weapon from the British. Though the mission went awry due to a kamikaze German soldier, Ichabod still managed to find the weapon, retrieve it and ferry it to Washington where he never saw it again. As Ichabod finishes up his story, he places the sextant on the table and shows them that it’s in actuality, a projector with a hidden map of Sleepy Hollow marking the location of weapon. Suddenly the bad guys come and flash their laser pointers in the room to give Jenny, Abbie and Ichabod time to take cover and get their weapons…okay so that’s not exactly what they were doing, but sometimes you have to wonder when they flash the laser sight into the room like that instead of just turning it off and shooting… Anyway, there’s a shootout with the cleanup crew and the piano teacher who manage to break in during the gunfire, grab the sextant and getaway, but not before Jenny manages to catch one of them.
They take the man inside and question him about the chest, but when he doesn’t answer, Jenny goes to take her turn, but Abbie stops her and the two start fighting, so Ichabod is forced to break them up. He approaches the piano man and notices the markings on his body: The mark of Reinhessen…a Hessian mark. The man tells them the box contains a doorway to the seventh circle of hell and Jenny connects it to The Lesser Key of Solomon, a legend about a book of black magic written by King Solomon and the book itself being a key capable of unleashing the demons on the world. For a Hessian, he is awfully forthcoming with information. He tells them that the Hessian’s have been hiding in plain site all along, waiting and preparing for the inevitable. Abbie asks who’s at the top and moving the chess pieces but is completely chilled when he calls her by name and tells them they’ve already met him. He goes on to tell her about the demon that appeared to her that day in the forest as a child and that that demon summoned the horseman and “with each dark spirit he brings into our world his grand design gets stronger.” Abbie demands a name, but he continues on about the doorway and speaks in German a bit more, saying, “Moloch wird auferstehen” before he breaks his cyanide pill and kills himself. Ichabod is struck and translates the German for them as Moloch shall rise while the captain and other officers track the murder of the bartender to the piano man’s home and find his gruesome hobby in the basement.
After the piano man kills himself, Abbie drops into police mode and begins calling it in, but Jenny stops her pointing out the folly in that and tells Abbie she can’t trust anyone. Abbie, however, insists they must do this by the book and the two break into another bickering argument while Ichabod attempts to draw the map. He yells at them to shut up and finishes the map, much to Jenny’s astonishment. With the finished map in hand pointing to The Lesser Key of Solomon, the trio head to the location, but are too late as the cleanup crew has already arrived. On the way to the location, Ichabod inquires about Jenny’s military training and Jenny reveals that she actually is a bit of a freedom fighter with some extensive training, commenting that she learned long ago that “if you don’t fight for the things you stand for, you don’t really stand for them,” which impresses Ichabod. I’m just curious how Jenny ended up in the loony bin with such an impressive record and connections in the sheriff…
As the Hessian’s pull out the Lesser Key of Solomon and begin performing the ritual to open the seventh circle of hell an altar in the center of the room begins to burn and overflows opening the doorway to hell. The portal widens just as Abbie, Jenny and Ichabod enter the room and see the demons fighting to be freed from hell. Abbie does the typical TV show cop thing and yells at them to back away, basically alerting them to her presence which causes one of the Hessian’s to grab a nearby knife and throw it at her. He misses and Jenny and Abbie open fire. Then in another stupid TV show move, especially stupid for someone with military training and experience, Jenny approaches the Hessian before she finishes reloading her weapon, giving him ample opportunity to grab her and disarm her. The two duke it out as he tries to shove her into the doorway, but Ichabod breaks them up and the Hessian attacks Ichabod while the other Hessian hobbles over to help him thinking he’s taken care of Abbie. Abbie grabs the book, but is stopped as the Hobbling Hessian has somehow managed to grab her sister…really? Military training and all that she said and an injured Hessian can grab her that easily? Anyway, he tells her to drop the book or he’ll kill Jenny, so Abbie listens by throwing the book into the burning doorway. Ichabod successfully fights off his Hessian dumping him into the doorway as well while Jenny shoots the Hobbling Hessian to death while he’s distracted over Abbie’s tossing the book away and the portal closes.
Back at the precinct, Jenny is back in custody as she asks about Abbie and Ichabod. Abbie tells her about Revelations and the two witnesses…what if the two witnesses are Abbie and Jenny? That makes as much sense as Abbie and Ichabod. Jenny gives her another bible verse and then rubs her abandonment in her face again. Abbie tells her that this fight could be her punishment, they lost everything that day in the forest and now she sees who Jenny really is and she’s proud of her. As they are the only family they have left, though she can’t take back what she did, she can try to make it right and hands her paperwork granting her conservatorship over Jenny and her legal affairs to get her out of the loony bin in less than six months. Jenny asks Abbie what she could possibly say to that end and Abbie points out that Jenny is a PR problem due to her escape that the hospital does not need and that she believes they can work together to get some real answers. As Abbie gets up to leave, Jenny tells her that Corbin told Jenny that Abbie would come back when she was ready and Jenny needed to find a way to forgive her when she did, but she didn’t think she could forgive her. Abbie tells her she’s sorry that it took so long to find her and leaves the room. I would say it didn’t take her so long to find Jenny so much as it took to find herself and admit she was wrong. Ichabod stops Abbie in the hallway as she leaves and tells her about an excerpt from Milton’s Paradise Lost, “First Moloch, hrid King besmear’d with blood of human sacrifice and parents’ tears” which refers to the God-demon of child sacrifice who led a revolt of fellow demons against heaven and, in essence, is the same demon she saw in the forest… and now they know his name.