Sleepy Hollow S02 E17: Awakening


On last week’s episode of “Sleepy Hollow,” we met good ole Thomas Jefferson. Why was the writer of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States hiding out in the sewers of Sleepy Hollow? He and his monster posse had important information for our dynamic duo. Too bad Ichabod and Abbie couldn’t save the books. This week we’re asked the question, “Who really cracked the Liberty Bell?” Our dynamic duo has to stop a coven of witches from gaining power. Which side will Katrina be on?

For Whom the Bell Tolls

I was worried about this show surviving. It had all the right ingredients to work, but it didn’t have a strong enough script. I wasn’t the only one that felt that way. I love Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, they were never the problem. The chemistry between them was amazing and it was the only reason we all tuned in each week, only to be disappointed by the script or lack of script.


To counter this drop in ratings, “Sleepy Hollow” began featuring a new monster every week. This was a formula used successfully by the NBC series Grimm. “Sleepy Hollow” also added a new character in the form of an Indiana Jones collector of cursed artifacts named Nick Hawley (Matt Barr). Playing two handsome stud muffins against each other should have worked, but the few times that Nick and Ichabod worked together were few and far between and the story line never delivered the awaited punch. The network people knew there was a problem. They are trying to change things around.

Ichabod’s wife, Katrina (Katia Winter), was another problem. There was no passion between them, which was strange since they were supposed to be madly in love. The only passion shown was during the scenes that Katrina and Abraham (Neil Jackson) were in. Neil Jackson is our third stud muffin that was sorely underused, but we haven’t seen him for several episodes. Where is he? I’ve said it before that Katrina should be a wicked witch for this show to work. I think the network heads are listening, but I hope it’s not too late.

Tonight’s storyline was great. Henry (John Noble) is using a copy of the Liberty Bell to cause all kinds of trouble for the people of Sleepy Hollow. He wants to bring back the coven; ring in the witches. Although people do begin to go crazy when Henry gets the bell to ring, he is not strong enough to complete the spell. Henry needs help. He needs mother.

While trying to figure out what caused the good people of Sleepy Hollow to go coo coo for cocoa puffs, we learn that it was Ichabod who cracked the Liberty Bell in 1773. Do you know the real history of the Liberty Bell? This is one of the reasons this show can and should be a major hit. The writers drop enough historical references into each episode to make it fun. I love this kind of stuff! I know a lot of other fans do too and that is why I’ll add the links to any historical references if I can find them.



Finally, we see the emotion. Katrina’s encounter with Solomon Kent has turned her to the dark side. Her love for Henry cinched the deal. She tells Ichabod that she doesn’t want to be with him and that she will help Henry use the bell in an ancient ceremony to bring back the coven. Katrina should have been written as an evil witch from the get go. She kept secrets from Ichabod and never told him that they had a son. Tonight, Katia Winter was allowed to do her thing as the wicked mommy witch. While Abbie and Ichabod try to destroy the bell, Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) has her hands full fighting off Ninja Frank (Orlando Jones).

Conclusion and Spoiler

Will there be a season three? I don’t know. I hope so. Tonight Henry was killed by Abbie. Will he come back? I love John Noble. He is a great actor, but maybe we would have identified more with the Jeremy/ Henry character if he wasn’t an older man. If he was younger, in his late teens or early twenties then I think we would have seen him as Ichabod and Katrina’s little lost boy.

Henry’s constant whining about being an abandoned son drove me crazy. He was old. Get over it! If Henry comes back, make him younger, angrier and more diabolical. There is good news. When Henry died, Frank was freed from his power… or so he says.


Katrina is pissed off at Ichabod and blames him for Henry’s death. She does a time travel spell which brings her back to a time when she is still pregnant with Henry. Abbie has been accidentally dragged back to the past, too. In Colonial times, life was not good for people of color and Abbie gets herself thrown into jail. Her only chance for freedom is to speak with a certain Captain Ichabod Crane. Will he believe the story Abbie has to tell? There are only two episodes left, my little sleepy heads. Maybe we can send a message to the Fox network. Fix the show and give us a season three.

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