The Pied Piper of Sleepy Hollow: aka ‘Go Where I Send Thee’:

Sleepy Hollow S2E3 I’ve known for many years that there’s an entrance to the Hellmouth in Sunnydale. Now I see that the Hellmouth also has an East Coast entrance located in Sleepy Hollow.

Think about it. One little town with a never-ending supply of visiting monsters. Hellmouth is the only logical explanation.

This week, the vindictive Pied Piper of Sleepy Hollow returned to claim the ten-year-old great, great, great, great (more greats?) grandaughter of his Revolutionary War enemy. Because he was wronged back in the day, the Piper grabs a daughter from each generation then uses her dried out bones to create a magical, musical weapon.

I loved the whole Pied Piper idea and as soon as Ichabod picked up the bone flute, I knew that was where they were going. But the story got a little lost in the flashbacks and the rules surrounding the Piper’s revenge. 10th birthday, disease hits the family if the child is rescued, can’t be felled by bullets but a sword works. . .

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Crane (Tom Mison, L) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie, R) search for a missing girl in the "Go Where I Send Thee" episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Monday, Oct. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Brownie Harris/FOXAnd why is it that Abbie was drawn in by the sound of the flute but Ichabod wasn’t? Because he was playing it? And can we talk about a powerful demon who creates a bone flute that works no matter who picks it up?

I think the writers are trying too hard.

Then there’s the mysterious relic hunter Hawley played by Matt Barr. I worked with Matt on the movie Ten Inch Hero, so I’m predisposed to like him but I don’t. Don’t like his character. . . not him personally.

Hawley is Sleepy Hollow’s version of Bella from Supernatural. He locates valuable, paranormal artifacts for a large finder’s fee, but he doesn’t believe the artifacts have power.  He could be lying, but he seemed pretty surprised by the Pied Demon’s flashy moves.

In the end, Abbie makes Hawley a deal, if he helps them rescue the little girl, she’ll give him the flute – which she does, after she snaps it in two. Hawley still sells it and guess to whom. . Henry! He then grinds a piece of it to dust, tastes it and declares it perfect. All I can think of is the line from Jack and the Beanstalk where the giant says he’s going to grind Jack’s bones to make his bread. Perhaps Henry is planning to do a little baking!

One thing I always love about Sleepy Hollow is how they combine history and technology to battle the monster of the week. This time it was the modern, noise canceling headphones paired with the 200 year-old sword. Nice. I also like that they didn’t play the usual schtick when Ichabod takes the wheel of the car. He’s a smart guy. He’s figured out cell phones and computers and fast food. He can handle a car.

I did get a good laugh out of his reference to the “log-in ceremony” and his deep disdain for the overpriced cappuccino. I love how Ichabod’s running commentary on modern society is always so spot on. (I meant wearing hats indoors!)

Best thing about this episode? So much Ichabod and Abbie shipping (Ichabbie? Ababod?) and no sign of Jenny, Sheriff Vasquez or Katrina and the headless jilted lover. That’s the way – aw haw, aw haw – I like it.

You?

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Crane (Tom Mison, L), Nick (guest star Matt Barr, R) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie, C) search for a missing girl in the \”Go Where I Send Thee\” episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Monday, Oct. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Brownie Harris/FOX

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