Ever since season two began, fans have been anxious to see more about Abbie (Nichole Beharie) and Jenny’s (Lyndie Greenwood) back story involving their mother, Lori Mills (Aunjanue Ellis). “Mama”, written by Damian Kindler, finally reveals not only what happened to Lori, but also offers clues as to why exactly Abbie was chosen as a witness. In my opinion, to date, this is the most emotional, well-developed episode of season two.
This week Ichabod (Tom Mison) is sidelined with a cold which is actually amusing to watch as he attempts a Eucalyptus steam, then is put to rest after Hawley (Matt Barr) appears with drug-laden Motzo Ball soup, which he begrudgingly loves! Though he’s out of commission, it doesn’t stop Abbie’s first official assigned case by Sheriff Reyes (Sakina Jaffrey), to look into a rash of suicides at Tarrytown Psychiatric. Given carte blanche to run the investigation, Abbie enlists Jenny’s assistance since she knows the hospital better than anyone after her years spent there. The two are soon catapulted into disbelief upon reviewing the last victim’s “suicide” surveillance video, where they see the apparition of their mother! Believing their mother is making patients do themselves in, the sisters soon unravel the mystery and who is behind the murders! They also learn just how much their mother loved and tried to protect them.
This episode was very emotional and I found myself tearing up as the sisters uncovered the truth about their mother, the reason why she took her own life. Nichole and Lyndie give incredible performances, as well as Orlando Jones, as Captain Irving almost succumbs to the same fate! It was nice to finally see him back on our screens, struggling against the loss of his soul and then almost dying at the hands of another demon! The poor man can’t get a break! Last we see, he’s escaped from the hospital but my question is, who let him out? Is Irving still in control of his actions or did Henry have something to do with his hitchhike proposal? I guess it all remains to be seen!
For the record, although Hawley tried to sort of fill the void left by Ichabod, unfortunately he couldn’t. I loved how Abbie took care of ailing Ichabod, even when Hawley brought the spiked soup so he could sleep, but Ichabod was sorely missed throughout the episode. While some on social media claimed this wasn’t the case, I’m here to tell you it was! Ichabod and Abbie have such a close relationship that it felt bizarre having Hawley there during such an important episode about the Mill’s family, as Abbie learns why she’s a witness, how their ancestors are involved. Although they included Ichabod in the last scene, his absence was glaring.
Having said that, I absolutely loved Aunjanue Ellis as Lori Mills! Her performance was nothing sort of genius as a mother trying to protect her children the best she can. There were several scenes that brought tears to my eyes and I love how the sisters now know what happened to their mother, that it was Moloch who was behind her death thanks to Demon Nurse from HELL- literally! The mural Abbie and Jenny found in their mother’s room was heartbreaking! We are able to see how much she loved them, tried to protect them, knowing ultimately she couldn’t— until now! The final scene between Lori and her daughters was incredibly emotional, allowing the audience to feel all she went through to save her girls, as well as explain Abbie’s legacy as a witness. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one bawling as I watched it unfold.
Meanwhile as the terror at Tarrytown Psychiatric was going down, Katrina had her hands full at Frederick Manor when Henry guilts her into picking up the baby. Though she sees it as a real baby because of her enchanted necklace, it’s a monster that quickly infects her upon its touch, which Katrina notices after her neck turns black! Realizing the time to kill the infant is now, she creates a potion to deliver to the baby but it’s too late! The demon child has grown, now at least 7 years old! What will happen next is anyone’s guess.
Tweeting with fans during and immediately after the show, the consensus is the Sleepy Hollow is back! Damian Kindler wrote the episode and knows the show since he’s been in the writing room since last season. He’s aware of the history of the show, what was already revealed about the Mills family and what we need to learn moving forward. That’s why this episode brought me back to season one, when every episode was very planned, well thought out, with a clear direction.
Sleepy Hollow has a “feel” and fans love to be scared! This week, we got a little more of the creep back upon the opening as Abbie dreamed her mother was a demon! I love when Abbie is suddenly yanked from the patient’s room, to another part of the hospital that is clearly been shut down and the minute I saw the nurse in that wing, I knew she was a baddie! I mean, what nurse wears frickin’ pearls to a job at a psychiatric hospital? Come on now! I thought Abbie was toast once she was buckled onto that gurney and almost force-fed those pills! The special effects were fantastic and added an element to the fear factor, which played into the overall theme of the episode.
Finally, my WTH Moment: Demon child rises! Still can’t believe Katrina picked up the baby KNOWING it was Moloch! What the HELL was she thinking? I’m completely at a loss as to why she’d go back in there without at least some type of protection spell! Anyone else have the same question? Seriously, WTH?!
After nine episodes, while it’s clear there are some issues about Sleepy Hollow‘s sophomore season, for me I try to remain optimistic. I still love the show, it’s definitely been entertaining, fun to write about for sure and whether or not the writers get the back end of the season together remains to be seen. For this Sleepyhead, I’m “all in”, eager to continue this crazy ride and will continue to support the show the best I can.
Next week part one of two begins as the mid-season finale looms. The episode is called “Magnum Opus”, and looks like we’re finally back to basics! An epic journey to find the right sword, Ichabod and Abraham clashing and of course, Henry working his plans! It’s sure to be another thrill-ride, so don’t miss a second of it, Monday November 24 at 9 pm on FOX!
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