Sleepy Hollow recap: Just Me and My Golem

The fate of Ichabod's son is revealed; Moloch delivers a (terrifying) threat
Ep. 10 | Aired Dec 9, 2013

ICHA-DAD The truth hurts, and Ichabod learns this the hard way this week as it is revealed that his sons had a troubled past and troubling end.

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Well, I use the term raised loosely because Ichabod's son was only a boy when it was realized that he had inherited some of Katrina's powers. Apparently, the mere sound of his cries could light fires. (I've heard the same thing about some celebrities...) And unfortunately, Grace and Joseph were killed in one of the fires he'd caused.

We didn't find out this piece of information until later, though. The only other thing we learned in Ichabod's trip to the other realm was that Katrina was terrible at making stuffed animals. You know that creepy Aaahh! Real Monsters-reject of a doll that Abbie saw in her vision? That was Jeremy's and a parting gift from his dear ole witch mum. It's the thought that counts, I guess.

Side note, here: I understand and respect how some people can 'ship Abbie and Ichabod. Honestly, I get it. Those two are a bundle of sweet, wrapped in an old-timey coat, smothered in one-liners and drenched in deep affections. But when you have dreamy, lens-flared scenes between Ichabod and Katrina in which he "swears" to find out what happened to their son, free her from her supernatural prison, and defeat the evil that stalks them so they can "be together again," how do you argue with THAT? I'm officially Team Whatever The Hell the Writers Want to Do Because They Haven't Failed Me So Far.

Once back from his cross-realm journey, the team hit up the local historical society where they not only unearthed the aforementioned information about the fate of Jeremy, but also encountered a witch. Upon initial interactions they did not realize this, though. They simply noted, after she was murdered by something strong enough to smash her car, that something strange was afoot. (Obviously.) Further poking around in the historical society nooks and crannies led them to discover a box that contained the personal effects of Ichabod's son -- in particular, a journal that contained a scribble of the creepy stuffed animal.

Henry was able to discern from the object the rest of Jeremy's past: After his guardians were killed, Jeremy was sent to a home for orphans that was run by a horrid priest, who abused Jeremy. That is, until one day, a drop of Jeremy's blood landed on his stuffed animal and summoned a chubby-fingered golem, whose sole task was to protect the boy.

It was not easy for Ichabod to hear that in his absence, his boy was forced to bring to life a dark force. But there was not too time much to spend lamenting it further because Ichabod and Co. realized his trip to the other realm had allowed the Golem to travel into the present day -- a bad side effect and something Henry had warned them about -- and they had to stop him. (Later, though, Ichabod and Henry had a conversation about this, in which Henry consoled Ichabod. "It is a father's task to impart wisdom. Mine taught me not to fear my power; I wish I could have thanked him for this gift while his mind was still intact. Whatever became of your son, you speak for him now. I believe he was a good man, Ichabod. He was, after all, molded from your clay." God, I love John Noble.)

With all this action, I have yet to talk about Irving's subplot this week, which, I worry, is setting us up for a farewell. Not only did he visit a church where a priest essentially said (in much more veiled words) that  he is destined to die, but he visited his ex and apologized for being an absent father and husband. (What, he's on some sort of Farewell Tour?) And on top of all of that: He encountered a demon who was all too excited to tell Irving -- without detail -- about a "plan" that the baddies have cooking. Again, I'm not liking the looks of this.

NEXT: Veiled villains

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