This week’s Sleepy Hollow gets a little personal. A monster-of-the-week episode on the surface, “The Weeping Lady” dives into Ichabod’s personal past, as well as his current relationship with Katrina. The spouses have hit a hard patch in their relationship, but it’s unclear whether the damage done in this episode will linger.
“The Weeping Lady” follows Ichabod and Abbie as they attempt to deal with a murderous “lake woman” spirit. Previously a harmless legend, the title ghoul has taken to homicide.
First, it’s Ichabod’s good friend Caroline, the sweet Civil War reenactor who lovingly maintains all of Ichabod’s digs. Ichabod is devastated by her death, especially since he had only just made amends with her after a love confession gone wrong. I’m disappointed that Caroline is brought back only to be killed off. She’s a cute character, and one of Ichabod’s few normal friends. I do appreciate that she receives the memorial she deserves, considering how many women on TV are fridged and then promptly forgotten about. I hope Ichabod continues to honor her memory.
When The Weeping Lady nearly kills Abbie and manages to grab Katrina’s Raven-delivered love letter off of Ichabod’s person, the duo realizes that the spirit has a grudge against Ichabod’s female friends. They quickly identify the spirit as Mary, Ichabod’s former betrothed. Before Ichabod and Katrina were ever a thing, Mary came to try and force Ichabod home, but he refused and believed that she had gone back to England soon after. But Mary’s presence as a ghost contradicts his theory, and it becomes immediately apparent that Katrina is Mary’s next target.
Ichabod and Abbie rush to save Katrina, only to find that she saved herself from drowning using her magic powers. Free from the limitations placed on her magic at Abraham’s place, Katrina puts Mary’s soul to rest, though not before Mary implicates her as the reason she ended up as a vengeful spirit in the first place. Upon Ichabod’s probing, Katrina reveals that Mary had previously called her out and accidentally fell off a cliff in the process. That detail is one of many Katrina has witheld from Ichabod, and the revelation leaves him shaken. Before they can hash it out, Abraham shows up to take Katrina back home. That conversation will have to wait for another day.
Katrina and Ichabod’s relationship could be in jeopardy, but I’m not sure I really care. Katrina’s role in the story has always been vague at best, and her relationship with Ichabod lacks substance. If I were to really care for this relationship, I’d need to see it developed as well as Ichabod’s relationship with Abbie. Unfortunately, the plot perseveres in keeping Katrina apart from Ichabod. At this point, it’d be more than easy for Katrina to defect to the other side, and that could be an interesting development. But if I don’t care about her relationship with the heroes, it won’t make much of an impact.
That said, I do appreciate that Katrina actually does magic in “The Weeping Lady”. Her escape from Mary’s clutches is a perfect example of what she’s capable of. Her role as a “Hellfire Vessel” is an intriguing indication of her future potential. I also find her relationship with Abraham to be interesting, though not in a gross Stockholm Syndrome sense. Katrina’s ability to play him works perfectly to her advantage, though it’s pretty unclear whether Abraham recognizes her game or not. Either way, it makes for a strange relationship between the two, with Katrina swinging between manipulation and sincerity.
I’m conflicted about The Weeping Lady’s role in Ichabod’s past. On the one hand, Sleepy Hollow feels more cohesive when the one-shot monsters actually have something to do with the main plot. On the other hand, it becomes increasingly more unbelievable that every problem Ichabod and Abbie encounter has ties to Ichabod’s past, or the time period he lived in.
Hawley doesn’t join the adventure this week, but he does lend Ichabod and Abbie a crossbow as a show of good faith. I’m still not enamored with Hawley, especially with the potential that he could be love interest to both Abbie and Jenny. I’d hate to see him come between their far more interesting sisterly relationship. Perhaps if Sleepy Hollow uses Hawley a little more sparingly, I’ll come to appreciate him more. Right now I’m of the impression that he doesn’t add enough to the plot and takes away screentime from characters like Irving.
“The Weeping Lady” isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it does stand out from the previous several episodes for it’s stronger connection to the plot. Most intriguing is the motivation behind Henry’s decision to raise Mary and torment his parents with her. He seems to be regretting his actions after being chewed out by Moloch. Perhaps he’s come to realize that being an evil stooge isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
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