By Chris B.
In this week’s episode of Sleepy Hollow Pandora is tortured by The Hidden One, and accused of being like a spoiled house pet used to feasts instead of being grateful for the table scraps it should receive.
When he tires and orders her to clean herself up for more “punishment” later, she sneaks into the Masonic cell searching for bits of her box. As it was originally forged by the gods, it is the only thing that can contain The Hidden One before he destroys all of humanity, which he will be able to do in approximately 48 hours.
The catch: it can only be regenerated in the Catacombs.
Pandora has little hope of traveling to the Catacombs since the Witnesses destroyed her hard-grown Tree of Fear, but Crane recalls that Betsy Ross’s cutlass made it there somehow, so true to the Witness mantra, there must be another way. Abbie is understandably less than thrilled about the prospect of returning, and Crane respectfully allows her to make the ultimate decision about whether or not they choose to trust what Pandora has told them: “I know what that place did to you. I know how hard it has been for you to recover.”
He will not force her to do what she cannot.
The team deduces that the crossing of the Delaware River by Washington and his army was actually a trip to the Catacombs, one on which Betsy Ross accompanied him, while Crane was left on shore. The flag that she stitched before leaving, the one with the 13 stars, had been oddly laced with a golden thread. Abbie is able to put that together with pieces of Crane’s research from the time Abbie’s absence. The jug Crane had stolen was the one that had allowed Orpheus to locate Eurydice in the underworld, but when Orpheus wished to enter, he’d used a lyre, one strung with gold thread. Thus, they need to get the original flag, supposedly still housed in the home of Paul Revere in Boston.
Unfortunately, the extra protection designed to keep the flag safe comes in the form of the Eternal Soldier, who now will pursue Crane and Abbie until he kills them.
While the flag at Revere’s home is a decoy, it does provide a clue to the original flag’s whereabouts via strategically placed holes in its fabric. Joe realizes that these are musical notes that correspond to those of The Star-Spangled Banner. Turns out Francis Scott Key was a Mason, and during the War of 1812, he secreted away Betsy’s flag and wrote the national anthem as the code to finding it in a secret chamber below a statue of Orpheus on the grounds of Fort McHenry. Once it is found and the Eternal Soldier dispatched, they are able to put the last piece in place; thanks to the key lyrics “by the dawn’s early light,” they are able to see their path to the Catacombs.
The trip is a go.
Secrets and Lies
The overriding PSA of this episode is the hard lesson that Ezra Mills learned in the disintegration of his marriage: “A relationship can survive most anything, except secrets.”
Ezra stops by to offer a book to his daughters, a photo album. They reminisce awkwardly, but Jenny is not impressed by his gesture, and later sits contemplating an image of a candy shop where Mr. Mills used to buy taffy for the girls, “not that he’d remember.” But apparently, he does, as he shows up to Jenny’s trailer later with a bag of her favorite pink ones. He may have lost his wife amid unspoken truths, but as his daughters are the ones “opening the door,” he tries anew with them.
Similarly, the devotion of the immortals could not survive deception. After her husband’s vicious reprisals for keeping secret her knowledge of the emblem of Thura, Pandora makes an official break from The Hidden One, informing him via astral projection, “No longer will I feed your vanity, your hunger, and your pride.”
She’s learned from the Witnesses that “the power of a true bond can conquer any might.” She asserts that she rose from enslavement and helped him rise as well, but if she cannot be an equal partner, as Abbie and Crane are, she wants none of it.
“They are stronger because they have each other; they are stronger because they love each other.” Now, when the god regains his full strength, he vows Pandora will die amongst the humans she so admires.
Abbie makes an early attempt to tell Danny the truth about her supernatural life, but once Danny unwittingly walks in on an attack by the Eternal Soldier, she has no choice but to lay it out for him that monsters are real and she fights them.
Later, she follows Crane’s advice: “If you care for someone, do not leave anything unsaid.” Thus, Abbie, over another tumbler of booze, promises answers to any questions and regenerates her intimate relationship with Daniel Reynolds.