In The Lesser Key of Solomon, the Mills sisters get back together, learn the name of the demon that’s been plaguing them all these years, and get a history lesson about what really happened at the Boston Tea Party.
Let’s bitch it out…
We begin with the Tea Party. Not the ones that are currently trying to take away U.S. universal health care, but rather a flashback to the Boston Tea Party which we learn was actually a diversion devised by Ichabod (Tom Mison) to steal a crate from the British! By orders of George Washington he is to retrieve the crate, which he doesn’t know at the time holds a book – the titular Lesser Key of Solomon – that will resurrect 72 demons. Yikes!
Back (or forward?) in the present day, Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) is still on the lam. (Sidebar: Jenny makes lots of stops and clearly has no qualms with stealing, yet she continues to wear her psychiatric hospital patient t-shirt. You would think that’d be the first thing to go). Jenny retrieves a bag with her belongings from a bar (cheaper than a locker at the bus station, I guess) and heads off to…wait for it…Sheriff Corbin’s cabin! Apparently the entire time he was Abbie’s (Nicole Beharie) mentor and friend, he was also developing a relationship with Abbie’s sister. This is a great twist that adds an additional emotional layer to the already ridiculously complex relationship between the two sisters.
Meanwhile, a piano teacher/Hessian soldier gets a call to follow Jenny and retrieve the crate. Those of us forced to take piano lessons as kids have no problem believing that they are secretly evil-doers spreading hate and discontent (Hi Mrs. Angermeyer!). Piano Teacher and his goons track Jenny to the bar and brutally torture and decapitate the owner that helped her (guess now that’s five bodies in just a few weeks – the party never stops in Sleepy Hollow!).
At the cabin, Abbie and Jenny have their first official face-to-face in five years. Of course, this results in a stand-off, forcing Ichabod to act as the exasperated referee. Once everyone puts their weapons down, the newly formed team discovers a map hidden in a sextant that outlines where the Lesser Key of Solomon is hidden. In short order, the Hessians show up guns a blazin’. The bad news: two get away with the map. The good news: our team kidnaps Piano Teacher and, like all stupid villains, he immediately gives them a whole bunch of info on the book, as well as the name of the villain who’s behind all this: Moloch, the demon that Abbie and Jenny saw in the woods.
Abbie, Jenny and Crane race to intercept Goon 1 and Goon 2 as they find and “activate” the book (activate? I’m not really down with demon-raising lingo). When Goon 1 threatens to kill Jenny, Abbie throws the book into the fiery lava pool/portal thing to stop the demons from rising. Um, sure, let’s roll with that. As much as I like Abbie, that seems like a particularly lucky guess.
Now that the apocalypse has been temporarily postponed, Abbie arranges for Jenny to be legally put under her care so that she’s out of the hospital and available to help prevent crazy stuff from destroying the world (because, priorities). Ichabod realizes that Moloch is not only the one Abbie and Jenny saw, but that he’s also in charge of the horsemen and guarding Katrina (a briefly glimpsed Katia Winters). Looks like we found our season’s Big Bad!
- The opening scene in which Ichabod has a heart-to-heart with Yolanda (!) from OnStar is outstanding!
- Ichabod obviously respects Jenny and her commitment to her beliefs. It will be interesting to see how the team dynamics shift now that she’s a part of it. Will Abbie be jealous? How bitter is Jenny that Abbie’s refused to acknowledge what happened to them but was still chosen as a biblical witness instead of her?
- I’m confused about the Jenny timeline. She’s, what, 25? She’s been locked up for 5 years, but she’s been a freedom fighter in several dangerous countries and running international errands for Sheriff Corbin for years. So how old was she while doing this?!
- All of Jenny’s lines refusing to use Ichabod’s name: “Hi again…British Guy” & “So what’s with you and Prince William?”
What did you think? Are you happy with the way Jenny has become a part of the team? Is the “demon of the week” format working for you? Sound off below!
Sleepy Hollow (which was this week renewed for S2 – huzzah!) airs Mondays at 9pm EST on FOX