Ichabod and Abbie hunt a resurrected witch who is leaving a trail of charred corpses in her wake.

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Denise Hemmington
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Jeremy Furth
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Serilda
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Derek (Fireman) (as Dave Maldonado)
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Deputy Andy Brooks, who was nearly decapitated, is resuscitated and told to help a burned corpse to help her kill specific people. From his wife's cryptic warnings and Sheriff Corbin's notes, which he finds by laying bear a secret passage, Ichabod works out it's the doing of stake-burned black witch Serilda, who can only return to life if she kills the Furth bloodline before the blood-moon. Their success helps Lt. Mills believe his story about a secret war against black magic Crane was charged with by General Washington. Written by KGF Vissers

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When the Captain shows Mills the surveillance video of Brooks supposedly killing himself in the holding cell, he did it by running into the back wall. This would put him facing away from the door. Brooks had actually been facing the cell door when the creature snapped his neck, a distinction both Mills and Crane should have noticed. See more »

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Ichabod Crane: [about the cost of the food he just ate] What's insane is a ten-percent levy on baked goods. You do realize the Revolutionary War began on less than two percent? How is the public not flocking to the streets in outrage? We must do something.
Lt. Abbie Mills: Here's what we can do: no more first-hand accounts of witches or founding fathers. Or donut tax outrage unless you want to be sent back to the asylum.
Ichabod Crane: Point taken.
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Featured in Sleepy Hollow: For the Triumph of Evil (2013) See more »

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Witchcraft
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Written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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24 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Easy to see how our British friends were left unimpressed since this was their introduction to Sleepy Hollow. Front matter is pretty lame and, quite frankly, confusing and pointless. Hope we don't have to suffer through it all season. In fact, all of the 'explanatory' material dumped on us before the opening credits was poorly done. And then it picks up, as Crane and Abie drive to the funeral of her former partner.

Of course, by then, the Brits were totally alienated and confused.

So I'd strongly suggest that the producers edit out all of that front matter, especially the 4 horseman chase.

As for this episode, it ain't up to the pilot but that's like saying The Thinker isn't David. All of the elements that made the Pilot exceptional are still there: pacing, character interaction, especially the chemistry between Crane and Abbie, and visual elements.

For example, the Revolutionary War scenes, as Crane describes the original mystery to Abbie, were as well done and effective as anything in the Pilot. Short, to the point, and telling without leakage - portraying the point in three cuts cumulatively lasting less than a minute. The same kind of economy and focus that graced the Pilot so well.

There is one flaw that will dog the series until its end - the historical inaccuracy of Crane's wife, Kate, being tried and convicted of Witchcraft, sentenced to be burned at the stake. Fact is the last Witch Trial in America was in 1706 (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6400850) and no one was ever burned. Couldn't confirm that using witchcraft was a civil offense in New York in 1776 (Web was being its cranky self) but, by then, the issue was moot. And, while the whole issue of Kate's status and fate was mishandled badly, it was the only flaw in a sea of excellence.

Back to this episode, I'd rate it a sound journeyman piece of work, as much a pleasure to touch as a fine but utilitarian piece of cabinetry.


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