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Sisterly Love, Sleepy Hollow “Root of All Evil” 

Photo Credit: David Johnson/FOX
Photo Credit: David Johnson/FOX

Henry, our favorite Horseman of War, is up to no good. Well, that’s a given. But one has to wonder what his plan is for the creepy scale model of Sleepy Hollow he’s building. Are we talking voodoo? A Beetlejuice situation or what? “Root of All Evil” opened on Henry meticulously painting a figure of Tarrytown Psychiatric so you know the bad is about to go down.

Tarrytown Psychiatric just happens to be a sore point between sisters Abbie and Jenny Mills. While Jenny battled her own demons after being locked there for years, we learn that their mother Lori had battled actual demons in the same place before killing herself. Even more intriguing, the new Sheriff in town, the one who has been disrupting the balance of Team Crane/Mills, was the one to put Lori Mills in Tarrytown. Which you can imagine, goes over like gangbusters with hot-headed Jenny when she finds out. Like the flip side of a Mills coin, Abbie has a cooler, practical reaction to the news her boss was personally involved in her mother’s commitment. Tempers flare while Abbie sticks to logic. Will the Mills sisters ever see eye to eye?

Photo Credit: Fred Norris/FOX
Photo Credit: Fred Norris/FOX

Speaking of coins, “Root of All Evil” explores the emergence of tainted coins called Tyrain Shekels that date back all the way to Judas, betrayer of Jesus. Not to mention America’s most notorious traitor, Benedict Arnold. Henry sneakily finds a way to get one of the coins into the public, causing a series of violent crimes as the unsuspecting holder of the coin is taken over by their darkest sides. The coin finds its way into Jenny’s hands while she’s still steaming from the news of Sheriff Reyes’ involvement with her mother. Overwhelmed by darkness, Jenny finds herself a high-powered rifle and sets off to hunt down the Sheriff. (How she figured out the Sheriff was hunting in the woods must have come from her darkened rage.) Abbie puts two and two together in time to gather up Crane and new crony Nick Hawley (played by hottie Matt Barr of Hatfields & McCoys, Hellcats and One Tree Hill) to get the coin away from Jenny before she commits homicide.

Photo Credit: Fred Norris/FOX
Photo Credit: Fred Norris/FOX

Jenny and Abbie have been at odds ever since we met Jenny in season one. They reminded us in “Root of All Evil” that Jenny and Abbie were estranged for 13 years while each resented the other. Instead of trusting her blood, Abbie’s been known to put her faith elsewhere like Ichabod, Sheriff Corbin and the law. Her refusal to stick by Jenny after they witnessed Moloch in the forest as teenagers drove a permanent wedge through their relationship. Like a tree growing roots around a knife, Abbie and Jenny are constantly trying to rebuild their relationship around the wound that neither trusts the other. In “Root of All Evil,” Abbie once again sides with Sheriff Reyes, even though by the end of the episode, Abbie confronts Reyes with the same questions Jenny had. She knew Jenny was right but her automatic reaction was to counter Jenny and deal with things with emotion removed. One has to wonder if a little foreshadowing doesn’t come from Ichabod’s warning that “Just as the coin magnifies people’s darkest impulses, so war magnifies their allegiances and loyalties.”  When it comes down to the wire, will Abbie and Jenny be aligned on the same side?

Other things of note:

Photo Credit: Fred Norris/FOX
Photo Credit: Fred Norris/FOX

Cute Crane Moment of the Week:  It’s a toss-up between his startled reaction to Jenny flippantly referring to Sheriff Reyes as a bitch and his annoyance at Abbie giving him an LGBT rights lecture when he was just observing a man wearing a hat indoors.

Easy-on-the-eyes Nick Hawley will be popping up in Sleepy Hollow a few more times this season. While he’s all hidden agenda and shady opportunity, he’s also a good resource for supernatural artifacts and clearly educated. He and Ichabod butt heads more than a few times this episode but in the end, he comes through when they need him to. Whether he’s actually Team Crane/Mills remains to be seen.

Abbie got her hands on her mother’s records, thanks to the Sheriff, who may not be so bad after all. Abbie learns her mother was tormented by demons and in Sleepy Hollow-talk that means real demons, not the made-up kind people are usually committed for. It looks as if we’ll be unspooling what really happened to Lori Mills this season.

Sleepy Hollow airs Mondays at 9pm on FOX.

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