And we're back, Sleepyheads! The season 3 premiere of Sleepy Hollow, "I, Witness," is...different. There are big changes in our favorite little magical New England hamlet and Ichabod and Abbie are right in the middle of it all. Last season, we saw a huge shakeup with the deaths of the big-bads, Moloch, Henry Parrish and Katrina Crane. So, how will the show fare without them? If the season opener is any indication, pretty well!
The show opens with a bang as Headless and his horse are intercepted by a mystery woman (Shannyn Sossamon) who sings the horse a lullaby and then magically sucks the horse and his rider into a box. And you know she can't be up to any good at all.
We continue with the Witnesses nine months after the events of last season with Abbie having finally joined the FBI as an agent and working in the field with a new mentor, Agent Granger (C. Thomas Howell). The two have just arrested a suspect when Abbie gets a call.
It seems our beloved Ichabod has landed himself in jail (and gotten a rather nice haircut) and he's called Abbie to bail him out. Having been nabbed by customs for trying to enter the country with "restricted materials," we learn that Ichabod and Abbie have not spoken in all the time they have been apart. Abbie bails him out and we're even treated to a "suit up" montage as Ichabod ditches the orange jumpsuit and dons his iconic period coat and boots (swoon).
Things are a tad awkward between our heroes. Where Abbie has put some distance between their mission as a "witness" and her new life, Ichabod is feeling lost and alone. During the months apart, Ichabod traveled to his ancestral home in Scotland where he discovered a stone tablet with writing engraved in Sumerian. Naturally, Ichabod could translate the ancient language and discovered, to his shock, the tablet was about the witnesses.
The monster of the week is a demon that looks like a bloody, dead bear-beast thing. The demon slaughters two red necks in a cabin in the woods and Abbie is called in to investigate. And just like old times, she has Ichabod along for the ride as she runs the crime scene, ordering samples of goo to be taken by the forensics team. Ichabod performs a test of his own using Dragon's Breath, a mystical substance that will show if anything supernatural happened. And it's Sleepy Hollow, so of course it did!
Abbie takes Crane to her new office and he is duly impressed. Agent Granger gives him the cold shoulder, but a cute forensic scientist named Dani is instantly smitten. And really, can you blame her?
When they return to the archives, everything is covered in dust and white sheets. As it turns out, the city has sold the beloved building and it is scheduled for demolition. Crane is disgusted that such an historic building would be destroyed for a mini-mall.
Jenny arrives and we learn that Irving is gone. During the months Ichabod was away, he left without saying a word to anyone and Jenny helped him leave. The three manage to identify the demon and that someone else has summoned and is controlling it. Finally, Abbie acknowledges "There's another player in town."
In a flashback, Ichabod tells Jenny and Abbie about Betsy Ross (Nikki Reed). As it turns out, she was more than the seamstress behind the flag, but she was a spy for Washington...one of his best. And Ichabod and Betsy had "a thing." Betsy had information from Benjamin Franklin on how to defeat the demon and Jenny discovers the information still exists in the form of an artifact located in "Colonial Times," a Revolutionary War-themed restaurant and mini-golf course. Abbie and Crane retrieve the artifact at the restaurant where Abbie breaks into a display case and "borrows" the item. The leather pouch opens to a cypher, written by Betsy.
Meanwhile, the mystery woman with the box is strolling down the highway when a cop from Sleepy Hollow's Sheriff's Department drives up. He's kind and offers her a ride. But she declines, saying she'd rather walk the five miles into town. The cop is confused but drives away unharmed. Hmm...maybe she's not quite so big and bad? I guess we'll see.
Back at the archives, Jenny discovers a weird black rock in a box of old things when Ichabod interrupts her. In the moment together alone, she welcomes him back as her fellow misfit. Not to linger too long in an awkward personal moment, Ichabod informs Jenny that the cypher revealed the demon is attracted to gun powder and aggressive behavior.
Meanwhile, Abbie is taking part in an FBI bust of a major drug kingpin. During the explosive exchange, the demon is drawn in and comes upon Abbie's new mentor, Agent Granger. The demon slices open his throat and disappears. The suspect escapes and Abbie does her best to save Granger, but the damage is done and the agent dies.
Abbie informs Ichabod that she saw the demon's eyes turn white before it vanished and he remembers an officer from the war saying, "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes." He realized, the officer was talking about the demon and that is the key to killing it.
The FBI, believing the drug lord killed Agent Granger, has him cornered but he's taken hostages. Abbie arrives on the scene and he demands to speak only to her. She goes in and attempts to reason with him as he begins to rant about what they had both seen. She suddenly begins to tell him the truth about herself and being a witness, admitting the existence of demons and that it is her job to kill them. The hostages escape and the suspect snaps and starts shooting but Abbie manages to subdue him and backup arrives for the arrest.
Ichabod and Jenny draw out the demon in a warehouse nearby. Ichabod sets himself up as bait, relying on Jenny to take the shot at the right moment and kill the demon. But Jenny fumbles the shot, firing wildly into the room and drawing the demon's attention. The demon powers towards her and begins to pounce. At the last possible second, Abbie takes the shot with her service pistol and saves the day. Ichabod and Abbie finally embrace and properly welcome each other back.
Abbie gets Ichabod's tablet returned to him. They take a closer look at the stone and realize it has a seam on the side. Abbie pushes at it and the tablet slides to reveal a hidden image; an engraving that looks like the two of them. And the caption reads, "The Destroyers."
In the final heart-to-heart of the episode, Abbie and Ichabod are in the pub. Ichabod must come to terms with the loss of his family and the idea that America is not the country he envisioned for so long. The mystery women shows up in the pub and introduces herself to Abbie. Her name is Pandora. Yup...that Pandora. And we just know that box is very, very bad.