The return of the Horseman this week sets Ichabod on the war path. He sheds his scholarly manner and reveals the hardened warrior beneath it, raging with a cold stare and steely resolve. Crane gets the manic crazy eyes perfectly, as he insists that it's time for Death to gain comeuppance. When the Horseman briefly outfoxes him and slaughters the Masons, Crane frantically tries to find the secret to defeating the Horseman, tossing books aside and ranting about how he died once, and never again (which trips the immortality warning alarm--remember Crane, death is inevitable, even for you).
The Dynamic Duo of Abbie and Crane set off to confront Captain Irving and retrieve the Horseman's head, so they can destroy it and him. It's something that won't necessarily stop the Horseman forever, but will keep him from summoning the other three compadres in his apocalyptic gang. Well done to the writers for addressing that Crane and Co. can't completely kill the Horseman--that's just asking for awkward plotting, when they have to explain why no one is dying and the world is getting destroyed from overpopulation. The fact that it's explained is a good moment for Crane to examine his motives, and pause as he realizes this is a stop-measure instead of a full-stop. This victory, while beautiful and worthwhile, will not stop all the machinations in the works. Thank goodness for our sake, as that means mayhem and mystery for the witnesses of the apocalypse will still be afoot.
Anyway, Captain Irving convincingly disputes rumors of his evil allegiances by kicking trash and taking names as he retrieves the skull and faces the Horseman head-on. Pun most definitely intended. His Matrix-moves and quick-thinking prove him more than ready to join the Witness Crew in their expedition to save the world. After delivering the skull, their quest begins in a Mythbusters-like montage to destroy the unflappable skull. Crane calms down enough to super-sleuth his way through a cipher, exhibiting some lovely handwriting and some lovelier discomfort with computers. As he solves the riddle, and learns the mysterious way to defeat the Horseman, the gang is refreshed and ready for trickery.
Not the least among these tricks is the sudden assist from CHO-MBIE! He returns! And is still creepily obsessed with Abbie, threatening Morales and following her through the tunnel system. At least his stalker tendencies lead him to step out of hiding and warn her of the Horseman's motives (leading in turn to a threatening Crane standing a full foot above Cho-mbie, brooding in full protector mode).
In a heart-thumping race to destroy the skull through Hocus Pocus-esque use of modern technology, Abbie and Crane use Halloween decorations and demon traps to blast the Horseman with UV light. We fade out with Crane, Abbie and Irving smiling triumphantly, but I can't help but believe that this is not the last of the Headless Beast.
-I giggled all through Irving and Abbie's take-down of Thomas Jefferson. The man was a genius and bless him for that, but he was in no way the spotless hero Crane was making him out to be. Poor Ichabod, having one of his heroic companions denigrated in front of his eyes. The truth hurts.
-The hanging heads and spattered neck stumps of the Masons were a glorious return to the gore. Gross and great.
-Crane's voicemail, emphasis on the mail, to Abbie was yet another example of how wonderful Crane is.
-Oh, Paul Revere is apocryphal Mr. Crane? That's rich. Accurate, but rich.