Television: Sleepy Hollow, "The Midnight Ride"

You know, Paul Revere? That whole thing?

Meanwhile, as promised I let my skull friend watch with me:

Abbie's old boyfriend Morales is accosted by what remains of Brooks (looking remarkably fresh); Brooks tells Morales to stay away from Abbie because only he [Brooks] can protect her. (He's protecting her now? What?)

Lots of headless people . . . Benny liked that bit. (Admit it, you thought his name was Yorick.) Oh. And that's the end of James Frain.

Irving goes to Fish & Wildlife because apparently that's where they keep the Horseman's head. And then the Headless Horseman follows and shoots up the place.

Scariest part for Benny: various attempts to destroy the skull.

And just to go back to Crane's clothes for a moment . . . Seriously, did he raid a community theatre's wardrobe department or something? Where is he getting these clothes?

After a long unwinding of logic, Abbie and Crane figure out that the Horseman is looking for a Freemason manuscript that must have some kind of secret that can be used against the Horseman ("Death himself").

Meanwhile, in this week's Crane-learns-about-modern-things, Crane takes on (a) bottled water, (b) the truth about Paul Revere's role in the Midnight Ride as taught to today's schoolchildren, and (c) the Internet (including porn).

Morales has been shaken up by his encounter with Brooks. And Brooks finds Abbie wandering around a tunnel or catacomb or something. Like she does. Pretty regularly these days, actually. He tells Abbie she can't kill Death, but she can trap him. (Hmm. Can this be the secret in the manuscript?)

So the manuscript had been scanned in and posted online by, I dunno, someplace in London (The library? I wasn't paying close enough attention and Benny won't tell). But it's coded and needs a password. Which is located on the back of the Horseman's skull's teeth. Good thing none of those had fallen out or anything. Maybe they couldn't since the skull is apparently indestructible—except one can carve into the teeth. (Dentistry courtesy of Paul Revere.)

Crane wanders into the tunnel/catacomb and tells Brooks to tell the Horseman to meet him at the cemetery at nightfall. Because he hasn't lived in modern times long enough to realize what a cliché that is?

The manuscript says they need a witch to turn the moon into the sun because the Horseman's weakness is sunlight. Lacking of summonable witches, Abbie suggests a UV light instead. (Or maybe they could just arrange to meet in daylight? Maybe the Horseman doesn't do that.) And then they call in Irving to help prep a bunch of skulls. (Benny was pleased to see his kind so well represented onscreen.)

(Crane finds himself disillusioned about Thomas Jefferson after discovering Jefferson's extramarital relations and that he'd taken credit for others' words.)

So they meet and Crane leads the Horseman on a merry chase into the catacombs dotted with glowing skulls. And then they turn the lights on, bright as day.

Meaning next week they'll get to interrogate the Headless Horseman.

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