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“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
Mark Twain—American writer and lecturer
Crane and Abbie attempt to visit Irving only to learn that Henry Parrish has barred them from seeing him. They find Parrish exiting a bank. Soon after he leaves, shots are fired in the bank. Abbie leaves Crane and rushes inside the bank. She finds a teller with a gun aimed at customer. Abbie negotiates with her until she is shot by Sheriff Leena Reyes. Later at the archives, Crane tells Abbie about a mission he was on for George Washington to stop local counterfeiters and reveals a secret behind Benedict Arnold. They suspect that Parrish is trying to turn the tide of war in his favor using a coin. Jennifer searches the police data base and learns that Reyes was their mother’s arresting officer. Abbie and Jennifer argue. Jennifer leaves. Abbie and Crane find a man named Nick Hawley who may have information about the coins. He tells them that the coins are from the Roman Empire—a Tyrian shekel. Elsewhere, a shop owner is killed in an explosion linked to one of the coins. While investigating the murder, Henry Parrish at the police station. Crane confronts him. Henry leaves and then Crane is confronted by Reyes. Meanwhile at the evidence room, Abbie looks in the box of the shop owner’s son’s belongings to find that Henry switched the coins and passed it to Jennifer. Crane finds a way to shield the effects of the coin using stained glass. Abbie tracks Jennifer to the forest where she is on the hunt for Reyes. Crane and Abbie with Hawley find Jennifer. Abbie talks her sister down and Crane manages to wrestle the rifle away from her. Abbie then nearly picks the coin up when Crane kicks it away and it caught by Hawley in between two pieces of stained glass. Later, Crane visits Irving and tells him about his lawyer Henry Parrish. Meanwhile, Henry has taken up residence in the place of his birth.
Benedict Arnold was a General for the American Continental Army before he defected to the British. He was a notorious traitor who was responsible for raids in Virginia, New London and Groton, Connecticut. History has the reason for his betrayal listed as his plot to turn over West Point to the British was exposed. Ichabod Crane recalls the event differently. Yup, it’s another twist in American history. Crane recalls a mission he was sent on by George Washington along with Arnold to stop counterfeiters from integrating false currency. However the coin they were minting were in fact Tyrian shekels, the currency of the Roman Empire. According to the series mythos, the Tyrian shekels were said to have the power to turn people hearts. Supposedly, these were the coins Judas received as payment for betraying Jesus—30 in all. The Tyrian shekels bear the likeness of several deities including Beelzebub who is one of the Seven kings of Hell in Christian demonology. Henry Parrish, the Horseman of War, has these coins and he serves the demon Moloch. See how this all comes together and now we have our plot set up for the second season. Henry is trying to build an army and he is using the Tyrian shekels to do so. As he revealed to Crane, the coins draw out the darkness in one’s heart, darkness that has already been there but buried deep within. Crane and Abbie manage to snag one of the after Henry passed it off to Abbie’s sister Jennifer. One down, twenty nine more to go.
Abbie and Jennifer learn the truth about their mother and Sheriff Leena Reyes (Sakina Jaffrey) is the connection. Reyes is the one who sent their mother to the psychiatric hospital after she was arrested for kidnapping. Jennifer and Abbie are on opposite sides over this. Abbie feels that Reyes was doing her job as an officer whereas Jennifer blames Reyes for their mother’s suicide. This incident drives a wedge between them again. I had a feeling that something would push them away again though I expected it to happen last season. However, Abbie soon begins to realize that may her judgment isn’t the best as a mysterious coin that turns people dark shows up in Sleepy Hollow. The coin ends up in Jennifer’s possession courtesy of Henry Parrish and Abbie confesses her true feelings of anger towards their mother to Jennifer. Thankfully this works and the sister reconcile. However, Leena Reyes still bothers me. After showing that she is a tough as nails by the book cop, she hands Abbie her mother’s medical records. Even though this act shows it but I don’t think she did this out of kindness or sympathy. I think she knows a lot more than she is telling and even more that she is not telling.
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