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Crane is dealing with the encounter he had with Moloch. Meanwhile, Irving is trying to find out more about the man who threatened the life of his daughter. The woman who was in the park at the time arrives at the police station possessed by the demon. She transfers the demon to an officer who makes a call to Irving about his daughter and demands the bible of George Washington. Irving informs Crane and Abbie about the incident. Abbie finds a recording of Sheriff Corbin conducting an exorcism on a person who is possessed by the same demon—Abbie’s sister Jennifer. They tell Jennifer who doesn’t recall what happened to her. Abbie, Crane and Jennifer watch the video of Corbin and Jennifer. The demon tells Corbin that he will die by the Horseman of Death and kill Abbie. Disturbed by the video, Jennifer turns it off. She decides to leave but Abbie stops her telling her that she cannot leave Macie at the mercy of the demon. Despite Abbie’s plea, Jennifer leaves. Crane finds her in her truck afterward. He convinces her to tell him what happened after Corbin defeated the demon. Irving moves his ex-wife and daughter into a safehouse in the woods. Unknown to him, the demon is in possession of one of the officers guarding the home. Borales, who is possessed by the demon, has the other remove salt place at the door by the priest. He then kills the officer. At the police station, Crane, Abbie and Jennifer learn the identity of the demon as Ancitif. They determine that the demon is a leader of Moloch’s army. Crane discovers a way to defeat the demon—French lanterns that were given to Benjamin Franklin. At the safehouse, Irving receives a call from Abbie about the lanterns. Then he receives a call from Morales who is possessed by Ancitif. He rushes back to the cabin to find Macie possessed by Ancitif. Without another option, Irving is forced to retrieve the bible from the archives. Crane and Abbie sneak onto the compound with Jennifer’s help where the lamp is being stored. They find it in a large storage container. However, they are found by the group Jennifer used to deal with. Crane reasons with one of the men who appears to know about the war between coming to Sleepy Hollow. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work. Jennifer arrives to save Crane and Abbie and tells the men the lamp will be returned once they are done with it. At the archives, Irving searches for the bible only to find it gone. Angered, Ancitif threatens Cynthia’s life until Abbie and Jennifer arrive. The demon tries to break Jennifer’s spirit but Abbie defends her sister. Abbie goads the demon to attack her. The salt placed on the floor stops Ancitif. Crane traps the demon in a ring of salt and then uses the lamp to send him back to hell. Later, Abbie and Crane look through Washington’s bible. They learn of a Colonial method of making invisible ink visible. With this, they find the date of December 18, 1799 written in Washington’s handwriting, four years after he died.
The Mills sisters have had a very strained relationship since Jennifer was arrested and sent to prison. For that time, Abbie though her sister hated her. She learns just how deep Jennifer’s relationship with Sheriff Corbin goes when they find a tape that shows Jennifer possessed by a demon and task with killing her sister. Jennifer has been harboring the feelings she felt since that night which led her going to prison just to protect Abbie. It looks like Jennifer cared more for Abbie than what was first shown earlier in the season. This gives more insight to the toughness of her character. Jennifer had to stay constantly vigilant in case the demon returned. Sadly, this also turned out to be a defense mechanism to mask her fear. After learning the truth, Abbie defends Jennifer against the demon Ancitif who is in possession of Irving’s daughter Macie. She has come to realize that she needs to be with her sister more than ever instead of shutting her out. After defeating the demon, Abbie reconciles with Jennifer. Now we’ll be able to see if their constant bickering comes to an end. I see them still going at it but it will be more out of sisterly love than resentment.Mending the cloth torn by pride resonates also with Irving’s family. Since his daughter was injured, Irving has held himself responsible for not preventing it which led to him and Cynthia separating. He has tried to reconnect with his wife and child on numerous occasions with little success. When his daughter Macie is threatened, he is forced to face his fears and regrets. He wasn’t there when she was paralyzed but he tries to help her fight against the demon. He failed her once before, he cannot fail her again. Like any father, Irving will do anything to save his child, even if he has to hand over George Washington’s bible which will give Moloch a serious edge. Thankfully, Crane thought ahead and prevented this from happening, sensing that Irving’s desperation would win out over common sense. With Crane’s help, Ancitif is sent back to Hell. Irving, like Abbie, has come to realize that family is more important than pride as he hugs his wife and child. Does this mean the wounds that were carved by Irving’s pride can begin to heal? Well, it is a start.
Like with each episode we get a little more insight to the dark history of the birth of our nation. The demon Ancitif was only able to be defeated by lanterns given to Benjamin Franklin by the French. It is known that Franklin was elected to be the Ambassador to France in 1778 by the Continental Congress. The lantern was used against a demon named Ancitif. According to history, a group of nuns in the town of Louviers in Normandy, France were said to have been possessed by a demon. Beyond mere symptoms of possession, the body of Sister Barbara of St. Michael was said to be possessed by a specific demon named Ancitif. The exorcism of the nuns led to hysteria spreading throughout the town. I like how this was played up for the series mythos. Using a bit of history certainly keeps the storyline moving and it is interesting to see how much the imaginations of the writers are stretched.
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