Time to pay the Piper!! Sleepy Hollow S2 Ep.4 Recap!!

BEWARE OF SPOILERS OR PAY THE PIPER!!

Crane (Tom Mison, L) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie, R) search for a missing girl.

Crane (Tom Mison, L) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie, R) search for a missing girl.

Abbie and Crane investigate a missing child case. Crane tries to help with the investigation when he notices that the family is related to Daniel Lancaster. Searching the woods, Crane finds a flute made of bone. He believes the suspect behind the girl’s disappearance is a Pied Piper. To find the girl, Crane records himself playing the flute on his cell phone and uses Abbie to find him. They find Hawley instead, battered. He tells them there is still time to save the girl. Hawley and Crane tell the story of Daniel Lancaster and the Piper. Using the recording again, Crane and Hawley follow Abbie to an area where a house used to be. Crane finds an entrance to the basement. They quickly find Sarah. They are attacked by the Piper. Harley and Crane trap the Piper in the basement and escape with Sarah. Rather than care about the girl, Harley asks for the flute which Abbie give to him after she breaks it in half. Crane and Abbie return Sarah home and head back to the archives to prepare to face the Piper again. Curious about what Hawley said, Crane has Abbie search the data base to learn that Lancaster girls have been taken by the Piper every generation except for one. Then they discover the awful truth: if the Piper is denied his quarry, all the children die. Meanwhile, Irving confronts Parrish about him being the Horseman of War.

The Pied Piper gets a Sleepy Hollow twist.

The Pied Piper gets a Sleepy Hollow twist.

There’s no historical reference for this episode. Instead, Sleepy Hollow tackles a folklore from the Brothers Grimm: the Pied Piper. In case you’re not familiar with the tale, the Pied Piper was a story about a man who played a magical flute to rid the town of Hamelin of rats only to be betrayed by the council who refused to pay the Piper. Out of revenge, the Piper lured the children out of Hamelin with his music. The tale plays out pretty much the same here. Daniel Lancaster called upon a Pied Piper to deal a regiment of British soldiers who were harassing his daughters. The Piper killed the soldiers and Lancaster killed the Piper afterward. As a curse, the Piper returned to take one girl each generation or all the children will die. I love it when twists are given to a familiar tale. It just makes the tale and character more interesting. Plus it is a nice break from learning more about Crane’s interaction with famous faces from the Revolutionary War. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a folkloric tale so it makes sense that the show walks down that path for a bit before heading back to the main road. In the midst of their mission to find the missing Lancaster girl Sarah and stop the Piper, Crane gets more familiar with the 21st century. Having learned to text and take a video recording with his cell phone, he can add driving and recording audio to his résumé. I can’t help but picture him and Captain Hook from “Once Upon a Time” in the same situation when it comes to technology.

What will it take for Nick Hawley (CW series "One Tree Hill" alum Matt Barr) to see the forest for the trees?

What will it take for Nick Hawley (CW series “One Tree Hill” alum Matt Barr) to see the forest for the trees?

Nick Hawley is a smug, arrogant, selfish treasure hunter for hire or a “privateer” as Crane refers him. He will secure any artifact for the right price. Who asks for it doesn’t matter to him as long as he is paid for hi services. Before, he wanted the Tyrian Coin. Now he wants the flute of the Pied Piper. Well, he eventually gets the flute but only after Abbie breaks it in half partly to teach him a lesson and keep him or whomever requested his service from using it. Unbeknownst to Nick, his benefactor who asked to procure the flute is Henry Parrish, the Horseman of War. It is unlikely that Henry used his influence on Hawley. Hawley is already sinfully greedy. Parrish needn’t to emphasize this any further. Getting Hawley to do his work was easy. Getting Irving into his court is not so easy. Irving confronts Henry after learning from Ichabod Crane that Parrish is the Horseman of War. He wants Henry to leave his family alone but Irving unwittingly signed the contract in blood which gives Henry legal rights to his soul. And you thought your lawyer was evil. Henry has trapped Irving in a bond and has the bone flute courtesy of Nick Hawley which he grinds into dust. Nick is in denial about the existence of creatures that go bump in the night. So was Irving until he had a run with the Horseman of Death.