Sleepy Hollow

Season 1 Episode 3

For the Triumph of Evil

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2013 on FOX
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Episode Summary


The Sandman, another member of the army of evil, tortures the people of Sleepy Hollow by infiltrating their dreams and turning them into nightmares. When the Sandman targets Abbie, she must seek out her institutionalized sister, Jenny, and face her past.

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  • A little bit Freddy Kruger!

    I love this show, but too much of it was in dream land. (I never like the dream sequences in any show) but it can be forgiven because this episode was about the Sandman, Just as long as they don't do it again!
  • God, I love this show!!

    It is getting better and better...

    Like the chemistry between Ichabod and Abbie and her sister Jennifer is a promising and strong new character. I am looking forward to see the sisters clashing; there is a lot of potential for the show. But most of all I love Tom Misons performance as Ichabod Crane, especially his sexy british accent... His dry humor makes me love out loud: "I am no stranger to complications!" And he is so right, energy drinks should be forbidden!

    Even if there seems to be no real danger for them, I enjoy the settings, the dream sequences, the good effects and the overall great perfomance of all the actors: Seamus, the Native American car salesman just rocked!

    As a fan of Supernatural, Teen Wolf and Grimm, I embrace this new show and I am happy for it to be so funny and entertaining as well as gory and delightful.moreless
  • awesum!!

    freaking awesome
  • Run of the Mills

    Personal and literal demons come back to haunt Abbie in this episode. Her character is all the better for this kind of exploration into what drove her and her sister Jennifer apart when they were younger. This is the deepest part of a decidedly average episode of Sleepy Hollow. The show is still struggling to find the correct format for an episode to run smoothly. So much focus here is on the Mills sisters and their backstory that there isn't much time devoted to anything else. Crane is obviously the most interesting character on the show right now and with this episode, it is showing that the writers want to keep the focus on either Crane or Mills. When one so dominates the story, the other will recede to the background. The other aspects of the series aren't developed enough at this time to pick up the slack if the main characters' plots can't carry the episode.

    Even so, the best part of this episode was how the relationship between the Mills sisters became so screwed up. The incident where the both of them saw the Four White Trees affected Abbie differently from sister Jennifer. In addition to the haunting vision, there was apparently a missing time element in play as well. It's a defining moment in both of their pasts. How they dealt with the incident causes the schism in their relationship up until now. Abbie chose to deny any of it ever happened, partly because she was a scared little girl and partly because she lacked any adult to guide her through the trauma. Her sister chose to tell everyone who would listen the truth (though it lacked details beyond "I saw a demon!") and the result of that proclamation was a commitment to a sanitarium.

    I doubt she'll forgive Abbie, which will hopefully make her long-standing guilt something that will continue throughout the season. Abbie and Crane's leftover inner demons will serve to further bind them together, making them a stronger team in the process. Maybe Captain Irving or the other officers will support them from time to time, but those two will always be the primary focus.moreless
  • Almost There

    The show is pretty good and up to this point I find myself awaiting the next episode. The problem with the show is the failure to have any on the edge of your seat moments as well as a character that seems to present a challenge for Ichabod and Abby. Ichabod easily dismantled the so called biblical horsemen with ease cutting off his head and didn't break a sweat destroying the flesh seeking witch. Now comes the sandman who appears to be one and done and im starting to get the feeling that vicious killers are Ichabod and Abby and these poor boogiemen don't stand a chance. I don't think that's how it should work. The Horsemen in the pilot should of been shown as dismantling anyone on the battlefield in his way and maybe killed by Ichabod only after a distraction or something of that nature. So for now ill watch, but it's getting dull.moreless
Marti Matulis

Marti Matulis

The Sandman

Guest Star

Matt Medrano

Matt Medrano


Guest Star

Michael Teh

Michael Teh

Seamus Duncan

Guest Star

Lyndie Greenwood

Lyndie Greenwood

Jenny Mills

Recurring Role

Nicholas Gonzalez

Nicholas Gonzalez

Luke Morales

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ichabod: And what, pray tell, was I doing in your dream?
      Abbie: Freaking me out even more than usual.

    • Jenny: Who are you? Abbie's new boyfriend?
      Ichabod: We are amicable, and yes, I am male, but I suspect you're implying something else.
      Jenny: What's your name, tall, dark, and British?
      Ichabod: My name is Ichabod Crane.
      Jenny: Huh. What do your friends call you? Icky?
      Ichabod: Not if they wish to remain my friends.
      Jenny: Hmm. Sense of humor, too.

    • Ichabod: What is the cause of the rift between you and Miss Jenny?
      Abbie: I told you, it's complicated.
      Ichabod: I was born more than two centuries ago, and my wife is prisoner in some otherworldly realm. I'm no stranger to complications.

    • Ichabod: I requested coffee from the charwoman in the entrance hall, but she said you're particular to this beverage.
      Abbie: She's called a receptionist. Or Wendy.

    • Seamus: I don't know where you came from, but you can drop your "friend of the tribe" schtick. No one's a chief, no one lives in teepees, and no one has powwows. Got it?
      Ichabod: You stopped having powwows? I rather enjoyed those.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Irving: The last thing we need around here is another episode of The Twilight Zone.
      Referencing the 1959-1964 series The Twilight Zone, created by Rod Serling. The anthology series featured fantastical stories, often with a twist ending, and occasionally featured supernatural occurrences and time travel.

    • Seamus: You guys into time travel? I got a tricked-out DeLorean in mint condition.
      Referencing the Back to the Future movies (1985) starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a teenager who travels through time using his mentor Doc Brown's (Christopher Lloyd) time-traveling device, mounted in a DeLorean.

    • Seamus: You want me to go all kemosabe and cast a spell and do a rain dance?
      Referencing the radio and TV series, The Lone Ranger. A Texas Ranger named Reid is the last survivor of an ambush. His childhood friend Tonto finds him and nurses him back to health. Reid dons a mask and rides into the Old West, fighting evil and tyranny with his faithful sidekick at his side. Tonto refers to his friend using the fictional term "kemosabe," which in various incarnations means either "trusty scout" or "faithful friend."