Sleepy Hollow

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 16, 2013 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • The polygrapher does not follow any recognizable polygraph test. Such tests consist of asking the subject a series of yes and no questions, preceded by some baseline questions. The polygrapher lets Ichabod ramble on, which would make it impossible to get any usable readings.

  • Quotes

    • Abbie: What's wrong with your face?
      Corbin: My face is expressive. Age is the price of wisdom.
      (Corbin tears out an article from his newspaper)
      Abbie: What you got this time?
      Corbin: Unsolved homicide in Dobb's Ferry. Might be able to help the IO run a few leads. But you don't need to worry about that. Now that you're leaving and all.
      Abbie: You know, some people, when they read the paper, they relax. They're off the clock.
      Corbin: My clock has its own schedule.

    • Corbin: Don't you find it odd, all of the unsolved cases around here? I mean you, of all people.
      Abbie: Stop. I know what you're doing. You are drinking too much coffee, you've been strange enough as it is.

    • Abbie: How do you know that?
      Ichabod: Oh no, no no no, it can't be.
      Abbie: Hey. Who is he, when's the last time you saw him?
      Ichabod: When I cut off his head.

    • Polygrapher: Now tell me your name and where you're from.
      Ichabod: My name is Ichabod Crane. I was a professor of history at Merton College, Oxford, when I was enlisted in the Queen's Royal Regiment and sent to the American colonies to fight the patriots. It didn't take long for me to have a change of heart and I defected.
      Polygrapher: You're saying you're a spy?
      Ichabod: I'm saying the rule of tyranny betrayed the weight of my conscience and I couldn't allow myself to give my life for anything less. So, yes, I became a spy under the command of General Washington.
      Polygrapher: General George Washington?
      Ichabod: Do you know him?

    • Polygrapher: Tell me about the Horseman. Would you admit cutting off his head, yes or no?
      Ichabod: No. First I shot him, then he rose back up. Beheading him seemed the next logical step.

    • Ichabod: Now I have questions, several thousand questions, but I'll spare you the indignity of strapping you to a damn chair. Now where am I?!
      Polygrapher: The question isn't where, but when. The good news is you won the war, the bad news is... (placing a one-dollar bill in front of Ichabod) it was 250 years ago. Welcome to the 21st century, Mr. Crane.

    • Abbie: Before you send him to the psych unit, may I have a chance to interrogate him myself?
      Irving: Absolutely not.
      Abbie: He described the appearance of the man that I saw in perfect detail.
      Irving: He described a man with no head. Would you like to corroborate that, Lieutenant?
      Abbie: No, sir.

    • Abbie: Mr. Crane, I'm Lieutenant Abbie Mills.
      Ichabod: (chuckles) A female lieutenant. In whose army?
      Abbie: You're not gonna break character, huh?
      Ichabod: You've been emancipated, I take it?
      Abbie: (chuckles) Excuse me?
      Ichabod: From enslavement.
      Abbie: Okay. I'll play along here. I am a black female lieutenant for the Westchester County Police Department. Do you see this gun? I'm authorized to use it. On you.
      Ichabod: If you're insinuating I endorse slavery, I'm offended.
      Abbie: Wait, back up. You're offended?
      Ichabod: I'll have you know I was a proponent of the Abolitionist Act before the New York Assembly.
      Abbie: Congratulations. Slavery has been abolished 150 years. It's a whole new day in America.
      Ichabod: Um. Well, I'm pleased to hear it. I on the other hand remain shackled here.

    • Ichabod: It can't be mere coincidence that he and I arrive in the place at exactly the same time.
      Abbie: That isn't possible.
      Ichabod: Oh, really? Oh, well, that's wonderful news. Thank you for the clarification. Here I thought I'd actually awoken in the future and that my wife had been dead for 250 years. I'm glad that everything I'm seeing and hearing and touching is impossible, because that means it isn't actually happening.
      Abbie: I have orders to take you to a mental institution.
      Ichabod: Excellent. This day continues to bear gifts. Will we be sharing a cell, Leftenant?

    • Ichabod: That building used to be a livery stables.
      Abbie: Yeah? Well, now it's a Starbucks. Where they make coffee.
      Ichabod: And that building is also a Starbucks?
      Abbie: Yep.
      Ichabod: Well, how many are there?
      Abbie: Per block?
      Ichabod: Is there a law?

    • Abbie: Two hundred and fifty years, huh? Civil War didn't wake you? Noisy neighbors to the south. Did you get up to pee? Don't know about you, but I'm getting up to pee every 75, 80 years.
      Ichabod: Are you quite finished? Because most of what you say is unintelligible gibberish to me. It's like watching a chicken cluck. And when did it become acceptable for ladies to wear trousers?

    • Ichabod: When I beheaded him, that man didn't die. Because he was never a man at all. He is Death itself, Leftenant, and somehow... he has returned to Sleepy Hollow to finish what he started.

    • Irving: Who the hell would decapitate a reverend? This is supposed to be a nice quiet town. You got rosebushes on every damn block.

    • Abbie: I told you to stay in the car.
      Ichabod: Yet as you know, I am insane and therefore impervious to simple commands.

    • Officer #2: Put the weapon down! Put your hands on your... (gets a good look at the Horseman)
      Officer #1: What the hell is that?
      Officer #2: Do it now!
      Officer #1: Do you think he can hear us? I mean...
      Officer #2: How the hell should I know?

    • Irving: I ought to throw you in jail. Except I have a preserved head in a pickle jar and two cops who just backed up your story. Not to mention a confession from Brooks, who says he'll plea bargain, but only if he talks to you and Captain America here.
      Ichabod: Hmmm?

    • Corbin: And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, "Come and see." Then, behold, a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.

  • Notes

    • Music: Sympathy For The Devil (The Rolling Stones)

    • Filming Location: The pilot episode is filmed in Salisbury, NC.

    • Injoke: Captain Irving is named after Washington Irving, the author of the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

    • The premiere episode brought in 10 million viewers.

    • Filming for the pilot began in March 2013.

    • Phillip Iscove was the one who came up with the concept of a "modern day Sleepy Hollow."

    • Injoke: One of Clancy Brown's (Sheriff Corbin) earlier movies was Highlander (1986), which involved decapitation. Brown's character, The Kurgan, is decapitated at the end of the movie.

    • Although the original story is set in 1790, seven years after the Revolutionary War, he producers set the story further back during the War, in 1781. In Irving's work, Katrina is the woman that Ichabod proposes to, but they are not married. And finally, in the story, Ichabod is American, not British. All are elements that were rewritten by the creators to accommodate their vision of the show.

    • Unusually, executive producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman cast a British actor to play the American character of Ichabod Crane. According to Kurtzman, "All the American actors that read sounded as if they could have been from the San Fernando Valley."

    • Since the filming of much of the episodes were done in July, Tom Mison spent most of his time sweltering in summer in North Carolina. As Tom noted, "I'm very grateful for wearing these costumes in 90-degree heat in this stifling humidity."

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 16, 2013 on Global
      Australia: September 17, 2013 on Ten
      UK: October 9, 2013 on Universal
      Finland: January 7, 2014 on Sub
      Norway: January 12, 2014 on Viasat4
      Germany: February 5, 2014 on Pro7

  • Allusions

    • Irving: Not to mention a confession from Brooks, who says he'll plea bargain, but only if he talks to you and Captain America here.
      Referencing the comic book superhero first published by Timely Comics in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941) and created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Steve Rogers was injected with a super-soldier formula during World War II and gained peak human strength and reflexes. Equipped with an indestructible shield, Rogers donned the costume of Captain America and battled Nazis with his partner Bucky. An explosion of a drone plane threw him into the North Atlantic where he floated for decades in a block of ice before being revived. As part of the Marvel Comics roster of characters, he joined the Avengers and battled crime on his own as well. The character was killed off in March 2007 but has since been brought back in Captain America Reborn in the summer of 2009. A feature movie with the character was released in 2011.

    • Corbin: And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, "Come and see." Then, behold, a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.
      Referencing the Bible: Revelation 6:7-8. Corbin seems to be quoting from the (translated) Aramaic Bible, as most versions specifically say "the fourth beast" rather than "one of the four beasts." However, the next line does not match with the Aramaic Bible, and appears to be drawn from the King James version.