Check out our episode recap of Season 1 Episode 11 of Sleepy Hollow, titled The Vessel, in which the demon that threatened Captain Irving at Central Park continues its reign of terror against Irving and his family! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts on The Vessel.
Episode Recap of Sleepy Hollow, Season 1 Episode 11: The Vessel
- Abbie makes Crane try on an updated wardrobe, but he quickly changes back into his traditional outfit. Captain Irving has the vendor who threatened him brought in for questioning, as well as the woman he bumped into. The demon transfers itself to a police officer, and calls Irving to demand that he have Washington’s bible in his possession by nightfall.
- Abbie, Crane, and Jenny watch Corbin’s video of a demon possessing Jenny. Irving brings his family, his priest, and two police officers to a safe house to protect his daughter. The demon possesses Morales while there.
- Jenny confesses to Crane that she kept getting herself put away so that she wouldn’t hurt Abbie. The priest tries to keep the demon out with salt, but Morales has the other officer move the salt, then kills the officer.
- Crane translates ancient Aramaic from the demon possession video: “Ancitif cannot be defeated,” and they discover that Ancitif is a leader of a legion of Moloch’s minions. The only way to defeat him is with a special lantern. Irving fails to get the bible by sundown, so the demon possesses Macy.
- The priest tries to expel the demon from Macy, but the demon breaks his neck. Irving calls Abbie to say he is going to get the bible from the Archives. Abbie and Crane sneak onto the property of End of Days fanatics to steal the lantern, but they get caught. Jenny saves them.
- Irving brings the demon and his ex-wife to the Archives to get the bible, but it’s not there. Abbie, Jenny, and Crane show up at the Archives and trap the demon in a circle of salt, then use the lantern to take the demon out of Macy.
- It turns out Crane hid the bible in the cabin so Irving would not have to find out if he would have handed it over. Crane uses a solution to make invisible ink in the bible glow. They find the message: “December 18, 1799,” which Crane recognizes as Washington’s handwriting. But Washington died December 14, 1799.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 11 of Sleepy Hollow: The Vessel
I’m glad that they finally addressed Crane’s wardrobe, even though it took 11 episodes to do so! Although, I cant say that I’m surprised that Crane ended up changing back into his normal clothes. Crane just wouldn’t seem like a sophisticated 18th century man anymore if he were wearing skinny jeans! I’m guessing we’ll continue to see him in his 18th century gear and that modern clothing wont be brought up again, now that the show feels like it has addressed and done away with that issue. However, I still think a haircut and/or shave are still fair game to be mentioned at some point down the line.
I think this is the episode that a lot of fans have been waiting for ever since the very first episode, when there was that sudden turn to the dark and creepy. This episode was definitely the one with the most elements of the horror genre all season. I mean, come on, it was very reminiscent of the film The Exorcist! Except, in this case, the priest didn’t do a very good job exorcising the demon, and got himself killed almost immediately! The creepy, horror aspect was present throughout this demonic possession episode, and I thought it was done pretty well for the most part. However, the demon makeup on Macy looked a little too fake. Whereas on Jenny, there was only a subtle change when she was possessed by the demon, it looked like an entirely different actress underneath when Macy was possessed.
Now that Irving’s wife knows what’s going on, will she be brought into the battle as a disciple? Or will she be able to scurry back to her own life and no longer be involved? What about Macy? How will they explain what happened to her? Will she want to become involved? Will they become a family again? What does the secret date found in Washington’s bible mean? Is the show trying to imply that Washington did not die on December 14, 1799 like everyone thinks? Just because he wrote a date that was 4 days after his death, doesn’t necessarily mean that he was alive to write that date. The date could have been written at anytime during his lifetime. So I’m not sure what the big deal is. I guess we will find out what it means in the season finale!
Josh’s Thoughts: Sleepy Hollow, Season 1 Episode 11: The Vessel
Scenes from the Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Finale, Episodes 12 & 13: The Indispensable Man and Bad Blood
Here are scenes from the Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Finale:
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