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In 1781, General George Washington asks Ichabod Crane to hunt down a mercenary known as the Horseman and kill him. Ichabod decapitates the man at the cost of his own life... only to wake up in the year 2013. The Horseman has also awoken, and is seeking out its skull so that it can become whole and bring about the Apocalypse foretold in the Book of Revelations. To stop him, Ichabod must count on the help of a police lieutenant who has had her own encounter with the supernatural in the town of Sleepy Hollow.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1AWL79
Airdate: Monday September 16th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Global) Sep 16, 2013
AU (Eleven) Sep 17, 2013
DK (TV3) Jun 04, 2014
New Zealand Jun 17, 2014
Netherlands Jul 31, 2014


Guest Stars
John ChoJohn Cho
As Andy Brooks
Clancy BrownClancy Brown
As Sheriff August Corbin
Nestor SerranoNestor Serrano
As Polygrapher
Nestor SerranoNestor Serrano
As Polygrapher

Co-Guest Stars
Patrick GormanPatrick Gorman
As Reverend Knapp
Jahnee WallaceJahnee Wallace
As Young Abbie
Chris Walters (2)Chris Walters (2)
As Sleepy Hollow Officer #1
Dwayne BoydDwayne Boyd
As Sleepy Hollow Officer #2
Dwayne BoydDwayne Boyd
As Sleepy Hollow Officer #2
Elaine NaleeElaine Nalee
As Doctor
Elaine NaleeElaine Nalee
As Doctor
Aerli AustenAerli Austen
As Waitress (Maddie)
Aerli AustenAerli Austen
As Waitress (Maddie)
Michael TourekMichael Tourek
As Prison Guard
Michael TourekMichael Tourek
As Prison Guard
Nat PadgetNat Padget
As Militiaman
Nat PadgetNat Padget
As Militiaman

Richard CetroneRichard Cetrone
As Headless Horseman
Richard CetroneRichard Cetrone
As Headless Horseman
Main Cast
Tom MisonTom Mison
As Ichabod Crane
Tom MisonTom Mison
As Ichabod Crane
Nicole BeharieNicole Beharie
As Lt. Abbie Mills
Nicole BeharieNicole Beharie
As Lt. Abbie Mills
Katia WinterKatia Winter
As Katrina Crane


1781 - Hudson Valley, New York..

Read the full recap
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Rolling StonesSympathy for the Devilat the beginning and end

Episode Quotes
Abbie: What's wrong with your face?
Sheriff August Corbin: My face is expressive. Age is the price of wisdom.
Abbie: What you got this time?
Sheriff August 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

Sheriff August 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.

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.

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.

(facing the Horseman)
Sleepy Hollow Officer #2: Put the weapon down! Put your hands on your...
Sleepy Hollow Officer #1: What the hell is that?
Sleepy Hollow Officer #2: Do it now!
Sleepy Hollow Officer #1: Do you think he can hear us? I mean...
Sleepy Hollow 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?

Sheriff August 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.

Episode Goofs
Polygraphers verify a person's truthfulness by asking them yes/no questions, not by monitoring rambling narratives as shown in the episode. For example, instead of asking Crane to give his name, he would have asked, "Is your name Ichabod Crane?"

Cultural References
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.

Captain America is a Marvel Comic superhero, dating back to the Timely Comic era. Chemically developed to be the ultimate fighting man, Cap has survived to the present-day and fights with the Avengers.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAlex Kurtzman  |  Len Wiseman  |  Phillip Iscove  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerLen Wiseman  |  Heather Kadin  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Supervising ProducerPhillip Iscove
Associate ProducerApril Nocifora
Production DesignerAlec Hammond
EditorJohn Refoua
CastingKate Caldwell  |  Amanda Mackey Johnson  |  Cathy Sandrich
Unit Production ManagerJ. David Brightbill
First Assistant DirectorDieter Busch
Second Assistant DirectorEric Glasser
Music EditorErich Stratmann
Music SupervisorJohn Houlihan
Costume DesignerSanja Hays
Key GripEric Jones (3)
Set DecoratorKathy Lucas
Location ManagerKathy Berry
Transportation CoordinatorDavid Beard (1)
Property MasterGuillaume Delouche
Construction CoordinatorPete Battistelli
Production Sound MixerLarry Long
Production CoordinatorErin Sahlstrom
Assistant EditorWilliam Paley
Post Production SupervisorAllison Beda
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete
Re-Recording MixerJ. Stanley Johnston
Director of PhotographyKramer Morgenthau
Stunt CoordinatorPhil Neilson
Makeup Department Head James Robert MacKinnon
Visual Effects SupervisorAriel Shaw
Production AccountantJoe McLaughlin
Chief Lighting TechnicianJames Tomaro
ScoreBrian Tyler (2)
Hair Department HeadJo Jo Stephens
2nd Unit DirectorPhil Neilson
Visual Effects Assistant EditorHarold Parker
Sound DesignerAngelo Palazzo
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