Hello, SleepyHeads!  This week on Witness Prophecies, we discuss Sleepy Hollow Season 4 Episode 6, entitled Homecoming, which originally aired on February 10, 2017.  Ichabod Crane and Jenny Mills return to Sleepy Hollow to find the final piece of the Philosopher’s Stone in an attempt to stop Malcolm Dreyfuss.  

Ichabod Crane and Jenny Mills return to Sleepy Hollow, with new Team Witness members, Diana Thomas, Alex Norwood, and Jake Wells in tow, to find the final piece of the Philosopher’s Stone before Malcolm Dreyfuss can acquire it.  It is a bittersweet homecoming for Crane and Jenny, each affected by the town and their memories in different ways.  

Crane reminisces during the drive about what he found in Sleepy Hollow, and shares that with Diana, and he it deeply touched but keeps his emotions in check.  This man is a soldier and he knows his duty is to defeat the supernatural forces that threaten them.  

Jenny is accompanied by Jake and Alex during her homecoming visit, but is clearly on edge about facing the memories that threaten to engulf her.  Jake expected a stronger “Stephen King” vibe to the town, but Alex is unimpressed by the small, cozy place.  She left a town like this to make her mark in the big city!  They are both about to be surprised when Jenny puts her Judas Scepter (a dousing rod that is drawn to magic rather than water) to work to find the talisman, a but discover that a Sphinx is guarding it.

After convening in Crane’s old Archives to determine a plan to find the talisman and thwart the Sphinx, Crane and Diana get the final talisman and Jenny, Jake, and Alex defeat the Sphinx.  The moment of victory is brief as Crane suddenly vanishes.  SH WP S4E6 Ichabod Crane picIt was interesting to watch each person and their reaction to the Archives.  Jake was enthralled by the books, Alex wanted to find what she needed and get to work to defeat the Sphinx, Diana thought this was simply Crane’s “man cave,” Crane felt as if it was a homecoming (there is no place like home), and Jenny struggled with her emotions and feelings.  It was clearly her first time back in Sleepy Hollow since the deaths of Abbie and Joe, and it was overwhelming.  

Dreyfuss found Jobe in the field where Ansel left him, and they are now in Sleepy Hollow.  Jobe whisked Crane away with him to a replica of the battlefield where Crane and the Headless Horseman fought in 1781 – the place where Dreyfuss plans to become immortal.  Crane learns from Dreyfuss that Benjamin Banneker (Edwin Hodge) also knew Crane was a Witness, and that George Washington (Mark Campbell) sent Crane to the battlefield against Headless, knowing it could kill him but save the young nation.  SH WP S4E6 Jenny Jake Alex picAs Dreyfuss and Jobe begin the immortality spell with blood from both Crane and Headless, Jenny, Diana, Jake, and Alex rush in to save Crane.  The area explodes, and Team Witness is safe, later going to a local establishment to celebrate and to bond together.  They are a team – they have fought together – and they are establishing relationships and learning boundaries with each other.  In the final scene, we see Dreyfuss rising from the debris, alive and apparently immortal.  

In the most touching moments of the episode, Jenny looks around the archives while telling Diana about her sister and Crane visits Abbie’s grave, and has a lovely conversation with his dear friend, finally leaving her with her very own Headless Horseman bobblehead.  Jenny is still in mourning, as she should be.  It hasn’t been a year and she has been running from her memories while helping Crane.  She was remembering what had happened to Abbie and Joe, and how Joe had been turned back into a Wendigo by The Hidden One.  She was tough on Alex and Jake, feeling they were naive, and they both fought back.  They are in their infancy in fighting the supernatural, but they will learn.  SH WP S4E6 Crane with quarter picCrane clearly felt betrayed during this episode when he learned that Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Katrina, Benjamin Banneker and George Washington all knew that he was a Witness, and that Washington had sent him to his death.  But he also knew he was a soldier, and seemed to handle this new knowledge.  As he looked at the quarter, with its image of Washington, he seemed to realize something – what could that be? 

History Lesson of the Week – The Sphinx

Sphinx, a mythological creature with a lion’s body and a human head, and sometimes the wings of a bird, is an important image in Egyptian and Greek art and legend.  The word is believed to come from a Greek verb meaning “to bind” or “to squeeze.”  It was believed to be treacherous and merciless.

This deadly version of a sphinx appears in the myth and drama of Oedipus. Unlike the Greek sphinx, which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man. In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent, but having a ferocious strength similar to the malevolent Greek version and both were thought of as guardians often flanking the entrances to temples.

The winged sphinx of Boeotian Thebes was said to have terrorized people by demanding the answer to a riddle taught to her by the Muses, and devouring a man each time it was answered incorrectly.  What is it that has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?  Eventually Oedipus gave the proper answer: man, who crawls on all fours in infancy, walks on two feet when grown, and leans on a staff in old age.  Bested at last, the tale continues, the Sphinx then threw herself from her high rock and died. An alternative version tells that she devoured herself.  

Sphinxes are generally associated with architectural structures such as royal tombs or religious temples.  The oldest known sphinx was found in Turkey, and was dated to 9,500 BC.  The largest and most famous sphinx is the Great Sphinx of Giza, situated on the Giza Plateau adjacent to the Great Pyramids of Giza.  Although the date of its construction is uncertain, the head of the Great Sphinx now is believed to be that of the pharaoh Khafra.  The inclusion of these figures in tomb and temple complexes quickly became traditional and many pharaohs had their heads carved atop the guardian statues for their tombs to show their close relationship with the powerful solar deity, Sekhmet, a lioness.

The Great Sphinx has become an emblem of Egypt, frequently appearing on its stamps, coins, and official documents.

Link to Wikipedia.org – Sphinx

Link to Encyclopedia Britannica.com – Sphinx Mythology

SleepyHeads!  How will Malcolm Dreyfuss next threaten our team?  Tune in next week to find out!

February 10, 2017 – Season 4 Episode 7 – “Loco Parentis”

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