Headscratchers / Sleepy Hollow


  • How can Lady van Tassel inherit all of the van Tassel and van Garrett lands after Katrina dies if she already faked her own death? Kinda hard to show up in probate court and stake your claim to your husband's estate after they've already interred your corpse next to his.
    • She could just say it was a case of mistaken identity. The only people to whom the scar on the hand meant anything were Katrina and Crane, and Lady van Tassel was already working on that. Once the people who could raise a fuss were out of the picture, she'd show up, say she panicked and fled into the woods or something, and receive her inheritance.
      • It was 1799; neither the telegraph nor the telephone was invented yet. So news of her death or faking her death, wouldn't be out until it was sent by snail mail. As far as the nearest major city was concerned Lady Van Tassel was still alive.
    • She could use essentially the same line she gave to Katrina. "Your father saw the horseman approach me with his sword unsheathed" - she doesn't have to 'know' why the horseman didn't attack her. Or she can say she fled and got lost in the woods, only to arrive in town and 'discover' her husband and stepdaughter dead. As for the existing body, the servant girl Sarah would be unaccounted for.
  • Here's a better one: What did Lady van Tassel expect to do with all of the van Tassel and Van Garret lands given that the population of Sleepy Hollow was abandoning the area like rats leaving a sinking ship? Step 1: raise Headless Horseman from the dead to kill all her rival heirs And Then What?
    • This was back in the day when land = power. And also wealth. If Lady van Tassel's scheme had gone to plan she would've had a lot of land held in her name. She could take all the land and turn it into a plantation. Or maybe since she was a Wiccan she had some sort of mumbo-jumbo "one with the land" philosophy. Force everyone off the land and then just...live on it.
    • Or she could have sold it all for a nice profit (since if the police men at the beginning are anything to go by, the only ones really buying into the superstition are the people who live in Sleepy Hollow, so she could have always sold it to someone not form the area). Since to this troper, so much of her bitterness seemed to be because she grew up poor so even selling the land would have entitled her to a very comfortable life.
    • She wasn't exactly sane. She may have simply wanted to one-up the Van Garretts and Van Tassels by owning all their lands.
  • When Brom and Ichabod fight the Horseman, the Horseman seems disinterested until they run away, and which point he drops down from the other side of the bridge to continue the fight. Why would he bother to stop them from leaving him alone if that's what he wanted in the first place?
    • I think Brom pissed him off a little too far.
    • Maybe the Horseman decided that Brom probably wasn't going to ever leave him alone, and that if he didn't kill him he could look forward to being shot every time he rode into town. Not a major problem, but definitely an inconvenience.
    • Also, the Horseman probably found he was enjoying himself. An opponent who could fight back, for the first time in a long time, had to make a nice change from being forced to kill terrified civilians. The man used to be a professional soldier, after all.
  • Why does Lady Van Tassel look so much older than she should? During her motive rant she claims that Katrina was already born when she and her family were kicked out of their home. She couldn't have been more than 10 in the flashbacks, and yet Miranda Richardson is 22 years older than Christina Ricci, and it shows in the movie. Even if Katrina is supposed to still be in her late teens, Lady Van Tassel should be in her early thirties, at most.
    • I dunno, premature aging due to a rough upbringing? Maybe the dark arts take a physical toll on the body? Remember, her sister didn't exactly look minty fresh when Ichabod met her.
    • Lady Van Tassel only says her family was kicked out on favor of Baltus and his girl child. This does is not clear evidence that Katrina was actually born at the time Van Garret gave the land to Baltus.
  • Why did Lady Van Tassel kill the servant girl herself and blame the horseman when she could have summoned the horseman to do the deed? It's not like the horseman would only kill the people who could expose her or get in her way. He killed anyone she summoned him for.
    • What Lady Van Tassel needed at that point was a body that no one knew was dead that she could use to stand in for her. In essence, she needed to kill someone quietly and on the down-low, and keep it secret and subtle in order to serve her purposes. She didn't want anyone to know Sarah was dead. If there is one thing the Horseman is not, however, it is secretive and subtle. Sic the Horseman on Sarah, and he'd hunt her down with a lot of noise and drama, and butcher her without caring where they ended up or whether anyone was around to watch him do it. Making the Horseman kill Sarah meant risking that someone would see him do it or would discover Sarah's body before Lady Van Tassel had a chance to make people think that it was her. So the best way to make sure that Sarah died without anyone knowing until it suited her was to do it herself.
  • Why did Jonathan Masbath run INTO the Western Woods after the Horseman destroyed his guard-tower?
    • Because he's panicking and has an invulnerable demon-horseman from the depths of Hell intend on chopping his head of right behind him. He's basically not thinking very far beyond RUN AWAY RUN AWAY FAST.

TV Show

  • In the pilot, why was Ichabold arrested and accused of the Sheriff's murder? The Sheriff was killed at a farm, while Ichabold was arrested, literally seconds later, in the middle of the street. Yeah he looked shifty, but so do harmless tramps and vagrants, and being nowhere near the crime scene would presumably prove he wasn't guilty.
    • When you remember who the arresting officer was, things start to add up.
  • Why has nobody noticed or mentioned that Andy's body isn't in the morgue anymore?
  • Why does Sleepy Hollow have so much stuff in it? My home town is about the same size and we don't have a hospital or a police station that big.
    • In real life, Sleepy Hollow is a town of about 9,000, a bedroom community 30 miles from Manhattan. In the pilot of this show there was a brief shot of a road sign showing "Sleepy Hollow, Population 144,000." Presumably they made it so big partly to justify the police resources.
      • Actually, the given population is more likely a reference to the Book of Revelations. While it might be their justification for the big police station and hospital, it's just as likely that it's an issue of the writers not knowing how many people buildings that large would service.
    • Maybe the show's version of Sleepy Hollow has an unusually high demand for police presence and medical treatment, considering the area has apparently been a hotbed of nasty supernatural activity since the Revolutionary War, if not before.
  • What was the "good" coven's motive for banishing Katrina? Or for killing Ichabod's son after they'd already sent the Golem to purgatory? I feel like they did explain it in "The Golem", but I missed it.
    • They seem to be establishing that Good Is Not Nice and that the good coven is just as bad as the bad guys in their determined short sightedness. They were pissed at Katrina for not killing Ichabod while he was connected to the horsemen, and they traded her son as part of a deal with the bad guys, and because his powers were getting out of control
  • In "The Vessel" we find out that there is a militant group gearing up for the end of days and it's hinted at that they are probably a bit crazy and anti-government along the way. Our heroes are fighting the forces of Hell, I think ignoring anti-government types might be in their best interest. Why didn't they invite one of their members along to witness sending a real Demon to Hell? They already told the truth about why they wanted the Lantern and promised to return it, bringing along someone to take it back would just cut out a step. In addition they would gain allies, allies with lots of weapons at least one genuine demon fighting artifact (It wouldn't surprise me if they had a crystal ball they were using as a paperweight) and because of their status as a militia they can't even go public. (Not that they seem to be particularly interested in maintaining the Masquerade and instead maintain it for purely pragmatic purposes. i.e. running around screaming the Headless Horseman is after me doesn't gather allies so much as straight jackets) Instead they at best left then neutral and probably made enemies.
    • Current American militia movement members are...unstable to say the least. In the short run, maybe they would have been/will be good allies to our heroes. Drag it out, and you don't get pretty results. Even if these guys are justified about the end of the world, how long do you think the alliance would last before the militia decides to stop taking orders and start giving them? Plus, we don't know if they're clued in like the Masons or Sheriff Corbin. For all practical purposes, they could be as useful at stopping the end of the world as a string would be in stopping a semi.
  • Where did Morales go in "The Vessel"? There's been no indication he's dead, and the demon transferring bodies doesn't seem to knock out the previous host - so what happened to him?
  • In 'What Lies Beneath' they find an archive of everything they need to know, complete with A holographic ghost of President Thomas Jefferson as a curator who's tangibility changes at a whim. They ultimately decide to destroy it but their logic doesn't hold up. Even if you aren't able to make the correct decision and sacrifice two lives to save the world they manage to save the two lives and then claim that more people will stumble over it. Ignoring that it's remained untouched as far as we can tell for at least two hundred three years the monsters guarding it, Reavers, are virtually harmless by comparison to the other things they've faced. The only reason the heroes were in any danger at all was they went in with two people, with a hand gun and auto-cross bow. If they'd gone back and gotten a few friends with shotguns, rifles and good lights clearing out the reavers would have been just slightly harder than taking out a pack of wild dogs and well worth the risk. If the place had been guarded by something on par with a horseman, or even a powerful witch it would make sense. But Reavers seem respect handgun bullets just fine.
  • We saw all Four Horsemen in a dream in the second episode of the show. (Granted, the Horseman of War had a slightly different appearance than he would eventually have.) The four white trees were supposed to embody the Four Horsemen. Pestilence was seen in a later episode. Where is the fourth? Moloch has already been defeated, if not destroyed, and the fourth didn't even show hide nor hair.
  • So, Irving decides to turn himself in so the police won't compare his daughter's DNA with the one on the priest and figure out "she" killed him. Thing is, even with the DNA, who is going to believe that a paralized little girl was strong enough to do that? Not to mention she'd have to stand up to do the deed...