"The Sin Eater"
|Season 1, Episode 6|
|Air date||November 4, 2013|
|Written by||Alex Kurtzman & Mark Goffman (Teleplay), Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (Story)|
|Directed by||Ken Olin|
|Next||"The Midnight Ride"|
When Ichabod Crane goes missing, his wife, Katrina, appears to Lt. Abbie Mills in a vision warning her that the Headless Horseman will return to Sleepy Hollow by nightfall. A frantic Abbie seeks help from the mysterious Henry Parrish (guest star John Noble), who holds vital clues about how Crane can vanquish his dangerous blood tie to Headless. Meanwhile, an encounter from Crane's past weighs heavily on him, and details about his first encounter with Katrina are revealed.
Abbie is pulled into a vision with the Headless Horseman pursuing her through an abandoned house. She finally enters a room with witches casting a spell, and is confronted by Katrina. Katrina informs her that someone has abducted Ichabod, and that by finding "The Sin Eater", Ichabod can be sanctified of his sins, which will separate him from the Horseman. Abbie snaps out of the vision and barely escapes hitting an oncoming tanker truck. Abbie tells Irving of Ichabod's abduction, and Katrina's vision about the Sin Eater. Irving approaches it with skepticism.
Meanwhile Ichabod awakens to find himself in a room with several men in possession of a book, supposedly an accounting of Ichabod's life. They want to verify that Ichabod is real and isn't a demon in disguise. They have Ichabod retell a story from his past about Arthur Bernard, a recently freed slave who was interrogated by the Redcoats.
- In Japan, this episode is known as The Freemason and his Sin [フリーメイソンと罪 Furīmeison to Tsumi].