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Doughnut tax outrage on Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow already was my favorite new show of the fall television season.

It's got an incredibly easy-on-the-eyes Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) with a wonderful British accent.

Then there's Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), the perceptive deputy sheriff who is starting to believe Crane's tales of time travel and witches and a Hessian soldier he turned into the Headless Horseman.

Add in Abbie and Ichabod's chemistry, word that John Noble (aka Fringe's Walter Bishop) is joining the cast as a recurring character and creepy special effects and Fox has done it again. I'm seeing the next Mulder and Scully.

And if I had even one lingering doubt about the show, it was erased with last night's episode. My love for the program was cemented by doughnut tax outrage.

Sleepy Hollow's Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills discuss his doughnut tax outrage
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The exchange begins at around 10 minutes, right after the opening credits, but here's the transcript of our heroes' conversation over a breakfast-on-the-go of doughnut holes:

Ichabod, looking at sales receipt: "Is this correct? This meal cost $4.95?! Dear God. With an additional tax of 41 cents?"

Then there's some nontax discussion of Ichabod's witch wife Katrina -- no, I'm not editorializing, although I admit I am totally shipping A&I; Katrina was/is a witch -- and how he didn't know because she was keeping it secret to protect herself, him and the American Revolution effort.

Ichabod: "I understand, to you it sounds ..."

Abbie: "Insane when spoken out loud."

Ichabod: "No, what's insane is a 10 percent levy on baked goods. You do realize the Revolutionary War began on less than 2 percent? How is the public not flocking to the streets in outrage? We must do something."

Abbie: "Here's what we can do. No more firsthand accounts of witches or Founding Fathers or doughnut tax outrage unless you want to be sent back to the asylum."

Ichabod: "Point taken."

Yes, Sleepy Hollow is now set up on my DVR. Who knows when U.S. tax policy, historical or modern day, will show up again.

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I thought I liked this show and then when I got to this quote, I laughed so hard! I immediately rewound to that spot to get the quote perfectly and then looked it up to see if anyone else found it as awesome as myself and found several articles, including yours.

The only good part about leaving this gem on my dvr until it got to episode 4 is that I have 4 full episodes to devour in one sitting... yum!

Brian Huber

I'm pleased to discover that I'm not the only tax pro who liked this television program for the same reasons as you, Kay. Unfortunately, there's truth in the threat of being sent to the asylum for favoring a revolution about taxes.

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