Woohoo a full forum! Thank you Gateworld!
Yes, thank you, Darren, this is great.
It's been a while since this aired, so here are some quotes from the episode to jumpstart everybody's memory:
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.
Polygraph Technician: General George Washington?
Ichabod: Do you know him?
Abbie: I told you to stay in the car.
Ichabod: Yet as you know, I am insane and therefore impervious to simple commands.
Abbie: He described the appearance of the man that I saw in perfect detail.
Captain Irving: He described a man with no head. Would you like to corroborate that, Lieutenant?
Abbie: No, sir.
And one of my favorite bits:
Abbie: Mr. Crane, I'm Lieutenant Abbie Mills.
Ichabod: A female lieutenant. In whose army?
Abbie: You're not gonna break character, huh?
Ichabod: You've been emancipated, I take it?
Abbie: Excuse me?
Ichabod: From enslavement.
Abbie: Okay. I'll play along here. I am a black female lieutenant for the Westchester County Police Department. Do you see this gun? I'm authorized to use it. On you.
That really was about as perfect of a pilot as I have ever seen. So often the pilot of a show is just something to suffer through so that you can get oriented, but this could almost have been standalone.