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once upon a time: the stranger

Previously on Once Upon a Time: The Return

This week on Once Upon a Time, an apparently dying August tries to push Emma into her destiny, revealing information about her past and his connection to the curse. Regina, meanwhile, sets her sights on David. In the Enchanted Forest, we cover the backstory of Geppetto and Pinocchio, and their role in creation of the magic wardrobe that saved baby Emma.

Once Upon a Time, Geppetto and Pinocchio

In the Enchanted Forest, Geppetto and Pinocchio the puppet are lost at sea, about to be eaten by a whale. Pinocchio saves the life vest for his father, and jumps into the water. When Geppetto washes ashore, Pinocchio is back to a lifeless puppet, until the Blue Fairy turns him into a real boy – with the warning that he must remain brave, truthful, and unselfish to stay that way. Later, the Blue Fairy visits Geppetto, warning him of the impending curse and Snow White’s child, and asks him to build the magical wardrobe that could save her.

When they retrieve the tree for the wardrobe, the Blue Fairy explains that it only has enough magic for two people. Geppetto worries that the curse will turn Pinocchio back into wood, and only agrees to build the wardrobe if Pinocchio can go through. As Snow goes into labor, the Blue Fairy tells Geppetto that Snow must go through with Emma, but once she leaves Geppetto makes Pinocchio promise he will lead the savior to her destiny and sends him through instead. Pinocchio/August explodes through a tree trunk into the real world, and baby Emma appears shortly after. The two end up in a foster home (?) with cruel caretakers, and when another boy offers Pinocchio/August the chance to run away with him, he takes it – leaving Emma behind.

Once Upon a Time, Emma and August

In Storybrooke, August installs a deadbolt in Ms. Blanchard apartment to keep out Regina’s skeleton keys, and Emma announces that she intends to fight for custody of her son. Henry calls in with an Operation Cobra “code red,” and Emma goes to meet him at Granny’s – though August attempts to convince her to come with him instead to “see the big picture” on how to defeat Regina, but she doesn’t bite. Henry’s “code red” is a new story in the book featuring Pinocchio, but it isn’t finished. Back at the hotel, August’s leg starts hurting him again, and he pulls up his pant cuff to reveal a wooden leg. Aha! The truth of his identity is finally known! Ms. Blanchard returns to school, and when she runs into Regina she forgives her for the setup, pitying the mayor for the loneliness that causes her to destroy other’s happiness.

August goes to Mr. Gold, asking him to steer Emma away from a custody battle so he can direct her towards breaking the curse, and he agrees. When Mr. Gold turns her down, Emma goes to August as they planned. Meanwhile, Regina has car trouble and David drives her home, and reluctantly stays for dinner. Afterwards, Regina gets a little too friendly and David runs out the door. August and Emma leave Storybrooke and go to a diner – the same diner where baby Emma brought. August knows this because he was the one who found her. August takes her to the woods where they came through and reveals everything: that he’s Pinocchio, that he added the story to the book (and they’re living out the ending), and that he was halfway across the world when she decided to stay in Storybrooke and his leg became a “painful reminder of how far [he] strayed.”

But when he shows her his wooden leg, Emma is in such denial that she literately can’t see anything wrong. He begs her to help, and she freaks out at the responsibility. Henry is the only thing she can fight for – everyone else is screwed. Later that night, a defeated August visits Marco’s (aka Geppetto) workshop and helps with a broken clock. He mentions how he tried to keep a promise to his father too late, but Marco says as long as he tried, it was good enough, and August offers to help at the shop. Across town, Emma calls Henry on the walkie and has him come downstairs. She asks if he wants to live with her, and when he says yes, she decides to take him and leave Storybrooke. Oh, Emma, will you ever learn?

Once Upon a Time, Henry

Next week, bad things happen when you try to leave Storybrooke, and Snow White meets the poisoned apple.

o Of course I didn’t see it coming that August is actually Pinocchio, as usual. However, I totally called it that August is the boy that saved Emma!
o I’m not sure what the weird Regina/David seduction subplot was about this episode. Does it have some greater significance? What do you all think?

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once upon a time recapping: true north

Previously on Once Upon a Time: Desperate Souls

This week’s episode is all about family. While Hansel and Gretel are desperate to find their father, doing the Evil Queen’s dirty work for a chance to be reunited with him, Emma is desperate to find their Storybrooke equivalents a home, sparing them the pain of an upbringing in foster care. Emma has a lot to deal with this episode – her own abandonment, giving up her child, and Henry asking questions about her past that she’s not ready to answer. It makes for an interesting episode, and it feels like we just might be making some progress. To top it all off, a stranger shows up in town at the end, but we’ll have to wait until next week to learn more.

Once Upon a Time, Evil Queen Hansel and Gretel

In the Enchanted Forest, Hansel and Gretel’s father (Nicholas Lea, aka Krycek from The X Files) sends them to collect kindling – giving them his compass so they won’t get separated. Upon their return, their father is missing, and they follow the compass to the road, where the Evil Queen stops them. They resist, and it impresses the Queen so much that she offers to find their father, ifthey do something for her first. She takes them to the home of the blind witch so they can retrieve a satchel, and warns them not to eat anything once they’re inside. They sneak in, and Gretel has the satchel in hand when Hansel eats a cupcake. The witch awakens and traps them inside. When she goes to cook them, they overpower her and lock her in her own oven, and Regina fries her via magic mirror. They return to the Evil Queen with the satchel, which contains a poisoned apple, and she offers the children a chance to live with her in luxury. They refuse, and she uses magic to cast them into the middle of the forest. She brings in their father, whom she had the whole time, to ask why they chose him over her. He replies that they’re a family. She says they’re welcome to be together, if he can ever find them.

Once Upon A Time, Hansel and Gretel with Blind Witch

In Storybrooke, Henry meets a brother and sister at the drugstore, Nicholas and Ava. They ask him to hang out but on the way out the shopkeeper stops them – the two were attempting to smuggle out stolen goods in his bookbag. Regina collects Henry, and newly appointed Sheriff Emma is left to deal with the two. They lie about their parents being in financial trouble, but Emma soon discovers they’ve been abandoned. Miss Blanchard argues that she should contact social services, but Emma wants a shot at finding their father – and keeping them together – first. Of course, Regina has thrown a wrench in this plan by reporting them, and the two are due in group homes in Boston that night.

Once Upon a Time, Emma

Emma’s search causes Henry to ask about his own father, and Emma spins the tale of a young waitress and a young fireman that bonded over pie, and that he died saving a family. Henry is impressed. He asks about a keepsake, which reminds Emma of her baby blanket and prompts her to ask the two if they have anything of their father’s. Ava gives her a compass. She takes it to Mr. Gold, who gives her a name in exchange for tolerance – Michael Tillman, the local mechanic. Despite Emma’s best efforts at persuasion, he’s not ready to be a dad. She reports her failure to Miss Blanchard, and reveals she lied to Henry about his father. Emma has no choice but to take them to Boston, but on the way out of town her car stalls and she calls Tillman, and at the last minute he decides to take them. Later, Emma tells Miss Blanchard that Snow White is supposedly her mom. She goes out and runs into Henry, and almost tells him the truth. A handsome stranger rides into town looking for somewhere to stay, and the two of them are at a loss for words.

o I’m curious as to why Mr. Gold made a show of checking records when he knew Tillman’s name all along. The more I see, the more I think he’s completely aware of the curse. The real question is: why does he seem to be helping Emma?
o Emma is briefly shown looking at her own file, and apparently she was found by a 7-year-old boy. I’m thinking he might be the mysterious stranger?
o I really, really wish Emma would realize every lie she tells Henry is a weapon that Regina will use against her.

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once upon a time recapping: that still small voice

We begin in the Enchanted Forest. A crowd watches a traveling puppet show while a redheaded boy sneaks through them, picking their pockets. Afterwards, as his parents examine their loot, the boy – Jiminy – finds a cricket in a cage and wishes he could do whatever he wanted, like the bug. His father reminds him he can’t change who he is.

Henry is at therapy. When asked, Henry explains that he thinks Archie is Jiminy Cricket because he acts as a conscience, helping people see right from wrong. Henry points out there are no crickets in Storybrooke, but he needs real proof. Archie wants to know why it’s important that the curse is real, but Henry has no answer.

Emma and Graham exchange some flirty banter about uniforms and authority before he convinces her to wear the deputy badge. The minute she clips it on her belt, there is an explosion.

A sinkhole has appeared on the edge of town. The mayor (and half the town) comes to investigate. Regina asks Emma to leave, citing town business, when Graham informs her that Emma is now his deputy. Regina looks murderous, but Graham replies, “It’s in my budget.”

Archie and Henry show up as Regina goes into mayor mode, promising to pave over the old mining tunnels and make the area safe. As the crowd disperses a bit, Regina finds a piece of metal-rimmed glass on the ground and slips in it her pocket, but not before Henry sees. He calls Archie and Emma over, claiming that Operation Cobra needs to find what’s in the mine before the mayor can cover it up. Regina interrupts their meeting, and then rips into Archie. She wants Henry’s delusion gone, or the only thing Archie will have left is his umbrella.

Once Upon a Time, Regina and Archie

Back in the Enchanted Forest, an adult Jiminy is still stuck with his swindling parents. As he sets up for the show in the rain, a young boy stops by to listen to the crickets. He offers Jiminy his umbrella.

Henry comes in for therapy, and he is prepared to go into the mine to get the proof he needs. Archie warns him that his delusion is becoming a psychosis, and if it doesn’t stop he’ll be locked up. Henry runs off.

Ms. Blanchard is visiting David (aka John Doe/Charming) at the hospital. She asks about his old memories, but he likes the new ones better. His wife Katherine shows up and Ms. Blanchard flees. Later at home, she discusses her feelings with Emma, who warns her a married man is trouble. Henry appears, crying.

Emma confronts Archie, wanting to know what Regina did to make him destroy Henry’s world. He makes a flimsy attempt to defend himself when the mayor calls, looking for Henry. He’s not at home, and Archie worries he’s gone to the mine.

Jiminy visits a pre-dungeon Rumpelstiltskin, exchanging stolen goods and names for gold thread. He wants to be free, but his parents are holding him back. Rumpelstiltskin offers him a potion to take care of them, and will collect his parents afterwards as his fee.

Emma and Archie go to the mine. Inside, Henry finds another piece of glass, but when he picks it up the mine begins to shake. Archie runs inside just before the entrance collapses behind him. He tries to get Henry to leave, but he just runs deeper inside, claiming he will make Archie believe him.

Jiminy and his parents stop at the home of a couple, swindling them into buying “elf tonic.” Afterwards, a fed up Jiminy uses his potion on his parents, only to discover they switched out the bottle. He runs back to find the couple transformed into wooden puppets just as their son, the young boy from earlier, comes home.

Inside the mine, Henry claims he can see something down below. Archie is frightened for him, reminding him that they’re trapped. Outside, rescue efforts are underway. Regina and Emma exchange blame before deciding to blow the mine open – which doesn’t work. Henry and Archie take refuge in an old elevator.

Ms. Blanchard runs into David at the hospital, and he convinces her to go for a walk. He says that nothing feels real, like he woke up in a strange land. The only thing that seems right is her – they are about to kiss with Katherine shows up. Ms. Blanchard runs off.

With the help of Archie’s dog Pongo, the rescue team finds the airshaft the two are trapped in. Meanwhile, Henry and Archie apologize to each other. Archie doesn’t think Henry is crazy, and says he’s not the man he wants to be. Henry reminds Archie that it took Jiminy Cricket a while to figure out who he wanted to be, and that his conscience is still inside if he listens. On the surface, Marco (aka Geppetto) is prepared to lower one person down. Regina and Emma of course argue – each claiming Henry as their son – before Regina relents.

Archie asks Henry again why the fairy tale is so important, and he replies that this can’t be all there is. Emma appears and grabs Henry. The elevator begins to fall, but at the last second Archie hooks onto Emma’s harness with his umbrella.

On the surface, Emma tries to check on Henry but Regina shuts her down, ordering her to clear the crowd. Whatever peace they built is gone, and Emma looks crushed. Regina tries to thank Archie, but he cuts to the chase and asserts he will treat Henry his own way, or she may find herself on the losing end of a custody battle.

Once Upon a Time, Jiminy Cricket and Blue Fairy

Jiminy wishes on a star. The Blue Fairy answers, but she can’t bring the couple back to life. All she can offer is a chance to help their son instead. He agrees, and she transforms him into a cricket so he can escape his parents and help the boy, Geppetto.

Henry is sitting with Emma. She asks about Marco and Archie, and he says they’re old friends. Henry then hears crickets chirping, and Archie looks impressed. We cut to Mr. Gold’s shop, where the puppets of Geppetto’s parents are sitting on a shelf. Another cut to the hospital, where Ms. Blanchard leaves a letter of resignation. Finally, we cut back to Regina standing off by the airshaft. She drops the piece of glass she picked up earlier, which falls deep into the earth and lands on a broken glass object covered in vines, which the writer of the episode confirms is Snow White’s glass coffin.

Once Upon a Time, Snow White's Coffin

What we know so far:
Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest are clearly connected – the coffin suggests that not only the people, but also some of physical reality of the Enchanted Forest have been transplanted into our world. I wonder what other artifacts might find their way into Storybrooke as Emma keeps shaking things up.

It really appears to me that Graham and Regina are in some sort of power struggle here, and I’m curious as to how she has been keeping him in check. From the beginning, he has never seemed that inclined to do Regina’s bidding. Also, it appears the Graham/Huntsman theory is correct based on what has leaked so far about episode 7…but it will be two weeks before the truth is known. Argh!

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once upon a time recapping: the thing you love most

The episode opens with Regina looking over the book, stopping on the illustration of the Evil Queen at the wedding, but the pages beyond it are missing. She confronts Henry about it and reminds him the book and Emma are no longer an issue, but he seems doubtful. The clock tower begins to chime and Regina looks panicked.

Regina stops by the hotel to offer Emma apples for the drive home, but she isn’t leaving until she’s convinced Henry’s okay. Regina says he’s in therapy and only one of them knows what’s best for him, to which Emma heartily agrees. It’s all out war between the two.

We pick up with the Evil Queen immediately after the wedding. The magic mirror asks about her plans, and she intends to use the dark curse. Her butler reminds her she traded it away, but she won’t let that stop her. The Queen visits Maleficent, who reminds her the curse won’t bring her love back to life, and refuses to return it. After a brief battle, the Queen has the curse. Maleficent warns her the price is too high.

The Evil Queen has gathered the dark characters of the Enchanted Forest. She promises them the dark curse will transport them to a realm where they will finally win, but she needs a lock of hair from each. She combines the ingredients with the treasured heart of her prized steed, but the curse fizzles out.

Once Upon a Time Sydney and Regina

Regina is picking apples when reporter Sydney appears with the latest issue of the Storybrooke Daily Mirror, featuring Emma’s mug shot. He was unable to find any dirt on Emma, noting only that Henry was born in Phoenix, and Regina is not pleased.

At the diner, Emma is given a cup of cocoa from an admirer. Thinking it’s the sheriff, she tells him she’s not there to flirt, but the cocoa is from Henry. As she walks him to school, he dubs their mission “Operation Cobra” and explains their one advantage is Regina doesn’t know who Emma is yet. He gives her the pages from the book to learn who she is. She reminds him she never said she believed, he counters that she’s still in town. In a brief conversation, Ms. Blanchard reveals Henry believes she is Snow White, and Emma is startled.

Emma visits Henry’s therapist Archie. She is concerned that the fairy tale obsession is crazy, he warns her not say that to Henry. He says Regina and Henry have a complex relationship, and gives her Henry’s file. Archie immediately calls Regina. The sheriff then shows up at Emma’s hotel, as Archie has accused her of stealing the files, and arrests her. Regina visits Henry at school to tell him Emma is a con artist, but he is unimpressed.

Once Upon A Time, Emma cuts down the tree

At the police station, Emma insists she is being framed. The sheriff seems unconcerned. Ms. Blanchard and Henry arrive. Emma is worried what Henry thinks, but he is impressed with her intel gathering skills for “Operation Cobra.” Ms. Blanchard offers to bail Emma out because she trusts her. Emma goes straight from the prison to take a chainsaw to a branch of Regina’s prized apple tree and tells the mayor it’s her move.

The Evil Queen is seething over her failed curse. Her butler suggests if she wants to fix it she must ask whoever gave it to her, but once she embarks on the path to revenge she can’t go back. She states she has nothing to go back to.

Her next stop is Rumpelstiltskin’s dungeon. He informs the queen that Snow and Charming’s unborn child will have the power to break her curse. His help has a price – in her cursed land she must do what he asks if he says please. Since he won’t remember anyway, she agrees. The curse will only work with the heart of thing she loves most but she argues Snow took that away. He tells her to find what she loves, and kill it.

Once Upon a Time, Sheriff Graham

Emma gets kicked out of her hotel at the mayor’s request. Meanwhile, Regina wants Sheriff Graham to arrest Emma again. He worries that if the fight continues to escalate, Henry will be the one who gets hurt. Regina calls Emma with a peace offer. At her office, Regina resigns herself to Emma wanting to take Henry from her. Emma insists that’s not what she’s after, but she has come to care for him and is worried about his mental health, calling his fairy tale obsession “crazy.” Of course, Henry walks in at that moment, just as Regina planned.

The Queen returns, and her butler asks if she got her answer. She reveals what she was told and says, “Daddy, I don’t know what to do.” He replies that if the price destroys what she has left, there’s no point in moving forward. For a second it seems like she might waver. But in the end she chooses to be happy – “just not here” – and kills him.

Emma stops by to give Ms. Blanchard her bail money, and she says it feels like she’s met Emma before. Emma wants to leave to prevent Henry from getting hurt, but Ms. Blanchard argues that if she doesn’t protect him, who will?

Henry is at Archie’s office, clearly upset. Emma comes in and apologizes, saying the curse is crazy, not him. She told his mom what she wanted to hear, to throw her off as part of Operation Cobra. To keep the pages out of Regina’s hands, Emma burns them in the fireplace. Henry hugs her, saying he knew she would help him, and it’s clear Emma is falling in love with him.

The Evil Queen places the heart on the fire and releases the curse. She leaves a flower her father’s grave, and we learn his name was Henry.

Regina is cleaning up her tree when Mr. Gold stops by to ruin her good mood, telling her Emma is still around and he would have fixed the problem if she’d asked, for a price. Regina is done making deals with him, and he responds, “which one?” Mr. Gold apparently “acquired” Henry for the mayor. Regina wants to know who Emma really is, but he says she already knows. When she tries to question him further, Mr. Gold asks her to “please” move, and she is stunned into compliance. Regina is beginning to realize that her happiness is not shaping up quite as she planned.

What we know so far:
Snow is somehow responsible for the death of the Evil Queen’s love. And Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold is clearly aware of what’s happening. He’s manipulating Regina and potentially has power over Emma and Henry through knowledge of their names. Sheriff Graham is still a mystery though. Who is his fairy tale equivalent, and what are his motives?

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