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once upon a time recapping: tallahassee

Previously on Once Upon a Time: The Doctor
(Your regularly scheduled OUAT recapper, nmnelson, is away for the next two weeks. So until she returns, I’ll do my best to cover her post. –Nicole)

This week’s episode gave us a glimpse of Emma’s past and further explained why her trust issues are not so easily shaken. In the present, Emma (trust issues and all) and Hook climb the beanstalk to steal the magical compass from The Giant.

In Fairytale Land, Hook leads Snow, Emma, Mulan and Princess Aurora to the beanstalk. Emma is sure she’s heard this tale before, but Hook explains to her that there are no more beans and there was once way more than one giant. Instead, they need to get their hands on the enchanted compass, go back and steal the wardrobe ashes, and only then will they be able to find their way to Storybrooke. The women are unsure if they can trust Hook, but he promises them that his allegiance isn’t to Cora and he will be loyal to the person that gets him to his destination first.

While Emma and Hook climb the beanstalk, he lets her know that she’s like an open book. He’s seen that same look in the eyes of the discarded Lost Boys, and he knows that she was abandoned too. When they finally make their way to the top, Hook suggests that they wait for The Giant (played by Jorge Garcia, Lost, Alcatraz) to fall asleep. Emma smartly asserts that they use Mulan’s poppy powder (Wizard of Oz foreshadowing perhaps??) to knock the giant out. A successful plan, except they didn’t account for how quickly the giant would wake up. Hook is pinned under a few rocks and Emma is the one who escapes and traps The Giant. Instead of using Jack’s sword to kill or even harm The Giant, she spares his life. She’s rewarded when The Giant breaks through the cage and also spares her life. Although it looks like she’s going to use her second favor to save Hook, she instead cuffs him to the wall. It seems she trusts him enough to keep him alive, but not quite enough to let him journey back down the beanstalk with her. She makes it down just in time to break up Snow and Mulan, who started chopping down the stalk as Emma requested. Teary mother-daughter reunion and the voyage back to Storybrooke continues.

In Emma’s past, we go back 11 years and see that Emma’s yellow VW bug was initially a stolen possession. The mystery man we met in the season opener turns out to be Neal Cassidy (played by Michael Raymond-James), the Clyde to Emma’s Bonnie. They traipse around the country on a petty crime spree, but eventually they agree that it’s time to settle down…in Tallahassee. As with any plan that involves tortured romance, things are cut short. Neal finds out that he’s a wanted man for a jewelery heist he pulled and explains to Emma that he needs to leave the country without her. She nixes this plan and decides to re-steal the watches that he left at the train station so that they can sell them for money and start their lives together. Meanwhile, Neal is caught by August (aka Pinocchio) who shames him into setting Emma free so that she can get back on the path to her true destiny. Whatever he show’s Neal with his box is enough to seemingly convince him of magic or at the very least, how important it is that he leaves Emma behind.

Emma is arrested at the rendezvous point and led to believe that Neal sold her out. Down the line, August and Neal meet up so that Neal can give him the key to the VW and money. August promises to send Neal a postcard if and when it’s all right for him to return to Emma’s life. August sends Emma the car key (we hear no mention of the money!) and we learn that she’s pregnant with Henry.

And finally, at Storybrooke, Henry has a nightmare and Grandfather Charming comes in to calm him down. He lights a candle, just as he did for Snow White when she was having post-sleeping spell bad dreams. When Henry recounts his dream, it’s exactly as Princess Aurora described her own: a windowless red room, curtains on fire and someone looking at her across the room. David promises him that it was all just a bad dream.

Other observations:

  • We know that Neal has received the postcard and that he’s Henry’s father, which makes a reunion inevitable. Will it be before or after Emma and company make it back to Storybrooke??
  • Emma is 28/29 and we know this took place 11 years ago, which would make her 18 in the flashbacks. I can accept that the adorable Emma we saw was supposed to be that young, but there’s no way you’re convincing me Neal wasn’t at least in his late 20s during their time together.
  • I don’t know how Aurora and Henry’s dream connection works, or even if it’s merely a plot point to get Mulan and Aurora to Storybrooke in an organic way, but I like that this show keeps finding new ways to develop stories that should have felt stale after one season.











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once upon a time recapping: broken

Previously on Once Upon a Time: A Land Without Magic.

This week on Once Upon a Time, magic is here! This curse is broken, the citizens of Storybrooke remember who they are, and Mr. Gold’s strange brand of magic is unleashed upon the town. As Emma and the others try to decide what to do with Regina, Mr. Gold sets his own revenge plans in motion – with unexpected results. Meanwhile, we are introduced to some new faces in the Enchanted Forest, where everything is not as it seems.

In New York, a mysterious man (played by Michael Raymond James) returns to his apartment. A dove flies to his window with a postcard from Storybrooke bearing one word – broken.

Once Upon a Time, Emma and Regina

In Storybrooke, the ominous cloud unleashed by Mr. Gold washes over the town, though no one seems negatively affected. Charming and Snow tearfully embrace their daughter for the first time in 28 years and I’m already reaching for the tissues. Before they can even begin to untangle their emotions, the Mother Superior informs them that magic has returned, and Archie warns them that Dr. Whale is leading an angry mob to Regina’s. Emma and her parents arrive just in time to rescue a powerless Regina from the mob’s wrath and drag her to jail. Meanwhile, Belle tells Mr. Gold of her imprisonment at Regina’s hands and makes him promise not to kill her. He takes this promise literately and instead summons a wraith to do his dirty work for him.

Ms. Blanchard wants to get to know her daughter, but Emma is struggling with her own feelings of abandonment. They confront Mr. Gold about the magic he released, but he argues that he’s done nothing wrong. Before they can glean anything more from him, the wraith makes its presence known in Storybrooke. Emma insists they’re not done; Mr. Gold reminds her she owes him a favor. Belle expresses her disappointment in Mr. Gold’s lie, though she stays with him in the hope he’ll become a better man. Emma, Ms. Blanchard, and David fend off the wraith attacking Regina, but the only way to stop it is to send it elsewhere, via Jefferson’s hat. They set a trap for the wraith, but Emma gets sucked in too. Unwilling to lose her daughter again, Ms. Blanchard follows her in but David is too late. Upon learning what happened, Henry refuses to talk to Regina until she brings them back. David takes his grandson takes his grandson home and promises to find them.

Once Upon a Time David and Henry

In the Enchanted Forest, a prince and a masked warrior ride through a barren wasteland. They reach a crumbling palace, where Princess Aurora (played by the incredibly gorgeous Sarah Bolger of The Tudors fame) lays sleeping. Prince Philip promises to tell his beloved “the truth” upon her awakening. His kiss breaks the curse, but before he can share the whole story they are attacked by a dark creature. They fend it off, and in the aftermath the warrior reveals her identity – Mulan (played by Jamie Chung of Real World fame). She explains that they were attacked by a wraith, a soul-sucking creature that marks its victims. Though they appear to be unscathed, Philip hides a mark on his hand. When the three stop for the night, Philip sneaks off to meet his fate. The women realize the truth and head after him. They reach him just in time to watch him fall victim to the wraith. The two lay Philip to rest at the palace, and Mulan reveals the whole truth – that a curse swept almost everyone away 28 years ago, except for a small corner of the land where they remained frozen until recently, when the curse weakened. Before the two leave for the safe haven, they hear a crash and discover Emma and Ms. Blanchard.

The two worlds collide!

• Just when we thought everyone was going to be brought together, they’re torn apart yet again. I commend the writers for keeping the two storylines relevant and interconnected now that curse is broken, plus Ms. Blanchard and Emma need some time one on one to work their feelings out, but at the same time – ARGH!
• The mysterious man from the beginning of the episode has to be Baelfire, right?
• Interesting that Regina’s magic didn’t seem to work until Emma touched her. Wondering what the significance of that is.
• WHO IS WHALE? No one seems to know. There was an intriguing undercurrent to his interaction with Regina this episode, and I want to know more. The mystery is killing me.

Nicole N. decided to justify the countless hours she spends watching television by writing about it here. She is currently indulging her addiction to medical dramas by rewatching all of Grey’s Anatomy. Follow her on twitter @nicolemnelson and check out her tumblr.

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thoughts on the walking dead: nebraska

Previously on The Walking Dead: Pretty Much Dead Already

  • Everyone deals with the aftermath of killing the barn walkers.
  • Shane questions Dale’s role within the group.
  • Hershel seeks out an old vice in order to deal with his pain.
  • Rick, Hershel, and Glenn are found by other survivors while in town.
  • Lori runs into some trouble while heading to town to get the search party


The Rift: Before Shane took it on his own to open the barn we could tell that the opinions were nowhere near unanimous in regards to killing the walkers inside. Even afterwards the debate continues on. Was Shane right? Was it his place to open the barn? I think he did the right thing and it appears the majority of the group feels the same way, they just didn’t feel it was their place to make the decision. Even though Shane’s role as the anti-hero is growing exponentially, I appreciate his ability to do what everyone is afraid to.

Dale’s Duties? I’ve been calling him a glorified mechanic since the beginning. He does nothing but get in everyone else’s affairs and cause drama. It seems obvious that he wants everyone to play by the rules and “do the right thing” but the dismal situation they find themselves in is going to require getting your hands dirty every now and again. I try not to be so critical of Dale at all times but he just grinds my gears.

Open Bar: After realizing that he was wrong about the “sickness” that causes the dead to walk Hershel heads to his former favorite watering hole to drown his sorrows. It is sad that it took such a tragedy for Hershel to realize the truth but that was exactly what he needed. Whether or not he decides to evict Rick and his group from the farm is still to be seen but I think his decision may have changed after he met Rick’s alter-ego…

Quick Draw Rick: After a confrontation with two other survivors, Dave and Tommy, Rick has to kill them in order to protect themselves as well as those back on the farm. Rick and Glenn know how difficult it is while on the road but they don’t want anymore issues with Hershel, seeing as though he is on the verge of kicking them out anyway. It appears Dave (Michael Raymond-James) was telling the truth about there being another group in the area but I want to see how they react to the news that their friends are dead. Will Rick be able to come to a diplomatic solution or will there be more bloodshed?

Lori…Be Patient: Seriously. Frank and Glenn knew they had to go to town and bring Hershel back. They weren’t going to go to the carnival and a day spa. Why was she is such a hurry to drive out there by herself?! They were in a car anyway. Now she may be in more danger than Beth is back at the farm. Is everyone in the Grimes family just THAT desperate to be comatose?

On the next The Walking Dead: Trigger Finger

Will is a (not so) recovering TV and movie addict and TVDM only helps in feeding his vices. TVDM is the best outlet for him to spread his disease -without the use of airborne pathogens...

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