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once upon a time recapping: heart of darkness

Previously on Once Upon a Time: Red Handed

This week on Once Upon a Time, we pick the thread of Snow and Charming’s tale, while the cards are stacked against Ms. Blanchard. In the Enchanted Forest, Snow has forgotten her love for Charming and is determined to kill the Evil Queen, and Charming is determined to make her remember him, while avoiding King George’s guards. They’re happy for a record five seconds before they’re torn apart again. In Storybrooke, more damning evidence is discovered points to Ms. Blanchard as the killer. Emma thinks she’s being set up, but David starts to doubt her.

Once Upon a Time, Ms. Blanchard

In Storybrooke, Emma is forced to book Ms. Blanchard. Even though the sheriff doesn’t believe she’s a killer, she must pursue the evidence. Emma interrogates Ms. Blanchard, with Regina present to ensure objectivity, and it’s uncovered that box is actually Ms. Blanchard’s jewelry box. She claims someone broke in and stole it, but Regina points out to Emma that there was no break in, and a woman scorned in love will do anything. Emma goes back to their apartment to search, and Henry shows up to help (hi, Henry! I miss you!), claiming Regina is framing Ms. Blanchard because she hates Snow White. Unfortunately for all of them, Emma finds a knife in the heating vent. Henry drowns his sorrows in hot chocolate at Granny’s, and August tells him he should look for answers in his book – the book that just happens to contain stories that really happened.

Henry is ecstatic that someone believes, but August tells him Emma is the sort of person that needs proof. Emma starts to think that Ms. Blanchard needs a lawyer, and Mr. Gold appears to offer his services. Henry’s proof is the ring of skeleton keys from Regina’s office, and when Emma tries them in the door to her apartment it opens. David starts to think his blackouts are the key to Ms. Blanchard’s innocence, and visits Dr. Hopper to retrieve his memories – unfortunately he goes so deep in his hypnosis he remembers Snow talking about killing the Evil Queen. He confronts Ms. Blanchard with his doubts, and she’s crushed he would think her capable of such evil.

The next morning, Ms. Blanchard also finds a skeleton key – one that opens her cell. Emma brings her breakfast and bad news: the heart was Kathryn’s, and Regina appears to be framing her. She promises to clear Ms. Blanchard’s name if she has faith. Emma is taking no chances on this one. She goes to Mr. Gold and is willing to play dirty if it frees her friend. Ms. Blanchard, however, is not willing to sit around and find out.

Once Upon a Time, Snow White

In the Enchanted forest, we pick up where we left off at the end of What Happened to Frederick– Red and Charming on are the run from King George’s army. Red goes wolf-like to hold them off, and they split up. Meanwhile, forgetting her love has given Snow the personality of a sullen, bitchy teenager. The dwarves are so concerned they call on Jiminy Cricket to hold an intervention. Snow decides to spare the dwarves her bitchiness and take it out on the Evil Queen – by murdering her. Before she can put her plan into action, Grumpy wants to take her to Rumpelstiltskin, the man who can do anything. But Rumpelstiltskin can’t cure Snow – even he doesn’t have the potion to restore true love – and instead offers Snow a magic bow to kill the Queen, at no cost. Charming learns of Snow’s intentions and visits Rumpelstiltskin.

In exchange for his cloak, he gets information on how to find her, and a warning that if she succeeds with her plan she’ll become as evil as the Queen. Charming finds Snow’s hiding spot and forces a kiss on her. It doesn’t work, and she leaves him tied up while she continues on with murdering. Luckily, Jiminy frees him, and he shows up just in time to take Snow’s arrow. He tells her he would die for her, and its enough to make her see past her anger. This time she kisses him and remembers. Of course, King George’s men show up at that moment to tear them apart – again. She goes back to the dwarves to apologize, and they promise to help her free Charming. Just in case we’re thinking Rumpelstiltskin let everyone off easy, he combines a hair from Charming’s cloak with the hair he got from Snow, finally creating a potion that gives him power over love.

Once Upon a Time, Charming

Next week, Sebastian Stan (aka Carter Baizen from Gossip Girl) plays the Mad Hatter. Our fairy tales have already included murder and adultery, so why not throw in some insanity too?

o After disappearing for a few weeks, everything seems to have fallen into place for Mr. Gold. Though I’m not exactly happy that he’s using Emma and Ms. Blanchard as his pawns, I’m hoping Kathryn’s murder trial will be the battleground where he takes some wind out of Regina’s sails.
o August claims he’s here to help Emma believe in the curse. I’m going to be hopeful here and think that’s actually the case. It’s about time Henry had an ally, and I hope this means good will start winning a few battles against Regina.

Nicole N. decided to justify the countless hours she spends watching television by writing about it here. She enjoys a challenge and is currently re-watching all 15 seasons of ER. Follow her @nicolemnelson

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once upon a time recapping: skin deep

Previously on Once Upon a Time: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

This week, Emile de Ravin (Claire from Lost) guest stars as Belle, with Rumpelstiltskin filling in the role of the Beast in their ill-fated love story. Speaking of ill-fated love – Ms. Blanchard and David are falling apart almost as quickly as they began. And just when Mr. Gold was beginning to seem almost benign, his vicious side reappears when someone steals his property. To top it all off, Regina and Mr. Gold lay all their cards on the table, and I’m hoping this means the battle will begin soon.

Once Upon a Time, Belle and Rumpelstiltskin

In the Enchanted Forest, Belle and her father Sir Maurice are lamenting over their impending destruction at the hands of the ogres when Rumpelstiltskin arrives at the eleventh hour, ready to make a deal. In exchange for their kingdom, he wants Belle for his caretaker. She agrees. In his home, Rumpelstiltskin explains Belle’s duties to her. When she accidentally chips a teacup, he seems touched by her apology. Later, while attempting to open his nailed down curtains, Belle falls into Rumpelstiltskin’s arms, and a rapport is developing between the two. Months pass, and Belle asks about children’s clothing she found. Rumpelstiltskin explains he once had a son, then “lost him.” She surmises he was once human, and claims he’s not the monster he thinks. There’s a knock on the door and Gaston appears – before Rumpelstiltskin turns him into a rose, which he then gives to Belle. He asks why she came; she explains it was her chance to be brave, though she’d like to see the world. Rumpelstiltskin makes her an offer – get straw from the village, and if she comes back, he’ll tell her his story. On the road, Belle runs into the Queen, who mentions that true love’s kiss will break any curse. It’s enough to send her back. When she kisses him, Rumpelstiltskin starts to change, but he then flies into a rage. He accuses Belle of working for Regina, trying to strip his powers, unwilling to believe anyone could actually love him. He locks Belle in the dungeon then destroys everything in sight, except the teacup. Eventually he lets her go, she warns him he lost his once chance at happiness. The Queen late appears to gloat, claiming how sorry she is about Belle: she was shunned and tormented by her father upon her return, and leapt from a tower. The Queen leaves. Rumpelstiltskin stares at his teacup and cries.

Once Upon a Time, Evil Queen and Belle

In Storybrooke, Mr. Gold comes to repossess Mr. French’s (aka Sir Maurice) “Game of Thorns” (HA!) flower van – right before Valentine’s Day. Regina is impressed by his cruelty and wants a word, but he brushes her off. At Granny’s, Emma and Ms. Blanchard are interrupted by Ashley (aka Cinderella), who complains of an overwhelming baby and underwhelming boyfriend, prompting Ruby to suggest a girl’s night out. Emma gets called away – Mr. Gold has been robbed. He intends go after the perpetrator himself, but Emma convinces him to let her track down Moe French and the stolen property. She manages to find the goods, but one item – and Mr. French – are still missing. Mr. Gold is not pleased. He runs into David at the store buying two valentines cards, and warns that love is fragile. Mr. Gold goes back out to his van, which just happens to have a tied up Moe French in the back, and drives to a secluded cabin. He viciously beats Mr. French with his cane – first for his missing item, then for sending ”her” away, before Emma stops him. Meanwhile, Ashley is not enjoying her night out, explaining it’s hard to be with Sean and not be with him, which resonates with Ms. Blanchard. Of course, Sean then appears to propose to Ashley. Ms. Blanchard doesn’t get her happy ending though, because when David appears he gives her the wrong valentine’s card. Emma wants to know who the “her” was, but Mr. Gold won’t budge and she arrests him. Regina gets Emma to go out with Henry so she can have her one on one with Mr. Gold while he’s in lockup. She trades his missing item – a chipped teacup – for his real name: Rumpelstiltskin. He claims their newfound honesty “changes nothing.” Regina leaves the sheriff’s office to visit a secret floor of the hospital, where Storybrooke Belle is trapped in a cell.

Once Upon a Time, Ashley and Sean

o Mr. Gold and Regina know each other’s real identities. What this means for Storybrooke remains to be seen.
o Belle has a Storybrooke equivalent, so obviously she wasn’t dead. It seems to me that Rumpelstiltskin would have confirmed that for himself. It’s not like he trusts the Evil Queen.

Nicole N. decided to justify the countless hours she spends watching television by writing about it here. She enjoys a challenge and is currently re-watching all 15 seasons of ER. Follow her @nicolemnelson

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once upon a time recapping: desperate souls

Previously on Once Upon a Time: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

This week our two story lines follow the making of Rumpelstiltskin into the monster we know and secretly love, and Emma competing against Regina’s scheming in the elections for sheriff. It seems like it would make for a rousing story, but it’s a pretty standard “power corrupts” allegory that falls flat. The show has a lot of making up to do for killing my beloved Graham; so far I’m still holding a grudge.

Once Upon a Time, Human Rumpelstiltskin

We start in the Enchanted Forest, where soldiers are kidnapping local children to fight in the war against the ogres, and as soon as a human Rumpelstiltskin’s son turns 14, he’s next. They attempt to flee, but are stopped by soldiers who are quick to assault Rumpelstiltskin and remind he is a coward who fled from battle, effectively ruining his son’s opinion of him. They are helped home by a creepy beggar (played by the master of creepy characters, Brad Dourif), who just happens to know the Duke is controlling the “Dark One” with a mystical dagger – a dagger Rumpelstiltskin could use to gain power. He spouts some nonsense to his son, saying he would use the power for good. In a shoddy bit of writing (setting fire to a stone keep with wooden floors and no guards?), Rumpelstiltskin gets the dagger. He then summons the Dark One, who goads Rumpelstiltskin into killing him and taking his powers. The Dark One is of course the beggar, who found a “desperate soul” to relieve him of the burden of his magic, which as we know, “comes with a price.” As the soldiers arrive to take his son, Rumpelstiltskin uses his newfound malice to quickly dispose of them. Last we see him, he’s stalking menacingly towards his son, dagger in hand.

Once Upon a Time, Rumpelstiltskin

In Storybrooke, two things have happened since Graham’s death – Emma is up for sheriff and Henry he wants to end “Operation Cobra” before the hero, namely Emma, dies. Emma is about to pin on the sheriff’s badge when Regina walks in and tells her Sidney Glass, the local reporter, will be taking the post instead. Later, Mr. Gold appears with copy of the town charter, claiming Regina is a common enemy, and a frustrated Emma agrees to an alliance. According to the charter, they must hold elections, and the race is on. The mayor starts playing dirty by revealing more of Emma’s sordid past in the newspaper – namely that Henry was born in jail. But when Emma goes to confront Regina, a mysterious fire starts at the town hall and she is forced to save her nemesis, becoming a hero in the process. Of course, the fire was a scheme of Mr. Gold’s and Emma must decide to reveal the truth and look like a fraud, or ride her heroism to a win. She does the noble thing (as if there was any doubt), and her standing up to Mr. Gold bolsters Henry’s confidence and wins the respect of the town – earning her the position of Sheriff. Mr. Gold later stops by the station to congratulate Emma, another “desperate soul” he found to manipulate. He warns her that now that she’s sheriff, he’ll be calling in that favor soon. Mr. Gold – 1; Everyone else – 0.

Once Upon a Time, Emma the Hero

o We have yet another reference to the shady acquiring of Henry for Regina – she claims Emma has no legal right to him, but Gold reminds her she’s “trifling with technicalities.”
o Henry was born in jail where Emma was likely forced to give him up. I’m assuming Mr. Gold was the one who made sure she was in prison for his birth.
o Mr. Gold proves yet again he’s pulling all the strings, and I’m curious to see how far his plan actually goes.

Henry: Good loses. Good always loses because good has to play fair. Evil doesn’t.

Mr. Gold: Regina. Should I move some things, make a bit of space for your rage?

Regina: Oh, I’m sorry. You didn’t want people to know you cut his cord with a shiv?

Nicole N. decided to justify the countless hours she spends watching television by writing about it here. She enjoys a challenge and is currently re-watching all 15 seasons of ER. Follow her @nicolemnelson

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