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once upon a time recapping: hat trick

Previously on Once Upon a Time: Heart of Darkness

This week on Once Upon a Time, Emma is confronted with the truth once again, and may actually be starting to believe it. While out searching for Ms. Blanchard, Emma is kidnapped by the Mad Hatter, Jefferson, who is fully aware of the curse. He wants her to use her “magic” to recreate his world-jumping hat that would allow him to return home and restore his daughter. In the Enchanted Forest, Regina tricks Jefferson into taking her to Wonderland via his hat, and it does not end well for him.

Once Upon a Time, Emma and Jefferson

We start in Storybrooke, where Ms. Blanchard is on the run in the forest. Emma goes after her, because if Ms. Blanchard misses her arraignment, she’ll be branded a fugitive. Emma nearly runs over Jefferson (played by Gossip Girl’s Sebastian Stan) on the road. She offers him a ride home, and he offers her some drugged tea. When she comes to, she breaks her bonds, sneaks down the hall, and slips into another room only to find a bound and gagged Ms. Blanchard. Before they can escape, Jefferson – now with a gun – finds them. Ms. Blanchard is tied back up, and Jefferson needs Emma’s help. She questions his motives, and he reveals he knows about the curse and he needs her magic to make a hat “that works.” Emma puts two and two together, and figures out that Jefferson is the Mad Hatter. Despite her claims of this being the “real world,” he counters that it is a world in a string of worlds that all connect, some with magic, some without it. Interesting. Emma puts together a hat, but it doesn’t work. Jefferson explains his curse is knowledge of the world he lost, and a daughter who doesn’t know him. He needs the hat to set it right. Emma acts like she believes him just long enough to knock him out. She releases Ms. Blanchard, but Jefferson comes back, and in the resulting struggle he gets thrown out the window – but there’s only a hat and no body. Emma begs Ms. Blanchard to trust her, saying she doesn’t want to lose her family. She ends up back in her cell, foiling Regina’s plans, but Mr. Gold promises “her majesty” she’ll get the results she wants. Emma visits Henry, and upon learning of the Hatter’s fate in the book, asks to borrow it. Henry is ecstatic that she might be starting to believe.

Once Upon a Time, Ms. Blanchard

In the Enchanted Forest, the Mad Hatter is living a happy but poor existence with his daughter, gathering mushrooms. Unfortunately for him, the Evil Queen (rocking an awesome feathered collar) needs a favor. She promises him luxury if he helps her retrieve a stolen item, but magic cost his daughter Grace her mother and he’s not willing to dabble again. Disguised as a crone, the Queen refuses to sell a toy to Grace because the Hatter is too poor – it’s the push he needs to agree to her deal. He leaves to help Regina, but promises to be back for tea. At the palace, he uses his hat to create a portal that takes them to Wonderland. The catch is the hat only allows the same number of people to enter or leave, so he’s forced to go with the Evil Queen. Their target is in the Queen of Hearts’ maze, but with the help of the Queen’s magic they grab a box (from a vault that looks suspiciously like Regina’s heart vault) and escape. Regina opens the box, and with the help of a magic mushroom, her father is restored. Jefferson does the math a little too late – the Queen and her father go through and while gets left behind. He is brought before the Queen of Hearts, who in addition to cutting off his head (which doesn’t kill him), demands he makes a new magic hat. The episode ends on the poor Hatter, making hat after worthless hat, going insane.

Once Upon a Time, Mad Hatter

Next week, we finally learn what Snow did to inspire Regina’s wrath. Maybe.

Thoughts/Theories
o Here I thought Mr. Gold and Regina were going to battle it out, but now it seems they are working together as part of a deal (the one with Henry? A new one?) to make sure Snow is punished for whatever she did to Regina.
o I really like Jefferson. I hope he comes back, because: A. I want to know where he went, and B. I want to know about his shady past involvement with Regina.
o I’m glad we got to see the emotional side of Emma this episode. With Henry in the background these past several weeks, and her disapproval of Ms. Blanchard’s affair with David, she’s been a little cold. As much as she refuses to believe, you know there is a part of her that really wants Ms. Blanchard to be her mom. Her speech at the end about family made me love Emma again.

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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?

Thoughts/Theories
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.

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once upon a time recapping: dreamy

Previously on Once Upon a Time: What Happened to Frederick

This week on Once Upon a Time, we are treated to another tragic love story (really, is there any other kind on this show?). We learn more about the relationship Grumpy alluded to in 7:15 A.M. – back when he used to be called Dreamy, and was in love with a fairy named Nova. Meanwhile, Emma investigates Katherine’s disappearance while Leroy and Ms. Blanchard bond over being mutually reviled by the entire town.

Once Upon a Time, Nova

We start in the Enchanted Forest, where a charmingly inept fairy named Nova (played by the lovely Amy Acker, recently seen on Dollhouse and also known as Winifred “Fred” Burkle to Angel fans) has been put in charge of collecting fairy dust, the most powerful magical substance in the world. So naturally, she spills some, which lands on an egg underground that hatches the dwarf we know as Grumpy, only this version’s on happy pills. The newly hatched dwarf is explained the ways of the world – they mine fairy dust, they don’t fall in love – and his axe dubs him “Dreamy.” Nova visits the mine for her fairy dust shipment, and her ineptitude almost destroys it until Dreamy grabs it at last second. She mopes about her clumsiness, but he tells her she can do anything she dreams, and she hints at meeting later to watch fireflies – a hint he doesn’t get. Later at a tavern, Dreamy complains he doesn’t feel right. Belle (!) overhears, tells him he’s in love, and explains the firefly invite means Nova wants to see him. They both want to see the world, and agree to meet the next night to run away together. On his way to meet her, the Blue Fairy warns him that Nova will lose her wings and never become the fairy she was meant to be. On the hilltop, Nova shows him the ship they’ll sail away in. He reminds her of her dream of being a fairy godmother, and that dwarves can’t love. Upon his return to the mine, his old axe breaks. His new ax dubs him Grumpy.

Once Upon a Time, Belle and Grumpy

In Storybrooke, Ms. Blanchard goes to Granny’s looking for volunteers to help with Miner’s Day, a fundraiser that celebrates an old local tradition when the nuns traded candles for coal. No one acknowledges her, and on his way out, Leroy (aka Grumpy) reminds her that she’s the “town harlot.” Leroy runs into the nun Astrid (Nova), and is wooed by her charming ineptitude. He fixes some Miner’s Day decorations, and she’s so impressed she tells him he could do anything he dreams. Emma is called to investigate Katherine’s abandoned car, and Sydney stops by to lay the blame on David. He shows up that moment, but swears to Emma he hasn’t talked to Katherine. Leroy signs up to sell candles, which is especially important because Astrid’s ineptitude with money means the sisters are short on rent. No one wants to buy candles from Leroy or Ms. Blanchard, despite their “annoy them door-to-door” strategy. Leroy can’t bring himself to tell Astrid though, and now he needs to come up with five thousand dollars. He tries to sell his boat to Mr. Gold, but he would rather evict the nuns. To top it off, Astrid stops by to give Leroy a pie and finds the unsold candles. Emma is also having a bad day, since Sydney’s shadily acquired phone records indicate David talked to Katherine despite saying he didn’t – and possibly implicate him in her disappearance. After some moping and drinking with Ms. Blanchard, Leroy decides to take a pickax to the power line and ends up selling all the candles in the resulting blackout. He patches things up with Astrid, and the townsfolk show Ms. Blanchard some kindness, but the feel good vibes are ruined when Emma is forced to bring David to the station for questioning.

Once Upon a Time, David and Emma

Thoughts/Theories
o I’m really curious about what happened to Katherine, and how much Regina actively had to do with it, and how much is the curse just working on its own.
o Other things I really want to know: what did August do to the book, and when will Regina and Mr. Gold have their showdown? When will Mr. Gold call in that favor from Emma? We’ll probably have to work through at least 5 more tragic love stories – and an upcoming investigation/trial over Katherine’s disappearance – before I get my answer.
o Point of interest – Mr. Gold has a problem with nuns. I’m assuming nuns are the Storybrooke equivalent of fairies, and his problem with fairies is their control of fairy dust. Just a theory, though.

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once upon a time recapping: what happened to frederick

Previously on Once Upon a Time: Skin Deep

This week on Once Upon a Time: people vanish, objects reappear, and the Mysterious Stranger finally has a name, but is no less mysterious in either deed or motive. In Storybrooke, David fails yet again to tell his wife the truth, but Regina has no problem revealing the affair, leaving Ms. Blanchard and Kathryn as collateral damage. In the Enchanted Forest, Charming proves to be the more honorable of the two by restoring Abigail’s lost love before setting out in pursuit of Snow.

Once Upon a Time, Charming and the Siren

We start in the Enchanted forest. The timing is a little tricky here, picking up towards the end of 7:15 A.M. – Snow has left, Charming thinks she doesn’t love him, and the wedding is not officially called off yet. Charming is on the run from King George’s men, and they seem to have every intent of killing him. We cut awkwardly to a bound Charming, but it’s Abigail who’s found him. She knows the truth about Snow, and she wants to help him escape because she has no desire to marry him either. Charming is suspicious of her motives, and she reveals that she loves another – her betrothed, Frederick, who was accidentally turned to gold protecting King Midas. There is a magical lake that could restore him and Charming agrees to get what she needs, despite the deadly creature that guards it. That creature just happens to be a siren, who transforms herself to look like Snow to lure him into the water, and he almost drowns before escaping at the last second. He restores Frederick to Abigail, and sets out to find Snow. We’re now where 7:15 A.M ended, when Charming meets Red Riding Hood at the woods. She tells him Snow truly does love him, and they set off with King George on their tail.

Once Upon a Time, Mary Margaret and David

In Storybrooke, Kathryn has been accepted been into law school, and she wants David to come with her to Boston. He later meets with Ms. Blanchard, and she argues that he needs to tell Kathryn the truth. The next day, Emma runs into the Mysterious Stranger outside of Granny’s, and he gives his name – August W. Booth – to secure a date with her. Inside, Ms. Blanchard reveals that she been seeing David, to which Emma is like “duh,” noting the “plunging necklines” were a giveaway. Ms. Blanchard is convinced David will tell the truth – and we cut to him doing just the opposite, telling Kathryn he can’t go to Boston because of some bs story about not connecting. Meanwhile, August appears to be restoring the Book or adding pages. Kathryn runs to Regina, who reveals David’s infidelity. Kathryn then runs to Ms. Blanchard, bitch slapping her in hall at school and telling her to enjoy her liar boyfriend. August takes Emma for that drink, which just happens to be from a well fed by a “magical” underground lake that will return something lost to her. He waxes poetic about having faith, while Emma only believes what she can see. Everyone in town is calling Ms. Blanchard a tramp, and she’s fed up with David and his lack of backbone. Their relationship is destructive, and she tells him it’s over. Emma finds the Book in the gutter by her car and returns it to Henry; Kathryn tells Regina her marriage was like “an illusion,” that she’s left a note giving David and Ms. Blanchard her blessing, and she still intends to go to Boston. The Mayor takes her skeleton keys (complete with skulls) to get the note from Kathryn’s home, which she burns. Kathryn, meanwhile, has left for Boston. The curse does its thing, however, and Frederick/Gym Teacher finds her car abandoned on the side of the road.

Once Upon a Time, Emma and Stranger/August

Thoughts/Theories
o August W. Booth, who are you, really? What have you done to the Book, and how long will it be before we find out?
o For those keeping score: Graham is dead (sniffle), and now Kathryn is missing. Mr. Gold knows truth but seems outside of Regina’s influence – for now.
o If Storybrooke is connected to the Enchanted Forest, as evidenced by Snow’s coffin hidden deep in a mine shaft underground, does that mean this “magical” underground lake is the same one Charming visited? The way August was going on about the mystical powers of water, I believe it has some significance, but you can’t trust anything with this show. We shall (hopefully) see.

Quotes
August – If you need evidence for everything, Emma, you’re going to find yourself stuck in one place for a long time.

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