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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

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.

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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once upon a time recapping: fruit of the poisonous tree

Previously on Once Upon a Time: 7:15 A.M.

After throwing us a bone with the kiss between Ms. Blanchard and David last week, I’m almost willing to forgive the show for killing Graham. But then everyone had to be idiotic, or annoyingly mysterious, or predictably evil this episode, and I’m not won over yet. Emma tries to protect Henry (and screw over Regina) and just gets pushed farther away from him, per usual. We also learn how the man got in the magic mirror (hint: Evil Queen was involved).

Snow White and King Leopold, Once Upon a Time

In the Enchanted Forest, we meet a pre-mirror Sidney, the Genie of Agrabah, as an old king (played by Richard Schiff of West Wing fame) releases him from the lamp. First the king wishes the Genie free, and then wishes for the now-freed genie to have the third wish, and you just know this do-gooder has to be Snow’s father. When the Genie says all he wants is true love, the King invites him to his court – where he is introduced to his daughter Snow, and his wife, Queen Regina, whom the Genie is immediately drawn to. Later, at King Leopold’s birthday celebration he claims his daughter is his greatest gift, and the Queen is feeling unloved. The Genie listens to her sob story about being trapped, and then gives her his mirror because in his eyes, she’s the fairest. King Leopold is now not so nice, as he has read his wife’s diary and orders the Genie to find out who gave her the mirror and stole her heart. Queen’s father shows up with a box that will set her free, and asks the Genie to bring it to her. It contains deadly Argabahan snakes, but before the she can “free” herself the genie offers use them to remove the king instead, and swiftly assassinates him. Of course, the Queen has set him up to take the fall. When he realizes he’s been tricked, he wishes to be near her forever, and ends up trapped in his mirror.

Sidney, Once Upon a Time

In Storybrooke, the storm has damaged Emma and Henry’s castle, but his book is still hidden there, safe from Regina. The mayor appears to collect her son and berate Emma for letting him play somewhere dangerous. At Granny’s, an annoyed Emma is accosted by a drunken Sidney, who claims he has the evidence to bring Regina down. Emma doesn’t bite – until Regina tears down the castle and Henry’s book goes missing. According to Sidney, something else is also missing – $50,000 from the city budget. He wants Emma to use her “bail bondsperson” tricks to find out why, but she insists on playing it straight. Meanwhile, Ms. Blanchard and David have a secret romantic picnic and try not to think of Kathryn. Emma hits a dead end on the paperwork, and a guilt-ridden Ms. Blanchard (who has the same coffee mug I do) agrees with Sidney that sometimes you have to do something wrong to do what’s right. Emma decides to “talk” to Regina, which really means “plant a bug in her office.” They learn of a deal in the woods and find Mr. Gold, who informs them he sold Regina land and sagely reminds Emma not to get emotional. She ignores him to break into the mayor’s office, steal her files, and then walk away without a fuss despite being the worst liar ever when Regina shows up. Emma, you’re usually smarter than this – sigh.

Henry and Stranger, Once Upon a Time

At Granny’s, Henry’s frantically writing down what he remembers of the book. The Mysterious Stranger asks him what he’s working on, and Henry asks him why he’s in Storybrooke, but neither gets answers. Emma foolishly confronts Regina with her ill-gotten evidence at a city council meeting. The mayor explains the money was for a new playground, and Emma is publicly humiliated. Regina pushes her advantage to threaten Emma with a restraining order if she doesn’t keep away from Henry. With no choice, Emma explains to Henry they must be apart for a while via a walkie-talkie exchange. She promises to find his book – now in the possession of the Mysterious Stranger. Sidney commiserates with Emma over their botched attempt…then visits Regina for congratulations on a job well done.

o Supposedly Emma’s “super power” is that she can tell when someone’s lying, yet she got played for a major fool in this episode. Is there some story significance here or was this just shoddy writing?
o Mysterious Stranger, why do you want the book? Did you write it? Is the story changing? Answers please.

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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