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once upon a time recapping: the heart is a lonely hunter

We begin at Granny’s dinner, where a drunken Graham is throwing darts. Emma emerges from a back room, spots Graham, and makes a beeline for the exit, only stopping when Graham throws a dart in the door frame inches from her head. She tells him she doesn’t care what he does with the mayor.

Once Upon a Time, Emma and Graham Kiss

He follows her out the door. Graham’s desperate to explain himself; Emma’s desperate to avoid this conversation. She finally asks why he cares what she thinks, and he kisses her. When he does, he has flashes of his former life. A rattled Graham tries to apologize, claiming he needs to feel something, but an equally rattled Emma counters he’s not getting it from her. Graham then heads to Regina’s, who is pleasantly surprised by his sudden display of passion.

In the Enchanted Forest, a not so evil-looking Evil Queen comforts her stepdaughter Snow at her father’s coffin. In her chambers, the Queen’s mirror congratulates her on her revenge; all that’s left is for Snow to die. The kingdom is still loyal to her, so the Queen needs someone else to do it. The mirror suggests a huntsman. We then cut to Graham as the Huntsman, tracking down a deer with his wolf companion.

Graham awakes suddenly in Regina’s bed, and proceeds to tell her about his dream with the wolf, which he claims felt more like a memory. He decides to leave, despite Regina’s effort to make him stay. When he goes to get his car at Granny’s, he drops his keys and comes face to face with the wolf from his “dream” before it trots off.

Once Upon a Time, Graham and Wolf

The next morning, Emma spots some flowers in the kitchen and dumps them in the trash. Ms. Blanchard weakly protests that they’re hers, courtesy of Dr. Whale. Emma is impressed, claiming that one-nighters are the way to go. Ms. Blanchard argues that Emma’s “wall” is keeping out love, specifically from Graham.

An ill-looking Graham is tearing through the woods looking for his wolf, when he comes across Mr. Gold doing “some gardening.” Graham reluctantly explains his wolf dream, and Mr. Gold suggests dreams may be memories of another life.

The Huntsman and his wolf stop at a pub. The locals get restless, muttering about how he was raised by wolves and might as well be an animal. A brief brawl ensues with the Huntsman as victor. Watching through her mirror, the Queen is impressed.

Graham finally catches up with his wolf, which comes to him when called. When he touches the wolf he gets more flashes – this time of his encounter with Snow. He then goes to Ms. Blanchard’s classroom, asking if they knew each other from another life.

The Huntsman is brought to the Queen. She wants him to kill someone, and offers a place in her court in return. He wonders why she chose him, and she says he won’t be blinded by compassion for someone beloved by all. He agrees to do it, in exchange for protections for the wolves.

Graham thinks it’s odd that he and Ms. Blanchard can’t remember when they met. He wonders about past lives, and she mentions Henry and his book. Graham’s looking increasingly unwell and she tells him to rest, and he leaves promising to do so.

Disguised as a knight, the Huntsman is escorting Snow through the woods. She is suspicious of his unknight-like behavior, and asks why he’s there. He replies that she knows why. Unaccustomed to his armor, she is able to knock him down and flee.

Emma is failing at darts at the station when Regina walks in. She knows about the kiss. Emma says it meant nothing, and Regina states it’s because the blonde is incapable of feeling. Regina warns her to stay away from Graham. Meanwhile, Graham is at the mayor’s house to ask Henry if he’s in his book.

The Huntsman catches up to Snow, who is writing a letter. She is prepared to die, but wants him to give her letter to the Queen afterwards. He takes the letter and reads it, and its contents convince him to spare her life.

Once Upon a Time, Graham and Henry

The Enchanted Forest scene becomes an image on the page of Henry’s book. Based on what Graham tells him, Henry determines that he’s the Huntsman. After he spared Snow, the Queen took his heart and hid it her vault so he couldn’t feel. The wolf is trying to lead him to it.

Outside, Emma confronts Graham. He explains about the wolf and how his missing heart is preventing him from feeling. Emma places a hand on his chest to prove his heart is beating. He says it’s only the curse. Before she can convince him otherwise, she spots the wolf over his shoulder and they chase it to the vault in the cemetery. Despite Emma’s misgivings, they break in.

The Huntsman appears to give the fake heart to the Queen. He tries to give her the letter, but she makes him read it aloud instead. A voiceover from Snow apologies for depriving the Queen of love, and begs that her death be the end of her vengeance, asking her to be a gentle ruler. She ends with, “I’m sorry, and I forgive you.” The Queen throws the letter in the fire. The Huntsman asks why she’s so angry, and the Queen reveals that she shared a secret with Snow that cost her dearly. The Queen tries to put the heart in her vault and discovers his deception.

Emma and Graham are leaving the vault empty-handed when Regina shows up. Graham is looking sick and she tries to take him home. He ends it with her, claiming he’d rather have nothing than settle for less. Regina turns her wrath towards Emma, but Emma flips the blame back onto Regina for making everyone miserable. Regina punches Emma, and she punches right back before Graham pulls them apart.

At the station, Graham tends to Emma’s face. He apologizes for his crazy behavior, and they make eyes at each other. At the vault, Regina pushes aside her father’s coffin to reveal a secret staircase.

The Queen is enraged. She plunges her hand into the Huntsman’s chest and takes his heart. He is her pet now, and she squeezes his heart –making him writhe in pain on the floor – to demonstrate what will happen if he disobeys.

Emma has decided to tear down her wall, because she stands up and kisses Graham. He receives another flash.

Once Upon a Time, Regina and Heart

In her vault, Regina takes a heart in her hand.

Graham looks overwhelmed. Emma asks what’s wrong, and he says, “I remember.” He stands up, takes her face in his hands and thanks her. He leans in to kiss her, but before he can, he collapses onto the floor.

Regina crushes the heart in her hand to dust. Emma cradles Graham in her arms and sobs.

Once Upon a Time, Emma and Graham

That’s it until January 8th. If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be locked up in my room crying over Graham until then.

What we know so far:

The writers are going to be cruel and give us a lot of false hope. Any time we think something will work out, or someone will come close to the truth, they’re going to snatch the rug out from under us. I can only handle so much of that. Curse you, writers!

We received ever more allusions to Snow’s alleged treachery, but still no real information on that front other than Snow can’t keep a secret. Considering the source I don’t know how accurate that is. We do know how the Queen rose to power – by snatching Snow’s kingdom out from under her. Rumpelstiltskin has names and deals to control people; the Queen snatches hearts. While the Queen’s brand of evil is fueled by rage, Rumpelstiltskin’s brand of evil is much more devious, and you get the feeling he’s holding all the cards – in both realities. The next new episode will cover his backstory, and I’m curious to see what he might know about the curse.

See you all in January!

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once upon a time recapping: snow falls

The episode starts in the Enchanted Forest, with Charming riding in a carriage with an uptight blonde princess. A fallen tree blocks the road, but it’s a ruse that allows a thief to grab a satchel from the carriage. Charming gives chase and tackles the thief, who is actually Snow. She clocks him with a rock and escapes; he promises to find her.

Ms. Blanchard is on a date with an inattentive blonde (my love David Anders, of Alias and Heroes), babbling about wanting true love before she gives up and calls for a check. On the walk home, she spots Emma sleeping in her car and offers her a spare room, but she declines.

Ms. Blanchard’s class is volunteering at the hospital when she catches Henry in John Doe’s room. Despite his hints, she doesn’t recognize him, and only comments on how sad it is to be alone. Later, Henry tells Emma he’s found her father, and they need to make her parents remember.

Emma asks Ms. Blanchard to read the book to John Doe (or JD as I will now call him), telling her Henry thinks he’s Prince Charming. At first she’s reluctant, but Emma argues it’s the best way to break Henry of his delusions – when JD doesn’t revive, it will act as a reality check. The three will meet for breakfast to discuss the results.

That night, Ms. Blanchard is reading to JD at the hospital when he grabs her hand, but when she retrieves Dr. Whale (her date), he suggests she’s imagining it. Immediately after, he calls the mayor to report JD showed some activity. Regina would crush the phone in her hand if she could.

Snow raids some artifacts from a cave only to be caught and suspended in a rope trap on the way out. Charming appears, with a cocky reminder that he would find her, and she sarcastically dubs him “Prince Charming.” He strikes a deal: help him recover his stolen property – including a ring he was about to give the blonde – and he won’t reveal she is Snow White, wanted by the Queen.


Emma (in a stolen shirt of Regina’s) meets Henry at the café and Ms. Blanchard joins them, shocking them both with what happened. Henry immediately wants to go back. Ms. Blanchard does too, despite Emma’s reservations. However, JD is missing, and both the Sheriff and Regina are present. The mayor reveals she is JD’s emergency contact since she’s the one who found him. Dr. Whale warns if they don’t find him soon, he could die. Regina takes Henry home. A review of security footage shows JD walked into the woods.

Snow and Charming are heading through the woods when he notices the vial she has around her neck. He steals it, and she warns it’s a weapon that can squash a powerful adversary. Snow insists the claims against her are lies, and when he mentions her theft, she counters she has only stolen from Queen and mistook his carriage for hers. She wants only enough to get out the realm, and admits to ruining the Queen’s life. They stop for a drink of water. Snow gets away from Charming only to be caught by the Queen’s goons.

Sheriff Graham, Emma, and Ms. Blanchard are in the woods. The Sheriff goes off ahead and Ms. Blanchard asks Emma why she got into “finding people,” she replies it’s something she’s always done. Ms. Blanchard wonders if it was about her parents, and asks if she found them, to which Emma jokes, “depends who you ask.” Henry appears, and tells Ms. Blanchard JD is searching for her.

Snow is about to have her heart cut out when Charming saves her. She is clearly surprised and touched by his gesture. He says it was the honorable thing to do.

Henry tries to convince Ms. Blanchard that JD loves her. Emma wants to take him home, insisting that Regina will “kill me, then you, then me again.” Sheriff Graham finds JD’s bloody wristband.

Snow and Charming reach the troll’s bridge. She tries to negotiate for the jewels, but the trolls are suspicious of Charming and soon both he and Snow are at knifepoint (swordpoint?). They search Charming and find Snow’s wanted poster. Charming gets a sword and tells Snow to run, but he is overwhelmed and she is forced to use her magic vial to defeat the trolls. Charming reveals his name is James.

Sheriff Graham, Emma, Ms. Blanchard and Henry arrive at a t(r)oll bridge, where JD is in shallow water. Ms. Blanchard performs CPR, and when she places her mouth to his, he revives and coughs up water. Henry exclaims that she brought him back to life, and even Emma agrees.

At the hospital, Dr. Whale is tending to JD when the Storybrooke equivalent of the blonde princess shows up, calling him “David.” Regina pops out of nowhere to inform the trio that the blonde is JD’s wife.

Snow and Charming prepare to part ways. Snow tries on his ring for a minute, before claiming it’s not her style. He’ll find her again, and she almost believes him.

Regina explains that JD is really David Nolan, and the blonde is his wife, Katherine. Katherine thanks them. Ms. Blanchard asks how she could not know he was in coma, but she explains they parted on bad terms and she assumed he had left town. Dr. Whale says JD’s recovery is a miracle – which he just got up and went searching for something. “Someone,” Henry corrects.

Regina collects Henry and leaves. Emma of course confronts Regina with how convenient it is Katherine showed up, but the mayor acts oblivious. She throws in a jab, saying how the whole situation has made her glad she has Henry, and how awful it is to be alone.

Ms. Blanchard is twirling a ring on her finger, which happens to be the same ring Charming intended to give to his blonde princess. There is a knock at the door, Emma asks for the spare room, and Ms. Blanchard lets her in.

What we know so far:
Prince Charming is named James and John Doe is named David Nolan. Snow is responsible for ruining the Queen’s life, but how is still uncertain. It almost feels like nothing much happened. John Doe woke up, but he had barely three lines. Also, will Emma ever get fresh clothes?

A reader mentioned in my last post that the mysterious Sheriff Graham is one of the Queen’s guards from the pilot; we don’t see him but we hear his voice. After watching the scene again, I’m not quite sold. One theory I like is that Graham is the Huntsman who spared Snow. What do you think?

Next week is babies, ball gowns, and Mr. Gold (finally), oh my!

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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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