It’s funny – last night when I was watching the show, I thought it was a great episode. But now that I’m looking back on it to recap it, I’m realizing it was pretty light. Heck, I could do this is just a few paragraphs.
We’ll start with the flashback. We headed back to
Alice when she returned from Wonderland after
losing Cyrus – so a year ago. I’m really
curious how long she was gone because while she was gone, her father had
remarried and had a daughter who looks to be roughly Alice’s age the first time she went to
Wonderland. Her father is thrilled to
have her back, but her step-mother no so much.
She pushes her father to deal with Alice
doesn’t affect her step-sister. So Alice is forbidden to
talk about Wonderland and is expected to get over Cyrus and start dating the
neighbor boy immediately. When she
refuses, she is given the choice of that or going to the asylum. So in a matter of days, she is shipped off to
the asylum where we first met her.
Meanwhile, in Wonderland,
Alice heads due west to follow the trail and
find Cyrus. However, her path leads her
through the Black Forest, which is so dark
even a torch is barely enough to see what is in front on her. She pops out on the other side to find a
forest that uses mist to enchant people into deciding to stay. In fact, it makes them so happy that they
turn into trees and never leave.
Knave is hot on her trail and finds it thanks to the two thieves she had beat
up earlier. He gets to these woods, and
they don’t have a hold on him. He
realizes what is happening, but gets increasingly frustrated as Alice loses more and more
interest in continuing on. She is
happy. So happy that she even starts to
forget who she and Cyrus are. As she is
turning into a tree, Knave throws the necklace she usually wears at her, and it
breaks the spell. She breaks free of her
roots and the two leave.
For his part, Cyrus is also trying to get to
Alice, but his escape
hasn’t gone unnoticed – the Red Queen is hot on his trail. She thinks if she can capture the genie to go
with the bottle she already has, she will have all the power and Jafar will
have to go along with her plans for a change.
She corners Cyrus on a cliff overlooking the sea. But instead of letting himself get captured,
he jumps off the cliff. No idea how he
survived that, but I’m sure he did.
For his part, Jafar has landed in Victorian England of the present, or at least the present of the series. He gets the first scene of the episode as he goes to the asylum and meets with
doctor. He’s trying to get more
information on Alice. The doctor at first pretends to have never
heard of Alice,
but when Jafar shows him White Rabbit, that appears to loosen his tongue. We don’t’ see Jafar again until the finale scene,
when he appears at Alice’s father’s door and says he is a friend of Alice and
thinks he has a way to help her if only Alice’s father will go with him.
I did it! 5 paragraphs! For wordy recap me, that’s pretty impressive.
Okay, so I cheated a bit in that I left out an important piece of information we learned – Knave has no heart. It was stolen from him at some point, and
Alice got it back. However, he never put it back in because what
happened with Anastasia hurt him so much he couldn’t bear it. So, what happened to make him lose his
heart? Was that Cora, aka the Queen of
Hearts? And where is it now?
Next week, we’re off for Thanksgiving, and I honestly don’t know when I’ll get my recap of the episode after that up. I’ll have family in town that weekend, so I might not even get it watched until several days later.