Red had speaking lines!
is still working with our heroes!!! Yes,
I was very happy with some of the events from last night’s episode of Once Upon
a Time. Yes, sometimes it truly is the
Shall we get to it? Here’s what happened….
We start with the flashback to the
of a year ago. Enchanted Forest Regina has the idea that the tunnels under
her castle just might allow access to the castle. The entire army couldn’t go through, but one
person could slip through to shut off the protection shield. Regina
is the one to do it since it will involve magic.
Before she can do that, the Wicked Witch sends out a flying monkey to make sure
knows she is there. When it arrives at
the group, it appears that it is going for Robin Hood’s son, so Regina steps in, stops
it, and turns it into a cute monkey stuffed animal. Between the flying monkey and the green
and Belle figure out who this is.
sets off to go through the tunnel. Robin
shows up and insists on joining her.
They get a surprise part way through when they arrive at the crypt. It was supposed to be sealed with blood
magic, the most powerful magic of all.
How could someone get in?
When they reach the cambers,
Regina sets about making a spell – a new
sleeping curse. And she intends it for
herself. If Henry ever finds her, he can
wake her. But until then, it is too hard
to live without him. Robin tries to talk
her out of it, but he gets frozen to the floor for his efforts.
And then she flies off. The fight is far from over, however, and
Regina now has a reason to live – a worthy
Meanwhile, in modern day Storybrooke….
We learn that in addition to having no memory of the past year, people are disappearing from town. Several of the dwarfs are missing, for example. There is also a group of people who are setting up camps outside of town.
The next morning in the diner, Henry is introduced to David and Mary Margaret as old friends. Ruby almost slips up when giving Henry hot coco with cinnamon on top but manages to cover it. Then
Regina sees him and in her shock drops a
cup. Emma quickly pulls Regina aside and fills her in the on
situation. Regina is upset that Henry doesn’t know who
she is – it’s more painful than if she never saw him again. But, despite some tough questions (or maybe
because of it), Emma believes that Regina
isn’t behind the curse.
Just about then, we get a panicked appearance from Robin Hood. He and his merry men are one of the groups camping around town. Little John was chasing a wild turkey toward the town limits when a flying monkey swooped in and took him away. David joins the group of men trying to track him down. They find him with a giant bite mark and take him to the hospital where he starts thrashing around … and turns into a flying monkey.
Meanwhile, Emma is leading a town meeting to try to find out what happened. However, when
Regina shows up, the town
turns on her, certain she is behind the new curse. Even Emma changes her mind. Regina
creates a mild earthquake (much like the one we had here this morning?) and
vanishes. Emma goes after her….
in her office in city hall where the two of them had agreed to meet up. It was a set up to keep the person who is
behind the new curse from thinking they were hunting for him or her. Instead, Emma gives Regina the rest of the memory potion and they
hope to replicate it. Something goes
wrong, however, and it doesn’t work.
That’s when Emma gets the brilliant plan to set up a new con. They use Grumpy to spread the word that Regina is working on a
memory unblocking potion to help them all remember what happened.
It works. A little while later, someone is inside
office. She’s used blood magic to seal
the person inside, however, whoever it is disappears in a puff of green
smoke. Regina, having lost her memory of last year
(and the fact that her half-sister could get around the blood magic), wonders
what is happening.
have had a heart to heart while waiting for their failed trap to spring. In that time, Emma talks Regina into meeting Henry as another of
Emma’s friends. She does, and Henry
warms to her, but the fact that Regina
doesn’t know him still obviously upsets her.
Meanwhile, a worried Mary Margaret is reading through a book on babies at Granny’s. A nice woman introduces herself as a mid-wife and promises that babies are strong and survive most things. This woman? The Wicked Witch of the West in disguise calling herself Elena.
As the episode nears its end, David reports back to everyone what happened to Little John.
Regina puts the same
clues together she did before and deduces that their enemy is the Wicked Witch
of the West. But who is she now?
And for the final scene, the Witch goes home and then down into her storm cellar. (And was it just me, or did the house look like something from
She has a prisoner down there, and she offers him food and drink. The prisoner?
Which leaves us with the question – how did he survive plunging the knife into his heart at the end of the winter run? Is he still a cursed Rumple or is he human all the time now? Has he been her prisoner the entire year? He is certainly mad enough to be.
Another little tidbit I left out is that Hook got a message saying to go get Emma and the memory potion delivered to him via a bird. The assumption is that Snow White sent it. Unless we hear otherwise later, I’m going to assume that’s the case.
There are two competing lines for favorite this year. Grumpy asks if their new foe is the Wicked Witch of the East or the West. Why does it matter? With one you drop a house on her, with the other you pour water on her. Then there’s David’s line after Little John has turned into a flying monkey. “Okay, I did not see that coming.”
I am wondering at this point if Henry is the reason they have all been cursed. The Witch is out to take everything from
Regina. Even though Henry was not in their world,
could it be that she wanted to take him away from Regina in front of her to make her
suffer? I don’t know, just a thought.
As I mentioned at the top of the recap, I am so thankful to see
working with Emma again this half of the season. I like the character growth we’ve seen, and I
really didn’t want to see that be wiped out.
That would have felt forced.
And so far nothing about this half of the season feels forced to me. Even making the Witch Regina’s half-sister I can buy. I am loving Henry being the one with the memory problems this time around. It’s a nice mirror to season 1. I hope they play with that a bit more.
I think this is all I’ve got this week. Thoughts and theories are more than welcome, as always.