No, not Doctor Who (although, I admit a traveling Time Lord
in Storybrooke would be hysterical…but I digress…). But before I dive into the
episode, can I just experience some sympathy for David Anders, he has played
many an amputee—from Sark on Alias to the recently deceased John Gilbert on The
Vampire Diaries (ouch the fingers), but this time he lost his whole arm—had it
ripped right off. Can I have a small
“ow” of sympathy for him? Okay, now onto our episode.
Dead is Dead
Or is it? After being mostly absent for two episodes,
Regina’s character—and most of all her heart—was front and center in tonight’s
tale. We knew Rumple tempted her with magic to banish her mother through the
Looking Glass, but he also became the master to her apprentice. The lesson with
the unicorn heart actually scared my daughter—she sat there, fingers at her
mouth chanting “don’t hurt the Unicorn, don’t do it.”
Way to go with the tension writers! Because it really did offer us an intriguing
sideways look at Regina’s character and how driven by her grief she is. Not
only did it spur her hatred for Snow, land her in a loveless marriage and
encourage her to use magic to banish her mother—it also drove her to learn
everything she could to bring back Daniel from the dead.
Unfortunately, as Rumple tried to tell her: Magic can do
anything, except that. Dead is dead. She kept Daniel safe with a preservation
spell (and yes my heart broke for her). The
more I learned about the twisty, Gordian knot of a road she traveled to
becoming the Wicked Queen, the more sympathetic to her I became.
As in earlier episodes, Regina is trying to keep her promise
to Henry to not do magic and not let magic seduce her. She goes to see Doctor Hopper
and talks to him. He eerily echoes the advice Rumple gave her all those years
ago: “she has to let go of the past.”
Clinging to the memory of Daniel and the loss of her love has warped
everything she’s touched. If she wants to move on—she has to let go.
In the flashbacks to Regina’s learning days with Rumple,
we’re treated to a young, devil-may-care Jefferson who hops through the worlds
gathering hard to procure items. I’m assuming this is before the birth of his
daughter. When Regina refuses to take
the life of an innocent animal, Rumple tells her he can’t teach her anymore.
But he still pokes to find out what she really wants magic for—when she reveals
her desire to bring Daniel back, Jefferson tells her of a man he knows who can
do just that.
He offers to make the introduction if the Queen will give
him a writ of free passage in her Kingdom. It was kind of cute that Regina
didn’t realize she could. When she agrees, he introduces her to the
“wizard” who prefers to be called “Doctor.” David Anders looked good in that double
breasted trench coat, but I could have lived without the eyeliner.
He evaluates Daniel’s body and believes he is a perfect
candidate—but he needs a heart. That is the final ingredient (and apparently
how Jefferson lured him from his world to the Enchanted Forest). Regina refuses
to take a heart for it, but she knows where to get one and takes them to her
mother’s vault. Of course the Queen of Hearts had an entire vault of them. She has no idea who the hearts belong too,
but they use one.
The Doctor puts on a dog and pony show but it proves not to
work. He confesses the heart wasn’t strong enough and there is nothing that can
be done. Regina is heart broken again. She mourns the loss of Daniel and later
shows up in all black (mourning colors, yes?) and rips out the heart of
Rumple’s new student. She’s ready and he’s delighted.
Later he congratulates Jefferson and the Doctor for their
work and they give the Doctor the heart he needs for his experiment. Jefferson
then returns him to his world and yes, he is indeed Victor Frankenstein and we
get the “It’s Alive!” scene at the end.
After Jefferson’s participation in the deception, I feel
less bad for what Regina did to him later.
Dr. Whale finds Charming to ask him if the worlds are still
there and Charming greets him with a slug to the jaw for sleeping with his
wife. When Whale looks perplexed, Charming points out that Whale slept with
Snow and Whale decries it with he didn’t know they were all under the curse
(it’s definitely the new “we were on a break.”) Charming brushes it off and then tells Whale,
yes he knows they are there and he will get them back.
Whale rushes off to confront Regina and demands she send him
back to his world. But she can’t and after Hopper throws him out, the Doctor
finds Regina’s vault and Daniel’s preserved body and uses both to revive him.
Daniel promptly rips off his arm and wanders off. Regina finds the Doctor in
the bowels of the hospital and gets him help.
She rushes off to look for Daniel and tells Charming. They
realize he likely went to the last thing he could remember—like David did when
he woke up—and they head to the stables. Which is good because Daniel has Henry
by the throat. They get Henry away and Charming is ready to kill Daniel but
Regina begs him to let her try and get through to him.
To his credit, Charming doesn’t like it but allows her to
try. When Daniel is throttling her, she tells him she loves him and he comes
back to himself and begs her to let him go—he’s not really himself and the
monster in him soon surges back up.
Regina freezes him in a trap spell and erases him from Storybrooke
with a wave of her hand—sobbing brokenheartedly. She later returns to Hopper and confesses she
Damn—I know she still has a mean streak, but I am officially
rooting for Regina to get a happy ending now, because that hurt—A LOT.
Meanwhile, Doctor Frankenstein brings his severed arm to
Rumple and asks him to reattach it—Rumple only asks that he admits that he
needs magic since he so decried it all those years ago. The Doctor does and
voila, he gets his arm back.
Meanwhile in the
It looks like Cora wiped out all the folks in the Haven and
took their hearts except for one survivor that our four erstwhile princesses
find. (Yes, four, cause technically Emma is a princess). Of course the survivor is Killian
“Hook” Jones. Emma doesn’t buy his story and it looks like her lie
detector is in full force. She finally forces a confession out of him when she
ties him to a tree and whistles for the ogres. He admits his identity and tells
them of his plan with Cora. She has the dust from the wardrobe and needs a
compass to find the right world.
Luckily, he knows where it is. So he offers to lead them to
it if they agree to take him to Storybrooke, too. He also admits that he wants
to kill Rumple. The princesses take him
up on his offer, but Emma, Snow and Mulan remain wary—Aurora just whines. And can someone please get her out of the
dress and into a pair of pants? There were some corpses just go harvest
I liked the chemistry between Hook and Emma, but here’s
hoping she doesn’t fall for the bad boy (even if she likes them). And could the magic compass actually be Jack
Sparrow’s? Will it lead them to Oz where they land on a witch and have to steal
Yes, I went there.
Overall—TOP NOTCH episode. Once Upon a Time never fails to
deliver. My only quibble is that
Charming left Henry at the stables alone—with
no presumption that the kid had any idea what to do with a horse and
sure enough, when his horse startles, Henry hits a wall and could have been
trampled. Parenting 101 – supervision IS