The Lady of the Lake title of last night’s Once Upon a Time
was a little misleading—or was it? The theme for the episode tightly focused on
the love between a parent and a child and wow did they show a wide variety of
this type of love:
Grandpa James(Charming) & Henry
Regina & Henry
Snow & Emma
Emma & Henry
Jefferson & Grace
Cora & Regina
James & His Mother
George & James
The episode also managed to make me feel sympathy for Regina—call
me heartless, but even when we learned the back story of what happened to her
first love Daniel, I felt bad for her, but I didn’t feel sympathy. When Henry
used her feelings and need to connect with him to lure her out of her office so
he could steal her keys—yep, that did it. It also demonstrated that Henry is
just as much Regina’s son as he is Emma’s. He played on the Wicked Queen’s
vulnerabilities, something she excels at and he got his way.
While we saw only that one brief scene with Regina in the
episode, we later learned she figured out what Henry was up to and rather than
confront him, she called Charming and sent him after his grandson. Could it be
that Regina really does have a chance now that the curse is broken to make a
good attempt at real love for her son?
With Cora’s shenanigans in the Damaged (formerly Enchanted, but not so
much anymore) Forest, I have a feeling it will only last so long.
Three Layers of
We had flashbacks to Snow and Charming rallying their troops
to fight King George and George’s obsession with destroying “James”
because he refused to be his son. Seriously, that King is more than a little
petty. His child died, we understand that, but punishing his twin brother
because he didn’t want to be the King’s heir much less marry a woman he didn’t
love and who didn’t love him—wow. It
seems Lancelot is now a mercenary after having to leave Arthur’s court over a
woman, the troops call him Leviathan, but he manages to snag Snow and turn her
over to King George. George then curses Snow the way his wife was cursed—so she
can never give James a child.
This is pretty devastating and really displeases Lancelot
because it’s a cowardly thing to do. Lancelot ends up helping Snow and they
rush to James’s cabin where he’s taken out several of George’s men, but his
mother has been shot with a poison arrow. They take her to the lake where James
got the water to free Kathryn’s true love, but only a drop remains. Out of love
for her son, James’s mother only pretends to drink the water, then she and
Lancelot arrange for Snow to drink it to remove the curse. Lancelot also
marries Snow and James and his mother dies. It’s a poignant moment, but also
telling. Because James’ mother was willing to die to protect her son and ensure
Locked up in the dungeon beneath their embattled isle, Emma
meets Cora—but the moment Snow awakes, she tells Emma to stay away from her and
don’t say anything. She doesn’t trust Cora, and she warns “As bad as you think Regina is, Cora is
Lancelot, it seems, is the leader of the survivors. He
serves them grilled chimera. I give Emma props for going ahead to eat it, she
thinks it sounds a lot like Turducken. Snow also has a plan to get home, she
convinces Lancelot to let her go to her old castle and he sends Mulan along as
a bodyguard (which is good because Aurora’s still got her nose in a twist about
Phillip and tries to murder Snow. Unfortunately, Snow is no shrinking
They face off against an ogre after Emma fires her gun and the
blind critters find her—what an awesome scene as Emma comes face to face with
that nightmare. The dragon did not prepare her for this, but Snow bellows for
it to get away from her daughter and drops the beast with an arrow through the
Emma meet Snow White—the badass.
They travel across the broken land to the castle and it lays
in ruins. Inside the devastated nursery is the wardrobe constructed by Gepetto.
The magic is gone because it sent Emma through—but maybe they can activate it
again. Lancelot shows up and offers to help them bring it back, he’s being
cagey and Snow realizes it’s not him—it’s Cora.
Cora’s magic is still very alive and well and rather than
give her a key to get to Storybrooke where she might hurt Henry, Emma burns the
wardrobe. Cora escapes, but Snow and
Emma have a profound bonding moment—because no one’s ever put Emma first
before, and because she just gave up a chance to go to Henry in order to
protect him—she has a better idea of why Snow made the choices she did. Their
hug was very emotional—but the scene that broke my heart was when Snow looked
back at the nursery and saw all the promise and love and hope it once contained
and grieved for the life she lost with her daughter.
In the meanwhile, Mulan nominates Snow to lead them now that
Cora’s duplicity has been revealed.
Henry is upset that Grandpa isn’t letting him help look for
a way to get Emma and Mary Margaret back. Determined (and stubborn like all his
relatives), Henry tracks down Jefferson and implores him to reach out to Grace.
Because the worst thing for a child is to not know why their parent didn’t come
back and to be separated. Together they can overcome everything. Jefferson also
tells Henry about the Queen’s vault.
Jefferson takes Henry’s advice to heart and he is finally
reunited with Grace. *tear*
And of course, as I kicked off this post mortem, Henry gets
into the Queen’s vault and he studies the floor scrapes to realize how to get
downstairs. Smart kid. Of course, the box he opens is the one with Genie’s
nasty snakes in it *shudder*. James
shows up and closes the box and chastises Henry, but he tells him he won’t keep
him out of it anymore.
It seems Henry doesn’t think it’s fair that he’s not over
there with Emma and Snow, learning to ride and to sword fight (because it’s all
an adventure), but also because he wants them back. James agrees to teach him
to sword fight and produces two wooden swords to begin Henry’s training—meanwhile
across the street and watching with an ugly look on his face is George.
Seems he still has it in for James…
Whew. Very little
Regina and Ruby in this episode and no Rumple or Belle at all and yet so much
was going on – love Once Upon a Time.
Captain Hook and baby, he’s HAWT.