Once Upon a Time: Straight to the Heart (of Darkness)

Once Upon a Time S01E16: "Heart of Darkness"


All I can say to Once Upon a Time right now is YES YES YES YES YES.

If there are going to be five "meh" episodes and every sixth one is like this, then I am happily on board. After weeks of treading water, "Heart of Darkness," in comparison, was like riding on the back of a dolphin, a sexy dolphin shaped like Brad Pitt who kept winking at me like, "This what you like, girl?" and I was like "EEEE! AhEEEE! EEEE!" which is dolphin for "Yes Bradphin, yes."

Last night paid off on a lot of careful set-ups. Obviously Red was the first clear indicator of this (she told Prince Charming to get a head start, then put in the crazy contacts and took off the cloak to become a crazy monster of crazy... love it).

...but even the first moments of Snow White with the iconic red bow, humming a few bars from Snow White's "With a Smile and a Song" and then trying to kill a parakeet and then being pulled into a dwarf intervention, that was hilarious. And in addition to being hilarious, it made perfect sense that giving up her love (via drinking Rumple's elixir) destroyed all the love inside her: That's a poetic consequence that fits with the logic of magic in the world of the show.

Meanwhile, in the real world, it became painfully clear that Mary Margaret was being set up. And while I was ready to beat my head against the floor in preparation for the angsty weeks of angst ahead of us, the plot moved forward with a succession of three important developments:

1. Mary Margaret took Mr. Gold on as her lawyer (hell, I'd take Robert Carlyle on as my lawyer, and I don't mean either of his characters, I mean the actor himself, because he could probably mind-meld a courtroom into thinking whatever he wanted them to think about me).

2. Henry showed Emma his mother's crazy skull key ring!! Seriously love Henry these days.

3. Mary Margaret found a key and got the hell out of prison. I know this is ultimately her not trusting Emma to get her out of prison, but can you blame her? I wouldn't trust Emma to make me a sandwich without getting a shoe and some fingernail clippings involved in the mix. Forgive Mary Margaret, but maybe she wanted to live.

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I was kindda wondering if August messed with the book when he took it apart somehow, but that is not relevant here, hehe.



Can we assume MM left by herself (though, as pointed out, who wouldn't, if you had no one but Emma to save you)? Just another random thought of the take nothing for granted variety...
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Loved this episode. They need more like this!!!



Just a thought, but could August be future Henry. Yes. Wild "Fringe-y" idea but hey... why not :)
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i TOTALLY thought that too!! lol
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Theorizing the questions:



1. Not sure...but I swear I saw Mary Margaret also tied up? Maybe people will assume that Mary Margaret didn't escape, instead she was kidnapped.



2. How did Regina get the key inside the jail? It's odd that Snow JUST found it as well...it appeared she had been there for a day or so? I wonder if Mr. Gold somehow got the key inside the cell?



3. As for August...I've seen some interesting theories, I like the theory that he is the author of the book. That being said, why is he so interested in making sure Emma is aware of the truth?



4. Eh...



5. I was wondering that myself? Either Rumpelstiltskin is a hoarder or it's part of a much bigger plan. I do wonder the extent of his evil. Does he just thrive in chaos, is he truly evil, what are his real intentions? He has shown very sensitive qualities in flashbacks...I have a hard time believing he's completely bad.

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#1 Yes you did see MM Bound * Gagged.
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Some of us never lost faith. And I don't see why every episode has to advance the overall story. Just like the X-Files, some episodes advanced the mythology, others stood on their own to be enjoyed for the story they told. That didn't make them filler. Just enjoy it for what it is (a good one hour story).
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NOPE. I do enjoy good one hour stories, and there were stand alones I appreciated, but a couple of them have been absolutely dreadful. If there was regular progress in the show I wouldn't be so harsh on the standalones, but OUaT gleefully punishes its regular viewers with a constant one step forward, two step back routine that may have worked in the island setting of Lost but is way too torturous for our favorite fairy tale characters to have to endure.
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1ST Polar bear I see I'm O U (no a)T !!!!!!!!!
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Isn't it part of the Heroic Quest motif that our brave band of adventurerers must be subjected to horrific trials to become worthy of their goal? Although I'm beginning to think I'll have earned Excaliber by the end of this season... or maybe a magic ring. Lighter and easier to conceal.
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I see a whole buncha hands goin up for that 1 !!
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seriously, Emma needs to stop saying "I know when someone is lying" because she is ALWAYS wrong!
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Loved this episodes, one of my favourites till now. Great devolopement and I agree with most of the review. Loved the one tear scenes!! So romantic and breathtaking!! Love Snow-Charming story even more with each passing episode. Makes me sad we won't be following the story till some weeks on.

And I'm also concerned about next week episode. I'm not a fan of Alice and I'm not sure of what to expect next sunday.
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My theory is that, the bottle of love will be used to counter the queens ultimate evil magic in bringing them to storybrooke. making rumplestiltskin immune to it. Hence he still remembers his past.
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I don't think you should judge episodes based on their previews. "Filler" is really a silly way to describe a series that's as progressive as OUaT. Episode by episode, we really don't know what to expect from each character, or how they contribute to the overall plot.

But I liked the review. The way you described James was spot on. I adore the intensity of their love. Hey, did you notice he introduced himself as Charming to Snow? Did I miss something, or is that his real name? It just made me giggle in amusement/confusion.

I noticed Emma's extensions looked a lot better in this episode, like they changed it, and replaced it with more realistic-looking ones. Before she looked like a hideous poodle. Now she looks vaguely normal and even attractive.

Overall, really nice episode. Loved the Snow/James development. Was disappointed by Jame's continued doubt and disloyalty in the real world. Very excited about the next episode. Looks like it has the potential to drive the plot even further.
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I think August might be Mr Gold's son...
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That is a solid theory!
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Thanks! I hope they continue on w/ more of him as the season goes on. Next week's epiosde looks good, but there's a lot still left hanging...like WHEN is Belle's existence going to be revealed? I'm dying to find out.
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- It was trippy...it's a character from Alice in Wonderland so it being hallucinogentic isn't surprising. It actually has me intrigued.

-or Mr.Gold. Regina has the key to like...everything, but if I'm not mistaken Mr.Gold has the key to everything too and he was just in that cell not too long ago. David not seeing it when he was in there could just be David being David.

-I don't know but I love it!!! Poor Man's Graham...I mean August could fastly become a fave character of mine. His assuring Henry that he was on the right path and putting some faith into that kid...not to mention saying that he was there for Emma just sucked me in! Who IS this guy?! I'm loving him though! I Loved how he was just chilling next to Henry like they were at a bar or something....that hot chocolate is going to give the kid a hell of a sugar coma in the morning.



-I like Emma...but probably not. I was fully supportive of Mary when she popped open that door and ran as fast as her ballerina flats and cardigan would allow her to. Where will she go though since she can't leave? No idea.



-I don't even know.



I loved this episode. It was great seeing Rumple again. Mr.Gold and Emma teaming up is bound to be some pretty entertaining stuff. Snow White all dark and twisty was just superb. I still love the relationship between her and Grumpy. It's so a strong friendship that outsiders probably will never fully comprehend. Him of all people trying to get her back on track was great. And Charming...I just adore him. He's so...charming! I even didn't mind David this time around up until he accused MM of murder...did it seem to escape him that in his visions he seen Mary with long locks a cloak and Rene Fare attire?! I also loved seeing Archie again...kind of missed him. I LOVED Red when her eyes got all Wolfy and she went all she wolf on those dudes! How badass was she! I appreciate how strong and idol-worthy they make their females while still preserving the fairy tale vibe.
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Thank you! I kind of forgot good ol' 'Stilts had keys of his own, but you're one of the few who agree with me that it could be him. Doesn't it just make more sense? I suppose Regina could have done it to make MM look even guiltier, but I think that cold-hearted B would rather MM rot in a cell.



August is awesome! With OUaT there is tons of dramatic irony, when the audience knows stuff the characters don't, so it's cool to have a mysterious character in town we're almost completely in the dark about.



-If I were Snow, I'd go to Mr.Gold's place and formulate a plan of action to prove my innocence (and I wouldn't talk to David for like a week!).



- RRH is super badass!



- Good point! Did David think they were actors at a renaissance fair when MM decided to tromp off and cut out Catherine's heart? He asked her why he had the memory, but nothing about why her hair was noticeably longer or the velvet cape she was wearing. Maybe he should have considered these things before accusing the women he loves of CUTTING OUT SOMEONE'S HEART! Arrrrrg! You could learn a thing or two from Charming, David. Like to have faith in the people you love.



Aaaanyway, great comment, bluemystique! I love your username, btw.
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Mr. Gold's motives are always so murky that I'm more confident that he left the key than anyone else. It really does make more sense! Regina would want to make MM to look guilter and make Emma look incompetent as Sheriff to oust her...but for whatever reason I think she would have loved her staying in the cell indefinitely.



who'd have thought that David could be so disappointing. Although I guess in some ways it shouldn't be too much of a surprise because the only Stonybrook residents who are exactly like their fairytale alters are Rumple and Regina. I mean MM is sweet and lovable but she's rather meek compared to how badass and sassy Snow White is. Ruby is snarky and a bit lost but Red was sweet and badass. Archie comes off more pathetic and not as vocal as Jimney Cricket.



Thanks! I always enjoy your comments too and thanks! : )



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When I saw Henry and August talking in the diner. I got this strange idea that August is Henry all grown up. No idea why or how, but there was something that made them look a like. Also is Henry's date of birth known? If it's in August ......
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I got the feeling August was an older Henry when they were talking at the diner too! I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I think that would be a very interesting story plot.
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But, wouldn't that make the sexual tension between August and Emma SUPER creepy? I mean... she's his mom.
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That's a very compelling theory. How would that work? What kind of time travel mechanism would that involve? And why would he repair the book that he and Emma destroyed?
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I'm sure Rumple/mr. Gold has a potion for that.
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There are lots of fairy tales where a child goes into an elf-mound or spends time with the little people, and then decades have passed when they go back home. So I suppose it could work that way here... If so, where's he been, and why? (Maybe he fell down the rabbithole...)



For me, the whole question with August and the Book comes down to: Is he an Author writing a new ending, or a Reporter telling us what has already happened?
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I sort of had that thought too when he first arrived. But yeah that scene of the sitting there like that in the way he clued Henry in that he knows about the book and how they share this bigger than life imagination that they have to help Emma fully comprehend. It had that sense too...that August is Henry of the future. I'm also curious about his thing with water. He took Emma to that well and had this whole spiel about water and then at the diner that was all he ordered...I don't know. It just seemed interesting.
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3rd caption image is still missing! Please fix!
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Did anyone notice that Emma didn't have her lion hair! It was actually straight!!! -ish, straightish, but either way... I don't think I've ever seen Emma without her lion hair.
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I think they replaced her extensions. Looks way better.
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Anyone get a copy of the first 5 episodes on dvd yet?

Just wondering if there are cast interviews or any production extras?
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As to he escape, I'm like 90% sure she decided to use the key. On the other hand, we do see a psycho killer is coming next episode and I THINK one of the clips was Snow as his captive.



Considering the ONLY cop in town appears to be Emma, it's possible he kidnapped her.



In which case, perhaps the whole Heart thing will be pinned on him... either truthfully or via Gold's manipulations.
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What is the significance of the love-hair potion?

Rumpy said that if you are able to make a "true love" potion you can do practically anything you want. Isn't ANYTHING motivation enough? Maybe without Snows and Charmings "help" the big curse wouldn't exist at all. It was the Evil Queen who did it, but the curse was Rumpy's wasn't it?
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From the promo even MM was tied up perhaps Catherine's murder will be pinned on the Madhatter because we know that there is no way that Emma can connect the dots back to Regina and that MM will not be going to prison. Also just the fact that David questioned MM will put that relationship back a few steps.
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Watched the episode a second time. Rumpel/Gold kept saying how he is invested in Snow/MM's future so maybe if something happens to her or her true love, his potion doesn't work anymore?
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I think he means Emma. He wants Emma the product of true love.
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OMG! It's actually possible she has super powers (aside from the super fast hair growing skills)!! How cool is that!?
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1) I HATE filler but if it's Alice in Wonderland filler I am totally cool with it, sort of super-stoked for next week

2)Well obviously she did, because making your escape from prison is the same as her shouting from the rooftops that she ripped the damn heart out and she loved it. She looks uber-guilty now, as if she didn't before.What a stupid thing to do, MM should have known better than that.

3)August is in this show so that someone other than a 10 year old boy with a history of acting out can verify the whole 'fairytales are real' thing

4)Absolutely not, but that doesn't mean I would escape from prison either!

5)My initial guess was his completionist tendencies, possibly the bragging rights of having actually bottled love when no one else could. Probably something to do with Belle though.

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Perhaps she watched too much TV or "The Fugitive" and figured that it was a "good" idea to break out of prison and confront the person who (probably) did it.

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Aha! THAT's why we're getting the one-armed man next week!!
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1) I don't know. I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry.

2) Oh, that's a nice one. I hope it's someone else, though. I don't think Regina should be the only conspirator.

3) zzzzzzzz

4) Haha, I liked how MM looked at Emma when the latter asked her to trust her: *are you effing kidding me, woman?* Boy, she doesn't even trust her own child. I wouldn't either. I think Emma's extensions sunk into her brain somehow.

5) Oh, oh, I'm so looking forward to that! I don't need to know it right away, I just though that was great writing there.

And yeah, OUaT is back in the game!

PS: I'm anxiously awaiting Ginnifer Goodwin's and Josh Dallas' wedding announcement.

PS2: David is so stupid. What did he think about that flashback? Oh, it's MM, only with a huge wig, a cape, strolling around in the snow! Of course!
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hahaha I was thinking the same thing on your PS2...seriously...she had SO much more hair...was wearing a strange cape...and all he can think is, "OMG he killed her"

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Hahaha hair porn! :D



I was beginning to lose interest in this show but I'm glad I didn't give up on it. It got better and better, this episode particularly rocked. I love that it's getting "darker".
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"After weeks of treading water, "Heart of Darkness" was like riding on the back of a dolphin, a sexy dolphin shaped like Brad Pitt who kept winking at me like, "This what you like, girl?" and I was like "EEEE! AhEEEE! EEEE!" which is dolphin for "Yes Bradphin, yes."



LOL, funniest thing I've read in weeks... Thanks
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"Josh looks close to fainting after every take" Lol he does indeed. I believe he actually ends up swooning and hitting his head so hard that we should have that to blame for David's cluelessness/uselessness.
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Hair porn....LMAO Pretty much how we called that too.



Seriously how does David screw up so much? His memories show MM/Snow with her long hair. Unless he does some crazy ass dress up games with her in the woods, can he not see the difference? I mean really!



Not enough Ruby/Red in this epi but loved that she got all wolf bad assed to help Charming. And Jiminy finally came back. Starting to miss that guy!



Have to admit, one of my fave parts was the line Grumpy had about showing the Queen what Snow White and 7 Dwarves can do. Sweet.
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"T minus six months. (That means six months.)"

No, it doesn't. That would be T PLUS six months.
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HAAAAAAA!!!!!
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It really was a great episode.

I agree with you on everything... David being stupid, Snow singing and trying to kill the bird was just hilarious, and the mere second of James and Snow together priceless.



1.- I really don't know, I'm hopping to be a filler episode but at least with some twists or something to enterain me.

2.- Yes, she's awesome-ly evil and multitasking, she makes MM to look bad and Emma like a accomplice

3.- I don't know but I really don't like him, so I don't care

4.- NOOOOOOOO!!!!

5.- It's intriguing, no matter what plans he has, I'm gamexD

I just love him, no matter if he's 100% evil, or when he's 50% or 10% evil, or naugthy, or playing around.
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So now we're calling the "filler" episodes set-ups? I know a lot of people (myself included), predicted a pay-off coming. Just took a little patience and good storytelling. Maybe we'll see that reflected in reviews from now on.



Regardless, great episode. Love seeing so many elements and stories start to come together. I wouldn't even call this the most actions packed episode, because it seems to be leading up to even bigger things to come. Although next week leaves me wondering why the actors are only guest staring? Are they going to disappear for a while and come back or is it just a one episode deal? And if they aren't reappearing, how much will they help Emma? From the promo it seems that they might help persuade Emma that the stories are real. I also think this theory of Emma being Alice is really interesting, but there isn't enough evidence yet.



Whatever the case. I'm excited.
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NOPE. Just because there's setups embedded in the filler does not excuse the filler. I will NEVER FORGET or forgive the hour of my life stolen by "Dreamy" and his fairy girlfriend. I stand by all my reviews leading up to this one. Filler is filler is gross. They could have made the same set ups happen without spending so much time on peripheral characters. Nuns selling candles is not an episode.
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Just a few great shows that were mostly "filler" in the early seasons: The X-Files, Supernatural, Fringe. Standalone episodes aren't filler for a series, they are the series. The serial story lines are just the well networks keep going back to when they need events for ratings during sweeps, mid-season finales and season finales.
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Exactly!
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TY!!
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Two questions. Is it just me or shouldn't David have noticed that "Mary Margaret" had long black hair and was holding a bow and arrow in his memory? Second, how big is Storybrook, because we now have at least three kingdoms going in the fairytale world, so where did everyone else go? As much as I love the fairytale world I am still disenchanted with the real world version of the show. If it weren't for Red and Regina I'd probably stop watching. I loved Regina's line when she was talking to David, looking him right in the eyes and saying something like, "Sometimes evil is staring us right in the face and we don't even know it".
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Yeah that was nuts. She had long hair and a cape and that didn't ring any alarm bells of "maybe I'm hallucinating, maybe I should question this memory"...he just immediately runs to the jail to confront the woman he supposedly loves. Whats his job again? Something tells me every animal at the shelter has starved to death by now because all he does is run around minding Snow White's business.
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"Oh David, trust you to find some way to be a dick. If Mary Margaret was drenched in gasoline, David would try to get her to stand by a fire to dry off, he is just that in-tune with how to help his woman." LOL! Best quote ever. Summarizes the David character beautifully.

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Emma would be a good Alice. Sometimes she's as nave as a seven-year-old girl...
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I loved the episode. Just wonder what Rumplestilskin is up to. He obviously follows his own interest, and even though I keep wishing he would be a force for good eventually, I have the feeling he might help Emma defeat the queen and then become an even bigger problem the characters will have to deal with in the end.
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Agreed, Lily. Everything we've been screaming about for the past month-plus was pretty much corrected for this episode. Hopefully the fix lasts.



Hair porn. LMAO!
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Just watched, and what a great show! Reminds me of the toucha magic that caused me to fall in love with the first few episodes. Yep, as soon as Snow went after that blue bird, I knew I had finally bought a ticket for another fun ride :-)



To my personal taste, (and I know that some of your love all things 'Once', and that's just fine, of course), but to my personal taste, we are now at 5 yummy episodes out of 15 (16?)



This 1:3 ratio does cause me to question my judgment just a bit, and perhaps also how wisely I allocate my personal time. And I will certainly not even MENTION any similarities to returning repeatedly to an (OK, mildly) abusive relationship. I'll just say that, after several weeks of lamenting "OUAT, thou hast cleft my heart in twain!", I am glad to again be given flowers and chocolates :-)



Yet what, pray tell, shall we expect of our next encounter?

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Three words: Rumpelstilskin is legendary.



I wonder why Regina is so satisfied, she wants everybody to be miserable, but it can't really be that satisfying if nobody knows they are miserable... Regina must be bored out of her mind, because none of the people in Storybrook, Rumpelstilskin notwithstanding, are even close to a match for her.
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I sort of don't get that either! I mean what good is making people miserable if they don't actually know that they are miserable and that you are making them that way? It hardly seems satisfying.
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Sometimes when you're really in pain, it seems like hurting other people will help you feel better. It doesn't work; but that's the closest I can come to fathoming EQ's logic. And maybe just knowing who they were, but can no longer be, gives her something to smile about. I can't help thinking that it would wear thin after a while- but if she was in the timewarp too, maybe she hasn't got there yet.
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Seriously. You are the best reviewer for OUAT. I read 5-6 reviews each week and you make me laugh every time. There is the right balance of snarky and love for the show in them. By the way, I stayed inside for the entire year of 2000 because of the 90s Pride and Prejudice so I think you are my tribe.
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It was a really good episode but I didn't remember it as much because of the increadible Desperate Housewives episode after lol, and I do like those filler episodes sorry. Also I really like Mary Margeret and Charming, I think you are right about the whole 6 month thing
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I love the fillers! The more fairytale characters the better!
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Okay, Lily here I go again:

- Overall, it was a solid episode and it actually moved the story forward... hopefully it will continue this way.

- The episode had a great start, it was exciting, fast paced and it managed to bring the characters together and work as a team. Plus, some Red awesomeness!

- I loved the Disney film reference.... I thought it was pretty clever when they turn around the sequence into a whole lot of WTF. Seriously, Snow White trying to kill the bird and the dwarf intervention were hilarious and inventive.

- I thought it was pretty interesting that while Snow White is going over the edge, Mary Margaret is pretty much trying to convince everyone she hasn't.

- Isn't Henry just a little bit curious, why a grown man is so interested in him and his book?

- Why would you put your life in Emma hands? She has got to be one of the worst cops ever? Plus, she's really stupid. Thank god, MM decided to use the key.

- How stupid is MM? I mean, you are being framed of a murder and you have a knife under the floorboards? Seriously, why is every character so dumb in this show?

- Regina sitting in her office peeling an apple.... What is with the obsession with apples? i get she's the evil queen and she's into poising people with them, but seriously enough with apple thing.... So annoying.

- I'm glad to see there was forward movement with the plot. I hope they keep that momentum going with next week's episode, as it appears the Mad Hatter knows (or thinks he knows) who he is. I guess we'll see.

-Given that we only saw an empty cell and we didn't actually see Mary Margaret escape, I am hoping the show wants us to think she voluntarily escaped but that something else is going on. Maybe she was also kidnapped by the Mad Hatter?

- I'm still not buying that Kathtyn is dead... nobody is dead until you see a body. What do you think?

- Why would you want to remember what you did during a blackout?

- Is Emma actually becoming more competent?



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There's an old superstition that if you can peel an apple in one long strip and throw it over your shoulder that the peel will form the initial(s) of your future lover/husband. I've read 2 versions- one says you need to perform the ritual at midnight; the other claims it will only work on Halloween. But there may be other versions out there...



Maybe they could fix Regina up with the Mad Hatter? They'd make a cute couple...
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The knife was there because someone else put it there to frame her. Did you think she just happened to be carving a roast in her bedroom before she was arrested?
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Well you might be on to something with Kathryn being alive. I mean the Evil Queen removed Graham's heart and he was still alive. It's also been proved that Regina still has power over the hearts and that she still has magical powers and that, what with her crushing Graham's heart into dust. So she could've removed Kathryn's heart and put it in the box on purpose to make everyone believe Kathryn is dead, while still keeping her locked up somewhere (that asylum where Belle is must be damn busy)
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1. Maybe they've all just drunk a bad batch of apple cider...

2. It's possible and quite likely. Escaping from jail doesn't really help MM's case.

3. Wish I knew. I want to know if he's good or if he's evil. Haha.

4. Yeah, no.

5. I'm sure it's something to do with Emma and the fact that she's the only one who can break the curse. After all, Rumple created the curse, didn't he? Maybe he "created" Emma. I really, really, really want to know what his ulterior motive is. Revenge? Redemption? He's an intriguing character, that's for sure.



Best scene: Snow White and the bluebird. Absolutely priceless.

Best line: You're not going to find what you're looking for at the bottom of that mug. (Or something to that effect.)



Great review, Lily. Your reviews and screencaps never fail to make me laugh.
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Oh my god! Emma is Alice. Which means Henry is the White Rabbit?! And this honestly makes much sense, because Alice falls into this vortex of a world that is twisted and upside down only to find her purpose and a sense of justice, although the Queen of Hearts (HINT HINT!) is threatening to "off her head". Plus, the Mad Hatter is, curiously, one of the sane and lucid people in this lurid reality, which means he has to remember every fairy tale detail... Gosh, I hope they cast the cheshire cat as well!! And please make the photography look Tim Burk-esque?! Sigh.... I don't care if its a filler, I want to watch it now!
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God, I wrote "Tim Burke-esque".. nvm that! I meant Tim Burton... sleep deprivation messes with my head.
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with that theory wouldn't Mr. Gold be the cheshire cat? Or would he be the catepillar? I like the this theory.
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LOL, wouldn't it be awesome if Jack Black played the Cheshire Cat?! But I guess Mr. Gold can only be Rumplestiltskin ... unless one of his powers is morphing into a cat... But I guess they already cast Sebastian Stan... so... yeah.



And the caterpillar... hmmm... I don't know why the original Disney movie makes me think of a Gerard Depardieu look alike... =) Paint him blue and give him a hookah!



And, thinking about it, Henry being the white rabbit makes a lot of sense (in my head) because the white rabbit is portrayed as a "herald" in the Queen's court and Henry is clearly part of Regina's 'domain', also the White Rabbit is portrayed as elderly in the books and isn't Henry named after Regina's dad? And, I might be wrong and looking too much into this, but in the beginning, wasn't there a theme of Henry being late to meet Regina every time he was with Emma??



Sigh... I may have gone overboard with this...
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the love hair potion is the rose from beauty and the beast. or will at least grow into it (my theory)
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Well, from what I've heard, the promo, is about The Mad Hatter, who is in Storybrooke, but he remembers everything and knows about the curse. He kidnaps Emma to try and convince her (apparently don't quote me on it) but obviously, this is the Mad Hatter so he's... mad. LOL! I know that this episode (which will be called Hat Trick) is probably going to be mostly filler, but I've got a good feeling that it's going to be a fabulous episode. Plus the fact that the Evil Queen is going to go to Wonderland to steal some shiz off the Queen of Hearts. So there's gotta be something in that somewhere.



I don't think it was necessarily Regina who left the key for Mary Margaret. it may have been Mr Gold. you never know with him after all.



As for August, apparently we're going to learn exactly who he is and what he's up to before this series ends. That's what K&H said in an interview about OUaT. But there are rumours that he's Rum's son Baelfire. I don't know whether I agree with that or not at the moment, but he does seem to have more knowledge then we get to know about. He may actually be there to help, but then again, maybe not.



Would I put my life in Emma's hands? I might consider it. At least see what she came up with before I did a runner. That was just heartless of Mary Margaret. Seriously she had the key. no one knew she had it except the person who gave it to her in the first place (and they obviously wanted her to have it) So she could've waited for a couple of days before busting outta jail. Although I'd wait for a couple of days, mainly so that I could keep an eye out on what the hell is going on. Emma seems about as intelligent as a football hooligan after too many beers. I'd have noticed a few things by now if I was in her shoes.



When I think about the love hair potion, I keep thinking about a clone of Emma somewhere to be honest. That or Rum's gonna use it on someone when he feels like it. But the hair does look like a strand of DNA so I'm still thinking Emma clone. Imagine an evil Emma clone that Rum raised up just to be evil and annoy Regina. I dunno that idea makes me laugh, but in all seriousness I can't quite think of what the hell Rum is gonna do with a love potion made out of two hairs. If he wanted to use it more than once he'd have to go and steal more hairs from Snow and Charming.



Apart form thaT I loved the episode and i can't wait to see what the Mad Hatter has planned next week.
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I also think august is baelfire, but learning of the future episode with regina having a love one, wouldn't it be a good twist if he were that person. It might be unlikely if regina had him followed and photographed( if your thinking that she already saw him when he was talking with henry in front of henry's has then you should remember his back was turned and he sped away as she got close. so she might not have gotten a good look.)
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Remember when Regina first saw August, she thought he looked familiar- I think he's HER son by her lost lover, which would explain why she wasn't quite sure. This would also give him a fairytale past- especially if Regina asked Rumplestiltskin to hide him? It might explain why she asked Mr Gold to find Henry for her...
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OK, had an AHAH! moment when mysterious writing man was talking to Henry. Emma is all grown up yet her royal parents (while being thick and a douchebag in the real world) are the same age. Sooo... time doesn't matter in Storybrooke? So that begs the question, where did Henry's book really come from? Did Henry in the future write it? And is scruffy man him!?

The space time continuum may be disrupted in Storybrooke, better get some flux capacitors. However, if there is any more sparks flying between Scruffy and Emma, then that would be nix on that theory.

Also agree, love hair potion is v. significant. Also, Rumple said he was invested in their future as many times as Spiderman's power has great responsibility... was Rumple planning on Emma all along? And what is he planning on using her for?
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I'm sure he WAS planning on Emma existing- I believe that when Rumplestiltskin holds up the Dark One's dagger after killing him, first it says "Zoso" then "Emma" for just a second, And finally "Rumplestiltskin". So he knew she'd show up someday. (Other folks claim not to have seen this message on the dagger, but I think it's there) Emma may have more than one curse to break. Maybe that's when he gets the return on his investment?



There were several spots in this episode where people quoted themselves- if that doesn't stir up some memories, maybe Archie needs to start offering free past-life regressions like the Psychic Friends...



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I also came to that theory a while back. I even thought august was henry at one point but i think the timelines are more straightfoward. I believe that time freeze frame when the curse was in enacted. also going in chronological order rumplestiltskin might be the oldest character in storybrooke.
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Rumple is the oldest character for sure. One of the writers mentioned that he had been the Dark One for centuries before Regina enacted the curse.
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I thought the Mad Hatter had kind of a "Jack the Ripper" feel- unless they're trying some Tim Burton reference? The trippy promo made me wonder why they didn't use Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit"- not that "People Are Strange" didn't fit. Still, I think if I was trapped for long in that so-called decor, I'd rather be ax-murdered.



If my life were in Emma's hands, I'd rather spend the night at the Mad Hatter's place.



Maybe MM just went out for a pizza? I'm guessing the key was from Mr Gold's set rather than Regina's- after all, he's everybody's landlord.



While it was nice to see someone encouraging Henry's insights, I think August is a bit too glib about "finding answers in books". Set-up from miles away- Planted clues need to be found! Why else would August put the pages in there, if not to lead us on a wild-goose chase?







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From Surrealistic Pillow!! Grace Slick's first contribution to J.A. (She actually performed the song in 1966 with The Great Society in Austin, TX)
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I actually thought he was one of the Grimm Brothers, here to set the wrongs the evil queen has done right. He would be invested in it, wouldn't he? Perhaps trapped as well?
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That's what I said to my wife last night as well: "Maybe he's a Grimm" which in the context of this world would mean he knows about the reality of the fairytale stories and wrote them down for us in this world.
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speaking of the grimm brothers would they play a siginificant role in storybrooke? originally they collected these stories. so maybe.
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The love-hair potion is linked to Emma, indeed, she's Storybrooke's Tangled which explains her strange long "because I'm worth it!" hair ^-^



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Flower gleam and glow, Let your power shine . . .
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Love hair potion is definitley for the curse...thats how he made is because a curse that big is tantamount to love sooooo since it was connected to snow white and charmin's love, emma is the only one that is = to the curse...but how can the curse be broken? Does emma need to die or does she need to find her true love and give him a smooch? Or is she more powerful than we know (even rumple was like you've got power girl tap into it? )And rumple in the past is bad but now in th real world is good because why else would he want emma to win?? Is there something bigger he's planning or maybe hes more evilly than regina and wants to take home both worlds or just wants destruction but that wouldn't make sense because hes helping emma.....So many questions but as you said just like that one episode has restored my faith in once upon a time. And next week there is one sexy mad hatter whom i am all for ( i will breifly pretend he is not a serial killer)...so yea i will not give up on you again once upon a time! just please don't be like my ex who kept being a douche and did something really nice once in a while....
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Got to say on of the best episodes of the season. If you didn't think once MM found that key and before Emma was asking her does she trust her capabilities to prove her innocence that she wasn't going to escape then theirs something wrong with you. And you know its Regina who left that key in her cell too. Emma going all in with Mr.Gold is just going to be fun to see again. Got to say August going up Henry and telling him that he also believes that the stories in the book is all true I did not see coming. August is supa dupa mysterious and I can't wait for him to drop something big on us, you know its coming. David's a douche, MM stand by you while they blame you for your wife's disappearance and you do this crap. And how can he trust what he say in his hypnotic state. Didn't he see MM had long hair in his vision? Does she have long hair now you moron. The promo for next week look's trippy.
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Also in the vision it was a snowed landscape, which the last time I checked it was summer in their world or at least looked like it.
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There have been a couple of mentions of August being a grown up Henry. Please let that not be the case or that could mean how many years before things STILL haven't changed! NOOOOOOOO. I need the curse broken a little early than that. Good theory though.
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OUCH (MY HEART)!



Does any show twist the proverbial knife better than OUaT? Every other episode it feels like I have had my heart cut out, put in an ornately decorated jewelry box, and buried underground (the underground part is particularly troubling because of my claustrophobia). Snow and Charming just can't catch a break. And where the hell did King George's men come from? Is there like a magical alert system that activates a tracking beacon whenever Snow and Charming find even a moment of happiness together?



Also: Am I the only one who is getting seriously pissed off at David? How can Charming be so awesomely chivalrous when David always seems to make the wrong decision? If David were a dwarf, I'm sure his pickaxe would read: Dopier. First he lies to his "wife" about the reason for them splitting up and is the cause of the town treating Mary Margaret like a harlot. Then he actually thinks she might have cut out Catherine's heart! Where's the trust, dude!



Question: If Graham was walking around without a heart, isn't possible the Queen didn't kill Catherine, but instead framed MM with the heart she took from Catherine in the Fairytale world (I think that makes sense)?



- The promo is worrying, but I hope there is some plot progression.

- Even though it is Regina's key, I thought it could have been left by Rumpel.

- August is an awesome character. He's like the mysterious Ben Linus of OUaT. I'm not sure what his end game is, but he's obviously trying to help the truth come out.

- Not a chance.

- True love can break any curse, right? So if Charming and Snow's hair together make true love, then Emma is like true love personified! She's the ultimate curse breaker!



Great Review, Lil' (can I call you Lil'?)! I love this show!
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Aww dude, love your post! I know what you mean about David! How can Charming be so badass and awesome and David be such a royal pain in the arse?! Kudos to Josh Dallas who does wonders with both characters! I wanted to hug him one minute and throttle him the next! When he accused Mary of murder I was thinking...at one point did he think Mary grew ten extra inches of hair, donned a cloak, and clothes that she stole from MidEval times? Would I have jumped to "oh I must be a fairtyale character? No...but maybe, just maybe I'd have thought I dreamt it. Ugh that man.



I had the same thought about Mr. Gold and the key. He has keys to like everything as well and he was there to plant it as well. He's the type that would want Mary to get out.



Emma IS like true love personified...which is weird because she's like the antithesis of love,hope, and happiness. LOL! But that may further the theory that she needs to make out with all of StonyBrooke to get people to remember!LOL!



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if your wondering how they found him they could have come across that almost naked guard the charming came across, even then i'm sure many people would've recognized a prince on the road.
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Very awesome beginning to the episode. Tense scene just before Red wolf's out... Snow's little "friendly song" and HULK SMASH routine... and the dwarves with their intervention.



Great stuff.
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