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Once Upon a Time – Greenbacks (7×05)

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There’s a new villain in Hyperion Heights and she might just be running the show under Victoria’s very nose.

Two major revelations come out in this week’s episode.

  • Ivy is also “woke” and in cahoots with the witch in the tower.
  • Regina finds a photo of her and a random kid, which Henry points out is him. Well, this is awkward, especially after that “mama bear” comment.

When Regina realizes that Henry and Ivy are getting closer, she becomes a little overprotective. It seems like she’s not sure where it’s stemming from but she knows that Ivy is bad news so she wants to protect him from making a mistake. And she doesn’t necessarily trust that Ivy wants to help them bring down Victoria so she goes to investigate.

What we didn’t realize until later is that Roni’s actions are feeding right into Ivy’s plan. She spied her mother going to the tower where the witch resides, and took Roni up there, which is where she found that picture. It’s unclear if she wanted her to find it but why would she want these two knowing that they have history that they don’t remember. Unless Ivy wants them to wake up as well?!

As much as I don’t like Ivy aka Drizella, she’s a much more compelling villain. We feel bad for her because of how Victoria treats and degrades her, but behind her back, she’s the one manipulating people, running the show and working with a powerful witch. Will the two destroy Victoria?  So far, Victoria has been pretty one-dimensional and everyone is seeing right through her “torture tactics” so Drizella is a welcome change, especially because she’s much more reminiscent of the Evil Queen in season one.

But what is she plotting with the witch that she needs them all to trust her? Was she always “woke?” Did she cast the curse?

Sabine’s storyline mimics her origin story as Princess Tiana.

Back in the magical realm, Tiana and her mother were having a property sale to make some money following their father’s death. Apparently, even taxes are a bitch in a fairytale (thanks a lot, Trump!)

Her mother tells her that she needs a prince to save them, which is pretty terrible advice no matter how beautiful your ballgown is because feminism. Tiana, girl, you do not need a man to save you, make you rich or tell you your worth. Thankfully, she figured all that out on her own and so did her mother, who apologized, but not before seeking out advice from Dr. Facillier, a Voodoo sorcerer from New Orleans, who tricks her into thinking that she’s going to meet her Prince at a bar.

Following his advice, she does meet a lovely man named Robert, who is dressed like a Prince but disappoints, as they all do, when steals her father’s, Firefly Ruby. Turns out, Facilier promised to release Robert’s lady love, which he turned into a frog, if he stole the ruby.

Once Tiana realizes that her father’s legacy lives on inside her, she returns to face Facilier, give him the ruby in exchange for the frog. If you hadn’t noticed, he dabbles in magic and the ruby, much to her surprise, is filled with magic that her father most likely used to go from poor to rich. Hey, we’d all do it given the chance. He disappears in a cloud of black smoke, she takes the frog and reunites her with Robert, who upon kissing his love, turns into a frog as well. A reversed love story is sweet, nonetheless.

Back in Hyperion Heights, Victoria admits she’s raising Sabine and Jacinda’s rent. If she can’t destroy Lucy’s belief, which is the only way she can get her daughter Anastasia back from the dead, she needs to uproot it by slowly taking what Lucy loves most.

Being the dreamer and thinker, Sabine decides to sell her famous beignets at Mr. Cluck’s to make a little extra cash. The pop up is a wild success because who doesn’t love beignets? Even Victoria seems to enjoy them; briefly, because she’s evil, remember?

And since she’s evil, she cannot let Sabine succeed so she sends one of her guys to burn Mr. Cluck’s to the ground, which drives a wedge between Jacinda and Sabine. I tried to like Jacinda a lot but really, she’s just the worst. No wonder Henry hasn’t made his move, all she does is whine and complain and say things for people like her will never change. Of course, they won’t if you constantly accept defeat, even when your daughter and your best friend are trying to be helpful. What a martyr.

As always, Lucy talks some sense into her mother, who apologizes to Sabine and gifts her with a food truck that Det. Rodgers helped her score for cheap.

This really is the romantic introduction for Rodgers and Sabine; turns out, she found her Prince Charming after all. But, she didn’t need his saving! Well, he does tell her that the fire was deliberate, which really means it’s not bad luck, it’s all Belfrey.

Rodgers also inched a bit closer to finding Eloise Gardner, the girl who was missing for 10 years, when a man with a tattoo similar to the one she drew in her notebook is booked at the station. The perp admits that he just got the tat to ward off evil in prison but then revealed it might mean more by saying he’d hate to see what evil the girl was facing.

And in a pretty predictable twist, he was actually the guy involved with Eloise’s disappearance cause he makes an ominous call to someone to let them know that someone’s “looking for the girl.” Who do you think Eloise is in the magical realm?

To sum it all up, we still don’t know who the locked up witch is but at least she’s got an ally in this fight, Rumpel, Drizella and Lucy are all “woke,” Henry and Regina have #TBT pictures together, and Henry may be involved in some love triangle with two step-sisters. And the evil step-sister might actually be the better choice over the bratty and pessimistic one.

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5 Major Moments from Once Upon a Time “The Guardian”

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Rumpelstiltskin faced a bit of a setback on this week’s Once Upon a Time when he couldn’t bring himself to push the Dagger upon The Guardian who just so happens to be Nook’s daughter Alice aka Tilly.

Here are 5 major moments from the episode below!

  • Rumpel’s distaste for Facilier goes back to Storybrooke when they exchanged words Belle’s shrine. It was evident Rumpel was running out of time to find the Guardian as his scaley crocodile skin was slowly spreading. In order to make sure Tilly was the one he was looking for, he had to test her.
  • Nook was all “don’t go near my daughter.” What else would you expect? Rumpel disregarded his warning and visited Alice anyway informing her that he had a way to break the curse and reunite her with her father. He forced her to remove Facilier’s heart and crush it but Alice was too pure and couldn’t do it.
  • Back in the present, Rogers and Weaver found Hansel deader than dead in the cell. Weaver figured out that it had to be Facilier’s doing and when he went to his secret compartment, the dagger was gone. Most of the episode focused on him chasing down the dagger which he eventually found in Tilly’s backpack. She was “keeping it safe” since you know, she’s the guardian. And that explained all the noises she’d been hearing while on her romantic date with Robin/ Margot.
  • Henry just couldn’t shake what Hansel showed him back at his apartment. He persuaded Rogers to take him back there to fetch the document. After he confirmed it’s authenticity, he brought it to Jacinda explaining that Lucy was right about him being her father. But how is that even possible, he wonders. And if she was right about that, could she be right about everything else?
  • Rogers chases down Prince Naveen/Devon who tells him that Samdi killed Hansel. When the autopsy comes back, it’s revealed the cause of death was stabbing through the heart from the inside. Again, Rogers is dumbfounded and wonders how this could be. Well, what had happened was…

We’re nearing the final chapter of the book and rapidly tying up storylines.

How will this fairytale end? Who will get a happy ending?

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Once Upon a Time – Chosen (7×17)

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Our time in Hyperion Heights is nearing an end and Henry is *this close* to breaking the curse on Once Upon a Time.

Honestly, I thought with Hansel’s talk of fairytales, something would jolt Henry’s memory since he’s the truest believer and all of his memories would come flooding back in.

Thankfully, Henry is still as much in the dark as he has been this whole season. It seems like only true love’s kiss could wake him up from his slumber. And as long as Lucy is around, that isn’t happening anytime soon.

So, what were the best moments from the episode that saw Zelena coming face-to-face with the Candy Killer? Let’s look at them!

  • The Wicked Witch TRIED to be a good person back in Oz when she was rescued by Hansel and Gretel’s blind father. When he showed her hospitality, she went back to the gingerbread cottage to save the children only to find that they were gone. She assumed they were dead but when she arrived at the cottage with vision for the father after blinding the witch, her biggest adversary, she realized the kiddos were back home and they told their father everything. He rejected the “eyes” so she threw them in the fire furiously into the fire and made Hansel pay by burning his arms.
  • Hansel has been attacking witches in the coven because obviously, they are the reason his sister is dead, but he still blames Zelena for Gretel’s death because she wanted to be exactly like her. Oh, get over it Hansel!
  • Zelena really loves Chad and when Hansel threatened to hurt him, she really put up a good fight.
  • She then told Chad everything about Zelena, minus the magical parts, and he accepted her for who she is because her decision not to kill Nick proved to him that she was really a changed woman. Ah, true love can overlook murderous claims; the Wicked Witch gets her happy ending after all.
  • Zelena and Chad are going back home to San Francisco which means this is likely the last we’ve seen of them. Unless there’s a wedding that we’re all invited too!
  • Margot is staying behind, however, because of a cute blonde girl by the name of Tilly.
  • Facilier is the one who woke up Hansel because he needed him to kill Mother Gothel, the other person vying for the Dark One’s dagger.
  • Prince Naveen has earned Sabine’s trust and is given the special recipe for her beignets, which Facilier uses for his voodoo doll.
  • That voodoo doll then kills Hansel after a tussle between him and Facilier ensues. Oh, and Facilier is the one who woke him up so that he would kill Mother Gothel who is also after the Dark One’s dagger.

Thoughts on this episode? Was the showdown between Zelena and Hansel everything you hoped it would be? Or a letdown?

Will Regina find a way to save Henry and break the curse?

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Once Upon a Time – Breadcrumbs (7×16)

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Well, Henry finally figured out who the killer was. Unfortunately, the killer made him his prisoner. So now, in addition to worrying about the curse, Henry also has to survive being held captive.

On the bright side, we finally saw the moment that Henry proposed to inexpressive Jacinda in the Enchanted Forest. Like most Jacinda-skeptics, I didn’t find anything romantic about the moment.

In both the magical realm and in Hyperion Heights, Henry was looking for his great adventure. Only one of those ended with him getting the girl.

In the Enchanted Forest, Henry turned to Hook in hopes of having his own story worthy of impressing Cinderella. It’s hard living up to your grandparents when they are Snow White and Prince Charming and have a love story for the ages!

Hook suggests they sneak onto the Jolly Roger, which has been taken over by Blackbeard, and find Davy Jones Locker. However, his plan falls through when Henry realizes the whole thing has been staged. The idea that Nook (new Hook) was so desperate to help Henry the way Hook always had, he went to such great lengths was admirable, but the storm that his plan summoned was not.

After trying to outrun to the eye of the storm, they realized they were being chased and Henry knew this was a magical side-effect to stealing the treasure. Once he climbed the ship’s mast and threw the ring back into the whirlpool, the storm diminished and everything went back to normal.

And although he now had a pretty heroic tale to his name, Henry realized that he simply wanted to have a great life with the woman he loves. Plain and simple, just like the ring, just like the proposal. Or you can call it bland because that’s Cinderella’s who appeal.

Back in the real world, Henry received a call from some New York media company who wanted to offer him a job producing podcasts. H-Town may be a hit amongst the locals but really, is it that good? This definitely smelled like a set-up by Nick who seemingly wanted Henry out of town so he could target the remaining witches Kelly (Zelena) and Roni (Regina).

Henry told Jacinda the good news, half-hoping she would beg him to stay. I personally thought they would kiss goodbye and break the curse that way but thankfully, despite their affection, they didn’t give into temptation.

Weaver interjected Henry’s plans of heading to the airport after he found his storybook at the scene of the crime. Turns out, the Candy Killer was obsessed with Henry’s writing which made Henry the only person who could read through his notes and figure out his identity.

I definitely feel for Henry because he’s walking so close to the edge of truth but is still beyond confused when it comes to his identity. He’s constantly in a foggy state of mind especially when it comes to his own writing, which is his only claim to fame.

Some encouraging words from Weaver and soon enough, Henry figured out the breadcrumbs left behind in his book — the killer thought he was Hansel and was trying to avenge his sister’s death.

Obviously, that didn’t mean anything to Henry because he didn’t believe in fairytales but for Weaver, it’s a huge clue. He’s awake so he can likely narrow down his suspects.

Given that he’s Henry’s grandfather, Weaver tried to steer him in the right direction and away from New York. After all, his whole family is right here in HH.

On his way to the airport, Henry got a flat tire and when he saw that it was caused by a “glass slipper,” he knew it was fate and that he had to go back for Jacinda. Conveniently, Henry’s car stopped right in front of the troll, which we know from last week’s episode, is equipped with security cameras. And conveniently, Nick arrived to “offer” Henry a ride.

Henry accepted thinking nothing of it but that soon changed when Nick began asking questions regarding the Candy Killer case. The more Henry told him, the tension escalated until Henry saw the scars on Nick’s arm. The Candy Killer made it very clear in the book that he has an obsession with scars.

Before Henry could even devise an escape plan, Nick injected him with some the muggle-world alternative of a sleeping curse. When he woke up, he was tied up in Hansel’s apartment and unapologetically plotting to kill again.

I think Henry will be woken from the curse not by true love’s kiss but by the realization that his stories are actually real and Hansel really is who he says he is.

His next victim? Zelena. While making up with her daughter Margot (aka Robin in the Enchanted Forest) she revealed that she misses her real-world fiancee Chad. Margot assumed the box of chocolates addresses to her mom were from him but we all know better. Honestly, if your daughter is also a half-witch and comes to town, wouldn’t you let her know that there’s a killer hunting victims with boxes of chocolates?

Let’s hope someone checks the footage from the troll cam because it’s very likely that no one will notice Henry’s disappeared because they’ll believe he went to New York.

Do you think Regina was missing because she used the magic Facilier gave her to track down whatever ingredients she needed to complete the potion to free Henry from the curse?

Aside from all this witchcraft-murder-mumbo-jumbo, Tilly and Rogers’ story succeeded in being the most endearing. They have a connection, but much like Henry and his fairytales, they don’t understand why. Rogers can’t figure out why he’s so drawn to Tilly and why he wants to help get back on the right track. Oh, just wait until it all starts to make sense, you guys!

Tilly proved that she can find her way by having a successful first day of work at Sabine’s beignet food truck. Who knew Tilly was a sales rockstar?

I love that these delicious beignets are what’s going to bring Sabine and Rogers together and also, Tilly and Margot. Do you think Tiana and Nook were together in the other realm? They are so drawn to each other here, there was to be some history.

Thoughts on this week’s Once Upon a Time? We’re nearing the end but we’re no closer to resolving this curse mystery. And honestly, Hansel taking Henry as his prisoner made this whole witchhunt arc worthwhile because otherwise, no one really cared about Hansel’s vendetta. Since Hansel and Henry were buds in the other realm, was he always evil?

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