It’s date night for Emma and Hook, but things don’t go as smoothly as Hook would like.
Emma ditches her usual leather jacket for a dressy pink gown, while Hook uses his hook (no pun intended) on Rumpel and makes a deal with him to get his hand back. He also ditches the pirate clothes, for other black clothes that really don’t make much of a difference. But, he’s hot so whatever.
Hook wants this date to be special and needs both of his hands to embrace Emma. Clearly someone had high hopes for the end of their night. Unfortunately Emma still lives with her parents and well, no one knows where Hook lives. Rumpel warns him that the hand may come with a price. It might be his, but he’s not the same man anymore. The hand still belongs to the evil pirate and returning it, might cause Hook to go back to his ways, causing harm to others around him. He doesn’t believe Rumpel, but soon learns, he might have been telling the truth.
During dinner, the Knave tries leaving the restaurant unnoticed and accidentally knocks over a drink on Emma. Hook… or Hand gets super upset and grabs him violently, freaking Emma out. The rest of the night, he’s uneasy wondering what this hand is really doing to him. He drops Emma off at home and gets quite the goodnight kiss. Seems like he’s gotten on her good graces after convincing her that she shouldn’t worry about losing him. Snow and Charming wait up for Emma to come home from her date, eager to live this experience for the first time. There’s a lot they’ve missed out on as parents with their “little girl.”
Hook is on his way to Rumpel’s, when he finds the Knave trying to break into the library. One thing leads to another and Will ends up with a bloody nose. Hook warns that if he tells anyone about this he’s a dead man. Than he goes to find Rumpel because he needs to get rid of this hand, like right now. Rumpel informs him that the only way to get rid of the hand and get the hook back is through his magic. You know how it works, his magic put it on, his magic can take it off. Everything comes with a price and this is no different. While it seemed like Rumpel actually might have changed, he’s still the same devious crocodile who loves making deals. He sees Hook’s desperation and makes him agree to a deal that he doesn’t disclose. The fact that Hook knows about the dagger doesn’t work anymore because Rumpel admits he switched the fake one with the real one so Belle would never know.
Meanwhile, flashbacks provide us with some insight on what happened to Anna on her journey for answers for Elsa. She finally found Rumpel and made a deal with him in exchange for information on what her parents were really looking for. Rumpel tells her she has to take this little potion and put it in the sorcerers tea. When Anna arrives at the cabin, the man she meets is a nice, old gentleman. She decides not to give him poison and dumps it into the fire. Back at Rumpels, she lies saying that she gave him the potion, to which Rumpel replies, “good than he’ll live.” Turns out, Rumpel was playing a trick all along. Instead of giving Anna poison he gave her a cure for the poison already in the mans system. She freaks out knowing that she killed a man unintentionally. The reason Rumpel needed the man dead is because of the magic sorcerers hat that he was guarding. No Dark One was ever able to get his hands on it, unless someone pure of heart tempted by the darkness but didn’t succumb to it, unlocked it. That’s what Anna’s purpose was. Rumpel allowed her to kill him, she was tempted, but didn’t. Instead, after he got the magical hat, she got hold of the dagger. She forced Rumpel to give over the powerful object, set her free and never hurt her or her sister. Rumpel was upset, but under orders, sent Anna home back to Arendelle. So we know she made it back safely, in possession of an object that could suck magic from others and make the owner super powerful. How did this come to her aid? What did she do with it? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Back in the present day, Rumpel uses Hook to go to the sorcerers home and hold him down, while he sucks him and his magic into the hat. It’s all part of Rumpels big plan… a plan we have no intel on as of now. And we know he got his hands on the hat when he was on his honeymoon with Belle. I can’t say any of this makes sense though. How did the magical item end up there? What does Rumpel really want with it. Rumpel tells Hook that he will forever be in debt to him. The deal isn’t over. He took his hand and returned the Hook, before letting him know that there is footage from the sorcerers house, that puts only Hook in the situation doing the evil deed. If he attempts to break through the deal, he’ll show it to Emma. And if Hook ever comes after Belle again, he’ll hurt Emma. Oh and another fun fact; the hand was never cursed. It was a little white lie Rumpel told Hook to force him towards the deal. How evil. I used to like Rumpel, but this is just low for a man that’s suppose to be changed.
Other Things To Note
- The Knave got arrested after Belle found him drunk in the library clinging onto a book of “Alice in Wonderland” holding a picture of the Red Queen in his pocket. This makes me so excited because we know Emma won’t forget this and the Knave will eventually have to tell her how he got to Storybrooke and what happened in Wonderland.
- He also didn’t rat out Hook for giving him a bloody nose. What a good chum. Maybe these two will become best bros? Far stretch…. maybe.
- I don’t understand why Hook just won’t come clean to Emma about what really happened with Rumpel so that he cannot use it against him ever.
- The Snow Queen keeps trying to lure Emma in with her icy ways. What does she want? What’s her connection to Emma? Does she want to tell her something.
- Elsa continues to wonder what happened to her sister. I wish Rumpel would just tell the truth and speed up the process!
- The Evil Queen still wants to change her story. Henry figures that since Rumpel was able to find love and “redeem” himself, maybe he knows the author or at least knows a way to alter the ending for the villains. Regina knows he won’t tell her, but maybe he’ll tell Henry. In order to get close to Rumpel, he asks for a job at Golds and grandpa hires him with open arms… just as long as he doesn’t touch anything! He also refers to him as the apprentice.
- I cannot wait till Belle find outs about Rumpels devious ways!
I’m kind of bored of this season so far. I can’t say I’m really invested in the Elsa/Anna storyline.. at least not for now. We have bits and pieces of what happened and what the parents were looking for, but not enough to peak my interest. I’m also not a fan of Rumpel being evil again and using Hook. Last season was much more exciting and moved at a much quicker pace. I feel like everything is just dragging right now. The episode gets a 5/10.
Once Upon a Time – Homecoming (7×21)
Henry was barely reunited with his family for 24-hours before they got whisked away by Wish Realm Rumpel on Once Upon a Time. They can’t ever catch a break.
The penultimate episode sets up the series for the finale by putting mostly everyone in danger as they face off with the enemy Rumpel was never able to defeat: himself.
And while I’m sure the fairytale showdown, complete with reinforcements brought by Tilly and Alice, is going to epic, the set-up was rather boring.
Yes, they brought back elements that paid homage to some of the earlier episodes including the author’s pen, Seer’s prophecy that the boy will be his undoing (who knew it was Henry?) and even, teenage Henry, but overall, it didn’t have the pull I was hoping for so close to the end.
Glitter-face Rumpel tells Hyperion Heights Henry that he’s going to make good on that threat to his family. If he wishes to see them again, he has to hand over HH Rumpel’s copy of the dagger.
Henry runs to Hook, Rumpel and Regina for help and the latter declares what we’ve known for years now: we don’t negotiate with villains.
After they are transported to the Wish Realm, they are split up with Regina and Henry arriving at Rumpel’s castle while Hook and Rumpel arrive at the place where he first became a coward.
There are random appearances by Peter Pan and Cruella de Ville which should be sentimental but feel more out of place than ever. Bringing back characters for the sake of bringing back characters doesn’t do anyone much good.
Peter Pan’s return was brief and dull. What were we supposed to garner from that? That Wish Rumpel is a lot more dangerous than the one we’ve come to know pretty well in HH? I could tell you that.
Rumpel traps Jacinda and Lucy in a snowglobe and as an incentive to hurry up Henry, makes it start snowing. If he doesn’t hand over that dagger, they’ll freeze to death.
HH Rumpel is all like “I have a plan,” and to be fair, he does. Hyperion Heights Hook, previously Wish Realm Hook, calls in a favor with Ariel who gives him her remaining drops of squid ink which he then uses to freeze Wish Realm Rumpel. Essentially, he’s willing to kill himself to eliminate the threat but Regina stops him.
Taking matters into his own hands, Henry knocks out Hook and heads to the retrieve the Author’s Pen. But just cause HH Henry is an adult and father now, it doesn’t mean he’s any smarter.
Wish Realm Rumpel was after the Author’s pen the whole time and HH Henry walked right into it. Henry reminds him no one but him can use that and Rumpel is like “I know, meet the Wish Realm version of yourself.”
It’s always a pleasure to see Jared S. Gilmore, especially in a villainous role; he’s the kid we see in the beginning of the episode looking to save a Princess but being thrust into the friend’s zone.
Truth be told, the most realistic part of this whole episode is the outcome of what being friend zoned can do to you. I feel your pain evil Henry.
It’s also pretty bizarre to see two versions of Henry facing off against each other. How do you stop yourself?
It’s possible that the reason I found this episode to be so mundane is that I’m genuinely quite confused by the whole Wish Realm/Storybrooke/ Hyperion Heights/ Whatever Else I’m Missing timeline. They’ve gotten so convoluted, it’s hard to keep up and realistically, I don’t even want to keep up.
With Tilly and Alice grabbing friends from Storybrooke, can we bet on Storybrooke Henry arriving to help out his other alter-ego’s?
I did like that the series addressed how the curse affected everyone including Sabine who had lost her sense of self and didn’t know how to be Queen Tiana again.
Other than that, I feel like the series vastly underused her and Prince Naveen.
What was the point of having her? To make beignets?
It’s clear that “Homecoming” was meant to be more of a set-up for the final hour with our fairytale friends and foes.
Let’s hope next week brings a lot more action, more compelling storytelling and an end to these timelines and realms once and for all.
Will everyone get their happily ever after or will there be a tragic ending?
I’m sure you already know the answer to that question, we just have to see how all of heroes are going to get there and defeat the Dark One once and for all.
My guess is that Rumpel will have to make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good and kill himself. It’s the only way that I can see him fully redeeming himself so that he can reunite with Belle. And seriously, HH Rumpel has been working on better himself for quite some time now, he deserves some peace and happiness.
Once Upon a Time – Is This Henry Mills? (7×20)
Henry Mills found himself… literally.
Once Upon a Time is nearing its series finale but the citizens of Hyperion Heights are still trapped under curse brain.
Last night’s episode found Regina desperately trying to wake up Henry after the usual remedy, true love’s kiss, didn’t work.
For mere mortals, the thought of a storybook fantasy being real is wildly impossible so it’s no surprise that Henry isn’t easily convinced. But for someone with the heart of the truest believer, everyone expects it to come a little more naturally.
None of this is as surprising as Regina’s timeline reveal; the curse that Eloise cast sent them tumbling through time and they are existing in the same time as a younger version of Henry and Regina.
It seems that young Henry is once again the key to yet another curse.
The moment in time is explained with a visit to Storybrooke where “young Henry” is preparing for graduation and can’t decide if he wants to stay home or go explore. It’s a full-circle moment as this is the time period where season 7 started.
As much as I enjoyed the reboot and getting to know a new town, I didn’t realize how much I missed Storrooke until we were back there walking the streets and running into locals.
After Hyperion Heights Regina tries to jog Henry’s memory with birth certificates, pictures and the storybook itself which she apparently dug up from Victoria Belfrey’s grave, Henry decides to tempt fate and calls the number listed on his birth certificate.
This leads him to have a bizarre conversation with himself where he even gives his younger self some real-world advice.
And Henry knows that Regina is telling the truth because he remembers having that conversation when he was graduating.
Yes, it’s complicated but what else could you expect from the writers of Once Upon a Time? They’re pros at fudging up timelines and making the impossible, possible.
What does this mean for his mom and the rest of his family? Will they come to his aide while still living with teenage Henry? Will they return to the Enchanted Forest and back to a parallel time period? All those quotes about going home have to mean something, right?
I will say, I loved that the reason true love’s kiss between Henry and Jacinda didn’t work was because it was always Henry and Regina. It mirrors how Emma woke up Henry in season one.
So, Henry remembers everything again, he is reunited with his family, everyone else is blissfully aware that the past few months have been a terrible nightmare concocted up by Drizella, Mother Gothel has been turned into a tree,
Well, the story will end with Weaver trying to overcome himself, or rather, the Wish Realm version of Rumpelstiltskin.
The Wish Realm version returned to kill Dr. Facilier and will serve as the two-night finale’s greatest villain.
While I love that the focus reverts back to Rumpel who is exceptional, what was the point of introducing Regina’s love story with Facilier. Aside from a few booty-calls, which were very out of character, it went nowhere.
The problem with OUAT is that they don’t do justice to supporting characters. Gothel, Belfrey, even Facilier were talked up as the big bads but none of it came to fruition. In the end, they were bland and unimportant.
I can see that happening with Alice/Tilly, as well. She’s supposedly the one who can save Rumpel but is she even going to play a major role?
Much like the reformed villains, the Evil Queen, the Wicked Witch, and Hook, they were forced to face the demons inside them and overcame.
If they could do it, so can Rumpel who has come a long way since being the coward.
I’m willing to bet that when he defeats himself, he’ll finally be allowed to reunite with his beloved Belle.
But first, Wish Realm Rumpel will steal Henry’s family to motivate him to get the Dark One’s dagger which will reunite him with his family including Snow, Charming and Emma!
Once Upon a Time – Flower Child (7×19)
We’re just two episodes from the series finale of Once Upon a Time and while we learned all about Gothel’s origin story, we still have a lot to wrap up.
For starters, why didn’t true love’s kiss break the curse? Drizella said that was the answer so finally, a very resourceful Lucy manipulated Facilier into being a hero and figuring out a way to have the “illness” removed from Henry so that when he kissed Jacinda, the curse would break and he’d survive.
Lucy stumbling upon the glass slipper in her mother’s belongings was a bit too easy. Really, who keeps a broken shoe in a memory box?
But it was the proof Jacinda needed to believe Henry’s theory that maybe Lucy was right and all the “crazy stories” in his book were real.
And it was enough for Facilier to use in his voodoo spell.
Facilier didn’t need too much convincing because restoring everyone’s memories would be beneficial if he was right about what Gothel was plotting.
If you’ve been wondering “why Hyperion Heights,” well, it turns out this town, and specifically, the theater, is the where it all began thousands of years ago with a tree nymph named Gothel.
Who would have thought that Gothel was once an innocent creature meant to spread magic amongst her people?
Gothel’s story starts with her spying on rich princesses trying on fancy dresses. For starters, we know that she’s jealous in nature and resents people having what she couldn’t.
She sneaks into their home and while looking at the dresses, uses magic to fix a flower. She’s caught by the girls who are impressed by her abilities rather than scared and intimidated like most people. They welcome her into the sisterhood and invite her to a ball the next day.
When Gothel returns home to her magical grove, her mother warns her about the true nature of humans. She informs her that no matter how much she tries, she’ll never fit in and that her real destiny is becoming the “Mother” of magic for her people.
Gothel disregards her mother’s warning but realizes just how wrong she is when the girls turn on her and call her an abomination before dousing her with mud.
As she returns home distraught she finds the grove was destroyed and burned to the ground by the humans. With her dying breath, her mother encourages her not to seek revenge so naturally, that’s exactly what Gothel does.
Fueled by anger, she crashes the party and begins killing the humans with magic starting with their “queen bee.” Seraphina, the only girl who seemed to feel guilty for what happened, counters her spell revealing that she too is a witch.
Gothel sees an opportunity for a new “sister” and extends an olive branch. She brings Seraphina back to her destroyed grove and deems this realm the “Land Without Magic.” In her final moments, she vows to return here one day to restore it to its former glory.
That seemingly took thousands of years but is the basis for the curse that she forced Drizella to cast. Poor Drizzy, she thought she was doing this to hurt her mom but she was just a ploy in Gothel’s bigger scheme.
There wasn’t any love for Gothel since she’s done some terrible things and made a lot of people miserable, but can you blame her? Her story isn’t exactly one the evokes hope and makes you believe in the goodness of humanity.
In the present day, Eloise Gardener is preparing for the ritual, approaches Tilly and confesses to being her mother.
Tilly might be weird, but she’s not a fan of cult-leaders coming up claiming to be her mother.
She defends all the terrible things she’s done by saying “the world was cruel, so I turned cruel,” which is the equivalent of “they made me do it.”
Tilly runs off to Detective Weaver with these delusional claims but he isn’t weirded out at all; not after Prince Naveen (Sebastian) told him about the existence of a coven and magic.
They turn to Henry for some help and while they expect him to be dismissive of their delusional hypothesis, he’s completely on board because he too believes something odd is happening in this town.
How else would you explain the paternity test confirming Henry is Lucy’s father if they never even had sex?!
The desk sarg calls in with a tip about a gang of hooded women at the theater so Weaver and Tilly go to check it out.
Tilly ponders about how odd it is that the truth is seemingly in close proximity of everyone yet they don’t know it’s there.
That’s the real curse.
When they enter the theater, they realize its a trap so that Eloise can get her hands on her daughter.
She tries to encourage her to help the coven complete the spell as Weaver begs Tilly not to do it.
However, Eloise has now revealed that Weaver is Tilly’s father and if she doesn’t do as she says, she’ll kill her.
Always with the dramatics, Eloise.
Tilly finds herself at an impossible crossroads but recognizes that she would never be able to live with herself if she let her father die.
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, Tilly has really become the heart and spirit of the show. She definitely made this version worth watching and even made up for Jacinda’s lack of enthusiasm.
As she becomes the final member of the coven, the spell is complete.
Now, we’re back to Jacinda and Henry who have accepted the idea that they really are a fairytale couple.
But like I mentioned before, the kiss did not break the curse so, at this point, everyone is out of options, especially as Gothel becomes the all-powerful one.
So, what now? How do they break a curse when the creator of it is no longer around?
Will Gothel’s spell go through? Will it flood the realm with enough magic to save everyone?
How will they incorporate our original characters into the end?
There’s still so much to wrap up here that I don’t think two episodes will suffice.
- What’s the story with Tiana and Naveen? Why was Facilier using him and why did they make it a big deal?
- Will Weaver ever reunite with Belle? Will he find someone other than The Guardian to take over his dagger?
- Will Tilly and Rogers be allowed to reunite once the curse breaks?
- How are any of us getting back to Storybrooke?
- Will Gothel die?
- Will Regina end up with Facilier?
- Will we ever see Kelly/ Zelena’s wedding?
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