‘Once Upon A Time’ Recap: Emma Sabotages Her Return To Storybrooke

Sun, October 14, 2012 10:00pm EDT by 5 Comments
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A surprise wedding, a tragic death and THREE timelines to keep track of! Anybody else feeling ‘Lost?’

Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) gained a powerful new ally on the Oct. 14 episode of Once Upon A Time … or so they thought. After a long journey to Snow’s castle — which involved Snow killing an ogre; and Aurora, who I hate more than anything, almost stabbing Emma — they learned their new buddy Lancelot (Teen Wolf‘s Sinqua Walls) wasn’t who he appeared to be.

It turns out Cora (Barbara Hershey) murked Lancelot years ago, and thanks to her shape-shifting evilness, she’s been pretending to be him ever since! As a last resort to keep Cora from crossing over to Storybrooke, Emma torched the magic wardrobe — but it looks like Cora’s got a Plan B up her wicked sleeve.

(Side note: I know we’re supposed to hate her, but am I the only one who loves Cora? She’s so bad… but she’s so good.)

Baby/Mama Drama:

Because one Enchanted Forest timeline clearly isn’t enough to deal with, we were also taken back to past Enchanted Forest, where where we learned Lancelot and Snow weren’t always the best of friends. In fact, Lancelot — formerly of the Round Table — kidnapped Snow and took her to King George (Alan Dale), who gave her a fun drink that cursed her womb.

This was a little wake-up call for Lancelot, who turned against the king and swore his allegiance to Snow. But by the time the two arrived at Charming’s (Josh Dallas) cottage, George’s men had already shot Charming’s poor mother with an arrow. They took her to the lake where Charming killed that Siren — always a fun trip down memory lane — but when they arrived, there was only enough healing water for one person to have a drink.

Charming’s mother pretended to drink the water, but secretly had Lancelot slip it into Snow’s wedding chalice. Oh, did I forget to mention Snow and Charming got married? I guess the big Snow-Charming wedding we saw on the pilot was really just a formality, and Regina crashed their party for nothing.

For the sake of the show’s plot, though, I’m really glad she did.

Meanwhile, Back In Storybrooke…

Thanks to Henry’s (Jared Gilmore) annoying nudging — to be fair, everything Henry does is annoying — Jefferson (Sebastian Stan) was reunited with his daughter, who he thought wouldn’t forgive him for losing her. Maybe now that he’s less grumpy, Jefferson (aka the Mad Hatter) will be able to bring our girls home!

In non-annoying Henry news, he did some adorable bonding with Grandpa Charming this week — but I have a feeling their good times are about to come to an end, as the final moments revealed a surprise guest in Storybrooke: King George!

(Or whatever name he goes by in the real world.)

What kind of trouble do you think George will stir up in Storybrooke? Do you think Jefferson is the key to bringing back Emma and Snow? And, seriously, how much to do you love to hate Cora? Drop me a comment with your thoughts!

— Andy Swift

More Once Upon A Time on HollywoodLife.com:

  1. ‘Once Upon A Time’ Recap: Regina’s Powers Return — Can She Be Trusted?
  2. ‘Once Upon A Time’ Pics: Cora’s Back — And Who’s Leaving Storybrooke?
  3. http://hollywoodlife.com/2012/10/02/once-upon-a-time-spoiler-pics-season-2-episode-2/

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Turkeygirl

Posted at 4:13 AM on November 12, 2012  

I kind of feel bad for aurora. Her true love, whom she saw after She was asleep for 28 years, died’cause of a wraith (which looks and acts, unsurprisingly, like a dementor)

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heatherbeckwith

Posted at 11:09 AM on October 15, 2012  

I also found it interesting about how Charming/David found Henry in the crypt. The fact that Regina called him and told him about the place shows a softening up of her character. Perhaps she is turning back to the old Regina…especially is Momma Cora shows up in Storybrooke. WOW…that will be a battle of Freudian levels.
Anyone else interested in knowing who King George’s wife was and why she drank a potion?
Finally, i think the best moment of the show was the heartwrenching comments Emma made at the end when they were standing in her nursery and she said she wasn’t used to anyone fighting for her or taking care of her. I think she has finally connected with Snow as her mom. Wonder if she will ever actually call her mom.
Oh and best line of the show…when they are getting ready to leave for the castle and Emma says “well, I just killed a dragon last week, so I think I’m ready.” The look on Snow’s face was funny haha.

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Shan

Posted at 8:18 AM on October 15, 2012  

I also hate Aurora more than anything! Of course the actress is very good at mean mugging know matter what show she is in, which makes her unlikable. Did you see her in The Tudors? I felt very sorry for her character but it was still hard to like her character.

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drush76

Posted at 11:54 PM on October 14, 2012  

["After a long journey to Snow’s castle — which involved Snow killing an ogre; and Aurora, who I hate more than anything, almost stabbing Emma — they learned their new buddy Lancelot (Teen Wolf‘s Sinqua Walls) wasn’t who he appeared to be."]

Get over it! Aurora wasn’t the only one who screwed up. So did Emma and Henry.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 12:54 AM on October 15, 2012  

OK, I’m over it. I still don’t like the way she’s always mean-mugging everybody.

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