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‘Once Upon A Time’ Recap: Dr. Whale’s Identity Is Finally Revealed

Sun, October 28, 2012 9:42pm EDT by Andy Swift 16 Comments
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Plus, have Emma & Snow finally found a way back to Storybrooke?

We’ve waited for more than a season to find out Dr. Whale’s (David Anders) fairy tale persona, and Halloween weekend couldn’t have been a more appropriate time for the big reveal. Regina (Lana Parrilla) went to the good doctor on the Oct. 28 episode of Once Upon A Time to bring Daniel (Noah Bean) back from the dead, which is when we learned that he’s really…

Dr. Frankenstein! It may not have been a very well-kept secret — most fans guessed correctly weeks ago — but that didn’t make his scenes any less awesome.

The episode began in olden-day Enchanted Forest, where Regina was receiving magic lessons from Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle). And by “magic lessons,” I mean they were killing unicorns together, which I found highly offensive. When she asked him how they could use magic to bring someone back from the dead, he dumped her as his student — apparently that’s a real button pusher for him — but the Mad Hatter (Sebastian Stan) swooped in with a solution.

He brought Dr. Frankenstein to Regina’s castle, and although Frankie was unable to bring Daniel back, the experiment wasn’t a total bust: The final loss of Daniel is just what Regina needed to tap into her dark side!

In present-day Storybrooke…

Dr. Whale’s little revival experiment was more successful than it was in the Enchanted Forest — though the results were pretty horrific. After Daniel was brought back from the dead, he ripped off Whale’s arm and headed straight for the stables, the last place he remembers being with Regina.

Unfortunately, Henry (Jared Gilmore) was hanging out at the stables — alone, for some reason — which escalated the situation pretty quickly. Though she tried to calm zombie-Daniel down with her words, Regina was forced to do what she does best: rip his heart out and watch him die. Again.

Then Mr. Gold magically reattached Dr. Whale’s arm. He’d be a huge asset on The Walking Dead, just sayin’.

Meanwhile, in the Enchanted Forest…

Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Snow (Ginnifer Morrison) returned to their base camp, only to discover that Cora (Barbara Hershey) had killed everyone! Well, almost everyone. Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) was posing as a “blacksmith” who managed to survive Cora’s attack, but it wasn’t long before Sheriff Emma was able to get the truth out of him.

Hook explained to the gang that Cora had found a way to Storybrooke, and in order to get there themselves, they’ll need to do a little beanstalk climbing.

Here we go…

What did you think of this week’s episode? Were you surprised that Dr. Whale is actually Dr. Frankenstein? Drop me a comment with your reactions!

— Andy Swift

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