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

Sun, October 28, 2012 9:42pm EDT by 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

More Once Upon A Time on HollywoodLife.com:

  1. ‘Once Upon A Time’ Scoop: Henry’s Father Revealed In New Pics?
  2. ‘Once Upon A Time’: Ariel, Tarzan & More Are Coming To Storybrooke
  3. ‘Once Upon A Time’ Recap: Hook Sets Sail & Rumpelstiltskin Kills Again

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Marc

Posted at 5:15 PM on December 20, 2012  

Frankenstein was a book written by Mary Shelley. The Mad Hatter hops worlds and found a character in another literary work. I see no wrong doing here. And he was always going to be Frankenstein. The writers are definitely not winging it. Frankenstein, the film, was directed by director James Whale. Hence the clue that his name was Dr. Whale since season 1.

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dan

Posted at 1:01 AM on November 1, 2012  

Ok… i am really thrown off by this one comment. They said the mad hatter isnt a fairytale. The mad hatter is part of alice in wonderland which is a fairytale unless you think falling down a rabbit hole and ending up in a magical land is really happening. So think about what youre saying…just sayin’

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xany

Posted at 8:32 PM on November 4, 2012  

Technically, Alice in Wonderland isn’t a fairy tale. It’s a story, yes. But it sounds like you think that something is either a factual story or a fairy tale, and that’s a bit silly. The term “fairy tale” usually refers to older stories that don’t have a proper author, like the Grimms Fairy Tales, or the Blue/Red/ect Fairy books–stories that were gathered and written down. Sometimes the term gets applied to things like Hans Christian Anderson’s work because it follows traditional fairy tale structure, but it’s kind of a grey area if the term should apply there. But Alice In Wonderland has an author and doesn’t really follow a particular fair tale structure.

But mostly, why would you see someone say “that’s not a fairy tale” and think what they meant is, “that’s something that really happened!” ? Just sayin’.

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dan

Posted at 12:58 AM on November 1, 2012  

I was surprised that he was frankenstein. I didnt realize frank falls under fairytales….but that doesnt mean i didnt lime it. It was a genius idea and they should make more unexpected characters like him to pop up.

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Carole Bolton

Posted at 10:33 AM on October 29, 2012  

I loved loved this weeks show. Our group suspected Dr. Whale’s other I.D. We wanted to see the King and Charming meet.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 12:26 PM on October 29, 2012  

That would have been cool :-/

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Claire

Posted at 9:39 AM on October 29, 2012  

I got to say, I don’t believe Regina actually killed Daniel! For one thing she never took out his heart and also where did he go? Look what happened to the other kills in the episode, Daniel is enchanted but not dead

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Andy Swift

Posted at 9:45 AM on October 29, 2012  

Didn’t he dissolve into dust? He seems pretty dead.

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Bradley Conder

Posted at 5:46 PM on October 30, 2012  

I suggest you look up the definition of ‘dissolve’.

 
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cheri

Posted at 7:49 AM on October 29, 2012  

What I love about Once Upon A Time is that they are able to bring in different stories every episode. I loved that they showed Regina when she still had a heart, and wasn’t all-evil. Even in Storybrooke, she showed a little emotion. When I started my shift this morning at DISH, some of my co-workers and I were talking about how shocked we were to find out that the Doctor was Frankenstein. I was so glad that my Hopper automatically records all the primetime shows on all my major networks, because we were busy carving pumpkins that I completely forgot it was on. I cannot wait until Cora and Hook go to Storybrooke, because Regina’s reaction will be the best.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 8:40 AM on October 29, 2012  

I kind of love Cora… in a very unhealthy way.

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Aly

Posted at 10:05 PM on October 28, 2012  

I was a bit confused about him being Frankenstein since once upon a time is about story book and fairytale characters. Frankenstein doesn’t really fit that.

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Christine

Posted at 10:45 PM on October 28, 2012  

Frankenstein is not a fairy tales character in Once Upon a Time Story… Frankenstein is it own character.

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Ron

Posted at 7:23 PM on October 30, 2012  

Plus, The Mad Hatter is not a fairy -tale character.

 
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Andy Swift

Posted at 8:40 AM on October 29, 2012  

That’s why Dr. Whale kept referring to this “other” world. Remember when he told Charming, “You’re not my prince?”

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Calico Jack

Posted at 11:14 AM on October 29, 2012  

This is where I would have fired the writers of the show who are plainly just “winging it”. The show it seems is heading for the trash heap with story ideas that are so unimaginative and ridiculous it insults your intelligence. In the worst possible case, this could go on and on, but please, let’s hope it doesn’t.

 
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