‘Once Upon A Time’ Recap: An ‘Outsider’ Shakes Up Storybrooke

Sun, January 20, 2013 10:06pm EDT by 15 Comments
Once Upon A Time Season 2 Episode 11
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Plus, Regina & Cora finally come face to face!

The Jan. 20 episode of Once Upon A Time probably should have been titled Whale’s Anatomy, because the entire hour was basically a weird journey through the complex psyche of Storybrooke’s Dr. Whale (David Anders). As it turns out, his origin isn’t as black-and-white as originally thought — even though it’s literally shown to us in black and white.

In a nutshell, Frankenstein had major family issues. He was always living in his soldier brother’s shadow, and his father didn’t understand his scientific endeavors. Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) offered him tons of gold to teach him how to bring people back from the dead, but when Frankie’s brother caught him trying to dig up a body, he ended up getting shot in the process. Regina (Lana Parrilla) delivered Frankie a heart to give to his brother, but the revival was only mildly successful. (Think Daniel — but worse.)

Haunted by those memories, Dr. Whale was uneasy this week in present-day Storybrooke. And by “uneasy,” I mean wasted. He was about to jump into the sea, but Ruby (Meghan Ory) stopped him and had a nice heart-to-heart. When she told him Regina made her eat her boyfriend, his problems didn’t seem so bad.

And no, she didn’t mean that metaphorically. Remember when Ruby literally ate her boyfriend?

Regina & Cora: Reunited & It Feels So… Awkward

Regina and Cora (Barbara Hershey) also came face to face this week for the first time in years, but their reunion didn’t exactly go as I expected it to. Instead of clashing in a fiery blaze of magical mommy issues, they actually bonded. Cora came clean to Regina about framing her for Archie’s “murder,” then reminded her that turning her over to the townspeople wouldn’t make Henry love her any more. Tears were shed — on both sides of the TV screen.

Rumpelstiltskin & Belle: Strangers In The Night

Now that Belle (Emilie de Ravin) has no idea who she is anymore — thanks a lot, Hook! — Mr. Gold is more desperate than ever before. And after failing to remind Belle of what they once had together, Gold received a surprise visit from Cora. She told him he didn’t need Belle anymore, and that she could help him track down the one person in this world who still loved him: his son, Baelfire! (Who is probably Peter Pan, but I don’t have proof… yet.)

Side note: Was anyone else weirded out when Cora and Rumple kissed like they “used to?” Were these two boning back in the day?! I can’t. I just can’t.

Who Is ‘The Outsider?’

After Dr. Whale drunkenly operated on the mysterious outsider, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) interrogated him to make sure he didn’t see anything suspicious about the town. You know, like anything. He told her he was texting and driving — insert PSA here — and that all he saw was the road, but the minute Emma left the room, he made a sketchy phone call. He does know something!

Also, his ringtone was totally the Star Wars theme song. Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, how long will it be before we start seeing Wookies in Storybrooke?

We’ve got a three-week hiatus on our hands, so let’s start theorizing: What do you make of the mysterious outsider? Were Cora and Rumple really lovers? And do you think Baelfire could also be Peter Pan? Drop me a comment with your thoughts!

— Andy Swift

More Once Upon A Time on HollywoodLife.com:

  1. ‘Once Upon A Time’ Recap: Another Murder In Storybrooke
  2. ‘Once Upon A Time’ Preview Video: Is Archie Really Dying?
  3. ‘Once Upon A Time’ Pics: Snow & Charming Celebrate Their Reunion

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Pinkdecker

Posted at 5:20 PM on January 24, 2013  

What about Daniel? They said he was put back together by Frankenstein. And I can see Henry’s dad being baelfire, but NOT Peter Pan!

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Janice

Posted at 1:25 PM on January 23, 2013  

Neal has to be Bae – that’s why Gold is going to Manhattan with Emma and Henry (though I’m sure none of them know this yet). Just think of how this will impact the rest of the season – Gold will be Henry’s grandfather which will tie him to Emma and the Charmings, it will make him side with Emma over Regina and Cora, it will open up a world of family conflict, it will create a situation where Hook will have to deal with Emma being reunited with her true love, Neal, who is also the son of his sworn ememy, Rumple, and his “true love”, Milah. If Hook still tries to pursue Emma, it will be a bit creepy that he’d be trying to “hook up” with both Bae’s mother and Bae’s true love. Might make Bae feel a little sympathy for his father. That said, it’s possible that Bae is also Peter Pan, which will just add to the complexities of the situation and would also help to keep Neal/Bae younger than logic would suggest.

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Claire

Posted at 12:10 AM on January 23, 2013  

I also think that Neil is baelfire. In episode 1 we saw Neil in NY and bael is in New York too? That is too much of a coincidence! Besides why would rumple want Emma to go? Neil and bael must be the same person somehow

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Bob Cohen

Posted at 11:26 AM on January 22, 2013  

What is a genetic scientist Greg(or) Mendel doing in a fairy tale?

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Paula

Posted at 5:15 PM on January 21, 2013  

There’s a three-week hiatus for Once Upon A Time? That’s disappointing. The show just resumed, and I was hoping to hear more about what the outsider thinks he saw. I probably won’t even be able to watch Once Upon A Time when it resumes in three weeks because I work at DISH on Sunday nights. I’ll have to catch it on my DVR. My DISH Hopper is set to auto-record Once Upon A Time along with the other primetime shows on the four major networks using PrimeTime Anytime, so even if I forget to set a timer in three weeks, I’ll still be able to watch the next episode.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 5:45 PM on January 21, 2013  

Yeah :-/ Thanks a lot, award shows!

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kathyG

Posted at 11:26 PM on January 20, 2013  

I actually think Baelfire is Henry’s dad.
In the episode when he went in the portal he told rumple it was a land with no magic. So it cant be Neverland. Thats just my theory

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Andy Swift

Posted at 5:46 PM on January 21, 2013  

Ah, good call… I guess I forgot that being said.

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abe

Posted at 11:02 PM on January 20, 2013  

the only thing he did was “presenting” a very loud & smelly fart.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 5:45 PM on January 21, 2013  

hahahaha nice

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Camarillo Tim

Posted at 10:24 PM on January 20, 2013  

Some thoughts, did Rumpie want to bring back his wife from the dead? Is Rumpie Regina’s real father? Is Frankenstein’s Brother the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. I also like to see Whale, Ruby and maybe Dracula on some sort of adventure.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 10:25 PM on January 20, 2013  

I haven’t thought about any of that, but hey, anything’s possible.

And yeah, I’m excited to see their take on vampires, since I’m sure Dracula is bound to pop up sooner or later.

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Rachel

Posted at 10:21 PM on January 20, 2013  

I’m confused. How can Rumplestiltskin’s son, Baelfire, be Peter Pan? It’s not like Baelfire was transported to Storybrooke through the curse and his new identity is Baelfire. Hook, after all, is Hook. What’s more, there would be nothing Peter Pan about him. He never even went to Neverland. If he ends up being Peter Pan, it’s because the writers are confused/stupid and grasping at straws.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 10:24 PM on January 20, 2013  

We don’t know where Baelfire went when he was sucked into that portal. He very easily could have ended up in Neverland.

And let’s not forget OUAT loves mixing things up (like the way they made Rumpelstiltskin into Belle’s Beast.)

Just a theory :)

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Jane

Posted at 10:52 PM on January 27, 2013  

We have to remember that August a.k.a Pinocchio confronted Neal/Baelfire and told him to leave Emma alone. Thats when Emma went to jail and found out she wad pregnant with Henry. During the confrontation, August had something hidden in the basket of his motorcycle. After August showed Niel what it was, he understood everything August was saying about Emma being the savior perfectly and just agreed to walk away. I was totally weirded out by that and was left anxiously wanting to know just what could Niel have possibly seen that could’ve so voluntarily made him desist from fighting for Emma. Baelfire did say he was going to a land with no magic. It is not said that he lost his memory through the journey so he could very well possibly remember who he is if he is Baelfire and the more I think of it, the more I believe he could be. August could’ve shown him something from the land he came from and he believed.

 
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