It’s sister vs. sister, brother vs. brother, good vs. evil — and all with a twist! Of course, fans of ‘Once Upon A Time’ expect nothing less, but on the April 24 episode, the meaning of sibling rivalry was taken to a whole new level!
Time for a family affair on Once Upon A Time. While Regina attempts to keep Zelena from switching sides and joining up with Hades, David finally meets his long lost twin brother James, and the results are deadly!
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We’ll get to David in a moment, but first … Love is back in bloom in the Underworld, as Zelena has finally given Hades the chance to woo her. His idea of a romantic date consists of digging up graves, setting fires, and proposing … that they leave the Underworld together to start a new life in Storybrooke. Their best chance of doing so starts with Zelena giving him True Love’s kiss, which would restart his heart and make him human again. It would also mean that together they could forever trap the heroes in the Underworld, provided that Hades has now etched everyone’s name onto a tombstone.
Zelena doesn’t give Hades an answer to his big question one way or the other, which makes things particularly awkward when she comes home to find Regina has been spying on her all evening with a handy magic mirror. Zelena pleads with Regina, explaining that she hopes to change Hades for the better. Regina isn’t convinced that her sister will do right by her and her friends, so she takes matters into her own hands. With the help of Hook, the heroes rescue r Cora from the mill inside the clock tower in hopes that she’ll be able to convince Zelena to leave Hades and join the good guys. But Cora has other ideas. Her plan: make Zelena forget Hades entirely by having her drink from the River of Forgetfulness.
So, Zelena finally gets what she’s been dreaming about all her life: a one-on-one moment with the mother who abandoned her. Yes, there are tears. And yes, there’s sweet sorrowful music playing. But most importantly, Cora realizes that her true unfinished business is that she never got to be a real mother to either of her daughters. And Though she truly means it, Zelena knows that Cora’s been distracting her so that Regina can poison her into forgetting. Things get heated — literally, FIREBALLS — until Cora pulls out the proverbial trump card. She reveals that the girls really did know how to be sisters and take care of each other, once upon a time…
In flashbacks, Regina had fallen fatally ill after she found Harry Potter’s, err, I mean, her mother’s wand in drawer and the magic backfires. The only way she can be cured is with the magic of a family member, which forces Cora back to Oz to find the daughter she left behind to save the one she groomed to be queen. She brings Zelena home to the Enchanted Forest and, voila, Regina is not only saved, but now she has a new friend. Quickly they bond, the two lonely girls who longed for friends, and it doesn’t take them long to learn they’re in fact sisters. But when they confront her about it, Cora immediately has their memories wiped, and sends Zelena back to Oz. Cora believed love is weakness — until now.
While Regina deals with her family drama, David is finally confronted by his twin brother James. — sorry, Prince James, who proceeds to stun him, kidnap him, and steal his life, just as he felt his brother did to him after he died. He starts by tricking Emma into leading him out to the woods to find Robin Hood, who has been hiding and protecting his daughter from Hades. Well, consider that plan a failure, as who should show up to help James kidnap the child, but Cruella. After she gives Emma the bitch slap she kinda deserves for killing her, James points a gun at Robin’s head and demands the child to barter their freedom out of the Underworld.
With the baby in hand, James is ready to kill both Emma and Robin by forcing them off the docks and into the River of Souls. Thankfully, David arrives just in time,having been rescued by Hook (yess!), but his twin brother is in no way ready to make amends. As James puts it, killing David is his unfinished business. The pair fight, ultimately to the death, as David, in attempt to protect himself from James stabbing him with a concealed knife, flings his brother over the edge of the dock, into the river, sentencing him to death. By the look on his face, it’s an act that’s not going to sit well with Prince Charming moving forward.
With her daughters together at last, Cora is free to ‘cross over’ into the light and find peace. As she leaves her girls behind, Regina encourages her sister to appeal to Hades love for her and try to save them all as she planned. With Regina’s blessing, Zelena rushes to be with Hades, but is confronted by none other than Rumplestiltskin and — surprise — Peter Pan, who kidnap Zelena to get back at Hades.
Well, Hollywoodlifers, what did you think? Were you shocked that David killed his own brother? Were you hoping to have more twin action going forward? And what do you think is going to happen when Hades finds out his true love has been kidnapped?!