So, Once Upon A Time returns after a 2 week hiatus to prep us for a 3 month hiatus that is coming up in a few weeks!
We begin the episode with Rumpy and Dairy Queen discussing the curse that is going to engulf the town at sunset, because why cast an instant curse when you can give our heroes hours upon hours to try to stop your curse? Rumpy says that it will bring out the darkness in everyone, and I wonder if it will make the already dark people even darker, because what would that look like?
Anyway, Rumpy has allegedly found a loophole in this curse. If DQ will spare Henry and Belle and allow the 3 of them to leave town, he will not rip her heart out. How is that a loophole, exactly? Not that it matters, because she agrees to this. Can you guys imagine that as a spin-off, though? Henry, Gold, and Belle living life outside of Storybrooke, Mr. Gold getting scared of planes and airport security like that time they went to New York? Belle would find out about Kindles and go crazy downloading every book ever, Gold would have to get a real job since owning a pawn shop wouldn't support them, and Henry would just break the 4th wall every week to give us a look that says "They're so wacky!" while shrugging his shoulders. Someone get on that!
Meanwhile, the only townsfolk that count anymore are watching this new curse approach the town with binoculars instead of trying to buy enough goggles to keep them all safe from the eyeball curse because that is how our heroes roll. I will say that this curse is quite pretty to look at. Charming says that they should get everyone into the mines and Regina says "It's magic. It doesn't care about ceilings." She is probably right, but what about goggles? Does magic that specifically has to enter your eyeball care about goggles? Alex is more amused that Regina figured out just by looking at it that it would arrive at sundown.
Emma makes the genius suggestion that they leave town. I mean, it's not like there is a giant wall of ice that is keeping everyone in town, right? Oh, there is? Oh, my bad. Yeah, Emma, giant ice wall. This does not stop our heroes from deciding that maybe they can climb over the great big ice wall. OK, a few things:
*Why didn't you think of this before a specifically timed curse was cast upon your town? Don't you realize that there will always be a specifically timed curse coming at your town and you should have a way out when that happens?
*Don't you have an actual giant living in your town somewhere? Why can't you go find him and just have him smash the wall?
So, Charming attempts to climb the wall, and Alex and I get very excited for some potential head trauma. Alex actually says "I bet as soon as he touches it with the ax, he falls off." and BOOM! As soon as he touches it with the ax, he gets thrown from the wall. He does not hit his head though, so it isn't a total victory. Elsa finds Anna's necklace that I totally forgot that she lost, and Emma freaks out like the wall came to life and tried to eat them or something. Calm down, Emma!
It is at this point that I realized that Snow doesn't have her baby with her. Who has Neal? Don't even say Belle because come on! There is a curse that will make people tear each other apart and you left Neal with a sitter? I know you own a stroller, Snow! It doesn't matter because this is apparently an excellent time for Emma and Regina to bicker over who Henry will go with when they all split up to do their hero stuff. Really, guys? Elsa points out that she and Emma are immune, but Regina says that she thinks Henry would be safer with her. I briefly lost my train of thought because my brain melted at the stupidity of Regina thinking that Henry would be safer with a cursed dark magic user than a light magic user who is immune to the curse.
So, what was the thought I lost track of? They should use frozen Marian and throw her at the wall until it breaks. Who's with me???
The title screen has a sunken ship and the bottle with the message in it! Are they finally getting the message??? Spoiler: Yes and no. I mean, better late than never, right?
Belle helpfully tells us that the curse is pretty much unstoppable, but since Belle is a moron lately, I am not taking her word for it. She does say that they can reverse the effects of the spell/create a vaccine if they have someone who has already been under the spell. Well, how wonderful is it that Anna has already been under the spell and that we have her necklace back and can now track her down!!! Lucky for all of us that Charming frequently gets thrown off of things, isn't it? I am guessing that no one would have followed my plan of throwing Marian directly into the path of the curse, then have one of our immune people go in and pluck a strand of her frozen hair off her frozen head to make the remedy/vaccine.
Anyfailedplan, Elsa says that they can find Anna now with her necklace, and Alex yells "She doesn't know the spell!!!" I point out that it is a potion and by now, Rumpy must have made gallons of it since someone gets lost at least 3 times a season. Belle notices that there are still shards of glass embedded in the necklace, and not a single one of these idiots says that she should pull some of those shards out so that the magic users can work with an actual piece of the curse itself while they use the rest of the necklace to try to locate Anna. This will end up being a problem later, too. I mean....I just....
Anymorons, Emma points out that she was time travelling when she brought Elsa here, which really shouldn't matter because you were also time travelling when you brought Marian here, and look how well that turned out. Elsa insists that Anna is fine, and doesn't care how old Anna is now, like any of them ever age. I said to Alex that it would be hysterical if Anna was Granny, and he said it would be, but Granny is an original character, so she isn't. I knew that already.
We flashback to Arendelle, which is currently unfreezing. I am pretty sure Anna said "Holy cats, that's cold!", proving once again that she is my spirit animal. If they get rid of Anna after this whole Frozen storyline plays out, I will be bummed. She really is my OUAT representative as much as Henry is Alex's. Everyone is gone except newly unfrozen Kristoff(who I kept calling Fritz for some reason). Anna finds a piece of gold straw and immediately figures out that Rumpy was there because Anna is the smartest person on this show. Anyone who talks that much and that fast is bound to say the correct thing far more often than anyone else.
Unfortunately, Hans(he is Hans, right? The stupid guy who was in the closet?) is also unfrozen now, and he is going to rule Arendelle, which didn't even make sense in the movie, but whatever. Obviously they get outsmarted by Anna and Kristoff, and they escape.
Back in the present, Hook is watching the curse through his telescope from the docks when even more ice wall pops up in the water. Excuse me, but WHAT?????? The ice wasn't preventing them from leaving on a boat??? How much time has passed since they knew this curse was coming? Not a single one of these people thought to get on a ship and leave?? I know Hook sold the Jolly Roger, but I am pretty sure that there are other ships because what would the point of a dock be otherwise? Actually, there is another ship because Hook sold the Jolly Roger to get back to our world and Emma, and was teaching Henry to sail after they got back to Storybrooke!
This is what is happening in my mind right now!
Anyidiots, Hook and Rumpy have the weirdest talk in the history of their talks, wherein Hook says that Rumpy has his heart. I know he physically has his heart, but that is still a weird thing to say to anyone you are not dating, or even anyone on this show because you never know when it is literally the truth. Rumpy informs Hook that Granny's Diner has been converted into a temporary hive for the vilest of creatures. He means fairies, and by fairies, he means one fairy we know and like 5 that we have never even seen before. I will get to that later. Rumpy would like Hook to take the Fantasia Hat and suck up all the fairies after he gets Belle out of there. I am not completely sure I get why Rumpy is doing this. He doesn't seem to have enough of a beef with anyone in town to be more willing to allow them all to destroy each other than to just sneak up on Ingrid and suck her into the hat. Just because Belle seems to have come down with a fatal case of idiot doesn't mean Henry has. He is going to figure out that his grandfather could have stopped the curse that destroyed the rest of his family, he will tell Belle, and they will both turn on him and leave him. It just seems like less of a risk to suck up the person who cast the curse and, if possible, the curse itself to gain the power to break free of the dagger's control.
Even Hook is all WTF, why would you destroy the cure that the fairies are working on? Rumpy is all NMP, I am taking Belle and Henry and leaving. When Hook asks what about Emma and everyone else, Rumpy says he doesn't have time for everyone else. You have until sunset for everyone else! You would have plenty of time to suck Dairy Queen up into the hat, and then maybe come up with a counter-curse like Regina did when your stupid father cast his curse last season! So he says "If I have to choose between everyone else and me, me always wins." which I am pretty sure is not grammatically correct, but I am not an evil idiot who is supposed to be the brains of the group, so what do I know?
During the commercial break, I look for more fun reaction gifs for this blog and find one of the Angry Video Game Nerd that involves him ripping his boxers off with his teeth, and it had us both mystified. I noticed that the voice recorder on my phone has an option to skip silence, but Alex and I don't know how to shut up, and we turn the TV up loud enough that the mic will pick it up so that I can hear it during playback, so it is a moot point to have that option. We contemplate how this whole thing will blow up in Rumpy's face, and also figured out that if the curse actually hit the town in this episode, it would be right at the end, since next week's episode is called Shattered Sight. Turns out that I was right. Also, I miss Fred Burkle, Professional Fairy. Sorry, Amy Acker, you will always be Fred to me. Coincidentally, our pizza delivery guy from Dominos tonight was named Fred. I can't even remember what the name of her fairy was, and Alex can't remember that episode at all.
Back from the break, Regina and Henry find Robin and his Merry Men and Merry Child to warn them of the approaching curse. Robin yells for Will Scarlet, who is surprisingly sober and not hugging any books! Imposter! I don't even know what else happened in this scene, because Alex said "Will, I summon thee!" and I started wondering why Will doesn't summon or call upon the White Rabbit, have him open a portal to Wonderland, and then have everyone except Rumpy and Dairy Queen go through the portal! BAM! Episode over, 15 minutes in! Then I looked at the clock and saw that it was exactly 8:15, and I freaked myself out because I seriously didn't know that we were 15 minutes in exactly. But seriously, I watched Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, and I know that the White Rabbit brought Will to Storybrooke at one point during that show, and I am just guessing that he brought him here this time as well, because Wonderland exists outside of the Enchanted Forest, and is therefore not effected by the curses cast upon it. Also, we don't see any other Wonderland characters floating. We don't exactly see actual characters from this show floating around town either, but still. I think that Will has a way to summon that rabbit. Alex said that the season would end right here, and season 4a is ending soon anyway, so why not have Wonderland be 4b?
I started paying attention again when Regina and Robin started kissing and hugging each other, and then I noticed someone's underwear was hanging on the clothesline in the background. Ha!
Our BlondeEs(get it? Emma and Elsa are both blondes whose names start with E? Blondies? BlondeEs?) are using the tracking potion on Anna's necklace, and Elsa is asking how it works. I momentarily thought that Elsa was a complete moron because she just used that tracking spell ONE EPISODE AGO on Emma's scarf, but then I realized that this was the other tracking spell. They have one that makes the object fly through the air in front of you, and they have this one, which causes the object to glow brighter the closer you get to who or what you are looking for. Sorry, Elsa! You are not a complete moron!
This tracking spell also seems to emit a high-pitched noise the closer you get, and I don't know if that is an actual thing, or if the sound effect is just there to let you know when the degree of light changes. It hurts my head either way. The necklace leads them to the library, and Elsa says that she already looked there, and Emma and I are both all "Oh, honey, you have no idea." Weird is the word Emma uses. I guess Elsa missed the weird elevator that seemingly no longer requires 2 people to operate it. Doesn't that elevator lead to Maleficent? Because it is going to take them to the mines, not to Maleficent. This does let me know that Anna will not be found in the hospital, so I am bummed.
Back in Arendelle(I am not entirely sure that this is a flashback at this point, but this doesn't come up until later), Anna and Kristoff are talking about things. Kristoff is not thrilled about going up against an evil wizard, and Anna is all "I never said he was evil!", again further proving that she is actually me. He is evil, I just never SAID he was. She then said that she was looking through her mother's journal looking for clues and found something about a wishing star. She is hoping that they can use it to wish Elsa back to them. I mean, she is on to something there, but that is also for later. A pirate has this star, so they have to choose between wizard or pirate. Anna speaks for me when she says "Pirates are better than wizards." That is always the rule, unless you consider the Doctor to be a wizard like some people do. That is when it becomes a difficult choice.
Back in the Mines Where Nothing Good Happens, Emma and Elsa are following the necklace. What good things ever come from the mines? Belle's father tried to send her under the town line so she would forget her love for Rumpy, Henry got kidnapped by Dumb and Dumber, Belle poured that spell that put a magic barrier around the town that still let the Hipster Darlings into town, Regina or Rumpy stole all of the fairy dust that the dwarfs had been mining, etc. They come upon a wall that probably wasn't there before, and the necklace is glowing very brightly, so Anna must be on the other side. You know what is on the other side of that wall? Bull is what. Emma seems to be of the opinion that the ice earthquake built that wall instead of just caving in the mines entirely. Elsa says she can move it, and Emma tells her that their last cave in wasn't that much fun, and she would like to avoid another one.
Off to commercials! The first commercial had that one with all of the floppy headed people in a van that looks like the way they portray Canadians on South Park. It was this exact commercial that made me glad that we don't live stream our audio, because words come out of my mouth faster than they do through my fingertips, and I can't even imagine the trouble I could cause with my randomness.
I also started ranting about Will Scarlet and the White Rabbit. Is John Lithgow not available? Did they not think of it? Just don't have the rabbit talk, since it is not like he ever said anything profound anyway. Also, you have Will! Let him dig a hole through the beach to Wonderland or at least China! They could always find out if Robin is willing to die for a good cause and let Regina cast a curse to take them back to the Enchanted Forest. Alex pointed out that she would have to work Emma and Henry into the spell somehow or they would get left behind again. Then I realized that even if she could cast that curse, her curse might bring DQ's curse with them. Then I went back to say that there is absolutely no reason that Will Scarlet can't call that stupid rabbit to open a portal to Wonderland. Wouldn't Regina technically be royalty there as well, since Cora was the Queen of Hearts? I mean, Wonderland isn't great because I don't remember if Jafar is still running around, and there is that forest that makes people feel content to become trees, but it is better than being cursed. Also, where is the Mad Hatter??? I know he has that "2 people enter, 2 people leave" thing happening, but he could go through the hat, grab the rabbit, bring the rabbit back, and then the rabbit could open the portal. There wasn't a body count limit on the portal, so he lets everyone but Rumpy and Dairy Queen in, those 2 destroy each other, and boom! Problem solved, everyone goes home. Why do I have to think of everything?
Even the Mad Hatter agrees with me!
Anna and Kristoff come upon Blackbeard, and didn't he die? I guess not. I really thought he had to walk the plank, though. Anyway, they want to buy the wishing star from him. Blackbeard wants his weight in gold for the star. Anna is totally ready to buy it, but it turns out that this was all a trap set by Hans and his Not-So-Merry Men.
In the library, the gang is looking to see what is behind that wall in the mines, and Regina says something about the mayor paying attention to infrastructure, and Snow snaps that when the only villain the mayor has to worry about is herself, she can probably get more work done. She got you there, Regina. Leroy thinks that if they are careful, they can get through the wall in a few hours. Regina correctly points out that they don't have a few hours, and that it would be sunset by the time the munchkins could clear the wall. Leroy says "Dwarfs, sister." in the most serious tone of voice. Ha!
Charming gets a call from Belle at the Diner, and says that they can make the remedy without finding Anna. How? By doing the exact thing that I suggest at least 20 minutes ago and using the dust from the necklace! This will allegedly destroy the necklace. So, no one in town owns a pair of tweezers to gently remove the glass then? Now, I know that the pendant is an important plot point, but not a single one of these people thought that they could use the pendant for the antidote and use the chain to find Anna. Not one! I would also like to point out that, for someone who was so insistent on keeping Henry with her to keep him safe, Regina has opted to leave him somewhere else instead of with her and the 2 people immune to the curse.
Anydummies, Regina says that it could take days to search through the tunnels. Really? Because they could just follow the necklace to that spot again and let Regina poof to the other side of the wall, couldn't they?
Over at Granny's House of Fairies, something is bothering me about Hook, but I can't quite pinpoint the problem. Is his hair different? Does his face look thinner? Is he not wearing as much guyliner? I really don't know, but something is off. It isn't important. Rumpy and Hook go inside, and while Rumpy asks for his wife, Hook hides. I initially thought that he was gunning for a specific fairy, but he isn't.
Back at Braintrust Book Imporium, the gang is trying to figure out what to do. Do they look for Anna, or do they give the necklace to the fairies? I honestly thought that Elsa had left while they were all bickering. I would have. They have decided that they must act for the good of the town and give the necklace to the fairies, and I still thought Elsa hightailed it out of there, so I was giggling. Then I saw that she was still there, and Emma went to break the news to her, but we don't get to hear what she says. This will be confusing for a bit because of that. Alex suddenly said "Wait, where did I(meaning Henry) go?" I said that he wasn't with that group, and he said that Henry went with Regina, who is there without Henry. Maybe she left him with Robin Hood? I don't have time to focus on that because after their talk, Elsa gets back in the elevator which should take her to Maleficent but takes her to the mine instead, and I thought she still had the necklace, so I was confused. The elevator won't take anyone to Granny's.
Commercials! A Weight Watchers commercial tells us that we should eat a snack no matter what mood we are in. Good advice, Weight Watchers! They forgot to add the line "If your whole town is being consumed by a curse, eat a snack!" Then I realized that they might become cannibals and eat each other for a snack. Alex said it is definitely a good thing we don't live stream our audio. I might someday just to see what happens.
After the break, we are at Granny's House of Fairies, and Emma hands the bag with the necklace over. Except the necklace isn't in there, because Elsa put some rocks in the bag and kept the necklace.
Our characters were surprised a bit. Regina is not pleased by this turn of events. It will be too late by the time they could get back with the necklace. I can't even focus on how stupid they all were for not thinking to take some of the glass from the beginning because I am now focused on the fact that Fred Burkle, Professional Fairy and Tinkerbell are nowhere to be found. 97% of the population of this town are nowhere to be seen in this episode, but if you have a story involving fairies and Granny's, maybe throw in all of your fairies, Granny, and Ruby.
Regina says "Time for a hope speech? Believing in blind faith?" and Snow says "Elsa's blind faith is what is screwing us right now!" Woah! Regina says "Coming from you, that is terrifying." Preach, sister! That is scary, right there. Emma decides to go help Elsa look for Anna, like that will do even a lick of good at this point. All it will do is add one more immune person to the mix, and it will be with the mix of people who don't know how to do the reversal spell.
Emma finds Elsa, and some nonsense is going to happen here, so brace yourselves. Elsa creates some kind of ice tornado drill thing to get through the wall, and I thought it would be funny if she tunneled a hole through poor Anna, but no. On the other side of this wall is the beach. I'm sorry, but no. The mines are UNDERGROUND, the beach is not. The beach is not outside the mines, it just isn't. Plus, that wall was newish, so shouldn't more mines be behind the wall? The necklace is still glowing, but since we have hit the beach that was in the mine, it means that the search is over(I did start singing right there).
We return to Anna and Kristoff, and I wondered if Anna was still on the pirate ship. This is the beginning of a sequence that made me question if this was a flashback. Blackbeard tells Anna that she looks like her mother when she is angry. It turns out that Anna's parents already bought the wishing star. Anna doesn't believe him, because she thinks that they would have used it to take Elsa's powers away. They did not know that the star could only be used by those with pure hearts! So, Goku is the only one who can use it?
Anna is now broke because Hans will be king and he spent the morning rolling around in the royal treasury. Anna is all "You rolled around on gold bars? Eww, and ouch!" She is my favorite! It doesn't matter though, because where they are going, they won't need money. Anna asks where might that be, and I thought he would say Davy Jones' Locker, but he says death. Kristoff says that he doesn't think death is a place. Ok, I kind of love him too.
During the commercials, I discover that there is an audio option on the Tumblr dashboard, which panics Alex. It doesn't live stream, but I could upload the file on my phone if it is up to 10 mb. This episode was 140.5 mb, so that's not gonna happen. Also, Skeletor wants me to buy a Honda. That's not gonna happen either.
After the break, we are back with Anna. They have sailed to the spot where her parents' ship went down. Now she can have her last regrets in the same place her mother did. Yay? They bring out a trunk, which they are curious about. Blackbeard once had a rival who made him walk the plank(ha! I knew it!), but he was rescued by a mermaid. The trunk will ensure that they die without interference. I am pretty sure mermaids can open a trunk, but whatever. The important info in this scene is that the ship they are on is the Jolly Roger. So, this can't be a flashback, right? If Blackbeard was already made to walk the plank of the Jolly Roger by Hook, that means that this is taking place after Hook sold the Jolly Roger to return to Emma after the last curse. The next few scenes seem to confirm that this is Arendelle in the present. Hans also mentions that Elsa was imprisoned in the urn 30 years ago. Anna is shocked that they were frozen for 30 years. I think that once Elsa was freed from the urn, everything unfroze in Arendelle, or maybe even once the 3 blonde magic users became bound by those ribbons, as both are fairly recent events. It could even be that once Ingrid was focused on this new curse, the magic holding Arendelle in a frozen state was no longer maintained, and that is how they unfroze.
Anna starts babbling about what they need to do now, but they slam the trunk lid down and throw her and Kristoff overboard. We cut to the beach where Elsa still has faith that she can find Anna. The necklace suddenly stops glowing, and I wonder why she doesn't back up a step to see if she gets the signal back. We cut to the trunk in the water, where Kristoff is using a nail to try to free himself from the rope binding his hands. Alex says that this is the past, but I am pretty sure he is wrong. Since we cut back to Elsa again, I am pretty confident that all of this is in the present. The necklace was the last gift she ever gave Anna, and Emma feels so bad for her, but thinks they need to go. Elsa is devastated that she will never know what happened to Anna.
Back in the trunk, Kristoff is still trying to free himself, and Anna looks so wrecked. I wonder what his plan is once his hands are free since they are still locked in a trunk. He gets his hands free, and then frees Anna's. She starts saying that she takes him as her husband, and he says that they can't get married unless they are out of the trunk. Let her have her dream, it's not like it would be legally binding!
Elsa is still upset on the beach. She says she still has faith that she will find her, because she is out there somewhere. She says "I just wish..." and it was then that I realized that Anna's necklace had been the wishing star all along! Ok, that is pretty genius. Elsa wishes that Anna was there with. Too bad we couldn't wish that curse away, but then my spirit animal would drown. This is a pretty slow acting wish, and for a moment, I seriously thought that Anna would appear on the beach and poor Kristoff would be left alone to drown in the trunk. Actually, I said that I was afraid that Fritz would drown. Was there even a Fritz in Frozen? Thankfully, the whole trunk emerges from beneath the water. Did it get moved to Storybrooke when Elsa made the wish or was it already there?
The sisters are overjoyed to be reunited, and it is such a touching moment. I am confused as to how they got the wishing star in the first place. If their parents got it on the voyage that killed them, how did it end up with Anna and Elsa? Did her mother buy the star before going to see Rumpy, realize that only one with a pure heart could use it, and give it to the girls, and then set off on another quest to remove Elsa's powers? I am a tad confused. I asked how they could have gotten the necklace and not the message in the bottle, and immediately the bottle popped up from under the water. Dude.
Commercials. Alex and I discuss the wibbly wobbly timey wimey nature of this bottle, and further discuss the necklace. Alex said that the parents must have sent it in the bottle, but I told him again that they never got the bottle! I said that the letter probably said that they found a way to take Elsa's magic, but decided not to because they loved her just the way she was, or some similar Disney-esque thing like that.
Also, Alex and I want to play Disney Infinity.
Back from our last commercial break, Rumpy is trying to get Belle to leave with him, and I realized that Hook was waiting for them to get out so that he could suck up all the fairies. Once the coast is clear, Hook starts sucking up fairies in the Fantasia Hat by Dyson. How is this even possible? Why did Regina, Snow, and Charming leave? Emma was the only one who was supposed to leave to go get Elsa. Why on earth would the other powerful magic user leave when she could possibly help the fairies figure the antidote out? Where is the logic?
So, fairies are getting Hoovered up and screaming, and Mother Superior/Blue hides. I spent a good chunk of this scene yelling at her. "Hide! No, don't crawl out from behind the counter! No, just hide! Don't crawl out, just hide! Stay right there....good girl. He'll think he got you and leave. No, you idiot, don't start crawling again! Ahhh, see, if she just listened to me......."
Emma is coming around the corner and I fear that Hook will get caught, but Hook knows how to hide behind a counter, unlike a certain Blue fairy. They believe that the Snow Queen has disappeared the fairies, and now they know they are in trouble. The camera pans down to a crying Hook, like crying will help the situation.
Rumpy takes Belle to the pawn shop and is going to seal her in, and tells her that they must separate. He claims that being the Dark One might make him immune from the spell, but it could still hurt him, or maybe she could hurt him. I call shennanigans regardless. If he is immune, Regina should be immune. The spell he uses to seal Belle in will keep anyone from getting in the shop after her. He gives her a hug, and for once, Belle's face looks like she thinks something might be up.
Hook gives Rumpy the Box, and wonders if they are done. Of course they aren't! Rumpy needs insurance and to torture Hook for awhile longer. By morning, everything will be over, including Hook's life.
Emma brings Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff to the police station because Charming has a plan. When Emma tries to find out what the plan is, Charming is all "Kristoff?" and Kristoff is all "David?" and they bond over their haircuts, because it isn't like a curse is rolling in or anything. Charming introduces his family, and Anna is dying to know why their daughter is their age, but that will have to wait for another day. Snow and Charming want Emma to lock them in jail cells and take the baby. That should go well. They also handcuff Kristoff to the desk, which does not appear to be bolted to the floor, so I am already picturing him dragging that desk down the street next week.
Hook shows up to see Emma one more time before he chains himself to the dock for the good of all. Emma gives him a kiss goodbye, and after he leaves, she touches her lips with a look that says "I'm gonna put a pin in that because something is off, but I don't have time now." I think it would be equally funny if the girls with the yellow bracelets are not immune, and Emma has the baby.
Henry has popped back into the episode from parts unknown to go to Regina's office.....er...former office. Regina plans to put a seal over the office, which will lock Henry in, but more importantly, everyone else will be locked out. I keep yelling "Good idea! Do it NOW!!! Before Rumpy shows up! Get a move on it!" Alex tries to argue that Rumpy's magic is probably stronger than hers and he could undo it, but I say that she would probably use blood magic for this. She puts up the barrier and Henry is safe.
Robin takes this opportunity to show up and Regina freaks out that he has to leave. Robin is going to chain himself to a tree. Who has the keys to all of these locks that people are using? What if Elsa and Emma aren't immune and leave people chained/locked up while they destroy things? Regina is going to seal herself in her vault, and Robin thinks that it is to keep people out, but it is actually to keep herself in. Um....what? How can you magically seal yourself with your own magic? Can't you also undo that magic? Who is that protecting?
Charming and Snow hold hands through the bars, and Charming says that no magic is strong enough to break the bond that they have. I beg to differ. We get a last look at all of our major players in their positions, most of them alone, before the curse hits. The beautiful curse rolls ever closer, and I continue to wonder why no one is at least experimenting with goggles, or at least closing their eyes and covering their face. Emma at least closes her eyes and ducks down to cover baby Neal's face. The glass enters Snow and Charming's eyes, and the music stops. They unlink their hands and just look at each other, backing away. A quiet beat hits the soundtrack and we are done. There was a whole storm of stupid in this episode, but that moment played out perfectly.
Next week, the curse has hit and all of these people who are supposed to be securely sealed or locked up are out, so way to plan, people. I think the guy says that there is one more episode until the winter finale, but Alex and I were busy being flabbergasted that people escaped from things they shouldn't have been able to escape.
Ok, we have a ton of questions and theories.
How do they get out? Who lets them out if everyone is chained to something?
Does Regina let herself out? She is in her Evil Queen garb, which I hope just happens instantaneously. Just poof, curse, awesome wardrobe.
Who let Snow out of her jail cell? Alex says Regina possibly, but that doesn't seem likely. If you have your mortal enemy in a jail cell where they are helpless, why would you let them out? I am betting that Charming has an extra set of keys on him, and they just forgot about them in all of the excitement. Maybe Snow inflicts some head trauma upon him, grabs the keys, and lets herself out. Maybe they pretended that they weren't effected by the curse so that Emma would let them out.
Who lets Henry out? It has to have been Regina. Alex said that it looks like Hook was going in, so maybe he used the Hat to suck up the magic keeping Henry in. I said that if the Hat can do that, I have to believe that it could have sucked up the curse to begin with. Alex said that Rumpy has it, but I told him that the last person holding the Hat was Hook, when he Hoovered up the fairies. Alex said that Rumpy would kill Hook if he sucked up the curse, and I wondered what it would matter if it gave him enough power to be free of the dagger.
What about all of the other characters that nobody bothered to mention? What about Doctor Hopper, who knows all of their secrets, or Granny, who is skilled with a crossbow? What about Ruby, who can become a wolf? What about all of the children who are not Henry, and all of the other babies? Is King WhatsHisFace still running around? Charming's adoptive dad who is fantastic at gathering together mobs with pitchforks and fire?
Is this curse bound to the mind with their darkest thoughts, or their hearts with their emotions? If it is tied to the heart, would that make someone like Hook, who doesn't have his heart, immune? Did Will ever get his heart back at the end of Wonderland? Would the curse effect Henry even if Rumpy didn't ask for him to be spared since he has the Heart of the Truest Believer?
What if Ingrid doesn't spare the people that Rumpy requested? She didn't seem all that scared of him when he initially threatened to rip out her heart, so it could be that she said that she would do that to keep him out of her way, and also to ensure that he would try to keep the others from creating a cure, because even Rumpy says that he does not make good choices.
*Hook will be found out, and it will take Emma time to trust him again.
*We will learn that either sassy Regina let herself out, or Rumpy did it for the funsies.
*Charming will take on one more instance of head trauma before the hiatus.
I wrote a lot more, but the window crashed again, and seeing as this was the 6th time this happened, I am done. We will see you Wednesday for Arrow.