A woman’s work is never done, so it’s no surprise the ladies jump to the front and center of this week’s episode. Jasmine is tasked with bringing in Aladdin to save her land from Jafar. The Evil Queen is tasked with being a devious inspiration for Zelena, and of course, Emma is just tasked with saving everything good in the world. No big deal.
And that red bird we saw last time? All bets are pointing to it being Iago, and he’s not just causing problems in Aladdin’s world, but in Emma’s as well. As Emma chases Iago through the woods, she and Archie stumble across a woman who seems to be poisoned in the same way the Hand Maiden was. And then, of course, they find Jasmine running through the woods, terrified.
Emma and Hook bring her in, and she promises she’s innocent. The girl who died was helping her find Aladdin, or as she loved to call him, “The Savior.” Emma is SHOCKED. Meanwhile, Archie returns to his office where the Evil Queen is waiting on him — she wants to discuss Emma Swan, which is against all kinds of HIPAA standards. Archie is kind of awful at patient-therapist confidentiality, but he holds strong against the Evil Queen. Alas, she turns herself into Archie’s clone, determined to find the answers she wants on her own.
Zelena takes real Archie and holds him captive, while poor Emma falls right into the Evil Queen’s trap and tells not-Archie about the new Savior. And speaking of that new Savior, we flash back to Jasmine and Aladdin wandering through the desert together, arguing almost the entire way through. Aladdin sees her as nothing more than a selfish princess and she sees him as whiney (or as I like to call it: marriage). They do manage to find the Cave of Wonders, though. Sarcastically, he screams, “OPEN SESAME!” and turns around to mock Jasmine’s story she presented to him — but suddenly, the door opens up.
Back in Storybrooke, Emma meets up with her family and Hook to talk to them about the new Savior, but that’s when not-Archie appears to force Emma into revealing her visions about her death. It pushes her to find Aladdin — if he can live as a Savior, maybe she can, too. Like most big secrets revealed in families, it causes quite a stir. Regina is hurt, of course. It’s probably some variation of her under that cloak because old habits die hard, ya know? But Regina leaves to try and solve it — she tells Emma to meet her at the graveyard.
Meanwhile, in flashbacks, Aladdin and Jasmine have broken into the Cave of Wonders to steal the Diamond in the Rough that Jasmine was looking for, but as soon as they do, the diamond disintegrates and the cave begins to rumble. A column begins to fall on them, but Aladdin uses magic to stop it: He’s the new Savior, and being the Savior comes with some pretty swell perks. But in Storybrooke’s present, Jasmine doesn’t know much about the fate of Aladdin, and she’s feeling pretty bad about putting him in the Savior line of fire.
You know what else comes with being in the Savior line of fire? Getting questioned by your mom about lying. But they’re interrupted when they discover that Archie’s earlier presence was a little suspect.
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