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'Once Upon a Time' recap: 'Dark Waters'

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ABC/Jack Rowand

Once Upon a Time

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla
Fantasy, Drama

You know how family gets on your nerves sometimes, but you love them regardless, so you stick by them? That only applies most of the time on Once Upon a Time. On certain occasions, you stab them or leave your city to be swept up in a sandstorm or worse, hide their scissors. That probably doesn’t make a lot of sense, so let’s go back and recap tonight’s episode:

In a flashback on Hook’s ship, a detractor appears among the ranks. Hook demands he be brought to justice, but just as he’s about to send a sword through him, a “sea monster” appears from below the ship. The detractor says it’s not a sea monster and pushes Hook into the water, jumping after him and saying he’s saving his life. We flash back to the real world, with Hook still holding the Savior shears in Emma’s garage. Outside, Henry runs into the Evil Queen, who takes no time to reveal Hook has kept the shears. Henry is definitely distraught. Hook goes out to look for Henry and realizes the shears, and Henry, are gone.

Regina goes to speak with the Evil Queen and Zelena, but it’s not just for a chat about exposing Emma’s secret. Snow and David are inside, setting Archie free. Zelena hears her baby crying and runs inside, but Archie is already gone. In town, Aladdin and Jasmine are catching up, but Jasmine keeps ruining things by bringing up this Agrabah business and Aladdin is not interested in being a Savior again. He’s more interested in his old ways, as Emma catches him breaking into a car. She takes Aladdin on a drive to have a little chat about Storybrooke and what kind of silly things a Savior might do under pressure of responsibility…like slamming your car into the Storybrooke sign. Aladdin asks what he can do to redeem himself for all that happened in Agrabah, and Emma asks him what happened because that’s the best place to start.

Flashing back again, we see Hook has been taken aboard the Nautilus, and his detractor? Captain Nemo. And his big advice to Hook is that the biggest thing he’s missing in life is family. Hook tells Nemo he’ll never understand what the Dark One took from him, but Nemo assures him he does. They can’t seem to see eye to eye, but Nemo tells Hook he has a mission for him — by the time it’s done, he’ll see the ship is where he belongs. In real time, Hook has chased Henry down to the dock, where Henry confronts him about the shears. They’re interrupted, though, when the Nautilus appears from the sea.

Hook tells Henry to run because the captain wants to see Hook. They’re taken aboard the ship anyway, down into the harbor where there’s a surprisingly wide variety of tropical fish for a town called Storybrooke. Then again, why question it, ya know? Once underwater, Henry goes full-on teenager and again calls out Hook for what he’s done, blaming him for this ship nonsense… And you know what? He’s not totally wrong.

We flash back to Hook and Nemo’s mission, where Hook has a chance to talk to some of Nemo’s men. One explains that when he lost his whole family, Nemo saved his life, and he’ll forever be indebted to him. The trio comes across the treasure, and Hook seems extremely unimpressed by the mission. He tries to run but is nearly killed by a sea monster. Captain Nemo saves his life and reminds Hook… He is in the family now.

NEXT: Shears for fears


The Evil Queen and Rumple meet up, and despite her flirting, Rumple is here for business. He tells her the no. 1 rule is not to take what’s his. What is he talking about? Those shears. The Evil Queen deduces he wants to use them to protect Belle and the baby, but the Evil Queen is quick to let him know those shears are gone, just like everything he loves in his life. So shady.

Back under the water, Hook and Henry talk about how Hook killed his father and left his brother, Liam, an orphan. That’s why he cares about keeping family together. With that, we flash back to Hook’s first round on the Nautilus. Nemo opens the treasure chest to reveal a key. The key is to an island where Hook will never have to sail the open sea again. While Nemo explains that wonderful world, Hook notices a knife belonging to Nemo’s first mate…whose father was killed… Okay, yeah, let’s just say it. It’s Hook’s brother. That’s when we come back to reality (again), where Hook suits up Henry to get off that ship. Hook tells him he’s not getting off the ship. Henry is naturally upset, but Hook says he has to get back to Emma with those shears. And just as Henry departs, Liam appears with that knife.

If Liam’s animosity weren’t clear enough, we get another flashback, showing the moment Liam finds out about Hook while he attempts to escape. Nemo begs Liam to stop and not fight like this, but Liam can’t be convinced, so he lunges at Hook with the knife, sending it right into Nemo’s gut. CLASSIC LIAM. After screaming at him about the deaths of his father and Nemo, Liam attempts to cut Hook’s throat, but Henry appears and tells him to stop. Liam — not the most focused in a crisis — pauses, allowing Hook to fight him off. Henry comes back because he doesn’t want to ruin a family either, so he and Hook decide together to get rid of the shears, putting them in the chest that once contained the key to the island.

Deciding to work on another family in peril, Aladdin brings Jasmine some tea (presumably jasmine, because, duh). He’s ready to be in her life again and be the Savior. The problem is Jasmine hasn’t told him one big piece of information: Agrabah is actually gone. It disappeared post-sandstorm, and if that’s not a Savior-worthy mission, what is?

Earlier in the hour, David and Snow find an unnamed refugee in the woods and bring him to the hospital, where they run into Belle. As a strong independent princess, she’s here for her first ultrasound. Fortunately, everything looks good with the baby, even though she wishes she could share it with Rumple (?!). In the hospital, Hook has brought in his brother, Liam. He wakes up, saying he couldn’t kill Hook in front of Liam because it would only leave another child full of hate and without a father. He only wishes he could share this moment with Nemo. Hook says he just might, and that’s when the unnamed refugee gets rolled in… And, of course, it’s none other than Captain Nemo.

But this is Once Upon a Time, and ironically, we can’t just end with a happily ever after. The Evil Queen walks up, reflecting on her time with Rumple, and says she remembers something he taught her — “Know what you want and go after it with everything you have” — as she leans in and lays a big kiss on Rumple. Naturally, it’s just as Belle shows up at Rumple’s shop with an envelope containing pictures of THEIR CHILD. Rumple asks the Evil Queen if he’s what she wants. She says no, but says she’ll need his help. That’s when she produces the shears as Belle slides the ultrasound under the door. It’s more incentive than ever to get the Evil Queen what she wants: Snow White’s heart.

Episode grade: B-