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'Once Upon a Time' recap: 'I'll Be Your Mirror'

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ABC/Jack Rowand

Once Upon a Time

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-PG
seasons:
5
run date:
10/23/11
performer:
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla
broadcaster:
ABC
genre:
Fantasy, Drama

No one loves a good nap more than me, but this is getting a little absurd.

We pick up where we left off — at the end of one nap and the beginning of another. Snow and David are still at the mercy of the Evil Queen’s spell. Regina demands that she can’t be responsible for keeping David and Snow apart, so she has to go fight the Evil Queen. However, it seems like Snow and David have this down to a pretty good science. Snow goes to wake up David and in turn go to sleep, but before she does, she smashes a mirror because the Evil Queen is watching them. This isn’t this couple’s first evil spell, ya know? In a bit of an adorable twist, they take videos and leave notes for each other, and honestly, it’s the cutest long-distance relationship via evil spell I’ve ever seen. We even get a nice indie song as a soundtrack for it.

Outside of the sleeping lovers, Regina comes up with a plan to trap the Evil Queen. They could do it by using Henry as a pawn, but both Emma and Regina feel a bit nervous about the idea. Henry wants to, though, because Violet has been blowing him off for John Hughes Movie Night (LOLOL), and he needs a distraction… So why not risk your life? Oh, to be a teen again. Anyway, Henry ends up coaxing the Evil Queen to the beach where they’d fed seagulls when he was a child, but Emma and Regina show up and attempt to trap her in the enchanted mirror. Issue is, the Evil Queen switched the mirrors and traps Emma and Regina instead. They wake up inside a series of one-way mirrors and quickly realize the only way out is via Henry. Problem is, the Evil Queen shows up as Regina and tells everyone the plan worked, but by convincing everyone she’s Regina, the Evil Queen gets an earful about just how awful they think she is. It’s definitely hard for her to hear.

Elsewhere, Zelena and Belle are hanging out, discussing whether they should work together to get back at the Evil Queen and Rumple — because, y’know, ladies have to stick together. So Belle goes to Aladdin and Jasmine, asking for Aladdin’s help to steal back from Rumple. Jasmine is focused on the fact they need to locate Agrabah, but Aladdin believes he can help. And speaking of help, the Evil Queen has gone to visit Rumple because she doesn’t just want the curse over Snow and David — she wants a family. So he gives her a hammer, and she intends to use it on Henry.

Hook tries calling Emma, but of course, she’s not answering. The Evil Queen finds him on the beach, but she stops him and throws him aside. Meanwhile, on the other side of the mirror, Emma and Regina are trying to reach Henry — the only way they can escape is by communicating through a mirror he’s looking at. Mind you, he’s at Granny’s waiting on Violet, who’s turning out to be the worst date ever. Emma and Regina nearly get his attention, but the Evil Queen shows up to give Henry a pep talk as Regina, showing he doesn’t even know they’re gone. But as Henry walks away, the Evil Queen drops an all-too-telling line: “Stop slouching. Posture is self-respect.”

Henry immediately knows. When he comes back to find Violet, he hands her the rose the Evil Queen gave him and tells her the Evil Queen is behind him, and they have to find a way to leave Granny’s.

NEXT: I’ve got thick skin and The Dragon’s heart

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On the other side of the mirror, Emma and Regina run into The Dragon, who tells them he knows a way out of the prison. Emma says she was looking for The Dragon for her parents, but he admits he can’t do anything for them. However, they can all help each other by putting together the fragments of a mirror that could release them. In Storybrooke, Henry has picked up on the mirror entrapment and tries to speak to them, but he’s caught by the Evil Queen pretty quickly. Regardless of her pleas, Henry insists he won’t ever be on her side. That’s when the Evil Queen grabs The Dragon’s heart and speaks to Emma and Regina through it, before turning him into an actual dragon.

To add insult to injury, the Evil Queen has given Henry Rumple’s hammer to smash The Dragon’s heart before he kills both of his moms. Henry says The Dragon is just an innocent and he can’t follow through. On the other side of the mirror, Regina and Emma work together and scream through the mirror. Henry takes the hammer and slams it into the Evil Queen’s mirror, grabs The Dragon’s heart, and ducks before The Dragon blasts through, releasing Emma and Regina. As the Evil Queen fires back, Hook captures her and threatens her life.

Aladdin was able to snag the wand from inside Rumple’s shop, but on top of that, he’s able to grab a magic lamp with the hopes that whoever’s in there might be able to help them find Agrabah. After passing the wand onto Belle, Rumple appears and promptly steals it back. He places a tracking device on Belle’s wrist and when Zelena chimes in, Rumple chokes her. But because of the spell Zelena put on Rumple, any time Zelena is hurt by him, he hurts himself. He falls down of a near heart attack, but he assures her… He will find a loophole.

As this week’s story wraps up, Snow says she can’t leave any more notes for David because it hurts too much. She kisses him and falls asleep, while David finds the crumpled paper in her hands. At Granny’s, Violet admits she doesn’t mind missing the dance at all, and it’s not that she doesn’t like Henry, but she’s just having a hard time at school…because she feels like all those characters in a John Hughes movie. In a way, John Hughes has a way of writing a fairy tale himself, AMIRITE? Speaking of John Hughes movies, everyone kind of loves the villains in those movies as well, so when the Evil Queen shows up at Rumple’s and kisses him, it almost seems like a weird victory in itself…until he tells the Evil Queen she needs to kill Zelena. Way harsh, Rump.

Episode grade: B-

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