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Justin Kirkland
October 27, 2017 AT 10:24 PM EDT

Once Upon a Time

type
TV Show
genre
Fantasy, Drama
run date
10/23/11
performer
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla
broadcaster
ABC
seasons
7
Current Status
In Season
tvpgr
TV-PG

We gave it an A

Back in Hyperion Heights, it’s nighttime and Ivy and Henry still haven’t found Lucy. Ivy tears up because she doesn’t have anyone. She takes care of Vicky’s life because she’s been on the wrong side of that wrath, too. She’s all alone, but Henry explains that he is, too. And when they work together, they figure out where Lucy is most likely to be.

Meanwhile, Rumpleweaver runs to catch Tilly; she’s fading, but she insists that he’s so close. She reveals that she has what looks like a small bowl, but it’s not a small bowl. It is the missing piece, and it’s Chip…the small cup.

Back in the past, Belle is on the edge of death. Rumple says that he can bring her back and make her young, but they moved here to find the brightest setting sun, and it was never the sun in the sky. It was Belle. And Rumple has to believe their love is strong enough to supersede death. Belle has known this all along, but she kept it to herself. She asks him to let her go, and as their time together comes to a close, Belle tells Rumple their love story. She insists that he can get rid of that dagger, and when he does, he will find his way back to her. She promises. And with that, Belle dies. (Head here for Emilie de Ravin’s take on Belle’s ending.)

Back in Hyperion Heights, Rumpleweaver says he can’t remember. At that, Alice (let’s just call a spade a spade) grabs his gun and aims it at him. He asks why she’s doing it, and she says, “Because you told me, Rumplestiltskin!” And she shoots him. As Chip (!!) drops and smashes on the floor, Rumple bleeds out on the ground.

Of course, we go back again: Gideon has returned home to say goodbye to Belle. As they stand over her grave, Gideon offers to take the dagger, but Rumple refuses. There’s a guardian who will take the dagger from him, eventually — and it’s appearing more and more likely that it’s going to be Alice. He runs into her when he steps through that realm. But that story isn’t ready to be told, so we head back to the hospital, where Rumpleweaver is. He almost meets Belle in the afterlife, but he’s stopped. When he comes to, he tells Rogers to let Tilly go; there was an “armed robber.” He’s defensive about caring about her, but he needs Tilly, or rather Alice, because that will take him back to Belle. So when Rogers goes to tell her the news, he sits down with her to start a game of chess (oh, Lord).

And at the end of the day, it seems like things might be okay for now. Ivy found Lucy and returns her to Mr. Cluck’s with Henry. And just when it seems like she’s going to be a total jerk to Jacinda, Ivy says that there’s an hour left of trick or treating and she should take Lucy out. Not because she cares or anything because, duh, but because you know…whatever…just take her out! You guys, Ivy might not be the worst. Jacinda invites Henry along, even though this is a family thing, and they start to paint Lucy’s face. It’s all happily ev…oh crap. Vicky shows up to talk to Rumpleweaver and threatens him with blackmail again, but Rumple isn’t worried. And let’s cut that Weaver nonsense because Rumple knows he’s Rumple. He confirmed that when he called Victoria “dearie.” We’re about to see a Vicky/Rumple rumble, and it’s going to be great.

As the night comes to an end, Ivy and Henry end up at Roni’s drinking together. Turns out he didn’t go out with Jacinda, so they drink, and Ivy keeps strong eye contact. Oh, Ivy, girl. Give us someone to root for. We were rooting for you, we were all rooting for you, HOW DARE…sigh. We’ll try again next week.

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