Once Upon A Time: “We Are Both”

 Grade: B+

Airdate: 10/7/12

I really liked the title of this episode of Once Upon A Time before I even saw it, because it seemed to sum up the confusion I was having with what to call the character. David/Charming (Josh Dallas) summed it up perfectly in that he is both David Nolan and Prince Charming and would not give up one to be the other.

That is a problem facing Storybrooke when the dwarfs test the barrier of the town. Sneezey is elected to go across and losses his memory once he does. So, everyone is still stuck in Storybrooke, which has gone down hill significantly since last episode. The town was severely damaged by the wraith, everyone is still confused about being there, and nobody knows who is in charge. The town is looking to Charming for answers, but he is too distracted trying to get Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) back. For most of the episode, control of Storybrooke is left to Red (Meghan Ory) with Henry (Jared Gilmore) desperately trying to help.

David runs around town getting clues about how to find his family from Rumpel (Robert Carlyle), Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Jefferson (Sebastian Stan) until Red steps in as the voice of reason and tells him that he needs to stop everyone from trying to leave town. He does stop everyone and gives a very good “We are both” speech. This episode developed Red’s character a lot and she is far different from Ruby. We also found out that the Enchanted Forest still exists but nobody knows how to get back there.

Intertwined with all this is Regina trying to get her power back. Apparently, the wallpaper trick was just an one-time thing. The episode flashes back to the Fairytale World with young Regina, who is easily identified by braids, trying to get away from her mother, Cora, played by Barbara Hershey, and not marry Snow’s father. Cora keeps using magic to stop Regina from leaving. Regina’s father tells her that Cora got her magic from a book that was given to her by Rumpelstiltskin.

Regina summons him with the book and he tells her that they are destined to work together just as he and her mother had. He then gives her a portal that goes to “an annoying little land” for her to push Cora through. That reaffirmed my theory that Cora is the Queen of Hearts. I’m a little confused on that now, but more on that later.

Regina pushes her through and gives the book back to Rumpel saying that she doesn’t want to turn into her mother and use magic. She changes her mind after admitting that she loved how the magic made her feel. I’m starting to think the show is using the bad magic is drugs metaphor that Buffy used. Rumpel says he will teach her to use magic because one day she will do something for him. I’m not sure what he meant by that. Was it the curse, something we haven’t seen or has it not happened yet?

Back in Storybrooke, Regina gets the book from Rumpel again and uses it to get her power back. She then threatens the town until Henry gives himself up to her so she will stop. She is forced to use magic to keep him. But, she starts to realize she is just like her mother, tells Henry she doesn’t know how to love very well and lets him go home with Charming. I actually started to feel a little sorry for older Regina. Good job, OUAT.

Hey, did you noticed that some people are absent from this post? Just when I thought the episode was ending without any news from Emma and Snow, we are dropped into the Fairytale World with them for about a minute and a half. They are tied to the back of Mulan’s (Jamie Chung) horse as she and Aurora (Sarah Bolger) are taking them to the safe haven. When they get there, Snow attacks Aurora and tries to escape with Emma, but this only leads to Mulan lassoing her around the ankles and knocking her out. Emma freaks out and she and the unconscious Snow are thrown in the dungeon. Emma trying to get Snow (she is calling her Mary Margaret) to wake up and someone else in the dungeon asks if they need help. The person calls herself a friend, steps into the light and it is Cora.

Snow, wake up before your daughter makes the same mistake of trusting Cora! Now, either Mary Margaret did not reveal that she is Snow White or nobody believed her. Cora hasn’t seen her since she was a girl, so maybe she will not recognize her, but Snow will know who she is and hopefully realizes how dangerous she can be.  This all has me a little confused. Mulan and even Aurora, who had been asleep for a year, know who Regina is, so wouldn’t they know who Snow is too? And Regina pushed Cora into “an annoying little world” so how is she is in the regular Fairytale World.

Overall good episode. It raised a lot of questions and even made me feel sorry for Regina. If there was more Emma and Snow this episode would have gotten an A.


One Comment on “Once Upon A Time: “We Are Both””

  1. jimmymackey says:

    Poor Sneezy; he’s going to be in therapy every day for the rest of his life since everyone in the town knows they were from the Enchanted Forest. I suppose that is good for business though, since they have to continue to make money until everyone can get back. I’m excited to find out what will happen though. Honestly, I wouldn’t have even thought about watching if I hadn’t seen it on my PrimeTime Anytime recordings yesterday. It’s a pity I didn’t see the premiere but the shows delete themselves after eight days. Now I can’t wait to find out how they’re going to get back, and who is going to win, Rumplestiltskin or The Queen.


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