After giving us only a minute and a half of Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) in last week’s episode of Once Upon A Time, the show made up for it in this episode. Their story line and everyone else’s, except Cora’s, played into this week’s theme: parents put their children first, as said by Charming’s mom, Ruth.
Normally, the show is divided into two story lines: what is happening in Storybrooke and what is happening in the Fairytale World. This week we had past and present story lines in the Fairytale World and Storybrooke.
The episode starts with Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow’s camp being invaded by King George’s army. I hope we get to see more of how Charming and Snow retook the kingdom because that hasn’t really been explained yet. Charming and Snow split up and agree to meet at his mother’s cabin. Snow is quickly captured by Lancelot, played by Sinqua Walls.
He takes her to King George, who decides cursing her so she can’t have children is a worse punishment for Charming than killing her. Obviously this curse has to be lifted but I was sad watching Snow cry a little bit about it. The King released her and Lancelot turns on the king, finds her and agrees to go to the cabin with her because the king is sending men their capture Charming and his mother, Ruth, played by Gabrielle Rose.
Jumping into the future in the Fairytale World, we rejoin Emma and Snow in the dungeon. Snow wakes up just in time to tell Emma that Cora (Barbara Hershey) is more dangerous than Regina and that they can’t trust her. Snow spends a lot of time looking out for and protecting Emma this episode. “Parents put their children first.” They are taken out of the dungeon to speak with the leader of the remaining members of the Fairytale World, which turns out to be Lancelot.
Snow tells him that she and Emma need to find a portal back to Storybrooke. Snow decides the wardrobe that Emma was sent through is the best place to start. So, they head off with Mulan (Jamie Chung) to fight through the ogres to get to the palace. Aurora (Sarah Bolger) still blames Snow for Phillip’s death and seems to be plotting to kill her. Yeah go see how that works out for you, Sleeping Beauty. I love that the show is playing up that Aurora is the worst Disney Princess and I still love her being paired with Mulan, who treats her like an annoying little sister the whole episode. “Sisters put their younger sisters first?”
Snow and Lancelot get to Charming and Ruth shortly after she has been shot with an arrow by King George’s men. The three of them take her to the lake with the siren that Charming got the magic water from in hopes that it can save Ruth. When they get there only one drop is left. Snow has told Ruth, but no one else, about King George’s curse, which could also be cured by the water. Ruth tells Snow that she should take it because Charming has always wanted a family. “Parents put their children first.”
Ruth and Lancelot trick Charming and Snow that Ruth drank the water. Instead, Ruth had him put it in the wedding cup after Snow decides to have Lancelot marry her and Charming before Ruth dies. Snow doesn’t find out until after Ruth died and thanks Lancelot for it.
Back in present day Fairytale World, Snow has to save Emma from an ogre attack and Emma has one of many “my mom is a bad-ass” moments. They eventually reach the palace and the wardrobe is still there. Snow says that they will have to get it back to the safe haven to see if anyone can get it to work. Just than Lancelot walks in and says he can help. But after slipping up and telling them something Emma only told Cora, we discover that Lancelot has been dead for a while and he is actually shape-shifting Cora.
Emma, Snow and Mulan work together to fight of Cora. But, Emma is forced to burn the wardrobe to get Cora to leave. She apologizes to Snow saying that she couldn’t let Cora get to Henry (Jared Gilmore). Snow pretty much says “parents put their children first” to Emma, which causes a really cute and incredibly well acted scene of Emma crying and telling Snow that nobody has ever put her first before. And Snow did and still is. Emma doesn’t have a lot of emotional stuff, but when it happens it is always my favorite part of the episode.
I know I left Storybrooke out of this post, but nothing really happened. It was mostly just Henry trying to get Charming to let him help find a way to get Emma and Snow back. It was similar to season one episodes of him trying to convince Emma to let him help. In the end Charming did and decided to teach him how to sword fight. I don’t think it is possible for Charming to be any cuter. In one episode, we watched him cry over his mother dying, get super excited about having a child and buy his grandson swords.
The episode ended with King George/Albert Spencer, played by Alan Dale, sitting in his car watching Charming sword fight with Henry. “Parents put their children first?”