Once Upon a Time
Hat Trick

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Cindy McLennan: A | 7 USERS: A+
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Emma: Here's the thing, Jefferson...

Recapper: Yes! Tell him you don't know how to make any kind of hat, never mind a magical one.

Emma: I can't. It's not in the script and you already know that, so let me just get on trying to break through to this nut job. Here's the thing, Jefferson. This is it. This is the real world.

Jefferson: A real world. How arrogant are you to think yours is the only one? There are infinite more. You have to open your mind. They touch one another -- pressing up in a long line of lands. Each just as real as the last -- all have their own rules. Some have magic; some don't. And some need magic, like this one, and that's where you come in. You and your friend are not leaving here, until you make my hat -- until you get it to work.

Sorry to get so quote-y up there, but I felt that dialogue is so important to the canon of this show. Anyhow, Jefferson lays an enormous pair of scissors in front of Emma. She picks them up and starts cutting into the fabric, although she has no pattern, no hat form (I don't know if that's what they're called, because like Emma, I have no idea how to make a hat), and no clue. She asks Jefferson what will happen once the hat works. He says then he'll go home.

Wonderland. Jefferson and Regina approach the Queen of Hearts' domain. There's a huge maze before them, and its walls devour anything that touch them. Jefferson throws a stick to demonstrate it to Regina. Regina, in turn, throws a fireball to ensure them a short walk through. Arm in arm, Regina and Jefferson march through their magical path. Finally, they arrive at a -- what kind of building is that? I want to call it a cupola, but I know that's wrong. I called it a castle in the recaplet. I must have gotten some bad mushrooms, or something. I don't have time to search out architectural terms. It's a low, one story building topped by a dome (with a heart cupola on top). There appear to be no windows. It reminds me of a mausoleum. Anyhow, Regina magics open the look and the doors open. Inside, there is a wall of vaults that remind me of Regina's heart vaults back in Storybrooke. She selects the box she wants, and she and Jefferson start back toward the looking glass.

The Queen of Hearts' guard catches them and tries to stop them. The pair runs. Regina uses a little magic here and there to block the path behind them. When they run right into some knights, Jefferson throws one into the maze wall. Regina uses magic on two more, to accomplish the same ends. Finally, they get away. With the looking glass in sight, Regina stops and breaks off a piece of a mushroom, muttering something about a little snack. Jefferson asks, "Are you mad. Do you know what the food here does?" Regina is well aware. She lays her box on the ground and gently places the mushroom inside, then stands back. Purple mist swirls up and out of the box. It dissipates to reveal Regina's father, Henry. Regina explains to Jefferson that the Queen of Hearts has always seen her as a threat (smart lady) so she took Henry as leverage. Henry hears the soldiers and says they must hurry.

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