Once Upon a Time

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Cindy McLennan: A- | 2 USERS: A+
To Catch A Thief

Storybrooke. Mayor's Office. Gold demands to know what Regina has done to Belle. Regina plays obtuse, but finally admits she's given Belle her cursed memories. I sort of feel that, much like Charming when he woke first from his coma, when Belle was in the secret hospital basement (before the curse was broken), she had no memories or identity at all. And as it happened when Charming saw the windmill in Gold's Shop, the enchanted Rabbit Hole matchbook finally gave Belle a cursed identity. Does that sound right to you? Gold orders Regina to undo it, but she says she can't. Lacey is here to stay. Rumpy threatens Regina, but she is unafraid, because she knows he's on his best behavior, in order to win back his son. Regina rubs in the fact that while only true love's kiss can break the spell, in her current persona, Lacey doesn't feel the same about him. She mocks Gold for insisting he'll make Laceybelle love him. Gold mutters threats about coming suffering, but Regina blows him off, wishes him good luck and says, "Give my best to Lacey." Commercial.

Sidebar: Okay, why didn't true love's kiss work when Gold first tried it on amnesiac Belle? Is it because she couldn't remember him? I'm not sure if I like that rule. Snow was stuck in the sleeping curse, yet Charming's kiss healed her. I guess she still remembered him though. Magical convolutions give me a headache, so I'm moving on.

Granny's Diner. Granny delivers ten bowls of bean free chili to the waiting Grumpy and Charming. Gold enters and tells Grumpy to take a hike so he can bend Charming's ear. Gold tells the prince that Regina has bestowed cursed memories on Belle. "She has a false life, as you did under the curse, with Kathryn, only hers apparently involves a lot more alcohol." Gold figures since even David Nolan managed to win Mary Margaret's heart, he can be his wingman in the quest to woo Belle. Charming points out that Gold got Snow to kill someone. Gold speaks for the audience: "Yeah, someone who would have killed all of you. Look, if you don't want to help, fine. But if you do, for the first time ever, I'm going to owe you a favor." Charming sighs and explains that even under their cursed identities, he and Snow retained a sliver of their real selves inside. Gold needs to show Belle the man with whom she fell in love. We flashback to...

Rumpy's Estate. Rumpy finds Robin missing, so Belle admits she freed him. They argue. Rumpy knows she thinks Robin was probably stealing from him for a noble cause, then he tells her she reads too much. To prove his point, he poofs away her book to free her mind of "poisonous thoughts." Belle blahs about the good she sees in Robin. Rumpy insists she was tricked, but Belle insists there must be a reason he wanted the wand. Rumpy insists people who steal magic never have good intentions. She insists she can't see what's in Robin's heart. Sorry for the repetition, but they're both so insistent, the word insist won't leave my mind. Rumpy conjures up Robin's magical bow, and tells Belle she accompany him on his quest to kill Robin. This is the man with whom she fell in love. Chilling, no? We flash forward to...

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Once Upon a Time




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