My first impression after watching last week's episode, "The Thing You Love Most," was that Regina doesn't remember her past as Queenie. Subsequent viewings gave me a bad case of the "Regina remembers/no she doesn't" crazies. My first impression after watching this week's "Snow Falls," is that Regina definitely remembers life in the Enchanted Forest. We'll see where I end up after I write the full recap, but that's where I stand now. What about you?
Enchanted Forest: Snow White and Prince Charming meet cute. She's on the run from Queenie, who, Snow admits, has reason to want her dead. What's a Princess-on-the-lam to do, other than to resort to a life of crime? She dresses as a highwayman and robs Queenie's carriages, and whatnot, whenever she has the chance. In this instance, she chops down a tree so it's blocking the road.
When a beautiful white carriage finds its route blocked, it stops. Inside it is Prince Charming with a cranky, seemingly spoiled princess or noblewoman (Anastasia Griffith). We can already tell she is not the right one for Charming, not least of all because she's blonde. When Charming and his men are assessing their predicament, Charming notices axe marks in the tree trunk. The tree didn't fall; it was chopped down. He realizes they're being ambushed, but just a little too late. Snow has already stolen his purse from the carriage, and is fleeing the scene.
Charming gives chase. In a callback to the pilot, when he catches up with Snow, he tells her, "Wherever you go, I will find you." He's surprised that his highwayman is a highway-woman (and hey, spellcheck, stop being sexist; if highwayman, then highwaywoman should be, too, and no, I don't want to use non-gendered terms; this is fairy tale land). She gets away from him again, but later, he catches her -- in a net. Raise your hand if you watched Lost and can hear Jack tell Sawyer, "We got caught in a net." At one point, Charming ends up rescuing her from Queenie's knights, just as they're about to cut out Snow's heart. She's surprised he saved her. Charming says, "It seemed like the honorable thing to do."
Charming just wants his jewelry back. His mother's ring is among the stolen items and he wants to give it to his fiancée, or, as Snow calls her, "The nag with the bad attitude." (It's an arranged betrothal, not a love match, natch.) Charming, who says his name is James, recognizes Snow from the wanted posters plastered about the Enchanted Forest. If Snow will just return the ring, he'll leave her be.
Snow typically sells stolen treasure to the local trolls who, of course, live under a troll bridge. She leads James to the bridge, lays some coins on the side of it, and the trolls come slithering up top. They're spooked by James' presence. They find a copy of the wanted poster and recognize their regular customer as the wanted princess. They also recognize the profit potential inherent in their situation. James fights them off as best he can, but eventually, Snow, who had run away, returns to save him with the dark fairy dust she had been saving to use against Queenie. When she flings the dust at the trolls, they turn into bugs. James is surprised she saved him. Snow smiles. "It's the honorable thing to do."
James gives Snow the gold and she returns his mother's ring to him. He comments that it mustn't be her style. Snow says, "There's only one way to find out." When she puts it on and holds out her hand to look at it, she and James have A Moment. Still, they part ways. James returns to his castle, leaving Snow to her life on the run.
Our World: Mary has a date with Dr. Whale (David Anders, aka Sark, aka Uncle Snark Daddy). I don't know if he's Our World's counterpart to the whale who swallowed Pinocchio, but who else can he be? Anyhow, the date, which takes place at Granny's diner, sucks. Dr. Whale spends the whole time checking out Ruby (Little Red Riding Hood), and doesn't even offer to split the check.
Walking home, Mary comes across Emma, who is surprised Mary is out so late. Mary says, "I'm a teacher, not a nun," which cracks me up, because early reports on this show referred to this character as Sister Mary Margaret. Some people covering this show went with that for their review of the pilot. I even saw one or two that continued calling her "Sister" last week, even though there's been no evidence that Mary is nun. But anyhow... Mary realizes Emma has been sleeping in her car, since Granny evicted her from the B&B. She offers Emma her guest room, but Emma declines, saying she's not the roommate type. Well, neither am I, but it beats the hell out of living in a VW Bug, girl.
The next day, Mary finds Henry in John Doe's hospital room. The boy is convinced the mystery coma patient is Snow White's Prince Charming, and shows Mary how both Charming and Doe bear the same scars. Later, he convinces Emma to convince Mary Margaret to read Doe the story from his Once Upon A Time book, in which Snow White, dressed as a highwayman, robs his carriage (i.e. all the stuff I just covered above). While she's reading, John Doe grabs Mary's hand. Mary goes to get the doctor. It's Dr. Whale. Awkward! Whale treats Mary like a delusional woman and insists she must have fallen asleep and dreamt the whole thing. When she leaves, however, Whale calls Regina and tells her what happened, and there has been a slight change in Doe's brain activity. Regina wants to know who was with Doe when he moved his hand. Whale says: "Mary Margaret Blanchard."
Mary meets Emma and Henry at the diner and tells them that Doe woke up. When they rush to his room he is gone. Whale and Regina (who is Doe's emergency contact and claims to have found him on the roadside) are at his empty bedside. Finding people is what Emma does (because she's daddy's little girl, yes) so despite that fact that Regina tells her to stay out of it, Emma gets on the case. They review hospital security footage with the security guards (who are Sleepy and Grumpy). At first, they see nothing suspicious, but our Operation Cobra... operatives realize they're looking at the wrong tape, because the decorations that Henry's class put up in the ward are missing. When they find the right tape, they see Doe wake and wander off on his own. Don't worry. I'll hit the improbability of that happening, in the full recap.
Henry insists Doe is looking for Mary, i.e. his Snow White. Mary, Emma and the Sheriff search the woods at night. Henry finds them and says Doe will be at the toll bridge (there's graffiti on the "Toll Bridge" sign, such that it reads TROLL BRIDGE) Doe is lying face down in the stream. Mary performs CPR. When her lips meet Doe's, he wakes up. Yay!
Back at the hospital, a blonde (the same actress who plays Charming's first fiancée) rushes in, to see Doe. Regina says she's his wife, Catherine, and that his name is David Nolan. The story is that David walked out on Catherine years ago, after a fight. Doe, for his part, has total amnesia, so he's no help. When the Mayor tells Henry it's time to go home, he runs back to get his backpack and to tell Mary not to believe Regina and Catherine. "You're the one he was looking for." Mary says Henry just thinks that, because of the book. Henry says he thinks it, "...because you belong together."
Emma catches up with Regina and calls B.S. on the whole Catherine/David story. She thinks it's odd that he's been John Doe all these years, with Regina as his only contact, but now that he's awake, it took Regina no time at all to identify him and find his wife. Regina says she too watched the security tapes, heard David calling out for Catherine, and put two and two together. Emma seems to believe her. Regina then rubs it in about having Henry. "Not having someone is the worst curse imaginable." Meanwhile, back inside, poor Mary plays with her ring (the same ring Snow stole from and returned to James) as she watches while Catherine hugs Doe, whose eyes seek out Mary's.
Later, Emma appears at Mary's hovel and asks if the spare room is still available, which makes me very happy, because these two have lovely friend/mother-daughter chemistry.
I'll be back with the recap, ASAP. In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page and then join us in the forum, where TWoP Mod Tennison needs no fairy dust to defeat the trolls.
After days of stark, evil news (not personal news, items the news, you know which ones), I am so grateful to escape into fairy tales, with monsters, evil queens, and other villains that don't make me want to vomit and then go on a rampage. Last week, during a discussion of Once Upon A Time, the conversation turned to fairy tales writ large, and darn it, I should have used Writ Large as my TWoP pen-name. Seriously, I just turned in a 1,700 word recaplet for The Vampire Diaries, but I digress (for lo, I am Writ Large). Anyhow, someone (who loathes the show, so I'll leave names out of this) described fairy tales as: "...the stories that explain to us who we are." Those words have resonated with me all week. And yet today, I turn to fairy tale, not to explain to me who we are, but rather, to help me forget who we also are. I seek not discovery, but refuge. Come, run away, with me to the...
Enchanted Forest: Prince Charming's snow white carriage travels a road through the woods. With Charming, is a seemingly spoiled blonde princess or noblewoman, played by Anastasia Griffith. I say Princess Blondie is "seemingly" spoiled, because my feeling with this show is that our first look at most of our characters (perhaps, excluding Emma and Henry) is purposefully one-dimensional. There's a tree blocking the road, so the carriage must come to a stop. When Charming exits to discuss the situation with his guards, he notices the tree didn't fall down. It was pushed... I mean chopped. As Charming is declaring this an ambush, a highwayman steals Charming's purse from the carriage, and flees the scene on horseback. Princess Blondie screams, undoubtedly because she got a look at her dress in the mirror. What is with those feathers?
Charming, also on horseback, catches up with the highwayman, jumps from his horse to the thief's horse, and pulls the culprit to the ground. Charming says, "Show me your face, you coward, and then pulls back the thief's cloak. He's about to punch the highwayman when he realizes she's a highwaywoman! "You're a... girl." It is Snow White, who promptly corrects him. "Woman." Then she bashes him in the face with a giant rock and rides off on her horse. Charming rises to his feet and dabs at the blood on his chin as he hollers off after her, "You can't hide from me. Wherever you are, I will find you." Snow smiles back at him. We cut to...