Storybrooke. Docks. Hook is sharpening his hook when Cora returns. He asks her if she got everything she wanted. Cora says, "Yes, my daughter's lost everything now." Hook: "Well, aren't you mum of the year." When she claims she did what was needed, Hook is all, blah blah blah your needs. She promised to help him get his revenge on Rumpy. Cora asks if he noticed the gift she left him in the hold of his ship. She leads him aboard the invisible vessel. Down in the hole is ARCHIE! Oh good. Hook asks who he is. Regina explains Archie is privy to the Storybrooke residents' weaknesses, including Rumpy's. He can help them determine Rumpy's weaknesses. A bound and gagged Archie nods, uneasily. Hook wonders, "If that's him, who did you kill?" Cora: "How do I know? It's my first day in town." Hook plays exposition fairy, in case we're having trouble keeping up. "You disguised the body to look like him. If death wasn't punishment enough. Marvelous work." Cora thanks him and says Hook now has all the knowledge he'll need. "It may take some work, but this cricket will chirp." Hooks smiles. "Aye. That he will." Poor Archie sweats it out as we fade to black.
"The Cricket Game" is a fun outing, but is nearly all set-up and no payoff. I am enjoying Snow's new Storybrooke look, and Emma's subtle changes in hair and wardrobe. I'd add more, but I have a dog who is waiting so patiently to go outside, and I like my floors pee free. It's a life goal, so I'll be back Monday morning, with coverage of "The Outsider." In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page and then come on over to the forum, where we've got Hook tied up in the hold.