Hi everyone. I'd like to thank my lovely and talented friend and co-worker, Tippi Blevins, for covering for me, last week. Thanks, Tippi! I was in Disney World. It was a first time for all of us -- my mother, husband, kids and me. It was great, but exhausting. In one part of Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, there was a billboard for Once Upon A Time. The name was also up on the marquee of a shop made to look a movie theater, so I swear I was thinking about you, the whole time. Now I'm wondering if I can write my portion of the trip off as research -- when I file my 2011 taxes. Hmmm. I'd better jump right to the recaplet, so I'll have time to call an accountant. And possibly an attorney.
Storybrooke: David Nolan (Prince Charming) is our star of the week. He's been released from the hospital and the curse doesn't seem to be working on him yet. He doesn't remember his real life in the Enchanted Forest because of his amnesia, but the curse hasn't filled his head with false memories of Storybrooke yet, either.
Overwhelmed at his homecoming celebration, David takes off and finds Mary Margaret, who skipped the party, because of the feelings she and David share. Later, Mary confides in Emma, who counsels that if you think something you want is wrong, it probably is. Wordy McCrap, is she ever right. That's one of those lessons you hate learning, because once you've internalized it, you have this pesky conscience to deal with, and it's not some little cricket you could just step on, either. Ugh.
Anyhow, David leaves Kathryn and takes a room at Granny's. He tells Mary and says that if she wants to pursue a relationship, she'll meet him that night, by the toll bridge. Really? In the woods? At night? What's wrong with dinner and a movie? Mary feels conflicted, so Emma then counsels her to go for it, because by leaving Kathryn, David made a clear choice. What else could she ask for?
On his way to the bridge, David runs into Regina, who naturally, steers him wrong. He ends up at Mr. Gold's shop and sees a windmill replica that, in the curse-created reality, supposedly once stood in front of the Nolan's house. This triggers the curse and David's head is filled with false memories. He takes off for the bridge and promptly breaks Mary Margaret's heart. Boo hiss!
Enchanted Forest: Well, we're back to calling Charming Charming, because he's not the real Prince James. It's a Prince and the Pauper scenario. The twins were separated at birth, by Rumpy, no less. The twin who would be the real James was given to King George (Alan Dale; Charles Widmore on Lost). Our Charming, meanwhile, was reared by his biological parents, on their poor but lovely farm. I spent much of the episode trying to forget that Charming's parents traded one of their babies to Rumpy, in order to save their farm, but more on that, in the recap.
The real Prince James has a duel with some Unkillable Villain and kills him, while King Midas is paying a visit to King George's kingdom. Midas proposes a deal, if James will slay the dragon currently plaguing Midas's kingdom, Midas will end the financial woes in George's kingdom. Once the deal is sealed, Midas and George depart for kingly things, and the Unkillable Villain turns out only to be nearly dead, and kills James. This is where the Enchanted Forest story gets convoluted, and I'll get into that, and how much I hate Midas's inclusion in this world, in the recap. Suffice it to say that Rumpy tells George that James has a twin brother. Rumpy then persuades Charming to stand in for his twin, James, and slay the dragon.
The king's men are under orders to slay the dragon themselves, and keep Charming safe, so he can deliver the dragon's head to Midas, as per their deal. Yes, this is dumb. Charming does end up being the one to kill the dragon though, because he's bloody Charming, even if he wasn't born a prince.
Midas is so impressed he makes a deal with George for Charming to marry his daughter Abigail (Kathryn, aka the blonde in the feathery dress who was with Charming when Snow ambushed his carriage). Charming won't agree, until George threatens to kill his mother. Although neither Kathryn nor Charming are into each other, they set off on the scenic route to Midas's kingdom, where they will wed. Charming has with him the ring that belonged to his mother, who -- on their last moment together -- had told him true love always follows the ring. Cue Snow White, in full highwaywoman mode, ready to ambush Charming and fall in love.
In other news, Emma catches Sheriff Graham sneaking out of Regina's house. Dr. Whale keeps sniffing around Mary Margaret. Also, they drink MacCutcheon in Storybrooke! A lot more happens in the episode, too. I'll be back with the full recap, ASAP. In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page and then join us in the forum, where someday, your prince will come, and hopefully, he'll come with a bottle of MacCutcheon.
A big thank you to Tippi Blevins for covering for me, last week. As I mentioned in the recaplet, I was in Disney World over Thanksgiving week -- a first time for our whole family. I've since been exhausted for a week and sick for another. I totally should have asked Tippi to cover this episode, too. Let's get right to it, shall we, so that I don't spend too much time whinging about my
Ebola common cold. You ready? Sniff. Okay!
Storybrooke, Maine, Night, Nolan House, Exterior: David Nolan (Prince Charming) and his "wife" Kathryn (Princess Abigail) approach their house. David has just been released from the hospital and Kathryn is throwing a Welcome Home party for him. There's even a personalized, professionally printed "Welcome Home David" banner hanging from their porch. David's face is all: Seriously, Kathryn? As far as we both know, I left you in a huff and promptly fell into a coma for no one exactly knows how long. I have amnesia. You mean even less to me than the total, supposed strangers who rescued me when I went on a post-coma walk-about. I just get released from the hospital, and instead of coming home and trying to get to know each other -- you throw a party full of a whole bunch of other people I can't place? I hope you invited a divorce lawyer. Kathryn just thinks David doesn't like the house, and blathers on about the first time they looked at the house, but since it's seemingly all curse-created memory, I'm loath to spend much time on it. The bottom line is, there "used to be" a windmill replica on the front lawn, and David hated that and the house, which he supposedly once called "old ladyish."
Contrived Celebration, Interior: Kathryn introduces David around the room. Dr. Whale (David Anders) is there. He tells David the party is a good idea as it might trigger his memories. Emma and Henry are sitting out in the hallway on a bench. Henry says the David doesn't remember anything because the curse isn't yet working on him. Emma takes that condescending tone adults take. "Henry, David has amnesia." Henry is sweet, even while he addresses her like the slow, dull child she must seem. "...Which is preventing the curse from replacing his fairy tale story with fake memories." Emma: "Right, because everyone here has fake stories that prevent them from remembering who they really are." Henry: "Right. And now's our chance to help him. We just have to get him to remember he's..." Emma: "He's Prince Charming." Henry: "We just have to jog his memory by getting him and Ms. Blanchard together." Emma: "Didn't we just try that?" Henry: "And it...woke him up." So there!