There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I’m a little annoyed that was so easy. Don’t get me wrong, by the end of the episode I was pleased that Ursula managed to work out her issues and find a happy place. Although her original innocence probably doesn’t make up for the fact she’s done a lot of terrible things since. That being said, this is a show about redemption and second chances, so it’s okay for her to find a better path. But it was so quick! Is this how they’re going to defeat the group? Just find what Cruella and Maleficent want next and it’ll make them give up? Probably. Also I’m sad because it seemed like Ursula was genuinely close to the two of them, and now she’s decided to abandon her girls. The sisterhood should mean more! Evil sisterhood! Ah well. It was a good episode otherwise, although it did give me at least one answer to what these characters’ happy endings might look like. Ariel hit the head of the nail in this episode where she pointed out the villains look for their happy endings in the wrong way. Yeah, obviously. Tell that to them! Previously on Once Upon a Time, Rumplestiltskin managed to persuade Ursula, Maleficent, and Cruella de Ville to help him find the author of the book. This way they could all find their happy endings. Regina went undercover to find out their plan. They kidnapped Pinocchio and turned him back into August, believing he had answers about the author.

First of all, yay August! I was so pleased last week, and he immediately brought back the snark here. I thought he was one of the better characters on the show. Now if only they could remember that Graham existed. Just kidding, his actor is Christian Grey now so he has bigger problems to worry about. Rumple is his usual charming (awful) self and forces him to take a potion that will make him turn wood-ish. Or rather if he lies his nose will actually grow. It was really weird to watch that. He then forced his face into the fire so it would hurt when he lied. August revealed that the author is trapped by the sorcerer, and the door he is locked behind is somewhere in Storybrooke. Regina has the picture with the door on it that she found in August’s possessions, although now Henry has it. In the end they manage to save August, and he and Emma have a cute reunion pictured below. Remember that he was the first person who tried to press her to believe, but they also have a complicated history because he abandoned baby Emma instead of staying with her like he promised. So there’s still a lot of baggage for them, but they share an undeniable connection. He says that the author is hidden in the picture of the door itself! Oooo. So they’re actively closer to an answer.

These two. GDI. I missed your friendship.

In the rest of the episode, they all know that Rumple is back thanks to Regina possessing Snow. Poor Belle’s face when she realized he tricked her again and she lost the dagger. 😦 Do not try to rescue this relationship, show. It’s over. It’s way past over. Hook takes the stage because he has a history with Ursula and thinks if he gives her what she wants, she’ll help them. And she does plan on doing that. See they have a history. Long ago she was pretty much Ariel, a mermaid with a voice her father used to bring sailors to their deaths. She saved Hook’s ship by refusing to kill them, but she fled to the Enchanted Forest to stay away from her father Poseidon. There Hook met her, and in thanks for letting his crew live, he agrees to bring her anywhere she wants. She wants to sing at a place her mother would have liked, and her voice is the only thing left she has of her mother. You see where this is going, right? Although Hook does genuinely refuse to take away Ursula’s voice when her father asks it, he does end up taking it out of anger. Poseidon captures them and destroys the squid ink that could help kill Rumple, and so Hook takes away Poseidon’s vengeance against sailors by yoinking his daughter’s voice. She decides to no longer be his little mermaid and becomes Ursula the sea witch instead.

Hook feels a lot of guilt over what he did, and he still has her voice. She gets him back the Jolly Roger (!!!!! yay) but the voice does not go back to her. He nearly drowns but Ariel saves him, and he asks her to do his favor. The favor is to find Poseidon and bring him to Storybrooke so he and Ursula can be reunited. Since he took the voice, only he can give it back through magic. She gets her voice and her father and leaves her vengeance behind. I’m sad she didn’t even get to say goodbye to her friends! Hm. Hook tells Emma that she is his happy ending, and he’s afraid that villains don’t get them. Again guys, neither do the good guys. ARE YOU EVEN PAYING ATTENTION? Emma’s lost Graham and Neal, does that sound like a happy ending for her? Eeesh. Next week we will apparently get the rest of the story about Maleficent’s baby. It looks like Emma is turning against her mother for whatever the secret is. Will it be something that leads Emma down a dark path? Ursula warns Hook that Rumple wants to fill Emma’s heart with darkness because only the savior can give people their happy endings, so she needs to be taken care of. Yiiiikes. But she’s gone through a lot and hasn’t gone dark yet. I guess we’ll find out how Rumple plans on accomplishing that. It was a good episode all around, but I’m sorry to see her go so fast. And there’s no closure with her and the others. C’est la vie.

  1. Sahar says:

    I have a feeling that one of the lessons is that villains try to get their happy endings in the wrong way because they are blinded by their egocentric view of life: “Me”, “Poor me”, “What about me”, etc. Once they start looking beyond their own selves, like Regina did thanks to her relationships with Henry–they are able to get their happy endings. Maybe Ursula getting her happy ending so fast was just a way for the writers of the show to tell the audience not to worry about Regina?


    • Dee says:

      Or maybe that the villains weren’t really always aware of their happy endings? Or that a happy ending was more about CLOSURE and MOVING ON than anything else.

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      • Sahar says:

        Ouh!!! Yes!!! I like where you are going with this. I mean… Bad things happen, and when you cling to it, you really only punish yourself. Regina was hell bent on revenge, but she seems much happier now that she is reaching out for hope (finding the Author) than when she was trying to kill everyone. Although I do miss her Queen outfits–those things are works of art!


      • Dee says:

        That’s what I was thinking with Ursula though. It wasn’t so much her happy ending as finding closure and a way toward healing. It’s not like she’s suddenly 100% better and everything’s puppies and rainbows.

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      • Sahar says:

        True. Maybe this is a lessons for “the good guys” to learn–to accept that people with a less than stellar past need time, love, and patience to restructure their patterns of thought and behaviour.


  2. justmyinput says:

    This really feels like it has become a soap opera and is doing the everyone is good and everyone is evil, and will go back and forth thing that so many soap operas do.


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