Once Upon a Time Review: Going Mad

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I've never been a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland. I think it's something about a world where the rules make no sense that I don't like. It feels like being the one sane person in an asylum. Eventually it will drive you mad.

So after last week's "Heart of Darkness," I didn't expect to enjoy "Hat Trick" as much as I did. Jefferson's plight absolutely broke my heart. In the fairy tale world, I knew the Evil Queen was eventually going to do him wrong, I just didn't imagine that she'd do it with such fervor.

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When I saw the Evil Queen as the ugly old merchant, I wondered if that's what she looked like when she fed Snow White the apple and if that's what she'll eventually be. You know how your mother told you if you made that face too long it would stay that way? Perhaps that's Regina's future.

As soon as I heard that once the hat let two people into Wonderland it would only let two people out, I knew Jefferson was stuck. What I didn't expect was that the Evil Queen would be so unapologetic about it. She basically told Jefferson his daughter being orphaned was all his own fault. She was just downright... evil.

Back in Storybrooke, the big surprise was that Jefferson knew about the curse. He knew about the fairy tale world and that Emma was the key to the curse. Was it because he was half insane? Will the group that believes grow larger?

As Jefferson argued with Emma he made some good points. We live in a world where everyone yearns for an almost magical solution but no one is willing to believe in magic. That's certainly a conundrum and it's part of the reason we all love Once Upon a Time. As much as the real world tells us otherwise, there's a part of us all that wants to believe in magic.

And as much as I loved Emma getting back to her roots and kicking a little ass as she battled Jefferson, my favorite moment was Mary Margaret punting him through the window. Looks like she's retained a little more of our spunky Snow White than I expected.

In one of the great Once Upon a Time quotes, even Emma noticed:

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Even if Emma wasn't ready to admit that there might be something to this story about the curse, she was accepting that there's a connection between her and Mary Margaret. She even referred to her as family. For someone who has never had any, that was a big deal.

That Regina obviously expected Mary Margaret to be gone wasn't a surprise, but the fact that Mr. Gold was in on it was. Why is he working with Regina and what's in this for him?

So, is Mr. Gold playing both sides or is he really out to see Mary Margaret head to prison? Is Emma starting to believe in magic? And if other characters begin to remember both worlds, could it actually drive them mad?


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Kitanishi h mcdonald

When Jefferson went out of the window, he straight back to wonderland through the hat as the last scene plainly showed.
The last scene was a flashback of how he got mad - Red Queen's punishment for him was to make hats "till he makes one to work". WE do not know where he went through Emma's hat as there are countless doors there.


Mr/ Gold is the best! No argument!
The one think you can count on is: he is looking out for #1
Maybe he hates Regina for taking Belle from him?!?! AWWWWWWW Also this show made me LOVE snow white!
Who i passionatly hated b4!
So good for them!

Beverly brooks

When Jefferson went out of the window, he straight back to wonderland through the hat as the last scene plainly showed.


Love the suggestion that the Red Queen is Regina's mother. My theory is that Regina was in Iove with the stable boy but her mother wanted her to marry the King to help secure their futures. Snow inadvertently/innocently spilled the beans about the romance to Regina's mother and the stable boy was made to disappear, thus breaking Regina's heart. She enters into a loveless marriage and vows revenge on the person whom she blames for destroying her happiness.


I wrote about Gold in my last post but forgot to mention that besides OUAT's episode "Skin Deep," "Hat Trick" was totally riveting and amongst my favorites this season.


I never thought I'd like Mr.Gold/Rumple as much as I do. He's a complicated man whose most cherished possession is that cracked teacup. He's a strong adversary for Regina/Evil Queen and she knows it. I believe that is why she has "Belle" locked up for her "Ace in the Hole" when she deals with Mr. Gold. "Belle" is the Evil One's future insurance. My friend, Becky, says that Mr. Gold knows everything that's going on in Storybrooke, but I don't think he knows about her (Belle) being alive. Gold may look like he's joined Regina in her misdeeds, but I don't think he trusts her for a minute and he's pretty confident about his power. Gold only in it for himself...but it could all change if Regina reunites him with his lost love.,,


didn't anyone else notice the peculiar swooshing sound as jefferson falls out the window? he is clearly alive and well. the question is WHERE?


If Mary Margaret is tried and convicted for murder, where would she go to prison? Is there a state prison in Storybrooke?


@Jennifer I certainly hope you're right about number 2. And if number 1 is true... well then I can't wait to see how that turns out. That could be awesome!


Sarah- from what you are saying about Mr.Gold I think that in some way he is helping regina but also helping MM idk. Mr.Gold is just really confusing and weird.

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Once Upon a Time Season 1 Episode 17 Quotes

You know what the issue is with this world, everyone wants a magical solutions for their problems and everyone refuses to believe in magic.


So now you're foraging for fungus.

The Evil Queen