Once Upon a Time Review: The Deal You Break

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Where do I even begin? Once Upon a Time came back tonight with "The Return" and my head is still spinning from all of the twists and turns it threw at us.

Let's start with the Fairy Tale world. Rumplestiltskin's gaining power and using it for both good and evil. He stopped a war, which saved thousands, but then turned a man into a snail and stepped on him. No wonder none of the neighborhood kids will play with Bae. His daddy literally crushes people like bugs.

Rumplestiltskin and His Son

Rumple was both funny and frightening. He killed his own maid when he thought she may have overheard something and Bae cries that she was a mute. Who would she tell? Rumple's reply...

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Bae begs Rumple to give up his power and they make a deal. It's the only deal Rumplestiltskin ever backed out on and he's regretted it through two worlds. 

In his defense, I'm not entirely sure I would have been so quick to jump through that green fiery hole either... but once my kid fell through I'm pretty sure I would have dove in. Unfortunately, it looked like the reality of what occurred took a few moments to sink in and the portal closed. Had he lost his son forever?

The blue fairy chastised him for his black magic but let it slip that a curse might get him to his son. Is that why he helped Regina with the curse? At least now we know why Rumplestiltskin hates fairies. He blames them for taking his son away.

Back in Storybrooke, after Kathryn showed up in a heap on the ground in last week's episode, I was ready to get some answers. So where the heck had she been all this time? 

Kathryn survived a car accident, only to get locked in a basement and then dumped in a field and finally wandered into town where she collapsed. So just a normal week in Storybrooke then.

Regina was fuming. She thought she and Gold had a deal. Kathryn should be dead and Mary Margaret convicted of murder. Not so fast. Mr. Gold says she never specified Kathryn should die, just that something tragic should happen. Lesson: make sure you choose your words carefully. 

Regina knew she was being set up so she pulled her trump card. Love starved Sidney came to her rescue and took the blame for all of it. The kidnapping, the doctored DNA, everything.

During Sidney's well rehearsed confession, he admitted to stealing Regina's skeleton key and in this Once Upon a Time quote, Regina says:

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Her delivery was so deadpan that I literally laughed out loud. 

Thankfully Emma finally told Sidney she knew he was a liar and under Regina's thumb. I just don't think she realized how far under until his confession.

Poor Kathryn's laid up in the hospital trying to figure out what the heck happened to her. Remember when we first met Kathryn and hated her. Yeah, sometimes first impressions are wrong.

David stopped by to apologize. The guy's doing a lot of that lately. Kathryn made things easy on him but Mary Margaret's not feeling quite so forgiving. He abandoned her when she needed him most. 

She knows it was a set up and she understands that he's sorry but it feels like the universe is against them and she's grown tired of fighting it. And in a heartbreaking scene David tells her...

David: I love you.
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Ugh. She's not kidding.

Now on to the story that had me doing my happy dance for guessing right... for all of five minutes. Rumplestiltskin wondered if August was his son. He asked Emma what she knew about him and she describes him as:

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So funny and so true. 

I loved the scene where Mr. Gold found himself on Archie's couch. He needed to talk and he didn't have anywhere else to go. Not only was it touching but it gave us another moment of humor when Gold asked why everyone always thinks he's there to collect the rent.

Archie offered him some great advice. Be honest. Certainly not Gold's first instinct but he took the advice and I was thrilled when I thought I'd guessed correctly, that August was actually Rumplestiltskin's son. 

Well, not so fast. In a twist that could have given me whiplash, it turned out to be a lie. He may know about the Storybrooke curse but he's not Rumple's son. Damn. I was stopped cold, mid-happy dance.

But we did finally find out what Gold buried in the woods all those months ago, so that's something. 

So who do you think August is? The signs now seem to point to Pinnochio but obviously I've been wrong before so take my guess for what it's worth. And tell me: what did you think of tonight's Once Upon a Time?


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Rumpel created the curse for one thing: Bae. And he needs Regina AND Emma in order to get Bae. He was gathering all this power, bottling up all the elements, emotion, killing Cinderella's fairy godmother, all so that he could produce the curse. He instigated Regina to use the curse to get him to our world. He needed her to do it because that was probably the price of the curse: he couldn't perform it. Or perhaps his exposure to the beanstalk prevents him from doing it. He now needs Emma to break it, so that EVERYONE, including Bae, will be transported back to the magical world and get their happy ending. Either that or Emma breaking the curse will reveal Bae's location.


It's one of those shows that I don't love or hate. I get a little tired of the "true love" thing, which is why I'm kinda happy that Charming hasn't been quite so charming and will need some forgiveness. On the other hand, I think it was rather a bad gaffe on his part to go with just the facts, ma'am. Can't help but think that will come up in future arguments even if they do get back together. "Oh, yeah? Well, remember that time you ..." Fill in the blanks. Also have to wonder if the "By The Writers Of Lost" squib at the beginning of the show is supposed to keep us tuned in? Or warn us to tune out?


I'd also imagine that if August is Pinocchio and he remembers everything, that it would be difficult to talk to his father because his father doesn't remember him. They did part in difficult conditions, a curse was coming through and I think Geppetto saved him in the tree with Emma. I don't think August was lying to the nun to say it was a difficult separation. Also, that illness, as soon as I saw it, I thought Pinocchio, he's stiff like a board. I really like August and I hope that he and Emma get together in the future (the romantic in me). Also, I want to meet Bae. I thought Mr. Gold was awesome in this episode. Last, I can't believe Henry was voted as annoying, I love that kid!


I don't think "Mother Superior" (a/k/a Blue Fairy) remembers or was trying to manipulate Rumple. I think August was telling the truth about seeing his father and being nervous about confronting him. Only August was talking about Marco (a/k/a Jepetto). Haven't you noticed he hasn't even tried talking to him yet? I definitely think all signs point to August being Pinnochio. His illness (turning back into a puppet?); The reference to a reunion with his father; the donkey on his desk; how upset he gets when accused of lying - classic Pinnochio.


I think that Gold's son will be Henry's father.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

.there are enough storybook characters to carry the theme of the show, but remember the reason for the curse was Snow's love for Charming and their daughter....
The reason why Regina did it? Sure. But its not the reason why Gold created it, nor why Gold wants for some reason to break it. Let's face it. We know NOTHING about it curse. Why it was created. HOW it works. WHAT will happen when it breaks :)


Is this critic, who is raving so loudly, the same gentleman who didn't the think this show would succeed? Gave it a C? The show is wonderful and I so hope that it does get signed for next season. If Gold and Regina are not candidates for an Emmy, just how good does one need to be in order to be nominated. All of the cast members are fantastic!! Each and everyone of them deserve many honors! The writers are incredible story tellers!! Can't wait to see what they come up with in the future!! And yes, there is a future for "ONCE UPON A TIME!"


What will happen at season's end? We all want revenge for Regina's evilness, and all our questions answered, but was this to be a one season mini-series, or do we want it to continue? Will the twists and turns throughout the next few years become as dysfunctional as Heroes and Lost? I hope not...there are enough storybook characters to carry the theme of the show, but remember the reason for the curse was Snow's love for Charming and their daughter....the Queen/Regina and Rumple/Mr Gold must remain, MM and James continue to patch up their star-crossed love, and Emma and Henry working together on the curse....and all the characters we've met so far remain cursed, but minor additions. I want answers and second guess every episode, but truly don't want the show to end!


I'm back to my original idea that August is Pinocchio (after having a brief period of doubt because of this episode). I really hope he is Pinocchio, I love him! I wonder if the sickness he was talking about in this episode has something to do with him being a wooden figure? And I still wonder how he can know all that he knows about the fairytale world. Maybe he isn't Pinocchio... This is driving me crazy!

Kitanishi h mcdonald

When Emma confronted Regina in the corridor and stated that she will take Henry away from her, someone she loves. Did anyone notice the small smile that came to Regina face? I don't know, but it looked like she was pleased with the turn of events.
I think it was more of a smile of disbelief. Regina counts emma as "good guy". She did not expect her to say or be able to DO something this...Regina-ish. :)

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