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Once Upon a Time Review: Magic Is My Crutch

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Happy day. Belle is back and oh, how I've missed her.

"The Crocodile" answered many questions I've had about some of my favorite Storybrooke characters and had me so enthralled that I didn't even realize I hadn't seen hide nor hair of Emma, Snow or Regina until the very end.

Captain Hook Debut

My practical side knows that the odds of Belle and Rumple lasting as a couple are slim at best, but the romantic in me never stops rooting for them. This episode gave me more hope than I've had in a long time.

But let's jump back to the fairy tale past. Rumplestiltskin may have been a coward but his wife was certainly no prize. She'd rather have a dead hero than a live husband and father for their son. 

Mila was a party girl looking for adventure and a quiet life with her husband and son wasn't enough. Rumple had every right to be angry. Not only did she leave but she made him go back to Bael and tell him his mother was dead. That had to be one of the worst moments of his life. So I understood wanting to rip her heart out... but actually doing it was taking it to the extreme.

No doubt that moment of rage will now send Hook on a vendetta to kill Belle and remove one of Rumple's more important body parts. As a fan of Rumple and Belle I dread the coming confrontation. As a fan of the show, I'm eager to see the showdown.

Back in present day Storybrooke, it was wonderful to see Belle stand up for herself. She's been held prisoner for decades. She's finally free and it's about time she found out who she is in this new world. I'm thrilled that she's found a new friend to help her find her way and introduce her to pancakes and the awesomeness of syrup.

Ruby's becoming a powerhouse character that I want to see more of. It's about time we found out how the "wolf thing" translates over to the new Storybrooke. I'm wondering if there's more to it than that killer sense of smell. I'm hoping we get an episode that delves deeper into that soon.

I was proud that Belle refused to go to either her father or Rumple, even when Rumple rescued her. She needs to stand on her own two feet and what other job could be more perfect for Belle than running the library?

There were several other scenes that made me smile. Rumple asking Charming for dating advice was wonderfully sweet and just a tad funny. Charming's answer was perfect, as he said in this Once Upon a Time quote

 There's a difference between literal truth and honesty of the heart. Nothing taught me that more than this curse. | permalink

And finally, Rumple took the lesson to heart when he came clean with Belle, telling her the abridged version of the truth, which I understood. Too many gory detail would definitely scare her off, but this was certainly a step in the right direction when he admitted…

 Magic has become a crutch that I can't walk without. | permalink

Can hope and love overcome evil and power? Again, the romantic in me hopes, while the skeptic in me braces for the worst. 

But with Cora showing off her sparkly dirt, it's only a matter of time before she and Hook land in Storybrooke. Will they bring Emma and Snow with them?

Hope, love, revenge, power. Once Upon a Time wraps it all up in a sparkly, magical bow and it's a package I simply can't wait to open every Sunday.

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Deann

I hate to disagree with those who think Robert Carlysle is sexy, but I find that his playing a bad guy in every series who is always mean, grumpy and cruel makes me think he's either a lazy actor who enjoys being typecast or he just is a nasty person anyway and doesn't mind playing himself. He's also so darned tiny, he looks like an old dwarf from LOTR, and I can't find those guys at all sexy. Anyway, I do not blame Belle for wanting to be away from him, he lies constantly, and he never uses his magic as it is supposed to be used. I could see why his wife, though she was quite the witch with a b, wanted to leave him, because he was such a whiny, cringing, clingy little thing that I am sure she longed for someone more exciting. Still, leaving her child to think she was dead was pretty cruel, though I don't think she needed her heart ripped out and pulverized for it. But the best part of this ep for me was Belle's getting to run the town library! I was thrilled and envious at the same time! Lucky bibliophile!

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@ RayeAnn says : I am smitten with Rumple, I loved Bobby C.even before ouat, now he's got all these different persona's he is playing, and doing a heck of a job! ( Emmy) He is so incredibly handsome, especially when the wind blows, you see his grey sideburns and underhairs, it's a turn- on! Why are all the good ones married! But to satisfy us romantics, we need him & Belle together! Love it!

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I say "Go, Rumple!". He's a bad guy and that's just what he is ... so let him be his bad self until true love wins the day and makes him finally into Belle's one true love. Without Rumple the whole storyline might be not so good. And "Dearie Me" we would not want a boring show now would we?!?! Miss Emma, Snow and Regina though and, if any bad guy/gal should go away toss Regina Mom ... she is the really bad person in all this! And I, too, can't wait for more of Ruby! She is just fabulous!

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I think Bael is Emma's ex/Henry's father!

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Did anyone else hear Rumple's little "tick-tock" line? You know, the crocodile swallowed a clock...

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i honestly didn't really like this episode much but next weeks episode looks so much better

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@TiffanyO - You and I are on the same page! I don't think Bae is Peter Pan because Neverland has magic (Tinker Bell, endless youth). Bae was sent to a world without magic. Rumple assumes it's our world, as does the audience, which is why he wants to leave Storybrooke so badly. On Rumple, I found his question on relationships to be soooo bittersweet. We really can't expect him to know anything about healthy relationships other than his love for his son because look at what he had with Mila! Of course he's going to be clueless when it comes to Belle. His character is an interesting display of the victim/bully dynamic. Beaten down for so many centuries, he has a chance to become powerful with magic and takes it. He, like Regina, become the thing they hate most. Watching the tightrope they are on is fascinating.

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Spoken word tales like these would get twisted, so it makes sense. The ONLY thing I can think of is perhaps Smeed was sent on a mission back to Fairy tale land when the curse hit. Could Neverland be where Hook and Cora are now? Is that where Emma and Snow are? I think Emma and Snow will either stowaway or something to that effect to get back - just not sure how. We pegged Frankenstein over a month ago - the director's name was the clue :) Great play on things, writers! I still hold out hope for rumpbelle too... it's actually pretty heartbreaking to think of all he went through to find Bae and he's THIS CLOSE and STILL trapped away from him (town line). love the her & ruby friendship. I can NOT see Emma and Hook together. Do you think we'll even see who Peter Pan is? Does anyone care? I'm not sure I do yet. Unless it's Bae?

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@Kay I don't think it's marriages not lasting (in general), I think in almost all of the cases it's the spouse dying for one reason or the other. I also don't think that Hook is a generally "good guy" as someone else said, driven by revenge of a broken heart. When he thought Rumple was a homeless cripple, he bullied him mercilessly. That's his personality - bully the weak. That's what a *pirate* does. Just because he's hot and the pirates have mystique does not negate that. Mila is a - ugh. As a mother myself I just cannot imagine. And Hook is a first class d**** for putting Rumple (disabled at the time) in a position of having to "fight" for his son's mom. Not that I expected Hook to say "okay" but Rumple did the RIGHT thing by not walking into certain death and leaving his son an orphan. I disagree about it being bad that Rumple is the villain in so many stories - helps tie them all together and can you imagine just how many MORE characters we'd need if not? Spoken word tales like these would get twisted, so it makes sense. The ONLY thing I can think of is perhaps Smeed was sent on a mission back to Fairy tale land when the curse hit. Could Neverland be where Hook and Cora are now? Is that where Emma and Snow are? I think Emma and Snow will either stowaway or something to that effect to get back - just not sure how. We pegged Frankenstein over a month ago - the director's name was the clue :) Great play on things, writers! I still hold out hope for rumpbelle too... it's actually pretty heartbreaking to think of all he went through to find Bae and he's THIS CLOSE and STILL trapped away from him (town line). love the her & ruby friendship. I can NOT see Emma and Hook together. Do you think we'll even see who Peter Pan is? Does anyone care? I'm not sure I do yet. Unless it's Bae?

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FOR OUAT FANS - Check out the OUAT cover story in this week's ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. No, I don't work for them. It's a great article that also has a section on the design of the show (costuming and sets). No major spoilers.

Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

Other wives became honored widows while I became lashed to the village coward.

Mila

Don't get your hopes up. The night life is extremely limited.

Rumplestiltskin