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.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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So much awesomeness! Loved this episode! Where to start is the thing. I'm not even going to talk about Milah much, because I don't like her. I get Rumple's pain, but did he have to kill her. I mean he can turn people into things or own someone's heart like Regina did with the Huntsman. I've got to say I didn't expect Belle's father to be such a douche. I knew that guy was Smee the moment I saw his hat. So, is the curse selective or something? Hook you are the jerk I thought you would be and a hot one too, but still a jerk. Rumple coming clean(ish) with Belle is great. I just loved everything related to Belle/Rumple. Their seperate scenes the scenes they had together just great. I still want Emma to be with Jefferson, because of their chemistry on sceen and they seem to have a lot in common in my opinion. Okay, my last thought. I like Hook, but if he touches Belle or Rumple I will cut off his other hand. Now I'm done.


I love this episode so much that I didn't even notice Emma and Snow did not appear till the end. Probably Rumple and Belle is my favorite couple. Love lots of scenes in this episode: when there were Rumple and Belle, Rumple ask James for dating advice, how Belle discovering our world, standing on her feet ( Hope that she and Rumple can back together soon)... A small sign that Rumple is about to change... And I also agree. No matters with what reason, Mila can just abandoned her son like that. What kind of mother is she and Rumple has every right to be mad. God, Captain Hook is hot and why he even love a woman like Mila. I like to think he with Emma but I also love Emma with Jerfferson ( they are both parents and cool) Still, looking forward to every next episode of OUAT


glad to see i am not the only one who was getting the Frankenstein vibe for next week. Does that mean the hot Huntsmen can come back??? lol
I liked this weeks episode. I also like this captain hook... he is easy on the eyes. however as i watch i keep trying to figure out the fairytale land timeline. it jumps around so much, not that i mind the none linear format, just it is a puzzle i am having trouble keeping in order.


May I ask what's the deal with characters not knowing each other? I find it strange that not all the royals (wasn't Belle a princess too?) know one another. It seems strange. I also wonder why Hook was not taken to Storybrooke and since he already knew of Neverland, did he already encountered Peter Pan.


Love this Captain Hook as he not really bad guy in this (he is though but he isn't, he just had bad taste in women as I think if Mila found another man who could offer her more, show would have ditched him too). Since love is more of his drive for revenge, I do think Hook could become hero. I'm really intrigue as to how he would interact with Emma because let's face it, he and Cora would come across Snow and Emma.
Next week episode, Frankenstein much. I am excited.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Great episode. Eh Rumple, you are honest-er than before and at least you ARE showing some regret now, but its still because of consequences, not because of concept, like Regina. You still have a long way to go, but its nice to see you for the first time, actually willing to do that. Hook is obviously a revenge-driven type of character. There's a certain sense of parallels with Rumple taking Hook's love and Regina taking Emma's and I would not be surprised on if Hook would become Emma's love interest, which would create lots of delicious conflict for both Emma and Hook in terms of their allegiances. As of promo, could it be that Whale is Dr.Frankenstein? If so thats....VERY neat and in kind of a different flavor than previous backstories.


My favorite line was Hook's line about the sparkly dirt to Cora....Well last week I had an argument that Whale was Peter Pan...now I am going to try and think about the original Alice in Wonderland because Jefferson seems important next week (though they are flexing enough that he isn't strictly stuck in his story but they actually haven't done actual Alice stories yet just pre Alice stories) so I am wondering if there is a Wonderland creature who other than the Queen deals in body parts that is in the books but not Disney related.


Love the episode I didn't even notice Snow and Emma were not in this episode I am so hook from day one I can actually I am a true fan of this show :) PS I never thought I will say this but Capt Hook its hot!!!!!


Loved me some captain hook. Can we please get a lot more of him. And I love belle and rumple. Here's to hoping she can save him from himself. I really wish they could find a way to balance fairy tale world and storybrooke in one episode though . Looks like the doctor is frankenstein. Kind of lame imho

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Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

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


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