Once Upon a Time Review: True Love's Mistake

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Cunning vilains and blazing romance took over this week's Once Upon a Time, as "Into the Deep" dropped us into the netherworld where true love was exactly where we hoped it would be... but not what we expected.

We'll start with the villains.

Cora vs. Hook

Cora and Hook. Loyalty was a fluid thing with these two. Perhaps loyalty's too strong a term. Maybe it's that they're both working towards a common goal and willing to use one another to get it and trample over everyone else in the process.

That Cora kicked Hook to the curb certainly wasn't a surprise. She'll only keep him around as long as he's useful. But now that she has Aurora's heart, is there really a use for Hook? Either way, it certainly looked as though he'd bought himself some time.

And what's up with all of those hearts? They seemed to be everywhere. Talk about creepy.

Poor Aurora. Just when I was beginning to like her, she had to go and get her heart ripped out…literally. Finally she was brave and plucky, not whiny, and now she's under Cora's control. Sigh.

This week Mulan took over as the most annoying character. She must have had it bad for Philip to take that vow to protect Aurora so seriously. And if she learned anything, it was not to go up against Snow when Charming with their family are on the line. Mulan would have been wearing that arrow if Aurora hadn't shown up when she did.

Back in Storybrook, watching Rumple and Belle share burgers at Granny's was a wonderfully normal moment, complete with Rumple's explanation of the importance of condiments.

You should try it with ketchup. Condiments are this world's most powerful magic. | permalink

Then the woman who held Belle captive for 28 years walked in and the moment was over.

It was great to see Regina, Rumple and David forced to work together. Regina was right. She and Charming don't agree on much but protecting Henry is the exception.

Henry and Regina's conversation about her only using magic to help people was very sweet. Henry seemed to believe her but I'm not nearly as easy to convince. 

And David may have saved Henry from the fires of the sleeping curse, yet in going under one himself, he's left his grandson in the hands of Regina and Rumplestilskin. Out of the frying pan, as they say.

Charming and Snow. Oh, it was wonderful to see Charming and Snow sharing a scene together. It's been far too long. But Charming was so certain that Snow would be able to break his sleeping curse with true love's kiss that I knew something was going to go wrong.

Yet I was still disappointed when they weren't able to kiss or even hold one another. Damn you netherworld! Still, the angsty romance almost brought me to tears.  And how can anyone not love Charming's Once Upon a Time quote to Snow...

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Now Emma and Snow are more frantic than ever to get back to Storybrooke. Will they find the ink or will they have commandeer a mermaid to get more? Will Cora and Hook get there first? And how long will Charming be stuck in the fires of the mysterious netherworld?

Watch the promo for next week's Once Upon a Time winter finale and meet me back here on Sunday night to discuss all that goes down!


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Loved Rumple & Belle/it was too short though Regina could have waited a minute.....while I do not trust Gold with Henry that is one thing Regina will not allow him to be hurt and he is a pretty clever kid. Hook so disappointed me with SB as he has such great Emma chem but now I cannot trust him. While it may be rocky they have sold me on Snow & Charming always finding each other so am not worried about them.....Mulan needs to go away I find her very annoying. On a different note I love all the fairy tale costumes on all but especially some of the women when they are in fight or ride mode with all the skirt/trouser/leather stuff. Lastly why oh why must we have these ridiculous winter breaks on TV..............not only are they annoying but to me they mess up the momentum.


How did hook get aruoras heart??? he woke her up, talked to her and sent her on her way. when did he take it? hows she not know its missing?? so many questions. great episode though!


Ariel. She's a fairytale character and a mermaid. They're setting us up for Ariel!
And i agree with the reviewer. Aurora was just getting my happy feelings going when she turned into a heartless zombie. It's sad.

Spindae 2o

A really good intense episode!
I so much love Snow! So strong and Fragil at the same time. She is strong when needed and so nice when her Charming is around. I love her chemistry with Emma and Charming really well done.
Hook! Hmmmmm! Really don't know what will happen. I hope he comes to Storybrook. I love his chemistry with Emma. so let's seeeee! Aurora! I really liked her! It was strange she was a sleep but not in the other reality(I mean when Hook woke her up!). Shame she got her heart ripped of! and how will Mulan react!? Can Aurora be reLived!?


A few inconsistencies in this ep: 1. How the heck did Mulan manage to escape from Emma and Snow in the first place? Emma wasn't asleep and Snow waking up/panicking took literally a minute. Mulan here is a warrior, not a ninja. Also, Emma is too paranoid to let any slip up. 2. Was I the only one who thought that Darming going under the sleeping curse was a terrible idea? True love's kiss is a real world thing. It's never been tried in the nether world and the risk of it failing was really high. Now he's gone and left Henry grampa-less and the whole town leaderless. 3. I thought only practiced magicians can rip hearts out. Hook's background did not include innate magic ability... or did the writers just retcon that entire thing? Otherwise, I did enjoy the angsty Snow/Darmy moments and Henry's desperate wish to be a hero in the traditional sense.


Awww...The scenes between Rumple and Belle/Snow and Charming were absolutely beautiful! Just because of them i fell in love with this episode.
But the Sleeping Hook fans were totally scr@@d over! I assume they flew with happiness when Hook released Aurora...and then...BAM! Poor Aurora... I had just started liking her. Mulan on the other hand is really starting to get on my nerves and that's sad,beacause i was expecting her to become one of my favorites.


Gah I despise aurora and mulan. Off with their heads!!! My god darming is just *swoon* . I love him. I LOVE DARMING!!! His and Snow's love is beautiful. And he is so so fine. And let me state this for the millionth time: SNOW IS A BAMF!!! She was brilliant with those arrows. Her love and desperation for darming is sooo sweet. Their scene got me teary. And rump this ep was great. I love is gentleness with henry. There is redemption in he and regina. And Ireally loved the scene between henry and regina. She really is trying. Oh and emma was pointless again


Arrgh!I'm getting so frustrated with this whole one step forward 25 steps back! I just hope that Emma and Snow get through safely next week. Ugh cannot wait for next week! Wish someone in abc would just release ep 9 ahead of time.


lolollolol bye bye aurrora you shrewd bitch


I am a little confused..so I wouldn't be if Hook hadn't told Aurora his message and then had Cora alter it and expand on it. I mean overall I am assuming Hook is playing everyone but I cannot help but wonder if that was someone else's cursed heart since all those drawers opened and Cora barely took note before she raised her zombie army that maybe Hook took one, took some blood or whatever from Aurora when she was out so he could follow them and switch sides again. And clearly rumple's cell is gone by looks of the previews...they were all on a beach and I am guessing everyone needs Hook to find a mermaid..and yes it is too bad that Aurora was just being less annoying and useless to the group.

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