Once Upon a Time Review: The World Comes to Storybrooke

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Belle was terrified; Rumple's heart was broken ;and Cora returned to cause more havoc.

But "In the Name of the Brother" may have found Storybrooke's worst trouble yet in the eyes of a stranger.

Belle and Mary Margaret

Back in the Fairy Tale World… First off, Henry was right. Dr. Frankenstein's Monster is not a fairy tale. I've always considered it more of a horror story. I know some will disagree, but I've never been thrilled that they've incorporated this story into the show.

The one I felt true sorrow for was Dr. Frankenstein's brother. All Gerhardt did was try to help his sibling. For his trouble he was shot, turned into a monster and even when he begged to be put out of his misery his brother turned him down. I couldn't quite be sure if he swore to save him out of love, hope or ego.

In Storybrooke, our favorite characters contemplated murder. Even though Dr. Whale was happy to let them off the hook and say that letting the stranger (aka Greg) succumb to his injuries was not technically murder, it sure sounded close enough to it to make me cringe.

But I loved the conversation about what letting Greg go could bring to Storybrooke. Rumple worried that tour buses looking for magic would suddenly be riding down main street and Leroy worried that they'd be inundated with fearful onlookers causing trouble like in movies E.T. and Splash.

Of course having your surgeon drinking while on shift could have been enough to off the poor guy without even trying.

Greg wasn't the only accident victim. Hook was laid up with broken ribs after getting punted by that car. He tried to sound cocky and in control even while flat on his back but Emma was quick to point out the flaws in his logic in this great Once Upon a Time quote

        Keep smiling buddy. You're chained down. He's on his feet, immortal, has magic, and you hurt his girl. If I were to pick dead guy of the year. I'd pick you. | permalink

So very true. I was surprised Rumple hadn't found a way to get to Hook despite the guarded room but he did have other things on his mind.

Belle was terrified... of her one true love and that broke Rumple's heart. Nothing was sadder than seeing her shatter their beloved tea cup that started it all. 

Cora showing her face made for some scenes that made me shiver. First, she was much too humble when she approached Rumple and simpered, "I only know what you taught me." Then watching her snoop through Regina's home and sniff her clothes was just weird. 

I really thought that was Henry searching for him mother and had no doubt that Regina would open the door for him. For all she's done, she truly loves her son.  Unfortunately, Cora's a quick study. It only took one little hand print ornament to tell her how to get inside Regina's heart.

I was proud of Regina for standing up for the townspeople and realizing that Cora's frame up was air tight. Why wouldn't they believe it?

But Cora was quick to play on Regina's insecurities and fear of Emma stealing Henry away from her forever. I can only hope Regina is smart enough to realize her mother is manipulating her once again.

This episode gave us lots of wonderful small moments…

  • Any idea that starts with we just need a body, is almost always a bad one.
  • Ruby telling Whale, how Regina underestimated "how much crap we wanted to forget."
  • Mary Margaret uttering "Has anyone noticed he's drunk off his ass?"  
  • Star Wars finding it's way to Storybrooke…in the form of a ringtone.

As Emma takes off with Rumple to find Baelfire, can anyone help Belle regain her memories?  Will Cora actually confess about "killing" Archie and how will Henry factor in to her evil plan? And now that the word about magic is out there, will Storybrooke ever be the same?


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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my 2 favorite lines were snow "it was not weird we were cursed." & regina "lets wake up henry, emma and (lol) those 2 idiots". The only thing better would have been when snow said hush up leroy, she said hush up grumpy. I liked the mixing of horror and fairy tales. Rumple in mary shelly was a hoot. Cant wait to c the culture shock of rumple in new york(?). Funny how the moral of the season is do not do good deeds cause they hurt u. Snow saves regina, belle saves hook, now the town saves the driver and each time disaster follows. One thing, if the town has had no contact with the outside world: how did rumple get henry for regina, how did henry leave town, how does the town get supplies, even new comic books. Maybe they mean contact since magic was brought back. Remember August came from outside. One question, will season 2 be twenty or twenty-two episodes?


I agree Belle was over reacting to Rumpie and no one seemed to care about her losing her memory but Rumpie. Cora smelling Regina's clothes was odd. Like Red and Dr. Whale together. Her saying I ate my boyfriend was the best line of the show. I was wondering when someone would notice that Frankinstein is not a fairytale. Love when they do the Frankinstein they do it in black and white like the old movies. Three weeks is a long wait but at least it is not as bad as having to wait until March for Grimm to come back on. Stupid NBC! Rumpie in the real world should be funny. I think he is going to find out Henry is his grandchild.


Thanks, MonkeyC - I was thinking the same as the others who forgot about that. Good assessment. I liked the episode because it a little of everything, while still running a coherent story of its own. All the pieces fit together in a plain way, in order. My favorite line was, "I ate my boyfriend."


The thing most people seem to be overlooking about Belle's huge overreaction was that since she passed the town line, her fairy tale memories all disappeared, leaving only the life and thoughts she had in Storybrooke before everyone realized that they were cursed. Belle was locked up in a HOSPITAL BASEMENT in the LOONY BIN. This type of stuff usually messes with a person's mind. It made her paranoid and scared, and of course wasn't used to being around people, especially someone hovering over her bed as she's sleeping kissing her. I'm pretty sure if you're locked up in a mental institution for years of your life, you wouldn't be used to being told that people love you and are trying to help you. I also thought it was a huge reaction, but then I remembered this, and pushed that thought out of my mind. It makes sense that she reacted that way.

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An ok show today. Didn't like it when Belle throw the chipped cup. Hope that she will find her memory comes back.


Last night episode was just ok for me. I was really frustrated with Belle. I understand that she no longer remembers Rumple but I think the acting was so over the top. She acted like he was hideous and thought of him touching her was the worst thing ever. I was so mad when she threw that cup. I love scenes with Red in it, she should have more lines. Loved her talk with Whale. Don't like the fact that we have to wait 3 more weeks to see a new episode.


I thought this was a good episode, despite the fact that Frankenstein, or the New Promethius, by Mary Shelley, was a horror novel, and not a fairy tale, though it had legendary elements to it. It is often considered one of the first horror novels ever written.Still, I think it is interesting that "Dr Whale" took his name from the director of the first Frankenstein movie, James Whale. That said, I really hope that no one brings Bram Stoker's Dracula to StoryBrook, because the way people view Vampires today as some kind of sexy glittering rock stars isn't how Stoker wrote them. I really hope, also, that the guy who hit Hook isn't going to bring in lots of lookee-lous to Storybrook. I also hope that Rumple and Emma find Bae rather quickly, because if they leave the town alone too long, Cora and Regina will wreak havoc!


i like this one. i am so glad that red had an bigger part this season. like to see how this all works out since we now know greg lied


Maybe it's just me but I have grown rather tired of the show as of late. I loved the episode where Emma and Snow came home. It was great. The first new episode, with Archie dying just wants very good to me. I love it when they are in the enchanted forest. Now it is like watching Revenge maybe with better costumes. I like the fairy tales and magic. Bring that back instead of showing this soap opera stuff and maybe I will become interested again. And I agree, they could ditch Dr Whale/Frankenstein any day and it wouldn't be soon enough for me. What's next vampires?


No-memory-Belle reminds me of keeps-a-dead-squirrel-as-her-baby-Claire. Love it!

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