Once Upon a Time Round Table: "The Tower"

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In Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 14, Rapunzel let her hair down "The Tower," but were fans impressed as she battled her fear? And what does the Wicked Witch have planned for Charming's courage?

Our TV Fanatics Robin Harry, Jim Garne  and Christine Orlando are joined here by Gareth from Once Upon a Fan to discuss Rumpelstiltskin's state of mind, Charming's visit with Rapunzel and why Hook can't stop talking about the flying monkeys.

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What did you think of Rapunzel's story?

Gareth: Not at all what I expected. Rapunzel acted more as a supporting player in Charming's story, much like many of the guest stars do. It worked but I think I was expecting more from Rapunzel. I liked the theme of how your own fears can keep you imprisoned, the execution of it was a little clunky however. 

Robin: I agree with Gareth - it was clunky and underwhelming. That being said - the shadowy figure moving through the woods scared the crap out of me.  If that thing was chasing me, I'd probably scale a tower wall too. 

Jim: A bit of a let down, really. I was really hoping we would learn more about her and her family. 

Christine: Other than how her story of fear mirrored Charming's, I was kind of bored. But much like Robin I thought the shadowy figure following David in the woods was creepiness at its best. 

Do you think the Wicked Witch has actually stolen Charming's courage?

Gareth: I think she has planted doubt in his mind and that may affect him as we get further into the season. It's a very clever reinterpretation of the Wizard of Oz characters. Charming now cast as the Cowardly Lion, Rumple has lost his mind and is now the Scarecrow. So who will lose a heart? 

Robin: Not completely, but probably enough to render him useless against the Witch. My theory is that Snow's baby is Dorothy, the one person that can take the Wicked Witch down, so the Witch needs all her defenders out of the way.

Jim: I think she's stolen a symbol of it. And, as we know, symbols can have meanings. Not sure yet what she's got planned for it. 

Christine:  I'm curious to see where they're going with this. Will his courage fail him at an importune moment? And who will symbolize the Tin Man without a heart? And is the baby Dorothy or is Emma? At this point I'm really intrigued about where this story arc is headed.

Has Rumpelstiltskin truly gone mad?

Gareth: I think he's had a very rough year. Who knows what sort of nasty stuff the Wicked Witch has commanded him to do. Like I said, Rumple losing his mind plays into the Wizard of Oz mythos perfectly, with Rumple now taking on the role of the Scarecrow. 

Robin: I don't think so, not completely. Rumpel still seems to have a sliver of cognizance. He was aware enough of his situation to have insight about so-called "appearances", and to know that the Witch wanted something from him.

Jim: Gone? He was already mad, now he's just out of control. 

Christine:  I loved Rumpel's ramblings in his cage. He did sound crazy but he was sane enough to break out of his cage. Now I just hope he can make his way to Belle.

Hook seems fixated on the flying monkeys. Why?

Gareth: Hook is definitely hiding something, as Emma finally pointed out. It wouldn't surprise me if Hook knows a lot more than he is letting on or is having his strings pulled by somebody. 

Robin: Hook practically admitted that there's more he knows that he can't (or won't) tell. Whatever it is though, I think he's withholding it to protect Emma and everyone else. I'm pretty sure Hook would rather die than be the cause of Emma's hurt. 

Jim: You get chased by a flying simian and see if you're not a bit obsessed too. 

Christine: Very true, Jim. Perhaps he just relates them to Emma's suitors. Walsh was one and he thinks Neal may be one. But yeah, I think Hook knows more that he's saying. I only hope that when the truth comes out it doesn't hurt his chances with Emma. The girl's already got some serious trust issues. We don't want Hook making it worse.

What was your favorite scene from this Once Upon a Time Season 3 episode?

Gareth: I came to this show via Lost, rather than being a huge Disney fan, so I appreciate the darker moments and there were plenty in this episode. The tower scenes were very effective and creepy. However I just loved the interaction between Zelena and Rumple in the cage. It was a great extended scene and left me wanting much more. In my opinion, the show is at its best when it veers away from Disney and embraces the darker side of fairy tales. 

Robin: Emma and Hook talking in the woods.  Their banter is fun and playful, but geez, I just can't handle the chemistry between them - it's seriously off the freakin' charts. When he looked at her and said he was glad her heart still works - I melted.

Jim: As Robin already mentioned one of the best lines in the episode, I will mention the overall scene I really enjoyed: That of Regina and Henry in the park. It was nice to see her softer side again. 

Christine: OK, Robin took my first choice so in the interest of variety I'm going to go with David battling his fear in the woods. Like Gareth, I kind of like the darker, creepier moments and that shadowy figure stalking David through the forest was truly frightening. 

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


I liked the Rapunzel tale due to it being about fears which connected well with Charming and so on. And i hope Charming gets to be a father to his new baby and also Emma.
My fave is Emma/Hook - that charged scene. And what Hook says, yes he is glad her heart is broken coz it means she allowed herself to feel, fall in love and she can do it again, heal and love again! etc and such a Wizard of Oz statement. That scene between them was meant to build up to the kiss for us audience to want it, and the tension is rising. Cant wait to see what Hook did to find Emma


"I'm pretty sure Hook would rather die than be the cause of Emmaus hurt." I could not agree more with this statement!! I thought it was very interesting that Hook used the word "tale" when he told Emma he was sticking to it - can't wait to find out what really happened to our Captain during that year but anyone who doubts Hooks sincere intentions towards Emma at this point hasn't been paying a lot of attention. I'm so in awe of Hooks selfless love for Emma - and that line "If it can be broken, it means it still works" made my heart melt. Who ever penned it is a genius, not only because of the reference to the tin man in Oz, but because it expressed Hook's love for Emma in a very profound yet not clichéd way. He's heartbroken over the fact that she loved someone else and yet he is sincerely happy Emma can still feel that way in spite of everything she's been through. By telling her it's okay to feel the heartache he gives her hope that she can feel love again if she'll allow herself to and that she can have everything she wants because her heart still works - and he hopes that she will allow her heart to love him. I'm hoping that as well - with all my heart.
Hook was saved by Emma from an empty life of a hollow pursuit - now she only needs to let him save her and give her a true home. He's the only one who has consistently fought for Emma and loved her for who she is...
Very well done by the writers and Colin and Jennifer.


Rapunzel story was weird. It could have been any fairy tale character they could have used for that storyline. I still don't get the cutting the hair part. I loved the creep factor in the episode though. I think Neal will be the tin man based off the promo. He seemed to be clutching his heart. Rumple is the scarecrow I love it! I think Hook's keeping a secret with Emma in mind. I don't think he will let anything hurt her. Emma and Hook were my favorite scene too. I thought they were gonna kiss!

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Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 14 Quotes

If you want to waste your time playing Nancy Drew be my guest.


Charming: This is every thing I ever hoped for you.
Emma: Me too. It's a shame I never got it.