FANTASTIC episode! I can't say enough about Rose McGowan as Young Cora. Dang, she was amazing in those scenes with Rumple, where her survival instincts morph into an overwhelming desire for power at any cost. It was fascinating to see Rumple seduced by her because it seemed to be very organic on both their parts, each mixing lust w/power and appreciating the fact that they don't have to hide their real desires anymore. They didn't seem to have an agenda during the fairy tale part. But, as their relationship grew, Rumple clearly let his guard down, while Cora's brain never let her heart take over. I think Cora did love Rumple. It's just that love wasn't as important to her as power & control. Interesting that she never tried to have both because the lady was smart. I guess she knew that as long as she was with him, she'd never be the top dog and he'd always have some kind of control over her.
@Doe-Rae - Watch the final scene between Rumple & Young Cora. She explicitly states that she will never have his children. Regina is Cora & Prince Henry's child.
@TFV168 - Pay attention to the names. Snow's parents were King Leopold & Queen Eva. Bratty Princess Eva went on to marry Leopold in a different kingdom because Cora married Henry for power (although why Cora was never crowned hasn't been explained). There are different kingdoms & ruling families, and not everyone is related. Snow didn't know Charming's family at all. Did you watch the opening scenes? Cora & Eva couldn't be sisters. Eva was a princess from birth. Cora was a poor miller's daughter who was about 10 years older.
@isoron - I think NBC just lost it's collective mind. February is SWEEPS month, and they came in at the bottom of the barrel (behind Univision!) because they put their most popular shows (REVOLUTION, GRIMM, THE VOICE) on hiatus while trying to introduce new ones in that period. The two that returned were COMMUNITY & SMASH, which were never solid hits to begin with. Someone over there really dropped the ball.
Enjoyed the episode so much! While I'm not the biggest fan of Juliette, I think Bitsie Tulloch nailed her delivery of, "What now?" when she opened her front door to see both Renard & Nick on her porch. That was hilarious! I think viewers forget she's been through a LOT, and has no knowledge of the Wesen world as Hank does (plus her memories of Nick are gone). She must think she's losing her mind. That brings up the ONE plot hole they didn't plug - how did they get Juliette to agree to all this when she's doesn't remember any of Nick's Grimm backstory? It's all hocus pocus to her, and I'm surprised she isn't rejecting it outright like before.
Also loved the last scenes in the shop. FINALLY everyone is together in one shot - Nick, Monroe, Rosalee, Renard, & Juliette. I don't think that has ever happened. The only one missing was Hank.
I agree with the review for the most part. What had me confused in this episode is how Julia is changing the book of BOMBSHELL. Now, it's going to be about how *men* see Marilyn and how they speak for her. How is this an improvement? I guess we'll have to see. This sounds even more shallow because it's what we've ALWAYS seen about Monroe, everybody else's fantasies projected on to her. I don't see how this viewpoint will result in a musical about a strong, independent woman.
To those who think Beckett should have been in Paris helping Rick, she wouldn't have been able to help a fly. An American detective who doesn't speak French and has no jurisdiction in a foreign country would be told by Parisian detectives to go through the proper channels before they'd give her the time of day. You think the French treat non-French speaking tourists rudely? Consider how they'd snub Kate if she tried walking into Parisian police headquarters and demanding assistance, in English. Er, no. In this case, Rick (who has probably listened to more French) had more underground connections in that country than Kate did. He had no qualms about doing things under the table, or illegal, to get Alexis back. Leaving Kate out was the best choice. But, frankly, what a waste of Dylan Walsh as the FBI agent. He didn't do anything!
As a former Nora supporter, I feel I've given her as much leeway as possible. She has a lot of nerve treating Aidan the way she does when she lives at *his* place with her boyfriend, and brought in a baby wolf to crash indefinitely. Aren't Aidan & Josh co-leasors of that brownstone? Aidan was more than generous allowing her & Erin to stay there, and she's been acting like a total beyotch since he returned. If she doesn't like Aidan's presence in her life, why doesn't she get the h*ll out of there? And, Josh, you weenie, there are roommate rules that you are violating left & right by allowing your lover to act like she owns the place. Get a backbone, man!
@lut008 - Great point!
@Varrius - I also thought about the stake. If Josh cleaned up Aidan & took away any weird evidence before the ambulance arrived, he should have seen it because Aidan wasn't in any shape to hide it. Sloppy writing.
@jollyjumper2000 - During all of Nora's scenes in the hospital, I also couldn't help thinking "Why is she so bent out of shape about Erin? Erin isn't an infant. She doesn't even know the girl and she's acting like she loves her as much as Josh." The emotion was way overplayed. She spent more time with the purebred twins, and didn't care about them that much. Time for Nora to be killed by Liam, then for Josh to kill Liam and get scratched in the process.
The *only* thing I didn't like about this episode was the lack of the opening credits. SHERLOCK has one of the best original opening credit sequences on tv IMO. I realize the trend now is to not have one and go right into the show, putting all the credits in mice type on the lower lefthand corner of the screen. But, when you've got a good one, why give it up? My other favorites are not original. They're the retro openings for DALLAS & HAWAII 5-0, which fans of the original series (like myself) get a kick out of seeing every week.
I enjoy VEGAS. But, are we expected to believe that Mia hasn't seen Jack without his shirt on since her father was murdered? Rizzo tortured Jack for hours, and he had the wounds to prove it. Did she not notice ANY of it? Was he not in pain after enduring repeated electric shocks to his chest?
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