Once Upon a Time Review: The Barfly & the Beast

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Just when Mr. Gold thought he had a chance to get Belle back, "Lacey" entered the picture and nothing will ever be the same on Once Upon a Time.

Belle and Billiards

Perhaps everyone in Storybrooke needs to be a little nicer to Regina. She doesn't deal with rejection well... or being the last to know.

Someone really should have informed Regina that Henry's father was in town, but then again it's not as though they're a close family. She and Emma can barely tolerate each other for Henry's sake and Mary Margaret did just kill her mother. That will leave family relations a bit strained.

But hearing the news from Gold - who snarkily remarked, "You didn't get the birth announcement?" - wasn't the best case scenario. It left Regina wanting to hurt someone - and she took her anger out on Belle.

So much for our sweet, demure, book loving librarian. Now we've got a girl with short skirts who asks for the bottle instead of a glass and ends up in alleyways with men she barely knows.  

Granny's reaction said it all in this Once Upon a Time quote…

 What the hell happened to you? You raid the back of Ruby's closet? | permalink

After watching Belle unearth Rumpelstiltskin's good side back in the fairy tale world, it was disheartening to see Lacey bring back his dark side. Some girls just love the bad boys and Mr. Gold was more than happy to oblige.

In other news, the magic beans were almost ready to be harvested and Mary Margaret's blackened heart had her running back to the fairy tale world. Only she wants Emma and Henry to come with them.  

I hadn't thought there was any chance Emma would even consider it until David put it to her this way…

Emma: This world is my home.
David: It's been nothing but cruel to you. If we go back I think you might be able to have your happy ending. | permalink

That's certainly alluring. Of course her fate in that world could just as easily end with an ogre ripping her limb from limb, so who's to say what will happen? The truth is no one can promise anyone their happy ending. 

Not that things in Storybrooke aren't equally strange. It wasn't that long ago that Emma and August were flirting. Now he's a little boy playing with her kid. That's just disturbing.

With Hook back in town, what havoc will he bring down on Storybrooke? Has Gold completely given up on Belle and decided to indulge in bad girl Lacey? And will Regina destroy the beans, or use them to her advantage? With only three episodes left in Once Upon a Time season 2, there are plenty of questions in need of answers.

Lacey Review

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

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