The other day my brother informed me that my review/recaps have been really heavy on the recap, and too light on the review. So, I’m going to try to break that cycle this week and focus on the review part. I just wish I had better things to say about this week’s episode. There was nothing glaringly wrong with this episode. The acting was good, the sets and effects were awesome as usual. Unfortunately, there was nothing glaringly great about this episode either, which progressed in a very predictable and uninspiring way. I’ll get to that later.
Ruby/Red fans will be excited about this episode, which is almost all about her both in Our World and in the Enchanted Forest of yesteryear. My favorite parts were with the return of King George, where Alan Dale gives a solid and commanding performance as the bitter overthrown despot. Sadly, his acting abilities are hampered by the cheesiness of this week’s writing.
The dwarves are mining for fairy dust and discover a vein of the required diamonds. The Blue Fairy tells David that in a day’s time they will have enough fairy dust to make Jefferson’s hat work again and rescue Emma and Snow, so he should keep the magic hat nice and safe (keep that predictable thing in mind). While celebrating at Granny’s, he is approached by King George, who predictable swears doom and gloom on David and promises that he wrest control of the town away from the nascent sheriff. Ruby is approached by a man named Billy, who used to be a mouse that lived with Cinderella, who wants to take Ruby out for dinner, Ruby begs off. Ruby and Granny build a cage for Ruby, who is going to go through the first wolf’s time in 28 years thanks to the return of magic. Ruby swears that she will not be responsible for the death of anyone after eating her fiancé Peter.
In the Enchanted Forest, Red and Snow are running away from the Queen’s guards. They decide to split up and meet again tomorrow. Red is led by a mysterious stranger to a den of werewolves. They turn out to be led by Red’s mother, whom Red was led to believe by Granny was dead. They teach Red how to control herself while in wolf form. Snow blunders in, meeting Red’s mother. She has been followed by the Queen’s men. The guards kill one of the wolves, which causes Red’s mother to declare that Snow must die because she led the guards there. In the course of trying to save Snow, Red accidently kills her mother.
Meanwhile, Ruby predictably (yes, that is the word of the week) gets out of the cage. Later she and David discover the body of Billy, the former mouse, torn in half. King George whips the town into a wolf killing frenzy, declaring that David is too close to Ruby to be objective and do what’s best for the town. Ruby, also believing she killed Billy, plans to allow the townspeople to kill her while she in wolf form. In the nick of time, David discovers a bloody hatchet, the murder weapon, in George’s car. Along with Ruby’s magic red hood, which George stole so she would have no choice but to turn into a wolf. After dispersing the crowd, George burns Jefferson’s hat in front of David, so he will know what it is like to have no hope for a family.
Gold gives Henry a potion to help with the nightmares. Turns out when you are in a sleeping curse your soul or spirit goes to a different universe. There is no way to end this side effect, so the potion he gives Henry will allow Henry to control his actions while in this nightmare realm. He uses it, and is able to communicate with Aurora while in this nightmare-scape. Aurora tells Emma and Snow she met Henry in her nightmare.
So: all in all, a predictable episode. You knew Red was going to choose Snow (or herself as she claims) over her mother, King George was going to frame Ruby for Billy’s death, and David was going to save them all in the end. King George destroying the hat was no shocker either. Hopefully next week they get back to surprising us!