Once Upon a Time: The Monster Mash
by Justin Jasso
When last we ended, Hook had just shot Belle in the back and a car came around the corner, plowing into the pirate. Belle was pushed across the barrier line, causing her to lose her memory. Emma, Charming and Snow show up with medics to take care of Belle, Hook and the unidentified man. They are all taken to the hospital where Dr. Whale/Frankenstein is to operate.
There is initially a discussion as to whether or not this person from out of town should be saved. If he is, and he remembers seeing Gold ready a fire ball to throw at Hook, that could lead to tourists. Plus, the general population doesn’t do well with things that are different and likes to experiment on them. However, a decision is made and Whale is told to save him. Whale agrees but eventually decides to take off and not perform the surgery.
Meanwhile, Regina is hiding underneath the cemetery in her secret room of hearts when Henry comes in. She lets him in, and he turns into Cora, who explains why she framed her daughter. Regina threatens to tell everyone that it was a setup. On the way to meet Emma, Snow, Charming and everyone else, Cora tells her that regardless if she turns her in or not, she’ll always be seen as the evil queen and no one will ever trust her. Regina, sadly, comes to this realization and a mother-daughter connection appears to be formed again.
Once Emma, Snow and Charming find out that Whale has disappeared, they have Red go search for him. She finds him overlooking the ocean with a watch from the “intruder” in his hands. He throws it in the ocean then jumps in himself, but Red rushes over and catches him. After a heart-to-heart with Red, Whale decides to go back and performs the surgery, saving this man’s life. Once he awakes, Emma goes in and asks him if he saw anything. He says he was texting and looked up at the last second and hit the guy and that was all. Emma thanks him for being honest and leaves. The man immediately calls a woman on the phone and tells her that she’ll never believe what he saw.
Mr. Gold is trying to help Belle remember who she really is, but to no avail. He even brings her the chipped tea cup, but she gets upset and throws it against a wall, destroying it. Gold leaves truly heartbroken. Cora had visited Gold earlier and asks to have a truce and be friends again, even offering Gold a token of her sincerity. This token happens to be a device which will show Gold the location of his son. After leaving Belle, he puts the device to use then goes to visit Emma to call in the favor she owes him. She is going to help him track down his son. And should anything happen to Belle while he is gone, he threatens to kill everyone. No pressure.
In Fairytale Land past, there is the story of Frankenstein. His father shuts down his work and sets him up to go away. But Rumple appears and offers him plenty of gold to show him how he does what he does. After Frankenstein’s brother is killed, he fails at bringing him back to life. But after receiving a heart from Regina, he’s able to. His brother then kills his father but realizes that he’s really a monster. Frankenstein goes to kill him, but can’t, and vows to make it right.
It was a matter of time before Cora and Regina met back up, but I didn’t think it would be that easy for Cora to get her daughter back. Apparently Cora is more convincing than I gave her credit for. Now, with Hook, he’s chained up in a hospital recovering from broken ribs. Where does the story go from here with him? For now, it seems at a standstill and I don’t see a whole lot more unless Peter Pan just happens to show up.
Speaking of this “lost boy,” it seems like we will finally be able to meet Gold’s son. Now whether or not he’s Peter Pan, as predicted, is another story all together. But if he isn’t in Storybrooke, and no one from Storybrooke was able to leave the city, how did he get wherever he is? Just another question we’ll find out in coming episodes hopefully.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars