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Previewing Once Upon a Time‘s Next Episode (Spoilers)

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Having seen the promo photos and four clips from Sunday’s new episode of Once Upon a Time “In the Name of the Brother,” I am very excited to see it. Written by the wonderful Jane Espenson (who will be a guest on my radio show Monday night for a live interview), episode 12 of the series’ second season, combines Gothic horror, family confrontations, a vengeful (and banged up) pirate, plenty of pathos and a couple of shady deals. Phew! (And I haven’t even seen the episode yet!)

ABC has released to the press four clips, and I’m here to share them with you. I hope you’ll enjoy them along with a couple promo shots from the episode.

My vote for best line of the episode (or at least in the sneak peeks) goes to Emma (Jennifer Morrison). Talking to a handcuffed, broken (bones, that is), unrepentant, and quite slimy Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), Emma wonders why the pirate is so “chipper” with all that’s happened. He explains that he’s gotten what he’s wanted; he’s hurt Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold’s (Robert Carlyle) heart by shooting Belle (Emilie de Ravin), and more importantly by making sure she doesn’t recognize her beloved (that’s cruel). “I’ve hurt his heart,” Hook explains.

Emma retorts, “You’re chained down; he’s on his feet. He’s immortal, has magic, and you hurt his girl. If I were to pick ‘dead guy of the year’ I’d pick you!” It’s a fantastic line, suggesting that Rumple is far from through with his enemy.

Although it’s the best line among the four clips I’ve watched, the other clips suggest the entire episode will be brilliant. There is one clip in which we go with Dr. Whale (David Anders) back to his home. His father has no interest in Whale’s scientific pursuits, conferring on him an army commission, which would put a halt to his experiments, which he derides as foolishness and which he refuses to monetarily support. The scenes back in Whale’s homeland are shot in a stunning high definition black and white, just as “The Doctor” had been.

In another clip, we learn that the guy who crashed his car at the end of “The Outsider” is in serious condition and bleeding into his lungs. Will he die? Certainly some in Storybrooke hope so, certainly Red (Meghan Ory). All their lives and their peaceful (?) existence in town will be greatly threatened if outsiders are allowed to come and go as they please. (I wonder if the solution is to have Mr. Gold put in place some sort of blocking or gatekeeping spell?).

And the final clip reveals the first confrontation between Cora (Barbara Hershey) and Regina. Cora is full of remorse and regret at what she’s done and wants to start anew with her daughter. Regina isn’t buying, but she may be softening (and I would advise against that, dearie!).

Once Upon a Time airs Sunday night at 8:00 ET on ABC.

Videos courtesy of ABC via TVPromos


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About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is publisher and executive editor of Blogcritics. Her first Historical Fantasy novel, The Apothecary's Curse is due out from Prometheus Books (Pyr Imprint) October 2016. A noted entertainment writer, Barbara is author of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.. She has contributed short stories to two anthologies, and chapters in a non-fiction book on spirituality and pregnancy. But Barbara writes on an everything from film to politics to technology to all things pop culture and spirituality.