Jefferson (The Mad Hatter, played by Sebastian Stan) reunites with his daughter on the urging of Henry (Jared Gilmore), whose own mother seems now lost to him. But not all parental (and step-parental) relationships in Once Upon a Time Land are sweet; some are actually quite toxic as evidenced by the vengeful King George, who has, it seems, had found his way to Storybrooke with nearly everyone else, and has now discovered Charming. I'm not sure that this will be a very pleasant reunion.
And of course, there's Cora, Regina's viper of a mother. She's still stuck in the wasteland, but, now out of prison, she seeks a way to get into Storybrooke. She will undoubtedly track close behind Emma, Snow, Mulan and Aurora, hoping to tag along when they finally find a way to cross back into modern times.
With the focus on Snow, Emma and three new characters, there was little time for Regina, and no time at all to see what Rumple (Robert Carlyle) and Belle (Emilie de Ravin) are up to; the reunited lovers are nowhere to be seen, and that's truly unfortunate. The story always has some really snap particularly when he's around, whether as Rumple (the most manic character) or as Gold (the edgiest character). And with Regina's (Lana Parrilla) screen time also minimal this week, the snap that really makes Once Upon a Time rock was missing big time.
But never fear! If you caught the preview for next week’s episode, I’m betting you’re as breathless with anticipation as I am for “Crocodile.” We will finally learn the circumstances that led to Rumple’s wife Milah leaving him (bet it has something to do with Captain Hook!), as well as checking in on how Mr. Gold and Belle are faring these days, and it doesn’t look very good. A couple of images from next week's episode to tide you over 'till then:
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
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