Emma agrees to help Gideon and Rumple take down the Black Fairy. Meanwhile, Henry experiences a scary shift in his Authorial powers. Get a sneak peek of tonight’s Once Upon a Time!
In last week’s Once Upon a Time, we came full circle with Jasmine and Aladdin’s story! In “A Wondrous Place”, we flashed to Agrabah several years ago with the Sultan (Jasmine’s father) meeting with several princes. He showed them one of the crown jewels of the city, a ring. Whoever Jasmine picked to marry would get the ring as her dowry. Jasmine dismissed the group because she wanted to marry for love, even though the Sulatan told her that duty came first. With Jafar threatening Agrabah, they needed a prince with an army. She tried to tell her dad about the hero she found, Aladdin. However, Jafar interrupted, and he said the only way to save the kingdom would be for Jasmine to marry him. She would have until sundown to decide and if she refused, Agrabah would be destroyed.
While on a walk through the bazaar, Jasmine came across a woman about to be punished for stealing… it was Ariel! When the shop owner took Ariel’s enchanted necklace as payment, it turned her back into a mermaid. Jasmine intervened and helped Ariel to get her legs and voice back. Why was Ariel in Agrabah? She was looking for Prince Eric, who was in town on business. Jasmine had an idea… she would help Ariel find Eric and then he could use his navy to defeat Jafar. The magic carpet ride was an awesome way to do some exploring!
When they found Eric, it turned out to be Jafar in disguise! Now Jasmine was truly trapped. Out of desperation, she proposed to Jafar and gave him the ring. But it was all a trick. Jafar didn’t mean to marry Jasmine…Agrabah was under a protection spell that was tied to the ring. And now that he had it, he could destroy the kingdom. When Jasmine looked back at the skyline, Agrabah was gone.
Meanwhile, in the present, Killian was on the Nautilus, which (thanks to Gideon) crash landed in another realm. Everyone was alright, but it was very important to Killian to make his way back to Storybrooke in order to be with Emma. According to Captain Nemo and Liam, the only way they could return was via Kraken’s blood. There was some pushback (who in the world wants to go looking for a giant sea creature?!) But Killian was determined to get back to Emma and tell her the truth: “Gentlemen, let’s go hunting.”
In the Enchanted Forest, also present-day, we joined Jasmine and Aladdin who were still searching for Agrabah, without any luck. Maybe Jasmine’s wish didn’t work…? Aladdin suggested that maybe they should return to Storybrooke and try to make a new start, together; however Jasmine didn’t want to hear it. Though, she noticed that there was something new in her possession, something that wasn’t there prior to her wish: a ring that the wish put in her pocket(the same crown jewel of Agrabah). Jasmine recognized the ring as a reminder of how she had failed Agrabah.
Jasmine and Aladdin (wanting to get rid of Aladdin’s lamp) took a boat out into a lake and were attacked by a Kraken! Before things got out of control, Killian and the Nautilus showed up to help. Killian was upset because Jasmine and Aladdin had scared the Kraken off. Killian thought that he might be able to use one of Jasmine’s wishes, but no go, since it didn’t help find Agrabah. Jasmine finally confessed that Jafar was the reason her home was destroyed. But why weren’t they looking for Jafar instead? Jasmine revealed that she was afraid of seeing Jafar again and failing. Since Jafar was a man with revenge in his heart, he could be found with a compass on the Nautilus. Then Jafar might be “convinced” to help Killian move between realms.
A little later, during a conversation, Killian asked Jasmine why she wouldn’t let herself fall in love with Aladdin. According to Jasmine, after all the mistakes she made, she didn’t deserve it. Maybe she had always been a coward. Interestingly, Killian (who was busy trying to plot the course of their trip) had a similar conversation with Aladdin about the need for better communication with Jasmine. In the midst of this, the Nautilus had major technical difficulty. Nemo was sure that the vessel was done for. But thanks to Jasmine, she wished them all to a nearby island. Nemo and Liam returned to the Nautilus (a Captain should always go down with their ship), while Killian, Jasmine, and Aladdin continued to find Jafar.
They tracked him down to a hut, which turned out to be a museum of sorts for Ariel and her collectibles. Ariel did have a lamp from Agrabah and Jafar was a genie trapped inside. Jasmine was nervous, but let Jafar out anyway. However, Jafar had broken the genie spell and was now free to wreak even more havoc. Before he left, Jafar showed Jasmine that he had trapped Agrabah within the ring, which was now in her possession. Jafar mocked Jasmine, calling her a coward and failure. This time, she wouldn’t be deterred. She used Jafar’s magic to turn him into a staff (walking stick). And with Jasmine and Aladdin’s true love’s kiss, Agrabah was restored and Aladdin was free!
Could Killian find someone in Agrabah to help him get back to Storybrooke? Well, Ariel did have something to help… a shell phone! And Killian had one like it at home…
In Storybrooke, Emma confessed to David that Hook had killed his father. David was upset, but was clearly more agitated by the fact that it seemed Killian had left town on the Nautilus and abandoned Emma.
Emma was trying to stay busy at work, when Regina approached her with an idea. They could have a girl’s night at the new pub in town, Aesop’s Tables. Snow could even come too! But Emma really didn’t want to go out. Besides, she was on patrol that night.
At home, Emma put Killian’s things away, but before she could take them out to the shed, she was called to break up a fight at the pub. However, it was a trick by Regina and Snow to lure her for their girls’ night. And Snow was already drunk (lol!). Things got super interesting when Snow interrupted some Vikings trying to leave the bar without paying their tab and challenged them to a game of darts.
Emma had a conversation about lost love with the owner/mixologist Aesop, who was from the Land of Untold Stories. She shared her disappointment with Killian’s leaving. Emma even cried a little. But maybe this was what she needed to move on.
When Emma returned home, she was moving Killian’s things to the shed, she heard Killian’s message from Agrabah, via the shell phone. He told Emma everything, how he didn’t mean to leave, that he loved her and was trying to get home to her…and to watch out for Gideon!
In the midst of this, Aesop arrived with the napkin that Emma had used to dry her tears… but Aesop was really Gideon! He promised to bring Killian back to Storybrooke, but only if Emma helped him kill the Black Fairy.
In tonight’s episode, “Mother’s Little Helper” (teleplay by Paul Karp, story by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, directed by Billy Gierhart):
EMMA FINDS COMMON CAUSE WITH GIDEON, AND HENRY’S POWERS GO HAYWIRE, AS HOOK GETS BACK TO HIS ROOTS LOOKING FOR A WAY HOME TO STORYBROOKE—Gold and Belle convince Emma to help Gideon, explaining that together they can stop the Black Fairy. Henry experiences a disorienting shift in his powers that forces Regina to seek counsel from the previous Author. Meanwhile, in Fairy Tale Land, Hook attempts to win the assistance of an old adversary by betting his most prized possession on a game of cards. And, in a flashback, the Black Fairy tortures young Gideon in hopes of molding him into the perfect apprentice. (via ABC)
Take a look at two clips from the upcoming show. In the first, Emma and Snow talk to Rumple and Belle about Gideon’s ultimatum and learn who the Black Fairy really is. And in the second clip, while Henry is trying to help Regina break the Snow/Charming sleeping curse, he does into major distress.
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Poor Henry! What a scary experience… although, I’m not sure I like the idea of Author Isaac (Patrick Fischler) returning to possibly cause trouble.
And I don’t mean to be a downer, but Belle’s incessant optimism in Gideon’s ability to be good makes me nervous. What if he can’t be a hero? In any event, he can’t be as bad as the Black Fairy who is supposedly the origin of all dark magic *SHIVERS*
Check out 12 images from “Mother’s Little Helper” and make sure to live tweet (@WeSoNerdy) the new Once Upon a Time with us tonight at 8:00pm ET on ABC!