Sunday, February 12, 2012

Skin Deep

“Pride, anger, gluttony, and idleness are sometimes conquered, but the conversion of a malicious and envious mind is a kind of miracle.” - Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont

** All photos posted here are chosen for a reason **

"The Revolution has begun, man. Lay low. When the time is right, we fly."

This is a deep and moving episode.  Don't judge this fairy tale by its cover.  People and things may not be what you think they are.  Of course appearances can be deceptive.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder while true beauty lives in the heart.  A lesson we all must learn is to look beyond the superficial, the smoke and mirrors and razzle freakin' dazzle to see the truth- the heart.  But there are times it is the broken person who purposely makes their skin so thick, wearing it as a sort of armor.  They have become jaded and hide their own beautiful heart for protection from any future emotional suffering.  They're shut off, self imprisoned.  They have denied their own freedom with a sort of inadvertent punishment.

Is the Ogre War the war between Rumpelstiltskin and The Evil Queen? That's right, I said the Evil Queen. Their puerile battle is about who has more power.  Were these two always at odds with each other or has this just become old hat?  And now that things are out in the open in Storybrooke between them I wonder how this will change the game.

I must find out what is going on with this mysterious code protected, cloaked in secrecy, underground facility!  What is its true purpose?  Who else is privy to this clandestine operation?

Missing Pieces

Two halves need to come together to become whole- complete. There are missing pieces inside of these broken and lost people. They need to make conscious changes to their lives, for they are not living a full life. They are oblivious and feel emotionally incomplete and separated from love and home.

Make no mistake about it, Belle was bringing some clarity to Rumpelstiltskin so he can free himself; regardless of how he is under the spell.  There are times within the episode that Rumpelstiltskin and Belle seem to have a subconscious unobstructed view of the truth, providing each with a little bit of hope. There was a glimmer for a potential new beginning for Rumpelstiltskin via Belle's lovely gesture to let in some light in preparation of the coming spring.

Is it only the Evil Queen/Regina who robs Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold of Belle? Did Rumpelstiltskin toss Belle away strictly out of his wanting to beat the Evil Queen in this war game or was it due to cowardice in taking a leap of faith and embracing love?  Although Rumpelstiltskin tells Belle his power means more to him than she does, Belle seems to be able to see clearly and knows the words he uttered is not the truth. 

Rumpelstiltskin seems to be the keeper of the items that people are attached or connected to. He also has attachments of his own. We see he kept the Grail in a place of importance until the time came for its replacement. When Rumpelstiltskin first brings Belle into his estate he sees the teacup as just a cup until he gives it meaning after having deep feeling for her. What item would be of importance to Belle? Would it be the long stem red rose or maybe the chipped cup works for her too.

"What Are You?"

What constitutes a beast or a monster? Is it appearance, behavior, ideas or thoughts?  Is it possible we could be misunderstanding a few things we're seeing in this story, just as we experienced many times while watching LOST?  Rumpelstiltskin is under a spell that now makes him assume a "beastly" role.  He believes he is a bad and ugly being, yet there is good in him.  In many ways he is shut off from the world and is in pain, but he also has a sense of humor and shows kindness.  He is lonely and does have room for caring and companionship.  Rumpelstiltskin unselfishly gives Belle an honest chance at freedom and love. We've also seen Mr. Gold guide a couple of the Storybrooke residents on their path. 

I am brought back to season six of LOST and the perception of the "Smoke Thing" {a few of the Castaways called him "monster". Note we also learned in season one it is a security system}.  He is a man who had been trapped for so long that he couldn't even remember what it felt like to be free.  He knew what it's like to feel joy, to feel pain, anger, fear and to experience betrayal; and he knew what it's like to lose someone he loves. This account comes from our beloved John Locke; a lost yet caring man, who also guided Castaways' on their journey.  It makes me wonder if the good hearted "beastly monsters" in both stories, in some strange way, really aren't that far apart. 

Nothing is permanent therefore spells can be broken and ills can be cured.  Killing "the beast or monster" isn't really such a terrible thing to do, especially if that "death" frees and reveals the real man who was trapped inside the "beast" and now can live life anew.

It's not the biggest castle or having the most gold that could make anyone truly happy.  It is feeling and giving true love that does that.  So many things in this episode bring me back to our time on the "Island", where the journey of self discovery and enlightenment leads you home.

Things to Note...Questions to Ask...
๑ Dark Star Pharmacy- Dark Star is a song by The Grateful Dead
๑ Blurring of the "realms"
๑ What is real and what is not real
๑ What's with all of the deal making?
๑ Does Rumpelstiltskin cover up the mirrors so the Evil Queen can't see his goings on or simply because he can't stand to look at himself?
๑ Alice in Wonderland
๑ Battery
๑ Time
๑ Mr. Gold buys his duck tape and rope from the pharmacy and not Storybrooke Hardware
๑ David's Valentine card designs are very telling
๑ The Evil Queen used Belle in an attempt to break Rumpelstiltskin's spell but why? 
๑ Why is Belle kept secret in a secret underground facility? Who is benefiting from that? Is her room always a "dungeon"?
 ๑ Confused John Doe/David can't decide between the two women and seems a bit of a coward in making a choice 
๑ A few items in Rumpelstiltskin and Mr. Gold's possession: Sorcerer's Apprentice hat- Magic hat, Unicorn, Geppetto's shrunken parents/puppets, small clock/Cogsworth, Candle stick/Lumiere, Chipped teacup/Chip, Genie lamp, etc.

 Vocabulary and Research...
๑  Belle: a French name meaning "Beauty"
  Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a traditional fairy tale about a wealthy merchant who lived in a mansion with his three daughters, all of whom were very beautiful; but only the youngest, at fourteen, is named Belle for being lovely and pure of heart. Her sisters, in contrast, are wicked and selfish.
Belle uses the special mirror to watch Beast at the castle. Belle weeps over the dying Beast saying that she loves him and when her tears strike him the Beast is transformed into a handsome prince.  The Prince informs Belle that long ago a fairy turned him into a hideous beast after he refused to let her in from the rain, and that only by finding true love, despite his ugliness, could the curse be broken
Orge: imaginary beings. The term ogre is often used as metaphor to illustrate a person who behaves hostile, exploits, harms, torment or bully others. Trolls are often seen in a similar sense.
Its earliest attestation of the French word Ogre is in Chrétien de Troyes' late 12th century verse romance Perceval, the Story of the Grail
Anna Karenina: by Leo Tolstoy, published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. The novel is divided into eight parts
Avonlea: a fictional community located on Prince Edward Island, Canada; It's the setting of Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel Anne of Green Gable
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is the English name of a 1797 poem by Goethe
     -Animated dialogue-free 1940 Disney film Fantasia
     -Sorcerer's Apprentice Syndrome, a computer network protocol flaw
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest- It is also known that cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds nests, as they do not have nests of their own
- The book One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is set in an Oregon asylum where patients face electroshock therapy.  The story involves volunteers and committed mental patients; Therapeutic Community/Therapy, Pills/Medications, Dreams and hallucinations and Revolution/Freedom. The events take place in wards 23-A, 23-B and 23-C.
The title of the book is a line from a nursery rhyme
✔  Golden LOST Thread Woven into the Tapestry of this Tale
★  Blurring of the Flashes
★  What is real and what is not real 
★  Claire
★  Rose
★  Possible Portland connection
★  Clean up messes
★  Game. Rules, War
★  Time
★  Map
★  Pearl. Swan. Station
★  8, 23
★  Alice in Wonderland
★  Mental Health- Therapy. Locked away. Imprisoned. Santa Rosa Mental Institute
★  Being watched. Eyes
★  Noble. Sacrifice. Brave. Good heart
★  Change. Transform
★  Hear/heard. See/look
★  Spring
★  Light
★  The French, French maps
★  Karma. Namaste
★  Michael lost Waaaalt.
★ Walt's book with Cuckoo birds (Bronze Cuckoo) in Special
★  Sean/Prince Thomas: Besides Thomas being the "father" of Claire's Aaron plus the examples of Doubting Thomas in the story, Locke was in St. Thomas Hospital when Anthony Cooper stole his kidney in Deus Ex Machina
★  "something evil has taken root in him" is similar to what we heard about Sayid and Claire in Season 6
★  Dave,  Recon  and The Substitute
★  Claire: Her name means bright, clarity/clear, famous. She was the unmarried pregnant girl who ended up birthing the same baby more than once. Something to note about Claire and her being Jack's sister/Christian's illegitimate daughter, was in So It Begins, Christian sends Vincent to wake up his son and never mentions a word about "his daughter".

Enough of my rambling...Here is your episode recap! Enjoy!
In Fairy Tale Land
There's news from the battlefield that "Avonlea has fallen".  Gaston feels "If only he had come".  Sir Maurice is annoyed "But he didn't."  This castle is worn.
"Ogre's are not men!" The King feels they are unstoppable. Belle tries to encourage her wearied father telling him that maybe he's on his way right now. But the obviously weaken Sir Maurice feels it's too late.
There is a bang on the door which concerns and excites the group. They wonder how he could get past the walls. They open the doors only to find Rumpelstiltskin has magically appeared sitting in the worn out throne.
Rumpelstiltskin- "You sent me a message. Something about um- 'Help, Help. We're dying. Can you save us? Well, the answer is...Yes. I can. Yes, I can protect your little town...for a price."
Sir Maurice sent Rumpelstiltskin a promise of gold- which of course he doesn't need; as he makes gold. Rumpelstiltskin wants something more special and precious; his price is Belle or no deal.  Gaston reveals he and the young lady are engaged.  Rumpelstiltskin isn't looking for love, he is looking for a caretaker for his rather large estate.  Sir Maurice demands Rumpelstiltskin leave.  As he is leaving Belle stops him claiming she will go with him. "No one decides my fate but me".
Belle- "My family, my friends, they will all live?"
Rumpelstiltskin gives his word and she gives hers; She agrees to the terms that this deal is "forever". This makes Rumpelstiltskin giddy! Sir Maurice begs Belle not to go with the "beast" but the deal is struck.
Rumpelstiltskin- "Oh. Congratulations on your little war! (He giggles)"
Moe French is unloading roses from the van in preparation of Valentine's Day.  Mr. Gold has been looking for Mr. French; his terms of the loan were fairly specific. He instructs his giant goon to take the van. Mr. French says he'll have the money next week and with Valentine's Day being the biggest day,  "I've got a grand of roses in the back! Stop! You've got to let me sell em!"   Gold walks away as upset French is trying to stop the van.  Mr. French yells that Mr. Gold is the lowest "People ain't gonna put up with this!"  The van screeches away.
Mr. Gold walks right into waiting Regina.  Regina thinks he put on quite a show back there.  Mr. Gold claims that Mr. French was just having a bad day. "It happens to the best of us."  Regina's been meaning to discuss something with Mr. Gold, but he won't discuss anything with her until he has something he wants to discuss. Regina is insistent.
Mr. Gold- "Is there something eating at you, Dear? Something you need to get out in the open? 'Cause its gonna have to wait. (whispers) Please."  He walks away.
At Granny's Diner
Mary Margaret and John Doe/David, are sitting at separate tables; they whisper to each other.  She's happy he's reading the book.  David just started it and thinks it's great; he can't wait to see how it ends. Ruby watches the two love birds and offers to push their tables together, but the two claim they are not togetherHat wearing Emma joins Mary Margaret and asks how her day is going.  Mary Margaret blurts out "Henry's fine" and she's sure he's his normal self.  "Regina won't keep you separated forever. People are supposed to be together...they find a way."  Mary looks over at David.
Emma- "So, he's his normal self, he's fine- he's happy?"
Mary Margaret says yes and then changes her answer to "no" when she sees Emma's disappointment.  Mary Margaret adds "He misses you, a lot. Trust me. I'm with him like six hours a day."
Ashley enters carrying her newborn and hands it over to Granny.  She asks Mary Margaret if she takes newborns' because she'd love six hours off.
Mary Margaret didn't even recognize Ashley.  Ashley wonders "Baby on the outside?"  Exhausted Ashley feels the baby's great but she and Sean haven't done the whole getting married thing: he's been working double shifts at the cannery- and on Valentine's Day.  Ruby overhears the girl's woes and feels they all should go out for a girls night.  Emma declines but says the rest should go and have fun.  Emma's phone buzzes "It's the station. Somethings' up."  She walks out.

Mr. Gold approaches his large home to find the front door already open. Sheriff Swan is armed and ready. It appears Mr. Gold has been robbed. Emma remarks that it's funny that keeps happening to him. Mr. Gold feels it's because he's a difficult man to love.

Rumpelstiltskin leads Belle through the grand dining room of his magnificent dark estate. Belle asks "Where are you taking me?"   Rumpelstiltskin replies, "Let's call it your room".   He opens the creaky door and throws her in the Dungeon where he locks her in.  He's amused.
Belle- "You can't just leave me in here! Hello!"  She knocks on the door.
Rumpelstiltskin gives Belle instructions on her duties.  "You will serve me my meals and you will clean the dark castle...You will dust my collection and launder my clothing...You will fetch me fresh straw when I am spinning at the wheel."  Belle, serving tea,  understands and agrees to everything.
Rumpelstiltskin- "Oh! And you will skin the children I hunt for their pelts."
That remark shocks her and she drops a teacup.  Rumpelstiltskin says that last remark was a quip. "Not serious."
Belle- "Right."   Nervous and feeling very bad about chipping the teacup, apologizes for it. "You can hardly see it."
Rumpelstiltskin doesn't care as its only a cup.
Mr. Gold seems troubled by the robbery and tells Sheriff Swan that she can go.  He knows exactly what was taken and who did it. "I've got it from here."  Emma says it is a robbery, a public menace, and if he doesn't tell her what he knows she'll arrest him for obstruction of justice. She has a feeling he doesn't want to be behind bars; that is true.  Mr. Gold reveals "His name is Moe French, he sells flowers. He recently defaulted on a loan.  A short time ago we had a little disagreement over collateral."  Emma will get him; check him out.  Assuming Mr. Gold doesn't find him first.  "Let's just say, bad things tend to happen to bad people."
Emma- "Is that a threat?"
Gold- "Observation."  As Emma leaves he wishes her good luck.

Rumpelstiltskin spins on his wheel while Belle {on a tall ladder} tugs at the heavy tapestry drapes/curtains covering the large windows.  She asks Rumpelstiltskin why he spins so much. She's noticed he's spun more gold than he could ever spend.
Rumpelstiltskin is being honest in his reply. "I like to watch the wheel. Helps me forget."
Belle- "Forget what?"
As he tries to recall he playfully remarks "I guess it worked!" and giggles.  Amused Belle laughs too.
Rumpelstiltskin asks her what she's doing.  Belle is trying to take down the nailed up drapes to let in some light; as it's almost springShe falls into his arms when she tugged very hard on the drape, finally letting in lightThey each seem to have a subconscious unobstructed view of something; for just a moment. Rumpelstiltskin puts her down {He seems confused and a tad off balance for a moment}.  Belle offers to put the curtains back up.  Rumpelstiltskin tells her there's no need "I'll get used to it".  He actually seems genuinely hopeful with the newly illuminated room; as opposed to just tolerating it.  Belle also looks hopeful and happy.

Emma literally reveals Mr. Gold's stolen goods by pulling a white blanket/sheet off the desktop.  Mr. Gold was right; it was all at Moe's/his place.  Emma's closing in on the man/himself.
Mr. Gold- "So, job well half- done, then."  Emma's pleased that in less than a day she got everything back but asks "Is something wrong?"
Mr. Gold is annoyed. "You've uncovered nothing. There's something missing ."  Emma claims she'll get it when she finds him.
Mr. Gold- "Not if I find him first."  Motivated, he walks out.

Rumpelstiltskin drinks from his chipped teacup while Belle, in a bit of a flirt fashion, takes a seat on top of the dining table. She asks why he wanted her there.
Rumpelstiltskin-" The place was filthy." 
Belle- "I think you were lonely. I mean, any man would be lonely."
Rumpelstiltskin- "I'm not a man."  He sits next to her and appears sad.
Belle's had a couple of months to look around and mentions she's seen small clothing, upstairs. "As if for a child? Was it yours or ...or was there a son?"
Rumpelstiltskin looks sad and distant for a moment and confesses there was a son. "I lost him...As I did his mother."
Compassionate Belle feels sorry. "So, you were a man- once. An ordinary man. If I'm never going to know another person in my whole life, can't I at least know you?"
Rumpelstiltskin seeming open to the idea replies in a playful manor, "Perhaps... Perhaps you just want to learn the monster's weaknesses".
Belle- "You're not a monster. You think you're uglier than you are. That's why you cover all the mirrors up, isn't it? Hmm?"
There is banging at the door. The doors magically open to reveal sword wielding Sir Gaston, claiming the beast has taken... With that, Rumpelstiltskin snaps his fingers transforming Gaston into purple smoke and then a long stem red rose.
He returns to Belle who wonders "Who was that?"
Rump- "Just an old woman selling flowers."
He presents the beautiful rose to her. "Here... If you'll have it." Happy Belle thanks him.  They both bow to each other.
Belle retrieves a vase from an old box to house the rose and place it on the center of the table.
Rumpelstiltskin- "You had a life, Belle, before this. {Motioning his hand in a circle}  What made you choose to come here with me?"
Belle explains as she preps the rose. "Heroism. Sacrifice. You know, there aren't a lot of opportunities for women in this land to show what they can do. To see the world, to be heroes. So, when you arrived that was my chance. I always wanted to be brave. I figured... do the brave thing and... bravery would follow.
Rumpelstiltskin- "And is it everything you hoped?"
Belle- "Well, uh...I did want to see the world. That part didn't really work out. But uh- I did save my village."
Rumpelstiltskin- "And what about your uh... betroth?"
Belle- "It was an arranged marriage. Honestly I never really cared much for Gaston. To me love is... love is layered. Love is a mystery to be uncovered. Yeah. I could never truly give my heart to someone as superficial as he.  But uh, you were going to tell me about your son." {Rumpelstiltskin's wheels are spinning in his head}
Rumpelstiltskin- "I'll tell you what. I'll make you a deal. Go to town and fetch me some straw. When you return...I'll share my tale."
Belle- "But...You...Town? You trust me to come back?"
Rumpelstiltskin- "Oh no. I except I'll never see you again."   Belle is confused.

The ladies are doing shots in an actual bar and not Granny's Diner.  Mary tells Ashely to pace herself.  Ashley, although since its the first night out since she had the baby, is making up for lost time.  Ruby tells Ashley to check out the guys across the bar, but unmarried Ashley is still with workaholic Sean.  Ruby tells them to have fun moping and heads over to the guys.  Ashely feels Ruby is right and she also thought love would be different- So did Mary Margaret.
John Doe/David is in Dark Star Pharmacy shopping for two Valentines Day cards. {Note there are Mother's Day cards available} Mr. Gold notes this and remarks that it sounds like a complicated life.  David insists he just couldn't decide.  Mr. Gold inquires "These are both for the same woman?"  David feels both cards are "just so us".   Sentimental Mr. Gold feels David is fortunate he has someone who loves him. "Love. It's like a delicate flame. And once its gone...its gone forever. Best of luck to you."  He purchases his duck tape and rope from Sneezy/Mr. Clark.   Mr. Clark sneezes and David says "Bless you".
 Mr. Gold has bound and duck taped the mouth of his prisoner, Moe.  He drives him in Moe's van to the cabin.  {It's raining} Upon arrival, armed Gold opens the back doors of the van and demand Moe "Walk!"
 Mr. Gold pulls a gun telling Moe "You see, here's the thing- I don't normally let people get away".

On her walk into town, Belle is met by the tired Evil Queen who decides to stretch her legs and walk with Belle for a spell. The Queen notes Belle carries very little.
Belle-"I don't want to be slowed down."
The Queen feels Belle is running from someone; master or lover?  Belle doesn't answer so the Queen feels its master and lover.  Belle wants to take a rest and suggests the Evil Queen go on ahead.
The Evil Queen- "So, if I'm right you love your employer. But you're leaving him."
Belle- "I might love him. I mean, I could, except...something evil has taken root in him."
The Evil Queen- "Sounds like a curse to me. And all curses can be broken. A kiss born of true love would do it."   She's not suggesting a young woman to kiss a man who held her captive; what kind of message is that?  "Besides if he loves you, he would have let you go. And if he doesn't love you well, then, the kiss won't even work."
Belle- "Well, he did let me go."
Without the kiss nothing happens. But with the kiss, its enough to turn him into an ordinary man.  True loves kiss will break any curse.

Belle returns to Rumpelstiltskin, who pretends as if he wasn't just secretly looking out his window and hoping she would return.  He sits at his wheel claiming he's nearly out of straw.  Belle is on to him and calls him out on it. "You're happy that I'm back."   Rumpelstiltskin replies, "I'm not unhappy."   Belle reminds him she's owed a story. "Tell me about your son."
Rumpelstiltskin is sad.  "I lost him. There's nothing more to tell, really."
Belle- "And since've loved no one and no one has loved you." 
Rumpelstiltskin looks deep into her eyes and asks why she came back.  Belle confesses she wasn't going to but something changed her mind.  They kiss. The kiss is transforming Rumpelstiltskin and he wonders what is happening. Belle is happy its working and reveals that any curse can be broken.  This angers Rumpelstiltskin. "Who told you that?! Who knows that?!"  He realized who "she" is.
He removes the heavy covering off of the full length mirror any yells at it {Himself}. "You...Evil...Soul! This was you! You turned her against me!  You think you can make me weak? You think you can defeat me?!"
Belle asks "Who are you talking to?"  Rumpelstiltskin is talking to Belle's friend, the Queen. "How did she get to you?"  It's almost as if confused Belle didn't realize she was talking to "the Queen".
Rumpelstiltskin- "I knew this was a trick. I knew you could never care for me. Oh yeah, you're working for her. Or is this all you? Is this you being the hero and killing the beast?"
Belle is happy that the spell is being broken, as it means its true love! She asks why wont he believe her.
But the very angry Rumpelstiltskin wont believe her "Because no one, no one, could ever, ever love me!"
Rumpelstiltskin throws Belle in the dungeon! {Her room}

Moe wants to explain things to Mr. Gold.  Mr. Gold chokes {cuts off Moe's airway} with this walking stick/cane. "I'm gonna let you breathe in a second. And you're gonna say two sentences. The first, is gonna tell me where it is. The second, is gonna tell me who told you to take it. Do you understand the rules? (Yes) Good. Let's begin."   Moe begins by saying he needed that van, to which Gold repeatedly hits him with his walking stick only wanting the answers to the questions he's asked.  Moe feels it wasn't his fault.
Mr. Gold- "What do you talking about, 'my fault'. You shut her out. You had her love and you shut her out! She's gone! She's gone forever. She's not coming back... and its your fault! Not Mine! You are her father!"
Mr. Gold tortures/beats Moe while simultaneously Rumpelstiltskin destroys his curio cabinet in his castle.
Emma stops Mr. Gold's smack down on Moe, while we see Rumpelstiltskin breaking the teacups. He stops and places the chipped teacup on the table and walks away.
Ashley tells Mary Margaret that she thought girls night out would have made her feel better, but the truth is she needs a "be with my guy night".  Her man  is never around and she's home with the baby all day; what's the point of being together, if you're not together.  Mary Margaret gets it! "Loving someone you can't be with is a terrible, terrible burden."   Ashley realizes this was a bad idea and turns to go home.  Sean is there bearing red roses for her. It's his 20 minute break and he needed to see her and to ask her something.  He gets down on one knee and presents a diamond ring to her. "Will you marry me?"  After a long pause she says yes. They'll take a ride in his truck before he heads back to work.  Ashley thinks its the best date.
Sean- "Then you carriage awaits."
All alone Mary Margaret heads out too.

As Mary Margaret watches Sean and Ashley by the hardware store, David shows up, knowing Mary would be there to give her the Valentine's Day card.  Mary Margaret playfully wonders "Check up on me?"  David doesn't want her to find somebody else.  Mary Margaret opens the doggie card meant for Kathryn. He meant to give Mary Margaret the card with the two girls on it.  Mary Margaret's always felt that if two people were supposed to be together they'd find a way, but if this is their way "I think we should find another one".  She thinks he should go home to Kathryn.  David knows she's right, but still won't give up on them. "We'll find that way."   Mary Margaret hopes so. They walk away in opposite directions.

Emma asks Mr. Gold what Moe really did.
Mr. Gold- "He stole."
Emma knows Gold's reaction was about more than the theft of some trinkets.  Emma overheard the men mentioning how he "hurt her".  Emma feels maybe she can help someone else who needs help.
Mr. Gold- "No, sorry sheriff. I think you heard that wrong."
Since Mr. Gold doesn't want to cooperate Emma arrests him. {She cuffs him}

Angry Rumpelstiltskin magically opens the door to the dungeon and tells Belle to go; he doesn't want her anymore.  Before Belle leaves she confronts him. "You were freeing yourself! You could've had happiness if you just believed that someone could want you! But you couldn't take the chance."
Rumpelstiltskin- "That's a lie."
Belle- "You're a coward, Rumpelstiltskin. And no matter how thick you make your skin, that doesn't change."
Rumpelstiltskin-"I'm not a coward, Dearie. Its quite simple really. My power means more to me than you."
Belle- "No. No it doesn't. You just don't think I can love you. Now you've made your choice. And you're gonna regret it...forever. And all you'll an empty heart...and a chipped cup."  Belle leaves and we see that Rumpelstiltskin just may have already begun to feel regret.

Mr. Gold sits imprisoned behind bars. Emma offers him half of her fatty pastrami sandwich.  She reminds him she still owes him a favor and maybe half the sandwich would clear the books.  Mr. Gold doesn't need reminders; when the day comes that he'll make his request it will be for more than half a sandwich.

Mayor Regina enters with pawn Henry. She tells Emma she can have 30 minutes {half an hour} to spend with Henry and buy him ice cream.
Happy Henry looks up- "Hi Emma."   Mr. Gold tells Emma to bring him back a cone.
Emma- "Just this once."   Emma and the kid head out.
Apparently this is the only way Regina could have her little chat with Mr. Gold. 
Mr. Gold- "Now, when two people both want something the other has, a deal can always be struck. Do you have what I want?"
Regina smiles- "Yes."
Relieved Mr. Gold- "So, you did put him up to it then."
Regina merely suggested that strong men take what they need. Gold is pissed knowing Regina told Moe what to take.
Regina- "We used to know each other so well Mr. Gold.  Has it really come down to this?"
It seems it has. Mr. Gold asks what Regina wants.  Regina wants him to answer one question; and answer it simply- "What's your name?"  His real name.
Mr. Gold- "Every moment I've spent on this Earth that's been my name."
Regina- "But what about moments spent elsewhere?"  If he wants her to return what is his she demands his name in return.
Mr. Gold softly laughs. "Rumpelstiltskin. Now give me what I want."  Regina notes his hostility over the chipped teacup; a sentimental little keepsake. Rumpelstiltskin takes the teacup and thanks "Your Majesty".
He also suggests that now they're being honest with each other, to remember how things used to be. "And don't let these bars fool you, Dear. I'm the one with the power around here. I'm gonna be out of here in no time. And nothing between us will change!"  Undaunted Regina replies "We shall see."

Rumpelstiltskin works at his wheel. The Evil Queen lets herself in. {Flimsy locks}.  She has a deal to discuss. "A certain...mermaid."   Unenthusiastic Rumpelstiltskin isn't dealing today. The Queen wonders if he's angry with her. "What is it this time?"  Rumpelstiltskin mentions her little deception failed. "You'll never be more powerful than me. You can keep trying, Dearie. You're never gonna beat me."   The Evil Queen taunts him "Is this about that girl I met on the road? Hm. What was her name? Margie? Verna?"
He reveals her name; Belle. The Evil Queen assures him this has nothing to do with that tragedy; the one Rumpelstiltskin doesn't know anything about. The Evil Queen tells the tale. "After she got home, her fiancée had gone missing.  And after her stay here, her... association with you... no one would want her, of course. Her father shunned her. Cut her off, shut her out."
Rumpelstiltskin seems hopeful when asking "So, she needs... a home?"
The Evil Queen- "He was cruel to her. He locked her in a tower and sent in clerics to cleanse her soul with scourges and flaying. After a while she threw herself off the tower.  She died."
Rumpelstiltskin- "You're lying."
The Evil Queen- "Am I?"
The obviously moved Rumpelstiltskin informs the Queen that they're done. The Queen is fine with that as she has other calls to make; she notes the place is looking dusty. "You should get a new girl."
Rumpelstiltskin retrieves the chipped teacup from intact curio cabinet {The one he previously destroyed} and replaces the important Grail with the more important chipped teacup.  He cries.
Regina walks past injured Moe sitting in this wheelchair in the hospital.   She enters a code on the keypad on an EXIT door.  She descends down to a secret "facility" and presents a single red rose to the hard working nurse. Regina asks if anyone has been to see "her".  The Nurse says no, not today- not ever.
Regina makes her way past a sign for the Furnace Rm and past a man cleaning the floors in front of room #8.
Regina is seen through the peephole. She lifts up a small hatch door to look in on the patient. There is Belle, locked away in a padded room, all alone- in solitary.

1 comment:

  1. A great line from "Dark Star" is "Shall we go, you and I, while we can?"

    Erik L.


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