Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What Happened to Frederick

"There are properties on this island that exist nowhere else on earth. Our mission is to study these properties for the betterment of mankind and advancement of world peace." - Pierre Chang, The DHARMA Initiative
Two words: magical properties. Magical properties that return to you what you have lost.  Is it possible that is the same idea as, let's say, the healing properties of the "Island"?  Both play a part in restoring things in a lost and broken person. That's something to think about.

OK, two more words- Gordian knot. This is an exceedingly complicated and intricate problem; one that seems deadlocked, with no answer, yet is solved fearlessly in a quick, decisive and dramatic manor.  In other words, just cut right through to get to the heart of the problem.  This concept was present in this episode.

What happened to Frederick is he was afflicted and literally changed by something- a "spell".  Keep in mind his being turned to gold happened after he was able to see what no one else could see and unselfishly sacrificed himself for another.  And when the magic spell was broken he woke up in Abigail's arms.  My question is now that Abigail and Frederick are together in Fairy Tale Land how will their future be.  Will they live happily ever after? How will Kathryn's disappearing act in Storybrooke play into things there? 

The book smart stranger, August, doesn't seem to be much of a stranger to Storybrooke. As for the book, he lovingly cares for it.  I have many questions about August. What is he up to?  Who really authored the book?  I wonder how he acquired the book.  In the episode Regina tells Henry "I really didn't mean to destroy your book."  So, did August find it and put the book back together again?  Did he edit the story or add something or someone new to it?  Did he add himself into the story or is he always in it?  Is there more than one book?  Could he be trying to rewrite or recreate the lost book; I ask this because the covers show different wear on them.  Hell, I'll ask...did he write the plaque on the well?

August brings Emma to the special well to drink the water of the special underground Lake; the Lake that returns something you lost. The important thing here is that its Emma hands the book finds its way back to; as if she's the one who lost it. I find that important. Sure, the book could have been planted in the puddle of water at Emma's car, by August. If so, why is it so important to him that Emma have the book and return it to Henry?  Is August trying to lure Emma at the special well with its magical power of the underground Lake, by giving her false hope or with trickery or illusion; by making it seem the magic of the well returned the book?  Or are his intentions completely honorable? Could he be guiding her?  Maybe the book return has nothing to do with the special well and we just have to wait for Emma to find what she really lost.
Keep in mind that the Siren of the Lake is only an illusion, therefore its ability to walk on water and transform into other images is a magic trick. It's not real. We also have the question of what else is real or not. Another thing that was brought up here is the perception of things being physically realistic and life-like and craftsmanship to things.
And of course, there's the reality and truth of deep feelings that also must be dealt with. 

This doesn't matter. None of this matters. All that matters is that we felt it.

Prince Charming felt "it".
Confused and chicken John Doe/David can't commit to a decision.  Although he says he wants to be with Mary Margaret he seems somewhat comfortable living two lives.  He can't seem to come clean about things and move forward.  Why is he so attached to Kathryn?  He doesn't appear to be motivated enough to be truthful and in Storybrooke he's not brave, whereas his Fairy Tale counterpart is. Is he afraid of change or afraid to change?  It's important to remember that David wasn't the one to decide to tell Kathryn anything; that push came from Mary Margaret.  And what David did and how he chose to handle it, he did for himself.  Maybe John Doe/David just isn't ready yet and maybe, just maybe he has to clean up his own mess first.
See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil

It is important to not only observe and listen, but to keep an open mind and open heart while on this journey. There is much to learn. One goal is to get to the place of pure love. It is going to mean letting go of some things, people, places, old feelings and ideas and move forward.

Certainly my perception in the details with ONCE is inspired by my passion for LOST and the many wonderful things I learned from it. I don't want to mislead you in anyway and I don't want to screw up this beautiful story written by Team ONCE, by making more of the LOST connections than they may have intended. And I sure as hell don't want to make you believe the things I am seeing in this story and I won't tell you what to think.  I understand that I may be wrong, but for me there's no denying so much of what we see right out in the open and subliminally connects us to the "Island".  I noticed there are many LOST fans feeling that just because an Apollo Bar or MacCutcheon Whiskey isn't shown in an episode then there are no nods to LOST.  I feel that's not true. The LOST thread indeed runs through Storybrooke and Fairy Tale Land even without those iconic items showing up. Connect the dots. Maybe the "Island" isn't done with us yet.

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

Things to Note...Questions to Ask...
๑ Fantasy-Reality- Magic. What is real and what is not?
๑ a legend is a made up tale, a story that is not true; and is sometimes used for teaching some sort of lesson.
๑ Did the vehicle Mary Margaret and David use look similar to Jack's Bronco?
๑ Compassion. Sacrifice. Knowing. Karma. Law = Dharma
๑ Wishing - Well
8 {August is the 8th month and its birthstone is the peridot- a ring Mary Margaret wears)
๑ Gold Frederick isn't dead- just under a spell 
๑ Regina claims to have buried the incriminating photos yet they are on her desk
๑ August Wayne Booth- I found a Wayne C Booth: his most-recognized book is The Rhetoric of Fiction The cause of his death in 2005 was complications of dementia
๑ Gold- King Midas turns things/people into gold.  Mr. Gold as Rumpelstiltskin makes gold
๑ Games
๑ Time

Vocabulary and Research...
Nostos is the Greek word for homecoming. There are many instances in The Odyssey in which Odysseus is longing to return home to Penelope
Sirens: Noisemakers
- In Greek mythology, Sirens were dangerous creatures, portrayed as seductresses who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island
According to Ovid (Metamorphoses V, 551), the Sirens were the companions of young Persephone and were given wings by Demeter to search for Persephone when she was abducted. 
- Persephone also called Kore (the maiden) is the daughter of Zeus and the harvest-goddess Demeter, and queen of the underworld
-Persephone- a fictional character in the Matrix film trilogy
-Persephone- Rachel Blake from The Lost Experience
* The Lady of the Lake is the name of several related characters who play parts in the Arthurian legend. These characters' roles include giving King Arthur his sword Excalibur, enchanting Merlin, and raising Lancelot after the death of his father
TRON- Nods to TRON with the video game and dialogue. Also important- computers, programs and people literally caught inside a virtual/computer generated world where they play gladiatorial games and the only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program
๑  Tulips: is a poem by American poet Sylvia Plath about her experiences in a mental hospital. The poem was written in 1961 and included in the collection Ariel published in 1965
  - TULIP: Calvinism is a theological system to Christian life; sometimes identified with the five points  called the doctrines of grace
  - Tulip: is an information visualization framework dedicated to the analysis and visualization of relational data
Water: needed for life. Often a sign/symbol of life; Higher consciousness, cleansing, baptism, purity, flow, flood, calm, rough
Walk on water- A magic trick
    - In the bible the believer is given the authority to tread over all the power of the enemy
๑  Well: "Well-to-wheel", or Life cycle assessment
  - WELL: The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, normally shortened to The WELL, is one of the oldest virtual communities in continuous operation
 - A potential well is the region surrounding a local minimum of potential energy.  Energy captured in a potential well is unable to convert to another type of energy (kinetic energy in the case of a gravitational potential well) because it is captured in the local minimum of a potential well. Therefore, a body may not proceed to the global minimum of potential energy, as it would naturally tend to due to entropy
 - Well of Knowledge- In Norse mythology, Mímisbrunnr (Old Norse "Mímir's well") is a well associated with the being Mímir, located beneath the world tree Yggdrasil

And for fun I want to share this with you...
 ๑ Ludwig II of Bavaria (Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm; was King of Bavaria from 1864 until shortly before his death. He is sometimes called the Swan King (English) and der Märchenkönig, the Fairy tale King (German)
✔  Golden LOST Thread Woven into the Tapestry of this Tale 
★ Fantasy-Reality, Magic. What is real and what is not?
★ Games. Video Game. Computer/laptop
★ Connection. Connecting
★ Time
★ Charles Widmore
★ Chicken
★ Well
★ Tree
★ Bags thrown over their heads: Kate, Jack, Hurley, Sawyer, Sun
★ Head. Mind. Illusion/Hallucination
★ "Leap of Faith"
★ Trapped in a bloody snow globe
★ Learning. School
★ Law. Court. Dharma. Karma
★ Heart. Core.  Love
★ "a top button kind of girl" - Sun was a top button kind of girl
★ August is the 8th month and Walt's birth month.
★ Wayne was Kate's father's name
★ If August is responsible for putting the book in Emma's hands to return to Henry- It kind of brings me back to Locke finding Vincent and giving the dog to Michael to return to Walt
★ Episode connections: Homecoming, Fire + Water,  The Candidate {-Tulips}
★ Young Ben gets a gift from Annie with a blue ribbon/bow in The Man Behind the Curtain.
★ Sawyer refers to Jack as the hero
★ "I hope you find what you're looking for" is mentioned in The Last Recruit and Lighthouse
★ Charlie Pace talks to Desmond Hume about real love "I'm talking about spectacular consciousness altering love.  Do you know what that looks like?" in Happily Ever After.  Charlie is also underwater and we see Desmond connected with a box where he feels his experiences aren't real.

Enough of my rambling...Here is your episode recap! Enjoy!
In Fairy Tale Land
Princess Abigail meets up with King George in the forest. {White horse drawn carriage with heart shape rear window} The King compliments her growing beauty and is honored to welcome her to his family. There seems to be some chaos to which the King tells Abigail its due to the excitement of the upcoming royal wedding and the insurance of the safety of their guests.  The annoyed and apparently two faced King excuses himself to tell one of his soldiers to "Find him."

Hooded and caped Princely impostor Charming/James/the shepherd hurries on horseback through the forest to outrun the soldiers hot on his tail. The soldiers fire arrows at him but are shitty archers and miss hitting him. The impostor Prince jumps over a fallen tree limb, but the soldiers stop their pursuit at that line and the Prince rides away.

The Prince, thinking he got away from the soldiers (who are told to split up) has a bag thrown over his head.
In Storybrooke
John Doe/David sits quietly eating with wife Kathryn.  He tells her "The chicken's delicious."  {Candles}
Kathryn tells him she applied to law school.  David seems genuinely happy for her.  Then she reveals she got into and that the school is in Boston.  Kathryn thinks a fresh start may be what they need. "Maybe we've been fighting too hard to recapture old memories, when we should've been making new ones instead."

The brave prisoner Prince doesn't fear his purple cloaked and hooded captors.  One captor frees the bound hands of the Prince with his dagger.  These men were sent by Princess Abigail to capture the Prince. She wanted to get her hands on him before his father ripped him to shreds.  She knew about his goings on because she has ears in the King's court and despite everyone's best efforts to shield her from it she knows the truth.  "You love Snow White... and you have no intention of marrying me."  The Prince won't marry someone he doesn't love or give that despot the satisfaction that I helped him. If that means suffering the consequences, so be it.  Abigail finds his preparation to lay down his own life, charming.  She didn't go there to see him die; she came to help him escape.  She doesn't want to marry him either.

Mary shuts the passenger side door of a vehicle. {Is that a Bronco? If so, Jack on LOST drove one too}  John Doe/David tells Mary Margaret he told Kathryn that he was going for a walk to clear his head and think about it.  And of course, David didn't tell his wife that the walk was with Mary Margaret.  This troubles Mary Margaret as it seems like lying is their default.  They're not being honest. Mary Margaret decides it's time that Kathryn knows the truth about everything, including them.  David doesn't know if he can. Mary Margaret tries to reason with him about being honest. David wonders if its really the best plan. {WTF?!} Mary ask "What's your plan?"
David seems clueless; and doesn't seem interested in moving to Boston.
Mary Margaret- "The only way no one gets hurt here... is if we don't want to be together."
That's not what David wants.  Mary Margaret feels they have to stop hiding and do something. It's better she hears it from you than someone else. "You have to make a choice."
David chooses Mary Margaret.  Mary Margaret decides "Then it's time to tell Kathryn"  David timidly nods his head yes and Mary Margaret walks away.

Emma notes the Stranger's motorcycle parked outside of Granny's Diner {Cafe}.  The Stranger tells Emma he was meaning to bump into her. "Matter of fact I was hoping we might grab that drink you promised."
Emma wonders "Is that you asking me out?"
Stranger- "Well, if putting a label on it makes you more comfortable,  Sure. Let's call it a date."
Emma thought he came there to write, find inspiration.  The Stranger is optimistic about their date.  Emma has a policy; she won't go out with guys who don't tell her their name.  It could mean they're keeping secrets; it helps weed out the ones who might be married or store body parts in a freezer.  She fluffs him off and walks away.
The Stranger- "It's August. August W. Booth."  Now there goes Emma's reason for not meeting him there after work.  August leaves.

Emma sits opposite Mary Margaret at the table.  Mary Margaret whispers  "Who was that?"   Emma doesn't know, yet, but she'll find out.  Mary Margaret called Emma there to talk about Mary Margaret. But troubled Mary Margaret feels talking about Emma is easier right now.  Mary Margaret whispers "Remember when you told  me to stay away from David and I agreed?"  But Emma knows all about it; because she's sheriff and Mary Margaret is a lovesick schoolteacher. "Covering your tracks in not exactly your strong suit."  Mary Margaret feels she's been discreet.  But Emma recalls "Two teacups in the sink, new perfume, late nights, plunging necklines, it was not hard to connect the dots."  When Emma met Mary Margaret she was a top button kind of girl.  Mary Margaret wonders why Emma didn't say anything.  Emma kids  "I'm not your mother."  Mary Margaret knows that according to Henry she's Emma's mother. Emma just figured Mary Margaret would let her know when it was time; its time. Mary Margaret shares the news that David is telling Kathryn everything.

Kathryn is working on her laptop when David enters. She wants David to come take a look as she's found a whole bunch of apartment options. She doesn't know which neighborhoods to look at. She asks him if he's ever been to Boston. David says no.  Kathryn suggests they ask the sheriff for help, as she's from Boston.
David apologizes and informs her he can't go to Boston with her.  She wants the truth from him. "David, is there something going on that I don't know about?"   David lies and says, no.  "Something happened. I don't know what it is. There is something that's preventing me... from connecting.  And it's not fair to you to let that screw up your life. You're right you need a fresh start. It's just not with me."

Abigail, the Prince and her men have reached her father's realm in the forest. They should be safe there. Abigail has provisions waiting for the Prince.  He feels he can't take any of it; not until she tells him what's really going on and yells "Stop playing games! If you have no feelings for me, as you've said. Why show me any kindness at all. What haven't you told me?"
Abigail- "This isn't about you. It's about me. I don't want to marry you because my heart also belongs to another. A man I was once to wed. A man named Frederick."
The Prince asks "What happened?
Abigail feels we all have our own tragedies and lost love being the worst. She thought reuniting James with his might grant her some consolation.  James is unable to help her as his "love" told him in no uncertain terms that she doesn't feel the same way about him as he does for her. "You can't fight for something that doesn't exist. So, there's my tragedy."   Abigail scoffs and tells him "That's no tragedy. Come. Follow me."  She takes his hand and leads the way.
Abigail led him to a guarded gazebo that houses a gold figure of a brave man in armor. This is where Abigail's beloved Frederick sacrificed his life.  She explains they were traveling with King Midas when their caravan was ambushed, Frederick bravely defended them; he was cut down saving her father's life.
The Prince compliments this fitting tribute, the craftsmanship and how life-like the figures details are. But that's not what that is; it is not a statue. That is literally Frederick.  He saw the attack when no one else did. He threw himself in front of her father, knocking him to safety and was turned to gold because of her father's curse.  The Prince declares "All curses can be broken. Have you tried true loves kiss?"   She had, until her lips bled.
The Prince- "The gold got in the way. There must be something else to do."
Abigail tells about a legend of a lake, Lake Nostos.  "Its waters are said to have magical properties that can return to you something that was once lost."  Of course she's tried it. "But the lake is guarded by a ghastly creature that drowns its victims. No one whose ever faced it has lived to return."  The Prince doesn't want her to give up hope  just yet, as he will face this guardian and return with the water that will undo this wretched curse.  Abigail warns that none have succeeded. But the proud Prince knows none has his fearless bravery.  Abigail feels "Or fearless regard for their own safety".  The Prince feels either way one off them (Us) should have their happiness.  Abigail thinks if he dies neither of them will have that, but the Prince knows that not to be true, for if he succeeds  she'll be reunited with Frederick and her misery ends and if he fails the misery that ends will be his.
In a dark workroom/shed or garage, August is carefully working on the fairy tale book. {Art and text}  He preps its pages in the water/solution and hangs them to dry. He is quite the craftsman, as he takes the dry and ready section of story with gold Frederick and puts it in a place in the book. He carefully sews, binding the book together.
Regina and Henry sit in her office. Regina encourages Henry to open a silver box with a royal blue bow on it. The occasion for the gift to show him she loves him.  She knows he misses his book, but the gift of a hand held video game is where he can save the Princesses and he can be the hero.  He doesn't seem impressed with the game.  Regina wants him to believe her that she tore the playground down for his safety.  "I really didn't mean to destroy your book."  Henry's not just troubled about the book, he wants to see Emma.  Regina looks sad.  There's a knock at the door and upset Kathryn lets herself in; interrupting the mother and son moment.  Regina has Henry go home and start his homework; she'll be there in a bit and they can have dinner.

Crying Kathryn tells her friend, Regina, about David's leaving her. Regina assumes it's because of the affair he's having with Mary Margaret; an affair Kathryn wasn't privy to.  Regina knows this she's seen and has proof.  "I Sidney was always looking for scandal, it sells papers, he showed me. I buried them, of course."   Kathryn demands "Show me!"
Regina presents the not-buried photos.  Kathryn cries over the pictures of David and Mary Margaret connecting, kissing and sharing tender moments. She's upset Regina didn't tell her.  Regina thought the two were working it out. "Believe me, I want you two together."   She claims to care about this because she's Kathryn's friend. Kathryn doesn't agree and feels everyone is lying to her. She walks away.
Abigail leads the Prince to a candle lit offering shrine to the guardian of the lake. Every man who faces it leaves an offering here first, asking for the creature's mercy.  This seems to amuse the Prince. "I go the rest of the way alone."
Abigail wants to go along, as its for her. The Prince won't allow it "The only life I want in my hands is my own".  Abigail wishes him luck and reminds him to leave an offering.  The Prince won't do it. "Lotta good it did them."  He throws the Gladiator helmet he was holding at the Icon and heads onward.

John Doe/David sits at home, looking through photos of him and Kathryn.  He calls Mary Margaret, who happens to be descending the stairs inside of her busy school with kids all about.  She asks him if he did it.  David says yeah and that its really bad.  Mary is excited he told the truth, so  now they can pick up the pieces and start over from a real place.  Although David seems hesitant he says he wants to see her.  Mary Margaret- "And David, you did the right thing."    Just then Kathryn plows her way through the school halls, bumps into a soccer ball carrying man.  Mary  Margaret apologizes to her, but Kathryn slaps her face in front of everyone. "Screw you, you're sorry."   Mary Margaret assumes by her conversation with David that "We didn't lie" but David didn't do the honorable thing and never told her.  Evidently he lied to Mary Margaret too.  Kathryn wishes her luck "making it work. You two deserve each other".

The Prince approaches the dark lake and retrieves water from it.  Sounds are heard.
David calls out "Where are you? Make yourself known to me!  Beast! Show yourself."  {We hear bird wings flapping}   A rapturously beautiful blond rises up from the water "Here I am".

August rides up to Granny's to pick up Emma. Emma assumed they'd go inside for the drink. He does want the drink, but didn't say "here".   He tells her to "hop on".   Emma offers to go somewhere and she drives, but August says "How 'bout you stop having to control everything and take a leap of faith. You owe me a drink- hop on. I know a good watering hole."   Granny says if Emma won't, she will.   Emma hops on the bike.
Emma- "A watering hole. Literally?"
August- "Say what you want about me, but I always tell the truth."
Emma assumes a drink means wine or whiskey.  August asks if she wants him to get her drunk. Emma says no.  August says "Next time".   Emma feels he's optimistic.
August brings two mugs "They say there's something special about this well. There's even a legend. They say that the water from the well is feed by an underground lake and that lake has magical properties."
Emma- "Magic? You sound like Henry."
August- "Smart kid. So, this Legend it says that if you drink the water from the well something lost will be returned to you."
Emma- "You know an awful lot about this town for being a stranger."
August- "And you know very little for being the sheriff."
Emma- "How do you know all this? Have you been here before?"
August- "I know all this for one very simple reason. I read the plaque."
Emma- "You actually believe that?"
August- "I'm a writer. I have to have an open mind."
Emma- "Yeah, but magic?"
August- "Water is a very powerful thing. Cultures as old as time have worshiped it.  It flows throughout all lands connecting the entire world- If anything had mystical properties, if anything had magic, well I'd say it'd be water."
Emma- "That's asking a lot to believe on faith."
August- "If you need evidence for everything, Emma, you're gonna find yourself stuck in one place for a long time."
Emma- "Maybe. Or maybe I'll just find the truth before anyone else.
August- "Well, Miss Skeptic, there's one thing I can tell you for sure that requires no leap of faith and I know you'll agree with me..."
Emma- "What's that?"
August- "It's good water."  They toast and drink {I love that the wheel is right by his head while he talks.}

Mary Margaret walks down the street, past the clock store, where she gets dirty judging looks from passersby.  One woman whispers to her friend "Did you hear what happened?"  Other people walk by whispering gossip and warnings about Mary Margaret; this upsets her.  Granny and Mary Margaret bump into each other; neither one was looking. Granny tells her she should be ashamed of herself.

At the Lake the Lady walks on water and asks the Prince "What's your name? Would you like to know mine? Because I can be anyone you want me to be."   The Prince armed with his sword, tells her to stop "I know what you are. You're a Siren. You're deceitful words are a spell meant to lure me to my death."  The Siren claims she could never hurt a brave and powerful man like him; not when there's other things they could do.
He will not fall prey to her deceptions.
The Siren- "Really? You're immune to me."   She pours water over her head and magically transforms into Snow White.  She tries to seduce the Prince, claiming she is indeed the real thing. The Prince knows it's an illusion "I know it's not real."
The Illusion claims "Sometimes illusions are better than truth."  Everything that he wants and can't have, the illusion can give him; all he has to do is kiss it/her.   The illusion is very tempting to the Prince.  He lets his sword drop into the water as he kisses the illusion.  The illusion gently pulls him further into the lake, but the Prince snaps out of it. "No. I don't want an illusion, I want reality or nothing."  To prove the real "feeling" the illusion kisses him again. This time he must have felt something because he calls the illusion, Snow.   The kissing Illusion tells him "I love you."  Again the Prince pulls away knowing this is not real,  "It's not you!"  But the Snow illusion persists.
The Prince- "This is not real love. I've felt it and this isn't it! I know the difference."
The cunning illusion congratulated Prince Charming for being the first. She tackles him and pulls him down into the depths of the lake.  She beckons him to follow her further down but the Prince sees the skeletons of others before him and tries to swim back up.  He is trapped under the water when a seaweed vine grabs on to his leg.  Luckily a left over dagger is near him. When the illusion is mouth to mouth with him again, he stabs the illusion and cuts himself free. The Siren floats away transforming back to the blond.

David is cleaning up the mess; the word TRAMP is written on the side of the vehicle. Mary Margaret asks him who did this, but of course he doesn't know. He doesn't even know how any of this happened.
Mary responds with "Really?!"  David feels he can't control what other people do.  Upset Mary calls him out on lying. "And now everyone is calling me TRAMP.  David asks "Who told her?"  Mary Margaret feels that is exactly the wrong question. "The real question is why didn't you do what we discussed? Why didn't you tell her?"   David thought they could spare Kathryn's feelings. Mary again calls him out on only doing what he wanted to do; not what both of them discussed.  David claims he didn't want anyone to get hurt. Mary Margaret- "Now everyone is hurt."  And even though they had an understanding and agreement, he not only lied to Kathryn, he lied to her.
David begs her to listen to him "If we want to see if this- if what we have is love... we have to do what you said. We have to pick up the pieces and we gotta move on.  Crying Mary Margaret feels this isn't love. What they have is something entirely different and destructive and it has to stop.  "We shouldn't be together."  David sort of nods his head "OK".
Emma brushes fallen leaves off of her VW beetle. She finds a fairy tale book inside of a red toolbox in a puddle of  water, settled by the rear tire of her car. {Her license plate date is Dec 11. The book covers are worn and old.} August watches her discovery from across the street.

Regina is in her office watering flowers/Orchids when Kathryn compliments the beauty. She had no idea Regina was good with plants.  Regina is better with them than with people.  After thinking about it, Kathryn realized she owed Regina an apology.  She knows Regina would never do anything to hurt her; she was just so angry and confused and she snapped. She's finding it so hard to hold on to David that she never stopped to ask herself why.  Regina feels its because they're a loving married couple and relationships take work.  Kathryn disagrees and presents the evidence; the photos Regina gave her of David and Mary Margaret.  Kathryn points out their obvious connection, they way David looks at Mary. David's never looked at Kathryn like that; not even before the accident.  Regina admits to being in love- once. Kathryn considers her lucky because she's beginning to understand is she hasn't.  She sees that what David and Mary have is real and true and that her marriage to David was like an illusion; she doesn't know how it happened but it was never real.  She wants a man to look at her like David looks at Mary Margaret. She's going to go out and find it.  Kathryn is sticking to her plan and moving to Boston- alone.  If she stays there, she'll never be happy. Since its too painful to see him now, Kathryn wrote David a letter giving the lovebirds her blessing to be together.  This stuns Regina.  Kathryn hugs her good friend; as she'll miss her. Kathryn admits to having an irrational fear of leaving Storybrooke- like something's holding her back.  It's not crazy.  Regina tells her "Change is always frightening. But you know what, Kathryn...this just may be what you need. Maybe you'll find what you're looking for."

The Prince returns to Golden Frederick and Abigail with the water from Lake Nostos. Abigail wonders how he managed to slay the beast. Since the fate of her true love was at stake so it was a battle he couldn't afford to lose.  Abigail pours the magic water over her love and dissolves the spell.  Frederick automatically wakes and kisses his Abigail.  Abigail explains to him that he was trapped and now he's free and James is the one who freed him.  Frederick is the soccer ball carrying man Kathryn bumped into at the school in Storybrooke.  Forever indebted to James, he will pay him back by walking down the aisle with someone he truly belongs with; and a horse and supplies for a journey as well.  He will go find Snow White. "True love isn't easy, but it must be fought for.  Because once you find can never be replaced."  A bird helped him find her once and hopefully it can again.  Abigail warns James to make haste, for when the King George discovers that the union of the Kingdoms has been ruined he will go after him. "Some people will stop at nothing to destroy the happiness of others."
Regina lets herself into Kathryn and David's house with her special keys and steals the letter left for David.

The school bells rings.  Henry sits on a bench outside of the junior building playing his new video gameSpace Paranoids.  Emma sits next to him; she used to play that game all the time when she was a kid.  "Relax- It's all in the wrist!"  Henry warns her his mom is picking him up in like five minutes, so Emma will be quick.  She presents the fairy tale book. "I found it in a gutter. It must have fallen off the dump truck on the way to the junkyard and got tossed around in the rain and somehow it made its way back to me."
Henry thinks that's crazy.
Emma- "Well, what other explanation could there be? Well, whatever happened- it came back to me."
Henry- "Maybe it means our luck is changing. Operation Cobra is back on.  It's a sign. Things are gonna be better."
Emma hopes the kid is right and leaves.  Henry opens the book to the page where the Prince is looking for Snow White...
...The Prince comes across Red Riding Hood to informs him Snow is gone. She never came back after she went to find him.  The Prince will find her and will convince her that they belong together. "I will always fight for her no matter what comes between us."
Red tells him it won't be much of a fight because when Snow left to find him it was because she wants to be with him more than anything.  The Prince thinks Red is mocking him.  But Red assures him Snow left to break up his wedding because she loves him. "Unless something changed her mind along the way."
The Prince- "Not some-thing. Some-one."  That 'Not Some-One', King George is yelling from the field for his soldiers to "Bring me his head!"    The Prince and Red make a quick getaway on horseback. {Again the launched arrows never hit him}
Heartbroken Mary Margaret is crying in her bed.  Emma shows her support, but Mary doesn't feel like talking about it yet and she doesn't want to be alone. So, Emma lays beside her keeping her company.

Regina opens a drawer containing a can of red spray paint and David's letter. She lights the envelope and throws it into the fire.
Motivated Kathryn drives off on her way out of Storybrooke toward her new adventure.  Also driving toward the exit of Storybrooke is the soccer ball carrying guy/Frederick. At the sign he comes upon Kathryn's empty crashed car, off the side of the road.

Regina watches the letter burn.

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