Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hat Trick

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 "But where would I be without my magic shows?" - Jack's Grand-dad Ray LOST episode 316

"I'm here to help you find your way again. So you can bring the family back together"

Family is everything. Family is love. Family is home.
Family (together) + Love (heart) + Safety (protection) = Home.
There is a learning and growing process going on in this fairy tale adventure, and just like on the "Island" the goal is to go home.

We've all lost loved ones in our lives. This is an unfortunate and terrible heartbreak we all must endure.  But ONCE constantly brings up the issue of children being separated from their parents and families in one way or another.  Abandonment and loss (and maybe even abuse) are weighing heavily on Emma's heart and also with other residents of Storybrooke.  There's nothing more important than the love of family and home.  One can have all the riches in the world but it can't buy anything to fill a hole left without the love of family and home.  These people are lost without it, and rightfully so they are all trying to find that place again.

The desperation we see in Jefferson is heartbreaking but also understandable, as any good parent would be in great pain without their child. There were a few moments I felt related right back to Emma's own issues and heartbreak and some of the lessons and things she must come to terms with while on this adventure.  One thing I want to add is how upset I was watching the literal disgusting physical fight between Emma and Jefferson.

“Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.” - Eugene O'Neill

I wanted to share the following quote with you. It is one of my favorite quotes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.  In a way I feel like it carries some of the sentiments of our current fairy tale; that it relates to how Emma and her friends are trying to find out who they are and where they belong.

"It'll be no use their putting their heads down and saying "Come up again, dear!"  I shall only look up and say "Who am I then? Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I'll come up: if not, I'll stay down here till I'm somebody else" --but, oh dear!' cried Alice, with a sudden burst of tears, 'I do wish they would put their heads down! I am so very tired of being all alone here!"

We know that Wonderland is a part of Alice's imagination; the place she literally dreamed of while sleeping. But here on ONCE Jefferson doesn't like Wonderland; yet we know the Mad Hatter to reside there in the original fairy tale. I think we have to be careful of what and who we assume things to be. How does Jefferson exist in Fairy Tale Land and not his own (Alice's) Wonderland? Why doesn't he like Wonderland? 

This brings me back to thoughts of the blurring of realms, of things not really being that separate or far apart. After all, Jefferson and Regina call each other those names in both realms, and The Knave knows "that woman" as Regina.  And what about Henry? Is little Henry really Regina's father, Henry?  But it's not just the names hinting to that blurring.  Jefferson gives us a little insight to infinite worlds touching one another, pressing up in a long line of lands- each just as real as the last, all have their own rules.

Emma is an outsider to Storybrooke (yet I don't recall her being called a "stranger" as August is labeled). Supposedly she wasn't in Fairy Tale Land when "the curse" took place. To Henry Emma belongs there. To other residents she's sort of a visitor; who now has the job as resident sheriff. And to Regina she's seems more of an interloper. But Emma is a special person, a savior.  She brought something more precious to Storybrooke- magic... and hope. One of the lessons here is more about you creating your own magic- if you just believe.

Let me feed your head

I'd love to connect this ONCE episode to LOST, so I'm just going to jump right the fuck in with it! And by the way- I've already received lots of emails accusing me of "reaching" to connect unimportant and coincidental things to LOST.  Well, if you know me, you know I'm crazy like that.

Just as on LOST, drugs seemed to play a part of mind-expanding and social experimentation; we learned some of this information via the DHARMA Initiative.  For years I wrote about a part of the "Island" adventure being connected to (hallucinogens) drugs (and hallucinogens in food, I.V., etc.) and altered states of consciousness. That seemed to play a very important role in the journey of Jack and the Castaways.

I've felt since ONCE began that there was a bit more connecting to LOST and the "Island"; this episode really laid a lot of things out.  Just like the "Island" and its mystery of - is it part of a "real world" or  "unreal world" and the constant question of what is real and what is not real, which is also mirrored here on ONCE.  In the "Data and Evidence" tab on Karen's LOST Notebook I give a little insight to "reality."   "Real" is what you can see, feel, smell and taste. Therefore, "real" are electrical signals transmitting that information and it being interpreted by your brain that is creating its realism or a reality for you.  It is your consciousness that enables you to be aware of an external world; and aware of self, thoughts and feelings. Reality can be experienced literally and it can be faked, merged, virtual and altered.

Now, before you all freak out, am I saying without a doubt that is the case with ONCE?... no, who the hell knows. But things seem eerily familiar. Or maybe, just maybe... I'm as mad as a Hatter!

Hat Trick gave us many direct hints to the song "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane with the literal use of the names Jefferson and Grace, and we also see musical instruments in Jefferson's house.  The song "White Rabbit" is featured on Jefferson Airplane's 1967 album titled Surrealistic Pillow.  The song was actually written by Grace Slick while she was still with her former band, The Great Society.  Grace used imagery found in the works of Lewis Carroll; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the sequel Through the Looking Glass. It is commonly thought that the connections of the stories and the song make reference to the hallucinatory effects of psychedelic drugs; such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms.

Let's talk metaphor for a moment. The image of Jefferson's disembodied head indicating the head, or better yet, the mind, functioning separate of the body is a huge clue to the trip that may be going on here.  As a matter of fact, an execution as such should have killed him, yet Jefferson is amazed "I'm alive!"

We're literally told you must "Open your eyes...look around...wake up."  In other words, open your mind to go places you've never imagined and that there are many "realities."  The mind is a maze - a labyrinth of many stories and levels. It contains many rooms with many doors and windows to open- doors that will open if you have the key. What discoveries could you make, what places could you go, and what potential could you amass.

Think about it, locked doors and windows could be hiding facets of the real you. Did you notice the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland and most of her people there are masked (many as birds/beaks) or veiled- hiding their true identity?  The masks or veils one wears and the walls one puts up is done for hiding from things and/or emotional protection. Those masks need to be removed and the walls need to come down too. 

Let's not ignore the key that opens one's heart as well. But in this episode we're specifically clued into opening your mind. I do wonder if there's an escape hatch we don't know about yet.

Jefferson's address being 316 is a direct acknowledgment to Ajira Airways. Yes, that very awesome airline that specializes in Destination Destiny.  And the flight that Frank Lapidus flew returning Jack and the gang back to the magical "Island" after Jack's meeting with Eloise at the mysterious Lamp Post Station that just happens to be under the church he was going to have his father's funeral in L.A.

Oh, and by the way... the magic hat and its power to open the portal of many doors that lead to anywhere/many worlds... I'll take the one that brings me back to the "Island."
I put the lyrics to White Rabbit here for you. I loved singing this song every week when I was in my band.  This song rocks!

Lyrics to "White Rabbit"

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all
Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall
And if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call
And call Alice, when she was just small
When the men on the chessboard get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom, and your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice, I think she'll know
When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
And the white knight is talking backwards
And the red queen's off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
Feed your head, feed your head

Things to Note...Questions to Ask...
๑  Grace's name in Storybrooke is Paige [Page]
๑  No one else really calls Jefferson the Mad Hatter but Emma.
๑  Jefferson is very crafty and finds time and rules to be important.
๑  Jefferson's hat (technically/usually an inanimate object) has it's own rules.
๑  The eyes on Jefferson's handcrafted doll and rabbit are wonky.
๑  Emma refuses to believe; she is stubborn like Jack Shephard.
๑  8
๑  316
๑  Floating islands in Wonderland
๑  Henry whispers "If she leaves Storybrooke...."  Why, can she leave? When can she leave?
๑  Knave of Hearts - is the Jack in a deck of playing cards.
๑  Henry is automatically associated as Regina's father (by Jefferson) and more of an afterthought being associated with Emma. I find that very interesting.
๑ The Queen of Hearts is not to be confused with the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass.
๑ Time is of the essence- The White Rabbit is also associated with his obsession with time and being late.
๑ Time and space.
๑ Head and Heart
๑ Hide and seek.
๑ Being watched.
๑ Task. 
๑ Loom
๑ Dead- Not Dead. "I'm alive!"
   - Where a beheading should kill someone.
   - Daddy Henry reanimated/brought back to being.
๑ the March Hare and the Mock Turtle
๑ FYI- Dog anagrams to God
๑ The Who- Who are you?
๑ Silver

Vocabulary and Research... 
Coppers- Lycaeninae, the coppers, are a subfamily of the gossamer-winged butterflies
    Coppers -a.k.a. police- cops
Hat Trick is a classic magic trick where a performer will produce an object (traditionally a rabbit or a bouquet of flowers) out of an apparently empty top hat.  The trick works by placing the hat on a specially made table or chest.  Both the hat and the surface it is placed on will have a hidden opening in them, through which an object stored in a compartment in the table or chest can be pulled.
- A hat-trick in sport is the achievement of a positive feat three times during a game, or other achievements based on threes.
- Hat Trick is the third original studio album (1973) by American folk rock trio America.
Cartographer, the second album from E.S. Posthumus. Wiki says that in 2008 the track "Ashielf Pi" was used on LOST.
Grace-  elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action.
   -favor or goodwill-a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior.
๑ A few Storybrooke anagrams:
                                   Broke Or Toys
                                   Reboot Sky Or
                                   Orb Key Roots
๑ For Fun- M/Y GRACE GALAPAGOS- is an expedition company specializing in island excursions and yacht trips in the Galapagos.
๑ Note some points of interest on the newspaper- This gives us great insight.
 ✔  Golden LOST Thread Woven into the Tapestry of this Tale
✈  Episode 316-  and Ajira Airways Flight 316 returned Castaways back to the "Island." You can find a lot more info on that here- Instructing Further and Ajira Airways
✈  Hearts and Minds
✈  Mental and Emotional health. Crazy. Insane.
✈  School. Learn.
✈  Game.
✈  Hints to being "dead" but not literally dead. Alive- Awake.
✈  Many times Castaways have been asked the question "Who are you?" But I'm noting here specifically because when young Eloise Hawking shoots her son Daniel and she asks him "Who are you?" in "The Variable", it sounds similar to the way the Caterpillar delivers the line in Hat Trick.
✈   "White Rabbit"
✈   "Catch-22"-  Hurley asks Desmond- "Did you eat those mushrooms Jack warned us about?"
✈  "Deus Ex Machina" - Locke reads a flier for a "Lost Dog" and demonstrates the game Mouse Trap.
✈   "The Constant"-  a door was conveniently left ajar on the freighter for the men to get out and go to the communications room.
✈  Sayid left the beach camp to walk the shore and map the "Island" in "Confidence Man" and is familiar with Orienteering when trying to make something of Rousseau's maps in "Hearts and Minds"
✈  "The Incident [P2]"-  Ben (aka Henry Gale) asks dying Jacob- "What about me?"
✈   Grace tells Jefferson-"Whatever she wants you to do, don't do it." Reminds of  Sayid telling Hurley "Whatever he (Ben Linus) tells you to do- just do the opposite" in "Because you Left"
✈   Mary Margaret says "Help me."  Locke hears "Jacob" says "Help me" in the cabin when he's with Ben   in  "The Man Behind the Curtain."
A few other examples of  "Islanders" asking "Help me":
  • "Through the Looking Glass"
  • "The Long Con"
  • Ben yells "Help me" while trapped in a net in "One of Them"
  • Hugo/Hurley freaks out at Santa Rosa in"The Beginning of the End"
  • Juliet in "The Other Woman"
  • Locke to Jack in "The Candidate"
  • Shannon in "Special"
  • AND "Dave", "Namaste", "The Whole Truth", "Whatever the Case May Be",  "Dr. Linus", "Maternity Leave", "Two for the Road",  "Deus Ex Machina", "Lockdown"
✈  Being watched.
✈  There's a telescope in the Lighthouse
✈  Time and Space. The DHARMA Initiative "Only fools are enslaved by time and space."
✈  Hat. Head. Mind.
✈  Mushrooms. Drugs. Hallucinogens
✈  Mikhail referred to leader of the "Island" as a magnificent man in Par Avion
✈  Kate was a fugitive
✈  Map. Boundary.
✈  The Turn of the Screw is a novella written by Henry James. Originally published in 1898, it is a ghost story.
✈  Castaways have work to do:
  • In mobisode 13 "So it Begins" Christian tells Vincent to wake up his son "He has work to do."
  • In "Born to Run" Michael tells Kate "Kate, no offense, but I've got work to do."
  • In "The Man from Tallahassee" the orderly says "Mr. Locke has work to do today."
  • In "?"  Yemi tells Eko the work being done in this place is important.
  • In "Through the Looking Glass [P1]"  Taller ghost Walt tells John to "get out of the ditch, John. Because you have work to do."
  • In "The Economist" Charlotte doesn't want to leave the "Island" because "I've got work to do."
  • In "The Lie" Ana Lucia tells Hurley- "Bro, you need to pull yourself together. You've got a lot of work to do."
  • In "Confirmed Dead" Locke tells Sawyer that taller ghost Walt said he had work to do.
  • In "The New Man in Charge" Ben tells Walt "Because you have work to do."
✈   Examples of the varying question "Why are you here?"
       - "Through the Looking Glass [P1]"
       - "316"
       - "The Last Recruit"  "Why are you still here?"
       - And in "Two for the Road" Christian admits "I'm here because I can't apologize to my son.

    Enough of my rambling...Here is your episode recap! Enjoy!

    Out of breath Mary Margaret is running from her jail cell in Storybrooke through the dark woods.
    At the sheriff's office, confused Henry is focused on a page of his book; depicting a dark haired girl.  Henry went there to congratulate Emma on her genius plan.  Henry won't reveal this plan in front of inquiring Mr. Gold, so Gold walks away.  Henry apologizes to Emma, as he thought Mr. Gold was in on the escape plan, now that he's Miss Blanchard's lawyer.  They join Mr. Gold and discover that Mary Margaret has escaped.
    Emma- "Henry. What did you do?"
    Henry didn't do anything. Mary Margaret was already gone when he got there.  The adults know that if Mary Margaret isn't at her arraignment tomorrow- she's a fugitive.  Emma feels it doesn't matter if she's convicted for Kathryn or not "She's screwed."   The arraignment is at 8am, so she needs to find Mary Margaret before Regina realizes she's missing; and she would celebrate her victory.   Henry wonders "what about me?" and asks how he can help.
    Emma tells him to "Go home."  Henry whispers "If she leaves Storybrooke... "   Mr. Gold reiterates knowing time is of the essence, but if Miss Blanchard doesn't return "her future's in jeopardy and if your caught helping her- so is yours."   Emma doesn't care. "I'd rather lose my job than my friend."
    Emma drives out of her Sheriff parking spot and into the dark misty night.
    Emma drives down the dark curvy road and swerves out of the way just short of hitting a man walking on the side of the road.  The man tumbles down a little hill.  Emma checks on the well dressed man; whom she didn't see there.   He's not used to sharing the road with cars so late.  He knows she's the new sheriff. He wonders "What brings you out here in the middle of the night?"
    Emma says she's just looking for a lost dog.  The  man smiles and says "Well, I hope you find it."
    Emma sees the man is hurt.  But he thinks he just twisted his ankle.  Emma insists driving him home, as he lives just a mile down the road.  He introduces himself "I'm Jefferson."  Emma introduces herself.  {The camera follows the man's right foot}
    An out of breath man is running through the forest and then hides behind a tree.  A little girl is heard claiming to have found her Papa.  She certainly did.  Papa helps her up the little hill.
    Papa/Jefferson- "You must be part bloodhound, my dear Grace."
    Grace- "Now, it's my time to hide and you seek."
    Papa is afraid playtime is over. "Though you can still use that nose of yours to hunt mushrooms, enough to sell at market tomorrow. Think you can do that?"  Grace nods "yes." The two are happy. Papa grabs her hand and says "Ready or not, here we come." 
    They hold hands walking home.  As they approach the cottage they see the Queen's carriage is already there. Grace asks "In our house? Do you know her?"   Of course Papa claims he doesn't.  He wants Grace to listen carefully as he gives her instructions to hide in the woods "Like our game. I'm gonna find out what she's doing here."  As Papa walks away he turns to give Grace a reassuring smile.  Grace runs into the woods.
    Papa enters to find Regina holding a (Blond) rag doll. {Check out its eyes}  Regina would like to say that Jefferson is looking well, but she'd be lying. "Poverty doesn't suit you."  Regina has a job for Jefferson.  Jefferson claims "I don't do that anymore."  Regina heard he hung up his hat, but wonders why. "Is it because of your sweet daughter, Grace?"   Apparently it's because of Jefferson's work that she lost her mother. He doesn't want her to lose her father too.  Regina asks "So, now you're foraging for fungus. What kind of future does your daughter have here with you? Do this one last favor for me and you can give her the life she deserves."
    Jefferson- "That's why I'm stayingYou don't abandon family. {He gets right in her face and says} That's what she deserves. Now please leave."
    Relentless Regina claims all she needs is his special skills to get her somewhere. "Somewhere you've been before. Do it and I can change your life." {Change it how? For better or worse? Hmm...}
    Jefferson looks over the paper {looks like papyrus} she hands him and questions what business could she possible have there.
    Regina- "Something of mine was taken and found its way over there. I want it back."
    Jefferson tells her to find someone else to get it.
    Regina takes the paper back from him. "I see... hard living has strengthened your resolve. Well, I'm sorry I couldn't convince you.  But I understand. There's nothing more important than family."  She smirks and leaves. Regina leaves the paper on the dresser.
    Emma drives up the hotel size looking house. She's amazed that this is his house and assumes he has a huge family. Jefferson admits it's just him.  Emma takes her keys from the ignition and helps him up the stairs and into the house.

    Inside Emma warms herself by the fireplace. {Note Emma's upside reflection in the piano and with Jefferson's reflection in the silver teapot.}
    Jefferson thought she could warm up before her search.  "It's cold out there."  Emma just wants to get back to the search.  He knows and that's why he brought a map. He's a bit of an amateur cartographer. "Mapping the area is a hobby.  Maybe this will help you track down your dog. What's his name?"
    Emma- "Spot." 
    Emma drinks her tea. "Well, route 6 runs the boundary of the forest. So, so... If I just follow that shoul... be able to... just, um..."
    Dizzy Emma is carried over to the white cushion sofa. Although she is drugged and dizzy, she notices Jefferson isn't limping.   Jefferson faked that and now he's caught.  As Emma is going unconscious she asks "Who are you?"
    At the Toy Cart, Grace finds a lovely stuffed white rabbit that she feels will be a perfect guest to her and her Papa's tea parties. "Can I have him- please?"   Jefferson asks the old woman proprietor how much for the rabbit. The cost is 1 silver. {Note the toy sized marionette (puppet) stage, a passenger balloon, horses, dolls, rocking chair}  Jefferson asks if she'll take 8 coppers as it's all he has.  The old woman says he's a good father "Your last coppers for your little girl's happiness."  He assumes she's agreeing to the purchase but she doesn't accept.  She cannot take less than 1 silver. "The economy. You understand."  She takes the white rabbit away from Grace.
    A man's voice can clearly be heard saying- "Make up your mind. Come on, let's go."
    Graceful Grace tells her Papa it's okay "People are waiting."  And even though Jefferson tells the old woman he won't take no for an answer, the understanding young girl feels she doesn't need it. They leave.
    The old woman walks in front of Sidney the Magic Mirror.   Sidney feels it was awfully cruel of her not to let the girl have her toy.  The old woman is revealed to be Regina, the Queen, playing the role in disguise. "Where's the fun in that?"

    Emma is gagged and her hands are tied behind her back and duck tape tapes her legs together.  She's breathing a bit heavy.  She uses a red pillow to crush the teacup and uses a sharp piece to cut herself free.  Emma tries to open the locked windows, but to no avail.   She looks through a telescope and discovers it's pointed directly at the Sheriff's office.  Emma hears a scraping sound, opens the already cracked open door with the beautiful glass knob and looks out the door to see Jefferson in another room sharpening large scissors.

    In the cottage Jefferson has handmade a rabbit for Grace. He is very crafty. {The rabbit has crooked eyes.} Grateful Grace loves it.  Papa watches her enjoying her tea party even though he seems bothered by her having to use her imagination and pretend items to complete the illusion of a tea party.  Playful Grace enjoys her invisible tea "This is really good. Don't you think so Mr. Tortoise? Papa, do you like your tea?"
    Papa wants her to go to the neighbors for the rest of the day. "There's work I have to do."  Grace asks to go with him because she likes being with him in the forest.  But papa admits he's not going to the forest. Concerned Grace realizes this has to do with the Queen's visit. "Whatever she wants you to do, don't do it."
    Papa feels he has to; he wants Grace to have what she needs.  Grace tells him all she needs is him, "Please stay."
    Papa hugs her and carries her to the door.  He has to go.  Grace wants him to promise to come back- for their tea party.  Papa  promises. "I won't miss it for the world."  He kisses her forehead and tells her to go; putting on her hood.
    Jefferson watches Grace being happily and lovingly greeted by the neighbors' at the well.
    Jefferson uses a key to open a large wood trunk, where he removes a very large hat box.  He places it in the center of the floor.
    Emma sees that Jefferson is still in the room sharpening his scissors.  She sneaks her way down the hall, when all of a sudden Jefferson hears creaking.  Emma ducks into another room where she finds Mary Margaret tied up and gagged.  Mary Margaret says "Help me."

    As Emma is untying Mary Margaret, Mary Margaret tells her she was in the woods trying to get away when this man appeared out of nowhere and grabbed me.  She asks Emma "Why are you here?"
    Emma- "I've been trying to find you. You escaped, remember? How did you get out?"
    Mary Margaret shares "There was a key in my cell, under her pillow. Someone put it there."  She doesn't know who, "I'd like to know just as much as you."

    The ladies try very quietly to get out of the room, but they are met by gun toting Jefferson who sees that Emma found "Spot".  He also knows Emma didn't call anybody for backup and why she didn't tell him about "her"- "You don't want anybody to know you are here. Which means, nobody does. So now tie her back up."

    Emma ties and gags Mary Margaret; indicating to her it will be okay.  Emma mentions the telescope and the point that Jefferson has been watching her. She asks why.  Jefferson needs her to do something.

    Jefferson is escorted with his hat box by the Queen's knights to meet with her.  They pass by a hall of mirrors.
    The Queen tells him "It's good to see you looking more like yourself. I assume you're here because you've reconsidered my offer?"  Jefferson wants her guarantee that if I do what you asks that my daughter will want for nothing.
    The Queen- "You have my word. Now, let's open that box of yours and see what it can do."
    Jefferson takes out the hat.  This amuses the Queen, as she likes a man who dresses for the occasion.
    Jefferson places the hat in the center of the floor, warning the Queen to step back.  He spins the hat on the ground. The hat spins frenziedly creating a pretty purple windy vortex.  The hat rises above them. Jefferson yells above the sound off the wind "After you."
    The Queen - "Together!"
    Jefferson- "Hold on!"  They jump into the now purple-reddish portal opened by the spinning hat.

    Jefferson brings Emma to a hat making craft room.  Emma warns him "If you hurt my friend I swear I'll make you regret it!"
    Jefferson- "Hurt her? I'm saving her life."  He tells Emma not to play stupid. "We both know what happens to people when they try and leave Storybrooke."
    Emma- "What are you talking about?"
    Jefferson is talking about the curse.
    Emma- "What curse?"
    Jefferson- "The one keeping us all trapped. All except you."
    Emma- "Have you been reading Henry's book?"
    Jefferson- "Henry? You mean the Queen's father?
    Emma- "Henry, the Mayor's adopted kid."
    Jefferson- "Henry.  Oh Henry- Your Henry, and his book of stories, the ones you choose to ignore.  Maybe if you knew what I know- you wouldn't."
    Emma- "Why have you been spying on me?"
    Jefferson- "Because for the last 28 years I've been stuck in this house, day after day, always the same. Until one night you and your little yellow bug roll into town and the clock ticks and things start to change. You see, (humph), I know what you refuse to acknowledge, Emma. You're special. You brought something precious to Storybrooke- Magic
    Emma- "You're insane."
    Jefferson- "Because I speak the truth?"
    Emma- "Because you're talking about magic."
    Jefferson- "I'm talking about what I've seen. Perhaps you're the one that's mad."
    Emma- "Really?"
    Jefferson- "What's crazier than seeing and not believing-  because that's exactly what you've been doing since you got to our little Hamlet.  Open your eyes- look around- wake up. Isn't it about time?"
    Emma- "What do you want?"
    Jefferson- "I want you to get it to work."
    He forces her to a seat in front of a hat under construction and claims "You're the only one that can do this. (He rests/presses his chin on the top of her head) You're gonna get it to work."
    In the realm of many doors the Queen mentions that she forgot how magnificent Jefferson is.  Jefferson isn't there to relive the past he's here for his daughter.
    Jefferson leads Regina to the doorway with the mirror entrance. "It's important that we stick together.  The same amount of people that go through have to come back, no more, no less. It's the hat's rule- not mine."   Regina understands.
    They step through the magical liquid looking glass into Wonderland.   This side is abundant with huge mushrooms and extra tall grass.  The come upon a hookah smoking, Fez hat, (6) gloves and tinted monocles wearing caterpillar, sitting atop a giant mushroom. He asks "Who... are... you? ...  Who?... Who?"  He blows circles of smoke in their faces.  Jefferson states "I hate Wonderland."

    In Jefferson's craft room he demands Emma "Make one like that." indicating another replica of the hat.  He states that none of the hats "work or else you wouldn't be here."  Confused Emma doesn't...  He interrupts her "You have magic, you can do it."
    Sheriff Emma looks at the teapot, teacup and all the hats and his psychotic behavior and infers, "You think you're the Mad Hatter."
    His reply "My name's Jefferson."   Emma thinks he's clearly glommed onto her kid Henry's thing. "They're just stories. The Mad Hatter is in Alice in Wonderland- a book, a book I actually read."
    Jefferson- "Stories. Stories. What's a story? When you were in High School did you learn about the Civil War?"
    Of course Emma did.  He continues "How?  Did you read about it perchance in a book? How is that any less real than any other book?"   Emma understands history books are based on history.  Jefferson asks "And storybooks are based on what? Imagination. Where does that come from?  It has to come from somewhere. You know what the issue is with this world?  Everyone wants some magical solution for their problem and everyone refuses to believe in magic. Now get it to work!"
    Emma feels the thing is "This is it! This is the real world."
    Jefferson, still pointing his gun at her, corrects her "A real world.  How arrogant are you to think yours is the only one? There are infinite more. You have to open your mind- they touch one another, pressing up in a long line of lands- each just as real as the last, all have their own rules.  Some have magic, some don't. And some need magic- like this one.  And that's where you come in.  You and your friend are not leaving until here until you make my hat. Until you get it to work."
    Emma cuts into the fabric and asks "And then what?"
    Jefferson- "Then I go home."
    Jefferson and Regina stand at the entrance of a magnificent hedge maze. Regina wants a short walk through. This maze belongs to the Queen of Hearts. This wasn't part of the deal Regina made with Jefferson.  Concerned Jefferson asks "You know what she does to anyone who crosses her?"  Apparently Regina knows "Better than most."  Jefferson stands his ground. Regina reminds him he can't leave Wonderland without her. "Two go through, two go back! You're not gonna let the Queen of Hearts keep you from returning to your daughter, are you?"  So Jefferson gives in.  Jefferson takes a tree branch and tosses it at the walls of the maze; the walls devour it!  He warns Regina to stay away from the walls.  Regina's got a better idea. "The walls should stay away from me!"  She uses her magic to send a fireball through, creating a sort of path. 
    The duo walks over narrow paths. {Note the stairs/steps and many levels.}  They arrive at the heart topped vault- tomb, where Regina magically opens the doors.
    Once inside Regina uses her Jedi powers to open one of the vault.  She retrieves one of the boxes that she needed and the duo start their walk back.  But the trespassers are chased by the Queen of Heart's Knights!  
    Regina uses magic to hold off the army; using the hedges to her advantage. 
    Jefferson runs toward the entrance of Wonderland. "The looking glass, there it is!"   {The Caterpillar isn't on top of the mushroom}  Regina stops and takes a small piece of mushroom. "A little snack."
    Jefferson asks her "Are you mad? You know what the food here does?"  Regina is well aware.
    She opens the box and places the mushroom snack inside and steps back.   Purple smoke streams upward from the box, transforming into Regina's father, Henry.  Father and daughter hug tightly.
    Jefferson- "This is what she took from you? Your father?"
    Regina- "The Queen of Hearts has always seen me as a threat.  So she wanted some leverage.  I got it back."
    The Queen of Hearts soldiers are approaching so they must hurry.  Jefferson is upset and rightfully so. "You knew only two could go through the hat. Which is why you didn't tell me about your father."
    Regina knew it was the only way to make sure Jefferson would help her.  Regina magically traps Jefferson's feet into the walkway of Wonderland. He is stuck. Jefferson begs Regina "My daughter, my Grace, she's, she's waiting for me I promised her I'd be home for tea."
    Vindictive Regina- "A promise which you now have broken! If you truly cared for your daughter you never would have left her in the first place.  You were right, Jefferson... you don't abandon family."  Regina and Henry walk through the looking glass leaving Jefferson alone and devastated.

    The knights drag Jefferson to the veiled Queen of Hearts.  Most of her people wear masks; many as birds.  This Queen communicates with her Knave of Hearts via whispering through what looks like an elephant's trunkThe Knave speaks on her behalf. "Her Majesty says she knows you're responsible for helping to steal from her."
    Jefferson blurts out "The Queen! She tricked me!"  This disturbs the Queen of Hearts and all of her people.
    That Knave- "THAT woman's name is Regina. There is only one Queen- The Queen of Hearts."
    Jefferson apologizes.  Her Majesty wishes to  know how Jefferson got to this world "How did you come to Wonderland?"
    Jefferson asks if he tells them will they let him go home to his daughter. The Knave laughs and the Queen  orders "Off with his head."   A very large (executioner) soldier cuts off Jefferson's head. He is not dead- only detached from his body.
    Jefferson is stunned- "I'm alive. I'm alive!"  He sees his headless body on the ground below him.
    The Knave- "If you wish your body back, then answer- how did you get here?"
    Jefferson- "The hat! My hat! We used my hat!"  He informs them Regina took it.
    The Knave asks "If all you require to travel to your homeland is this magic hat... then surely you can make another."
    Jefferson- "I can't. A hat without magic- is just a hat. It won't work."
    The Knave- "Then there's your task. Get it to work."

    Emma proclaims "I can't make it work! What you're asking me is impossible."  Jefferson is upset because it has to be "If it's not I'm never going home. I'll be cursed to live in this house forever."
    Emma doesn't understand what's so "cursed" about his life and this place; living in this beautiful house.  Jefferson explains "It's cursed because, like everyone else here, what I love has been ripped from me. Take a look."
    Emma looks through a telescope peaking into a window with a mom, dad and little girl; a happy family.   "Her name is Grace. Here it's Paige. But it's Grace. My Grace. You have any idea what it's like... to watch her day in and day out- happy, with a new family, with a new father."  He clarifies he doesn't "think" he's her father, "I know. I rememberShe has no idea who I am, our life together, where we come from. I do.  That's my curse."
    Emma- "To remember."
    Jefferson- "What good is this house, these things if I can't share them with her?"
    Emma- "If you really think she's your daughter why don't you reach out to her, why don't you tell her?"
    Jefferson- "And destroy her realityI'm trapped by knowledge.  How cruel do you think I am? You think I'd inflict that awareness on my daughter?  It's hard enough to live in a land where you don't belong. But knowing it... holding conflicting realities in your head... will drive you mad."
    Emma- "That's why you want me to make the hat work, isn't it?" {Yep, you thickheaded sheriff!} You just wanna take Grace home... to your world."
    Jefferson- "It's the one world where we can be together. Where she'll remember who I am."
    Emma knows what it's like to be separated from her kid.  "It can make you feel like you're losing your mind."  {She looks through the telescope}  Jefferson insists he's not losing his mind and he's not crazy. "This is real."
    Emma- "Maybe. Maybe it is. "
    Jefferson- "You believe?"
    Emma getting emotional- "If what you say is true... that woman in the other room... is my mother.  And I want to believe that more than anything in the world.  So maybe you're right. Maybe I need to open myself up more. Maybe if I want magic, I have to start believing.
    Jefferson- "So, you gonna help me? You can get it to work"
    Emma whispers- "I can try."   When hopeful Jefferson goes to get the hat Emma hits him with the telescope calling him a "crazy son of a bitch", knocking him out. She takes his gun.

    Emma runs to untie Mary Margaret, telling her it's gonna be okay, I'm gonna get you out of here. "He can't hurt you anymore."  Mary Margaret yells for Emma to look out! Hat wearing Jefferson tackles the girls and he and Emma literally have a brawl; with choking and hair pulling and everything! Mary Margaret frees herself from the fallen chair.  During the brawl Emma sees a huge scar on Jefferson's neck. Jefferson acquires his gun, pulls it on Emma, places the hat atop his head, shows his scar and says "Off with his head."
    Freed Mary Margaret hits Jefferson and kicks him causing him to fall backwards out of the window.  The girls look out the window and down to where Jefferson should have landed, but only the hat and broken glass are on the ground.
    Emma- "There's  no sign of him anywhere."
    Mary Margaret- "Who was he?"
    Emma- "A very lonely man. By the way, have you been taking kick boxing and not telling me about it?"
    Mary Margaret- "I have no idea where that came from."
    The girls uncover Emma's covered bug with the keys placed on the driver seat.  Emma throws the hat in the car.  Mary Margaret realizes the sheriff will be taking her back now, but Emma throws her the car keys and tells her to go.
    Mary Margaret- "You want me to run?"
    Emma- "No. But it's your choice. Just know something... running ain't easy, I've done my share of it. Once you go there's no stopping."
    Mary Margaret knows everyone thinks she killed Kathryn.  Emma begs Mary Margaret to believe her, to trust her. "I know it seems impossible but I can get you out of this."   Mary Margaret wonders why it's so important to Emma what happens to her.   Emma explains it's because when Regina framed her Mary Margaret bailed her out; and she asked her why and Mary Margaret said she trusted Emma.  "And then when I wanted to leave Storybrooke 'cause I thought it was best for Henry you told  me I needed to stay because that was best for him.  I realized all my life I have been alone- walls up.  Nobody's ever been there for me except for you. And I can't lose that, I cannot lose my family."
    Mary Margaret- "Family?"
    Emma- "Friends. Whatever. You know what I mean.  Wouldn't you rather face this together than alone?" Mary Margaret hands Emma the keys and the women hold hands for a moment.
    Bells toll in the distance.  Emma remembers "The arraignment. Regina."

    Regina pulls up to the sheriff's office; noting the sheriff's parking spot is empty.  She enters the office and is stunned to find Mary Margaret sitting in her cell reading the newspaper.   Mr. Gold tells Regina his client is not having any visitors. "I'll see you out."

    In the hall Regina asks Mr. Gold what's she doing here. Mr. Gold tells her "She came back."
    Regina's upset because he said this was going to work "That she'd take the key- that she'd go."
    Mr Gold said she did, but it seems Miss Swan is rather more resourceful than they thought. "Fear not, Your Majesty.  Miss Blanchard is still guilty of murder. You may yet get what you want."
    Regina- "Oh I better. The only reason I made a deal with you, Gold,  is because I wanted results.
    Mr. Gold whispers "And results you shall have. See you in the arraignment."

    Emma shows up at Henry's school yard, telling him she found Mary Margaret and she's fine.  The young girl Paige walks by and says hi to Henry.  Emma asks "Who is that?"  Henry shares her name is Paige and she goes to school with him.  Curious Emma asks for his storybook; which of course he has on him.  Emma flips through the pages, landing on Jefferson, and Jefferson with Grace and then a desperate and crazed Jefferson making many (kinds of) hats trying to "get it to work".
    Emma is focused on the book as Henry tries to get her attention. Henry has to go. Emma asks to hold on to his book. Henry is surprised and happy.  Emma just stares at the pages.


    1. Well, since you said it first....this re-cap was fucking awesome!
      First, I love, LOVE, the song White Rabbit and thought it was so cool that the Hatter's name was Jefferson! These writers are outstanding!
      At first I was thinking that her Fathers heart was in the box, but then reading some stuff on-line I realized that like when Alice had to eat cake to get big again, there may have been air holes in the box keeping tiny sized Henry alive and the piece of mushroom made him grow!
      Stranger things have happened!
      Loved this episode.

    2. Thanks for the kind words about the recap. I LOVED this episode SO much!
      When we got the pilot episode of ONCE I mentioned we were headed down into the rabbit hole again... and that is the case.
      I love that the writers play with what we all learned in fairy tales, but give us totally new (grown up) twists on things and show its depth.
      Alice in Wonderland is a treasure trove of psychology, imagery and metaphor. The young girl is trying to find out who she is via all of that confusion in her adventure. It's a great work of literature. You know how much I'm into that! LOL

      On LOST we had a few "special" people- John Locke, Shannon and Walt must be included on the list.

    3. You're welcome! I agree, LOVED this episode so much! Ranks up there with one of the best! I DO remember you saying that we were headed down the rabbit hole again! I remember thinking at the time...OH hell yeah, bring it on!
      Oh I know, I love that they change it up from the original tales we grew up with! How, well, predictable would that be?? lol
      Like the twist of Red Riding Hood actually being the wolf?? That wasn't in our grannies story books!

      Oh yes, how well we know you are into that! LOL
      I love that about you! That's right, can't forget Locke and Walt, but I'm afraid you have to refresh me on Shannon!?

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