Friday, March 29, 2013

ONCE: Wonderland... and You.

Dearest Oncers,

I'd love your input on something. I enjoy writing about ONCE Upon A Time so very much and will continue to do so because it makes me very happy and deeply reflective. I hope that when you visit this site that through my obsessive detailed note taking, you are able to find something that adds to your ONCE Upon A Time experience as well. Due to the amount of writing, note taking and researching each ONCE episode, combined with the cross referencing and connecting to LOST, it is hard for me to post within a few days of the aired episode. Please know that I always appreciate your ongoing support and patience waiting for the posts.

I'm very, very excited for the ONCE Upon A Time spin-off, ONCE: Wonderland, by the dynamic duo, Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis. Love them!  I need to find a quicker and streamlined way to post my ONCE Upon A Time notes, as I'll also write about ONCE: Wonderland and subsequent spin-offs (if more should come our way).  Even though the two shows won't likely run simultaneously, this is the perfect time for a revamp of the notes format. This is going to require some intense thought because I've written my notes in the same format for many years for LOST.

ONCE Upon a Time is an absolutely beautiful and heartfelt tale that stands completely on its own. The rich stories, multi layered characters, the spot-on costumes, and the look of the show, for me, gives me the same warm fuzzies and intense excitement I get while reading a great book that I can't put down. I look forward to each and every episode and actually dread when each episode ends because I always want more. It is true adventure and escapism.

ONCE Upon A Time's connectivity to LOST and the "Island" is undeniable, therefore I will always include the important connections to LOST via my "Golden LOST Thread Woven into the Tapestry of this Tale" section, but maybe reworking the format using the key symbols (✈, ๑, etc.) to indicate connections to both stories, or something like that will work better when streamlining things.

I'd like to know honestly what you like about the current lengthy format to these episode notes, and what you don't like.

Here are a few things I'd like to know...
  • Do you want a detailed episode recap? 
  • Do you find this detailed recap enlightening at all or do you not even read that part of the notes?
  • If you do read the detailed recap, do you find the "highlighted hints" helpful? 
  • Right now I include my write up at the start of each post and the detailed recap- Would you prefer just the write up about the episode?
  • Do you find the "Things to Note... Questions to Ask..." segment helpful?
  • Do you find the "Vocabulary and Research" segment helpful? 
  • Do you find the screen-shots with clues shown, helpful? 
  • Do you find the comparison screen shots of ONCE Upon a Time and LOST helpful?  
Email at or message me your thoughts and suggestions at twitter or Facebook.

It's awesome that ONCE: Wonderland will film in Vancouver where ONCE Upon A Time is set, and the story will take place in pre-cursed Wonderland. About this spin-off, Eddy Kitsis says “It’s much more in the vein of an American Horror Story, with a beginning, middle, and end.”  I'm excited about this concept as it may give us more of a "chapter" feel to the whole of the ONCE Upon A Time story, filling in the puzzle for the big ONCE Upon a Time picture; also that it will leave room for other tales to be told and added into the story as well- but that expanded universe remains to be seen.

Actress Sophie Lowe is cast as Alice, Michael Socha, as the Knave of Hearts, and Peter Gadiot will play Alice’s mysterious love interest, Cyrus.  Television producers and screenwriters Zack Estrin and
Jane Espenson (ONCE's consulting producer) are on board for the show.
Read more about the creative team and cast for the spin-off at EW.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Selfless, Brave and True

No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.” ― R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver
 ** All photos posted here are chosen for a reason **

Can you tell me where I might find the Hydra?

The emotional agony one carries around can spread like a cancer.  It makes you sick- emotionally, mentally and physically. It can ruin careers, friendships and families. The mind is a very powerful source of energy. Our mind creates a reality by the thoughts, ideas and emotions we believe to be true. The mind can make you believe the most ridiculous things, yet also the most miraculous things. It can harm you, trick you and lead you astray. It can cause scared little boys and girls to have an overactive imagination and issues with reality; and on the other hand it can give a child wings to fly by believing in magic, dreams coming true, and give them hope- believing in self. The mind is also the powerful source of your own clarity and your own healing.

The power to do many things already lives inside each one of us. That power can enable us to imagine a sleeping dragon and awaken it. We can picture ourselves riding across the beautiful sky on a friendly dragon, or we can see ourselves not being brave enough to fight a fearsome dragon, or then again, we can imagine that we do indeed have the strength to beat the dragon. But if we're not careful, we can become the dragon. It all depends on what you perceive the dragon to be and who you believe yourself to be.

August has been bearing the weight of guilt, of the selfish, untruthful and cowardice life he's lived, so he punishes himself by turning to wood. August believes that The Dragon can cure what ails him. We learn that The Dragon creates something/a magical potion not from this world because the people who need his help suffer from afflictions that science cannot treat. He understands the way to reach and heal the suffering person, and it just may be on a whole other level entirely.

With the coaxing of The Dragon we see August literally letting go of the string that attaches him to his past emotions and he's given a chance to try again. Starting over isn't an automatic pass, it is still a learning process. He will get a do-over and hopefully learn the lesson. In life it seems you will be presented with a particular lesson over and over until you "get it."

August believes that The Dragon can fix him, until he has a moment of clarity, an awakening, realizing that August himself is the only one who truly holds the power to make better choices, to forgive, to change, to heal, to fix, to be redeemed, to let go and begin anew.  His old self died to enable his new-self to be reborn. We are happy to see August returned to his pre-cursed Fairy Tale Land boyhood image, and is given a chance for a "do-over" and a life with Marco. Hopefully he's learned a few lessons from his past and is free to make better choices with his rebirth. 

But we still must ask... Who/what is the Dragon, really?

Return to you what was once lost

... with a little help from the magic well and its water.

There are consequences to the choices we make and the walls we put up.  Mary Margaret takes the advice she heard Emma give to David, and instead of hiding herself away she heads out and ends up encouraging August with his situation. At times when she speaks with August it sounds like she's talking to herself; in that its advice she herself needs to take. But it is also words and advice Emma needs to hear too. They all have to take the step in forgiving themselves and forgiving others. In a way they are inadvertently helping and teaching each other this new way of life. 

It's exciting to hear that the bean field might have a crop soon. They planted the seed, growth is happening and once it has matured and is ready, then they can go home.

A few things that I seem to be thinking about:

1). The Dragon says to August- "For someone who spent his entire life running you should be in better shape."  Hmm... August spent his entire life running? Okay, metaphorically he's been running from himself and for himself, or looking for something, I get that, but otherwise, who/what was he running from? I thought he was traveling the world just having a good time.

2). I still feel like there's more to the August and Neal story, like these two know more than we're aware of.  Also, I can't let go of the fact that we've seen August with Henry's fairy tale book (Henry got it from Mary Margaret) and I still wonder if he's manipulated any parts of it because he just wanted the curse to be broken for his own selfish needs, or, perhaps he just deeply cares for Emma and Henry and just wanted to fix the book with his story. We do know in the episode The Stranger, Henry tells Emma someone changed it; there's a new story in the book and the story isn't finished. Plus I still think about the time he tried to get the dagger from the Dark One.

3). I want to note that when the residents say the name Tamara, and they are indeed pronouncing it correctly, I can't help but hear the word "tomorrow." LOL.

☸ ☰ ☱ ☲ ☳ ☴ ☵ ☶ ☷ ☸

I wonder if the Dharma Initiative, the Hanso Foundation, Widmore Enterprises, Paik Industries or any of the other familiar LOST organizations will come to play a role in this tale.

Things to Note...Questions to Ask...

๑ Animate- bring to life.  Life. Death. Rebirth. Another chance to try again
๑ August and his motorcycle
๑ August physically reacts to Tamara
๑ Again, we see that this transformation can only be seen by people who "believe"
๑ Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Bad Reputation
๑ Hook got out of the storage room in N.Y., so where the heck is he?
๑ Hospital
๑ On October 24th, 2011 August awakes in Phuket and claims he has to go to the hospital- We see him in October, 2011 in a Hong Kong hospital. When/what date is this, and did he have to travel that far for a medical center?
๑ Note when we're given a month and year but no day/date
๑ Who is Neal's fiancée Tamara really and what is she up to with Greg?
๑ Lots of laundry hanging around
๑ Neal's phone I.D's Tamara as "Her" and Neal says it's "Her" when she texts him.
๑ Arrow
๑ Bar. Liquor
๑ Winnie's Pub (Could this be a nod to Winnie the Pooh?)
๑ August calls Marco Papa and Grace calls Jefferson Papa in Hat Trick
๑ Hansel and Gretel must find their father in True North
The Return
The Stranger
๑ Broken
๑ Sleep- Wake up
๑ Time
๑ "I wish" - August
๑ Who are you?
  • Who is he?
  • Does she know who you are?
  • Do you/she know where you come from?
  • Is there anybody in here?
Vocabulary and Research...

The Dragon is a short story by author Ray Bradbury. The story concerns two men, a moor, and a full blown dragon. The story begins with two knights, who, we are told, have a mission to go and slay a dragon. The dragon as they described, is huge, fire-breathing, horrific, and only has one eye. They charge at the dragon, and they fail. Presumably they died from the attempt. Readers find out that the 'dragon' is actually a train, a modern-age steam train. And the dragon's single eye is, in fact, the train's head light.

  • In the fictional Wheel of Time fantasy series by Robert Jordan, the Dragon is the champion of the Light and the Creator against the evil Dark One.  Although the Dark One was imprisoned by the Creator at the moment of creation, he continually seeks to break free of his prison. In each Age, the Dragon is reborn to fight the Dark One and keep him locked away from the world. During the events of The Wheel of Time, Rand al'Thor is the Dragon, and is referred to as The Dragon Reborn. The Dragon is considered to be the same person reborn in every age, the soul being reborn into a newborn body in keeping with the concept of reincarnation and rebirth which is prevalent in the Wheel of Time series. 
  • Dragon: a poem by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, written in the spring and summer of 1875  
  • Dragon: the Old Potter’s Tale : a short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. The story revolves around a practical joke played by the monk E’in. The story offers numerous allusions to Buddhism, including legends of dragon ascensions and the calling on the name of the Amida, also known as Amitābha. E’in erects a sign next to the Sarusawa Pond reading "On the third day of the third month, the dragon of this pond will ascend to heaven". However, though E’in intended the joke to affect only those in his immediate area, his sign ends up attracting many from miles around, including many influential lords and his superstitious aunt. A numberless crowd watches the lake faithfully as E’in both scoffs their ignorance and marvels at the turnout. Eventually, the sky darkens and everyone gathered, including E’in, believe they see a dark powerful dragon ascending towards the sky. Afterwards, no one will believe E’in’s claim that the sign was a practical joke; even E’in, the instigator, believes a dragon from the pond actually flew towards his home.
  • Dragon in Buddhism: symbolize power, creativity, good fortune, guardians and clarity. Metaphorically they're also known to be part of the self; one's own deepest fears and obstacles
  • Amitābha "Amitābha" is translatable as "Infinite Light," is a celestial Buddha described in the scriptures of the Mahāyāna school of Buddhism.
    Qu'on: Contradiction Quon: suggests "quon" as a generic term for a quantum object. Guan, a Chinese family name rendered in Cantonese as Kwan, or also in English as Quan or Quon. Ascension.
    ๑ The Isra and Mi'raj are the two parts of a Night Journey that, according to Islamic tradition, the Islamic prophet Muhammad took during a single night around the year 621. It has been described as both a physical and spiritual journey
    Ensō: Chinese word meaning Circle and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Japanese calligraphy that symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void. In Zen Buddhist painting, ensō symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create.
    Five Elements in Japanese Philosophy: in ascending order of power, Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Void.
    1). Chi, meaning "World", represents the hard, solid objects of the earth. The most basic example of chi is in a stone. Stones are highly resistant to movement or change, as is anything heavily influenced by chi. In people, the bones, muscles and tissues are represented by chi. Emotionally, chi is predominantly associated with stubbornness, collectiveness, stability, physicality, and gravity. It is a desire to have things remain as they are; a resistance to change. In the mind, it is confidence. When under the influence of this chi mode or "mood", we are aware of our own physicality and sureness of action.
    2). Sui or mizu, meaning "Water", represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Besides rivers/water, blood and other bodily fluids are represented by sui, as are mental or emotional tendencies towards adaptation and change. Sui can be associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism.
    3). Ka or hi, meaning "Fire", represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Bodily, ka represents our metabolism and body heat, and in the mental and emotional realms, it represents drive and passion.
    4). or kaze, meaning "Wind", represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Aside from air, smoke, and the like, fū can in some ways be best represented by the human mind. As we grow physically, we learn and expand mentally as well, in terms of our knowledge, our experiences, and our personalities. Mentally and emotionally it represents an "open-minded" attitude and carefree feeling.
    5). or sora, most often translated as "Void", but also meaning "sky" or "Heaven", represents those things beyond our everyday experience, particularly those things composed of pure energy.  Kū is of particular importance as the highest of the elements.

    SoHo: Lower Manhattan and SoHo, Hong Kong, and the West End of London, and other places.

    * I want to note: Artemis Fowl is a series of eight science fiction fantasy novels written by Irish author Eoin Colfer. Artemis captures a Fairy, Holly Short, in the first book and holds her for ransom to exploit the magical Fairy People and restore his family's fortune.
     ✔ Golden LOST Thread Woven into the Tapestry of this Tale

    ✈  815, 8
    ✈ "I wish"
    ✈ In Stranger in a Strange Land Jack visits Phuket to find himself
    Tricia Tanaka is Dead- Hurley discovers an old abandoned DHARMA Initiative van in the woods.
    ✈ Late. Morning. Life, Death, Rebirth
    ✈ (Arrow) Station
    ✈ Eggs
    ✈ In There's No Place Like Home: Part 2-  Locke tells Jack  that he's going to have to lie, as it's the only way to protect the island.
    JACK- "It's an island, John. No one needs to protect it."
    LOCKE- "It's not an island. It's a place where miracles happen. And...and...if you...if you don't believe that, Jack, if you can't believe that, just wait till you see what I'm about to do." Ultimately telling Jack- "Lie to them, Jack. If you do it half as well as you lie to yourself, they'll believe you."
    ✈ Jin and Sun Kwon, Seoul, Korea
    ✈ In The Moth- Give something to the island/Locke and the island will give you something in return
    ✈ Boone Carlyle.
    - Penelope "Penny" (Widmore, Hume, Milton) Wanted Desmond to travel with her to Carlisle to deliver the crates of wine.
    ✈  Ab Aeterno
    Whatever Happened, Happened 
    ✈ Important Episodes about "Second Chance":
    Tabula Rasa
    The Moth 
    Some like it HOTH 
    The Substitute
    ✈ Characters who physically punishes themselves for their past: Hurley, Richard and John Locke
    ✈ Juliet uses an electroshock Taser/stun gun/zapper in A Tale of Two Cities and Zoe in The Package

     Enough of my rambling... Here's your episode recap! Enjoy!
    At 8:15 August abruptly wakes up in a beautiful tropical area of Phuket speaking the language and finds his left leg is turning into wood. Isra wants to stay asleep, but not August.  He decides he needs to go to the hospital.
    Mary Margaret hides herself underneath the covers of her bed.  And although David wants to help and baby Mary Margaret through her pain, Emma doesn't want to coddle Mary Margaret and her depression. She's aware that Mary Margaret has the power to move past this- "...she's the only one who can help herself," and that's the truth.
    Overhearing Emma Mary Margaret drags her ass out of bed, packs a bag and tells David she needs to head into the woods to think things through. "I need to do this alone."
    Mary Margaret knows "going back" home won't erase her getting Regina to kill her own mother. She asks David to give her time.
    Emma drops Henry off at Granny's to spend time with Neal. Henry brought Neal his fairy tale book so Neal could tell him what it was like "out there."  Neal also breaks the news to Emma that his fiancée is on her way to Storybrooke and this makes Emma very concerned; due to the fairy tale nature of Storybrooke's residents.
    Concerned Emma brings to Neal's attention that she's not the one who's lying- "Does she know who you really are and where you're really from? (Neal doesn't answer) Take my advice don't let her find out on her own. Tell her the truth. Tell her everything."  Tamara texts Neal, letting him know she's 10 minutes away. He'd like Emma to stay and get to know her. "...but we're all connected." He feels it would be nice for the two chicks to talk.
    While taking target practice in the woods with her bow and arrow and listening to her music (mp3) player play Joan Jett and the Blackhearts "Bad Reputation," one of her arrows involved in an incident. Mary Margaret stumbles upon a very old trailer as she investigates, "Anyone in here?" She finds Pinocchio with the arrowhead part of her arrow stuck in his left leg.
    August waits to see a Doctor in a busy Hong Kong hospital. He seems very concerned yet with a sense of glee when showing Dr. Chen that his left leg is turning into wood. The Doctor doesn't see anything and when he dismisses August, August plunges a scalpel into his leg to prove himself; again he seems happy and impressed by his wooden leg.
    The Doctor calls in the orderlies to restrain crazy August and take him to psych, but August takes off running away, even though his wooden leg hinders his speed.
    "Who are you?" asks August, as he's violently pulled inside a door by an English speaking Asian man, Quan, who claims to have heard August yelling about his situation.  He just happens to work with a man who fixes those kinds of problems; the kind of problems most people just dismiss. He can cure anything- for the right price.
    "Who is he?" asks August.
    "They call him the Dragon," the helpful man replies. {August makes a facial expression like 'come on, really?'}
    Back in the trailer wooden August explains to Mary Margaret that although the curse was broken it for everyone else, it didn't break for him. "When it lifted, I could move again... but I stayed like this. This is my own punishment- not the Queen's. I did this to myself."
    Mary Margaret tries to encourage him by letting him know there are people (his father) in Storybrooke who care about him. His papa misses him. "But I can't let him see me like this- or Emma," claims August.
    Mary Margaret also shares that the people in Storybrooke could use him back, as so much has been going on. "Henry's father returned- Emma found him..."
    August interrupts, "Wait. Emma and Neal... they're back together again?"  Nope. Neal's engaged to someone he met in New York.
    "I was hoping... that's my problem," August begins, "Hoping- Hoping that things can still work out. Hoping that I can find redemption for the mistakes that I've made. But maybe some things you just don't come back from."
    Mary Margaret feels no matter what you've done, you deserve a second chance. August feels that's easy for her to say. "You never had to worry about forgiveness- redemption. You've never needed it."  Mary Margaret tells him it's time to stop feeling sorry for himself, "Come back to town with me. We'll find Marco..." August doesn't want to face him like that; a wood pile of failure. He just wants Mary Margaret to leave and don't tell anyone she saw him, that's the only way she can help him.

    Over bagels and coffee, Henry asks Neal and his fiancée how they met. Neal doesn't answer, but Tamara does. "Well, I was super late to work, rushin' like crazy, guzzling my giant coffee when this guy (Neal) crashed into me. Haha.  My coffee soaked my blouse. There was no time to change, so Neal gave him his scarf to help hide the stains. And he said that I can keep it or call him if I wanted to return it. I decided to call and... Well, we've been together ever since."
    Emma decides it sounds like Fate.  As she and Henry ready to leave, Henry tells Neal to hold on to the fairy tale book.
    Tamara feels Henry's a great kid and has Neal's spirit.  Neal decides the time is right to tell Tamara some back story.
    "I'm not from here. I'm from a place called The Enchanted Forest. I'm being serious." He gives her the book to look through, as if it's a family photo album.
    Tamara remarks "These are... fairy tales."
    Neal- "And they're real. Uh, they're more than real, they're history- they're my history."  He shows her the picture of a little boy in the book, "That's me."
    Tamara seems troubled, but Neal says he's trying to be honest with her. {Note: when she closes the book it's on a wedding illustration.} Tamara thinks it's about the blond woman- the mother of his child. She thinks that's why Neal wanted to hide under the table when Henry asked how they met. "You didn't want her to hear the story. If you want to be with her, Neal, you could have told me instead of trying to force me away."  Neal doesn't want to force her away.  When Neal's ready to be honest with Tamara about himself and his feelings, "Then come find me."  She walks out.
    Quan leads August up the exterior (reminds me of fire escape type) steps to meet with the Dragon.
    {Note three items in front of window.}
    There are others waiting in the waiting room. {Sleeping man} August sits in the empty white chair. Quan calls a veiled and dark sunglasses wearing woman in and she drops her cell phone. August returns it to her.  The woman is revealed to be Tamara.

    Greg Mendel sits in a booth at Granny's eating a piece of pie. Regina Mills walks over to him, introduces herself as Mayor of Storybrooke, also Henry's mother; the pie's on her.  Greg recalls the cute little kid who was wandering through the woods. Regina thanks him for the call about Henry. Greg admits having a soft spot for little kids in trouble. Regina's fairly certain they haven't met before but notes he seems oddly familiar. Greg doesn't see how that's possible, unless she spent a lot of time in Carlisle, Pennsylvania- which she hasn't. Regina's gracious telling him "If there's anything you need during your stay here, please don't hesitate to ask."  On her way out she runs into Mary Margaret coming in. Regina suggests she try the fish special, "Its right up your alley. Blackened Sole"
    Mary Margaret hurries to the counter to tell Emma and Marco that she's found August. He's alive but completely wooden and living in an abandoned trailer down by the Toll Bridge. She thinks Mother Superior (the Blue Fairy) may be able to help him. Marco agrees and they head out. We see that Tamara is sitting at the opposite end of the counter.

    August waits to see the Dragon. Tamara comes out from behind the beaded curtain and tells August "He said to send you in. Good luck."
    August enters the circle entrance into the room where the Dragon sits sipping tea. The dragon invites August to sit on a small bench topped with a pillow. "Tell me, why have you come?" asks the Dragon.
    August lifts his right pant leg and smugly asks "You see that?"  The Dragon does not, because he knows the problem is with his other leg. This amuses August. When August reveals his other leg the Dragon declares "You're turning to wood, Pinocchio."  August is curious.
    "How the hell do you know my name? Who are you? Are you from my land?"
    The Dragon advises the in pain August he shouldn't waste his energy on him, but on his affliction. "All you need to worry about is whether can I help you, and the answer is indeed I can."  There are however, conditions. The Dragon needs an item of great value to August. No, not money, that comes later. He needs something close to Augusts' heart- something that cannot be replaced.  Pointing to August, he's addressing the whale pendant he wears on a black string.  August feels the pendant is worthless, but the Dragon says it's the string his father used to animate him as a freshly carved puppet.  "In a way, it first gave you life- it will serve as payment from your soul." Perhaps this will work. August rips the string off of his neck and hands it over. Of course, as any vendor from this world, the Dragon will also need payment from Augusts' wallet. 10,000 American dollars. "Bring the money tonight and you shall never turn to wood again."
    Mother Superior (the Blue Fairy) shares with Emma, Marco and Mary Margaret that she knows about August. He came to her shortly after the curse broke and asked if she could return him to what he was- but she can't- because "What he was is what he is."  She asks Marco if he remembers the morning she found him on the beach all those years ago, "the day I turned your son into a real boy?"  Marco remembers, as it was the happiest day of his life. The Blue Fairy/Mother Superior told Pinocchio so long as he remained brave, truthful and unselfish, he would stay a real boy, "But I'm afraid he did not. That is why he changed back. That's why there's nothing I can do for him."  Mary Margaret understands, as they've all done things they regret, but shouldn't he have another chance?  Mother Superior feels "If there's still a path of redemption for August, it is one he must travel on his own. No one can force him- or it will not be true." Mary Margaret tells Marco not to despair; there has to still be hope for his son.
    August checks his wallet to find he's low on cash. Tamara, sitting at the end of the bar counter {just like in Granny's} calls him over for a drink; celebrating alone isn't any fun. She pulls out a white business size envelope stuffed with rubber-banded sectioned cash and pays for a drink. She figured the medicine man wouldn't take plastic, and then toasts to (expensive) second chances. Tamara shares a rare cancer is the reason she went to see the Dragon; the specialist told her she was on borrowed time.  She's been all over the world trying to find a cure, doctors, healers, you name it- anyone who could promise a miracle, but no one could. Then she heard about the Dragon. August winces in pain claiming "Skin condition," and once it spreads he's done for.  Tamara asks if the Dragon asked for a personal item, "Who carries something like that around with them?" Luckily she had a photo of her Grandmother and her in her wallet. But now it's gone- if her cancer is too... they toast again.  Tamara walks away to take a call on her cell and August takes off with her cash
    Tamara pays a visit to August in the old abandoned trailer in the woods near the Toll Bridge. He's stunned to see her.
    Out of breath August arrives to pay the Dragon; but the room appears to be empty. As he catches his breath, the Dragon, appears, sitting in his position, he speaks. "For someone who spent his entire life running should be in better shape."  August assures him he will be. As they are about to make the transaction, August catches a glimpse of Tamara's photo on the Dragon's table; this makes August physically react.
    The Dragon covers the photo with his right hand. "The body has a strange way of sending us signals, doesn't it? The tricky part isn't hearing them... But knowing what they truly mean."
    "Are you sure this can cure me?" August asks.
    "What's in this bottle will stop you from turning to wood, yes, but that's just a symptom. Only you can cure yourself."  August makes the purchase with the cash he stole.
    Outside August continues to physically react as he is stopped by Tamara claiming the bottle is hers. August apologizes and takes off running through the very crowed alleys/street. He falls and is in great pain. Tamara catches up to him and takes the bottle he dropped in the painful fall. "Whatever it is you have... you deserve your fate."
    Back inside the trailer Tamara notices that a man made of wood doesn't require much.
    "You can see me? You believe?" August asks her.
    Tamara admits "Do you think I would have chased someone called the Dragon, if I didn't?"
    August wonders how it's even possible that she's in Storybrooke. But that doesn't concern August; she needs him to do something, and after what he pulled in Hong Kong he owes her. Her simple request is for him to leave. August wants her to explain. "Did you follow me? Are you like me?"
    Tamara isn't magical- she's quite human. She feels August should be wondering how she's there.  After all her cancer was a death sentence, but the bottle the Dragon provided cured her and it can cure him too. "I still have some of it left. The bottle's in my apartment in New York. You can go get it. All I ask is that you leave Storybrooke now and never return."  Looking at her diamond engagement ring, August realizes she's Neal's fiancée. "Are you and Neal here for the magic? Are you two trying to take the magic from Storybrooke?"
    "Neal has nothing to do with any of this," Tamara replies, "He knows as much as you do. Actually now you know a lot more. So do we have a deal?"
    August won't leave until he knows what she's doing there, but Tamara disagrees, as he's the same man she left in a Hong Kong gutter. "A man willing to do anything to save himself. And that's what I'm offering, August, salvation," she holds a ring of keys out in front of him.

    Greg uses the key (he has the loop key chain his father gave him) to open door number 7 of Granny's little motel, but is surprised by a woman already in his room facing out the window. He's all set on towels (if that's why she's there) adding "I air dry."
    The woman is Regina. She is there because she's realized this man is Owen.
    She kept the green and red looped key chain he gave her as a reminder of their time together. "You were just a boy when you gave this to me. Now look at you... all grown up. No wonder I didn't recognize you," she says as she reaches out to gently touch his face; But Owen backs away. He recognized her because she looks exactly the same. "It's as if no time has passed for you."   Regina claims monthly juice cleanse does wonders for the skin. Regina feels Owen could have gone to her to tell her why he's here. But Owen feels she already knows why even though Regina says she honestly doesn't know.
    "I'm looking for my father."
    Regina seems stunned, stating his father left shortly after he did and she never saw him again. Owen doesn't believe her. "People just don't disappear, Regina."
    Regina feels "Scared little boys tend to have an overactive imaginations."  But Owen isn't a scared little boy anymore. "It's taken him a long time to get back here... Not leaving without my father."
    Regina's afraid he is "Because he's not here. I'll let Granny know that you'll be checking out tomorrow."  Regina feels contrary to what he thinks "People can just disappear."

    On their trek through the woods to see August in the abandoned trailer, Marco claims this is all his fault. Mary Margaret feels "Children make their own decisions, Marco, you can't blame yourself for anything that's happened." But Marco can and he feels she should blame him too. He comes clean about the wardrobe he built and transported Emma to this world- "She did not go alone."  He admits the wardrobe was able to transport more than one person, contrary to what the rest of them were told by the Blue Fairy. It was a lie he made the Blue Fairy tell her. "It has enough magic to transport two- and it did. Your daughter and my son... Pinocchio."
    "I could have gone with her? With Emma?" Mary Margaret sadly asks. Marco knows there is no apology he could give that could ever make up for what he did. "But I am so sorry." Mary Margaret slaps the man and this troubles Emma because Marco was apologizing.  Marco feels it's okay, "I deserved that."
    "No, that wasn't me," claims Mary Margaret, "Marco, I am so sorry. I'm not myself. You just made a mistake- I would have done the same thing for my child. I forgive you you were protecting your son."
    "No, I burdened him with a weight no child should have to bear and called it love," confesses Marco.
    Mary Margaret notices the trailer. They trio enter it to find August isn't there.
    Wooden August drives himself out of Storybrooke.
    The Dragon tells Tamara her photograph is on the desk. "Do not forget to take it when you leave." But Tamara's not going anywhere until she gets the truth.  The liar admits she never had cancer but has been searching for someone like him for a very long time- for magic. "It's rare in this world," Tamara says, "So rare some would say it's... fiction." But not Tamara. Finding it isn't easy. She found a world full of frauds until him.
    She's analyzed the contents of the bottle with the most sophisticated techniques available to man and found literally nothing. The liquid doesn't contain a single element found in this world, "Can you explain that?"
    The Dragon explains what he creates is not from this world, "Because the people who need my help suffer from afflictions that science cannot treat. People like the man you stole that from." Tamara paid for what is in that bottle and now that she has it she can't risk anyone else finding him. So, she attempts to harm him with an electroshock stun gun.
    The Dragon begins a (Orange-reddish) transformation. "You haven't met me. At least not the real me." As he ascends higher off the ground Tamara shocks him with her Taser, takes her photo and leaves.
    As August drives he hits a bump in the road; it causes Tamara's photo falls from the visor. He's motivated to turn around and head back into Storybrooke.
    At the sheriff's office he calls out for Emma. "Hello! Is anyone here?!"  He calls Emma from the rotary phone to her cell. "...listen to me. I have to warn you..." Tamara pulls the wire disconnecting his call.
    "Warn me? Warn me about what?" Emma anxiously asks.

    Tamara is disappointed with August.
    "I know what you did to the Dragon," August recalls, "A few days after you left I went back to beg him to fix me... and we both know what I found. (We see August use his finger to test for a breathing Dragon) At the time I was too wrapped up in myself to wonder what had happened. To question, who could have done such a thing? {We see August FLASH} But then I found this photo in your car... and it hit me... You and your Grandmother... you went back there- you killed him."
    Tamara feels August should have left; she was counting on him to want to save himself.
    Maybe that's what August is trying to do. "I've lived a life of selfishness, cowardice, and dishonesty- and only I can cure that- not magic, not science- just me. I care about the people in this town, and if you wanted the Dragon's little bit of magic well you have hit the mother-load here and you are not going to harm anyone to get it. I'm going to warn them."
    "No, you're not," Tamara shocks August with the electricity of her Taser and he falls.

    David determines if August is still at the station he's not picking up. Just then they see August dramatically exit the Town Hall and fall to the ground.  Marco is upset for his boy and asks August "What happened to you?"  August apologizes to his Papa. But Marco feels there's nothing to apologize for. "Everything is gonna be alright."
    August tries to tell Emma "She's... she's..." But he never gets the words out. Marco cries, "Not again," as he holds August in his arms.  Neal shows up. "August?"
    Mary Margaret feels it can't end this way, he was supposed to get a second chance. Emma tells Neal someone killed him from stopping him from telling us something. He used his last dying breathe to warn them. Emma won't let that be in vein.
    Henry has a revelation that Brave, Truthful and Unselfish- It means... that's what Pinocchio was supposed to be- there's still hope! They need the Blue Fairy. Well, she's right there! She tells the group that she was able to turn Pinocchio into a real boy after he sacrificed his life to save Marco's. "If his actions today were indeed brave, truthful and unselfish, then you're right. There's a chance I can do it again."  Marco begs her to try.  The Blue Fairy uses her magic wand and turns dead wooden August into a live, breathing little boy.  The little boy is happy. "I'm a real boy!" Father and son hug.
    Everyone is happy. Tamara shows up, "It's true."  The Blue Fairy warns the little boy, "Do better this time, Pinocchio."
    "Pinocchio? That's?..." Tamara asks Neal. Neal nods 'yes'.
    Emma asks Pinocchio if he remembers what he was trying to warn them about something before he became a real boy. Pinocchio doesn't remember, but if he does he promises to be truthful.

    Neal tells Tamara he wouldn't blame her if she wants to head back to New York, as this isn't what she signed up for. But Tamara says she signed up for him and she loves him. Neal can't believe how lucky he was to have met her. Tamara says they were both lucky.
    FLASH to their meeting in New York City, November 2011.
    Tamara's been observing Neal and August via her compact mirror.
    August {on his motorcycle} flew in from Hong Kong. He tells Neal he's turning back into wood, which means Emma's in Storybrooke and he's going there to get her to break the curse to stop what's happening to him.
    "If she breaks the curse my father's gonna remember who he is and come looking for me," mentions Neal. August feels there's a flip-side, "You get to see Emma again." But Neal's not sure Emma wants to see him.
    August gets ready to ride. "When the curse is broken I'll send you a postcard."
    Tamara purposely bumps into Neal causing their intended connection.

    Emma and the family return to the apartment in Storybrooke. Emma sits on the stairs and apologizes to Henry for lying about his dad and promises never to lie to him again. "Just don't push me away."
    Henry won't and they hug tightly.
    Mary Margaret is ready to tell David what's going on, but he has to promise not to get mad. She shares that last week she went to Regina's house and confronted her.
    "...Are you out of your mind?!" exclaims David. He promised not to get mad; he knows Regina could have killed her. But that's why Mary Margaret went there; she could barely breathe with the guilt she felt over what she did with Cora. She shares that Regina ripped out her heart. "And when she took it out... my heart, David, it had started to blacken because of what I did."  She didn't tell David because telling him makes things real, and she needed to believe it wasn't- that she could find a way to stop it- that redemption was possible.  David feels it is possible, "Look at August."
    Mary Margaret feels,"But it cost him everything." David hugs her tightly. "You are not him, Mary Margaret. And you sure as hell aren't Regina. Which means those are not the only two options. We'll find another way, I know it." And he's sure literally because of (Places her hand on) her heart, "And I know better than anyone."
    Greg waits in his motel room when he gets a call from "Her." A knock on the door reveals "Her" to be Tamara.  She sneaked away from Neal who is in the shower.
    Greg and Tamara are a couple in lust... or love... or cahoots... or whatever.

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    ONCE Upon A Time- Reawakened

    I can't wait to get my hands on this new book! Any way I can get lost in the Fairy Tale World of ONCE Upon A Time- I'm on it!
    ONCE Upon a Time is publishing a new book series via Disney and Hyperion books. The first title in what may be a series of books is titled Reawakened.  The book written by Odette Beane, is based on the ABC TV series created by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

    It's a novelization of the show’s first season and promises to give “fans of the show a whole new look at their favorite characters and stories.” The narrative will be told in alternating points-of-view—that of Emma Swan (portrayed by Jennifer Morrison in the show) in the real world of Storybrooke, and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) in Fairy Tale Land. 

    Reawakened will be available first as an exclusive ebook on April 27, and then one week later in a paperback edition.

    Source: EW

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    Welcome to Storybrooke

    "It was a mysterious island, lonely and beautiful. All the children stood and gazed at it, loving it and longing to go to it. It looked so secret - almost magic. 
    “Well,” said Jack at last. 
    “What do you think? Shall we run away, and live on the secret island?”
    “Yes!” whispered all the children. “Let’s!
     ― Enid Blyton, The Secret Island
    ** All photos posted here are chosen for a reason **

    The Strangers

    It appears that strangers have been able to find their way into Storybrooke since the beginning. Does that mean they really are strangers to that place, or are they all trapped fairy tale characters already existing somewhere in the realms?  We already know there are many worlds, realms, islands, dimensions, and rooms.

    It is very sweet to see the widow Kurt in his Marty McFly vest doing key chain crafts by the campfire with his free-spirited son, Owen, whom is a fan of Star Wars (Return of the Jedi). By the way, I've made hundreds of those key chains over my lifetime and I never kept any of them. That's weird, right? Anyway, they experience an "electrical event" that magically transports them into another realm, or dimension, if you will. Actually, Kurt thinks this "town" was dropped on top of them as opposed to them being transported to it. Well, that's in the thread of Dorothy's house being dropped right into Oz and on top of the Wicked Witch via the whirlwind transport event that made that happen. In fact that whole experience happened in Dorothy's mind; while she was sleeping (in the movie version).

    Owen is the one who discovers Storybrooke after the electrical storm and then later Owen can't see it again. We see that although Storybrooke is there, it is visually hidden from via the other side of the town line in another dimension- perhaps on the other side of the looking glass. This definitely gives us a very Alice in Wonderland bit going on; add to that the time and spatial issues.

    Welcome to Storybrooke is set in 1983, well, parts of it are. With Owen and Kurt we see how one becomes a visitor to Storybrooke and the other becomes a resident.  Maybe it's wrong of me to assume Kurt is still in Storybrooke, but on the other hand we've seen Regina lock up residents in her secret underground ward at the hospital. Perhaps that's where Kurt is. Maybe he's playing cards with Sidney Glass- or perhaps he's trapped in a computer/video game/simulation/matrix or hidden in some other realm.

    Loop, Dude, Loop

    Of course we have the ol' Groundhog-ish Day repeat of events, and even the nod of Back to the Future.

    Regina finds herself in a redundant cycle; day after day things just boringly run through. The curse rendered the residents of Storybrooke basically robotic and soulless. Regina wants to manipulate, wants everything uniform and to her liking, she wants people to do everything she wants; but she wants them to do it because they want to do it and not because they have to do it. This loop bores Regina and she misses the human element of the people. She longs for the thrill of the chase and the fight. But she also longs for love and family. Her loop starts to develop slight variations in it.

    Rumple may have created the curse, but he is clear in that he didn't cast the curse. It was Regina's choice to cast the curse and thus has to reap the results of it. Magic isn't the problem. It's the motives and choices each makes when using magic that determines if it's good or bad magic. The problem is in the person. It is all about the choices we make. There are lessons in the loop,  just as there was on LOST...  Break the cycle- and you keep doing the loop (and lesson) over and over until you get it right. Sometimes one gets stuck, like the needle on a broken record, and needs a little push. This is all to help one grow.

    Signs, Signs, Everywhere is Signs

    Does an apple a day keep the Doctor away for Regina, or will she be doomed with a black heart her whole life?

    Softened by the boy's kind hearted gift, sort of like the Winter Warlock in Santa Claus is coming to Town, Regina is touched and drawn to him. They share similar heartbreak and loneliness. They both have a piece of their heart missing.

    Regina and Mary Margaret both have darkness growing inside of them- but for different reasons.
    Black always was Regina's color and her vengeance left her with a hole in her heart. Regina's darkness comes from a place of anger, selfishness, conceit, greed, and vengeance, she doesn't feel regret or think about the feelings of others- only her own needs matter. Her willingness to have Henry live under a curse and "loving her" was good enough for her. She didn't care that it wouldn't be his real emotions toward her; she is fine with it being fake as long as it was something to make her feel better. But that's not true selfless love. Even though she destroyed the curse at Henry's request I am curious if it's because there's a tiny glow of light still left in her heart or is it because she has another way to complete her task.

    While Regina doesn't feel regret for her actions, Snow carries great pain by hers. The important and informative scene with Mary Margaret begging to be killed by Regina made me cry. Regina is right about Mary Margaret doing it to herself; she's causing her own suffering. Mary Margaret is wallowing in her negative emotions based on the choices she made (and it taking a life), but she is also willing to sacrifice herself to end the ongoing ugly fight. This down slide of Mary Margaret's works for Regina for that exact reason, it seems Regina can wait out Mary Margaret to self-destruct on her own.

    Keep in mind Mary Margaret was only partially responsible for Cora's death and she saved Mr. Gold's life; she made a choice/decision based on the greater good- or the lesser of two evils. Is there ever a time when a truly good hearted person should make that sort of decision?  Let's not forget that we've seen Snow White steal while she was on the run and gear up for battle at the castle. She's one tough cookie.

    Henry wants to blow up the well as for him this must be the source of magic. We know the well represents a few things like water- as a life source, and it's where you wish for something you lost be returned to you; it also connects to Lake Nostos

    No matter where you go, there you are

    Regina and Kurt wanted a place to go to start over, but you can't run away from things and you especially can't run away from yourself.  You are the only one who can make the changes you seek, both inside and out. Sure, we can follow a map, be guided along the way and pointed in the right direction- but ultimately change can only come from deep inside of you.
    How to make the key chain

     Things to Note...Questions to Ask...

    ๑ The cards depicting the "time period" of events only shows up a couple of times, even though we visit current time-line and the Kurt and Owen time-line
    ๑ Who is Owen's Uncle?
    ๑ Computers. Monitors. Digital
    ๑ Loop. Fruit Loops
    ๑ Things, words, symbols connect to the "outside of Storybrooke."  Blur together
    ๑ Balance
    ๑ Real. Not Real. It's not real
    ๑ "Why would an 11 year old kid run away to the mines?" - Neal
    ๑ Apples. Regina's loop seems to include her having apple pancakes every morning.
    ๑ Little boy Owen sounds like Henry
    ๑ Episode 7:15
    True North : Hansel and Gretel are given a compass by their father and they too must find him and be reunited in Storybrooke. The twins are known as Ava and Nicholas Zimmer, children of Dory Zimmer, father is Tow Trucker Michael Tillman
    ๑ The Sheriff car (not black/white-more brownish/white) is number 1. We've seen #2 in episodes
    ๑ It might by 1983, but there are reflections of other older things/items/stores/music/cars, etc. in Storybrooke
    ๑ NO Key. The handmade crafted key chain Owen gives Regina is key-less
    ๑ 8:15. Arrival. Stuck
    ๑ 108
    The Thing you Love Most, to cast the curse Regina needs the heart of the one she loves most
    ๑ Green and Red- Like Luke and Darth's Light Sabers
    ๑ Wake up
    ๑ No I.D. - Who are you?
    ๑ Map. Directions. Blind corner
    ๑ About having a child, Marco claims "I was never so lucky."
    ๑ Camp. Beach chairs. campfire
    ๑ Claimed
    ๑ Teacher. Teach. School. Learn.
    ๑ Hospital
    Heart of Darkness
    ๑ Gift- Present 
    The Blue Bird was an old movie I remember and enjoyed as a child.
    ๑ Lana tweeted "In honor of tonight's episode... (the music video) Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) from the album Speaking in Tongues
    This photo is from LOST- A Tale of Two Cities
    Vocabulary and Research...

    Flynn is a surname of Irish origin it is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Floinn "descendant of Flann", a byname meaning "red(dish)", "ruddy". The name originated in the landlocked county of Laois in the mid-1300s by a large farming family.  The name was almost wiped out from both plague and famine, although still lives on today throughout the world
    -The Flynn Effect, the gradual rise in IQ test scores
    Kevin Flynn: Flynn's Arcade is a video game arcade owned and operated by Kevin Flynn. The upper rooms have been furnished to serve as both a work space and accommodation, in which Flynn lived prior to taking control of ENCOM. The basement level is accessed by way of a secret door hidden behind a TRON arcade game on the ground floor. ENCOM is an American multi-national computer technology corporation that developed many important programs and technologies such as digitization hardware and software, the MCP and Tron. In the 1980s ENCOM was mainly focusing on defense systems, but quickly began focusing more on video games after the amazing success and profits produced by games such as Space Paranoids and Light Cycles. The company is headquartered in Center City. ENCOM was founded by Dr. Walter Gibbs, Ph.D. on July 22, 1972, originally from inside his garage.
    Tron: 1982 American science fiction film was released by Walt Disney Productions about a computer programmer is transported inside the software world of a mainframe computer, where he interacts with various programs in his attempt to get back out. A sequel titled Tron: Legacy 

    Flynn Rider:  aka Eugene Fitzherbert is a character in the animated movie Tangled (Rapunzel)
    Apple: Symbolism- Forbidden fruit. Apple of Discord. Wisdom.
    Heart Shaped Box is a song by Nirvana
    The White Pine Trail- State Park: is Michigan's longest rail-trail following the former Grand Rapids and Indiana rail bed for 93.5 miles through five counties. This massive trail showcases a variety of landscapes, from swamps to forests to open farmland, plus numerous towns and cities.
    - The northern terminus of Fred Meijer White Pine Trail is in the City of Cadillac.

    Golden LOST Thread Woven into the Tapestry of this Tale

    A Tale of Two Cities:  Juliet listens to "Downtown" on a blank CD taken out of The Talking Heads CD case.
    -At 7:15 Jack is stalking Sarah
    ✈ 8:15
    ✈ 108
    ✈ Loop. Do-over
    ✈ Rock
    ✈ In Some Like it Hoth- Hurley rewrites Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
    ✈ Eggs
    ✈ Tulip
    ✈ Electrical
    ✈ Sink (sync)
    ✈ Claim
    White Rabbit:
    Jack has to bury is father.
    Remember, Jack's father Christian was found dead of a massive heart attack/cardiac arrest brought on by alcohol in an alley in Queen's Cross, Australia
    ✈ In Numbers Hurley's mom doesn't like surprises. Plus there's many more connections to this ONCE episode within Numbers:
    ✈ Good/Bad Parenting:
    Hurley think's Jack would be a good dad.
    Michael hates being a father
    ✈ (A few examples of) "Why did you bring me here?" is said by:
    Kate in A Tale of Two Cities
    Jin in The Package
    Jack in The Candidate
    Kate in The End
    Jacob brings people here, to the Island
    Richard feels "murder is wrong" and what brought him here/to the Island, in Ab Aeterno
    Locke "brings him/Anthony Cooper here" in The Brig
    ✈  Real- Not Real- A few examples:
    White Rabbit
    Hearts and Minds
    Fire + Water
    Cabin Fever
    Desmond claimed "It's not real"
    Yemi tells Eko "real world"  The 23rd Psalm
    Maternity Leave Claire says she needs to find "That place- that room. It's real!..."
    ✈  I Do -Kate aka Monika is given a locket from her future mother in law before the wedding
    Patience- that's Locke.
    ✈ Locke was a Boy Scout, well, technically he was a Webelo- working toward merit badges in Hearts and Minds. And Locke is shown to have many framed badges/patches in his Flashes as seen in The Man from Tallahassee

    Enough of my rambling... Here's your episode recap! Enjoy!
    Kurt and Owen Flynn are camping in the woods at night and crafting little plastic key chains together; made of long plastic threads- red and green like Luke and Darth's light sabers.  It's Owen's first time making them, and Kurt instructs him with the loops. {Note: Talking Heads song} Kurt gives Owen the key chain Owen's grandfather taught him how to make. Owen notes Kurt wasn't very good at making them when he was his age. Kurt checks his (I think it's a) pocket watch and decides it's time to get diner started when he sees a change in the atmosphere. He turns off the old radio and has Owen put out the fire and get in the tent; Owen is sure to take his Star Wars blanket with him. It's probably an electrical storm. Kurt tells the kid they're going to be alright.
    Purple and Green smoke washes over the entire campsite and all the land. When father and son emerge from their tents it is daylight. The big bizarre storm wrecked the campsite and the vehicle, so they hike to find refuge.
    Kurt follows a map wrapped in plastic for protection; trying to locate the highway over the ridge and then get a ride to the nearest town. It's Owen who discovers the town in the distance.
    As they walk through gloomy Storybrooke Kurt feels it's impossible because they drove through there yesterday and "...there's nothing here. It's like somebody dropped a town right on top of us."
    They're met by Sheriff Graham. "Need some help? You two look lost."
    "Who are you? What is this place?" asks Kurt.  Graham introduces himself, shakes Kurt's hand and welcomes them to Storybrooke.
    Regina's eyes open- she wakes up in Storybrooke in 1983. She looks out the window and determines, "I did it- I won."
    Regina tours the gloomy streets of Storybrooke:
    Walking past Marco fixing the Neighbors Five and Dime store sign with a screwdriver. "That should hold you."
    Mr. Gold walks by.
    Ruby argues with Granny outside of the Diner while Granny puts out the sign. "I can't believe you put me on the early shift!"
    "It's not my fault you stayed out all night! When I put over-easy on the menu I was talking about the eggs!"
    Archie walks Pongo and greets Madam Mayor, mentioning it's a beautiful day; even though it's sort of gloomy. Regina almost calls him Cri...("Cricket") but stops short can greets him as Dr. Hopper and agrees it's a beautiful day.  And we see a man at the fruit truck with an orange.
    Mary Margaret holds the Blue Bird and educates her students that they're building a home for the birds and not a cage.  "A bird is free it will do what it will. This is for them not us. Their loyal creatures (She releases the bird out the window it flies to the bird house). If you love them and they love you, they will always find you." The bell rings and she tells the kids they'll pick this up after recess.

    Regina enters wanting Mary Margaret to refresh her memory. "How long have you been a teacher here?"  Mary Margaret can't recall but replies "As long as I can remember." Regina takes her on a field trip.
    "Why are we in the hospital?" Mary Margaret asks Regina.
    "Tell me, do you know this man?"
    Mary Margaret looks at the sleeping man behind the glass, looking a bit confused, "No? Why, who is he?"
    Regina shares "He's a John Doe, a coma patient. No one's claimed him."
    "Maybe someday he'll wake up and maybe someone who loves him will find him," Mary Margaret is hopeful. Regina wouldn't count on it.
    Sunday October 23, 1983
    At Granny's Regina is served apple pancakes. Graham enters and Regina flirts, telling him his uniform is well fitted.  Graham asks her if she wants him to come over later, as they're apparently involved in a physical/sexual relationship.
    "Hey," a little boy, sounding much like Henry, walks over to the couple and asks Regina, "You like apple pancakes too?"
    "Who are you? Whose child is this?" she asks the other patrons and then asks Marco "Is he yours?"
    "Mine? No. I was never so lucky," replies Marco.
    The man in the Marty McFly vest claims the boy as his. "You'll have to excuse him. His manners are a little rough around the edges. I'm, uh, Kurt Flynn."  Confused and troubled Regina and Kurt shake hands.  The man and his son are looking to rent a hotel room for the night, as they need a place to sleep. Granny offers them a room.
    Regina privately speaks with Graham. "Who the hell are those people?"  Graham doesn't know, they just showed up; they were camping in the woods near the Toll Bridge. Freaked out Regina doesn't like surprises- she finds them threatening. "And do you know what happens when I feel threatened? Bad things."

    Present Day:
    Regina places a red rose on her mother's coffin and is met by Mr. Gold.
    "Black always was your color. He's there to pay his respects (places a red rose crossing Regina's placed rose.) He shares that he and Cora may have had their differences, but she'll always have a place in her heart.  Regina is there to bury her mother and is obviously in deep morning.
    Gold killed Cora to save his own life- "Desperate times call for desperate measures."  Mary Margaret tricked Regina into killing her own mother. Regina thinks Gold/Rumple may be able to hide behind his dagger, but Mary Margaret can't. Regina is going to make sure she dies for what she did.  Gold reminds her killing Mary Margaret will cost her the thing she really wants most- Henry. "Why don't you just give up this obsession with vengeance? You know it can never make you happy?"
    Regina feels it will.
    "You had a whole curse worth of vengeance, and what did it get you?" asks Gold, "A gapping hole in your heart." Regina claims "That was your curse."
    "Which you cast," Gold replies, "Still haven't learned your lesson, have you?"
    "What lesson?" asks Regina.
    Gold tries to be the voice of reason. "The same one your mother learned a long time ago. You can't have everything. She wanted power- ripped out of her own heart to get it. You want vengeance? Henry's the price you'll pay. Time to cut your losses."
    But Regina will never do that; she will have her son and her vengeance- "I will find a way to have everything."

    Depressed Mary Margaret stays in bed while Emma and David try to protect Henry from why Mary Margaret is a little "sick." Henry knows they're lying (especially Emma, who's eating Fruit Loops). Emma sees he's lost trust in her and shares the truth with him, explaining Mary Margaret is partially responsible for Cora's death and that's why she's so upset. She was trying to protect them. Henry thinks she couldn't because she's Snow White- she wouldn't hurt anybody. Mr. Gold/Rumple shows up to inform angry David about Regina's plan to strike back against (your/Emma's mother) Mary Margaret. She didn't say what she's going to do to her.  David feels Gold doesn't get to come in there and drop a bomb like that. "You're gonna figure this out... and you're gonna help us."  The reason he's going to is aside from them being family now, Mary Margaret saved Gold's life and he owes her a debt- and Gold/Rumple always pays his debts. "You're gonna help us stop Regina," David informs Gold.

    Kurt and Owen sit at the counter finishing up their meal when Mayor Mills comes in and is pissed off that the little boy is sitting in her seat. Owen doesn't give in to her childish behavior. Regina informs Kurt his car will be repaired by the end of the week; since she's the mayor things get done when the mayor asks for them, and she hates to keep them from getting home to...
    "New Jersey. Home of The Boss," Kurt replies. {Regina doesn't seem to know who that is.}
    On their way out Owen gives Regina a gift for letting him sit in her seat; the red and green key chain he made. She seems a bit touched and Kurt is proud.
    Regina opens her eyes, waking up with Graham next to her in her bed. She walks over and looks out the window, just as she's done before.
    Hospital Volunteer Mary Margaret puts little white flowers (Lily of the Valley?) on the table next to the man with no I.D. while Regina watches with glee.

    She takes her walk down the street of Storybrooke- past Marco working on the sign with a screwdriver, "Maybe this time you won't fall."
    Ruby argues with Granny, "This is the last time I'm working the early shift." Granny throws her hands up in an "I give up" gesture.
    Dr. Hopper walks Pongo and greets the Mayor, "Good morning Madam Mayor. Beautiful day, isn't it?"  Mary Margaret walks right into Regina as Regina is still watching Archie walk across the street.
    "Oh, Madam Mayor, I'm so sorry," states nervous Mary Margaret. {Carrying books}
    "You should be. Watch where you're going next time!" Regina warns. Very intimidated Mary Margaret nods yes and hurries off.

    Regina opens her eyes, waking up next to Graham again, but now seems a bit bored.

    Volunteer Mary Margaret places tulips on the hospital bedside table of the sleeping man with no I.D. As per her loop, Regina watches from the background but seems less interested.
    She walks past Marco fixing the sign, but now it must be hammered into place.  Finally Regina is noticing things aren't what they seem... they're the same yet different.
    This time when Regina runs into Mary Margaret she asks why she's apologizing when it's Regina who ran into her. {Mary Margaret holds papers, wear a white knit beret.} Mary Margaret knows she should have been looking where she was going .
    "You're not even going to fight back?!" Regina asks. Mary Margaret wonders why she would do that and she walks away.
    Regina pays a visit to Mr. Gold in his shop. "I'm not happy," claims Regina. Mr. Gold directs her to Dr. Hopper's office.
    "This town... this isn't the deal we made," Regina tells him, but Gold doesn't know what she's talking about. {He's preparing a tea set.} She realizes he doesn't. "I was supposed to be happy here."
    Gold reminds her she's the Mayor, the most powerful woman in the town. "What is there to be unhappy about?"
    Regina complains "Everyone in this town does exactly what I want them to." Gold is amused by her problem as Regina continues,
    "Well, they do it 'cause they have to not because they want to. It's not real."
    Gold asks her what exactly it is she wants. Regina feels "Nothing you can give me." She walks out looking at the plastic woven key chain she received from Owen.

    Regina calls Kurt and invites him and Owen to dinner before they leave.
    Regina rummages through Cora's belongings desperately looking for something important. She comes across the locket of her and Cora, she cries.
    In a fit she tears up Cora's gown and finally she finds what she needed. Cora's curse scroll. "Thank you, Mommy," Regina says.
    Armed with a flashlight, David and Mr. Gold search Regina's family vault to discover they just missed their dear Queen. Mr. Gold deduces Regina's going to use one of Cora's spells on Mary Margaret. He notices something missing from a small trunk- Chimera Blood and Viper's Eye. Those ingredients are needed to cast The Curse of the Empty-Hearted.
    Back at the apartment Mr. Gold explains that in theory the curse has the power to make you love someone. Emma wonders, "Doesn't that break magic laws? You can't bring someone back to life- you can't force someone to love you..."
    Apparently this particular spell can make someone think that they love you. "And if  you're as desperate for love, as Regina appears to be, "You might just believe it," claims Mr. Gold. Henry realizes Regina's going to use it on him. Henry, refuses to be kept in the dark and lied to and demands to know why Regina is using this curse.  Gold tells the boy, "It's the only way she can get everything she wants. That she can get you."  He goes on to explain Regina wants Henry's love but also wants vengeance on Mary Margaret. The curse gives Regina both due to the last ingredient needed to enact the curse- the heart of the person she hates the most. Emma wants Gold to stop her, but he doesn't have to do anything; he believes warning them fulfills his debt. This upsets the group because they're family.
    Mr. Gold feels, "Yeah, well, wars have costs."  This is a blood feud that goes back a very long time. The only way to end a blood feud is by the spilling of more blood. That is the only way he knows how to eliminate their Regina problem. The rest of the group feels killing her is the only option. Henry wants them to stop and listen to themselves, "You're talking about killing my mom. You used to be heroes- what happened to you?" The group is left speechless as Henry storms out.
    Emma heads out after him, but is sure to inform the men, "No matter how this plays out, we need to keep him as far away from it as possible."  Mr. Gold agrees, noting that Cora was dangerous because she didn't have a heart and Regina is dangerous because she does.

    Kurt compliments Regina on her lasagna, while free spirited Owen doesn't hold back his opinion that it isn't good. Regina's aware she's not the greatest cook unless it involves apples. She asks for Owens' help making turnovers for desert and instructs him to the kitchen sink to pick out some good ones.  Kurt shares that Owen gets his free spirit from his mom, "She, uhhhhh, passed away six months ago." That is why Kurt brought him there; camping and new surroundings might help him take his mind off things, but...
    Regina admits "I came here looking to start over too. Hasn't turned out quite the way I hoped."  She feels "What good's a new life if you don't have anyone to share it with?"

    Smiling Owen watches Regina put three turnovers into the oven and asks her why she's not a mom. He feels although it didn't work out that way he feels she would have been really good at it.
    Regina seems touched. "Thank you, Owen."  Anxious Owen wonders "So, how much longer?" Regina advises "Patience. They're almost done."  Owen shares with her that he likes Storybrooke better than New Jersey. He doesn't miss his home or his friends. "I hate it there. All the kids at my school treat me weird now," apparently because of what happened to his mother. "Nobody gets it... it's like..."
    "There's a piece of your heart missing," Regina finishes his thought.  When Kurt enters Regina proposes the idea that they should stick around town a little longer- as in "move here."  She can get him a great job with the City and there's a great/grade school for Owen. It could be a chance for a new start. Owen sounds excited at the thought. And while Kurt appreciates everything Regina's done for them but they have a life in New Jersey, "It's not here."  Regina is dejected... and so is Owen.

    "Why did you bring me here?" Henry asks Emma as they enter Granny's Diner.  Emma steers him to the booth that Neal is sitting in, waiting for him. Ruby brings over a sundae with extra everything, which Henry sees as a bribe. So he pushes the obvious bribe aside. Neal tells Henry that he and Emma feel Storybrooke isn't the safest place for Henry right now, so they should go to New York. Regina can't cast the curse in New York because there's no magic there. Henry has a brainstorm that someone should find a way to get rid of magic in Storybrooke, this way Regina can't cast the curse- it would solve everything.  Neal feels the kid is right, "But until then, why don't you come with me."  Henry nods "yes."

    While Emma is being served by Ruby, Greg asks Ruby pack his sandwich "to go," as he's decided to go on a hike. Dr. Whale said it would be good for him to get on his feet; plus he's kind of a nature photography nerd. Emma just thought he'd be back in Pennsylvania by now. Neal reveals "This town's starting to grow on me."

    Emma walks back over to the booth to ask Neal how it went. Neal, proud of his work as a "day three dad" tells her the kid said "yes."   Emma sees the kid took his backpack with him to the bathroom and asks Neal "Did you really fall for that? He's your son." Neal thinks for a moment and decides "He's running."

    Henry is seen running through the forest.

    Regina magically lets herself into Mary Margaret's {# 3} apartment but is intervened by the guard dog Mr. Gold.
    Regina talks to the mechanic about modifying Kurt car repair to ensure him a longer stay in Storybrooke. But Mr. Flynn already picked the car up- 10 minutes ago.
    Regina hurries to her office to unlock a file cabinet and retrieve a small box containing a heart. {The heart glows and looks obviously plastic.} She literally relays detailed instructions into the heart to communicate with the Sheriff; using it like a one way walkie talkie or internal intercom.
    Their visitors are driving out of Storybrooke, "Find them before they cross the town line, pull the car over and arrest the father for drunk driving... then bring the boy to me." But Kurt witnesses this and doesn't want any trouble; he just came by to thank her. Regina claims it's a misunderstanding.
    "No. I understood," Kurt replies, "We're leaving."
    "I'm not going to hurt him. Please don't leave," begs Regina. But Kurt is apprehended by the Sheriff and arrested for driving under the influence/drunk driving right there on Regina's desk! Which of course, Kurt hasn't been drinking nor driving. Kurt tries to get through to the Sheriff "She's controlling you. I don't know how- but she's got this glowing thing- it was shaped like a heart... Don't listen to her."  Kurt manages to toss the heart box onto the floor and this causes Graham chest pain; he lets Kurt escape.
    Kurt runs to his car and he and Owen flee!

    Running Henry runs right into hiking Greg! Henry claims his being out there all alone is because he's a Boy Scout trying to get a merit badge. Greg claims he's taking pictures of Maine's scenic beauty. Henry directs Greg in the direction of the actual hiking trail. Greg thanks him and covertly snaps a photo of the I.D. tag on Henry's backpack. He wishes Henry luck with his merit badge and walks away- Henry takes off running again.
    Down in the mines Emma, David, Neal and Ruby are on the hunt for Henry. Ruby determines he was in there.
    Neal asks "Why would an 11 year old kid run away to the mines?"
    Emma- "Wouldn't be the first time."
    David realizes Henry was there for dynamite. Neal reveals he knows it's to get rid of magic. He shares the conversation he and Henry had at the diner.
    Greg calls Henry's mother, Regina, {sitting in her car} to inform her Henry was all by himself by the White Pine Trail. After identifying himself as the guy who crashed his car outside of town, he tells her the boy seemed a little upset and just thought that she would want to know.  Regina says "I'm on my way."
    This blurs right into...
    Regina and Graham are in hot pursuit in the Sheriff's car after Kurt and Owen. Regina seems to love the chase.
    Just as Kurt thinks they lost them, Graham cuts them off at the Storybrooke town-line.
    Kurt instructs Owen to run into the woods, get as far away as he can and call your Uncle. Owen doesn't want to leave without his father. Kurt sees the boy clutching the handmade loop key chain and tells Owen "There's a reason I gave you that... Because as long as you have it... I'll always be with you. You can do this. So do it! Run! Go! Go! Run!"  Owen gets out of the car, seeing the Sheriff arrest Kurt and runs toward the town line. Angry Kurt yells to Regina "You may have this whole town wrapped around your finger- but not my son! You can't force him to stay with you!" He yells for Owen not to stop "Run!" But Regina tries to win the boy over. "I just want you to stay with me. You said you liked it here. You wanna stay here, don't you?"
    "Not like this," the upset boy replies. Regina apologizes. "I just wanted us to be happy." Regina lets the boy go.
    Henry readies to light the fuse on his TNT when Regina approaches.{Note her hands are in the same position she just had them in with Owen.} Magically the TNT doesn't light.
    Henry claims to be getting rid of magic because it's ruining everything, "And you can't stop me."
    "All that's gonna do is get you killed," mother warns.  But Henry feels she's just saying that because she needs magic to cast that curse on him. Regina magically vanish the TNT in a puff of purple smoke. Approaching Henry, she tells him she can't lose him. "You mean too much to me."
    Sincere Henry pleads, "Then don't cast the curse. Don't kill Mary Margaret." Regina feels "She has to pay."
    "The curse, it won't make me love you for real- it'll be fake," Henry tells Regina. But Regina feels at least it will be something, and even though it may be hard for him to understand "We can be happy. We can have everything." Henry backs away, "Not like this."  Emma and the men arrive, "Get away from my son!"
    "He's not yours, he's mine, and after I cast this you'll never see him again," Regina reacts to Emma's command. If Regina wants to kill Mary Margaret she'll have to go through them. So Regina readies a fireball in the palm of her hand causing David to draw his gun- Henry jumps in the middle of the two sides! He won't get out of the way until someone helps him destroy magic. Regina tells the boy there's no way to get rid of it "You just can't blow it up!"
    "Magic isn't the problem, kid, it's her," Emma says holding her hand out to Henry.  The kid knows it's not just her "It's everyone! Look what magic did to Mary Margaret. (Turing to Regina) Look at what it did to you, it's ruining everything. It makes good people do terrible things."
    "And bad people," Emma holding her hand out to him, but he turns to Regina and her flaming fireball and begs her please, "It's gonna destroy my family. Help me get rid of it."  Regina can't do that- but there is something she can do- she burns Cora's scroll curse in her palm filled with the fireball. Henry thanks her, takes Emma's hand and they hug tightly. The little family walks away from Regina.
    Owen returns to the Storybrooke town line with two State Troopers (one white man and one black man).  "Here, this is the place they took my dad!"
    "There's nothin' here, kid," one of the Troopers replies.
    "No. This is where Storybrooke was, by this rock," Owen claims.  The Trooper informs the boy {calling him son} that there isn't a town called Storybrooke anywhere in Maine.  Owen is sad. "You don't believe me?"
    The Trooper is compassionate to Owen's situation. "Look, now you've been through a lot," but Owen runs from him a little further toward the town-line.
    "Son!" the Trooper calls out. Owen stops, holding tightly to the key chain yelling down the road that is devoid of a town called Storybrooke proclaiming "I'll find you dad. I promise, I'll never stop looking!"
    And what we see is Regina standing on the other side of the town-line seeing Owen and reaching out to try and touch him. Storybrooke is there, yet visually hidden in another dimension from Owen's side- perhaps on the other side of the looking glass. The Troopers takes the little boy from that place and Regina cries.
    While depressed Mary Margaret continues to sit in her and stare into space, Mr. Gold gives her the news that Henry convinced Regina to destroy the curse, and adds "Which means my services are no longer required."
    Mary Margaret asks him how he lives with himself knowing all the bad things he's done. He replies,
    "Well, ya tell yourself you did the right thing... and if you say it often enough... one day you might actually believe it."

    Desperate Mary Margaret pays a visit to Regina and begs her to kill her. Watch this very  important and amazing scene through to the end.