Once Upon a Time Review: What Cannot Be Undone

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As much as magic empowers the residents of Storybrooke, it also holds them back, making everyone feel a bit of "The Outsider" at times.

Regina was the true outsider this week as she hid away, avoiding a murder rap. Was she out to prove her innocence or simply plotting her revenge? We may never know because we didn't get to see it. Storybrooke just isn't the same without its queen.

Hook vs. Gold

The main event of the night was the continuing story of Rumple and Belle. I loved that Rumple shared the news with Belle that his potion allowing him to leave Storybrooke worked. These two have gotten much closer and are trusting one another more and more. It does my heart good to see it.

But I did wonder how many other lost souls Rumple shoved over that red line while trying to get that potion right. I really wouldn't put it past him.

When it came to protecting Belle against Hook, Rumple decided to forgo spells and just gave her a handgun. I suppose he didn't need it himself since he seems to be able to do that Darth Vader forced choking thing. Poor Smee. Now the little rat really is one.

Unfortunately, someone should have warned Belle to never put her weapon down, especially once you're in enemy territory. And although I loveed that Belle used books to investigate her mysteries, something I'll always relate to, I wondered why she waited so long to call Rumple. Than again, perhaps it was her turn to play the hero for him.

On the ship, Rumple's enthusiasm when it came to killing Hook almost made me laugh. With Hook prodding him, Rumple turned to Belle and pleaded that the pirate just had to die and then he launched himself at him once again. He was so insistent I almost wished that Belle would let him do it.

Elsewhere in Storybrooke, residents were pondering whether to stay or head back to the Enchanted Forest. It's not a surprise that some of the them were homesick for their fairy tale world.

The problems occurred when Charming couldn't wait to head back and claim his castle while Snow seemed perfectly happy to live the life of a suburban teacher in Storybrooke. 

One of the things that Charming may have overlooked was that neither Emma nor Henry will be very comfortable in the Enchanted Forest. Emma's had her fill of ogres and although Henry would be thrilled to visit, I don't think he'd want to live their permanently. 

But I'm enjoying this new conflict that our dynamic duo face. It's nice to see Charming and Snow take on an obstacle that isn't trying to kill them.

Although we saw plenty of Hook, we saw none of Cora. I can't really say I missed her but her absence did surprise me. What was she up to while Belle was freeing Archie? And what was the point of keeping Archie alive anyway? Not that I'm pushing for the cricket's demise but wouldn't it have been less troublesome to actually kill him?

As much as I love Belle and enjoyed seeing her growth in the fairy tale world of the past, that storyline did little for me. I just kept waiting to get back to Storybrooke where the real action was.

And Storybrooke didn't disappoint. I was so happy that Rumple and Belle were still together after their battle with Hook that I was lulled into the belief that the pirate was off licking his wounds somewhere. Boy, was I wrong.

I was shocked when Belle took a bullet to the back. I'm thrilled she's not dead. That would have been truly tragic and had me throwing pillows at my TV.  Having her lose all memory of her true love was equally heartbreaking and a twist worthy of a classic fairy tale.

Now Rumple not only has to find his son, he has to either help Belle reclaim her memories or win her over again anew. As long as it means more Rumple and Belle on my screen, there is no down side.

So who is the mysterious outsider? Is Hook gone for good? And will Regina be willing to forgive and forget? 

I'm already counting the days until the next Once Upon a Time.


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Oh Belle :( Just when I was really really invested in Rumple and Belle's relationship, this happens! Makes me so pissed at Hook.
Why is it in all my favorite shows, someone loses their memory? (Referencing the show Chuck)


@Marisa1983 - No, the stranger isn't related to the Doctor. Remember how the curse worked - it only affected the Enchanted Forest & its residents. It doesn't cross over into other lands like Neverland or Wonderland. The reason the Doctor was shown is he'll be trying to revive the Stranger, and as the show often does, there will be flashbacks to when he tried to revive his brother in his land. @TiffanyO - Actually, I thought Cora kidnapped Archie so she could find out more about Regina. Hook knew about Bae when Mila was alive. And, he was spying on Rumple & Belle with his telescope, which is how he discovered the location of the cloak. Hook didn't need Archie for any of that.


I was wondering who was the stranger when the promo for next week gave it all away. It has to be Dr. Whale's brother since we're revisiting Dr. Frankenstein next week. They've got to stop giving away everything in the promos! Thanfully the end wasn't in any promos, it really surprised me that Belle lost her memory. I agree with the reviewer, it was so heartbreaking. She doesn't even have a Storybrooke memory to hold on to. Can't wait to see how this will play out. Also I really missed Regina. I kept wondering was was missing the whole episode when I realised we didn't get to see her.

Drea xoxo

so i take it im in minority in finding hook a useless plotfiller to the ouat story? he bores me n needs to move on now about rumple GET OVER IT! the woman was married and had a child hook please. cora why didnt u appear to save the day for useless hook. shooting belle no need it was stupid n wished he just returned back on the ship. belle needs to either kiss or fall in love with rumple again to help break curse because with true love's kiss.......(breaks into song) anyways when is bae gonna turn up, its tedious now why bother show us if he isn't coming. prefer phillip with mulan. want him to appear n her but not poss i kno *sigh* just don't want the show to loose it's spark n direction. august come back we miss u


For me...this episode is by far the best of season 2 till now. But again... every Rumbelle episode is an awesome episode! I loved Belle's backstory in Fairytale Land and that we got to see how Philip and Mulan got to meet each other. And ofc...the ending...i gasped in horror when Belle was shot in the back. To tell you the truth i was kind of expecting for Hook to appear out of the blue and push her over the line, but then i heard the shot and i was like ''You Motherf@@@@!!!!"
When he got hit by the car i just felt justice had been served! I really hope Neil is the one driving the car. And i hope he is Bael so that Rumpel won't have to leave Belle's side to find his son.


The whole point of kidnapping Archie was so that he could reveal what Rump's weakness was. Bae, Belle. He can't exactly do that dead.


This episode was quite a wild ride, I thought, and wonderfully acted by all the parties involved. I was glad to see some of Mulan's backstory, and I really enjoyed Belle's use of books, my favorite things, to solve the mystery of the flaming lion who was Philip. I loved seeing the Storybrooke Library (I think their elevator is pretty Steampunkish and totally cool) and I was enjoying the Charming family's debate on whether or not to go back to the enchanted forest.
I can hardly wait until the next episode, to see how RC will manage to get Belle back...I wonder if he will go find his son first?


The stranger isn't anyone important, I don't think--the fact that someone who isn't from the Enchanted lands shows up in Storybrooke, is what's important, and brings a host of questions, as evidenced by the previews. Hook--is HOT. Colin O'Donoghue sizzles with every female he's on screen with, even Belle :)


I thought this episode was really good, and that ending wow! What will happen to Belle now - will Rumple be able to find a spell that gives her back her memories, and also who was in the car - too many questions!


I loved this episode, and I actually liked the way Hook's vengeance was resolved in the end. I was worried that Belle would be killed, but having her lose her memory was a more interesting turn of events. At least, if she falls for Rumple again, it won't be because of some residual Stockholm syndrome. Rumple was terrific in this episode (especially the scene where he kept insisting to Belle that Hook needed to die!), but I still don't feel too sorry for him, given everything he's done. Unlike others, I thought it was nice to see the Charming family being sort of boring and normal for once! And I also liked the Enchanted Forest part and the background story with Mulan....it made me feel more invested in her character. I'm surprised this show doesn't get more awards.

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