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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@Reviewer Christine - How can you say all the action was in Storybrooke? What about the entire Mulan-Phillip backstory? Personally, I loved that part and Belle's involvement. It also clears up the timeline even more wrt how & when the EQ threw Belle into a dungeon, and when/where Mulan & Phillip live. And, FINALLY, we see Belle wearing something new, although...is cleavage really necessary when hunting a flaming lion? Well...you know what I mean. And, what a final scene! Personally, we clapped when Hook hit the car hood and went flying. How like him to shoot an unarmed girl in the back...JERK!


@Jane & Elizabeth - The creators of OUAT have stated on their weekly podcast that Rumple only had his memory of Storybrooke returned when Emma said her name to him last year. You might want to listen to their past comments about this season's episodes. I know it's confusing because that wasn't really clear to me either. But, according to them (and they write the show), Regina was the only character in Storybrooke who had her memories the entire time of its existence. She can also come & go from the town at any time (and maybe she has) and not be affected by the curse.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

How did Hook know about the line anyway?

Smee was in on the plan to send her over the line earlier on, remember? Hook's vengeance made him seem clueless to the factor that he helped make Rumple's anger.
THat actually flows nicely - revenge is a machine that keeps on going, so to say - for Hook to have a target, he has to view rumple as evil, for Rumple to be evil, he has to do evil things, so the only way Hook can fulfill his thirst for vengeance is if Rumple remains the heartless man he was. When Hook knew not only where to find the blanket that Rumpelstiltskin prized, but arranged a diversion in order to steal it--well, that's when the plot jumped the shark for me. I give up.
good. You don't have enough attention to comprehend the show anyway, since both of those were explained in show (Hook SAW Rumple show Belle the cloth and he knew of Belle's importance since previous flashback of his)


Was the car that hit Hook Emma's ex boyfriend? Remember when Pinocchio sent him the post card? We haven't seen him since.


Belle and Rummpie are my fav couple on this show. I love watching them. Can't wait to see how Rummpie gets her back since Belle told Regina they will always betogether. Missed Regina on most of the show. Regina is my fav of all the characters on the show. Where was Cora? I love the way women and this show kick butt and don't sit around waiting for their Prince Chaming to save them. Question? Nobody else hangs out at the docks to see seagulls sitting a ship that can't be seen?


This is the episode where I quit watching. I've stuck around this long perhaps because of Robert Carlyle's excellent acting, but they jumped the shark when they introduced Mulan. When Hook knew not only where to find the blanket that Rumpelstiltskin prized, but arranged a diversion in order to steal it--well, that's when the plot jumped the shark for me. I give up. In spite of an appealing cast, it's really a boring, stupid show.


If anyone saw the license plate, you would know that the stranger is from Pennsylvania and that rhymes with.... TRANSYLVANIA!!! The Stranger is Victor's Brother, aka the creature of FRANKENSTEIN...


You bring up an interesting point Elizabeth. Could the line really have affected Rumple? He was always himself in Storybrooke and others reverted to themselves as Storybrooke residents if they crossed it. Did Rumple really have anything to fear? Belle needed that spell more than Rumple. That was probably a hint to Hook's plan all along, to make Belle forget him. How did Hook know about the line anyway?
Why would Rumple now leave Belle alone knowing Hook was alive and would still do anything to hurt him? Rumple put so much stress on not having enough enchantment, that it slighted a hint to the odds. This entire story is messed up. Hook's vengeance made him seem clueless to the factor that he helped make Rumple's anger. By calling him a coward, Rumple only set out to prove himself and so went the eye for an eye. You know what they say about that one.


Rumple and Belle do absolutely nothing for me, I cringe when they're on screen. So I was jumping up and down when Belle was shot and clapped in applause when she lost her memories. Horrible couple Bring me more awesome Regina and Hook

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Bored, you know Rumple deserve to be hurt.
Sure. Just NOT through the perfection that is Belle.
And NOT as soon as he did a couple of genuinely good, redeemable decisions(sparing smee and hook). NO one hurts Belle, no matter the reason.

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