(My review of the last episode of Once Upon A Time, Tallahassee)
While on the run from the Queen’s men, Red’s hood rips. Since tonight is the night of the full moon, or wolfstime, Red panics, she has to get away from Snow White to protect her. When she awakes, a stranger named Quinn steals her cloak and threatens to burn it. He knows that she is “a child of the moon,” because he is one himself, and he knows how to tame the wolf. He brings her to a creepy underground castle hall that is filled with other werewolves. And the leader of the pack, Anita, was expecting Red, waiting for her daughter. Granny had taken her away from her parents when she was young to protect her from the horrid wolves, but she couldn’t be protected forever. Red is quick to learn the ways of the wolf, she just has to give in to the wolf and realize that she and the wolf are one. As this is explained there is a beautiful scene of the wolf pack running with Red staring at her reflection in a pool of water.
Snow followed the paw prints and made it into the wolf den. The wolves know better than to trust any humans, so Quinn attacks her on site, but Red calls him off. Red promised to run away with Snow, but she found her family, she’s part of a pack now. Snow is thrilled for her friend and is ready to leave her with her new family, but not everyone feels the same. The Queen’s men followed Snow into the den, before the wolves took out all of the men, Quinn was fatally injured. Anita blames Snow for bringing the men there and intends to kill and feast upon her as the wolves. When Red protects Snow she accidentally kills her mother, but insists that she didn’t choose Snow over her family, “I chose me! I’m not a killer!” But Red didn’t kill her family, she protected them. Snow is her only family, she is the only person who accepts her as both a human and as a wolf.
In the present, the dwarves strike riches: they uncover diamonds which can be refined into fairy dust. But before they have a chance to celebrate, Ruby builds a cage to keep the wolf locked up that night. She might have learned how to tame the wolf, but it’s been 28 years since she last turned and doesn’t know if she can contain herself. In the morning she had broken free from her cage and awoke in the forest. She assumes the worst and her suspicions seem to be confirmed when they find two halves of Billy (one of Cinderella’s mice from the tales). David decides that he has to believe in Ruby because he failed to believe in Mary Margaret when she was framed (those are two completely different scenarios though, David isn’t the brightest). David locks her up in the prison cell to appease her, though.
King George, known as Spencer in Storybrooke, rallies the citizens to kill the monster who roams the streets. If David won’t take action, then he will! But Ruby had already been moved to the library for her protection. If David has faith that Ruby is a good woman, then Belle does too. Which I find a bit strange since she knows Ruby better than she knows David at this point… Anyway, Belle insists that they can prove that she is innocent in the matter. Ruby is sure that she killed Billy and that she deserves to be executed for it, so she breaks out. When Ruby is about to surrender herself, David and Granny come to the rescue! David has evidence that Spencer set her up, and he can prove that Ruby is a tame wolf. He gets her to back down and reverts her back to her human self with the hood. When Ruby thanks him for saving her, he responds “No. You saved yourself. I just reminded you of what you already knew.”
Spencer doesn’t care that he managed to keep the wolf alive, because he knows David’s one true weakness, his family. Spencer tosses Jefferson’s hat into a fire, meaning that David can never get his family back. And he reminds him for the third time that David should have killed him when he had the chance. David pulls his gun on him, but Red eases him down. And in a reversal of roles, Ruby comforts David, she promises that they will find a way to get his family back. And until then, he isn’t alone.
Henry has been suffering terrible nightmares for awhile, but when he awoke this time, his hand was burnt. Gold lets him and Regina know that these aren’t just dreams, these are the side affects of the sleeping curse Regina accidentally put on him. He gives him a medallion to help him control these journeys. The next time he falls asleep, he has the same dream: a burning room and a mysterious woman. But this time he quells the flames and introduces himself to the woman, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). The same Aurora that is in the other land with Emma and Snow.
Mason thinks he figured everything out, so he pays Emily a visit. But he made one little mistake, he believed that Amanda and Emily were lovers when they were in Allenwood Penitentiary. When he can’t get any information out of Emily about their time in prison, he gives Amanda a call. Amanda’s trust for Emily is diminishing by the episode, she doesn’t Emily her to be calling all of the shots and leaving her in the dark, but agrees not to meet with Mason. But when he brings Jack into the equation, she spills, Emily was in love with her since their time in prison and she masterminded the entire revenge plot. When Mason invites her to his place to show her the board of evidence, Amanda tries to kill him to protect her secret. Luckily for Mason, Emily barges in, stops her, and tells him the whole truth. When her dad was arrested, she only trusted him and he left her out in the cold. And now he needs to make amends to her and David Clarke.
Mason meets with Kara to tell her to get as far away from the Hamptons and the Graysons as she possibly can. But then he goes off script and tells her that David was innocent, he thinks it’s penance. Kara has been off her meds, and this bit of information was all she needed to push her over the edge. While Mason is busy, Nolan sneaks into his house to set him up for the murder of Gordon. The chain goes like this: Nolan and Emily framed Mason Treadwell to look like he framed Conrad Grayson who framed Gordon Murphy. After his arrest, “Benedict Clarke” visits Mason to coerce him into taking the blame for everything. When she deems it time, she will give a full confession, exonerating him. Because he does this he will have the opportunity to write the world’s best book and he won’t rot in prison for life (just for a few years).
Kara ambushes Conrad and Victoria with her new information and a gun in hand. They try to weasel their way out of the situation by blaming the Initiative, someone higher up caused the plane crash and they framed David in self-preservation. When Victoria shows Kara proof that Gordon killed her first husband, she takes out her anger on them. While Conrad tries to defend Victoria, Kara forces them to their knees (where they hold hands) and is about to pull the trigger. Luckily for the two, Aiden shows up in time and chloroforms Kara. When she wakes up, Emily is there to warn her that there are some people gunning for her, and Agent Mathis (Aiden) saved her life. She needs to get back on her meds and get out of town. Kara’s last message to Amanda was that she wished she could have been a better mother.
Emily finally appreciates Aiden’s reliable aid and shoulder to cry on. When she hears about Jack and Amanda’s pending nuptials, she realizes that she lost her chance with the boy she loved in her childhood. And who better to bounce back with than an old flame who has been beside her in her schemes and has been seeking her constant approval. When he comes to check on her after Kara left town, she embraced him with a passionate kiss.
Aiden helps Daniel acquire the evidence he needs of Grayson Global’s involvement in NolCorp to secure his takeover. Nolan has the only piece of evidence linking them, and he agrees to hand it over to Aiden because he swore to protect Emily. When Emily finds out, she tries to get NolCorp back for him, but Nolan insists that he cares more about keeping his family safe. Which leads him to threaten Aiden to never hurt her again. When Victoria reminds Daniel that she is his biggest advocate and he shouldn’t make any rash decisions, he has a hard time believing her. He lost any semblance of respect he had for his mother and won’t sway from his plans. While Conrad is giving a big speech, Daniel gathered the power players involved in Grayson Global to announce his discovery of their share in NolCorp. Though Victoria is furious, Ashley stands by him; now that she finally gains something from Daniel (a multibillion dollar corporation), she is loyal.