‘Once Upon A Time’ Season 2, Episode 12: Oh Brother

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If you’ve been keeping score on Once Upon A Time,  the inhabitants of Storybrooke have been divided into three groups: regular townsfolk who are basically good, bad guys who are trying to be good for the people they love, and the evil duo of Cora (Barbara Hershey) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) who wouldn’t know a scruple if it hit them in the head.

And then there’s Emma (Jennifer Morrison) who has to juggle all three along with the surprise addition of a stranger who finds his way into town and appears to have no connection to any realm but Earth’s.

Be that as it may, the most interesting story in this episode belongs to Dr. Whale, or rather Dr. Victor Frankenstein (David Anders), former resident of a realm bathed in black and white. Earlier this season, “The Doctor” revealed that Victor was heavily invested in the heart transplant business because of his desire to raise his brother Gerhart (Chad Michael Collins) from the dead.

Turns out, big brother Gerhard’s death came on the heels of a fight between the two brothers. Gerhard came to the cemetery where Victor was digging up a body to experiment on and the two bickered as to the merits of said experiments; a topic which was already a sore spot for Victor because their father disapproves of them as well.

The audience is then privy to Victor’s first failed attempts to revive Gerhard, his father’s discovery of the deed and subsequent dismissal of Victor from the family tree, and Rumple’s offer to help him find a way to merge science and magic. In the end, a monster is born, patricide is committed, and Victor is left feeling more hollow and alone than ever. A feeling that follows him into Storybrooke, where he must rely on a pep talk from Red (Meghan Ory) for the strength to operate on his dying patient.

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Another part of tonight’s tale focuses on the grudge match between Hook and Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle). Aside from a few broken ribs courtesy of the stranger’s car, Hook is fine and dandy and all too happy to gloat about getting his revenge on Rumple. Not even a reminder of who he’s messed with and how far that one would go to avenge Belle (Emilie de Ravin) is enough to dampen the pirate’s spirits. Rumple is indeed torn up about Belle’s amnesia and it doesn’t take him long to use magic to fashion a talisman for her from the chipped cup he has cherished for years. The cup, along with Rumple’s hopes for a happily ever after, are shattered on the hospital floor by a terrified Belle who doesn’t remember who she is, let alone the creepy guy trying to kiss her in her sleep.

Fortunately for Hook’s safety and Rumple’s sanity, Cora is ready to make her presence in Storybrooke known. The former Queen of Hearts strikes a deal with Rumple, swapping intel on where Regina (Lana Parilla) is hiding out for a magic globe that will reveal the location of Rumple’s long-lost son. He takes the deal, offers the obligatory blood sacrifice, then storms over to Emma’s place and cashes in his favor with her. While it seems a bit contrived to drag Emma away from her family when she’s just returned, a Rumple/Emma road trip could be a fun ride.

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Tacked onto the end of this story is a mother-daughter story that has to potential to soar or sink in the weeks to come. Props to Cora for appearing as Regina’s beloved boy to gain entrance into the secret crypt, but let’s hope that Regina isn’t really falling for her poisonous drivel about how sorry Corry is.

Sappy car scene aside, Regina still gets the best line of the night when she insists her mother set the record straight with “Emma, Henry, and the two idiots.” And no Once Upon A Time episode would be complete without a last minute twist, so it should come as no surprise that the stranger who crashed into Storybrooke lies about texting while driving and wastes no time telling his girl about what he saw. The plot thickens, but the magic won’t return to our televisions until February 10th.

Once Upon A Time airs Sundays @8pm on ABC.

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  1. Does anybody know where Colin O’Donoghue has been? People take pictures of indoor filming all the time but there has been nothing about him being on set at all in any capacity. Since last month, there have been no interviews, no spoilers, and no pictures of anything having to do with his role of Captian Hook on Once Upon A Time. One of two things has happened: Either Hook has been killed off the show already, or something is wrong! He’s obviously not there people! No interviews, no pictures, no spoilers, or anything since after his last interview last month. Is he okay? What’s going on?!?!?

    • Hook was on last night did you not watch the episode?

  2. Not a bad episode but I really had a problem with the last minute “twist”. First of all, isn’t Emma supposed to be really good at telling when someone’s lying? They set that up for most of the first season and all of a sudden she can’t tell when anyone is lying. Also, they made a point of showing her hack into the guys phone (in no time no less) yet she wouldn’t have checked his text history to see he either just sent or received a text when the accident occurred or seen a partially written text? It’s not like they hid that twist all that well anyways seeing as the set up the whole outside world discovering them concern the episode before. I did like the hint at other worlds since Frankenstein wasn’t a fairy tale and hope they explore that more.

    • We need to look at this and much more….The people of Storybrook are real Earth people. Remember what Charming said about remembering things David knows? And seeing the people are from Real Earth, where are their families? Wouldn’t you think it odd if all of a sudden you didn’t hear from your son or grandson for 28 years?? How are the writers going to fix this one? And how could Cinderella be pregnant for 28 years and no on thought that to be odd? Where do the people of Storybrook get their power, food, up-to-date, gadgets, and Internet access? (Remember the Sheriff office and Ruby and Emma looking things up on the computer?). Come on, writers, you need to address these issues. If you are going to tell a story, you have to cover ALL the bases. I learned that the hard way while writing over the years.

  3. It was about time they talked about other realms caught up in Regina’s spell, being that we already know that the spell was not totally devastating in her old and Victor was just a visitor once upon a time (so was he there at the time or did something else happen). Love/hate the mother/daughter thing, but both seem so earnest that it’ll be interesting to watch. And you still have to wonder about Emma and her lie detecting, . . I give it a hard knock life skill more than a power, subject to being wrong especially under emotional circumstances. Too bad we have to wait until February.

  4. My best guess about Emma “power” not working is that the “subject” is someone from the Real World.

    • But if you remember in the pilot, it was in the real world when Emma told her son that she’s good at telling when someone’s lying.

      • True, but Henry is her son, making him part of the magic land even if he wasn’t born there.

  5. Another option is that Emma is just pretending to believe the outsider for some reason. At least, I hope the writers didn’t just mess things up.

    • I hope that too.

      • hello bell broke the cup wtf

  6. Wow how awesome is season 2!! C’mon guys it’s obvious Emma just wanted an out if she told everyone the guy saw magic he would be killed the look on her face said it all it was like good enough for me I’m out . And did anyone think why did the guy lie he risked jail time and fines for texting and driving rather then say hey there was an old guy throwing a fire ball with his bare hands hello wouldn’t you say your not gonna believe what I saw why assume the entire town is in on the magic when as far as you can see your in a normal hospital . I’m a little thrown off about people saying Frankinstein isn’t a fairlytale it’s just like hunchback of notre dame yea no handsome prince or pretty princess but a story about good bad and dreams being realized so in its own right could be classified as a fairy tale… But remember Henry said Dr. Whales story isn’t in their book but it could be a entire different book of stories prehaps with that sci-fi fairlytale magic to restore memory’s bring back the dead (hint) with that said does anyone know who will be playing Bae???

  7. Wow how awesome is season 2!! C’mon guys it’s obvious Emma just wanted an out if she told everyone the guy saw magic he would be killed the look on her face said it all it was like good enough for me I’m out . And did anyone think why did the guy lie he risked jail time and fines for texting and driving rather then say hey there was an old guy throwing a fire ball with his bare hands hello wouldn’t you say your not gonna believe what I saw why assume the entire town is in on the magic when as far as you can see your in a normal hospital . I’m a little thrown off about people saying Frankinstein isn’t a fairlytale it’s just like hunchback of notre dame no pixie dust or evil witch but a story about good bad and dreams being realized so in its own right could be classified as a fairy tale… But remember Henry said Dr. Whales story isn’t in their book but it could be a entire different book of stories prehaps with that sci-fi fairlytale magic to restore memory’s bring back the dead (hint) with that said does anyone know who will be playing Bae???

  8. Wow how awesome is season 2!! C’mon guys it’s obvious Emma just wanted an out if she told everyone the guy saw magic he would be killed the look on her face said it all it was like good enough for me I’m out . And did anyone think why did the guy lie he risked jail time and fines for texting and driving rather then say hey there was an old guy throwing a fire ball with his bare hands hello wouldn’t you say your not gonna believe what I saw why assume the entire town is in on the magic when as far as you can see your in a normal hospital . Frankinstein is a fairytale just like hunchback of notre dame no pixie dust or evil witch but a story about good bad and dreams being realized so in its own right could be classified as a fairy tale… But remember Henry said Dr. Whales story isn’t in their book but it could be a entire different book of stories prehaps with that sci-fi fairlytale magic to restore memory’s bring back the dead (hint) with that said does anyone know who will be playing Bae???

  9. Wow how awesome is season 2!! C’mon guys it’s obvious Emma just wanted an out if she told everyone the guy saw magic he would be killed the look on her face said it all it was like good enough for me I’m out . And did anyone think why did the guy lie he risked jail time and fines for texting and driving rather then say hey there was an old guy throwing a fire ball with his bare hands hello wouldn’t you say your not gonna believe what I saw why assume the entire town is in on the magic when as far as you can see your in a normal hospital . Frankinstein is a fairytale just like hunchback of notre dame no pixie dust or evil witch but a story about good bad and dreams being realized so in its own right could be classified as a fairy tale… But remember Henry said Dr. Whales story isn’t in their book but it could be a entire different book of stories prehaps with that sci-fi fairlytale magic to restore memory’s bring back the dead (hint) with that said does anyone know who will be playing Bae???

  10. Wow how awesome is season 2!! C’mon guys it’s obvious Emma just wanted an out if she told everyone the guy saw magic he would be killed the look on her face said it all it was like good enough for me I’m out . And did anyone think why did the guy lie he risked jail time and fines for texting and driving rather then say hey there was an old guy throwing a fire ball with his bare hands hello wouldn’t you say your not gonna believe what I saw why assume the entire town is in on the magic when as far as you can see your in a normal hospital . Frankinstein is a fairytale just like hunchback of notre dame no pixie dust or evil witch but a story about good bad and dreams being realized so in its own right could be classified as a fairy tale… But remember Henry said Dr. Whales story isn’t in their book but it could be a entire different book of stories prehaps with that sci-fi fairlytale magic to restore memory’s bring back the dead (hint) with that said does anyone know any spoilers for upcoming shows

  11. Wow how awesome is season 2!! C’mon guys it’s obvious Emma just wanted an out if she told everyone the guy saw magic he would be killed the look on her face said it all it was like good enough for me I’m out . And did anyone think why did the guy lie he risked jail time and fines for texting and driving rather then say hey there was an old guy throwing a fire ball with his bare hands hello wouldn’t you say your not gonna believe what I saw why assume the entire town is in on the magic when as far as you can see your in a normal hospital . Frankinstein is a fairytale just no pixie dust or evil witch but a story about good bad and dreams being realized so in its own right could be classified as a fairy tale… But remember Henry said Dr. Whales story isn’t in their book but it could be a entire different book of stories prehaps with that sci-fi fairlytale magic to restore memory’s bring back the dead (hint) with that said does anyone know any spoilers for upcoming shows

  12. Wow how awesome is season 2!! C’mon guys it’s obvious Emma just wanted an out if she told everyone the guy saw magic he would be killed the look on her face said it all it was like good enough for me I’m out . And did anyone think why did the guy lie he risked jail time and fines for texting and driving rather then say hey there was an old guy throwing a fire ball with his bare hands hello wouldn’t you say your not gonna believe what I saw why assume the entire town is in on the magic when as far as you can see your in a normal hospital . Frankinstein is a fairytale just no pixie dust or evil witch but a story about good bad and ambitions being realized so in its own right could be classified as a fairy tale… But remember Henry said Dr. Whales story isn’t in their book but it could be a entire different book of stories prehaps with that sci-fi fairlytale magic to restore memory’s bring back the dead (hint) with that said does anyone know any spoilers for upcoming shows

  13. Sorry for the repost my iPads been glitching ! My bad

  14. We need to look at this….The people of Storybrook are real Earth people. Remember what Charming said about remembering things David knows? And seeing the people are from Real Earth, where are their families? Wouldn’t you think it odd if all of a sudden you didn’t hear from your son or grandson for 28 years?? How are the writers going to fix this one? And how could Cinderella be pregnant for 28 years and no on thought that to be odd? Where do the people of Storybrook get their power, food, up-to-date, gadgets, and Internet access? (Remember the Sheriff office and Ruby and Emma looking things up on the computer?). Come on, writers, you need to address these issues. If you are going to tell a story, you have to cover ALL the bases. I learned that the hard way while writing over the years.

  15. Ruby your right they didn’t get detailed in explaining the situation but here it is in a nutshell … they are earth people but from another dimension where magic is much much more stronger as rumple said during his visit with dr frankenstein so the laws of our land dont exactly apply to them yes they can use internet and all our stuff but thats all the curse Regina released was similar to the sleeping curse ya kno ageless sleep from the sleeping beauty movie / snowwhite ect. This was protected by magic so no strangers could enter storybrooke so no human earth people (reg.joes) could enter or even notice storybrook existed or any ppl from there. there is magic here just not other worldly strong magic well there wasn’t now that emma broke the curse there is. I love that you brought up David’s speech what he ment was remember david and their storybrook selfs because it was a life they lived and had experienced and all life experience is valuable even the sad horrible ones you rather forget it makes you a better person a stronger person you can learn from it have new view on things

  16. Oo almost forgot they got their stuff from here like when they transported here they transported to mordern day American so all the stuff was apart of who they r here like seriously can u see urself without ur phone or ipad no way also their food was localized they live in Maine idk if u ever been but nothing but land so plenty of farm fresh and surrounding water so crazy fishing going on plenty of moose and wild game as well

  17. Also they didn’t find it odd that cinderella was preggers for 28 yrs cause the ageless curse only made it seemed like weeks instead of years and they didn’t miss anyone cause they had no memory of them didn’t know the people they love exists that was the way evil queen took away their happiness

  18. As I recall, not everyone was completely happy in Fairy Tale Land. The spell did take away their memories and prevented them from aging for 28 years.

  19. Well for the most part happy… if there weren’t any villains such as Cora, Regina, ect..then yes everyone would be happier However just as in real life there is major and minor problems and stress annoyances ect that causes us to not be as ridiculously happy as we might be but over all we are happy. Happy to be in a country we grew up in happy to be with loved ones family friends and all so just about everyone in fairy tale land was happy with the exception of Regina and the evil doers but don’t take my word watch season one when Regina was planning her curse she said I’m gonna take away everyone’s happily ever after! Also when the curse was broken they said to Regina now that everyone in town remembers who you are and who they are they are gonna come after you for taking away their happiness ya kno the episode when Emma kissed Henry in his hospital bed when he ate poison apple turnovers then there’s the episode when even grumpy told Snow it’s better to feel your pain don’t forget the bad it makes you who you are ya kno when charming was about to marry that king minus guys daughter and yes even grumpy was happy to be with his bros working in the mine and doing his grumpy thing not as happy as he was as Dreamy but happier then being an alcoholic in Maine . So ya even tho so bad junk happened as is life peeps in fairyland had a pretty normal kinda happy going on .

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