Once Upon a Time Recap

Once Upon a Time Recap: Pain in the Glass — Plus, Did Rumple Go Too Far?

This week on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Emma and Regina’s latest attack on the Purely Evil Queen backfired, as did Belle’s attempt to run away from Rumple.

Having been unable to track down The Dragon (Googling “Dragon +NYC” only resulys 104 Chinese food restaurants) for a consult on undoing the Charmings’ (rather adorably handled) shared sleeping spell, Regina gets the idea to trap the Evil Queen inside an enchanted hand mirror, using Henry as bait. Alas, the Evil Queen proves to be one step ahead of them and thus catapults Henry’s moms into the mirror, where they find themselves trapped — alongside the Dragon.

The Evil Queen then attempts to pass herself off as Regina, while Henry gets ready to take Violet to the school dance, but her heavy-handed lobbying for the lad to act like the royalty he is — combined with Emma and Regina’s attempt to contact him through a mirror at Granny’s — tip him off to the charade. The Evil Queen challenges her “son” to use the Hammer of Something that she procured from Rumple to smash the Dragon’s heart, in order to save his moms from the flying, fire-breathing beast the wise, old man has now become. Henry, though, uses the mallet to shatter the mirror, which, combined with the dragon’s magical fireball, frees the women from the mirror world, plopping them back in Storybrooke.

Henry then cashes in his raincheck with Violet, holding their own private “dance” at — where else? — Granny’s, while Regina and Emma look on from outside, full of pride at what a fine young man they raised.

Elsewhere in the episode:

* Belle got Once Upon a Time Recapthe idea for Zelena to open a portal, through which she and her unborn baby can escape to the Enchanted Forest. But to do so, Zelena needs the Sorcerer’s Wand from Gold’s shop. Cue Aladdin, who demonstrates exactly zero impressive feats of thievery to pinch the wand. Alas, Zelena oohs and ahhs over the reclaimed wand for a moment too long, allowing Rumple to show up and take it back, having caught on to Aladdin’s truly basic handiwork. Rumple then slaps a cuff on Belle to keep her and their son from ever escaping his reach — out of “love”, of course, he (again!) avows. And if that nasty bit of “imprisonment” hasn’t fully soured you on him yet, he reminds his bride that “Rumplestiltskin takes children.” Shiver. Later, back at his shop, Rumple seals his alliance with the Evil Queen with more tepid kissing, though he needs something from her first: Zelena, dead.

* Aladdin found a Genie-less lamp in Gold’szzzzzzzzzz…..

What did you think of “I’ll Be Your Mirror”?

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35 Comments
  1. kelly says:

    EQ and Rumple are just eww.

    I hope Belle can get away from him and protect her son. Also enjoy Zelena and Belle as friends or if they want to go there a new take on beauty and the beast.

  2. steven says:

    Henry sounded like he’s black. Talkin’ about his mom’s.

  3. I just have to say ... says:

    Rumple gave EQ the Hammer of Hephaestus. Hephaetus was the Greek god of blacksmiths who created the weapons of the gods of Olympus.

  4. Anthony says:

    Didn’t Aladdin, in reference to Genie’s old lamp, say “Maybe whoever is in there now can help us find Agrabah”? I thought that’s what I heard. Which, if that’s the lamp Jafar was put in at the end of Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, would make a lot of sense.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Yeah, which I didn’t quite get. Maybe the genie they knew is gone, but a different one is now inside? (Is Barbara Eden available?)

    • It can’t be. According to Adam and Eddie, the events of Wonderland haven’t happened yet.

      • steven says:

        But Cora was there.

      • Martina says:

        Have they really? If so, they are contradicting many of their own stories.
        Firstly, that it was said the first episode of Wonderland took place after the very first curse was broken (they even showed Will in Storybrooke etc).
        Secondly, all the stuff with Cora. She is dead since late season 2. During Wonderland she was still alive, so that can’t be.

        What they DID say though was, that the stuff that happened in AGRABAH this season happened before the stuff in Wonderland (and thus, showed a free Jafar).

        Overall, it gets really confusing with the time line, because they are also now contradicting stuff they had established before…

    • Jessica says:

      Wasn’t Sidney the genie in the lamp? He mentioned Agrabah in an episode in season 1.

      • Sophie says:

        Yes, episode 11-Fruit of the poisonous tree. I wonder if it was him that Aladdin and Jasmine had known and talked about!

      • David Kaplan says:

        There isn’t just one lamp-genie in the world. Sidney may or may not be the genie that had a role in Aladdin and Jasmine’s story. OUAT in Wonderland depicted three genies who were human brothers, cursed into lamp-genie slavery for stealing magical healing water.

  5. GraceM says:

    I like the Genie nod towards Robin Williams. I thought it was nice that they said he was free now.

  6. Ben says:

    Rumple is disgusting.

  7. TiggsBC says:

    There aren’t even enough words for how problematic this whole Rumple/Belle mess will be if they somehow end this whole storyline her going back to him for a “happy ending”. There is no way to convince sane viewers without rose-coloured glasses that their “true love” is healthy. Run, Belle, RUN.

  8. CJ says:

    So the Dragon mentioned losing his daughter are we finally going back to the May 2015 finale when Emma told Lily (maleficent’s daughter) she would help her find her family?

    • Nicky Aiuto says:

      I can see David being the one who helps Lily find her father (who might be the Dragon). Cause it sounds related to his daddy issues. It would be a vibe to how he and Snow did better by getting Maleficent and Lily back together after Emma failed. And a vibe to how he got Abigail and Frederick back together after freeing the knight from his golden curse. Also if Dragon is Lily’s father and that he is like some sort of soothsayer, I bet he will tell her that Isaac was the real culprit and real villain who was responsible behind her drama.

    • jj says:

      Yes I thought that too. He must be Lily’s dad.

    • DylBob says:

      Finally someone else mentioned this! I thought I was the only one who picked up the comment the Dragon made about his lost daughter. I do think thats where they are going with this, especially since they didn’t kill the Dragon. But we also didn’t see him come out of the mirror world?

    • Noneofyourbusiness says:

      The showrunners have already said Lily’s storyline will be addressed this season. That plus the Dragon’s reference to losing a daughter because of his ignorance makes me 90% positive he is Lily’s father. He looks very different from Lily and Mal in dragon form, of course, but Mal did say, “She looks like me!” when she saw Dragon Lily.

  9. Kelly says:

    So sad and disgusted by Rumple and what they have done to Rumple/Belle. I hope Belle is able to protect herself and baby from him in the next episode and hope he does grow up good and is raised by his mum.

  10. Loli says:

    The five minutes of Swanqueen in this episode will spawn a thousand fan fics.

    Rumple and the Evil Queen is so bad its gone all the way around and back to being good again.

    Actually enjoyed this episode without needing to fast forward so it may be naughty, but at least it’s not boring.

    And maybe ‘Finding Agrabah’ is Storybrook for Netflix and Chill?

  11. Claire says:

    I’m tired of the EQ. Rumple is horrible to Belle and I hope they’re no longer endgame.
    The Robin Williams/Genie mention was lovely and also made me cry.

  12. Matthew Lawler says:

    I’m not quite understanding why Henry needed a magic hammer to crush the dragons heart since we’ve seen that the hearts can simply be crushed by hand also isn’t Henry still the author which is pretty much a magical job so well Henry isn’t going around throwing fireballs I would still say he has experience with magic also where is the hammer actually capable of and why did rumple say only something without magic can use it but if that’s the first time we’ve found a magical object in the show that can only be used by somebody that doesn’t possess magic

    Well I find the montage of snow and David cute we didn’t see any actual effort being made to break the curse yeah we got lipservice that Emily is trying to get a hold of the dragon but seriously why would she have thought the dragon would be of any use other than the key in the fact that he was going to reappear in this episode and the evil queen must think 47 steps ahead that she had the Dragon waiting in the land of mirrors but kept possession of his heart so she could control him
    The writing just seems to be getting lazier and lazier I would like to know what besides having snow and David trade off morning and night with kisses has been done to attempt to break the curse or address the fact that we were previously told once you’ve fallen victim to sleep in curse you’re immune

  13. Victoria Hurren says:

    I don’t mind golden queen but they are taking evil gold way too far I actually hope they are planning on killing him off even though he is the reason I used to watch

  14. Esposito says:

    OUAT was much more clever at the beginning. Character development seems shallow now. Rumple needs to go. But then who would be the villain?

  15. Val says:

    Meh episode.
    Good thing to see was Regina not barking or talking down to Emma, like she always did in the past. And why the hell doesnt she just take her split self back, she has a choice. Unlike Emma who has a timelimit. Bored of this EQ thing.

    As this point i think EQ and Rumple just deserve each other. I am just glad she isnt anywhere near Charming and Hook!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Catherine says:

    I agree with others that this is getting lame.

  17. Stacy says:

    This season stopped being interesting when they killed of Mr Hyde.

  18. Zee Theberge says:

    Why can’t Charming and Snow just take out their cursed half-hearts? Wait, nevermind. Because then. They wouldn’t love a la Cora’a death at the hands of Snow.

    Also, why was Emma afraid of the Dragon? If she truly believes her vision will come true, then there’s no way he could kill her. It’s sort of like how Harry Potter became essentially invincible unless Voldemort was present