The power of song took over Once Upon a Time on Sunday — but did the musical installment cast a spell over you?
Featuring original tunes written by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, the episode “The Song in Your Heart” kicked off with Snow and Charming (played by Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas) performing the Disney-esque number “Powerful Magic” after the princess inadvertently cast a spell to protect unborn Emma. Its unexpected side effect? It caused everyone to break out into song.
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As you can imagine, the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) was none too pleased to hear all her words coming out as lyrics. But that didn’t stop her from channeling her inner rock star and shimmying her way through (as executive producer Eddy Kitsis dubbed it) the Rocky Horror-meets-David Bowie anthem “Love Doesn’t Stand a Chance.”
Anxious to confront the Evil Queen and help protect Emma, the Charmings sought out the infamous Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) for passage via the Jolly Roger — and in doing so got an earful of the buccaneer’s anti-crocodile solo, “Revenge Is Gonna Be Mine.”
Further away from the Enchanted Forest, Zelena (Rebecca Mader) watched the Evil Queen seek out imprisoned Rumplestiltskin’s help — he was immune (if not patently averse!) to the infectious singing — in stopping the spell. Cue the green witch’s boastful “Wicked Always Win.”
Snow and Charming eventually faced off (in a sing-off) with the Evil Queen at her castle, where the enemies served up a mash-up of “Powerful Magic” and “Love Doesn’t Stand a Chance” (aka “Charmings vs. Evil Queen” on the official song list). At its climax, Regina revealed that she had found a way to stop the singing. A visit later from Blue, though, would reassure them that the spell was always meant for Emma — to help her one day face a final battle, alone.
Storybrooke also found its melody when Emma (Jennifer Morrison) realized she wasn’t alone because “all along, the answer was inside me with a song,” the Savior sang after (temporarily) thwarting the Black Fairy. Morrison’s voice was so lovely during “Emma’s Theme,” it’s a shame the tune wasn’t longer.
Thankfully, we got another chance to hear Morrison sing after Emma and Hook exchanged vows and looked ahead to “A Happy Beginning,” seguing into a romantic duet, after which their family and friends joined them in the performance.
It was all joy and love and singing and twirling… until the clock struck six and the Black Fairy’s curse was unleashed, swooping down from the clock tower and consuming every below. (Get scoop on what’s ahead in the finale.)