Episode 2 of “Once Upon A Time” aired Sunday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. and a picks up the thread of David Charming’s search for his wife and daughter who were swept into the portal by the wraith at the end of episode one.
Storybrooke has been decimated by the wraith and the town is in an uproar. David (Josh Dallas) asks everyone to calm down and reconvene in two hours to hear his plan for putting things right – a plan he doesn’t yet have. Filled with concern for Mary Margret/Snow White and Emma, he visits Regina (Lana Parrilla) to find out how she used the strange hat to open a portal that unfortunately took his wife and daughter along with the wraith through it. He believes her bit of “wallpaper magic” that she used to restrain him last week was a fluke. She swears she will regain use of her magic and when she does, she will also take her son back from David/Charming.
David talks to Henry (Jared Gilmore) who recognizes the hat Regina used to open the portal as belonging to the Mad Hatter but he doesn’t know who the Mad Hatter is in the Storybrooke world. This sends David over to Gold’s (Robert Carlyle) shop to find out. He asks Gold if there is a magical way to find the owner of an item without revealing who he is looking for what he has. Gold offers him a potion and explains that all he has to do is pour it on the item and then follow it back to its owner. In exchange, Gold wants to know what happens when the people of Storybrooke try to leave town. David tells him the Seven Dwarves tried. Sneezey went over the line and now he can’t remember his Enchanted Forest self. When David leaves, Gold’s shop, Gold, upset by this news, begins smashing things in his shop.
David dowses the hat with the potion and follows the hat as it flies through the air, landing on an overturned care with someone trapped inside. It is Jefferson (Sebastian Stan), aka the Mad Hatter. David helps him out of the car and the two sit down to talk. David shows him the hat and asks for his help as they both have daughters that are lost and need their help. Jefferson mumbles something about being unable to help and takes off.
David gives chase, desperate to find a way to get his own loved ones back. He is stopped and learns that Regina has taken Henry and that many of the townspeople are preparing to leave town – unaware of what will happen to them.
With all these problems, what will David do first? He waits at the border of Storybrooke for the townies and warns them of what will happen if they leave. He asks them to stay and promises to protect them. They agree. Next he heads over to Regina’s.
As “Once Upon A Time” continues, Regina is once again trying to leave the Enchanted Forest. She crosses paths with Rumplestillskin. She gives him the book her mother had. He asks her how it felt to use magic. She tells him she will never use magic again because of how good it felt. He makes her keep the book, reminding her that one day she will return the favor.
When David/Charming goes to Regina’s to see Henry, he is prepared to fight her and her magic. She tells him he doesn’t have to fight and calls Henry downstairs. She tells him to go home with David/Charming. She now realizes that if you love something, you can’t hold it against its will. She wants Henry to be with her only when he wants to be with her. She wants to redeem herself in his eyes.
Charming tells her to prove it by answering a question. He asks if the Enchanted Forest still exists. She pauses, and then tells him it does but she has no idea how to reach it. She can tell the information has sparked a heroic quest in Charming.
While David has the peace restored to Storybrooke and Henry back by his side, he is still no closer to finding Mary Margaret and Emma. How will he get them back? The answers may lie in the next episode of “Once Upon A Time.”
For more on this week’s episode, read ‘Once Upon A Time’ Episode 2 and Regina’s past.
Southern Illinois fans can catch “Once Upon A Time” on ABC, WSIL Channel 3 on Sunday nights at 7 p.m.
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