Episode 3 “Lady of the Lake” of “Once Upon A Time” aired Sunday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. During the episode, we learned how Snow White and Prince Charming came to be married.
The young Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) has been captured by King George. Still angry about how Prince Charming humiliated him, he tricks Snow White into a false sense of safety, telling her how he lost his own love, a woman who in a state of depression drank a vile poison that left her unable to bear children. The King thought his prayers had been answered when he propositioned Charming to become his heir but Charming refused. It is then Snow White begins to feel ill and realizes that the King has tricked her into drinking the same potion disguised as water and that now she will be unable to bear children with Charming. She flees.
Lancelot follows her and she ties to attack him, thinking he was sent by the King. He assures her he had no knowledge of the potion or the Kings plans and that he wants to help her get safely to Prince Charming.
Meanwhile, Charming is at his mother’s cottage, preparing for Snow White’s arrival. They are attacked by six of King George’s men and Charming kills them all. When the fighting is over, he discovers his mother has been hit through the chest by an arrow. Just then, Lancelot and Snow White arrive. They decide to take Charming’s mother to the Lady of the Lake to get the magical water that will heal her.
Along the way, Snow White and Charming’s mother talk and get to know one another. The mom tells Snow how happy she is to have met her and how she looks forward to them having children. She takes off a necklace with a pendant, a family heirloom. She explains that when it is held over the palm of a woman, it will sing north-south or east west to indicate the sex of the baby the woman will someday have. She holds it over the hand of a desperately sad Snow White and the pendulum is still. The mom tries to play it off as silly superstition but she is disappointed and Snow knows it. Snow confides in her and tells her about the curse the King put on her. Charming’s mom says surely the magic waters can cure her too and Snow regains a little hope.
When they arrive at the lake, it has completely dried up. Lancelot finds a tiny bit of water in a sea shell and pours it into a flask, then offers it to Charming’s mother. She sips but after a few minutes, nothing has happened and she is growing weaker.
She tells them her only regret is not getting to see them marry. Snow asks Lancelot if Knights of the Round Table can still performs wedding ceremonies and says yes. They gather some flowers and by the edge of the dried up lake, Lancelot marries Snow White and Prince Charming while Charming’s mother looks on. During the ceremony, Lancelot makes them drink form a wedding cup and then the two share their first kiss as man and wife. When they break their embrace and turn to Charming’s mother, she is gone.
They put her to rest and Charming offers Snow the pendant, unaware that she already knows its purported powers. He tells her the story and she can’t bear to hear it again, knowing that when he finds out she is unable to have children, he will be devastated. He holds the pendant out above her hand and it immediately begins swinging. Charming and Snow are both overjoyed. Charming jokes he can’t remember which direction indicates which sex and Snow smiles, saying it’s all right, it will be a surprise.
Charming sets off to make ready to leave and Snow White realizes that Charming’s mother must have only pretended to drink the water from the lake. She looks to Lancelot and asks him if the water was in the wedding cup and he pretends to not know what she is talking about. Then he asks her what sex her baby will be and grins, saying, “A girl.”
For more on this week’s episode, read:
- ‘Once Upon A Time’ Episode 3 – An ogre threatens Emma, Mary Margaret, Mulan
- ‘Once Upon A Time’ Episode 3 Henry and David make a pact
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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