Everyone’s favorite fairytale TV series Once Upon A Time is currently on a three-week hiatus but the writers gave us a memorable episode before the break, with “In The Name of the Brother”, Episode 12 of Season 2, which centers on Dr. Frankenstein’s attempt on getting his brother back from the dead, with repercussions of course, because “magic always has a price”.
In this episode, we see a couple of long-awaited reunions. First is that of Regina and her mother Cora. It was a scene full of emotion but there is holding back on Regina’s part and the audience’s because Cora’s intentions are anything but pure from the beginning. Later on, Regina was convinced that her mother is the only one at her side at the moment and we can expect their joined forces in the coming episodes to get Henry back with Regina.
Next one is the less emotional but more comic reunion of Emma Swan and Captain Hook. They have undeniable chemistry since their first meeting at the Enchanted Forest and sparks are still there when they meet again this time in Storybrooke. Hook is injured and handcuffed to his hospital bed due to shooting Belle, after which he was hit by a car driven by an outsider who mysteriously appeared on Storybrooke and is possibly a threat to their secret fairytale existence but more on that later. Emma and Hook’s humorous banter is always a highlight on the show and their constant one-upping each other makes one think on the many exciting opportunities for both of these characters. They do look good together so writers, a love angle for these two and soon please?
In this episode, we also see an unexpected bond formed between two “monsters”: werewolf Ruby and Dr. Whale a.k.a. Frankenstein. We see Frankenstein’s back story wherein he acquired a heart from a deal he made with Rumpelstiltskin to save his dead brother. The brother lived but ended up murdering his father, which in turn made Frankenstein wonder if all this was a mistake. Back in the present, Ruby helped Dr. Whale realize he is still good for something, being a doctor and all. An interesting point was brought up by Henry about Frankenstein being in Storybrooke: If he exists here but he isn’t part of the fairytale world, then there are possibly more otherworldly characters in town that no one knows about. Yet. Hmm, I smell more eccentric characters coming. Who is your bet?
Other plot points in the episode is Mr. Gold’s plans to set out to the “real world” to locate his long-lost son Baelfire. That is one reunion everyone is waiting for, and Emma is coming along for the ride. Will Bael turn out to be Neal, Emma’s biggest love and heartbreak and Henry’s father, like a lot of us are suspecting? Another inevitable happening is the “real world” coming to Storybrooke, thanks to an outsider who came upon the town accidentally, so to speak, and witnessed Mr. Gold using magic. What will be the fate of our favorite characters when their secret becomes known to the world? The next episode tited “Tiny” is definitely not to be missed on February 10th when Once Upon a Time comes back on to ABC.