Once Upon a Time Season 2 Review “In the Name of the Brother” – Not Chip!!

Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 12 In the Name of the Brother (1)
Considering where Once Upon a Time left us last week, there was no way they couldn’t pick up from that exact spot in this week’s episode, “In the Name of the Brother.” Belle without her memory (and shot!), Hook run over, an unconscious outsider in town, oh my! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

So, Belle is going to be all right physically, as magic can heal wounds, but it can’t restore memories without the help of a charmed talisman. The properties and limitations of Rumple’s magic have always been questionable, but this was one instance that I really did have to question. I mean, it does make for a great story as she has absolutely no memory of him, but instead of giving the benefit of the doubt to the gimpy stranger who kissed her while she was asleep, Belle chose the much more logical course of freaking the hell out and smashing the broken teacup he claimed was magic.

Hook survived as well thanks to the incredibly prompt Storybrooke EMT’s who arrived on the scene almost instantaneously. I have a theory now about all these nameless townspeople; as Henry pointed out, they could be the citizens of the other universes who were carried over by the curse. It’s been proven over and over again, and was reiterated this week when we learned there was a connection between Rumple and Whale/Frankenstein, that everyone in the Enchanted Forest knows everyone else. All the background characters can’t just be Cinderella’s mice, right? So if no one knows them…they could be from anywhere.

The main victim of the accident was the stranger (played by Ethan Embry) who accidentally drove into town, the first outsider besides August (who wasn’t really an outsider…and who no one seems to remember) to enter Storybrooke in 28 years. Snow and Charming and company were extremely worried about this, especially when Rumple informed them that the man might have seen him throw some magic at Hook, but when the man woke up after his successful surgery (more on that in a minute), he lied to Emma and told her he was texting just before the accident. He wasn’t. He saw something. Could their fear about the outside world descending onto their little, magical town come true? That could certainly be interesting.

Dr. Whale was called on to save the stranger’s life, but guilt and grief over turning his brother into Frankenstein’s monster in their pre-curse world made him nearly commit suicide. Thanks to a pep talk from Ruby (do you smell a pairing?), he got over it and found a new lease on life. It was an interesting story, but it felt a little randomly tossed in. His family issues are nothing compared to Regina’s.

Cora finally revealed her presence to her daughter, and although Regina started to do the right thing by trying to get her mother in front of Snow and Charming, Cora the master manipulator did exactly what we thought she would and started to convince Regina that the town would never trust her and that she needed to whatever possible in order to get her son back.

Speaking of getting sons back, fueled by his rage over losing Belle again, Rumple abandoned any notion of being good and threw himself into a truce with Cora, the peace offering being a magic orb that told him his son, Baelfire, was somewhere in the upper Northeastern United States. Maine, perhaps? Or perhaps a hospital bed in Storybrooke Memorial? Could the new guy in town be Rumple’s long lost son?

We’ll have to wait until February to find out. In the meantime, I’ll be trying to get a terrible image of Rumple and Cora out of my head.

By the way, who else enjoyed the fact that the stranger’s ringtone was the Star Wars theme? Yes, we know you own it now, Disney, but it’s awesome that you’re choosing to flaunt it.

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