This was a bit of a throwback episode. We got to finally see more of a few characters that we met in the first season. We briefly saw Dr. Frankenstein again and Emma had to remember how she used to be able to help people before she had magic. Though the main part of the episode was about Cinderella and helping her finish her story.
Much of the beginning of the episode was about the start of Cinderella’s story. We saw her get the invitation to the ball, we saw her attend the ball and fall in love with the prince, then run off leaving her shoe behind. Then the story starts to deviate from the one we know.
In present day Storybrooke Emma, Hook and Henry learn that Ashely (Cinderella) has run off with her husband’s shot gun. Everyone thinks she is after her stepsister who has come over from The Land of Lost Stories.
Turns out that Cinderella is out to stop their stepmother. Clorinda, one of the stepsisters, is not evil. She was acting the whole time because she had a secret that she was keeping from her mother. She was in love with the footman of the prince and she wanted to run away with him. She knew her mother would never approve and she knew she had to keep up an appearance in order not to raise suspicion form their mother.
Cinderella is ready to help her sister but is stopped when her stepmother threatens her happiness. She ends up telling her where Clorinda and her love are. In the end her stepmother and Clorinda end up in The Land of Lost Stories. There her stepmother plans to wait until she can have the fame and fortune she thinks she deserves.
Back in Storybrooke, Ashely has found her sister and stepmother. Her sister learns that she was trying to help and they both stand up to her stepmother. Their stepmother does not care, she is prepared to kill them both. In the end she stabs Ashley. Emma races in just in time to save her.
While this episode finally gave us more of Cinderella’s story it was more about Emma and her work to overcome what her vision keeps showing her. Emma is terrified of her vision, to the point where her magic no longer works. She has no control and she is letting her fear hold her back.
Archie realizes this and tries to explain to Emma that if she keeps letting this possibility control her she is going to lose everything. She is so afraid of what could happen that she is going to let nothing happen. Her magic isn’t working properly and she is not taking the steps forward in her relationship with Hook. She is becoming stuck.
Fear can do this. Fear is a paralyzing force that keeps things from going anywhere. A lot of the time the fear of something happening is worse than the event actually taking place. It becomes a barrier that surrounds the person and suddenly you are a prisoner in your own life. Fear can be controlling and throughout much of this episode it is controlling Emma.
Yes, maybe Emma will die in that battle. Then again maybe she won’t. Maybe that is not when she has to die. None of that matters ultimately though. No matter what the ending, she has to live her life until that point. She can’t let everyone down and she can’t push them all away. If she does, she is going to hope for that end because she will have nothing left.
In this episode Emma is reminded that she used to be able to help people before she had magic. Magic does not make her the Savior. Magic is just a tool she uses. She used to help and save people before magic returned to Storybrooke. Emma has to remember that she has power and worth. She has always had strength and she can’t lose it all now.
What Emma really need to do is to tell everyone around her what is going on. This is one of Emma’s major faults, she never asks for help. She is always so determined to fix things herself. She can’t do everything alone. I thought after the whole Dark One thing she would have learned that lesson but apparently not so much.
Emma cannot take care of this all by herself. She needs her parents, Henry, Hook and Regina. They have proven to be her help and support system for so long. She needs to trust them and let them help her. Emma is never going to be able to live her happy ending if she is always refusing to ask for help. This will all destroy her if she is not careful.
“Maybe it’s not how you end things but how you live them,” – Archie- Archie tells this to Emma at one of their meetings. Emma’s vision tells her that in the end she may die. But that is the end for everyone. You can’t concentrate on all of that, you have to live the life that you have. No one truly remembers the end, they remember how you lived and Emma needs to remember that.
“Hard to stay one step ahead of yourself,” – Hyde- Hyde tells this to Regina. This is an interesting dilemma in the battle between Regina and The Evil Queen. They both think alike, they are the same person after all. Regina literally has to outthink herself, which will be interesting to watch.
What is The Evil Queen’s ultimate plan?
Doe she want to rule everyone?
Does she want everyone dead and gone?
If she wants them all dead then who will she rule?
Doe she actually want to rule or does she just want everyone to suffer?
Who killed Charming father?
How far will Charming go to get revenge against that killer?
What is the next story that we will see?
When will emma tell everyone about her vision?
How will everyone react?
Will it cause a rift between her and Hook?
Will Rumple be able to get close to Belle again?
Will Zelena betray Regina?