It’s not enough to have others forgive you, you have to forgive yourself, too.
Episode Summary: Flashbacks reveal the terrible deal Liam took with Hades to ensure his and Killian’s place in the King’s Navy. And when Liam doesn’t choose to see the best in Emma, she needs to put her heartache aside to fight and make sure Killian forgives himself. The heroes go on a quest to find the underworld’s version of the storybook, but in order to keep his secret hidden, Liam does Hades another favor by tearing his story from the book. However, when he’s caught red-handed, sacrificing himself after revealing the truth to Killian and the crew gives him the chance to finally move on.
Review | Analysis: Once again, the series beautifully magnified the significance of forgiveness and true heroism reminding its viewers that the honorable road is the honest one. As human beings, desperate times call for desperate measures, but the secrets that are kept and the inability to forgive ourselves can haunt in unbelievable ways. A hero isn’t someone who’s free of all sin, but rather the person who’s learned from their mistakes. “The Brothers Jones” reminded viewers of the fact that there’s a clear difference between selfishness and self-love, one dooms us, while the other frees us. And most importantly, a hero is someone who lends a hand. Once Upon A Time has continuously illuminated the idea that selflessness will lead to a far better future than constant greed.
“Sympathy for the de Vil” | Once Upon A Time
Sadly there’s no sympathy for the de Vil.
Somewhere in London Long Ago: (Perhaps during the summer of 1922?) Did anyone else go into full-blown fangirl mode at the The Great Gatsby references throughout the episode? (disclaimer: we don’t actually mean literally) A place called Murray’s like Gatsby’s mansion. And the 1920s fashion followed by choosing security over love. A young Cruella’s life mirrors Rapunzel’s except she hasn’t been taken from loving parents – she’s the one who’s eliminated parental figures from the picture. After being locked away in the attic for years, on a “date night” with Isaac the author she tells him the story of how her mother murdered her father, but the reality is, she’s the one who’s done so. Sympathizing with the tragic life she’s endured, Isaac gives her the ability to communicate with every single animal she desires and she later uses her newfound gift to turn her mother’s dogs on her thereby murdering her. When he later finds her sewing a coat out of the Dalmatians’ fur, he writes her an ending that takes away her ability to ever harm another.
Present Day Storybrooke: Just as Regina’s getting ready to leave for New York in order to save Robin from her sister, she and Emma receive news that Henry’s been kidnapped by Cruella. And if the two mothers don’t kill the author, Henry dies. However, what the Charming family doesn’t know is that Cruella cannot actually harm anyone, but before they can tell Emma about what the author’s told them, she’s already killed Cruella for threatening Henry.
Tonight’s episode accurately reminded us of the fact that the series has one of the most brilliant ensemble casts and guest stars on television. The amount of exceptional performances were stunning and the excellent plot twist was very well written indeed. The only flaw is that we’re now left with tons of new questions we may or may not get answers to – i.e.: how on earth did Cruella end up in the Enchanted Forest?