Jan 7 2013 10:36am

Once Upon a Time Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil

Snow White and Prince Charming in Once Upon a Time 2.10**********SPOILERS**********

(Need to catch up? Don't miss H&H's recaps of episode 2.04episode 2.05episode 2.06episode 2.07episode 2.08, and episode 2.09.)

This episode had a ton of ground to cover, just to bridge the gap between Snow and Emma's return, and Hook and Cora's sailing to Storybrooke. It started off really slow and sadly boringly sentimental, but picked up some steam on the back end. I'm still not convinced the show isn't going to rely on the same old sappy tricks to keep us hooked (get it, HOOKED? Ahem).


Granny has a welcome home party for Emma and Snow. Regina shows up and Grumpy gets even grumpier. Snow and Emma argue about why Regina is even there, and Emma says she wants her there. No one will talk to Regina, so she leaves, all sad. Emma comes out after her and tries to be nice, but fails miserably. She blabs that Archie has told her how well Regina is doing with the cold turkey quitting of magic. Regina storms off.

Regina and Archie in Once Upon a Time 2.10, The Cricket GameRegina confronts Archie on the pier for spilling her secrets to Emma. She tells him he's lucky she's changed.

Cora kills Archie and frames Regina for it by masquerading as her and “doing the deed.” Archie’s dog Pongo clues us in that the Regina we see is not really Regina.

Regina is called into the police station and questioned. She is surprised and saddened by the murder and maintains her innocence.

We see a flashback of the Evil Queen (EQ, otherwise known as Regina) being captured by Snow and Prince Charming (PC) after a silly but detailed game of cat and mouse. The Fairytale Land council decides she should be executed, with Prince Charming completely on board. Snow, however, is not convinced. But the execution goes forward and even our old pal Rumpelstiltskin shows up. Regina's last words are venom filled and the Prince calls for the archers. At the last minute Snow stops the execution and sends EQ back to her cell.

Later that night, she walks in the courtyard and who should show up??? Rumpelstiltskin, in all his chittering maniacal finery—ye gods I have missed this character! Between giggles and prancing about, he convinces Snow that he can fashion a test to see if the Queen is redeemable. He conducts the test and finds out apparently she isn't, at which point she is banished to the farthest reaches of Fairytale Land. In addition, Rumpelstiltskin has also fashioned a curse so that she may never harm Snow or PC in Fairytale Land again. Ever ever.

Emma, Snow and PC decide Archie’s house is yielding too much easy evidence so they deduce that Gold must have actually killed him and framed Regina. (sigh, predictable much?)

They pounce on Gold and accuse him, but he proves his innocence and suggests they ask Pongo who killed his owner. Gold uses a dreamcatcher, some memories and Emma’s magic to show them just what Pongo saw! Pongo see Regina, Regina kill Archie...Pongo sad...

Emma and Snow and the Prince go to Regina’s home to arrest her. Emma and Regina have a magic bitchslap fest that ends in Emma getting hurled across the front yard. Emma retaliates by throwing Henry in her face, telling her she will never see him again and that she ISN'T his mother. Regina splits in a cloud of blue smoke.

Captain Hook in Once Upon a Time 2.10Cora tells Hook she's ruined Regina and also left him a little surprise in the ship's cargo hold. They go look, and guess who it is?? Yup, ARCHIE!! I mean come on, who would kill Jimminy Cricket anyway? Cora tells Hook he knows all of Gold's secrets and it's time to make this Cricket sing.


Snow and PC are in bed having an intimate moment (it seems the bed is in the living room at Snow's house) and Henry and Emma walk in on them. Emma is aghast. It's a really corny useless moment.

There were numerous scenes of the vigilante group made up of Emma, Snow and PC going from one suspect to another, completely half-cocked and full of accusations. It was truly ridiculous.

In a missing plot hole flashback Rumpelstiltskin goes to the angry banished EQ and reminds her that she cannot hurt anyone in Fairytale Land, but in other lands...all bets are off. He has to repeat it three times before she gets it. When she finally does, he disappears in a cloud of red smoke.

Cora in Once Upon a Time Season 2 episode 10In general, I found this episode a bit repetitive and silly. I did enjoy the reappearance of Rumpelstiltskin in all his glory. Hook seems like an ineffectual sycophant, with all his bowing and scraping after Cora. I don't find Cora very threatening, I would like to see her jump off the edge a bit more.

So tell me, what did you think? And what do you want to see in the rest of this Season?



Synde Korman talks music and books on her website Tombstone Tails, along with creating a line of literary jewelry on her etsy site Cemetery Cat Designs.

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Darlene Marshall
1. DarleneMarshall
I am so over this show, except that I still have much fondness for Regina and Rumples. Those two kids are so much cooler than everybody else, they are a delight to watch in action. I'm not sure if it--or I--will last through another season, but I'll watch for those two.
2. wsl0612
I feel so sorry for Regina. It really irks me that Gold/Rumplestiltskin has been just as evil (in fact I think more so!) and yet they believe Emma can do magic with the whole dreamcatcher thing? I mean given Gold's history wouldn't you be more inclined to believe that he had the ability to "program" the dreamcatcher? These writers need some re-education on how to write good plots!
Jimmy Mackey
3. Jimmy Mackey
Emma has changed a lot now that she’s not so suspicious and she takes Henry’s side of things now that he was right about Fairy Tale Land. That of course made their bond even stronger, which upset Regina now that she has basically lost him. We are all being set up to feel sorry for Regina, until she does her next dastardly deed. I watch the show with my DISH coworker’s family each week, but Sunday just isn’t a good day to watch. We have missed episodes in the past because my timer on my DVR didn’t record OUAT, but now we never miss a show with my DISH Hopper DVR. The PrimeTime Anytime feature automatically records the primetime shows each night on the four major networks, so I don’t worry about missing my shows. That is a peace of mind that I can’t put a price on.
Val Pearson
4. lastnerve
I accidently found this series while I was looking for something to watch on Netflix. I love love love the show but thought the season ending could have been so much better. I was left thinking "What?" I love this show though and the characters are amazing.
Jimmy Mackey
5. AR
I agree with wsl0612 completely! I thought it was so ridiculous how they just believed that Emma had used her magic to see the real truth. Gold suggested they "question" Pongo, Gold produced the dreamcatcher, Gold used the dreamcatcher on Pongo, and Gold suggested Emma be the one to "read" the memories. Obviously it would have been very easy for him to make them see whatever he wanted.

I actually thought the flaskback scenes were very boring this episode. They used to be my favorite part, but for the most part I feel like we've already learned most of what we need from the flashbacks. Now they just seem repetitive to me. The previews for next week make it look like the episode features a lot of Gold and Hook so hopefully I'll enjoy that one better.
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