In the town of Storybrooke, David Nolan is officially discharged and receives a welcome home party with many people from the town attending. Noticeably missing, as noted by David himself, is Mary Margaret. Henry tells Emma that they need to get David and Mary Margaret together again, recalling that their first encounter cause David to wake from his coma. Henry also speculates that since David has amnesia, he isn’t currently affected by the curse. Thus, this would be the prime opportunity to jog his fairytale memory.
David continues to pursue Mary Margaret, but Emma warns her against reciprocating the actions. David finally decides to leave Kathryn and plans to meet Mary Margaret. On the way, he gets lost and runs into the mayor. Of course he does. She gives him directions, which actually lead him to Mr. Gold’s pawnshop. Of course she does. At the shop, he spots a small windmill that jogs his memory. He breaks Mary Margaret’s heart and returns to Abigail.
A small side story has Emma patrolling while Sheriff Graham is “volunteering.” She spots someone climbing out of the window of the mayor’s home. Confronting the man, it turns out to be Sheriff Graham. He’s totally busted for hooking up with the mayor. Emma is disgusted, especially since Henry is basically right there.
Meanwhile we learn the juicy details of Charming’s backstory in Fairytale Land. The big shocker…THERE ARE TWO PRINCE CHARMINGS! Well, they’re twins. And we only find the other one after the first one is dead. The king and queen couldn’t have a child, so one of the twins became their prince. The other, the one we know, was raised a peasant. After the real Prince Charming is killed, the king enlists the peasant Prince Charming to kill a dragon for King Midas who will then help their kingdom out of financial ruin. Yes, it sounds complicated. But it is actually really cool how the writers are developing this fairytale world where all of these stories can take place harmoniously. Also, who is really the one behind all of the wheeling and dealing? Rumpelstiltskin. Because he has a hold on every single person’s life.
Charming defeats the dragon, which leads to King Midas’ other stipulation. He must marry his daughter Abigail. Charming’s king threatens to kill his mother and destroy his farm if he does not comply. Thus, after bidding his mother farewell, he accepts King Midas’ request. Abigail doesn’t really show an interest, and she actually seems to be rather perturbed by her father as well.
We see Charming and Abigail riding in their carriage through the woods with Snow waiting to ambush…just where we picked up in her backstory episode! I love the sense of it coming full circle!
Another thrilling episode! I must say, I wasn’t expecting the twin storyline at all. But it does leave room for more development and further backstory. (As well as some baggage that may certainly pop up again…I mean, do you expect a mother to stay away forever?) I’m also glad to now know why Charming was with that bratty woman in the first place. I don’t so much mind Kathryn in Storybrooke, but Abigail in Fairytale Land just bothers me. A lot. Also, is it just me or does David Anders seem to pop up everywhere? As Dr. Wales, I’m very curious of a) his interest in Mary Margaret, b) his fairytale counterpart, and c) if he’s good or bad. I get a weird vibe from him.
It was interesting to see the camera linger on the wooden dolls of Geppetto’s parents again. Will they be significant later on or did they simply serve to set the scene? Also, I definitely chuckled when Mr. Gold said “charming” to David, and then clarified he was talking about the mobile. Sure he was, sure he was.
Next week someone gets a little too close to figuring out their link to Fairytale Land, and it may cost them their life. And maybe we finally discover Sheriff Graham’s fairytale counterpart. (The promo insinuates the Queen’s Huntsman or the Big Bad Wolf…I’m leaning towards the Huntsman.)
Let’s hear your thought! How did you like Charming’s backstory? Was the twin revelation an interesting twist or not so much? And who do you think is in trouble next week? Leave a comment!