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Once Upon a Time “Family Business” Previews and Predictions

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Coming Tonight: Once Upon a Time 4×06

CAUTION: sneak peeks, spoilers, and speculations

“Family Business”The race is on to track down the elusive Snow Queen, who was once a foster mother to a young Emma – whose memories of this event have been erased – in order to discover what her ultimate end game is for Elsa and the residents of Storybrooke, and unaware that she does not possess the real blade that controls The Dark One, Belle attempts to use it to get her reluctant husband to show her where the Snow Queen is hiding. Meanwhile, back in the past, Belle travels to Arendelle and, with Anna’s help, seeks out Grand Pabbie to help her regain her lost memories in order to discover the fate of her mother, written by Kalinda Vazquez & Andrew Chambliss and directed by Mario Van Peebles.

Here’s the promo that aired after last week’s episode:

Two sneak peeks leaked this week.  Okay, not leaked so much as were released to select news sites and propagated therefrom.  But that sentence is really fun to say.

In the first Anna and Elsa reunite.  The younger sister dares to dissemble while the elder evinces exceptional control.  And the Snow Queen introduces herself.

In the second, something in her past compels Belle to control Rumplestiltskin with the Dark One Dagger wavy knife.

Ouch. Anna lies to Elsa.  Belle betrays Rumple.  Family business indeed.  When I first read the title, I think I expected something about Henry’s apprenticeship.  But apparently they’re going for deeper meanings.

We always suspected that the trouble in  paradise would come from Gold swapping the dagger in and out of Belle’s bag, murdering ancient guardians, and generally getting up to his old tricks, so this comes as something of a shock.  Belle’s betrayal of trust is as bad as it gets.   It does, however, have all the earmarks of classic Once.  A familial mistake in the past leads to greater mistakes in the future.  In this case, a ship sinks.  It’s hard to feel bad for Rumplestiltskin, but we do, if only a little.

What happened with her mother that could drive her to this?  Or is it symptomatic of the Snow Queen’s completed mirror?  As we’ve mentioned, everyone’s getting a little darker; with the ironic exception of Regina.  Check out Belle’s black ensemble complete with dagger print scarf.

So we’ve got Belle and her mother.  Belle and her husband.  The sisters in Arendelle and their unexplained relationship to the Snow Queen.  And Emma’s forgotten relationship to “Sarah Fisher.”

All of these relationships are poisoned by deception.  Look for someone, or several someones, to learn something they’ll regret knowing.  Look for some secrets to be worth keeping.

The mirror theme should continue, even if it’s just one tucked somewhere unobtrusive.  This pretty much counts as a double date for Emma and Regina!  Does the Snow Queen live in that creepy ice cream truck?

CICT

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