Coming Tonight: Once Upon a Time 4×13
CAUTION: spoilage, peeking, and speculation
“Unforgiven” – David and Mary Margaret suspect Cruella and Ursula have come to Storybrooke looking for something more than their own happy endings – something that threatens to reveal a secret they thought was long buried. Emma begins her own investigation of Cruella and Ursula, but she can’t shake the feeling that her friends and family are keeping something from her. Regina and Henry continue their search for the Author, turning to Pinocchio and Marco in the hope Pinocchio might remember a clue that will help them. Meanwhile, in a flashback to Fairy Tale Land, Snow and Charming cross paths with the Queens of Darkness as the threat of the Evil Queen’s Dark Curse hangs over all of them, written by Andrew Chambliss and Kalinda Vazquez and directed by Adam Horowitz.
Here’s the ABC promo that aired after “Darkness on the Edge of Town”:
Once again we got four sneak peeks of the upcoming episode. This will taper off in an episode or two like it did last fall, but it’s fun while it lasts. In the first, David and Mary Margaret discuss the implications of illegal search and seisure.
In the Enchanted Forest of the Past, Snow and Charming return to the castle to find everyone asleep on on the job.
Hook brings Emma lunch hot off the grill and Emma grills Hook.
Maleficent looms over a baby and teases a terrible truth. It’s her thing.
Producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis teased that two big secrets would be revealed in this episode. From the sneak peeks, we can be pretty sure they have to do with whatever the Charmings did to Maleficent and the secret about Ursula that Kilian’s keeping from Emma.
I’ll take an educated guess based on Ursula’s raison d’être in The Little Mermaid. Hook made a deal with Ursula whose subject was Milah, Rumplestiltskin’s wife. It won’t make his past much darker, but it will increase the enmity between our favorite nemeses.
For the Charming mystery I’ll just shoot an arrow in the dark. I imagine they tricked the stone in her staff away from her to use against Regina or the dark curse, perhaps even for the scheme to protect baby Emma. At the very least it helps explain the crystal globe’s inconsistent appearance in flashbacks. Again, it’s not an action so terrible or unjustifiable that it ruins them as heroic characters. But it’s bad. And, especially if it could have protected the Queens of Darkness in a similar way, it creates a reasonable enmity.
They’ve also continued a a useful visual technique from the first half of the season. With Snow White in particular, clothing is color coded. Check it out.
Here she is plotting to get rid of some bad, but maybe not as bad as her, elements.
And here she is in mom mode, wanting nothing more than to protect her child.
What we really want to explore is if you’ve done a bad thing, can you come back from it? Can you become the person you want to be even if you didn’t start out that way? And vice versa? What makes a hero and what makes a villain is a point of view. – Kitsis