Jeff’s heard of someone who can do what Regina wants. He says homeboy’s a wizard or sorts and, conveniently, Jeffereson can get him here. Jeff’s price – because there’s ALWAYS a price, aren’t there ever any half-off or buy-one-get-one free sales in this realm? – is a royal passport. This would give him free reign throughout the kingdom. We know this will come back to bite him in the ass. Jefferson says if this dude cant bring someone back from the dead….NO.ONE.CAN. Cue more stock ominous music…
Back to Fairy Land, but present day Fairy Land. Hook’s lurked around camp before, because Mulan says she met him a few months ago. He told her at the time he lost his hand in an ogre attack. So, according to him, he’s survived two ogre attacks. Emma’s not buying this horseshit for one second. Just look at her frowny face. She means business.
Mulan: Didn’t your mother ever tell you your face would freeze like that? Oh wait, your mother shipped you off to another land. Alone. And now you’re the same age and she wants to “talk.” Sorry…too soon?
Emma, in an attempt to threaten one of fairy tale’s ultimate badasses, says she’s “pretty good” at knowing when someone is lying to her. Minus the multiple times Rumparoni-and-cheese tricked her to do his bidding. And minus the time Cora pretended to be Lancelot. But yeah, you’re a real human bullshit detector.
Hook swears he’s telling the truth. Snow, on the other hand, trusts too easily and starts running her mouth about Storybrooke, husbands, and grandsons. Emma may not be the greatest bullshit detector but follow your daughter’s lead and STFU. Aurora also wants to trust Hook and seems slightly smitten with him. She certainly got over Philip quickly. I have a feeling she’s going to pull some dumb stunt to help poor old Hook and end up screwing them all in the near future. But for now, Emma pulls a knife and says he best tell them who he really is.
“Once” lovers, as far as I’m concerned, Regina is the bomb-dot-com, and I find her exploits (as well as Rump’s) to be far more interesting than the gals over in fairy tale land, even with the introduction of Hook and return of Cora.
Thankfully, we return to her Storybrooke subplot in the next scene. Regina shows up in a basement of questionable sterility looking looking for Whale. This is neatly juxtaposed with a flashback of the two meeting for the first time. Jefferson warns her majesty to be cautious. This guy, who tells Regina to call him Doctor, is not dangerous. However, he’s “never been” to a “world like this”, and therefore he’s unfamiliar with their ways and magic. Doctor needs a strong heart and has searched all over his realm for one to withstand the shock of his procedures. He’s heard there are magic hearts here.
Sooo at this point in the episode are we all in agreement it became obvious the doc is Victor Frankenstein? Regina tells the doctor she wont use magic for evil, and ripping hearts out of unassuming people is, in fact, considered evil. Who knew? Because she is now about 2/3 asshole, she says she can get a heart. She’s not ready to do the dirty work herself, but it’s okay if someone else already did it for you.