Emma Goes Full Derp Face When Lancelot Shows Up In Once Upon A Time
Much like a chicken with his head recently removed, Charming is still running around trying to figure out how to get Emma and Snow back from what is left of Fairy Tale. Luckily, he has the assistance of his grandson, Henry. The little guy has no qualms with manipulating his adoptive mom’s new-found desire to be a mother worthy of his love to obtain some of Regina’s secrets for Operation Scorpion (or Viper). In the course of their misadventures, Jefferson refuses to help them and Henry gives an anti-adoption speech thinly veiled as a reason for Jefferson to go see his daughter. Really, there was no reason he shouldn’t be finding her, I think it was just an excuse to make another hit against giving up kids.
Luckily, Fairy Tale has given us a new prince to look up to this week. Lancelot, and old friend of Snow White’s, is an agent of Charming’s faux-father-king’s gone good.
After taking down an ogre single-handedly, Snow gives Emma a mom talk on why guns aren’t the weapon of choice in Fairy Tale. And Mulan still fails to do any fighting. Then Emma gives Aurora her 2nd season leather coat (black this time around!), to help with the cold, even though the princess tried to kill Snow for supposedly murdering Phillip. And we all sighed in jealousy.
Snow White, Mulan, Emma, and now Aurora continue on a search for the wardrobe that sent Emma and Pinocchio to Maine. They find it however Cora arrives in the form of Lancelot to try and send herself back to Maine instead.
In the Fairy Tale past, King George captures Snow White and tricks her into drinking a potion that makes her infertile. By trick, I mean has his mercenary Lancelot hand her a goblet, which she immediately drinks from. While I groaned out loud at the lamenting that the saddest fate he could bestow upon the woman that ruined all of his plans was a life without bearing a child, I understand this can be a sad fate for someone that wants that more than anything. Unfortunately, up to this point the show has not provided any proof in Snow’s character that this was her drive.
In a sad Charming note, his mother got shot with a poisoned arrow during an enemy raid by King George’s troops on the cottage where she was hidden. The archery nerd in me, however, would like to point out that she was shot with a target arrow, not a combat arrow. Could this be a sign that the King’s armies are poorly equipped? Nah, I think it’s just sloppy research.
The script continues with the family-pushing when Charming’s mom gives Snow a talk on how her son’s only wanted a wife and son for his entire life. It’s great to want to find true love, but I thought this was the Fairy Tale universe, not the medieval ages. I guess it’s telling that Rumpelstiltskin’s main business seems to be in children. Most characters seems to define themselves by whether or not they have, or can produce, a family.
Lancelot, Charming, and Snow’s plan was to return to the magical lake where Charming was sent by his betrothed in season 1 to cure mummy. Unfortunately, Charming stabbed the moistened bint that kept the lake flowing. Lancelot finds a single shell full of water from the lake (couldn’t have been rain water), kneels, says a thanks for the heavens, everyone swoons, and Charming’s mom insists that Snow takes the water to heal her afflicted womb. Snow finally convince mum to drink the water, but it’s not magic. She still dies. But not before Lancelot marries Charming and Snow White over her death bed. If only I were a bridesmaid that that wedding, Lancelot.
At the end of the episode, Charming’s mom’s necklace foretells that Snow White will have a child after all. Snow avoids telling Charming that it’s not going to be a boy (because what could be worse), and Charming gives us another pep talk on taking back the kingdom. It comes out when Charming walks away that Lancelot switched the water at Ruth’s (mom’s) request, and now she died so that Snow could have a child. Big smile. There was much rejoicing.
In Fairy Tale present, Lancelot was cut down by Cora. Mulan, Aurora, and Snow band together (with Emma) to protect what is left of the kingdom, while at the same time forming the most kick ass triumvirate ever. In perhaps the only pro-adoption moment of the show, Emma forgive her princess mom for giving her up, because she now sees that it was to keep her safe. Cora pops out of a shadow later to grab some of the magic tree’s ashes. Mysterious.
The episode ends with a tearful reunion of Jefferson and his daughter Grace, and great grandpa King George creeping on Henry & Charming.
Editor’s Note: There was no room for these images above SO ENJOY DERP FACE EMMA PLEASE.