Once Upon a Time Recap and Review: “One Little Tear”
In this week’s episode, we don’t get to see Henry and Regina, who are my personal favorite characters, but instead we go more into the real Rapunzel’s story, or should I say, Victoria Belfrey’s story.
We meet Rapunzel as she tries to steal from Mother Gothel’s garden; she’s desperate to provide for her children and her sick husband and therefore strikes a deal without knowing what she was agreeing to. Mother Gothel ensures that her family is well off and taken care off and in return, Rapunzel gets trapped in the tower.
First, we’re tricked into thinking that Drizella and Anastasia are Rapunzel’s children because she yells out their names while she’s stuck in the tower. Then it’s revealed that Rapunzel and Victoria are the same person which becomes the biggest shock of the season thus far (Sidenote: I’ll be referring to her as Victoria from this point forward). We also find out that she’s stuck in the tower for 6 years and her husband, Marcus, has remarried Cinderella’s mom after Victoria disappeared.
Back in Hyperion Heights, Weaver and Victoria make a deal; he helps her out of prison and she says that she says that she’ll tell him all she knows about The Guardian, which is someone we still don’t know much about yet. What we do know however is that Weaver is looking for him/her so that he can get back to Belle.
The Guardian is gradually becoming the mystery of the season and I hope that the Guardian will be someone we’ve already met because I think that would be an interesting twist. Maybe it could be someone who we’ve already met who doesn’t know they’re the Guardian, the same way that Emma was the Savior but never knew until Henry got her to believe it.
Later in the episode, we finally find out what happened to Anastasia: she and Cinderella fall through the ice and Marcus is only able to save one. Then Victoria goes back to Mother Gothel and gets her last breath is saved by Mother Gothel with Victoria trapping her in the tower in return. In the real world though, Anastasia is in a coma and is strangely still a child.
Back in the real world, Victoria then finds Lucy and tells her that Henry’s book is real, but that she doesn’t know the whole story and proceeds to tell her the real story; her story. She then convinces Lucy that they are the same because she’s done everything right but hasn’t been able to get her happy ending. Then she gets her to stop believing in happy endings by showing a video of Jacinda and Nick kissing, which happened earlier in the episode.
This got Lucy to shed one little tear with which Victoria uses in order to wake up Anastasia. After Victoria breaks her heart and shatters her belief, Lucy runs off and Weaver enlists the help of Rogers to try to find her but she just walks home crying but collapses when she gets home as Anastasia awakens. Which is where the episode ends.
Overall, the Guardian seems to be gradually becoming the mystery of the season and I hope that he/she will be someone we’ve already met because it would make for a much more interesting twist. Maybe it could be someone who we’ve already met who doesn’t know they’re the Guardian, the same way that Emma was the Savior but never knew until Henry got her to believe it.
I think that the writers are going to eventually redeem Victoria’s character, especially after seeing her good side and we see that change when she decides to use a poisonous mushroom on Cinderella’s mother. I don’t think the writers would write her story out the way they did if they didn’t intend on redeeming her later on. But I also think that it’ll will happen slowly and gradually much like Regina’s which took years before it was completely developed. But like Regina says: evil isn’t born, it’s made.
Samantha Nguyen covers entertainment news for MFST. You can follow her on Twitter @sngyenthai
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