Once Upon a Time Recap & Review: “Sisterhood”
On Friday night’s episode of Once Upon a Time, Ivy gets help from Dr. Facilier to find her sister and return to the enchanted realm, Henry finds friends in his old fairy tale friends, Nick and Rogers, and the witch killer is finally revealed.
Lucy and Regina initiate a plan they call, “Operation: Bromance”, after they realized that they’re frustrated with the fact that they have to keep Jacinda and Henry away from each other. Basically their plan is to bring Henry together with some of his forgotten buddies, Nick (AKA his best friend Jack from the past and Lucy’s cursed dad) and Detective Rogers.
Lucy gets them all to meet at a bar while Jacinda goes out to dinner with Sabine. But as fate may have it, the restaurant that Jacinda and Sabine go to is right next door to the bar and Jacinda walks in to the bar while she’s waiting for their table. Jacinda and Henry talk and they decide to test whether or not all of Lucy’s talk of them being meant to be together by having Henry toss a coin backwards into a beer jug (which seemed like an impossible feat). But before the coin is able to land in the cup, the bartender pulls it away. But before it’s away, it was just about to land in the cup. Plus at the end of the episode, Jacinda throws the coin backwards in her apartment and it landed in a cup.
So it looks like the writers are toying with the idea of fate, as they’ve always done, and it just proves that Jacinda and Henry are clearly each other’s true loves. But of course, we already know that. But now Jacinda and Henry believe that too. Which is pretty intense considering that they haven’t even officially dated in this cursed world, even though they got married and had Lucy before the curse. But because of the curse, they obviously don’t know that.
Meanwhile, Ivy is searching for her sister, Anastasia, who’s either run away or been kidnapped by Gothel, it wasn’t completely clear to me which one it was. She seeks the help of Regina, who doesn’t really help her all that much considering Ivy cast this curse, there’s no magic she can use to help her, and poisoned her son’s heart. She then meets Dr. Facilier, who offers his help and eventually leads her to her sister. As soon as they find her, Mother Gothel shows up and tries to manipulate Anastasia into killing Ivy.
Ivy eventually talks her out of it but Dr. Facilier still ends up getting what he wanted after all: which is just a bit of Anastasia’s magic. But before then, Regina and Weaver look for her Anastasia as well and only end up finding her after the almost-disaster with Mother Gothel is averted.
After Gothel and Dr. Facilier flee the scene amidst the drama, Ivy and Anastasia use Ivy’s magic bean to return to the enchanted realm, surprisingly with Regina’s blessing. Later Regina confronts Dr. Facilier to find out his intentions from helping out Ivy. It turns out he did it for her, so that she’d have a little magic to help break this curse and saving Henry.
At the end of the episode, we see Henry, Nick, and Rogers still at the bar, still talking about how Henry and Jacinda because clearly, everyone can see that those two belong together, cursed or not. But they also talk briefly about the ongoing investigation of the witch killer as Nick is leaving the bar. After he leaves, we follow him to his car where he opens his trunk to reveal chocolate boxes, which is the tell-tell sign that he’s the killer (note: the witch killer sends the victims a very specific chocolate box before they’re killed).
So overall, I’m glad that Ivy and Ana made up but it also lead them to just leave the mess Ivy started, AKA the curse. It’s pretty irresponsible of Ivy but if this means anything, it’s that Ivy is at least partially redeemed but doesn’t have the motivation to follow through with fixing her mistake.
The witch killer discovery was shocking but, it was partly spoiled about a minute before it was somewhat officially revealed because Nick literally says something along the lines of, “the killer might be closer than you think” to Rogers. As for the nice Dr. Facilier twist, it was a sweet gesture to Regina but I definitely still don’t trust him because he’s still after Rumple’s dagger, for reasons we still don’t know.
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