Network Blurb: While Dr. Whale treats the outsider, the townspeople decide what to do with the man who may know Storybrooke’s secret. Meanwhile, Cora meets with her daughter and Gold tries to meet with Belle. In another world, Victor tries to convince his father Alphonse that he can bring back the dead.
My Recap: This is what we have been dreading, the outside world treading on land of Storybrooke. Yet, that was not the focus of the episode. That was on Dr. Whale and why he was struggling so much with his life in Storybrooke. We actually ended up seeing what is making Dr. Whale tick and that a lot of emotional baggage stemming from his Dr. Frankenstein days. We see that Viktor was not the favorite of his father. His father was a man that considered the work that Viktor was conducting to be not of any importance. The only support he got was from his much beloved brother, Gerhardt, who was in the military. When Gerhardt dies after catching Viktor attempt grave robbing, Vicktor uses his brother as a test subject. However, Gerhardt does not come to life so easily, until Viktor gets a heart with the help of the Mad Hatter and Regina. This abomination is brought back to life, but is not accepted by their father. The father dies by Gerhardt’s hands and when Viktor decides to kill his monster, he cannot. He vows to save his brother. There are two questions about this continual origin story: 1. Where is Gerhardt and 2. Henry is right. Frankenstein is not a fairy tale and if Rumple can reach out to stories outside of fairy tales, than who know what or who will be showing up in town? Mind you, does anyone remember Lancelot? The best bit of Whale’s arc in this episode was him making a connection with Ruby.There’s a romance there.
Btw, this all started because someone from the outside world is in Storybrooke and after Whale patched him up, the stranger told Emma that he was texting while he was driving and therefore saw nothing. This was a lie of course. He called his someone he cared about and said that he/she would not believe what he saw. Now we have to wonder who else is coming to Storybrooke and what trouble they will bring.
One of the saddest parts of the episode revolved around Gold and Belle. Gold tried to fix Belle, but she was not having it. Even after he brought the charmed “chip” to her, but she was too scared of the man she had no recollection of. Feeling lost, he decides that he should spend all his time looking for his son. So, he decides to go to Emma and call in his favor. Now, these two are off on the hunt.
Yes, Cora and Regina were in the episode, but we knew Cora was going to get in Regina’s good graces the only way she could and that was to promise to help her get back Henry…
Overall, a decent set-up to what we believe will be an action packed race to May sweeps.
Synopsis of S2:Ep.13 – Tiny: While Gold, Emma, and Henry leave Storybrooke to find Bae, Anton the Giant goes on a rampage and Greg asks Belle what happened to him on the night of the accident. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world Anton climbs down to meet humans, only to discover that they’re not all as friendly as Emma.