Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
And the Jabberwocky. Interesting portrayal. Instead of a wild, vicious, reptilian, flying beast, somewhat like a dragon, in Tim Burton’s version of Wonderland, the Once writers went a different way. It’s a human-like creature, but with a very specific, very dangerous power. She (oh, and it’s a “she”) can get into a person’s mind and discover their deepest fears, and then subject them to reliving bad memories and circumstances to make them feel as if they are living out that fear. Once she has them psychologically bent to her will, she kills them. And, the Vorpal Sword makes an appearance as well, as the only weapon with which the Jabberwocky can be contained.
Jafar kills the guard to enter the tower of the Jabberwocky’s prison, and he retrieves the Vorpal Sword, just in case, and convinces the Jabberwocky to help him find the third genie. Of course, Jafar will do anything to get the third genie, but considering the extensive warnings and entreaties not to release the Jabberwocky, I don’t expect this pairing to end very well. The Jabberwocky looks innocent enough, but one trill of her seductive, eerie laugh, and I think you’ll agree that she is not anything anybody ought to trifle with.
The Knave is getting used to his new powers, and it’s going pretty well so far with his new master, so he’s sort of wondering why it’s so hard being a genie. However, having a girl with unrequited feelings for a master puts him in a difficult position. Though he explains that he isn’t able to make anybody fall in love, she accidentally wishes it, for him to feel something for her, and that’s close enough to set the magic in motion that causes her death for wishing something the genie cannot grant. The Knave begs her to take it back, but she won’t, or can’t, and she dies.
Cyrus and Alice are with the Red Queen, searching for the Knave, but some of the locals kidnap the queen and are set on feeding her to the beasts that she allowed to run rampant across their lands instead of offering them protection. Cyrus wants to be the bigger person, though Alice is reluctant, and they go after the queen to find out what happened to her.
Instead of rescuing her, they wind up tied to stakes right next to her. They manage to escape the beasts, but Alice has to sacrifice the jewel pendant that told her when Cyrus was nearby to do so. They also manage to find the town and the genie’s bottle, but the Queen found it first and binds the Knave to grant her wishes instead of handing the bottle over to Cyrus and Alice who would have, no doubt, only tried to free the Knave and keep the bottle from Jafar.
This could get tricky. I’m curious as to what the queen’s plans are for her wishes. Perhaps she’ll be the hero that rids Wonderland of Jafar? If nothing else, perhaps she’ll at least confine the Jabberwocky again to its tower where it belongs. We have also learned that Cyrus’s two brothers are the other two genies that Jafar has already found, and now it makes sense why he still wants to pursue Jafar and the other genies even though he is no longer one himself.
The hospital is all in a tizzy because of the new no-tolerance policy for intraoffice relationships, though many of them are excused because they’re married. Unfair advantage? Maybe.
We learn that it was actually Murphy, not Stephanie, who submitted the “anonymous” complaint that led to the new policy. I suppose I should have known, but it did look like Stephanie might have done it – she was pretty broken up after Jackson took off. Plus, Jo was hounding her with accusations, so it was a reasonable suspicion.
Jo and Alex fake a break-up to pretend like they’re complying with the new policy, and Jackson and April aren’t sure they’re ready to explain that they got married before the new policy was instated so they technically weren’t trying to escape it. Ross is trying to get back in the swing of things, and Ben is trying to adjust to being a resident with his new peers, who are so much younger than him.
Cristina leaves Meredith to congratulate Owen on moving in with his girlfriend, having stolen a bottle of wine from Derek and Meredith’s, but of course, there’s no way they can keep it platonic. They open the bottle, which leads to hand-holding, lingering glances, and a make-out which couldn’t have led anywhere else but sex.
A little awkward at the hospital the next day, but it’s ok. One night with his ex-wife and Owen is ready to throw the new girlfriend to the curb. He does it nicely, but she’s pretty hurt.
I’m thrilled, though. Owen and Cristina belong together, no matter what logic or the conventional wisdom of “wanting the same things” has to say. They were both broken in different ways at different times in their relationship, and they both fixed each other, together. That’s not nothing. That’s not a fluke.
My biggest concern? Burke is coming back. I get it. Sandra Oh is leaving the series, so it makes sense to bring back one of the biggest pieces of her life and career to have her face it again – and maybe get some closure this time – but that was a big wound. Who knows what sort of drama that sort of thing might bring to the surface again? I hope it doesn’t wreck anything between her and Owen. Those guys are my superheroes.
Semi-random sidenote: How awesome does Ellen Pompeo look with her hair blonder!? She looks ah-mahzing, and not gonna lie, about five years younger. Love it!
Sally is still haunted by images of the night she killed her husband, and frankly, someone with a conscience like that won’t be able to keep lying much longer. A guilty conscience is an incredibly difficult thing to combat, especially when you’re under the pressure of an impending election, in which you’re running against your former running mate and current boss.
Olivia and Fitz get into a huge fight over Jake, and she’s swearing him off again. Like that’s gonna last. I still like Jake better, but I think I know Liv well enough by now to know that she is not just going to let Fitz go over a little jealousy.
The Mellie drama heats up with the new VP candidate. TOTALLY didn’t recognize that Jon Tenney was the one playing him! (I feel pretty foolish because he was one of those first kid crushes I had when I saw him in Fools Rush In WAY back when. I loved Matthew Perry already, but I liked the snarky, funny way he had about him in that movie.) It turns out, Andrew saved Mellie’s life years back. Literally.
Mellie OD’d on pills and Andrew walked in just in time to find her, stick his fingers down her throat, and make her puke up the pills before they got into her system and did too much damage. She explained why she did it, and now Andrew was privy to a pair of secrets not even her husband knew. The attraction on his side never died down, and though Mellie has no intention of cheating on Fitz at first, it’s pretty hard to resist a guy who knows you like that and who saved your life, whether you wanted him to or not. Plus, it’s hard to resist Jon Tenney. Ok, maybe that kid crush never completely went away…
Harrison is in bigger trouble now than before, as his ex wants more than just a reunion. She has some cash to unload to unsavory people or for unsavory purposes, and she wants his help unloading it. She’s right: This is the part of her he didn’t miss. While it is fun seeing Nora (aka Nazanin Boniadi) again, I’m not crazy about where this subplot is going. Sure, Harrison has a past, but do we need to know about it? Right now, it’s not playing out in a very interesting way. She wants to contribute to the president’s campaign. On behalf of some extremely unscrupulous people, I’m sure. Until we know who they are, who she’s working for/with, and why, this is just a little uninteresting diversion. The only piece that was interesting was that she met up with Olivia’s mother, but we’re still not sure what she’s up to, either.
Quinn is way in over her head, helping Charlie out on some recon. Liv wants her to come back, knowing that B613 will destroy her, but Quinn declines. She feels broken now, and B613 is a place for broken people, or breaking people. Either way.
Harvey wants Scottie to come work for him and Jessica, but Jessica has some stricter terms than Scottie is comfortable with, including paying the buy-in upfront. I don’t blame her, a half a mil is not easy to part with.
Mike and Rachel are doing well, but Mike has to come face to face with the lawyer who screwed his family out of some settlement money when his father died in that car accident when he was a kid. Hearing the man speak dredges up some unhappy memories, and throws Mike off his game. But the bigger problem is what that lawyer tells him about why the settlement seemed unfair, as it creates a new, unflattering image of his father that Mike never had.
Louis is still asking about Mike’s Harvard pedigree, but Donna is able to quell his questions with a logical and semi-blackmail-y set of responses. Considering where he got the information, specifically how he wasn’t supposed to be in there, and how it’s entirely possible that Mike’s file might just have been missing or misplaced, it seems like Louis would give up the hunt. But, he does as Donna suggests if his curiosity is still stirring, and requests a set of Mike’s transcripts. Then calls in a law student to ask about one of the grades on it, an A+ from a teacher who never gave above an A-.
We all love Louis in that love-to-hate-him sort of way, but I don’t like where this investigation into Mike’s history is going. It’s always been a worry, it’s always been there to create the drama – Mike not being a real lawyer, let alone a Harvard grad – but the question will be what will Louis do with the information if and when he finds it out. He’s such a stickler for the rules, I worry he may do something drastic. We’re only in season four. I suspect the show has at least one or two seasons after this one left in it, so it’s hard to say how things will turn out if Louis finds out the truth too soon.
More recaps. I’m getting there, slowly but surely.
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