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- Dr. Frankenstein. DR FRANKENSTEIN!! Which of you guys called it?

- This episode was imo the 'weakest' of these five first of S2, but that most certainly doesn't mean it was bad. There was a few writing choices I wasn't too happy about, but when looking back, there's nothing I can put my finger on and say 'there, that was stupid' etc.

- When Charming took Henry to the stables, was I the only one who wanted Regina to show up there and help him insetad - considering her love of riding? I really want to see them start to mend their relationship. That's one thing I was miffed about this episode, and then again... I can sort of understand it: when they saved Henry from Daniel, Regina hardly looked at Henry - but on the other hand, she must have trusted Charming to warn her if Henry was seriously injured, and he clearly wasn't plus the fact that FUCKING DANIEL WAS STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER. So I can forgive it. I just want them to mend their relationship so badly, because I don't think Regina is strong enough to do this if she doesn't have someone to do this for, and that has to be Henry.

- Okay, so Rumplestiltskin giving Dr. Whale his arm back just in exchange for the doctor admitting he was wrong was... kind of nice? I get that there's the whole sense of pride (and they're both very proud), but still... yeah, I think I'm just looking for excuses to say nice things about Rumple, because these last few episodes have made me so mad at him. There's a huge difference between offering someone a way to power - like he to Regina did in 2x02 -  and actively manipulating and ruining their lives to make it happen. Regina was made by Rumple, almost as much as she was by Cora: her mother was the gun, and Rumple is the bullet. And it's been hundreds of years for Rumple that he has become so ruthless - he will literally do anything to get back to Bae, and he doesn't care who he hurts on the way there. But offering Regina magic is one thing, this? This is very cruel, and while this episode very much sets Regina further on the path to redemption, the backstory we're getting for Rumple is definitely not setting him in a positive light at all.

- I keep being proud of Regina: she seeks out help herself by going to Archie (not just once, but twice!) and that is such a huge step to take. She's keeping her promise to Henry. I am so happy with the way this episode surprised me: I watched the promo last night, and was surprised that we would get this horrible experience with Daniel, and it would give her a setback: she would become darker, so marred by this experience of having her True Love back only to lose him all over again. And that's not what happened at all! If anything it had a somewhat positive effect: Regina was finally able to let go, and in letting go move on from this horrible incident that started so much hate.

- Jefferson! How amazing was it to see him pre-Grace? I mean, I'm guessing this is before he met his True Love and had his daughter, or at least before his wife died: I love how we got his and Regina's first meeting, that he's making deals with Rumple etc. And also, 'slippers' that transports through worlds? WE GOT FRANKENSTIEN CAN WE PLEASE GET WIZARD OF OZ YESYES I DON'T THINK THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH TO ASK!!

- No, but seriously, rewatch this episode and just look at Jefferson in all his scenes. That is some amazing acting; he's such a twelve-year old, throwing himself down on the couch, constantly fiddling about. And he's so dramatic. When he and Regina are walking towards Victor Frankenstein for the first time, he says something really over the top and Regina rolls her eyes at him, and I just about died laughing.

- Also, clearly he's been to Neverland to exchange fashion tips with Captain Hook. Look at that outfit! And the hair! And the eyeliner! Jeff, baby, you're looking fabolous!

- Speaking of Captain Hook, can we appreciate how smug he looked when Emma knew who he was? And apparantly her ability to tell when people are lying is back. Hallelujah, but at least they didn't just blindly believe him? It was very nice for a change, to have the heroes figure it out right from the start, and of course Hook is pirate enough to just change the deal. Also, Jack and the Beanstalk! Yaaay

- The shot of Snow pulling the hook out of the satchel is really well-done: properly dramatic and everything. Okay, I don't know, I just really liked it okay?

- Dr. Whale. DR. WHALE. David Anders, you are an amazing actor. I love the clear differences between Victor Frankenstein and Whale, how apathetic he is as his 'real' self compared to how compassionate he actually is as Whale? I mean, there's still so much we don't know about him - and the world he's from  - and I'm really wondering why Regina pulled him through as well. Is there more to their story together, or was she just bitter that his methods didn't work?

- I also loved that we finally had a Frankenstein going 'it's alive' without shouting it at the top of his lungs.


- the final scene with Regina and Rumple, where she pulls out the heart of the new apprentice was properly powerful, but I just couldn't help but laugh a little because REGINA'S WARDROBE HAD GONE DARK LIKE HER SOUL!! Sorry, I do actually like it when you can see what stages of 'darkness' a character is in by their clothes (wardrobe-porn this way please) but it amused me nonetheless this time.

- Lana Parrilla was very good this episode. I love how she plays the younger version of herself: you can see the constant uncertainty shining out of baby!Regina's eyes and actually believe that this woman is many years younger than the one we're seeing now, despite the actor being the same age when she plays. I love how Jefferson has to remind her that she's the Queen, like, hello, you can basically do whatever you want sweet-cheeks.

- Charming punching Whale was really stupid. Sorry if you found it funny, I just.. I mean, what? I could get it if he'd done something to Mary Margaret that was upsetting, but dude... he just slept with her, it was completely consensual for both parties and HELLO CHARMING YOU WERE MARRIED YOU BIG IDIOT. I was glad we didn't get more of the confrontation, and I'll chalk some of it up to Charming being frustrated about everything that's happening and just needed to take it out on someone (not that that makes it alright!), but it still bugs me. If Snow had been unhappy about something Dr. Whale had done, she can smack him herself thanks.

- Hmm. Snow White had sex with Victor Frankenstein. My childhood just died a little. (but i secretly like it)

- When Hook said 'get revenge on the man who took my hand', was I the only one who expected Emma to go 'Peter Pan?'?? I still want Peter Pan to be on this show! The only thing I want more is to see Bae (and not have him be Henry's father or be evil), followed by seeing more of Milah. BUT PETER PAN IS RIGHT AFTER THAT, CAN WE PLEASE HAVE SOME PETER PAN??? My childhood demands it.

- Who did you think Whale was? I feel like I've been around almost everything. Peter Pan, King Arthur, Merlin... why did I think he was Merlin?? I don't even know.

- Also, science! Science beats magic, lol, Victor, you are truly fabolous (you can join the fab!men club: run by Rumple, with current members Killian Jones and Jefferson (Charming is on hold in being a member; he needs to get his sassy!cape back from the pilot and 1x22 and he can finally join)

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