We love all of Once Upon a Time’s many, many mysteries, but sometimes it seems like each episode introduces more questions than it answers. To that end, we’ve tackled the ten biggest questions from this week’s episode in order to make sense of everything that happened. Here are ten questions from Season 2, Episode 10: “The Cricket Game.”
1. If Archie is still alive, then who did Cora actually kill?
It sounds as though we may never know exactly who Cora killed when she framed Regina for Archie’s murder. The show’s creators have said that it was just some poor, unnamed sap. Rest in peace, poor sap.
2. What exactly will Cora and Hook do to Archie?
Cora has no qualms about turning people into fish at a moment’s notice (sushi, anyone?), so we can only imagine what she might do to Archie if he doesn’t deliver info. We can’t imagine Archie voluntarily giving up secrets about Rumple or anyone else, although Cora presumably has ways of getting people to talk that would make the methods in Zero Dark Thirty seem tame.
3. Why couldn’t Emma have read someone else’s memories besides, uh, the dog’s?
We loved watching Emma develop her powers as she views Pongo’s memories, so we can’t wait to see what her next trick might be! That being said, wouldn’t it have been easier if Emma had just read Regina’s memories? Or perhaps the dead guy’s memories? A note to Emma: Just because the dog in Family Guy can talk doesn’t mean the dogs on all TV shows can.
4. How come Rumple doesn’t have a device to make animals talk?
Rumple has a trinket for just about every sticky situation that the characters find themselves in, whether it’s tracking people down or staying safe in a fiery dream. So we kept expecting him to bust out a necklace or something to put around Pongo’s neck that would enable him to speak, Mr. Ed-style. Then again, if Lassie and Benji didn’t need to speak in order to save lives, we suppose Pongo doesn’t either.
5. Did the show really need another fake death? (Translation: Kathryn 2.0!)
Sure, we were relieved to see Archie still alive in Hook’s boat. It’s just that this “He’s dead! Wait — just kidding” storyline is awfully similar to the one that the show used last season with Kathryn’s almost-death. Plus, after having to endure whatever Cora and Hook have in mind for him, Archie just might end up wishing that he were dead.
6. Will Regina actually team up with Cora?
We’re not sure if Cora’s method of getting Regina to help her out was all that effective, seeing as how the plan doesn’t actually make Regina any more willing to trust Cora. Still, Regina definitely feels hurt by everyone and their grandmother (literally) in Storybrooke, which means she might be up to retaliate with Cora and Hook. We definitely don’t want Regina to team up with them, but it would be pretty freakin’ fun to watch for a bit.
7. Why were Snow and Charming so un-charming this week?
Did Snow and Charming somehow forget that Regina saved Snow and Emma’s lives in the previous episode? They seemed to have suffered a temporary memory loss this week, given how poorly they and the rest of the townspeople treated Regina. And why did Charming come off as such a jerk in the flashback, as he was unwilling to see that Regina might have some good in her? The dude must have woken up on the wrong side of his royal four-poster bed.
8. The dwarves found more diamonds awfully quickly, no?
It wasn’t easy for the dwarves to find those diamonds in the previous episode, so we were devastated when Rumple swiped them in order to make the portal. Turns out, it was no big whoop! This week, we see the Blue Fairy using magic, meaning the dwarves were quite expedient in finding more diamonds. If only we were that talented at finding diamonds in real life.
9. Couldn’t Emma, Snow, and Charming at least have said hello to Belle?
It was bad enough that Emma, Snow, and Charming interrupted that adorable indoor picnic between Belle and Rumple in the antique shop. (Rumbelle is so cute!) But couldn’t one of them at least have said “what’s new?” to poor Belle. The girl is finally get to know modern life, and this is the treatment she receives? Harsh!
10. Would anyone voluntarily eat anything that Regina prepared? Just sayin’.
We know, we know — we just got done saying how everyone is being too hard on Regina. Still, when it comes to Regina channeling her inner Rachael Ray, we’re gonna have to say “we’ll pass.” And yes, it was sweet of Regina to make lasagna for the party, but we would have to be about as hungry as Tom Hanks in Cast Away in order to agree to take even a bite of it.
Read previous 10 Burning Questions from past episodes.