We saw flashbacks of budding love and shocking present-day decisions on Once Upon a Time Season 2, Episode 19: “Lacey.” Did they make for a good episode? Read on for Wetpaint Entertainment's review of the episode, and then rate it yourself.
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This episode brought back some of our favorite things about OUAT: classic Rumplestiltskin (including his signature giggle), Mr. Gold and Emma’s mutual friction with Regina, and of course, Rumbelle. There was also a big reveal, with Regina finally discovering that Henry is Neal’s son — via Mr. Gold saying, “Guess that makes us family. He’s got my eyes, don’t you think?” — and in turn, questioning everything since Gold “procured” Henry for her. That wasn’t the only instance of family problems we saw, though...
Now that the magic bean crops are almost ready to harvest, Snow and Charming finally told Emma about Anton’s work with the dwarves. Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that they want to use the magic to head back to the Enchanted Forest, and Emma is understandably torn about leaving her life versus starting a new one. While Charming hints that it could finally give her a “happy ending,” given her unlucky-in-love past, she doesn’t seem convinced, and honestly, we’re not, either.
On the unlucky note, poor Rumbelle. The start of the episode seemed hopeful, with Belle remembering that Rumple healed her and asking him to help her remember who she is, but it didn’t end that way. “We can help each other,” she said, and our hearts swelled, but everything came crashing down when Regina came to visit Belle, enchanting a matchbook that reinvigorated Belle’s curse memories, making her “remember” that she is a barfly named Lacey who loves drinking and playing pool. This leads to a face-off between Regina and Gold, and all she has to say is that the old Belle is gone and that her curse memories are now real — she’s Lacey now. Not cool, Regina. Not cool.
Since this same thing happened to Snow and Charming (with Regina making Charming think he was named David Nolan and in love with his wife, Kathryn), Gold went to him for advice. While this was a one-time bromance, seeing David “coaching” him was kind of adorable. The start of Lacey and Gold’s date was awkwardly adorable, but led to something dark and evil. After he catches her making out with Keith (the Sheriff of Nottingham in Fairytale Land who tried to get Rumple to trade Belle for intel back in the day), Gold freaks out, rips out Keith’s tongue (as he did in the past), and starts beating him to death.
The twist after that scene is what really piqued our interest and upset us greatly at the same time. Throughout the episode, Rumbelle’s point of view jumped from flashback to present day, creating many parallel points along the way. In two scenes — in the flashback when they’re having a heart-to-heart and in present day after she catches him beating Keith — the same lines were spoken, but with opposing context. “You are not who I thought you were, and I’m glad,” Belle/Lacey said to Rumple/Gold. While before, Belle was happy that Rumple gave her a library and was turning out to be less evil than she thought, now she is appreciating and encouraging his evil behavior. “You really are as dark as people say,” she also said in two scenes, and both times, Rumple replied, “Darker, dearie. Much darker.” Ruh-roh.
This really sets up the final three episodes of the season to be filled with darkness and evil — and not just with Rumbelle. We also see that Regina has discovered the magic beanstalks and that Greg Mendell and Tamara have brought Hook into town to wreak havoc, inevitably helping them destroy Storybrooke.
Can it be next week yet? We have a lot of nervous excitement for the rest of this season, but there is plenty to look forward to. With that being said, we give this episode 4 stars overall. What did you think? Rate it below!
The next episode of Once Upon a Time airs Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.