“I am both.”
Even though former coma patient David was a bit of a wanker and even an adulterer, Prince Charming sees value in who David was. Or is.
The lessons he took as David have stayed with him as he starts to regain his memories of Prince Charming. He’s both David and Prince Charming now.
Tonight’s Once Upon a Time explored many of the questions we all wondered about during the off-season after the curse was broken. Would the fairy tale characters remember their adventures from Storybrooke? How would that impact their current lives?
And what happens if they tried to leave the town limits? Whereas when the curse was still active, they physically couldn’t. (Or emotionally wouldn’t.) They can leave now, but they’ll lose all memory of their fairy tale personas—possibly for good.
For some, that’s a viable option, as many townspeople want to leave because of the threat posed by Regina. Most of it was empty threats, however, as she wants to use her regained power to lure Henry back home, much in the same way that her mother Cora did to her.
Henry and Regina have an amazing one-on-one conversation in this episode. One that was never possible when Regina used to deny being the Evil Queen. She learns more from Henry than she can ever teach him. She learns that power does not bring love and that he never wants to be like her. Something Regina once tried to teach her own mother and avoid becoming like her.
Regina, we learn in a flashback (yup, we’re still getting those), banished Cora to another dimension with a little help from Rumplestiltskin. (Who also is the one who first introduced Regina to magic.)
It might have been assumed she wound up in “our” world, but no, she is currently locked up in the world where Snow White and Emma are. It appears like they were on their way to the ruins of the Enchanted Forest, but since Cora was banished from there, it must be another world—one which we’ll surely learn more about next week.
Two final thoughts:
- Pinocchio, is still a wooden boy, even after the curse is broken. Or is he? Geppetto had trouble finding him at the end of the episode. If he was still wooden, as he was at the beginning of the episode, it would be awfully hard to walk away, no? But if that’s the case, what made him… de-wooden? Either way, glad to see he’s still in play, as he was my favorite character of last season next to Grumpy.
- Dr. Whale remains a male slut, whether he’s Dr. Whale or whatever fairy tale person he’s supposed to be. He wanted to hit on nuns now that they weren’t technically nuns anymore. I’ve started to see theories on line that he’s the whale from Pinocchio since he always seems to be around Hopper and Geppetto. I don’t believe that for a second—Red is probably the only one in town who’s half human, half animal.