This week we revisit Frankenstein and his quest to become the infamous scientist to brings back life to those that are lost. Of course, as we know, our dear Victor could not have done so without the aid of magic. But just how did these two worlds ever connect?
Victor and his brother are under the great scrutiny of their father, who wants his sons to become somebody in life. And in his father’s eyes, Victor’s whimsical notions of become a scientist who stands for eternal life are wasteful. A scientists is a nobody. Which is why Frankenstein senior bestows his late wife’s beloved pocket watch to his youngest son, Victor’s brother, Gerhardt.
Gerhardt knows how much the watch means to Victor and offers it to his brother, but Victor turns him down. He can prove to his father the importance of science.
However, there is a cost.
Enter Rumplestiltskin into this black-and-white world. He offers a deal with Victor. Money in exchange for a Victor continuing his work and sharing its secret with Rumplestiltskin.
Victor is elated and prepares at once to find the answer.
To do this, Victor needs a body to experiment on. He heads to the graveyard only to be stopped by his brother. The cemetery’s night watchman spots Victor and his brother amongst the headstones and fires a rifle at them. The brothers run into the waiting carriage and drive off, but not before Victor notices a bullet has struck his brother and killed him.
Victor has a body.
Victor’s father finds out and disowns Victor. But Victor doesn’t stop his work.
Again, Rumplestiltskin shows up. Along with the money, he can get Victor an enchanted heart. But, Victor will need to come to his world and fail curing a dead man. A young woman named Regina will provide the heart.
And as we know, Victor does get his heart while breaking Regina’s forever. All part of Rumplestiltskin’s plan. And with the enchanted heart, Gerhardt is alive once again.
Only this time he’s come back as a monster. A monster who attacks Victor’s father and kills him. A monster who realizes that he’s a monster and does not wish to live that way. But Victor won’t kill him as easier as that might be on both of them.
It’s here we wait for the next Frankenstein installment. What will happen to Gerhardt who is locked up in Victor’s house? Will he ever become normal or will he always be a monster?
Before Mr. Gold can kill Captain Hook for his transgression, the Charming’s arrive and call an ambulance. The injured are rushed to the hospital.
One of the Pennsylvanian stranger’s personal affects, a high-end wrist watch, catches Dr. Whale’s attention. It brings back the memory of the pocket watch his brother received. So much does this affect the doctor and the fact that he has no way back to his world, back to his brother, that he’s driven to drink. And drink he does.
With the stranger in need of immediate surgery, Dr. Whale’s drinking and state-of-mind concerns Emma and her parents. But Dr. Whale assures them that all will be fine.
However, time ticks away. The Charmings, who have the stranger’s phone in hand, debate whether to answer its ringing. The caller ID only says “Her.” If they answer it, it could lead whoever it is right to their town. If they don’t, they could still track the phone to the town. With each ring, the group becomes more anxious and there’s no word from the ER. Eventually, Emma requests that the doctor be paged.
But to no avail. The doctor has run away.
Dr. Whale confesses his life to Ruby. He wanted to be known for life not for the monster he created. Ruby shares her own woes, but eventually convinces him that he can still do good. He can save this man, a man whose mysterious girl is calling.
Dr. Whale takes the pep talk and heads to the ER.
Meanwhile, Cora slips a small treat into Mr. Gold’s shop. She tells him that what’s inside the box will lead him to his son. In exchange, Mr. Gold gives her her daughter back.
Mr. Gold can’t refuse. Sealing the deal with a kiss, Cora leaves. She heads to Regina’s underground lair posing as Henry.
Confused, Regina wonders how he knows.
Simple. Cora shape shifts to her own body.
Angered by her mother’s presence, she tells Cora that she’s going to confess to Emma what she did. For Henry’s sake, Regina’s trying to be better and with this murder hanging over her head, there’s no way she can convince him otherwise.
Cora agrees because…she wants to change too. She knows she’s been a bad mother and she wants to restore her relationship.
While Regina may be suspicious, she believes her mother. The roles have been reversed. Cora is to Regina and Regina is to Henry. Can these mom’s really change for the children?
Relief all around. But it’s short-lived.
The time has come. Just what did the stranger see out there at the town line? Mr. Gold holding a magical fireball aimed at Hook? Or simply nothing at all?
Emma questions the stranger, whose name is Greg Mendel. Greg confesses that he was texting and driving. He didn’t see anything except that when he looked up there was a man in the middle of the road.
Emma thanks him for his honesty and tells him he’ll be released as soon as possible.
Mr. Gold is heartbroken, but he knows what he must do. In his shop, Mr. Gold opens the box. Inside is a crystal ball. With a prick of his finger and a drop of his blood, the ball transforms into a globe. And one section, you might say the Washington D.C. area, is lighting up.
Back at Mary Margaret’s apartment, the family eats dinner. But their evening is interrupted again. Mr. Gold is at the door. That favor Emma owes him has come due.
Today, at noon, they’re leaving to find his son. And if any harm comes to Belle while the two of them are gone, Mr. Gold will see to it that the Charming’s all die.
If that wasn’t bad enough, back at the hospital, Greg dials a number on his phone. When the woman picks up, Greg assures her that he’s fine.
Except she’s never going to believe what he saw…
1) What did Greg see? Who is the woman Greg’s talking to?
2) Why was the stranger in the Storybrooke area in the first place? Was this some kind of plan?
3) Where is Bae?
4) Is Bae Henry’s father?
5) If Bae isn’t Henry’s father (Neal), the how is he still alive? Who is Bae in this world?
6) What will Mr. Gold think about airplanes?
7) How long will Emma and Mr. Gold be gone?
8) Does magic work outside of Storybrooke?
9) Who does Belle think she is? Will she ever remember?
10) What is Cora’s evil plan?