Enchanted Forest: Jefferson (Sebastian Stan), is the Hatter (as in the Mad Hatter), but he’s quite sane, and out of the magical millinery business. These days, he devotes all his time to his young daughter, Grace. Queenie manipulates Jefferson into taking his Mad Hat out of moth balls, with a promise that Gracie will never want for anything, if only he’ll help her this once. She needs to retrieve something precious from Wonderland. The hat serves as a portal to a sort of room between the worlds, which is full of doorways. Jefferson finds the right one — a looking glass, of course — and warns Queenie that since two are entering, only two can leave.
Queenie uses her mojo to hasten the journey to the Queen of Hearts castle. There, she finds a wall full of vaults, much like her own heart vault wall. She takes the vault she needs, and she and Jefferson set off toward the looking glass. They have to contend with the Queen of Hearts’ soldiers, but Regina is pretty powerful, so it looks like they’ll make it. Before they escape through the looking glass, Queenie stops. She breaks off a piece of a mushroom and drops it into the vault. Her father, Henry, appears. Regina and Father Henry escape through the looking glass, leaving Jefferson behind. He is captured. The Queen of Hearts orders him decapitated as is her wont. Although he’s decapitated, he’s still alive. He’s re-capitated at some point and ordered to make another magical hat. We leave him surrounded by hundreds of hats — not a one of them is magical. Now he’s off his rocker and is truly the Mad Hatter. Roger Daltrey guest stars as the voice of the hookah smoking caterpillar. The bright spot is a shout out to his fan base, when he asks the musical question, “Who are you?” Still, since he matters not at all to the story, I can’t explain all the hype surrounding his role. I’ll tell you one thing though, I won’t get fooled again.
Storybrooke: Emma sets out to find Mary Margaret — before her arraignment, and before Regina learns she’s missing. While driving on a road through the forest, she comes across Jefferson (note he has the same name in both worlds). He is startled by Emma’s car and seems to twist his ankle. Emma insists upon seeing him home. He offers her a cup of tea. Of course it’s drugged. In the course of escaping, Emma finds that Jefferson is holding Mary Margaret captive, too.