king-snow-white-OUAT.jpgOn the latest “Once Upon a Time,” several dastardly plots are afoot in Fairytale Land and Storybrooke, all leading back to Regina, of course.

Fairytale Land

The King (Snow’s father, played by the awesome Richard Schiff) frees a genie because he’s a lovely, benevolent king. The genie comes to live at the palace with the King, Regina and Snow, looking for love. And he finds it in Regina.

When the King learns of it, he asks the genie to find out who his wife loves and then locks Regina away. Regina’s father Henry shows up with a box for the genie to give to Regina, which has a creepy skeleton key on top and contains two poisonous vipers.

Regina is going to use to kill herself, but the genie stops her and suggests they kill the King instead, which the genie then does for her. He does reveal his secret plan to fight inflation to the King before the King bites the dust.

But of course, it was all an elaborate plot by Regina to use the genie to kill the King. When she tells him about the plot and that he’ll be executed for killing the King, he uses the last wish, which the King gave him, to wish he could be with Regina forever. And the wish imprisons him in the Magic Mirror.


Emma and Sidney join forces to take down the Mayor, though Sidney wants to do it the dirty way while Emma wants to things above board. They know there’s $50,000 missing from the budget and that the Mayor took it, but they don’t know what for or how to prove it. So Emma bugs her office.

When they overhear the Mayor making plans for a “pay off” to someone, they follow her but the brake line has been cut in the Sheriff’s car. They discover Mr. Gold was the person Regina was meeting, to pay him for the land she bought from him.

So Emma and Sidney break into Regina’s office to find out about the land purchase. While there, she finds a key ring full of skeleton keys like the one on the box in Fairytale Land. Emma confronts the Mayor about the land purchase at a city council meeting, but it turns out the land isn’t for the Mayor’s new house, it’s for a playhouse for the children of the town.

And it all turns out to be an elaborate plan by the Mayor and Sidney to infiltrate Emma’s dealings, now that she thinks Sidney is her ally against the Mayor.

Part of her playhouse plan involves the Mayor tearing down Henry’s castle, claiming it’s too dangerous now that it’s been damaged in the big storm. But really it’s because it was his special place with Emma. Also, Henry’s fairytale book is gone, since he had hidden it in the sand beneath the castle.

Henry starts writing down the stories and the Mysterious Stranger with the typewriter starts chatting him up in the diner. Turns out the Mysterious Stranger has the book and the theory that he wrote it is getting stronger and stronger.

Thoughts & Tidbits

  • We only got a snippet of Mary Margaret and David this week, but I have to say – I’m glad they’re together, but I don’t like them being sneaky and wrong. Doesn’t sit well, especially when MM has to make weak excuses like, “Maybe you’re doing something wrong, but if it’s what’s meant to be, if it’s what’s right, does that really make you a bad person?” Yes, it still kind of does, MM.
  • You guys will have to let me know how it ended. My DVR cut off as the Mayor said Sidney cut the brakes in Emma’s car. Turns out it was him, which seems kind of stupid seeing as how he was in the car.
  • It’s a shame we didn’t get more of the King before now. I love Schiff and I’d love to see more of the King and Snow White, perhaps even flashback to when Snow’s mother was alive.

What did you think of “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree,” “OUAT” fans?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."