Season 4 Episode 14

March 9, 2015 2:56 AM

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That big secret Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) referred to last week? The terrible thing that she and David (Josh Dallas) did that cannot be undone? It turns out that they’re responsible for Maleficent (Kristin Bauer Van Straten) losing her child back in the Enchanted Forest. This happened decades ago, before Emma (Jennifer Morrison) was even born, but while we’ve had no hint over the past three seasons that this has been a secret weighing on David and Emma, it becomes clear that it haunts them now, since Cruella (Victoria Smurfit) and Ursula (Merrin Dungey) are back and trying to resurrect their dead friend. To this end, tonight’s story features David and Mary Margaret attempting the tricky balancing act of stopping Cruella and Ursula from achieving their goal, while also hiding from Emma the circumstances of her birth. The present story is looped in with a flashback to the Enchanted Forest, as Snow White and Prince Charming are being used by the Queens of Darkness to access something called the Tree of Wisdom, which will allow them to discover the secret to defeating Regina (Lana Parrilla) and preventing The Curse. But the tree, which requires two of the greatest heroes in the land to operate, rejects their attempts since Snow White bears a child with a potential for great evil. As the product of true love, Emma was born with the potential for either great good or great darkness, so this is why David and Mary Margaret are going out of their way to protect Emma from the truth, since their actions in the Enchanted Forest all those years ago could send her down that potentially dark path, and result in Emma fulfilling her potential for villainy.

Goodwin does a tremendous job embodying the depth of Mary Margaret’s guilt, and while I was initially skeptical of the decision to bring Maleficent back from the dead, as I am any time where the permanence and high stakes of death are reversed, I’m glad Kristin Bauer Van Straten is back, since she d...

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