“Mother’s Little Helper”
Original Airdate: April 9, 2017
MENDING THE GAP
I’m sure that I wasn’t the only person lost since Gideon arrived in Storybrooke to kill Emma for seemingly no reason. My mind has finally been put to rest with this episode, as everything that has made me question each line of dialogue was justified and explained. It was as if the writers decided to stop playing tricks with the audience and gave in to show what’s actually happening, making this episode one not to miss.
The bulk of the episode shows Gideon’s life growing up under the influence of the Black Fairy, who, don’t forget, is his grandmother. The flashbacks detail how Gideon became a coward, like his father, and what spontaneously made him turn to the dark side. Unbeknownst to everyone in Storybrooke, the Black Fairy concocted everything that has happened thus far and even created the Dark Curse that sent everyone to Storybrooke in the first place. The Black Fairy literally takes control of Gideon by stealing his heart to make sure her latest evil scheme went according to plan.
Thankfully, this answers every question about Gideon’s wishy-washy behavior, including what he does to Emma in this episode. The backstory is long overdue, so it’s about time that this story was finally told. Now the show can move forward! The only aspect of the flashbacks that wasn’t great was the characterization of the Black Fairy. She acted like the female version of Rumple, which explains where he gets it from. This wasn’t good because she literally seemed like an exact copy of an existing character instead of a new character. The only difference between them is that the Black Fairy is definitely pure evil, while Rumple actually commits a heroic act in this episode.
The comic relief of the episode comes from everyone’s favorite pirate, who is still trapped in another realm. Hook attempts to free himself to get back to Emma by hustling famed pirate Blackbeard. He manages to get a magic bean from Blackbeard, but its magic doesn’t work the way it normally does. Hook and Blackbeard are transported to Neverland instead of Storybrooke because Gideon’s banishment spell is still in full effect. Back in Storybrooke, Emma tries to strike a deal with Gideon to free Hook. However, this epically backfires and almost gets Emma killed. Let’s hope the couple find a way back to each other soon, because a reunion is needed.
The other interesting story in the episode was Henry’s author powers changing. This was confusing and random, as the authorship isn’t brought up too much. Regina and Henry turn to ex-author Isaac, who is locked up in the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest jail, for help in uncovering what is happening to Henry. Isaac informs them that Henry’s powers are becoming sporadic and trance-like due to the current storybook coming to its final chapter. Apparently, the final chapter of the book is the Savior fighting the darkest evil, which sounds like the season is wrapping up quickly.
There should be six episodes left, so it’s odd that this is being fleshed out so early. Even more interesting is the emphasis on the fact that the current storybook is concluding. Does this mean that the creative team is creating a way for the entire show to wrap up and come to its conclusion, or will this be the beginning for more stories to come? It is no secret that the ratings have been dwindling over the past few years, so I wonder if the showrunners think they won’t get a seventh season. This plot point could go either way, so hopefully the rest of the season is epic.