Season Four Episode Sixteen

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The Blacklist,” returned to television with a sprawling two-hour episode, jam-packed with revelations. The evening was split into two separate episodes, the first one entitled “Dembe Zuma, Number 10,” while the second episode’s titled “Requiem.” While the first hour took place in the present, the second episode centered around the past, revealing the history of an integral character in the series. The second hour, provided some answers to long-standing questions, however many questions that fans of the series have remain mysteries. Once again the identity of Elizabeth Keen’s biological father came up, and once again fans walked away from the two-hour extravaganza without a definitive answer.

We’ll be splitting the two episodes into two separate recaps, as there’s far too much information to absorb in just one sitting. The recap of “Requiem.” will soon follow.

Our evening begins with a glimpse of the Metro-DC skyline, before taking us into the shower of Aram Mojtabai. As we see Aram through the glass doors, we watch an unidentified character come into his apartment, and open the bathroom door. Despite the ominous music, we soon realize his guest’s his on-again/off-again girlfriend, Janet Sutherland, who soon joins him in the shower. He asks how she got into the apartment, and she replied he left his front door unlocked. This doesn’t sit well with Mojtabai, as he’s certain that he locked the door, so he puts on his robe to investigate.

Aram’s instincts served him well, discovering he’s got an uninvited visitor. Dembe Zuma tackles him to the ground and soon has him hogtied on the floor. Janet hears a commotion emanating from the living room, so she slips on a towel to investigate. She discovers Aram’s bound and gagged on the floor, then she turns around to see Zuma, who orders her to remain quiet.

Next scene begins with Samar Navabi entering Aram’s apartment, as Donald Ressler and the police are doing a sweep of the premises. She asks Donald if they know where Aram’s at, and Ressler replies they’re still trying to piece things together. He escorts Navabi, into the bedroom and she sees Sutherland sitting on the bed. Jumping to the conclusion that Janet’s involved in Aram’s abduction, she starts to attack her, only to be stopped by Ressler as he explains Sutherland’s a victim and not a suspect.

We find ourselves in Harold Cooper’s office, joined by Raymond and Lizzie. Cooper asks Raymond the status of his investigation into Zuma’s location, after his month-long search. Harold tells Reddington that he and the Bureau are getting involved, as Dembe abducted Aram the night before. Red tries to assure Cooper, that Mojtabai’s not in danger, and that Dembe took a calculated risk, because he needs Aram’s help. Raymond wants to search for Zuma by himself, but Harold insists that Keen accompany him and report back to Cooper.

To avoid detection Dembe switches cars, taking Aram from the trunk of one vehicle, and then ordering him to get into another vehicle’s trunk. Zuma then takes the plates off of the car he abandoned and drives off to parts unknown.

Navabi and Ressler question Sutherland at the Post Office, about the abduction but she’s unable to provide much information, as she got stuffed into a closet. She says that she can track Aram, as he’s got a key-finder on his key ring, which she can access from his work station. Despite her innate distrust of Janet, she convinces Cooper and Ressler to allow Sutherland to use Mojtabai’s computer, as she truly believes the woman’s on their side.

Baz’s replaced Dembe as Raymond’s driver, and Reddington explains to Lizzie that they’re in search of the Sanctum Corporation. He explains to Keen, that it’s “an underground railroad for miscreants.”  Criminals that need to elude the law, or former allies turned enemies, utilize Sanctum Corporation’s services to escape the country and obtain a new identity. Liz asks if Dembe used the services, and Raymond replies that he used them last year, to hide his daughter and granddaughter, after Mr. Solomon poisoned Zuma’s grandchild.

As Raymond and Elizabeth attempt to track down a former client of Sanctum Corporation, Dembe takes Aram to a warehouse district, opens a garage type door revealing one of Reddington’s multitude of lockers stashed across the country. Mojtabai assumes that Zuma wants him to crack the code, so he can steal from Reddington and refuses to do it. Dembe punches in the code and opens the empty locker, and tells Aram he needs his help to find out who stole the contents, as that’s the identity of Raymond’s true enemy.

Aram asks him if he’s trying to help Red, and Dembe acknowledges the fact. He says he gave Raymond the poison drink, but he didn’t poison it. He can’t go back to Raymond until he finds out the identity of that person, who tried to kill Reddington, and sabotaging his operation.

The first man that Liz and Raymond attempt to question Richard Fickman’s been abducted in a bloody skirmish by the time they arrive. Which leads to our first encounter with Glen “Jellybean” Carter of the evening, who promptly tells Reddington that he’s not surprised Dembe went rogue. He said he never bought the strong, silent, brooding act and his fake African accent. He also tells Red that he found their relationship to be “a little Edgar Rice Burroughs”  (creator of Tarzan.) Reddington quickly cuts Jellybean off, and he gets the information he came for, the identity of Fickman’s abductor, an ex-con named Chuck Shaw.

Shaw admits killing Fickman, as repayment for Dr. Sophia Gallup, his prison therapist gaining him parole. Keen checks with the Prison hierarchy and confirms that Gallup’s in charge of the system’s prisons in the Northeast, however the only contact information’s a post office box. They’re able to access the last guy she paroled, Dennis Cauley, who now lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Aram’s only able to access a proprietary address, and tells Dembe that it would take him days to find out the person behind it. Zuma puts the safety on the pistol and tells Aram he can leave and asks forgiveness for his actions. He then slumps to the ground and sits in the alleyway, a defeated man. Mojtabai asks if he’s truly trying to help Reddington, and Dembe responds that he’s got three people in his life, his daughter, his granddaughter, and Raymond. Aram breaks into a grin and says he’s got an idea.

Baz, Liz, and Raymond drive to Cauley’s place, but he’s not there. A quick search of the apartment reveals a dossier on Gallup’s next victim, Alex Soto. Raymond looks at the file and says the man’s real name’s Daniel Nakamoto, a master forger of antiquities that ran afoul against a very powerful gang leader 13-years earlier. Cauley’s notes reveal that he’s usually at a museum at that time of the day.

Raymond sits next to Nakamoto on a bench in the museum, and after a quick round of you’ve got the wrong guy, Reddington reveals that his life’s in danger from the Sanctum Corporation. Nakamoto replies that if they’re truly after him, not even Raymond can help him. He starts to walk away and nearly gets stabbed by Cauley, however Baz takes the ex-con out. In Reddington’s car Nakamoto reveals that the couple behind Sanctum Corporation, Tony and Maria Lopez, ran a honey company in Ohio. They had set up safe houses in various bee colonies they owned. However they died nearly a year before. Raymond thanks him and tells him to pack up his belongings and Red would soon be in touch.

Aram comes up with the name of the person who robbed Reddington, just as Navabi and Ressler arrive on the scene after using the key-finder to track them down. Mojtabai says the woman’s named Kathryn Nemec, and we can see the shock register on Dembe’s face. It’s pretty easy to determine that Kathryn Nemec’s, actually Mr. Kaplan. He says he needs more proof, and Aram helps him elude Ressler and Navabi.

Our second meeting with Glen takes place in a car, as he’s performing his day job as a driving instructor. He tells them to climb into the backseat, and Raymond expresses his disgust at the situation. Jellybean tells them they can speak freely, as his student Ms. Vasquez doesn’t understand a word of English. We soon find out her driving skills are also non-existent. We find out that the Lopez’s died in a fire nine months before, they sold most of their bee farms, but their daughter Vanessa still owned one. Glen says that she’s a therapist, and Liz and Reddington realize that Vanessa Lopez and Sophia Gallup, are the same person.

Lizzie and Raymond head to the bee farm and walk in on Gallup, shirtless and bra-less with bees covering her entire upper torso, looking as if she’s wearing a bee-sweater. Raymond does his best Mr. Spock, as the only thing he can say is fascinating. He soon collects himself and apologizes for barging in, but says time’s of the essence. She assumes Reddington’s one of her parent’s clients, but he corrects her and says he’s looking for a friend.

She tells them that her parents were living a good life running their honey company, when a friend came to them asking for help. Soon another man arrived, and then another, and suddenly their income from Sanctum Corporation, dwarfed the money they made from their legitimate company. They stored all their money in a Vulcan safe in their basement, only the criminals they assisted knew it existed. Nine months earlier, somebody tried cracking the safe with an acetylene torch, burning down the house and leaving her as the only survivor. The bees seem to be the best way of healing her scars from the fire, as their stingers help her skin heal. After Liz calls the Bureau to inform them to arrest the therapist, she and Raymond head to Dembe’s daughter’s new home.

Dembe drives to the spot where Reddington shot Kate, and finds her gone. The burner-phone that he gave to his daughter Isabella, to contact him in case of emergency, rings. He picks it up and Raymond’s on the other end. Red tells him that his activities are making him look very guilty, Zuma counters with we’re both guilty, Raymond. He says she’s not here, and then screams in pain and drops the phone. Our old pal The Tracker’s carrying a crossbow and shot an arrow into Dembe’s calf. He steps on the phone, crushing it and continues after Zuma.

The Tracker finds Dembe on the ground writhing in pain, and he tells him he knows his identity. That he and the fellow in the hat left Kate for dead, but she survived and now he’s going to kill the two of them. He asks where’s his slick-suited pal, and Dembe pulls the arrow out of his calf and jams it into The Tracker’s thigh. As he stops to patch himself up, he calls Kate and leaves a message on her voicemail.

As Liz and Raymond drive off from the bee farm, Keen receives the information that Aram’s safe and that Dembe’s trying to help him. She then tells Reddington that Aram came up with a name, Kathryn Nemec, but she’s listed as disappearing 25-years earlier. Her words cause Raymond’s face to turn stone gray, and he tells Lizzie that’s Mr. Kaplan’s real name.

They soon arrive at the place where they left Kate, and Dembe comes out of the bushes, bleeding badly. Raymond tells Liz to get Dembe to a hospital, while he and Baz hunt for The Tracker. He shoots Baz in the leg with an arrow, but the duo outsmart the hunter, and take him prisoner. They take him to his shack for questioning.

Reddington orders The Tracker to call Kate, but he says it looks like he’s dead either way. Raymond says he truly abhors violence, and only uses it out of necessity. He then jams his pistol up against The Tracker’s forehead and says that this is one of those times. The Tracker hits speed dial and hands the phone to Red, saying that Kate knew he’d underestimate her.

Suddenly Raymond hears a cellphone ringing below them, and through the floorboards he sees it’s connected to explosives. He and Baz get out of the shack just before it erupts in a blaze of glory, The Tracker going out with a huge grin.

Our final scene takes us to Kate walking on a street at night and listening to The Tracker’s message. He tells her he didn’t give her up and refused to go down without a fight. However her war has arrived, so lock and load.

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Okay, Once Upon a Time, Season Four, Episode Sixteen. You’re the fourth episode in this story arc, and this is where Frozen started to fall apart for me. I didn’t realize it at the time, partially because I really wanted to believe that the story could be good and partially because I was so distracted by Rumpelstiltskin’s insistence on making every terrible decision he could possibly freakin’ make.

This time though, feels different. It might be my ridiculous and irrational optimism, but I feel like maybe the show will come back together and start to make sense again. As a bit of an aside, I’d like to make it understood from here on out that when I say “making sense” or “doesn’t make sense,” I fully realize that I am talking about a fairytale soap opera and, dude, it is bound to go to absurd places sometimes. Television shows have continuity errors. It happens. But the plot and the characters were always clever enough to be engaging despite it all. More often than not, things that may have seemed puzzling at the time turned out to be really integral parts of the past. When I say “make sense,” I mean make sense within its own storyline. I don’t feel like the Frozen storyline ever really pulled that off.

Tonight turns out to be a test of whether or not the new characters in the arc can become a comfortable part of the Storybrooke I know and love. We open with Captain Hook in Neverland, scolding Smee about overeating. The food he’s shoving into his pie hole is for Pan, and they must keep Pan happy because his request for revenge against The Dark One has not been fulfilled. Soon, the men notice beautiful singing and begin to drift aimlessly across the heavily-misted sea. They’re all dazed, but Hook soon notices they’re headed straight for some rocks that will break the Jolly Rodger into pieces.

He shouts for the men to look alive before they all get killed. The crew snaps to attention and scrambles to steer the ship away from their doom. They manage, but barely, and Smee barely manages to ask his captain what it was that nearly killed them. Hook, sneering with the kind of contempt one only feels for someone more powerful than oneself, tells him it was a mermaid.

It was, indeed, a mermaid. A beautiful young girl, sitting on the rocks and singing in the mist. She looks sad, and it’s soon apparent why. Her father, Poseidon (played by ERNIE FREAKIN’ HUDSON HOLY ACTUAL CRAP) appears and begins to hassle her about letting the Jolly Rodger get away instead of sending it crashing into the rocks, killing everyone aboard. It’s weird that a father wants his daughter to murder people, isn’t it?

Yeah, it’s weird. But maybe a little understandable, considering that Ursula’s “Humans are okay!” mother was killed after she was betrayed by a human. And, since Poseidon misses his wife terribly, he wants Ursula to lure every human possible to their death. Except Ursula isn’t into it, because her mother taught her to sing and she doesn’t like using her voice to kill people. That’s not what her mother was about, and she wants to honor her memory.

But Poseidon is unmoved. His grief over his wife has driven him to extreme cruelty. He won’t suffer Ursula’s pro-humans stance, and he orders her to get out there and start killing more people. Ursula is devastated by her father’s destructive vendetta against humanity and pleads with him to reconsider his

position. He won’t back down—when she lives in his ocean, she’ll obey his rules. And his rules say kill all humans.

Here’s a tip, parents: If you don’t want your headstrong teenager who disagrees with everything you say to move the hell out of your house the instant they’re able to, don’t give them the “as long as you live in my house you’ll do as I say” line. You’re a parent. You love your kid, right? Don’t make them feel like they’re forced to leave your house with nothing but the clothes on their backs before they’re able to actually provide for themselves. It leads to really poor decision making and probably a lot of hurt feelings on everyone’s part, even if everyone is too proud to admit it.

And in a nutshell, that’s what happened to Ursula. She stole a bracelet that would allow her to walk on land as a human from her father’s vault. She made it to the first fishing village she could find and is trying to make money by singing in a tavern to a bunch of questionable looking dudes. She needs money for a trip to a certain city her mother once spoke fondly of.

One night, a pirate captain with a hook for a hand appears in her tavern. He recognizes the voice he hears as the one that nearly sunk his ship. After she finishes her songs, he confronts her about nearly killing him. But, he admits, she didn’t wind up killing anyone after all, and for that he is grateful. He buys her a drink.

Over some ales or mead or whatever, he wheedles Ursula’s story out of her. She tells him of her mother’s death at the hands of a pirate and her father’s murderous vengeance. She swears that she won’t dishonor her mother’s memory by using her voice as a weapon, since it is so beautiful and can bring people such happiness. Hook is moved, and confesses that her voice has been the only thing that has eased his pain since Milah’s passing/murder at the hand of her estranged husband Rumpelstiltskin. He offers to help her start her life over on land. The two agree to meet the next morning to set out on their journey.

However, Hook is followed and accosted on the way back to his ship. He’s indignant about being forced onto his own ship, even when he realizes Poseidon is behind it all. He admonishes him for using his daughter in such a terrible way, but Poseidon reminds Hook that he knows just how painful it is to lose your true love. Poseidon won’t allow Ursula to live her life on land, it’s too dangerous. He must return her to the sea. Without her singing voice she’ll have no reason to want to stay among humans so that’s what he needs to take from her. He hands Hook an enchanted seashell and tells him that, in exchange for Ursula’s voice, he’ll give him squid ink that is a powerful enough poison to kill The Dark Once. Hook’s expression changes. He makes the deal.

Except he turned around and told Ursula everything the next morning. He swears that he won’t help her father take her voice. Ursula is concerned that a deal broken with Poseidon could turn Hook into his slave, but Hook figures he may have weaseled his way around that. He tells Ursula that, while he doesn’t want to help Poseidon, he does want the squid ink, and since she has experience stealing things from her father’s vault, if she could help him out he’ll take her anywhere she wants to go. She happily agrees.

She fetches the squid ink and meets up with Hook a few nights later. Hook is grateful to Ursula for providing him the opportunity for his own revenge, Pleased, the two are about ready to set sail so Ursula’s dreams can come true when Poseidon shows up.

Angry words are exchanged. Alliances are shifted when Hook refuses to steal Ursula’s voice as he promised. As punishment for the betrayal (the betrayal committed so Ursula wouldn’t have to kill any more people, mind you) Poseidon destroys the squid ink, thereby destroying Hook’s chance at revenge against Rumpelstiltskin. Furious, Hook uses the seashell to steal Ursula’s singing voice. Poseidon has his daughter back, but he’ll never hear her sing again, and that will break his heart far worse than anything Hook could do to Poseidon personally (it seems like a theme is developing in this storyline, yes?). Hook isn’t sorry. At least Ursula’s voice will never be able to sink another ship. Ursula is disgusted that Hook could be so cruel as to take her voice from her and returns to the sea, glad to be rid of something that could bring joy to such horrible beings.

Back in their palace, Poseidon is non-apologizing for his plot against her. Ursula won’t have it. Because of her father, the only thing she had to keep her mother’s spirit alive is gone, and she won’t be a pawn in anyone’s game anymore. She seizes Poseidon’s trident and uses its magic to give her the powers of the sea goddess she was named after. She commands the sea now, and her father (and everyone else) should be afraid.

And that’s how Ursula’s evil side was made. And we know how she and Hook know each other, and how he took her happiness. Though, treacherous histories tend to come in handy these days.

Upon transforming Pinocchio back into August Booth, Rumpelstiltskin and the Queens of Darkness insist that Regina begin the, um, enhanced interrogation techniques. Regina hesitates and Cruella accuses her of being soft, but Regina’s been tearing hearts out since before Cruella even played with puppies.

All hail Regina, Queen of Sass.

She conjures a fireball and leans in to August. Nervous, he blurts out that he’d heard about The Author in Hong Kong from The Dragon. The Dragon was murdered before he found out much, but August took all of his research. Intrigued, Gold goes to that trailer August used to hang out in look for the materials, leaving the witches to guard their prisoner. It’s a lot of information Regina needs to get back to The Charmings and Emma. She glares into the fire, conjuring a smoky spell that rises out of the chimney.

It doesn’t have to go far to find The Charmings and Emma and Hook, looking for Regina in the forest around Storybrooke. They watch the spell swirls around Mary Margaret. When the smoke dissipates, she looks the same but sounds like Regina. She discloses what she’s discovered—Gold is back, Pinocchio is technically okay but has turned into August, and Gold is up to something more but she doesn’t know what yet.

With word that Gold has returned, the crew heads to the pawn shop to talk to Belle. She insists his return is impossible, but his “turn into Killian so Belle will give me the dagger” trick is revealed when Belle (who breaks that whole Pirate Oath thing into a billion pieces for what appears to be no real reason) tells them that she gave it to Killian, and Killian denies ever doing such a thing. Belle is distraught that he managed to deceive her again, and Killian is outraged that The Dark One would stoop so low. He’s determined to find out all of his plan so that they can stop him before anyone gets hurt. And he knows how! Because he’s got that sketchy past with Ursula and still has her voice hanging around to use as a bargaining chip!

Ursula is at the cabin with the rest of her coven when she hears Killian summoning her with some sort of seashell pager magic thing. She excuses herself and takes off, which is weird, but the other witches are too absorbed in their own plots for happy endings to think much of it.

She meets up with Killian and threatens him a little, but eventually hears him out when he offers to return her happy ending without needing The Author so long as she spills the beans about everything she knows regarding The Dark One’s most recent plan. The voice is hidden on the Jolly Rodger, so they head to the harbor to track it. And, it’s closer than they think! Its floating in a bottle in the harbor somehow! But how are they going to get it out?

They head to the pawn shop, this time looking for Will Scarlett. Killian knows that Will has experience on magic ships and, since he is a man who knows how to get things (by stealing them), he happens to know of just the thing. A drop of a potion and a toss of a bottle into the harbor and the ship is restored! Does Storybrooke have a Staples? I think we should have an Easy Button for stuff like this.

They board the ship and Killian retrieves Ursula’s voice. The seashell shimmers and begins to release a golden-green magic that sings like Ariel’s wordless aria from The Little Mermaid. The magic pulses, and then fizzles. Ursula is furious that the magic didn’t work. Hook suggests that she’s too corrupted with evil for the spell to work properly, and that isn’t his problem, so he wants to know the rest of the villains’ plot. Ursula isn’t giving in, though. This failure proves that villains can’t get a happy ending without The Author, and so Ursula will be sticking with Gold to make sure she gets hers. And, for good measure, she ties up Killian and tosses him into the water.

He begins to sink (but thank goodness for waterproof eyeliner!) when a being swims up to him and pulls him out of the water.

ARIEL. ARIEL IS BACK.

(And yes if you read the internets about this show these things have already been mentioned, but I like to avoid those kind of things because I like these kind of surprises).

She drags him aboard the ship and revives him. Concerned, she asks if he’s okay as he regains consciousness. Initially upset that she was trapped with The Jolly Rodger, she’s also relieved to be free so she can find her way back to Eric.

But wait how did all this happen? Well, Blackbeard did some pretty unsavory things with The Jolly Rodger and so The Snow Queen shrank it in Arendelle as punishment for his misdeeds and Ariel got caught up in the spell somehow. The bottle wound up here when The Snow Queen took up her powers

in Storybrooke, because magic. And yeah, this is a stretch. But Ariel has always been the character to show up and help out just in the nick of time, and I love Joanna Garcia Fisher, so I’ll buy it.)

As Ariel is now grateful to Hook (and Ursula, really) for releasing her, Hook asks for a favor for the two of them on Ariel’s behalf. What favor? Well, he’d still like to get Ursula her happy ending somehow since he was the one who interfered with it, and he wants help figuring out a way to make that happen. More on that in a minute, though, because there are SO MANY OTHER THINGS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. THIS EPISODE HAS SO MANY THINGS.

Okay so at the cabin Regina is trying to sweat more information about Henry’s book and The Author out of August. He recognizes her and Robin Hood in the picture, also strange since he was a boy at the time Robin Hood was around, but apparently August has Pinocchio’s memories even if Pinocchio didn’t have August’s. And that makes sense actually since Pinocchio was supposed to start over and not repeat any of August’s mistakes when The Blue Fairy saved him. Anyway, he wishes he could help her, but there’s not a lot he can do.

Gold returns, revealing that he knew August was lying about The Dragon’s research, so he didn’t go to inspect the trailer. Instead, he went to the fairies and stole a potion from them that, once altered with his magic, will turn August back into wood for a time being. It’s going to be incredibly painful. Gold forces the potion down August’s throat. He groans as he changes into wood, and gasps in pain when the spell breaks and he’s a person again. But the potion isn’t just painful, Gold reveals. It will reactivate the consequences that Pinocchio had to deal with when he lied.

This interrogation just got interesting.

Gold eventually forces out of August (holding his head to the fire as his nose grows longer and longer) that he knows that The Sorcerer trapped The Author behind a door. A door that Regina will know about, since she has all of August’s things from his saddlebags. Regina admits that she has seen the illustration of the door but that it’s now in Henry’s possession so it won’t help them much. Gold demands to know where the door is, but all August knows is that it’s somewhere in Storybrooke. Satisfied, Gold pulls August back from the fireplace and secures him into his chair again. Since Regina has seen the door before, she’ll be accompanying him to The Sorcerer’s mansion to look for it. Cruella will stay behind to guard August.

Cruella is satisfied with her assignment, given that August isn’t too bad to look at when he’s all stubble and less wood shavings. She’s been ogling him for hours when Emma bursts in. She, Mary Margaret, and David have set out to save August. Cruella is delighted to have a crack at fighting The Savior, but Mary Margaret knocks her out cold with a frying pan from behind. First rule of being a bandit, she explains. The back door is usually unlocked.

They work to free August (and he and Emma have a cute moment reminiscent of all the flirting they did back in season one) when Ursula returns. She has her shell, but her happy ending is still out of reach, so she’s going to pour everything into working with The Dark One to find The Author. She holds Mary Margaret by the neck with one of her tentacles and orders them all to leave her and Cruella with August.

But Hook and Ariel had figured out a way to help Ursula, so they’ve been headed to the cabin as well. They arrive on the scene just as Ursula gets really close to choking Mary Margaret to death. She’s surprised to see him alive. He approaches the scene gingerly but calmly, the way hostage negotiators need to work. He has something important to tell her. It wasn’t Ursula’s dark magic that made her unable to retrieve her voice. It was just that the voice can’t be retrieved by anyone except the person who enchanted the shell to begin with. Ursula’s eyes fill with tears as she thinks of her father, and there isn’t a dry eye in the house when Poseidon himself walks through the door.

He explains that a mermaid took him through a portal, seeking him out when she found out about Ursula’s wicked plan. He apologizes for everything and wants her to have her voice back. It had been so painful to hear her sing, because he was reminded of his lost love, and he took his grief to a dark place instead of being comforted by what she’d left behind.

Ursula’s voice is restored. Father and daughter have a beautiful reunion and swear to leave Storybrooke in peace. Everyone is crying. Or, I am crying enough for everyone.

Then they realize that Cruella managed to slip off. David and Mary Margaret help August out of the cabin while Killian and Emma stand to catch their breath after all the drama. Emma is grateful that Killian helped Ursula, but Killian is concerned. Villains don’t get happy endings, and he used to be a villain. He isn’t sure what’s going to happen now that he has found his happy ending for real.

Emma is confused. What’s his happy ending?

Well, it’s Emma, of course. And he’s afraid that since Regina reformed as a villain but lost Robin Hood anyway, that the same thing will happen to them. More crying. Lots of kissing. And Emma is The Savior and she won’t let that happen, even if Killian isn’t so sure.

Cruella has taken off to find Gold and Regina and tell them what has happened. She arrives at the mansion and tells the story, right down to Ursula’s happy ending. Gold is furious but Cruella insists it wasn’t her fault. Someone must have told the heroes where August was being held! Except she assumes it was Ursula because she managed to get a happy ending out of it.

Annoyed but not discouraged, he sends Regina to take the illustration of the door from Henry to see what information they can get out of it while he and Cruella return to the cabin with Maleficent to regroup.

Hook is seeing off Ursula and Poseidon, who are going to travel through mermaid portals back to their own realm. She’s overjoyed to have her voice back and moved that Killian tried so hard to keep up his part of their bargain. So, she decides to honor her part as well. It’s not just The Author that Gold needs for the villain happy endings. Since things work differently here, The Author can’t grant any happy endings since he wasn’t the one who gave them. Emma, The Savior, did that. And as long as there’s still a Savior, The Author won’t be able to do anything for them. Rumpelstiltskin knows of Emma’s capacity for darkness and evil, and plans to fill her with it. They’re going to have their work cut out for them.

But maybe they have more on their side than they know. Regina has gone to The Charmings’ loft to retrieve the illustration from Henry, and she’s there as August recovers enough to tell them what he learned of Gold’s plot. He’s suspicious of Regina, but she assures him she’s working undercover.

So, August reveals that he was a little more flexible with the truth than Gold thought he was. He only knew that the door was “somewhere in Storybrooke” because he didn’t know where Henry was keeping that picture. Yeah, it’s not an illustration of the door. It IS the door. The Sorcerer trapped The Author in the book.

Dramatic Music! The End! We’ll need an entire week just to recover from that mass amount of plot movements! At least things are happening!

The Story Continues Next Sunday Night at 8:00 pm on ABC.

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Samantha Groves aka Root, made her first appearance on the CBS Series “Person Of Interest,” as a number selected by “The Machine,” as did Sameen Shaw, which leads me to ask the question, did we meet a future member of the team, in the latest episode entitled “Blunt“? This week’s number was a young woman whom we were introduced to as Harper Rose, although that’s not her real name. Harper’s not the computer genius that Root is, or is she a Government trained lethal weapon, like Shaw.

She’s an old-fashioned con-artist, whose got more identities, than most women have shoes. She’s as clever as a fox and is able to pit enemies against each other, while she quietly walks in, acquires what she wants, then slips out of sight. She had an easy rapport with Finch and Reese, while impressing a big man in the New York City underworld. This is total conjecture on my part, but I wouldn’t be surprised if actress Annie Ilonzeh, becomes a permanent member of the team.

This wasn’t one of the stronger episodes of the season, or in the history of the show, perhaps because the premise was faulty. The story revolved around Medical-Marijuana dispensaries in New York State, unfortunately the State of New York, doesn’t offer Medical Marijuana, the bill’s gotten caught in the State Legislature for the last couple of years. However, lets carry on with the story.

According to Rose’s records, she’s an anthropology major at NYU, back on campus after taking a year off traveling Europe. Reese’s on campus keeping an eye on her, when he notices she picked up another students back-pack and he follows her across the campus.

Suddenly we hear Root’s voice behind Finch, asking if he’s hard at work, she tells him she just got back from Sri Lanka, where they have the world’s greatest black tea, which she brought some back for Harold as a present. She asks if Harold’s recruited any new members and he replies, that he thought they didn’t want to involve others, after Sameen’s abduction. Root says in a city  that’s got 7..5 million people, they should come up with at least a couple of folks willing to fight for freedom. She says she’s got to leave, “The Machine’s” got her creating an app, which piques Finch’s interest.

Reese follows Harper through a dorm and she gets to her boyfriend Trey Wender’s room and he asks if he can cover his shift at work that night, he says he’s beat. After giving Trey, a hard time she says she’ll take his shift and kisses him goodbye, saying she’ll see him that night.

As John follows Harper to her job, Harold figures out that she works at a medical marijuana facility and in order to enter the building you need to have a registered prescription. Harold puts John in as Detective John Reilly, putting down PTSD and back-pain as his requirements for his prescription.

Harper shows up and she talks with the facilities manager Noah and he asks where Trey’s at, she tells him, her boyfriend got sick so she’s covering for him. A few minutes later Detective Reilly shows up and says it’s his first time there. Jordan kind of gives him the stink-eye, but she points him to the area she thinks he should head to.

Noah comes out, says they’re having a money-pickup now and to close down the shop. Because of facility not able to put their money in FDIC banks, due to Federal Regulations, he’s got Dominic and the Brotherhood, doing the runs and holding the money. He tells her to pack a valise with all the cash on hand. However she grabs two bags, one she fills with newspapers and gives it to Noah, the other one, with the money in it, she keeps for herself.

Dominic’s two men come to pick up the money, they don’t get 500-feet, when two cars pull up in an ambush. They’re members of the Mexican Cartel and they engage in a shootout with Dominic’s guys. They get the valise and find newspapers in it and Reese tells Harold, that Harper scammed them all.

He goes after him and catches her and she says oh yeah you’re that fake cop, Reilly says that she’s messing with the wrong guys and she says she can handle the cartel. John says that might be true, but Dominic’s crew’s a different story. He tells her to drop the bag, which she does, but when John bend’s down to pick it up, she smacks him across the back with a baton, takes back the bag and books.

Harold’s trailing Root, but she’s got built-in radar and she soon loses him in a crowd, he says out loud nicely done Miss Groves. Reese talks to someone who knows Harper and he says he can’t tell him much, but that girl can dance. With likely close to a thousand spots, one can dance in New York City, Reese of course picks the right one. He asks her where the money’s at and she tells him it’s gone, after paying her bills, buying some friends drinks and paying off these guys she owed, the money’s history. John tells her that Dominic’s got Trey and unless he gets paid, Trey will soon die. She says she’ll take care of it and disappears, but this time Fusco’s there to catch her leaving the club.

Harold’s deduced she’s not Harper Rose, she just took over her identity as the real Miss Rose is still off campus. Reese and Fusco bring her to an apartment, with Harold waiting for them. She asks if it’s his apartment and he says he owns the building. She starts putting things together, Reese is a former Military/Govt. Ops, Fusco’s a real NYPD detective and Harold’s the money guy and they go around rescuing people, Finch calls it a public service.

Harold acquired the money to pay off Dominic, buying Trey’s freedom and taking the target from Harper’s back. John and Mini meet at a diner and John tells him that he’s got the money that’s owed him and he’ll trade it for Trey and assured the girl will remain safe. Dominic smiles and says he’ll go for that if he tells him who he really is. John says I’m NYPD Detective John Reilly as it says on my card. Mini asks what kind of detective’s going to cough up money like that for those two?

Dominic then brings up Elias and asks how come Reilly cuts him such slack, John says his and Carl’s agreement’s they stay out of each other’s way, hence no problems. Mini asks if he can have the same deal and Reilly says, if you stop killing innocent people. Dominic says that girl’s not innocent and offers Trey for the money, which John refuses. Four of Dominic’s crew shows up, but Lionel’s in sniper’s position, with his laser scope on Dominic’s heart. Mini says this conversation’s over and they all leave the diner.

Root meets with a representative of some tech firm named Javier Braga and he loves her app, he says he thought it was going to be some little achievement but he’s amazed at what she’s done. If his boss’ impressed as he is, they’ll soon be in business together.

Harper says she has to rescue Trey, he’s an innocent and it’s her fault his life’s in danger. She says she can do it on her own, but it would make things far easier if she gets back up. She then looks at Harold and asks you’re pretty technical, right?

Harper goes to the headquarters of the Spanish Cartel and they want her head on a platter, but she asks which would she like more, her head or tens of millions of dollars? Dominic holds all the money for the city’s dispensaries, and she knows where the cash’s kept. She walks them over there.

While she’s heading to Dominic’s with the Spanish Cartel, John descends from a rope to rescue Trey. He cuts him loose and then they get him upstairs and on to safety. The Cartel shows up, to find Mini and his men, but he tells them he moved the money earlier that day. Everybody’s got guns on each other, the Cartel members get arrested due to the serial numbers on their guns’ filed off. Dominic’s men are allowed to go free.

Harper called Mini to have him move the money, she said they both wanted the Spanish Cartel off the street. Dominic tells her she’s brilliant and to give him a call when she’s done being a vigilante.

Root’s introduced to the company’s founder, Caleb Phipps, legendary in his field. He asks if she’d like to work on a project for them and Root plays humble and says she’s overjoyed. Something tells me this company’s part of Samaritan.

The Story Continues Next Tuesday at 10:00 pm on CBS.