“Lacey” pulls a Once Upon a Time reversal. It shows what happens when a Storybrooke resident reverts to their curse personality. Meanwhile in Fairytale Land, another not-quite-fairytale character is introduced.

The Players:

  • Director: Milan Cheylov
  • Writer: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz
  • Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Jared S. Gilmore, Robert Carlyle

Episode Title: “Lacey”

Once returns to one of the season’s biggest loose ends: The fate of Belle. After she was shot over the town line, she lost her memories, much to the disappointment of Mr. Gold. Regina helps jog her memory – but the wrong set. With nothing more than a matchbook, she brings back Lacey, Belle’s bar slut alter ego from the Storybrooke curse.

The Good:

  • Gold Kills Henry (Kind of): The episode opens on Henry’s birthday celebration in Mr. Gold’s store. After he blows out his candles, Gold tells him about his gift: He can choose any item from the store he would like. Henry chooses a wand and Gold explains that wands are powerful and offers to show him how to use it. He proceeds to turn Henry into a ceramic boy and smash him. Why? Because Henry will be his undoing, according to the prophecy. Gold wakes in a cliched cold sweat from the dream (yes, unfortunately, Henry is still with us), but it’s hard to ignore that foreshadowing.
  • Regina’s Little Mischief: This is a Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold episode, but Regina still finds a way to make her presence known. She destroys Belle’s memories knowing that Gold can’t use magic to bring her back. Little moments like this, in which she toys with people for no particular reason, remind us why Regina is such a great villain.
  • Lacey: As Lacey, Belle couldn’t be less, well Belle-like. She drinks, toys with men and most importantly, she’s on the prowl for a bad boy. Where Belle inspired Rumpel to be the best version of himself, Lacey embraces the evil side of him. Looks like both of our recovering villains will take walks on the dark side before the season’s over.

The So-So:

  • Robin Hood: This week’s episode was hyped with the introduction of a new Fairytale Land character: Robin Hood. When Robin tries to steal a wand from Rumpelstiltskin, he’s imprisoned and tortured. Belle, being the kind soul she is, helps him escape and Rumpel later spares him upon learning that Maid Marion is pregnant. The incident serves to explain Belle’s growing feelings for her Beast, but Robin was a bit wasted.


“Lacey” further explored the history of Belle and Rumpelstiltskin’s relationship. But as a stand alone episode, it leaves a little to be desired. Robin Hood is peripheral to the story, despite his hype in the ads and for once, the Storybrooke plot was far more interesting than its Fairytale Land counterpart.

Rating: 7/10

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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