Review – Once Upon A Time 1.12 – Skin Deep

It’s no secret that my favourite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast. I mean, I named my daughter ‘Belle’.  So THIS was the week I’ve been looking forward to since day one.  I’m so glad, it didn’t disappoint!


Written by the amazing Jane Espenson (Buffy, Torchwood, BSG), I knew this episode had to be a hit.


In Fairytale Land, we meet Belle, played wonderfully by Lost’s Emilie de Ravin.  Belle’s father’s kingdom is threatened by the Ogre wars, and Belle suggests they bring in Rumpelstiltskin to help.  Of course, when Rumpel helps, a price must be paid. This time his price is Belle…and thus Rump becomes our Beast in this tale.  Rumpel takes Belle to his castle and, of course, like in the story, they start to fall in love.  They share a few very sweet moments, including Rumpel catching her in his arms when she falls from a height, and an adorable chipped teacup moment. (That was so awesome, right?!)
Rumpel allows Belle to take a trip to town and, sadly, here’s where things go wrong.  Belle ‘runs into’ the Evil Queen. (Dun dun DUN!)  Belle confesses her love for Rumpel to the Queen, but she fears that he has a dark streak that she won’t be able to break.  The Queen tells Belle that true love’s kiss can break any spell…And Belle rushes home to Rumpel.I LOVED Rumpel standing at the window, waiting for Belle. That small smile on his face when he sees her return…Beautiful.  Belle enters and kisses her Beast, who then begins to change into the man he once was. She’s overjoyed and tries to kiss him again, but he stops. He gets angry and assumes Belle is working with the Queen. No one could possibly love him.  He locks Belle away in the dungeon.  He later releases her and tells her to get out of his sight forever. Before she leaves, she calls him a coward for not taking a chance. He replies that he’s not a coward–his power just means more to him than she does. She doesn’t believe it and tells him he doesn’t believe she loves him and, in a wonderful parting line, Belle says, “All you’ll ever have is an empty heart and a chipped cup.”
Seemingly weeks later, The Queen pays Rumpel a visit. She tells him that when Belle went home, her father thought her in league with ‘the beast’, locked her in a tower and tortured her for information until she eventually jumped to her death.


Over in Storybrooke, Mr. Gold’s shop has been broken into. Emma is on the case (and nothing appears to be stolen) but Gold finds the thief first.  The thief is none other than Mr. French…Belle’s father’s Storybrooke counterpart.  Gold beats Mr. French, asking him who sent him to steal ‘the object’, where is it…and then he seems to get confused when he shouts that ‘she’s never coming back and ‘he was her father’.


Emma walks in and saves Mr. French…and arrests Mr. Gold.  Regina comes to the police station and offers Emma 30 minutes with Henry….because she wants to be alone with Gold.  Missing her son, Emma takes Regina up on her offer and then some wonderful things happen…Regina demands Mr. Gold tell her his name. He plays dumb for awhile, until we learn that it was Regina who sent Mr. French to Gold’s shop and she just happens to have ‘the object’ with her.  She promises to give it back…if he tells her his name.  “Rumpelstiltskin”, is Gold’s reply. *gasp!*  He then goes on to call Regina, “Your Majesty”…and Regina hands over the stolen object.  The chipped cup that Belle had broken in Rumpel’s castle. *sniffle*And, of course, this wouldn’t be Once Upon A Time without a twist…so at the very end, we see Regina enter a mental hospital (and NICE nod to One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, there!)…and in the basement, locked up in a tiny room, sitting in the corner on the floor…is Belle.  Ahhhhhh, right?!  Oh, and as a little side plot, Ashley (Cinderella) and her boyfriend get engaged and David gives Mary Margaret the Valentine’s day card meant for Kathryn.
So! What questions do we have this week?  Regina and Gold both know the other remembers Fairytale Land.


What happens next?!
  • When will Gold find out about Belle?
  • When will Katheryn find out about Mary and David?
  • When will Gold cash in his ‘favour’ from Emma?
  • Robert Carlisle’s AMAZING performance! (one again!)
  • Did you see the Buffy-scythe in Gold’s shop?! And the sorting hat from Harry Potter?!
  • The adorable nod to Chip!
  • The name on Mr. French’s flower van was “Game of Thorns’. Ha!
  • Belle’s beautiful (and perfect!) costumes.
  • Gaston turns into a rose!
What did YOU think of Skin Deep? As always, comment are very welcome!
Until next week, Oncers!

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