So Once Upon A Time is expanding the Frozen universe, which is fine by me because I don't really have any dog in the Frozen fight, unless you want to screw with living legend Idina Menzel. NO ONE MESSES WITH MENZEL. Spoilers ahead.
So after the weird wig episode, we have THIS episode. And seriously, what was this episode? Seemed like this week, the show was just trying to establish more groundwork for the upcoming weeks, but sadly that makes for fairly boring television. But there were still a few sparkles of something interesting.
First up, the Snow Queen. Last week the Snow Queen showed up and we were all like OMG more ice people. Turns out the Snow Queen is evil and just wants to kill random people so Elsa will be on her side, whatever side that is. Seems like a bad way to get people on your side (you get more flies with honey, sister). But whatevs.
Oh, and speaking of sisters, turns out the Snow Queen is Anna and Elsa's aunt who was trapped in the magical urn that Hans (You guys remember Hans. How freakishly insane is this casting???? He looks like the walking cartoon character!!!!) was going to use to trap Elsa.
But it didn't work, and now Hans is frozen and/or dead thanks to the Snow Queen. Goodbye, Hans. Maybe stop being such a dick all the time.
However by killing/freezing Hans, the Snow Queen just showed her evil hand, because if there's one thing Good Guys don't do in fairy tales, it's kill people. So I guess she's evil, but really the boob window in the dress and the way she was arching her eyebrow and trying to kill Marian and Hook also kind of gave away her evilness (for now).
But before she revealed her fancy Snow Queen dress, Emma had to track her down, which lead Emma to run into the best part of that Wonderland show.
This is great. I loved, loved, loved "the Knave," and I love even more the fact that whatever happened in Wonderland clearly doesn't matter in Once, because fuck it, the people love this guy. And we do.
So the Knave is here and Emma and Charming are being the best detectives on the planet. Together, the three of them head to the truly suspicious ice cream shop (at the Knave's request) and there the most wonderful bits of dialogue are uttered. Emma tells everyone to SHUT UP because she's the greatest ice cream detective of them all and there's "No compressor humming," which means, "No cooling system." HOW IS THE ICE CREAM STAYING IN ICE CREAM FORM? IT SHOULD BE JUST CREAM AT THIS POINT. MAGIC, MAGIC I SAY. This is just common ice cream knowledge.
But yeah, now everyone knows that source of the chilly evil is the ice cream lady—who was also totally new in town and never around before (brought over in the second, or third?? curse), but they needed Emma's compressor detection skills to deduce this secret. Why didn't Robin Hood offer up his advice: "Hey, about an hour ago my wife had ice cream for the first time and now she's an ice cube, anyone? Anyone?" But he couldn't, because he was too busy telling Regina that he was still in love with her and I don't care, I totally want Marian to die. I want Regina to just have three episodes of happiness.
And you know what? Maybe she will, because things are going great with her kid Henry, who never has to go to school and they just bought these Marvel comics.
But seriously, I am pulling hard for Robin Hood and Regina. I also happen to think that Robin Hood is dashing and Regina is smoldery, so they are perfect. But Regina is trying to be good, so she rips out Marian's heart before she turns into ice Marian and promises to help save her. WHATEVER, just let her melt and get together, kids.
And that's about where it ends. The Snow Queen is revealed; somehow she's connected to Anna and Elsa (maybe their aunt, maybe a liar) and she's definitely already planting the seeds of sisterhood hatred inside of Elsa, which is a bummer. I hope Elsa is too smart to fall for that bullshit, but then again, no one on this show is ever particularly bright besides Mr. Gold. And speaking of old Rumps, looks like the Snow Queen and Rumps have a past, and that he knows about the Snow Queen's real past with both Elsa and Anna. Hmmmm. Maybe they are all related because of the blonde hair? I don't know.
Then Emma and Hook kiss and she tells him everyone she loves dies (a fact) and that's why she's being distant. Also, it's time for him to change.