first_imgStay on target The main characters of Once Upon a Time didn’t have a whole lot to do this week. Instead, the show used the time to catch us up on what Jasmine and Aladdin have been up to. Remember when they wished themselves to Agrabah during the midseason finale? We all knew it wouldn’t be that easy. We find them wandering around the present day Enchanted Forest, unable to find their home. The only thing the wish appears to have done is put a ring in Jasmine’s pocket. A flashback tells us the ring is the Crown Jewel of Agrabah and a reminder of how Jasmine failed her home.Jasmine decides she has to row out to the middle of the ocean, wish Aladdin free from the lamp (he’s a genie now, remember?) and dump it into the water. That way, the lamp can never hurt anyone again. Before they can, they’re attacked by a Kraken. Know who else is looking for one of those? Captain Hook. When Gideon unexpectedly sent the Nautilus through a portal to another world, he used the last of the ship’s Kraken blood. Hook, looking for more, happened to be close by and saved Aladdin and Jasmine from a watery tentacle grave. Unfortunately, as fun as the battle scene was, it scared away the beast, leaving Hook still stranded.With everyone being aboard the Nautilus, they are one step closer to finding Agrabah. Jasmine reveals that Jafar took Agrabah. She’s kept it a secret because she’s afraid to face him again. Now that finding Jafar is the only way to get to Agrabah, they have to find him. And since Jafar can travel between dimensions, Hook is along for the ride too. Finding Jafar shouldn’t be too hard anyway. He has revenge in his heart. The Nautilus is good at finding people like that.Deniz Akdeniz as Aladdin, Karen David as Jasmine, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook. (ABC/Jack Rowand)The flashbacks tell us exactly what happened to Agrabah. While walking through the streets of Agrabah, Jasmine heard a vendor chasing a thief. Thinking it was Aladdin, she gave chase only to meet Ariel. The Little Mermaid is in Agrabah looking for Prince Eric. Jasmine thinks if she helps reunite Ariel with her Prince, he’ll use his Navy to defend Agrabah from Jafar. That way, she doesn’t have to marry some random prince for an Army. But it turns out Eric’s presence in Agrabah was just Jafar in disguise. He wasted just enough of their time that Jasmine has no other option but to accept his offer of marriage in exchange for not wiping out Agrabah. Only it turns out he was lying. Agrabah was protected by the Crown Jewel. Now that he has it as an engagement ring, he can make it disappear.Back in the present, Jasmine, Aladdin, and Hook use the Nautilus‘s compass, which leads them to a house. One look at all the gadgets, gizmos, whosits, whatsits and thingamabobs (there are twenty), and Jasmine knows exactly who lives there. It appears in the brief time they knew each other, Arial and Jasmine became best friends. As if no time has passed at all, Ariel agrees to help Jasmine look for Jafar. He appears to be imprisoned in a lamp. Thinking they’ll have him under their control if they release him, Jasmine rubs it. Unfortunately, Jafar is not a Genie. He had broken the curse and only needed someone to free him from the lamp. After revealing to Jasmine that Agrabah is actually inside the crown jewel, he tries to take it from her. He doesn’t realize that Jasmine has learned a lot since her last encounter. She fights him off, using some of his own magic to turn him into a wooden staff.JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Ariel. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Unfortunately, that means Hook is still a long way from home. He hopes he’ll find someone in Agrabah who can help. Jasmine kisses Aladdin, which simultaneously brings back Agrabah and frees Aladdin with the power of love. Before heading back to her island, Ariel gives hook a shell that can communicate across dimensions with the one Hook has back at home.This episode was all about the women taking charge of their own stories, which made this one of the better episodes this season. Even though it didn’t move the story forward much, it was fun watching Jasmine learn to stand up to Jafar. Also, that stick she turned him into is cool, and I want it in my living room. The women in Storybrooke got a few good scenes in their story as well. Regina and Snow teamed up to help Emma deal with Hook seemingly abandoning her. They take her to a new bar that’s popped up in town, Aesop’s Tables. (Finally. If there’s one thing this town needs, it’s a drink.) Regina tries to get Emma to talk about her feelings, but they’re distracted by a wonderfully drunk Snow White challenging a bunch of vikings who nearly walked out on their tab. It’s nice to see badass Snow again, even if she only comes out with alcohol now.Eventually, Emma has to turn away from the knife dart game (seriously, Snow White is awesome when she’s drinking), and deal with her feelings. She pours her heart out to Aesop the bartender and ends up crying into her napkin. Deciding it’s time to move on, she returns home to hear a voice coming from Hook’s chest. She digs out a shell like the one Ariel gave Hook in Agrabah and hears his voice. He explains everything to her. She tries to respond, but he can’t hear her. Aesop appears and reveals the entire bar to have been a trap. He was actually Gideon, and now he has the Savior’s tears on a napkin. If she wants Hook back, she’ll have to help him kill the Black Fairy.Ginnifer Goodwin and Lana Parilla. (Photo Screenshot via ABC)While this episode certainly dragged in parts, it was still one of the best side-character focused shows they’ve had in a while. We didn’t get to see much of Aladdin and Jasmine during the first half of the season, and this one made up for that. They’re great characters and teaming them up with Ariel made the Disney Renaissance fanboy in me squeal in delight. The fun lighthearted tone of the bar scenes added a nice contrast between the two plots and made the twist at the end so much more effective. Aesop being Gideon completely caught me off guard because it was such an abrupt tonal shift from everything that came before. I’m still not entirely on board with Gideon as a villain, but after that, I’m definitely curious to see what his plan is. How does he intend to use Emma to kill the Black Fairy? I guess we’ll find out next week. Once Upon a Time Builds Fun Lore Around a Seattle LandmarkOnce Upon a Time’s Final Battle Was the Happiest Ending last_img