Starting right where we left off last week, Once Upon A Time
took viewers on the journey of discovering the Snow Queen. Filled with twists and turns, fans not only were treated to the aptly-nicknamed Dairy Queen's past, but they also learned about Belle's life pre-Rumplestiltskin.
Right away we meet Belle's mother although, her screen time is short-lived as ogre's attack that ultimately claims the mom's life. Through much of the episode's flashbacks Belle tries to find out what happened (as this bookworm can't remember anything).
In these flashbacks, Oncers discover that Belle also has ties to Arendelle. She briefly befriended Anna. However, in a moment of weakness and desperation for the truth, Belle betrays this companionship. This in turn allows the Snow Queen, whose real name is Ingrid, to capture Anna.
In present time, Belle wrestles with her guilt and also tries to hide what she did, all the while attempting to rectify the past. She even willingly uses the Dark One's dagger on Mr. Gold just so she can fix this mess she unexpectedly made. Bold storytelling.
While Belle spends this episode bustling around keeping secrets and having her own adventure, Emma tries to put the pieces together as to why she (and Elsa) can't remember the Snow Queen, even though Ms. Swan lived with her for 6 months, has video recordings of the woman, and the woman had drawings young Emma did.
Ultimately, Belle does not find what she's searching for, but in the search for the item, Belle faces her inner-fears that Gold didn't truly love her and that he actually gave her a fake dagger. Even though things didn't go according to plan, Mr. and Mrs. Gold did uncover part of the Snow Queen's plan of using this mirror to destroy Storybrooke and create a 'perfect family' for Ingrid.
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