A dejected Sidney enlists the aid of Emma to help uncover evidence that could expose Mayor Regina as the corrupt person she really is to the townspeople of Storybrooke; and Mary Margaret and David continue their secret rendezvous while trying to figure out a way to unleash their unrequited love. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, King Leopold, who is the father of Snow White and married to the Evil Queen, stumbles upon a magic lamp and is granted three wishes by a Genie – who warns the king to be careful what he wishes for. (Summary from IMDB.com)
This was a filler episode. It had to be a filler episode. That has to be the reason that I really didn’t like this episode. With the small exception of more plot for The Stranger, this episode left me just… blah. I was actually kind of excited to know more about Sidney Glass/The Magic Mirror, but I didn’t like how they went about it. Finding out that The Magic Mirror used to be The Genie of the Lamp, put too many personalities on one man. Though, the idea of having the Magic Mirror be in love with the Evil Queen was a nice twist. I felt like putting The Genie in this episode was a way for the creators to introduce The Genie and then never have to go back to him.
I’m skipping the Guest Star & Quote section this week to bring in a speculation section. Primarily, because this series has a lot to speculation involved. Mostly about the mysterious stranger.
In talking to a handful of my friends about the stranger (I need to give major props to Eion Bailey for keeping the mystery), one theory is standing out more than the others. Most everyone thinks that The Stranger (we really need to find out his name) is the author of the fairy tales. Perhaps, a Mr. Grimm? Considering how this past episode ended, I have to say that that seems spot on. In addition to the ending of the episode, Ask Ausiello reported a little while ago that “In the next few episodes, the Mysterious Stranger With the Typewriter’s agenda “becomes clearer,” teases co-creator Adam Horowitz, “as we realize he has designs on Emma — both romantically and for another reason related to the curse and more specifically to Henry’s story book.” It all seems to add up to him being the books author.