Once Upon a Time: Season 1, Episode 17

Hat Trick (25 Mar. 2012)

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During her search for Mary Margaret, Emma finds herself trapped in the home of a strange man, as flashbacks show the Mad Hatter helping the Evil Queen in exchange for his daughter's safety.

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Emma leaves in search of Mary Margaret and instead finds herself trapped in the house of a seemingly dangerous man named Jefferson. In fairy-tale land, the Queen calls upon the Mad Hatter to help her find something she has lost in exchange for his daughter's safety. Written by Nadia Nassar

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When Jefferson takes Regina through the hat they end up in a room filled with doors into different worlds. One door, close to the Looking Glass, is emerald green with two golden door handles. The handles are each a golden "O" with a smaller golden "Z" in the center, signifying that this door leads into Oz, the world in the Wizard of Oz story. See more »

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Jefferson: I'm not crazy. This is real.
Emma Swan: Maybe. Maybe it is.
Jefferson: You believe?
Emma Swan: If what you say is true... that woman in the other room... is my mother. And I want to believe that more than anything in the world. So maybe you're right. Maybe I need to open myself up more. Maybe if I want magic... I have to start believing.
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Hat Trick
26 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I mentioned it last week, but, again, I was a bit skeptical after having watched the sneak peek for tonight's episode of "Once Upon a Time." I've noticed that one of this show's flaws has been to show us a whole slew of characters for, seemingly, just the hell of it. And while it can be fun to see in what new, whimsical manners our favorite time-honored characters will be presented in, in doing so, "OUAT" often fails to propel itself in the direction it needs to head. Luckily, though, tonight's episode proved that, for the most part, I was unnecessarily worried.

We pick up right where last week's episode left off—Mary Margaret is officially on the run after having escaped, and it's up to Emma to find her before Regina can take notice. On her way to do so, however, Emma nearly runs over a handsome stranger (guest star Sebastian Stan) who introduces himself, simply, as Jefferson. Noticing a slight limp (which he is obviously faking—the camera doesn't just linger on his feet for no reason), she offers him a ride home, and he graciously accepts it.

Back at his place, which is riddled with eccentric wallpaper, top hats, and large tea cups ("OUAT" is many things, but subtle is not one of them), Jefferson's true nature is revealed as he drugs Emma and ties her up. While she's quick to attempt an escape, she doesn't get too far before she stumbles upon Mary Margaret, who Jefferson has likewise kidnapped. Realizing his advantage (no one in town knows of Emma's whereabouts), Jefferson threatens the women and refuses to let either of them go free, as he's in dire need of Emma's help making a "magic" hat.

Why?

Because—just in case you didn't watch the previews for this week's episode, or simply failed to pick up on the blatant signals this show continuously throws at you—Jefferson, in the fairytale flashbacks , is The Mad Hatter.

Now, The Mad Hatter is one of those fictional characters I've always been inexplicably intrigued by, so there was the slight chance that this particular fairytale flashback could've gone terribly wrong. Surprisingly, though, it didn't, and I found this "new approach" to a familiar character to be amongst my favorites this show has done so far.

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