Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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Operation Mongoose: Part 2 

The author aligns with Gold, while Emma, her parents, Hook and Regina try to stop them; Henry steps up to save his family.


Ralph Hemecker


Adam Horowitz (created by), Edward Kitsis | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... Prince Charming / David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Michael Socha ... Will Scarlet
Robert Carlyle ... Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
Lee Arenberg ... Grumpy / Leroy
Agnes Bruckner ... Lily Page
Beverley Elliott ... Granny / Granny Lucas
Patrick Fischler ... Isaac Heller
Rebecca Mader ... Zelena
Sean Maguire ... Robin Hood


The author aligns with Gold, while Emma, her parents, Hook and Regina try to stop them; Henry steps up to save his family.

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Release Date:

10 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kitsis/Horowitz,ABC Studios See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Reference from Star Wars. Killian says Henry is a prisoner from Kashyyyk which is Chewbacca's home planet. See more »


Emma Swan: NO!
David Nolan: I never did like pirates.
[Whispers to Hook, Emma attempts to step forward, but Henry stops her]
Henry Mills: Mom.
[Henry tries to drag his mother away, but she is frozen as she watches on in horror as Charming plunges his sword in further, killing Hook. Emma is devastated]
Henry Mills: Mom! We have to get out of here! Mom!
[Snow White launches a fireball at them. They run]
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Written by Daniel Moore (uncredited)
Performed by Three Dog Night
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Continuing the race to the finish
15 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

Season 4 had a lot to live up after Season 3 being as impressive as it was. At this early stage of the season, one can see a lot of promise, some may argue that it is capitalising on 'Frozen's' success but there is much more to the season than that. This promise was apparent from the get go, with a great season opener in "A Tale of Two Sisters". As far as the previous Season 4 episodes go, they were all decent to brilliant with the only small dip being "Family Business" and the best being the "Smash the Mirror" two parter, "Best Laid Plans" and "Mother".

Both parts of the season finale "Operation Mongoose" for me are wonderful. It is a tense, compelling and emotional episode with inventive twists and turns, the ending in both parts are well done.

If there was a preference for which was better between the two parts, for me it was the first. This second part was incredibly well done with lots of amazing things but let down a bit by Jared Gilmore looking uncomfortable and David and Mary Margaret not having as much to do or add as much as they should have done.

Loved the expanded role of The Author, bringing a lot of mystery, fun, intrigue and tension to the proceedings. His alliance with Gold is a perfect example of character and story advancing and the race against time story is always engrossing. A lot happens with several characters involved, but in a way that never feels over-stuffed or crammed. One doesn't feel like they're going round in circles, in fact the story is pushing forward, and the characterisation is not contradictory or underdone.

All the acting is strong apart from Gilmore, with particularly terrific performances coming from Patrick Fischler and Robert Carlyle proving why he was always one of the show's best and most consistent actors. Lana Parrilla, Colin O'Donoghue and Jennifer Morison don't put a foot wrong either. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas do their best with their roles.

Furthermore, "Operation Mongoose: Part 2" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie cutter. It is photographed beautifully too. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable theme tune.

Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue, or corn or cheesiness here. Some disagree with this it seems though and that's fine. This aspect has come on such a long way since when 'Once Upon a Time' first started, much more complexity and nuance.

Overall, wonderful. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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