CASTLE Winter Finale Recap: Loksat Mystery Ignited


On this week’s CASTLE, when a woman is found murdered with a bag of heroin in her throat, Beckett gets closer than ever before to finding the elusive Loksat, but the cost almost becomes her marriage.

The case begins with a simple murder, a dancer on a cruise ship, but something is strange when the M.E. pulls out a bag of heroin from her throat. Castle weasels his way into the case, still trying to win Beckett back after their anniversary together. They both make their way onto the ship, where they discover a camera with footage of the victim spying on what they believe to be the drugs being moved through the trash. And this video tape comes with a clear shot of the suspect.

Bringing in the assumed drug mule, Beckett interrogates the suspect (who appears guilty of the murder but not of the drug charges), then makes a deal with the public defender, Caleb Brown, to make sure he goes to prison for 2nd degree murder. Case closed.

Unfortunately, the case isn’t quite closed for Beckett, because Vickram ran the heroin found in the victim’s throat and it was a 100 percent match to the drugs that Vulcan Simmons ships out. This match means that the murderer is connected with the person who killed Beckett’s team in D.C.

Working on trying to find Locksat and the connection to the victim, Vickram and Beckett work from their secret office while back in the Private Eye Office, Castle and Hayley make the decision to hack into Beckett’s phone. A viral war ensues where Beckett knows Castle is hacking her and Castle knows Beckett is lying to him. And so while Hayley and Vickram try to out-hack each other, Kate and Rick are on their phones, in their respect locations, trying to out-lie one another. Very confusing but sad nonetheless.

Finally, Kate and Vickram win the hacking war, and prevent Rick and Haylee from getting into their files, therefore keeping Castle from being a target on Loksat’s radar. This comes with consequences though, as Rick comes into the precinct later and confronts Kate about her behavior. Now that Castle has put all the pieces together about what Kate is investigating and why she broke up with him, he wants answers. He claims that she likes being broken and needs this obsession, which only hurts him because they could have been working this Loksat case together.

Kate seems to have taken his words to heart because at the very end of the episode, Kate comes to Castle’s door, explaining how he was absolutely right, and how she wants them to get back together. After a moment of hesitation from Castle’s part, he gives viewers what we have been waiting months for…Kate and Rick officially back together. Sealed with a steamy kiss and some witty banter about “naked times” the two make their way to the bedroom, seemingly ready to face the world together.

But will they be able to face Loksat together? Especially given Beckett’s discovery that the defense attorney Caleb Brown is working for Loksat somehow, and her subsequent plans to tail him? These questions and the state of Rick and Kate’s future will be answered when CASTLE returns with all new episodes on February 1 on ABC.


CASTLE Winter Finale Sneak Peek: Dirty Dancing


On the winter finale of ABC’s CASTLE, Rick and Kate are trapped on a cruise ship with a dangerous killer while they investigate the murder of the cruise ship director.

But Castle just wouldn’t be Castle without a little bit of silliness, and in the clip released it looks like viewers will get their fair share of that. Rick is undercover as a Mr. Dave Shermer, and takes to the stage as a part of the cruise package “Shermer” purchased. Claiming to have professional dance experience, Castle is set loose in the rehearsal, with varying results. It looks like he is trying to get some information on a young dancer named Laura.

Perhaps this Laura is related to the victim…or maybe she is the killer! Either way, viewers should tune into an all new CASTLE on November 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Winter Finale Recap: Who Shot Annalise?

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HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER delivered on its midseason finale promise and revealed who shot Annalise, but the road to that moment was full of twists and turns.

First we began with Michaela and Caleb telling Connor about the gun and asking him to help them get rid of it. Meanwhile, Annalise was examining the photo of the painting and asked to speak to Catherine. But when Catherine learned that Caleb had found the gun, she ran away and Annalise was unimpressed. When Caleb wondered if Philip had planted the gun to frame them, Annalise showed him the photo of Philip and Catherine’s painting. She then told Caleb that he needed to separate himself from his sister because it looked like she was guilty.

Meanwhile, Asher tried to get in touch with his father once his secrets were exposed in the press, but Bonnie delivered the bad news that his father had hung himself. Later, he met with his mother, who accused Asher of being happy with this turn of events. “I don’t want anything to do with you,” she told him.

Back at Annalise’s office, Bonnie lamented to Frank that they had become the kind of people that other people should be protected from. At the Hapstall house, Annalise seemed to feel remorse for what happened to Asher’s father and her part in it.

Earlier in the day, Sinclair confronted Nate and his boss about fabricating a criminal record for Phillip, but without any proof he left the meeting. He did, however, explode at Sinclair when she provoked him. When Annalise called him for more help with Philip, he told her he was probably going to be fired. Later, Nate called Annalise with more news about “another Sinclair problem” — news that left her reeling. So Annalise told her students and Caleb that Sinclair was on her way and they were going to tell her the truth about the gun. She told Caleb to head to Michaela’s apartment so she could walk Sinclair through what happened. But Caleb didn’t want to abandon her sister, so Michaela offered to stay at the mansion while Caleb headed out.

It turned out that Sinclair wasn’t the one who just arrived at the house, it was Bonnie, with Sinclair’s body in her trunk. “I’m so sorry,” she told Annalise. “Stop, she did this to herself,” Annalise replied.

And that’s when we flashed back to the scene in the precinct with Sinclair and Nate. Later, we saw Nate’s call with Annalise again about getting fired. But when his Captain told him that Sinclair had filed a harassment claim against him, Nate rebutted that he wanted to file a racial discrimination claim. Shortly after, Nate met with Sinclair, who said she wanted to bury the hatchet if he would help her take down Annalise. When we next saw Sinclair, Asher was confronting her about his father. When she told him that his father got what he deserved, he ran over her with his car.

Enter Asher’s white knight — Bonnie — who told him that Sinclair was dead. And it turns out that Bonnie had interrupted Nate’s call with Annalise (where he told her about Sinclair’s offer and the fact that Philip had been released) to deliver the news about Sinclair. With the situation spiralling out of control, Annalise tried to figure out her next move. So she called her own fixer — Frank — and asked him for the pills they had procured at Nia’s request.

And we’re back to the present time, where Bonnie showed Annalise Sinclair’s body. Asher pulled up and Annalise suggested they get Sinclair’s body inside. That’s when the other students found out about Sinclair and the cover-up in progress. Annalise told them that they were going to make it look like an accident, but Connor wanted to leave. So Annalise told Asher that the other students had killed Sam in order to buy their silence about Sinclair.

Annalise’s plan was to frame Catherine for Sinclair’s murder and that’s who Frank was chasing down on Annalise’s orders. After overhearing Annalise’s call with Frank, Wes called Nate to tell him about Annalise’s desire to protect him about Sinclair. Sinclair’s body was thrown over the railing as Philip headed to Catherine’s motel room to rendezvous with her. But Frank had gotten to her.

Asher was convinced their plan wouldn’t cover up what he did to Sinclair, so Bonnie told the others to put him in the car. And when it was all said and done Annalise told Bonnie to leave the gun as she put the rest of the plan into effect.

Then we were back at the the gas station bathroom from another episode flashback, where Bonnie was washing off the blood. But Asher hadn’t bailed, he was just buying a car wash ticket. Frank, meanwhile, was drugging an already unconscious Catherine as Philip was leaving a message for her, saying he had arrived at the mansion.

So who shot Annalise? She called the police to announce that Catherine had shot her and then she asked Connor to shoot her. Cue an emotional confrontation where Michaela begged Connor not to go through with it. “I hate you so much,” Connor said before he walked away. So Annalise begged one of the others to shoot her, but they all refused. Wes announced that Nate was coming so that he could help. “Maybe we should go to jail, for everything,” Laurel said. “Maybe that’s okay”.

As Annalise’s plan was falling apart in front of her eyes she blurted out that Rebecca was dead and had been dead this entire time. Furious, Wes shot her in the stomach, not in the leg as she had requested.

“Christophe,” Annalise breathed out, over and over again. Flashback to 10 years earlier, when a young boy named Christophe (who we suspect is Wes) was being interviewed by a police officer. “Is she dead?” the boy asked the cop, asking her to tell him the truth. “You think I’m going to freak out if I know [my mom] hurt herself.” And who was watching this scene behind the mirror? Annalise and Eve. “Good God, Annalise, what do we do?” Eve asked.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER will return with all new episodes on February 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

SCANDAL Recap: Unhappy for the Holidays


As Christmas approached on SCANDAL, not everyone was in the holiday mood. At the White House, Olivia was getting increasingly frustrated by her “First Lady” duties, Quinn was worried about Huck’s whereabouts and Mellie decided to filibuster a Senate vote just before the holidays.

Let’s begin with Olivia, who was growing increasingly disillusioned with her new position, despite Fitz and Abby’s happiness that she was becoming better received by the American people. As she told Abby, she is very good at this job, she just doesn’t seem to want to do it.

On the Senate floor, Mellie decided to take a stand to support funding for Planned Parenthood. While going through the enormous funding bill line by line, she angered her fellow Senators but appealed to Olivia’s sense of justice. In fact, Olivia arranged for Susan to make an unexpected visit to the Senate floor to give Mellie a chance to leave the floor and take a bathroom break. And when she saw Olivia in the bathroom she actually thanked her for her help. Mellie admitted that she might be done, but Olivia told her “you’re the biggest bitch I know. Don’t tell me you can’t do this.” As Mellie eventually yielded the floor she received boos and cheers from those still inside the building, but she had succeeded.

Meanwhile, Huck wasn’t missing. He was babysitting Rowan, who was enjoying taunting the former B-613 operative with talk about his family. Despite being provoked, Huck backed off before he could kill Rowan. Instead, he turned the tables on the man and pointed out his own failings as a father. Jake, on the other hand, was trying to find out more about Lazarus. He confronted Franklin, who said he just wanted to bring B613 back to the way it used to be. But Jake shot and killed Franklin, just as Huck told Rowan he was going to head back to his own family.

Olivia, on the other hand, skipped out on the Cabinet Christmas dinner to visit a doctor (was she getting an abortion?). When she finally made her way back to Fitz the two of them fought over Olivia’s role. And it seems like Olivia has snapped from making amends to Fitz for letting her father go. “You’re worse than Mellie,” Fitz spat at her. So Olivia shot back “There is no us! There is no future, not anymore.” And then after more hurtful words were flung between them, Fitz lamented that they had tried. “We did,” Olivia agreed. Is the tumultuous love story of Olivia and Fitz coming to an end?

Huck dropped off Rowan at home with a cheerful “Merry Christmas”. And Jake greeted him, telling him that he knows he wasn’t Lazarus. “Welcome home, son,” Rowan said to his former employee and invited Jake in. Over at Quinn’s apartment, Charlie stopped by with a little festive tree just as she was getting in to the booze. And Olivia’s new couch arrived as Mellie enjoyed Christmas with her kids and Fitz remained alone.

In the end, Olivia sat on her new couch with a glass of wine and a bowl of popcorn. And she smiled.

SCANDAL returns with all new episodes on February 11 on ABC.

SCANDAL Winter Finale Sneak Peek: Family Taunting


Jake and Huck are continuing the hunt for Rowan in the winter finale of SCANDAL and it looks like they’ll find him. In the sneak peek below we see Huck watching over Rowan while Rowan taunts him about his family. But does he really want Huck to end his life?

Meanwhile, at the White House, Abby seems happy that the public is more accepting of Olivia, but Olivia is feeling more and more frustrated as she takes on more “First Lady” responsibilities.

Don’t miss the midseason finale of SCANDAL on November 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. SCANDAL will return with all new episodes on February 11.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Winter Finale Sneak Peek: A Planted Gun?

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HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER has promised that we’ll learn who shot Annalise in tonight’s winter finale and the stage is set for yet another mystery to be solved.

But before we can get to that, we need to deal with the tricky Hapstall case. At the end of last week’s episode Caleb showed Mikaela a gun that he had found hidden in the house. Does it mean Catherine is responsible for the death of their parents? It’s clear that Mikaela is worried that’s the case, but not worried enough not to try and keep it a secret. In the sneak peek below we see that she brings in Connor in the hope that he can help her and Caleb dispose of the gun so that Phillip can continue to take the wrap for the murder.

Don’t miss the midseason finale of HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER on November 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT Sneak Peeks: Thanksgiving Rivalry

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On this week’s episode of FRESH OFF THE BOAT, the Huangs are hosting Thanksgiving dinner and Jessica is in full-on competition mode. With Jessica’s mom and sister coming down, Louis and the family are in charge of making sure that this dinner is better than Connie’s dinners back in D.C.

Then, in the sneak peek, viewers get a chance to see just how the visit is going with Grandma Huang. When Oscar (Grandma’s favorite person ever who she never gets to see at D.C. Thanksgiving) and his boyfriend come over for dinner, Jessica uses it as her upper-hand against her sister.

Watch FRESH OFF THE BOAT on November 17 at 8:30 PM ET/PT on ABC.

CASTLE Recap: Couple’s Counseling


One of the show’s most lovable relationships was in jeopardy on this week’s CASTLE, and it wasn’t Rick and Kate. Esposito and Ryan were the problem couple this week, and after their “partner” counselor tells them that in order to stay partners, they need a “buffer” -for the time being- just to keep from arguing. And that buffer just so happens to be Richard Castle.

Now that Castle is working with them, Espo and Ryan quickly identifies the victim of this week’s crime, an out of work actor stabbed nine times. They sweep the crime scene and discover a camera, with pictures of the victim in a very compromising (naked) situation with a woman with a very distinct tattoo on her back.

This tattoo lead, along with bank statements that suggest payment for his sleeping around, lead the investigators to three rich, married woman who spend most of their time in the spa or in the tabloids. It just so happens that some undercover work is called for to determine which of these three women has the tattoo, which leads to Kate and Haylee in towels at the spa, trying to get their suspect. After a quick chase, and a wardrobe malfunction where the suspect’s towel falls off, Kate and Haylee find the woman from the picture.

It turns out that the woman didn’t actually kill her scorned lover, but gave information on a divorce lawyer, and one of her clients might have paid the man to sleep with her. More undercover work ensues! Unauthorized by Beckett, Castle goes in to try and get the lawyer’s ledger, which holds all the information about who hired the victim, and therefore who had motive to kill him. While undercover, some personal issues were discussed about Castle’s current situation, and when asked directly if he thought there was hope for him and Kate he remained silent. Unfortunately moments later, Castle gets caught without obtaining the ledger, but fortunately Alexis is right behind Castle to get the necessary information.

It turns out that a man named Keller has paid the victim to sleep with three of his wives (now ex-wives) but the victim seems to have grown a conscience with the fourth wife and got murdered for it. The lawyer from the firm was able to block the charges, but when Espo went back and confronted the lawyer it turns out she was in on it with Keller, and was the killer all along. Pulling out a gun and pointing it at Espo’s head the situation seems dire. But luckily, and after all of their fighting and arguing, Ryan jumps in front of the bullet just as the lawyer fires and saves Javier’s life. Ryan was fine, his cell-phone taking the bullet in the most unlikely of miracles, and the lawyer is arrested along with Keller.

Now to Kate and Richard. It was their one-year anniversary this week, and Kate agreed to go out to one dinner with her husband, even though Vickram warned her that as she and him got closer to uncovering more about who killed her D.C. team Castle could be in danger. She decided to go though, and as she walked into Castle’s now bachelor-ed apartment, food in hand, he surprised her with a kiss. They both agreed to take one night off from their “time off” and proceeded to the bedroom. Cut to hours later and they are hand in hand, with Richard assuring Kate that he hasn’t given up hope on them. But, just as Kate steps into the other room to change, her phone goes off and Castle see’s the text from Vickram saying that he has found something, its urgent, and Kate needs to call him. Hiding his newfound knowledge when Kate comes back into the room, it looks like Castle might just be in more danger than Kate knows.

What exactly will happen to Kate and Richard after this momentary lapse in separation? Watch an all new CASTLE on November 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

ABC Announces Midseason Premiere Dates: GALAVANT, THE CATCH, THE FAMILY & More!

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ABC has announced the midseason premiere dates for several returning shows, including GALAVANT and AGENT CARTER, as well as for new shows such as THE CATCH, THE FAMILY and THE REAL O’NEALS.

In addition, the network’s Tuesday night comedies will return from winter hiatus on February 2, while the TGIT line-up will return on February 11. ONCE UPON A TIME and MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. will be having longer hiatuses and will return with new episodes on March 6 and March 8, respectively. NASHVILLE will return on March 16

Below is the midseason schedule:

Sunday, January 3
8:00-9:00 p.m. GALAVANT (Season 2 Premiere)

Monday, January 4
8:00-10:00 p.m. THE BACHELOR (Season 20 Premiere)

Tuesday, January 5
9:00-11:00 p.m. MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (Season 2 Premiere, 2 hours, regular time period 9-10 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 6
10:00 p.m. AMERICAN CRIME (Season 2 Premiere)

Thursday, January 7
8:00-10:00 p.m. MY DIET IS BETTER THAN YOURS (Series Premiere, 2 hours)
10:00 p.m. BEYOND THE TANK (Season Premiere)

Tuesday, February 2
8:00 p.m. THE MUPPETS (New Episodes)
8:30 p.m. FRESH OFF THE BOAT (New Episodes)

Thursday, February 11
8:00 p.m. GREY’S ANATOMY (New Episodes)
9:00 p.m. SCANDAL (New Episodes)
10:00 p.m. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (New Episodes)

Wednesday, March 2
8:30 p.m. THE REAL O’NEALS (Sneak Preview)
9:30 p.m. THE REAL O’NEALS (Sneak Preview)

Thursday, March 3
9:00 p.m. THE FAMILY (Sneak Preview)

Sunday, March 6
8:00 p.m. ONCE UPON A TIME (New Episodes)
9:00 p.m. THE FAMILY (Time Period Premiere)
10:00 p.m. QUANTICO (New Episodes)

Tuesday, March 8
8:00 p.m. FRESH OFF THE BOAT (New Time Period)
8:30 p.m. THE REAL O’NEALS (Time Period Premiere)
9:00 p.m. MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D (Series Return, New Episodes)
10:00 p.m. OF KINGS & PROPHETS (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, March 9
10:00 p.m. AMERICAN CRIME (Season Finale)

Wednesday, March 16
10:00 p.m. NASHVILLE (Series Return, New Episodes)

Thursday, March 17
10:00 p.m. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (Season Finale)

Thursday, March 24
10:00 p.m. THE CATCH (Series Premiere)

ONCE UPON A TIME Recap: Emma Did What Now?

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Before we dive into this recap, it is important that you are very well aware that there will be major spoilers ahead. Proceed at your own risk.

Last night’s ONCE UPON A TIME was promoted as a huge two-hour event and I swear I thought it was going to be something like parts one and two, and that they would work as one huge episode, like we have seen in past seasons. But to my surprise “Birth” and “The Bear King” served as two completely standalone episodes and – let’s be honest – the one that really mattered was “Birth”. As much as I love Merida and it was great to see Ruby and Mulan again, the only thing we really took from this episode was that Crazy!Arthur was the one who killed Merida’s father in his endless quest to make Excalibur whole. So, let’s focus on “Birth”, shall we?

The first episode of the night revealed what the Dark Swan is really after and what prompted her to fully embrace the darkness back in Camelot. I have to say that I did not see that coming. At all. As much as I had suspected it was something big and it had to do with Killian – and I really suspected that she had done it out of love, just like Rumple had, to save Baelfire – I had no idea it was going to be this big. That was very bold move on the writers’ part and I am so curious as to how they are going to resolve this.

Emma’s master plan is not to destroy all light magic, as the heroes had previously thought. What she really wants is to get rid of all dark magic, including hers. So after she makes Excalibur whole, she saves Killian’s life when Arthur tries to kill him – or so we thought – and he tells her that he still loves her and he wants to know the truth about what really happened in Camelot, no matter how bad it is. He insists on it and tries to get her attention in every way possible, until she relents and takes him back to her house, telling him she will tell him, but only after she has completed her plan. So she puts him under a spell and in shackles, so he won’t try and stop her, and proceeds with her schedule. Speeding up Zelena’s pregnancy is the first item on the agenda and the Wicked Witch quickly gives birth to a baby girl. Regina and the others think that it’s the baby that Emma is after, but they couldn’t be more wrong. The Dark Swan is actually after Zelena, but she is not that heartless, so she saved the baby and then kidnapped Zelena, putting her in her creepy basement with Killian. Once there, she reveals that what she really plans on doing is to tether all dark magic to Zelena and then to kill the witch to get rid of it once and for all.

What she didn’t foresee, however, was the fact that, as much as Killian really, really loves her, he really wants to stop her plan. Remember, he still thinks that she maybe wants to destroy all light magic; so he teams up with Zelena, uses his enchanted hook to get her magic binding cuff off and she frees them both. Except Killian stays behind, hell bent on finding something that could help him help Emma, and she catches him on the act. He confronts her and uses a potion that immobilizes her, so she won’t go through with her plan. And that’s when Zelena decides to return because – guess what – she found one on Emma’s dreamcatchers and she knows exactly what happened back in Camelot. But of course, she is the Wicked Witch and she has a flare for drama, so she stabs Killian just to prove a point. When nothing happens to him, she reveals what really happened and why Emma is so determined to get rid of all dark magic. But before we dive into that, let’s talk about Camelot.

Crazy!Arthur tethered Merlin’s magic to Excalibur, so now he has command over the sorcerer. So he kidnaps Emma’s loved ones and threatens to unleash Merlin on them and kill them all, if Emma doesn’t give him the dagger and the Promethean spark, so he can finally make Excalibur whole. Merlin and Emma duke it out and he wins, but she still refuses to give them to Arthur. She tells the sorcerer that he is stronger than the sword’s command and Merlin is able to fight the power long enough to save Mary Margaret, and for Killian to free himself and attack Arthur. The crazy bastard manages to hurt our favorite pirate, but once he realizes his out numbered, he tells Zelena to poof them out of there. So Emma quickly heals the cut on Killian’s neck and it seems that they are all going to live happily ever after. They have the dagger, Excalibur and the Prolethean spark – all that is left to do is for Emma to light that spark and turn into it fire, so she can make the sword whole again.

In order to do that, however, she needs to be ready to let go of the darkness. Regina confronts her and even commands her to face her fears head on. Killian stops her, of course, but Emma soon confesses to him that what she is really afraid of is that future he has envisioned for them, with the house and white picket fence and she thinks she is going to lose him, just like she has lost everyone. He reassures her that he won’t ever leave her and they profess their undying love for each other and that is what turns the Promethean spark into fire. So great – they have everything, Emma is ready to let go of the darkness and they are going to live happily ever after, right?

Wrong. Because the moment Emma starts the process of making Excalibur whole, the cut on Killian’s neck reopens and it’s so much worse than before. He is suddenly bleeding out and there is nothing they can do to save him. Emma begs with him not to leave her and tells Merlin she can take his magic and transfer it to Killian, tethering him to Excalibur. Merlin warns her she shouldn’t do it because this will be the last step for her to embrace the darkness and it would turn Killian, but she doesn’t listen and takes Merlin’s magic away and tethers it to her pirate in order to save him.

And Killian Jones becomes a Dark One.

Holy. Mother. Of God.

I don’t know about you, but I never saw this coming and I admit my jaw hit the floor when that was revealed. Killian was obviously not amused by that fact and is downright furious with Emma. She turned him into the one thing he has spent centuries trying to kill and I can’t even begin to tell you how heartbreaking that is. She did it out of love, because she loves him so much that the only way to save him was to turn him into the creature he hates the most and my god, my heart cannot take all these feels.

Let it please be acknowledged that Jennifer Morrison is bringing her A game this season. It is easily her best season yet, but these past couple of episodes she has been breathtaking and my heart is in pieces for Emma Swan. And that is all due to Morrison’s talent. I have no idea where they are supposed to go from here, but I am so in. Is there any way we can give a grade higher than A+? Because that’s what “Birth” deserves.

So what did you think? Hit the comments below or come talk to me on Twitter.

Don’t miss the next new episode of ONCE UPON A TIME on November 29 on ABC.