In “Forget Me Not,” we discover the Knave’s true identity and surprising former flame. We see how the mistakes he made in the past have shaped the person he has become. Throughout the course of the episode, we question if the Knave is capable of change. Will Alice’s influence restore honor to this heartbroken thief?
Fairytale Land past: “As long as I’m with you, I’m ready for anything.”
A few years ago, the Knave of Hearts went by his given name, Will Scarlet. Will helps a group of thieves rob a carriage in the Enchanted Forest. This robbery serves as his initiation into Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men. As Robin welcomes Will into the selective group he explains their purpose: the Merry Men are not mere thieves. They steal to help those in need and they fight for others rather than themselves. Their cause is humanity, not fulfilling selfish desires. Robin says that you lose your sense of self when you steal for personal gain. When Will joins the Merry Men, he must adhere to their code of honor. After hearing Robin’s words of wisdom, Will proposes a new job for the gang. He wants to rob Maleficent’s castle when she is out of town. When Robin says he doesn’t mess with magic, Will assures him that he only wants to steal her gold. That night Will returns home to his mysterious blonde girlfriend. We don’t see her face, but he promises her that their lives will change and they can leave the Enchanted Forest after this one last job.
When the Merry Men rob Maleficent’s castle, Will sneaks off and steals a small looking glass while the others are busy getting her gold. They return to their camp and suddenly hear Maleficent’s voice bellowing around them. She says they can keep the gold, but they must return the treasure. She warns: “It will only bring you misery.” When Robin Hood asks who disobeyed his orders, Will remains silent.
That night, Will sneaks off while the Merry Men are sleeping. Robin Hood confronts him and asks why he disobeyed. Will doesn’t see what the big deal is. He does not understand that magic comes with a price and can be dangerous. Robin Hood warns him: “You will meet the fate you've earned. The fate you deserve.” Will leaves the Merry Men and shrugs off Robin Hood’s foreshadowing words of woe.
Will returns home and we finally get to see the infamous Anastasia; the enigmatic woman who crushed his spirit and stole his heart is dun dun dun…the Red Queen! Anastasia wanted the looking glass so that they could run away to Wonderland and start a new life together. Will says he is happy to venture into any land as long as he is with Anastasia. As they take the plunge into through the looking glass, Anastasia gleefully says that magic makes anything possible. Sadly, in this case it seems magic leads to Will’s heartbreak.
Wonderland: “Don't get all mushy Alice. I'm doing this for me. This thief's going to clear his name.”
Alice and Will track down a magical item called the Forget Me Not. It is a knotted rope through which you can look into the past. Alice wants to use it to see who stole Cyrus’ bottle and Will thinks he know how to find it.
Will takes Alice with him to see the Caterpillar in Underland. Will owes the Caterpillar big time, so he asks to retrieve the Forget Me Not and give it to the Caterpillar in exchange for clearing his name. The Caterpillar says a very nasty creature named Grendel possesses the Forget Me Not, so it will be very difficult to get it. If the Knave fails, the Caterpillar will have his head. They agree to the deal and head out to Grendel’s.
On the way Will explains how there can be great power in knowing other people’s secrets and Alice questions if they are doing the right thing. He asks how much Cyrus is worth to her and needless to say, Alice would risk everything to save her True Love. Will essentially tells her to stop second-guessing, she asked for a thief and now she’s got one. Meanwhile, Jafar and the Red Queen conspire on ways to cause trouble for Alice.
Jafar and the Red Queen want to force Alice to use one of her three wishes. They come up with different ideas in front on Cyrus and gauge his reactions to each frightening approach. When they mention a Bandersnatch, Cyrus looks concerned. This creature is a living nightmare and terrified Alice when she visited Wonderland as a child. So Jafar and the Red Queen send a Bandersnatch after Alice, hoping she’ll wish her way out of a life-threatening situation. Elsewhere, Alice and Will find themselves in a compromising position.
As they walk toward Grendel’s house, Alice and Will fall into a trap and are captured by the creature. They wake up and find themselves bound inside of his kitchen. Will says Alice can wish their way out, but she suggests he be clever thief instead. As they study Grendel, they realize that he is watching his former love in the Forget Me Not. Will says he is good with monsters and begins bonding with Grendel over lost love. Will says that losing someone you truly love can change you. He bluntly says that the grotesque and frightening way Grendel looks on the outside is the same way Will feels. He encourages Grendel to let go of his hurt and leave the past behind. During their conversation, Alice manages to break free by cutting the rope with her rubies. When Grendel isn’t looking, she unties Will. As they are about to go for the Forget Me Not, the Bandersnatch breaks in and wreaks havoc on everyone.
Alice remembers a trick Cyrus taught her and chokes the creature with the Forget Me Not. As the Bandersnatch lunges towards Grendel, Will kills the beast, saving his life. Grendel is grateful and gives them the Forget the Not, explaining that he stole it from the Red Queen. As punishment, she turned him into this creepy-looking creature. They understand that Grendel did what he had to do to be with the woman he loves and part on friendly terms. Moments after Alice and Will leave, Jafar and the Red Queen pay Grendel visit. They tell Grendel they can bring his wife back if he tells them where Alice and Will went. The Red Queen explains, “If we succeed, the impossible will be possible.” The temptation is too great to resist, so Grendel spills the beans and Jafar harpoons him with his staff (poor Grendel.) Meanwhile, Alice and Will get a big surprise when they gaze into the past.
Alice is stunned when she watches the White Rabbit give Cyrus’ bottle to the Red Queen. They realize that the situation is even worse than they imagined. Suddenly, Will has a change of heart and decides not to give the Caterpillar what he wants. The Forget Me Not can be used for so much evil, it is better off destroyed. He recalls what Robin Hood had said to him and explains to Alice that he is would not be a thief if he stole the Forget Me Not for her. Handing it over to the Caterpillar for his own gain would make him a thief. Will burns the Forget Me Not, putting his life in grave danger. Now they have to worry about Jafar, the Red Queen and the Caterpillar coming after them, but at least Will Scarlet chose honor over selfishness.
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‘Once Upon A Time in Wonderland’ airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.