Thursday’s “Trust Me” showed us how Cyrus ended up in Wonderland and fell in love with Alice. We also got a little teaser of the Knave’s mysterious past, which will be covered in next week’s “Forget Me Not.” Over on the axis of evil, the Red Queen puts Jafar in his place, while the White Rabbit betrays Alice yet again.
Then: “Trust me.”
In a flashback to Agrabah, Jafar tracks Cyrus down and finds his latest master. It seems like Cyrus is a well-liked genie because the master uses his last wish to protect Cyrus by sending him far away so that Jafar won’t be able to find him. Jafar shows no mercy and kills the man for costing him a very valuable genie. Meanwhile, Cyrus goes spiraling off to Wonderland in his bottle.
We then pick-up after Alice and Cyrus have met and he gives her three wishes in form of rubies. He explains the laws of magic: he can’t kill anyone, he can’t bring anyone back from the dead, he can’t change the past and he can’t make anyone fall in love (just like in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’). Alice wonders if she can wish for Cyrus’ freedom, but he says that wish hasn’t worked out well in the past. In his experience, he’s seen that big wishes have severe consequences. So they spend time together as Cyrus makes suggestions and Alice ponders what she should wish for.
During their time together, Cyrus explains that he is a wanted made and Jafar has been hunting him down. The time he has spent with Alice is the most freedom he’s ever experienced and he’s had a long, adventurous life, which includes slaying a dragon (Maleficent?), swordplay and more. When Alice says she has never learned how to use a sword, Cyrus is surprised by how she’s survived in Wonderland, but she chalks it up to being creative. Cyrus then pulls out a piece of magic paper and makes a rose for Alice, which turns red and blossoms. As the rose opens up, so do the young love-birds. He admits that he learned not to get too attached because his masters make their wishes and move on. Alice can relate because she feels her father moved on from her. She then asks Cyrus to teach her how to use a sword, so they head out to a quite spot in he woods.
Alice is a quick study and holds her own against Cyrus’ advanced sword-playing skills. Alice’s mother died when she was born, so she’s had a bit of rough life and learned how to figure things out for herself. When Cyrus traps her between both blades, he explains the importance of knowing who you are up against. He encourages her to be creative. Alice claims to know Cyrus’ weakness and kisses him, causing him to drop both swords. If Cyrus was trying to get over his crush, she made it a million times harder.
More time passes and Cyrus finally asks Alice to make her wishes. He is falling in love with her. The more he loves her, the harder it will be to leave her when the wishes are fulfilled. Alice has fallen in love with Cyrus too. He is everything she has ever wished for, so she doesn’t need to use his three wishes. Cyrus is afraid she will eventually change her mind because everyone does at some point. Alice promises that her feelings for Cyrus will never change, she says, “Trust me.” They promise never to move on from one another and they plan to bury his bottle so that no one can gain control of Cyrus and his wishes.
As Alice and Cyrus bury the bottle, he vows to never leave her. They believe that their love is powerful enough to give them the freedom they have always desired. We will have to wait and see if True Love provides these two with a happy ending.
Now: “I’m coming for you!”
Alice (wearing a new outfit courtesy of the “clothes horse”) discusses her plan with the Knave when they think the White Rabbit is sleeping. She will retrieve Cyrus’ bottle and wish for him to appear. She thinks it would be a small enough wish, but the Knave reminds Alice that the wishes belong to him now, so Cyrus would be his genie. Either way, getting his bottle would be the first step in getting Cyrus back, so they set out to the hiding place. Meanwhile, we see that the White Rabbit was fake sleeping and still working for the Red Queen, who is still in the midst of a power-struggle with Jafar.
Jafar acts like he owns the place and continues to intimidate and belittle the Red Queen. During another one of their angst-y chats, we discover why they want Cyrus and the bottle. They want to change the laws of magic, making the impossible, possible. It seems that only a wish can alter the way magic works. He forces the Red Queen to ignore all of her other responsibilities and focus on finding the bottle. Meanwhile, Alice and the Knave start their journey to the bottle’s hiding place.
Alice tells the Knave that the bottle is hidden under the Tum-Tum Tree and he tells her to watch what she says because the walls literally have ears in Wonderland. The Knave also questions whether or not Cyrus is even alive or still in love with Alice. Alice insists that Cyrus would have made contact if he was okay and she snaps at the Knave saying that he could not understand the love they share. They continue walking and reach the edge of the lake where we learn that the brave Knave is deathly afraid of water and cannot swim. Alice says they can take the fairy across and they start clapping their hands. A fairy named Silver Mist appears and slaps the Knave. There’s nothing like a fairy scorned. Apparently the two dated and he just up and left one day. Silver claims not to harbor a grudge and professionally flies them across the lake, until she drops the Knave out in the middle of the water. Alice plunges after him and swims him to safety on an island.
On the isolated island, they continue to talk about love. People can’t help falling in love, but the Knave claims that he doesn’t fall in love. Sadly, the Knave has appeared to have hardened his heart over time. The Knave again wonders if Alice’s feelings were one-sided, but she knows better. He then reiterates that he’s only in this quest for his three wishes. Suddenly, they realize that they are on a turtle and not an island. Alice holds the turtle at sword-point and steers them back to shore.
When they reach dry land, Silver Mist reappears and gives us a clue as to why the Knave has grown so cold-hearted. She says Anastasia used up his heart, now the Knave does not feel much of anything. The fairy ironically says he is heartless, which we know isn’t literally true since Alice got him back his heart. Nonetheless, the mysterious Anastasia seems to have been the Knave’s true love. Whatever happened between them has left him rather hopeless when it comes to matters of the heart. After Silver Mist flutters away, they continue on their journey to the Tum-Tum Tree.
Alice and the Knave arrive at their destination and see that Jafar is already there, sending out a flood beetles to retrieve the hidden bottle. Alice set a trap by revealing a fake destination so that she could see who they are up against. “The one thing you can count on in Wonderland is that you can’t count on anyone,” she says. She knows she can trust the Knave and realizes she must defeat Jafar in order to save Cyrus. Alice then leads the Knave to the adorable Dandelion where Cyrus’ bottle is really buried. Unfortunately, when they get there, the bottle has already been dug up. Only Alice and Cyrus knew where it was buried, so who found the bottle?
Unbeknownst to Alice and Cyrus, the White Rabbit was there when they buried the bottle. He saw them and thought their young love was cute. He then ran off to be with his family. Perhaps that is how the Red Queen gained control over the White Rabbit? Maybe he’s betraying Alice in order to protect his family. What other reason would he have? Now that the Red Queen has the bottle in her possession, she uses it to gain leverage over Jafar.
Earlier Jafar acted like he had all the power within their devilish duo, now she is proving him wrong. She visits Jafar’s dungeon and tells him that she followed his advice. The Red Queen is taking respect instead of earning it. She has the bottle, Jafar has the genie. If he wants to put the two together, he needs to stop talking down to her. She never trusted him and their partnership was not mutually beneficial, now she has leveled the playing field. Meanwhile, Cyrus comes up with a clever way to contact Alice from his cage.
Cyrus takes a piece of magic paper out of his pocket and writes a beautiful note to Alice. He folds the paper into a little bird and sends it off to find Alice. As he reaches his arm through the silver cage, the metal burns his arm (apparently genies and silver don’t mix well, but we aren’t sure why.) The little paper bird finds its way to Alice just when she was beginning to follow in the Knave’s footsteps and question Cyrus’ promise to her.
The Knave apologizes to Alice for putting such terrible thoughts in her heads. He says that Anastasia is a tale of heartbreak, but he admits knowing something about love. He assures Alice that when somebody truly loves you, they can never move on. Alice feels like her father moved on and now she fears Cyrus is moving on too. Just then, the paper bird lands in Alice’s hand. She unfolds the paper and reads: “It took several lifetimes to meet you, but only seconds to love you.” Cyrus asks Alice to grant his wish and leave Wonderland, he begs her to go home. He says he loves her wand will always be with her. He signs the note, “Forever thine, forever mine.” Alice flips the page over and writes back: “I’m coming for you!” Now she has proof that Cyrus is still alive and honors their promise, so she will stop at nothing to save him.
- True Love: We always knew that this ‘OUAT’ spin-off was centered on an epic love story and it is certainly delivering a great romance. Alice and Cyrus tale is beautiful and heartwarming. They remain devoted to each other and will not their love for one another waver. This week we discover that the Knave of Hearts also has a love story of his own. Sadly it is a tale of heartbreak. Who was Anastasia? Is she the Russian duchess from the 1997 Fox animated film? If so, will Rasputin be a new villain joining the ‘OUAT’ ranks? Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have no problem with branching out and finding inspiration from a variety of legends and fairytales. Perhaps they will turn to fantasized historical story of the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia?
- Betrayal: Alice came up with a clever plan to see who she can really trust. Sadly, she still doesn’t realize that the White Rabbit has been betraying her. We hope it is for a good reason and that he will right all his wrongs in the end, but until then, he is the Red Queen’s fury little spy. In the teaser for next week’s episode, it looks like Alice catches on to the White Rabbit’s trickery. Perhaps he will prove her with an explanation.
- The Knave of Hearts: Michael Socha is such a delight as the Knave and he is definitely one of the strongest aspects of this series. He offers the perfect amount of comic relief when things start getting to serious. I’m very curious to learn more about his past in next week’s “Forget Me Not.” Check out this episode preview to discover the Knave’s true identity. How did he become the Knave of Hearts? How did he lose his heart? Was it because of Anastasia? How did Alice get his heart back? Will he remain loyal to Alice no matter what?
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‘Once Upon A Time in Wonderland’ airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.