A common thread of Once Upon A Time is it’s focus on family, so tonight’s episode fondly titled “The Brothers Jones” was sure to offer insight into the familial workings of our hunky Hook and his big brother Liam. The previews gave of the hard points of the episode, Hook newly rescued by Emma still guilt ridden that he succumbed to darkness is tracked down in the Underworld by his brother Liam.
Through a flashbacks we see how Liam has always looked out for Killian caring for his younger brother after their father sold them into servitude aboard the ship of a ruthless captain. Liam’s dreams as you may know at this point is to be get a naval commission. (Mostly from what I can see is a desire for the notoriety it’d bring.)
Remember in Labor of Love when Cruella tasked Henry with returning her to the mortal world? Welp in this episode Cruella drives haphazardly through Underbrook searching for the soul of the magic quill. Instead Henry finds the apprentice who’s unfinished business is actually guiding him to making the right decisions in regards to the quill. He the tells Henry exactly where to find it.
Snow and David go to retrieve the key to the apprentice’s mansion. James, David’s evil twin brother, is sheriff of Underbrook and has the ley at the sheriff’s station. He’s also porking Cruella. When David can’t take pretending any longer she reveals she’d always known it was him. They share a touching moment and Cruella explains how deeply hurt James feels for being the one their mother gave away to the king.
As of now James is still M.I.A. (probably because he’s busy being David) so key in hand the troupe heads to the mansion where the Storybook that has Hades story is said to be.
Liam sacrifices his dreams of being a navy man when he comes back to find Killian unconscious, drunk and broke from gambling. Refusing to leave his brother alone on the ship he decides to stay and make the next run. The captain had been hunting the famed eye of the storm a crystal found in the center of a hurricane. The voyage would’ve killed them all, so Liam and Killian cause a mutiny and attempt to stear it out of he storm.
Liam attempted at first to rescue the men aboard the ship, but when visited by Hades he agrees to sell the crews souls to save himself and Killian, Hades even throws in the eye of the storm so that Liam can get that naval commission he’d been wanting. That secret was one that Hades was all to willing to reveal to Hook should Liam refuse to tear his pages from the storybook.
Liam acquiesces, but is found out by Emma who while outing him also gets into a fight with Hook. As she storms off, Liam convinces him to give her time to cool off. Hook also sees the ink from the books pages on his hand and demands the truth, just as the drowned sailors come for revenge. Seems the old captain overheard Liam’s conversation with Hades.
The men are kidnapped and walked to the fire river and surprisingly Hades saves Liam whilst planning to kill Killian. Liam sacrifices himself for his brother and earns redemption, he ushers the souls of the sailors onto a magnificent vessel. Liam’s true heaven.
The battle for Hook’s soul has ended he decides to return to Storybrooke with Emma. Henry finally tells someone/David about the quill/ink and Cruella’s request. His cries to be more than just a spectator heard he finally understands the apprentice’s warning. His ability to write the stories is the key to finding out why Hades doesn’t want his pages read.
If you’ve seen the previews next week Zelena picks up with Hades where Cora left off with Rumple except it’s in the Underworld…
Has anyone wondered where Persephone is?