Last week ABC’s Once Upon A Time returned and took us to the Underworld in a quest to rescue Hook’s soul. This week we meet the Underworld’s most notable pet. CERBERUS.
This three-headed hell-hound is the stuff nightmares are made of and our heroes must defeat it if they even want to get close.
The show opens with a badly beaten Hook, plotting his escape from the conveniently unguarded prison of the underworld. Inside it, a fellow prisoner warns him not to try to flee. Hook being our favorite cheeky pirate not only flees but brings her along with him, sending her with a message for Emma to help and facing Cerberus alone.
Emma and the gang are scouring the underworld looking for Hook but instead stumble upon his prison mate. She advises them that Hook is captured by Hades and being guarded by the hell hound.
Mary Mags, tells the group the only way to defeat Cerberus is by helping Hercules, who she discovered earlier in the search was in the underworld as a lost soul. It seems our Queen has a history with Hercules, when she was still young before Regina outwardly tried to end her, he trained her to fight so that she could free her kingdom of bandits. He helps her to gain courage and trains her in archery. The two share blooming romance but he has a final tribute to complete before gaining access to Olympus and she has a destiny as Queen.
The two part ways never to speak again, until she finds him by the docks in the underworld that is. Hercules agrees to help however, when he flees from Cerberus and Hades shows up it’s revealed that upon leaving Snow White; Hercules was killed attempting to fight Cerberus and having failed his final tribute, he’s been trapped in the underworld ever since. Of course we all know Hades is uncle to Hercules and so Hades issues a warning to our group that by interfering with Hercules, his kin, he’d have to interfere with theirs. Emma takes this as a challenge, but is awe struck when Hades shows her Hook’s Hook ripped from his wrist.
The pity party begins and Mary Margaret sits pouting in the underworld version of their apartment. Regina comes in and whips her into shape reminding her that, Snow White, was a fighter and bested her in the one way no one expected, by making Regina her friend. The pep talk stokes a fire in her belly and Snow White heads back to the docks to talk some sense to Hercules.
Sidebar* Cruella convinces Henry to help make her human again by appealing to his desire to help Emma, I’d love to see how this plays out.
After talking to Snow White Hercules realizes his mistake was fighting a three-headed beast solo. Snow White offers to help him this time and the two team up, unfortunately, Cerberus had already been released by Hades and was chasing Emma and the rest of the group around the square. With some assistance from their new friend, Hercules, Mary Margaret and Megara (yup, that’s who it’s been the entire time) defeat Cerberus and rejoin the group.
Megara realizes that Hercules is the man who tried to save her from Cerberus when she died. He’d been killed in the process, which is how they both ended up in the underworld. The two ascend to Olympus together and Mary Margaret realizes that she no longer wishes to be Mary Margaret. She returns to being Snow White. The broken Storybrook clock, echoes that 2 souls have departed and this angers Hades.
Who decides that for every soul our group saves, one of them must stay to take their place. Next week we see if Hook has the heart to make a choice.
Who would you choose to stay in the Underworld?