‘Once Upon a Time’ season 4, episode 13 review: Belle and Will Scarlet, Maleficent’s … baby?

Once -Going into Sunday night’s “Once Upon a Time,” secrets were definitely a subject of conversation. Specifically, we are talking about the ones that Snow and Charming keep.

So what was the big “reveal” that the show gave us near the end of the episode? First, it was that Snow and Charming knew that Emma had the capacity for great evil within her, but they chose to never reveal it to her. We cannot say that we were altogether blown away by this, given that we already knew from last week that Emma had a little bit of darkness within her.

Still, it appears that the two are very much invested in keeping this secret, mostly because they don’t want to destroy the high level of belief that Emma has in them. They are almost so interested in putting on the airs of being heroes that it is basically a facade. That is also what we saw in the past, when Maleficent revealed she was pregnant (!) and Snow still refused to work with them.

Ultimately, the biggest secret of all was revealed near the end of the episode, and it was one we did not see coming: Maleficent was also with child at the same time Snow was! Something she did caused the villain to lose her child, and if this gets out, it could make Snow suddenly a villain in the eyes of many. Who would’ve thought that Maleficent would ever been seen as sympathetic?

Also tonight, it was nice to get a few minutes of Pinocchio again, given just how long it has been since this character was last around on the show. While he was useless in helping Regina uncover the Author, Geppetto did hand over some of August’s old stuff, which may be useful in revealing the Author’s location.

The only real eyeroll here for now is Will Scarlet and Belle. Did this escalate just a little too quickly? Episode Grade: B+.

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