Beauty (Once Upon a Time)
"Beauty" is the fourth episode of the seventh season and the 137th episode overall of the American fantasy-drama series Once Upon a Time. Written by Dana Horgan & Leah Fong and directed by Mark Garris, it premiered on ABC in the United States on October 27, 2017.
|Once Upon a Time episode|
|Episode no.||Season 7
|Directed by||Mark Garris|
|Written by||Dana Horgan
In the episode, Rumpelstiltskin’s life with Belle is explored and the consequences that awaits the couple, while in the Present, Weaver must deal with a suddenly unstable Tilly, when Victoria demands that she be bought back under his control, and Ivy takes Lucy out for a Halloween trick-or-treat that goes awry.
Halloween-themed decor is featured in the background.
In the Characters' PastEdit
It has been a year after the Final Battle, as Gold and Belle enjoy life as a family with their son Gideon. Gold tells Belle that he has acquired a family travel book so they can document their adventures. Fast forward to many years later, and it appears that age has caught up to Belle and Rumpelstiltskin. Rumple has now grown tired of being The Dark One and wants to rid himself of the cursed immortality and Darkness once and for all. He takes the Dagger and throws it into a river, only to see it return to him. As the years continues to go by, Gideon is preparing to go to college, while Rumpelstiltskin and Belle discuss the Dagger. Rumple comes up with a solution, which is to take it to a place called The Edge of Realms.
As Rumple and Belle arrived to the Edge of Realms, the two come to the conclusion that they shouldn’t dispose of the Dagger, but Belle believes that they should try something simpler. The two decided to build a nice home for the family, where they live out their final days as a couple. As Belle checks the drapes, she collapses on the floor, and a distraught Rumple believes that he can bring her back by taking Belle to a bright setting sun that would revive her, only to discover that Belle had kept the truth from Rumple on the prophecy of how to dispose of The Dagger, because she wanted Rumple to believe that their love will supersede death. As Belle nears death, she asks that Rumple let her go but tells him that once he is rid of The Dagger that he’ll return to her, and suddenly, Belle passes away.
At Belle’s grave, Gideon offers to take The Dagger from Rumple, and use it to transfer the Darkness from Rumple into himself, but his father refuses, not wanting another one of his sons to be lost because of his Darkness. He also reveals that he already has someone else ready to hand the Dagger over to, revealing this to be a mysterious Guardian.
Sometime later Rumple ends up in the Magical Forest and meets Alice.
It’s Halloween in Hyperion Heights, where Weaver is having a brief but awkward conversation with Tilly, who is wearing a rabbit mask. Later on in Victoria’s limousine, Tilly surprises Victoria and tells her that she knows about who she is before Victoria used pepper spray on Tilly and end up taking Tilly’s backpack. Victoria then talks to Weaver about Tilly’s actions, and insists that Tilly takes her pills, as it keeps her from remembering that she is actually Alice. Victoria wants Weaver to do this or he’ll pay dearly. The situation with Tilly spills over into the disagreements between Rogers and Weaver to the point of telling Rogers that he doesn’t care about anyone. Hours later Weaver finds Tilly to ask her why she stopped taking the pills. Tilly believes that (everyone in Hyperion Heights) are all pieces of the same puzzle, but they’re all wearing masks. Weaver asked Tilly to elaborate further but she’d rather show him.
The two then head at the train tracks for the answer, and while en route Weaver handed Tilly a sandwich that was laced with the pill’s ingredients. Suddenly Tilly begins complaining about the pills making her small and in a White Rabbit-eqse fashion bails out of the vehicle. When Weaver catches up to Tilly, she insists that she is this close to revealing the answer and pulls out a chipped teacup in front of Weaver, claiming that he’s actually Rumpelstiltskin, and even though this triggers a flashback, Weaver doesn’t seem to remember his past. Tilly then takes Weaver’s gun and shoots him in order to prove that he that is immortal. Hours later at a hospital, Weaver is in a comatose state, where he somehow almost met up with Belle but is stopped and he regained consciousness. Weaver, realizing that Tilly is his key to reuniting him with Belle, tells Rogers that it was a robber who shot him and orders Tilly to go for now. Afterwards, Rogers and Tilly get together to play a game of chess.
In between the situation, Lucy is getting ready for trick or treating, but Jacinda’s costume gift is immediately taken out as trash by Ivy, who has been tasked with taking her step-niece around the neighborhood to get candy. However Ivy’s distraction with her phone just gave Lucy the opportunity to give Ivy the slip. Around the same time, Roni consoles Henry after trying to get used to having lost his family, but suggested that he move on and try to pursue Jacinda as a possibility. Henry then visits Jacinda at her workplace but the conversation is cut short when they learn that Ivy lost Lucy, and since Jacinda can’t leave her job, Henry volunteers to find Lucy. Later that night, Henry catches up with Ivy, and as they search for Lucy, Ivy tells Henry about how she feels about her mother, saying that she feels alone and always on the wrong side of things. Henry then figured out where to find Lucy and Ivy finds her. The three then returned to Mr. Clucks, but Ivy insists that Jacinda take Lucy trick or treating and go with Henry.
Afterwards, Victoria confronts Weaver with blackmail if he doesn’t keep Tilly on her medication, but Weaver isn’t having any of this. Meanwhile, at Roni’s, both Henry and Ivy are sharing drinks together and looking at each other.
As with “A Pirate’s Life,” both Carlyle and de Ravin knew about the outcome of their characters before production began on the episode. This was also the third episode in the series run to reveal a LGBT character, this time being Alice/Tilly.
- While this episode marked de Ravin’s last episode, it leaves the door open for her to return at any time by the producers in the future.
- It also marked the return of recurring guest star Giles Matthey and guest star Anton Starkman in guest roles.
- The episode also used footage from previous episodes, featuring Sage Brocklebank, Eric Keenleyside, Raphael Sbarge and Chris Shields in uncredited roles.
The episode received critical acclaim with critics praising Horgan and Fong's writing, Garris' directing, production value, cinematography, and the performances of Robert Carlyle and Emilie de Ravin.
Paul Dailly of TV Fanatic gave it a 4.2 out of 5 stars: “‘Beauty’ was the best episode of Once Upon a Time in quite some time. It was nice to catch up with Belle once again, but at the same time, it sucked to see her die in favor of continuing Rumple's storyline.”
Entertainment Weekly's Justin Kirkland gave it a A: “So, I’m going to say something major: This episode, in this seventh season that many of us have admittedly been extremely skeptical about, gave us a true Once Upon a Time moment. And man, was it painfully worth it. Let’s reflect. Let’s cry a little, maybe.”
Nick Hogan of TVOvermind gave the episode a 5.0 out of 5 stars rating, stating “I’ve been skeptical at best during this new season, and long seasons can feel like a slog sometimes, but “Beauty” was an exercise in catharsis and told a story that almost every fan, both new and old, wanted to know. I haven’t had an emotional experience like this watching Once Upon A Time in several years, and I have nothing but kudos for this effort.”
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