- Title: Once Upon a Time – Sisters
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The relationship between estranged siblings is the theme that runs through both storylines in Once Upon a Time. The main story returns Cora (Barbara Hershey) as Regina (Lana Parrilla) enlists her mother’s help to try and prevent Zelena (Rebecca Mader) from accepting Hades‘ (Greg Germann) offer. During the flashbacks of the episode we learn that the two sisters met once, well before their first run-in in Storybrooke. It’s this revelation, and not Cora’s sinister plan to wipe her daughter’s memory, that eventually allows the sisters to call a truce. Despite her misgivings, Regina is now willing to trust her sister, but it appears Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and Peter Pan (Robbie Kay) have other plans.
Given far less screentime, and no flashbacks, is the long-awaited B-story of David (Josh Dallas) running into his twin brother James (Dallas). James temporarily takes Charming out of the picture and attempts to walk into the life he believes is rightfully his. Despite having the evil doppelganger available during the entire run of the heroes in the Underworld the show’s writers seem to make a deliberate choice not to develop this story. Although I think it’s interesting to see the Savior admit that not everyone can be saved, the truth of the matter is the show didn’t really offer James a legitimate chance at redemption (while allowing Cora a controversial free pass for all of her past misdeeds).