The Mad Hatter got the Once Upon A Time treatment in last night’s aptly titled “Hat Trick”.
The episode opens with Emma, Gold and Henry discovering Mary Margaret has escaped, Emma must find her before her arraignment at 8am the next morning, More importantly she must find her before Regina finds out she has escaped.
Emma sets off to look for MM, if she is the sheriff why doesn’t she have a cruiser? Why is she driving her VW Bug? She nearly runs down a man in the road, Jefferson (Sebastian Stan), he twists his ankle and Emma drives him home. Once there he drugs her with a cup of tea, he needs her to make a hat, a magic hat, because she is or has magic.
In Fairy Tale world, Jefferson (he has the same name in both worlds) is playing hide and seek with this daughter Grace. He has retired from the magical millinery business, and he is not mad yet, quite sane actually. The Queen comes to visit, she asks him to pull the old Magic Hat of of storage, she needs to retrieve something from Wonderland and only he can help her. If he agrees she promises Grace will want for nothing. He agrees and makes a deal with the devil. We all know that never ends well.
The Hat transports you to a room full of doors, Jefferson finds the right one, a looking glass if you will. He tells the Queen that the same number of people who go thru must come back, so only two. (a little foreshadowing). Once thru they head to the vault in the Queen of Hearts castle, there the Queen finds what she is looking for as they head back to the looking glass, the Queen breaks off a piece of magic mushroom and drops it on the floor. Her father Henry appears and they take off thru the looking glass, leaving Jefferson behind.
The Queen of Hearts, declares “off with his head” and he is decapitated. Eventually his head is re-attached and the Queen of Hearts commands him to make another magical hat, he makes thousands but none are magical. He goes mad, hence the name The Mad Hatter. Roger Daltry is the voice of the hookah smoking caterpillar, I am not sure why this was such a big deal in the press releases, it was such a small part and a non-event.
Back to Storybrooke, Emma tries to escape and finds MM begin held captive as well. Here is where it gets interesting, Jefferson is a believer, he remembers both sides of this life. He has found his daughter in Stroybrooke, where she lives a normal life as Henry’s friend Paige.
Jefferson tells Emma she is magical, he saw things change the moment she arrived. If she will make him a magical hat that will allow him to return to his real world, he will free her and MM. She makes him the hat, but there is no magic, Emma and MM go all bad ass on Jefferson, he goes flying thru a window and disappears.
Emma gives MM the choice to return to the jail or run, she goes back to jail. They make it just in time, Regina shows up and so does Gold. I am not quite sure who is double crossing who here, are Regina and Gold in league, is Gold crossing Emma, or is everyone just out for themselves. I am going with the later.
Emma borrow Henry’s book, is she starting to believe?
I rather enjoyed last night’s episode, Sebastian Stan gave a stand out performance, I hope we see more of him. As always Robert Carlyle delivered, there better be a supporting Emmy nom in his future.
Next Week: We finally learn why the Queen hates Snow so much, and Emma continues to search for evidence to prove Mary Margaret is innocent of murder.