‘Once Upon A Time’ recap: Season 6, Episode 4 — ‘Strange Case’
Contains spoilers from “Once Upon A Time” Season 6, Episode 4 “Strange Case”
The tales from Land of Untold Stories continue to play out in unexpected ways in episode 4 as we learn more about Dr. Jekyll’s true past.
The episode opens as the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) and Mr. Hyde (Sam Witwer) pay a visit to Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) seeking an antique cameo necklace. After attempting to mind choke Hyde and realizing he can’t die, Gold relinquishes the piece.
“These stories, they’re going to play themselves out, whether you like it or not,” Hyde warns as the pair exit.
Elsewhere, Charming (Josh Dallas) tries to process news that Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) are moving in together by feeding Emma a gigantic stack of pancakes. After assuring him she’ll still see him just as often, Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) heads off for her first day back of teaching. However, Regina bursts in with Jekyll (Hank Harris) to let everyone know that Hyde escaped from prison, sending Emma and Charming on the hunt.
Jekyll knows Hyde is on the loose because the cameo necklace was on his pillow, taunting him because it once belonged to someone he loved.
As with other characters from the Land of Untold Stories, Rumpelstiltskin is once again woven throughout Jekyll’s tale. Jekyll, his friend Mary and her father, a doctor in charge of admitting members to a scientific academy are seen discussing his possible admittance. Mary’s father cites Jekyll’s work as dangerous and refuses to approve his membership. After failing perfect his serum that separates personalities, Rumple shows up zaps the vial with magic and encourages Jekyll to test it out. He drinks up and hulks out into Mr. Hyde for the very first time.
Back in Storybrooke
Belle (Emilie de Ravin) is still taking refuge on the Jolly Roger. As Hook is gathering his belongings to make the move to Emma’s, he tells her she can always call him using a mermaid’s seashell should she ever need help since he has its mate around his neck. Later, Rumple, who is terrified Hyde will harm Belle, puts a protection spell around the ship, keeping Hyde off, but trapping Belle aboard.
Snow meets her teacher’s aide from the Land of Untold Stories, Shirin (Karen David.) Shirin says Snow’s reputation precedes her, and back in her land, the princess could have used some of her ability to fight back. After her students fail to grasp the concept of Newton’s Law, Snow takes an unconventional approach and grabs her bow and arrow to take the lesson out of the classroom.
Under Rumple’s direction, Jekyll transforms into Hyde again and proceeds to blackmail Mary’s father with threatening to reveal an affair. Jekyll wakes up with a science academy pin.
Back in Storybrooke
Regina seeks out Rumple’s help and the two set off toward Jekyll’s lab where he was working on a batch of serum. However, they are too late and the lab has been ransacked by the Queen and Hyde. Jekyll surprises everyone by revealing that he one-upped Hyde and kept a secret stash of serum in his cloak. Rumple, still motivated to protect Belle, rips out Jekyll’s heart in order to force Regina to hand over the remaining serum which she pours over Rumple’s dagger.
In the woods, Emma and Charming come face to face with Hyde who easily overpowers them, escapes, but then runs straight into Rumple’s waiting dagger. Rumple is shocked when Hyde pulls the knife from his heart and is unscathed. Knowing Jekyll would hide some of the serum, he switched the vials, so the dagger was useless against him and now gives him control over Rumple. He demands to be take to the Jolly Roger.
“There is one final twist,” Hyde says as they stand in front of the ship, “I’m not the monster you need to worry about.”
Rumple prompts Jekyll to have Hyde reveal to Mary how he feels about her. But, this of course backfires and Hyde ends up spending the night with Mary. When Jekyll awakens beside her, Mary is startled and confused. Jekyll, however, is overcome with rage that Mary rejected him and instead chose the part of himself he was trying to hide. In his anger, the two struggle, Mary falls backward out the window and Jekyll is left holding onto to just her cameo necklace. He transforms into Hyde again and flees.
Back in Storybrooke
Jekyll has gained access to the Jolly Roger and is having tea with Belle. His aggressive language is cause of growing concern and she attempts to contact Hook using the seashell. Jekyll causes the shell to shatter and Belle scrambles to get to the deck. Rumple is unable to remove the protection spell and watches helplessly as Belle fights for her life. He pleads with Hyde that Belle had nothing to do with their past.
“Neither did Mary,” Hyde responds.
At the last moment, Hook swoops in, fights Jekyll, who is impaled on part of the ship. Hyde also develops the fatal wound and both men die. This serves as a grim revelation for Regina.
“I think we’ve just discovered the only foolproof way to destroy one’s doppelganger — by killing the original,” Rumple says.
Just like she did for Emma when she was the Dark One in Camelot, Regina makes Emma promise to do what’s necessary to keep everyone safe — killing her if necessary. Seeing Jekyll’s end shows her that even separating yourself from darkness, the capacity for evil remains and can regrow.
Belle demands to know why Rumple was involved with Hyde in the first place. He explains that when she was a maid in his castle, he developed feelings for her and he thought these emotions made him weak. He sought out Jekyll to see if the serum could truly rid people of their weaknesses. When Hyde still loved Mary, he deemed the experiment a failure and sent him to the Land of Untold Stories.
At the end of the episode, Shirin meets with the oracle we met earlier this season. It turns out Shirin is really Princess Jasmine and came to Storybrooke in search of Aladdin. The oracle assures her that she foresaw Aladdin there and he is in Storybrooke.
“Once Upon A Time” airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on ABC.