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OUAT in Wonderland’s ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ was directed by Ralph Hemecker. Writers were Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Zack Estrin and Jane Espenson.
The creators of Once Upon a Time take on Alice in Wonderland. A world briefly explored in OUAT’s ‘Hat Trick’. We learn everything that happened after her first trip. Young Alice (Millie Spencer) returns home to Victorian England to learn people thought she was dead. The time dilation is unknown. She probably thinks it’s only been a few days while in reality she might have been gone for weeks or months.
Her father (Shaun Smyth) is stunned to see her on their doorstep. She later eavesdrops on an argument between him and a stranger. Both think she’s lying about Wonderland. She’s terribly hurt Dad didn’t believe her. She leaves again determined to bring back proof.
In Storybrooke, Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) runs into Cinderella (Jessy Schram) and Grumpy (Lee Arenberg). The dwarf is either escorting the Princess to her car or walking her home. Granny’s is closed and she’s locking up. But that doesn’t stop Knave. He picks her pocket, takes the key and lets himself in. He’s quite pleased with himself as he drinks coffee.
Suddenly a portal opens and out hops The White Rabbit (John Lithgow). He has dire news. A mutual friend is in trouble and needs their help. 20ish Alice (Sophie Lowe) is a resident of Bethlem Asylum. The stranger seen with Dad was Dr. Lydgate (Jonny Coyne). He’s her attending physician and probably runs the facility. She has the most elaborate fantasy life they’ve ever encountered.
In past Wonderland, Alice takes size altering mushroom from The Caterpillar (Iggy Pop). Becoming tiny to hide from The Queen of Heart’s guards. She stole something and takes shelter inside a bottle. This turns out to be the home of genie Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). The couple is hunted for unknown reasons by the Red Queen (Emma Rigby) and Jafar (Naveen Andrews).
Alice witnessed Cyrus’ death and lost hope. Knave and White Rabbit engineer her escape from Bethlem. Cyrus is alive but missing. Alice agrees to give Knave one of her three magic wishes in exchange for his help.
The good: Loved the OUAT crossover and nod to their pilot. Knave was brought over from FTL via The Evil Queen’s curse. And he kept his real memories. Anyone else freaked out by the giant Cheshire Cat? Need more of the bad kitty. Alice and Cyrus is Wonderland’s Snowing. Red Queen is their The Evil Queen.
Knave is their Grumpy. Jafar is their Rumple. Love White Rabbit. Torn between Alice being with Cyrus or Knave. Alice definitely has the Bandit Snow vibe. Knave’s snark! Dashing Cyrus would give Charming a run for his money. Another bad boy in black? Yes, please. How much of bad girl is the scheming Red Queen?
The bad: Don’t like Dr. Lydgate or Alice’s Dad at all.
The ugly: Infamous cross promotion between it and parent show in the form of Crotchgate.