In the Name of the Brother initial reactions – ONCE075

Dr. Whale and Gerhardt-Once Upon a Time podcast (In the Name of the Brother-2x12)


Storybrooke residents debate the fate of an outsider and we learn about Dr. Whale’s past monsters.

These are just our first thoughts about this Once Upon a Time episode. We’ll share more about “In the Name of the Brother” in our upcoming full episode.

Dr. Whale is tasked with mending Hook’s wounds and performing surgery on the stranger whose car crashed upon entering Storybrooke. But some of the townspeople fear that the stranger may have seen magic — which could expose their true identities to the world — and think that leaving him to die would be the best solution. Meanwhile, as Mr. Gold tries to reunite with a despondent Belle, Cora attempts to reunite with daughter Regina; and in the land that was, Victor desperately wants to prove to his disapproving father that he can, indeed, bring back the dead.

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Initial reactions

Some of our interesting discussion points (in no particular order):

  • The outsider—Greg Mendell (played by Ethan Embry) is nobody, but he saw magic! We think he simply called his wife or girlfriend. What new threat might this be? We like that he’s a geek.
  • Dr. Frankestein’s world apparently _is_ “a land without color”! Is there always lightning there?
  • Henry helped answer our question about how non-fairy-tale characters are in Storybrooke. But Frankenstein called his world “Earth”! Does this open up Storybrooke to many more non-fairy-tale characters? Remember all the realms from Jefferson’s hat.
  • Mr. Gold and Cora kissed. GROSS! But could this hint that Rumplestiltskin is Regina’s father?
  • There were several pop-culture references in this episode: ET, Splash, Star Wars, and more.
  • Mr. Gold saw a map that pointed him to Baelfire. Was that New York that’s highlighted? If it was New York, then that makes us positive that Neal Cassidy is Baelfire.
  • How will Rumplestiltskin win Belle’s heart again?

We gave everything a brief overview and would love to hear your thoughts!

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  • Kim’s Kitchen Sink

    I am torn between watching these every week and saving them up and marathoning so the cliffhangers don’t go unanswered for a week. Just wanted to say that I love this show, and just discovered this site, and am looking forward to hearing what other fans think! #nerd

    • Daniel J. Lewis

      Thanks, Kim! I can understand that feeling. But the cliffhangers and anticipation are much of what makes the experience so fun (albeit in a torturing sort of way)!

  • Sarah Bolton

    I thought the Land Without Colour looked more modern than the Enchanted Forrest. They had more modern things like guns and watches, their home seemed more modern as did the structure of the army plus other things. They have electricity too of course. Does this mean that the different lands aren’t on the same timeline? That would explain how our land (without magic) is so advanced.

  • Sarah Bolton

    Were not all the Land without colour scenes black and white? The above screen shot is not black and white.

    • Cole Ruffalo

      I just realized this too! I think it’s a promo pic or something