sjm wrote: I’m thinking Regina is behind these kidnappings even if it was through some power of suggestion to “Jefferson”. Why would he kidnap the sheriff on his own? Someone has to give him a reason.
I doubt Regina is behind the kidnappings, since Jefferson clearly believes that fairy tales are real. Regina wouldn’t want to risk exposing anyone, especially Emma, to someone like Jefferson, who is crazy enough to believe in FTL. No one needs to give Jefferson a reason. In his mind, desperate times call for desperate measures. Jefferson kidnapped Mary Margaret in order to lure Emma to his house, drug her, and demand she make a magic hat so he can return to Wonderland. Jefferson has somehow figured out who Emma is and believes she has some kind of power to help him. Perhaps he’s desperate to get back to his daughter, who’s trapped in Wonderland or something. After living 28 years in SB, knowing he’s trapped in a place where no one knows who he/she is, Jefferson is bound to go kind of nuts. Ultimately, I think Jefferson will be redeemed, and once Emma and August help him, he’ll calm down and regain some of his sanity.
Perhaps August mentions to Jefferson who Emma is and what she’s capable of, knowing it will trigger events in SB (just like August prompted Red to have an adventure and prompted Henry to search for clues in his book). Even though August doesn’t directly tell Jefferson to kidnap Emma, he knows what Jefferson was capable of, and so the mere mention of Emma sets off events. So, August knows Emma will hear Jefferson’s story of being the Mad Hatter, see the scar on his neck where he was nearly beheaded by the Queen of Hearts, and will come to question things more than ever before. August said to Henry in ep. 16 that Emma needs evidence to believe things, and Jefferson has the tangible scar on his neck to go with the fairytale story. In the episode photos, we see August outside of Jefferson’s house. So, perhaps August will appear to come to Emma’s aid, and will reassure Jefferson that things will be okay.
"That’s how you know you’ve really got a home. When you leave it, there’s this feeling that you can’t shake. You just miss it." Neal Cassidy