Be still, my racing heart. Holy smokes! What an episode loaded with sexiness and thrills. Honestly, I had a good time watching it; especially with my mother’s commentary coming from behind me. (The best of which, by the way, was “Did she eat her pancakes?”) I love that woman, ha-ha. Moving forwards, I had a small problem with the episode despite loving most of it. Since it neglected to include the characters that most of us have come to love and identify with, I feel that without Charming, the episode would have felt like a spin-off or even sub-series to the actual show. While I identify with Belle the most, I think a lot of people, like my mother, felt a little disappointed and confused without seeing Emma, Henry, or Snow in this week’s episode. I’m interested in seeing who the most relatable character on the show is.

Which character do you think most people connect with? Let me know who you relate to and see what others have said on this in the Once Upon A Time Forum.

While I say I relate to Belle, I do find myself wishing she wasn’t as sensitive as she appears to be. I am sensitive myself, but I guess I didn’t realize how annoying I am when I over-react to things. This is the second time in only four episodes that she has taken off, upset with Rumple. I know the man is hard to understand but geez, if you stayed still for longer than a few moments he might make up a lie to explain to you. He is also a creepy man wearing a bright red, crocheted hat that his Momma probably made for him; and he's looking to kidnap you on Daddy’s orders. Am I the only one who thought Belle’s dad was being an ass trying to kill her for loving Rumple? Honestly, you can’t help who you fall in love with, but I suppose you’d have to first have had loved to understand that. Her father has always seemed like a selfish prick. The fact that he willingly gave Belle up in the first place only affirms that idea. Then Dumbo (Disney pun intended) tries to get her to go home with him after Rumple, of all people, saves her life. I’m still waiting for Rumple to get revenge on Belle’s father for trying to kill her. How much do you want to bet there will be a rose waiting for Belle in the library one night? Snip-Snip away, darling Belle.

One thing I found myself asking this episode was “Where’s August?” Seriously, the guy was made of wood, so unless he made like a tree, someone should have seen him by now. I’m curious to know where he ran off to, if he did run away, and why. Hopefully, he hasn’t run outside the barriers of StoryBrooke and hit by the curse again, beyond anyone’s reach to help him. Then again, maybe Paul Bunyan came along and mistook August for some firewood. Wouldn’t that be tragic?

Now obviously, ever since I first saw Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, I thought pirates had never looked sexier. Oh how wrong I was. Not only is Hook incredibly wicked with his sword but his looks are devilishly sexy. The man is so gorgeous to look at, but sadly his attitude leaves something left to be desired. But worst of all, Hook is working with Cora! She doesn’t deserve to look on such a pretty face. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Neverland made its first appearance tonight, or was it its third appearance? Since Cora has appeared alongside Hook, it is likely the land that Regina banished her mother to, and Neverland, are in fact the same location. I’m not sure what to make of this revelation, if I’m correct. Perhaps Hook isn’t the worse thing to happen to Neverland and was Cora there before or after Hook?

This brings me to another complaint I have about the series. We have several timelines going on in the show and it’s hard to figure out when events are happening. It’s a small thing to be sure, but a timeline posted on a website would help clarify this issue. However, maybe it’s intentional that they never give dates for events because they want to keep us guessing? When Jefferson was trapped in Wonderland, how long before or after was Baelfire lost to “the other world?” Which, by the way, may also be Neverland, and not our world as we once expected. This is, of course, assuming that every magic bean leads to the same place. As I’m sure you all know, there are thousands of different theories people have come up with explaining everything from the identity of Cora to why Jiminy Cricket is a Ginger. Some of us are exceptional at picking out clues and hints, then there are others like me who would rather gab about the episodes and enjoy the mini-surprises it delivers so well.

One thing I do know for sure is that next week’s episode is going to be absolutely exciting! The long awaited answer to Dr. Whale’s identity is revealed and it looks like some of the fan theories were spot on. I won’t spill the beans here, but you can visit the forums and discuss your own theories about our mysterious doctor. Somehow, Regina may be in for quite a “shock” and I suspect, so will we. That’s all I have for you guys this week! Check out author Dimples’ article for more insight on tonight’s episode. Don’t be afraid to speak up and tell us what you thought about “The Crocodile.” Tick-Tock, dearies, time’s a ticking!