Dr. Victor Frankenstein (David Anders)’s black-and-white world of horrors returns in flashbacks on next Sunday’s Once Upon a Time, as he tries to convince his father Alphonse (Gregory Itzin) that he can resurrect the dead. Does this have something to do with the doctor’s brother (Chad Michael Collins)? Meanwhile, in present-day Storybrooke, Dr. Whale (also David Anders) must perform surgery on the Outsider (Ethan Embrey) who crashed across the town border at the end of last night’s episode. What’s to be done with him?
Here’s the ABC logline:
While Dr. Whale treats the outsider, the townspeople decide what to do with the man who may know Storybrooke’s secret. Meanwhile, Cora meets with her daughter and Gold tries to meet with Belle. In another world, Victor tries to convince his father Alphonse that he can bring back the dead.
And here are some promo stills of Rumple/Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle), Snow/Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Charming/David (Josh Dallas) at the Storybrooke border trying to comfort a frightened Belle (Emilie de Ravin) with no memories of any of them.
I didn’t see much of this episode being filmed apart from a night scene in Steveston late last November of Dr. Whale (David Anders) dressed in his hospital scrubs running south down Second Avenue past Moncton Street in take after take — very quickly. Probably because it was freezing. [Update: Also because he was drunk and running to the Steveston docks to jump off and drown himself but is talked out of it by Little Red/Ruby (Meghan Ory). Monster to Monster.]
Earlier that evening, OUAT filmed a driving scene with Regina’s Mercedes on a process trailer going round and round in a loop filming a conversation between Regina (Lana Parrilla) and her mother Cora (Barbara Hershey). Wish I could have heard what they were saying. We were asked not to photograph the process trailer while they were rolling but it was OK to snap a few shots of it after cast had exited. This was one of those nights when OUAT didn’t want any photographs taken because it was still a secret that Cora had found her way to Storybrooke — although Robert Carlyle did bring out Barbara Hershey in full costumet to meet and pose for photos with some surprised fans after an afternoon of filming inside Mr. Gold’s.