'Once Upon a Time' recap: Bibbidi Bobbidi Botch
Prince Thomas falls in love with Ella. They marry. Snow and Charming attend a royal ball at Thomas's castle. Snow congratulates Ella on bettering her life, and I throw up a little in my mouth, because she did so over the ashes, not of her step-mother's hearth, but her slain fairy godmother. More on that in the full recap, I promise. Anyhow, Rumpy crashes the ball. He reminds Ella of their deal -- which will only be settled when she gives birth to the baby growing in her belly and surrenders the child to him.
Ella is going to run away, but when Thomas finds her packing, she confesses her situation and how she landed in it. His response? "Magic may have brought us together, but it didn't create this love." Aw. With Charming's help, the expectant parents scheme to trick Rumpy. Ella lies to Rumpy that she is expecting twins, and that she'll give both to him, provided he agrees to a new contract in which he will fix the problems in Thomas's kingdom (poverty, poor soil, dead crops, yada yada). Lies aside, the devil isn't in the contractual details; it's in the pen. Ella hands Rumpy a red quill with which to sign the contract -- an enchanted red quill. Once he uses it to sign the contract, he is magically imprisoned, but the magical price seems to be that Thomas disappears. Rumpy threatens that Ella won't get him back, until she surrenders her child. "In this world, or the next, Cinderella!"