ABC previously announced that it would be showing a rerun instead of a new episode on April 8, 2012. Now, it’s announced that it will also be showing a rerun the following week, April 15, 2012.
After that it should be smooth sailing all the way to the finale on May 13, 2012 with no more breaks.
The April 8 rerun, as previously announced, will be the Snow/Charming/Mary Margaret/David-centric Episode 10 7:15 A.M.. The April 15 rerun will be the Charming/Abigail/David/Katherine-centric Episode 13 What Happened to Frederick, the episode where Katherine disappears. This is also the episode where we first learn the mysterious stranger’s name (August Wayne Booth) and where we see him fiddling with Henry’s book.
If you think about these episodes, 7:15 A.M. may have some enthusiastic fans, but I think few people would consider What Happened to Frederick one of their favorites — and neither episode seems to be nearly as popular as Skin Deep. So the powers that be must have picked the episodes for some reason other than their being fan favorites.
Both episodes are about David and his relationships. When ABC first announced they were rerunning 7:15 A.M., I thought that was a sign that something would be happening, in the rest of this season, in the David/Mary Margaret storyline. Now that they are also rerunning What Happened to Frederick, I think that means that they will also be showing us what happened to Katherine — assuming she is still alive, which I’m pretty sure she is.
Here’s what the schedule now looks like for the rest of the season:
April 1 The Stable Boy (episode 18, new)
April 8 7:15 A.M. (episode 10, rerun)
April 15 What Happened to Frederick (episode 13, rerun)
April 22 The Return (episode 19, new. It will be a Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin episode written by Jane Espenson –I’m excited!)
April 29 The Stranger (episode 20, new)
May 6 Apple Red as Blood (episode 21, new)
May 13 A Land Without Magic (Season Finale, episode 22, new)