In the beginning of episode 3×07 Dark Hollow, Wendy’s brothers sped into Storybrooke just as the cloaking spell was coming down to seal off the town and keep them out. The brothers made it in just in the nick of time, but the spell sliced off their back fender, including their license plate.
The camera zoomed in on the plate, which we could see was Minnesota plate number 0920 EAW, with an expiration date of February 2014. The plate also said “100000 Lakes,” which is the normal slogan printed on Minnesota plates. Here’s a screenshot (click on it for a larger image):
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Those of us who were LOST fans have been conditioned to think that all numbers are significant. And it seems like the numbers on the plate should mean something because the camera did linger on the plate for several seconds right before the credits started.
But last season, there was a similar moment where the camera focused on a license plate, this one driven by a mysterious stranger (who we now know was Greg Mendell), and so far, there doesn’t seem to have been any significance to that plate except to show that the driver was coming from outside of Storybrooke.
So, what do you think? Does the license plate number on Wendy’s brothers’ car mean anything? Do the TWO license plate numbers considered TOGETHER — Pennsylvania 2KFL 138 and Minnesota 0920 EAW — mean anything? Are the plates simply signals that the drivers are from outside the town, with the numbers themselves being meaningless? Or are the producers and writers pulling our collective leg, knowing that many fans will see this as a puzzle and try to solve it even if there is nothing to be solved?