ABC has the holidays covered from Thanksgiving (Fresh Off The Boat: No Thanks-giving) through Christmas (A Charlie Brown Christmas) and New Year’s (Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017 and The 128th Rose Parade).
From annual traditions (Santa Claus Is Coming To Town) to holiday-themed series episodes (black-ish: Aunts-Giving, American Housewife: Krampus Katie, Dr. Ken: A Park Family Christmas), ABC rings all the holiday bells.
Follow the jump for dates, times and descriptions for ABC’s Home for the Holidays programming.
At the end of the season premiere we left Elsa in Gold’s shop clutching her sister Anna’s snowflake necklace vowing to stop at nothing to find her. We pick right up where we left off and Elsa with Elsa leaving the shop determined to find Anna and making damn sure nobody will leave Storybrooke until she does. We cut to a giant ice wall forming at the town line which subsequently takes out a powerline plunging the entire town into darkness.
The episode starts off in a realm not our own with a small vessel struggling to stay afloat crashing through the waves of a surging sea. A young woman of noble blood staggers below deck fighting the rocking ship and jolt of the rough waters to desperately etch out a note before the ship’s demise. Her husband enters the cabin frantically trying to get her to join him on deck but she is determined to finish the note explaining to Elsa and Anna the truth in the hope that it will save them. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know this couple are the parent of Frozen characters Elsa and Anna on their way from Arendelle to parts unknown.
When we last saw Storybrooke at the end of Season 3 things were starting to get a little chilly with the arrival of Elsa. Fast forward to the Season 4 premiere, “A Tale of Two Sisters,” and we find Elsa once again in the middle of Storybrooke confused and on edge not knowing what this new landscape or its inhabitants have in store for her so of course the logical thing to do is build a snowman…I mean a snow monster to back her up.
Meanwhile, with the rug pulled out from under her, Regina contemplates whether or not her new found romance with Robin has ended or merely hit a speed bump with the arrival of his long lost formerly dead but saved by Emma in the eleventh hour back in time wife Marian. Complicated? Nah, just a typical “Once Upon a Time” twist. We also find Mr. Gold and Belle in the afterglow of their wedding enjoying their honeymoon when he acquires an unusual item that may make him rethink giving Belle the fake dagger with the real deal. Unfortunately, things aren’t quite wine and roses just yet for Emma and Hook as he starts to think Emma is avoiding him because she’s so guilt ridden for complicating Regina’s chance at a new love with Robin by returning Marion, Emma spends her time trying to console Regina instead.
In a flashback to Arendelle Anna and Elsa disagree about continuing their parents search for the origins of Elsa’s icy magic powers, a search that ended in their parents’ untimely death. Could this be the key to finding out how Elsa ended up in that urn? Tune in to find out!
“Once Upon a Time” Season 4 premieres Sunday, September 28th 8pm on ABC.
The new ABC teaser for Season Four of Once Upon a Time gives us our first look at Elizabeth Lail and Georgina Haig as, respectively, Elsa and Anna. And there’s a quick peek at Kristoff, too! Check it out after the jump.
Once Upon a Time returns on Sunday, September 28th.