Nurse Ratched, the nurse on the coronary heart of the Academy-Award profitable One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is one in every of cinema’s most infamous villains. Ryan Murphy discovered the character compelling sufficient to create Ratched, which casts Sarah Paulson in Louise Fletcher’s unique position. However oddly sufficient, the brand new Netflix collection will not be the nurse’s first tv look.
That will be As soon as Upon a Time.
Sure, the ABC present about fairytale Disney characters coming to life in the actual world additionally options Nurse Ratched in a minor, recurring position as performed by Ingrid Torrance.
As soon as Upon a Time, which ran for seven seasons on ABC, may be very loosely about fairy story characters floating round a small city in Maine with out their reminiscences. The present flip-flops between the actual world and the fantasy one, because the characters attempt to break their curse.
Ratched showing in As soon as Upon a Time isn’t truly as bizarre as it’d sound. All through its seven season run, the collection creators pulled not simply from Disney films and fairytales, but additionally from literature such because the Wizard of Oz, Greek mythology, and Arthurian legend. Ken Kesey’s e book is certainly not as fantastical as the opposite examples, however it’s a e book so, positive, Nurse Ratched seems in As soon as Upon a Time with the likes of Elsa, Mulan, Sleeping Magnificence, Captain Hook, the Mad Hatter, and others. Nurse Ratched is just named a few occasions, however we all know she’s not only a random nurse, as a result of scripts for the collection discuss with her as Nurse Ratched.
I by no means saved up with As soon as Upon a Time, however in case you spend plenty of time within the Disney fandom house, you choose up sufficient random tidbits concerning the collection to really feel such as you saved up with As soon as Upon a Time. So I puzzled to myself: can I get the complete As soon as Upon a Time expertise by simply watching the Nurse Ratched scenes?
Right here’s how my self-imposed experiment performed out:
[Ed. note: This article contains very vague and vastly out-of-context spoilers for six seasons of Once Upon a Time]
Nurse Ratched makes her debut within the closing moments of the 12th episode of the primary season, which suggests I began watching As soon as Upon a Time in earnest within the closing moments of the 12th episode of the primary season. The Evil Queen woman (Lana Parrilla) saunters as much as the psychiatric wing of the Storybrooke Common Hospital and fingers Nurse Ratched a rose. Nurse Ratched, whose identify isn’t talked about but however, and I need to stress this, is Nurse Ratched, says one thing about how nobody ever visits a selected affected person. And that individual affected person is … Belle (Emilie de Ravin), the star of many As soon as Upon a Time GIFsets. Why is she right here? I have no idea, nor do I discover out, as a result of I’m solely watching Ratched’s scenes, so it’s time for the subsequent one.
Nurse Ratched returns to OUAT within the season 1 finale. We’re again on the psychiatric wing once more, which is underground and creepy. She’s on the desk, simply doing her job, when Sebastian Stan, who performs Jefferson, the Mad Hatter character in eyeliner, is available in and offers her some tea. One sip knocks her out. Jefferson then breaks into the hospital to free Belle.
Nurse Ratched returns in season 2. Belle is again within the psychiatric wing, although it now appears to be like like an actual hospital as an alternative of a dungeon. What occurred between seasons? I’m unsure, as a result of I’m solely watching Nurse Ratched’s scenes. She meets with this scorching woman in a fur coat (Meghan Ory) and after she throws a match, Nurse Ratched comes over to sedate her. Ratched tells the woman within the fur coat that Belle has “been like this the entire time” and that they’ve needed to hold her closely sedated. Ratched escorts Belle out of the room.
Later in season 2, Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) is searching for Belle, however finds an empty hospital mattress. Let me emphasize as soon as once more simply how a lot of a makeover this hospital has gotten on this imply time: in season 1, Belle was saved in a cellar with just one tiny window, however now she will get a mattress. Anyway, Rumple is like “The place is that this affected person?” and Nurse Ratched is like “Nicely, she ought to nonetheless be right here” and he’s like “THEN WHERE IS SHE?!” after which Ratched runs off to search for Belle. She appears intimidated by him, which isn’t the cutthroat ruthless Ratched we all know and love.
Ratched doesn’t seem in any respect in season 3. No matter occurs throughout season Three of As soon as Upon a Time stays in season Three of As soon as Upon a Time.
Once we get to season 4, Ratched is as soon as once more behind the desk of the psychiatric wing. She doesn’t say something. Additionally, the hospital is creepy once more. Evil Queen and another evil-looking woman (Rebecca Mader) stroll previous Nurse Ratched, however the place they go, I have no idea, as a result of I’m mainly watching As soon as Upon a Ratched.
Season 5 is essentially the most hoppin’ season for Nurse Ratched, as she seems in 4 totally different episodes. The season kicks off with a Child performed by Jared S. Gilmore truly calling Nurse Ratched by her identify! Affirmation! He’s looking for his mother, so he walks into the creepy model of the psychiatric wing and spills his drink on her in order that Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), who within the present is a really enticing dark-haired man in eyeliner, can sneak in. I don’t know who he goes to see, however poor Nurse Ratched’s uniform is ruined.
However she bounces shortly again from that loss, showing in that season’s sixth episode to ship lunch to one of many sufferers — the evil-looking woman from season 4, who is seemingly nonetheless on this place. The affected person is seemingly pregnant and actually craving onion rings, however Nurse Ratched delivers a plate of frankly bland wanting greens, saying that the mayor has instructed her to solely feed this prisoner natural, domestically grown greens, as a result of she’s apparently pregnant. This pisses off the affected person, who sends Ratched off. The place is the domineering Nurse Ratched we all know and love? Why is she such a pushover?
Ratched makes use of her nurse abilities within the eighth episode, when the pregnant woman begins to present delivery. By that, I imply, she frantically goes to the door then summons the girl’s sister and a person who I believe is her child daddy (Sean Maguire). Apparently, everybody’s slightly freaked out as a result of she was solely two months pregnant however now could be going into labor! It’s due to darkish magic, she says, however … whose darkish magic? Nicely, we gained’t discover out, as a result of it’s onto the subsequent Ratched scene, the place she holds the woman’s hand as she provides delivery!
In season 5, episode 10, the hospital is again to wanting like an precise regular hospital as an alternative of a horror film — although that might be as a result of we’re within the maternity wing and for some motive Ratched has a shift masking this desk too. Hospital shifts, am I proper? The previously pregnant woman marches in and Ratched is like “You’ll be able to’t be right here!” after which the evil woman waves her hand and Ratched passes out. Evil woman looks as if she’s on a mission, however I’m not positive what she’s searching for. Most likely a child?
Nurse Ratched’s closing appearances are in season 6, the present’s penultimate season. Within the third episode, the Evil Queen (who’s not evil?) heads all the way down to the psychiatric wing and takes a casserole dish from Ratched. That is one other second the place they point out Nurse Ratched by identify: Evil Queen feedback that in comparison with the cup of noodles Nurse Ratched serves, her lasagna is match for a king, which can hopefully get the affected person to speak to them. Technically this spills a bit over from when Nurse Ratched was on display screen, however I’m letting it slide as a result of she was straight talked about.
In episode 16, Ratched as soon as once more commandeers the desk in entrance of the creepy psychiatric wing. Evil Queen and Henry go all the way down to see a affected person and Ratched feedback that this specific affected person has by no means had any guests. Spooky! Evil Queen and Henry suppose this affected person will assist them. Ratched unlocks the door, revealing a dude named Isaac (Patrick Fischler) who’s typing at a typewriter.
In Ratched’s closing look, we see foremost character Emma Swann portray a swan. Ratched is available in — which suggests that is going down within the psychiatric wing, in all probability, which now options some good home windows — and tells Emma that her son is right here to go to. Ratched leads her out to the ready room, which has undoubtedly been spruced up since final time we noticed the hospital. Henry and Emma discuss a bit about how none of their family and friends are actual, as a result of Emma thinks all the fairy story stuff is a delusion.
That is essentially the most plot we’ve gotten from watching the Ratched scenes, as a result of Ratched is hovering within the nook and going to make a reappearance. There’s something a couple of Black Fairy wiping Emma’s reminiscences, however Emma insists that she’s simply unwell. They recount the occasions that I presume occurred in earlier seasons (he ate a poisoned apple turnover at one level, however Emma saved him with True Love’s Kiss). Ratched comes again to present Emma her medication. She appears to be like fairly domineering, but additionally doesn’t actually intrude with Henry displaying Emma some cryptic notes. Ratched walks away proper as some new evil-looking woman (Jaime Murray) hovers over Henry, so now we’re stopping.
As soon as Upon a Time does have a seventh season, but it surely’s a comfortable reboot set in Seattle and focuses on grownup Henry. So Ratched’s time in As soon as Upon a Time ends when the present’s time within the city of Storybrooke ends. If there may be any information that this expertise has given me about this present, is that it takes place in a hospital greater than I believed it could. I’ve additionally realized that there are extra evil girls than I initially thought. However apart from that, I don’t know if I realized something from this expertise that I didn’t be taught by osmosis on-line. If something, it’s solely introduced up extra questions.
I’ll say, nonetheless, that watching it for roughly ten seconds throughout six seasons has sparked an curiosity in me. Who’re these mysterious sufferers that hold displaying up? Why does the psychiatric wing appear to be a dungeon typically and a traditional hospital different occasions? Are there extra scorching males in eyeliner? Is that this the intrigue of As soon as Upon a Time working its magic on me, a prone Disney fan?
All seven seasons of As soon as Upon a Time are streaming on Disney Plus. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Ratched are streaming on Netflix.