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Oct. 10, 2013
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

In Victorian England, the young Alice tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the things she's seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything.

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John Arthur Lithgow (/ˈlɪθɡoʊ/ LITH-goh; born October 19, 1945) is an American actor, musician, ...

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The White Rabbit is voiced by John Lithgow.

The White Rabbit leads a very young Alice to the magical land of Wonderland, leading everyone to believe she's gone insane when she returns home, namely her father. She then vows to herself that she will prove that Wonderland is real. Many years later, Alice stays true to her word and returns to Wonderland in order to gain proof that the strange land exists. She manages to track down the White Rabbit and she captures him, keeping him locked in a leather bag that she carries on her back. She steals a piece of the magical mushroom that the Caterpillar sits on, and then she heads deeper into Wonderland, carrying the White Rabbit with her.

They find themselves on the run from the Queen of Hearts' royal guards in her maze, so she and the rabbit eat a piece of the mushroom which shrinks them, allowing them to hide under the hedges. They come across a bottle and Alice climbs inside, shocked to discover a genie named Cyrus inside. The two get talking and he asks why Alice came to Wonderland, she explains that she wanted proof. She shows him the White Rabbit, who is not happy about being held captive. She states nobody can deny a talking rabbit in a suit is real, amusing Cyrus, who tells her that much is certain.

After emerging from the bottle, Alice, the White Rabbit and Cyrus turn back to human size and then the genie tells Alice to open her hand after casting a small spell on it. Confused, she opens it to discover three ruby diamonds, which Cyrus explains are her wishes. Alice then releases the White Rabbit from the bag she had him kept in, asking if there’s any hard feelings. He assures her its fine, stating he shouldn’t have ever led her to Wonderland as it’s been nothing but trouble for her. However, she tells him that he didn’t lead her, as she followed. He then tells Alice that she always was a curious girl. He then leaves Alice and Cyrus as he walks away, exiting the maze. Later on, after Alice and Cyrus have fallen in love, they decide on burying the bottle in a hole in the ground near a lion topiary in the middle of a field near a windmill. The White Rabbit is innocently behind the lion topiary as he overhears them assuring each other of their love. They then proceed to bury the bottle in the ground and the Rabbit comments on them, calling them crazy kids. He then notices the time and runs into the field’s long grasses, calling out to his “honey”, apologizing for being late.

The White Rabbit arrives in Storybrooke via portal to collect Will, so together they can rescue Alice, who needs her assistance. He claims to have seen Cyrus alive, so Will agrees to assist. They travel to Alice's realm, where they rescue Alice from an Asylum before they can perform a dangerous procedure on her. They fight the guards to break Alice out and before the escape into the streets of London, the White Rabbit shows himself to Dr. Lydgate, the man who classed Alice as insane. The rabbit creates a portal and then they all use it to enter Wonderland. The rabbit lands just beside a mallowmarsh, but unfortunately, Will and Alice land in it when they arrive. Before noticing any danger, the rabbit confesses to not actually seeing Cyrus, but instead claims the dormouse saw him at the Mad Hatter's house. They soon notice that they're sinking in the mallowmarsh, so the rabbit run's to get assistance.

However, he runs into the Red Queen, someone who visibly terrifies him. She takes him back to her palace and it is revealed that the rabbit brought the duo to Wonderland under instruction of the Red Queen. She then instructs him to report to her everything that Alice says, does and thinks, under a death threat. The rabbit later meets up with Alice and Will at the Mad Hatter's house, where the former is disappointed to not have found Cyrus. However, she soon discovers his necklace which is glowing red, causing her to believe he is alive. The trio then continue their journey to save Cyrus, but the rabbit remains the queen's slave.

As Alice and Will discuss their plans to collect the bottle in order to save Cyrus, the White Rabbit pretends to be asleep in order to hear their conversation and get left behind, as he is seen to slow them down. He visits the Red Queen’s castle soon after and explains that the duo left to get the bottle. She asks if he knows where it is, but when he hesitates to tell, she threatens him once more. This convinces the White Rabbit to confess to knowing the bottle’s location, pleasing the queen.

The White Rabbit then goes on his own mini quest to get the bottle from a hole that Cyrus and Alice hid it in a long time ago. After returning with the bottle, the Red Queen taunts Jafar about having it in her possession. When she returns from this meeting, the White Rabbit asks if everything went well and she confirms that they did. He then dares to tell the queen that he has fulfilled his obligations, stating he went above and beyond the call of duty. She seems grateful and agrees that he did, but when he reminds her that she promised to set him free, she tells him that promises are made to be broken, as are the bones of “bunnies” who forget what they have at stake. She tells him that when she gets what she wants, he will get what he wants, questioning why that is such a difficult concept to grasp. Curious, the queen wonders how the Rabbit knew of the bottle’s location, so he explains that he saw Alice and Cyrus bury it.

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