On Christmas Day, Alphonse Frankenstein and his sons, Victor and Gerhardt, celebrate the holidays together. For each of his sons, he gives a gift. Because Gerhardt is his favored child, he presents him with his mother's antique watch. For Victor, he bestows a letter commanding him to join the army as a physician. Though Victor protests against the change, Alphonse thinks little of his son's antics in experimentation. To have the final word, Alphonse cuts off the monetary expenses to discontinue Victor's scientific work. Upset, Victor leaves his father's home, though Gerhardt catches up at the gate and tries to offer solace by giving him the watch. Victor refuses to take it and instead plans to find another way to complete his scientific work. As the two depart, Rumplestiltskin secretly watches from behind the shrubs.
When Gerhart dies from a gunshot wound, Victor is able to bring him back to life by using an enchanted heart from the Enchanted Forest. Excited by his accomplishment, Victor shows a recovering Gerhardt to Alphonse. Though Victor says Gerhardt is still adjusting, Alphonse examines him and realizes this person is not his son. In a fit of rage, Alphonse physically attacks Victor. Agitated by the commotion, Gerhardt pulls his father to the ground and beats him to death while Victor stoically watches. After the ordeal, Victor locks his brother in a tower room and decides he must put him out of his misery. When Gerhardt sees the gun, he aims the end of the barrel at his own head. However, Victor cannot bring himself to pull the trigger and leaves his brother unscathed. Despondent, Gerhardt is left in the tower all alone. ("In the Name of the Brother")
- The CGI model created for the interior of Alphonse's mansion was recycled for the Darling House drawing room in "Second Star to the Right". The wall panels by the windows, the windows themselves, even the curtains, all have the same design, but the checkered window panes in Alphonse's home were replaced with frosted window panes. The same model is used for the Lydgate House in "Strange Case", where the model is more faithful to the original: The design of the windows, the fireplace, the doors and the bookshelves is exactly the same. ("In the Name of the Brother")
- Two urns are sitting on a table in the drawing room. Both have been used for set decoration in previous episodes: They appear in Cora's vault at the Royal Manor in "The Doctor", and were among Regina's wedding gifts in the Evil Queen's Palace in "We Are Both"; the only difference being the color: The ones in the Royal Manor are black, while the ones in Regina's chambers have a warm, gold color.
- The golden version of the urns are reused later in the series: One of them can be seen aboard the Jolly Roger in "Snow Drifts", while the other one doubles as the urn Elsa comes out of in "There's No Place Like Home". ("In the Name of the Brother")
- Both urns were also used as background props in the Wonderland Castle for the filming of the scene where Anastasia attempts to steal the royal jewels in the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episode "Heart of Stone". However, they do not show up on-screen.
|Once Upon a Time: Season Two|
|"Broken":||"We Are Both":||"Lady of the Lake":||"The Crocodile":||"The Doctor":||"Tallahassee":||"Child of the Moon":||"Into the Deep":||"Queen of Hearts":||"The Cricket Game":||"The Outsider":|
|"In the Name of the Brother":||"Tiny":||"Manhattan":||"The Queen Is Dead":||"The Miller's Daughter":||"Welcome to Storybrooke":||"Selfless, Brave and True":||"Lacey":||"The Evil Queen":||"Second Star to the Right":||"And Straight On 'Til Morning":|