Flashback start – Agrabah, many many years ago and Jafar as a boy stands by his mother’s deathbed. She’s dying and even as a healer she can’t stop it – she tells him to go to the palace, to the Sultan, his real father who will take him in. As proof she gives him a ring to return to the Sultan
To the present and adult Jafar (wearing the ring) is speaking with Alice’s father talking about how well cared for and wonderful Alice is – oh and here’s a white Rabbit. Yes, he shows the White Rabbit to Alice’s dad who, surprisingly, doesn’t have an instant “ALICE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH!” moment. He gets the rabbit to portal him to Wonderland and plans to use her father to “talk sense” into Alice and leave the dangers of Wonderland. Plan is somewhat scuppered by her father telling Jafar that she’s probably not going to listen to him since he never believed in her.
Alice and the Knave are approaching Jafar’s tower and Knave is desperately trying to get Alice to make some kind of plan or strategy but she doesn’t need any of that – which is when that she sees that Jafar’s tower is on a giant, floating island. Time to take an inventory of their resources (not much – and Knave still has the key to Grannie’s he stole – yes she is going to be pissed about that) finding little – but they do hear an odd chirping. It’s not, as Knave thinks, “a bird”, but a birdbark tree. Yes a tree that chirps, it’s Wonderland, anything goes – and it’s wood is lighter than air.
At the Red Queen’s, she’s looking for the genie because he couldn’t have just disappeared (well, as her Tweedle says, isn’t that what Genies do>?) she expositions about how she has the upper hand over Jafar – and he appears behind her. She gets to break the news about the genie escaping and he turns to order the guards – she stops him. They’re her men. They answer to her and she’s already given them their orders.
Jafar storms back to his tower and tries to question the old prisoner - who is not co-operative. He also has Alice’s father tied to a chair and draws blood from him. He mixes it into a potion and keeps asking questions her father refuses to answer – like whether he’s right or left handed. Jafar tells him he’s going to steal Alice’s blood and lets her father good – he tries to punch Jafar and gets put back in his seat (confirming that he’s left handed. Very efficient).
Flashback! Jafar is taken to the palace of the Sultan for thieving – apparently he tried to steal the dagger of one of the guards which is… not very sensible. The Sultan informs him the law says he has to have his hand cut off and Jafar holds up his hand with the ring. He arranged the theft to be taken to the Sultan – who offers his condolences. But he has a son – an heir – and has no wish for another or competition. But he will take Jafar in as a servant – and not to call him father.