Flash back! Many many years ago in Agrabah when Cyrus is playing cards and gambling, including with his mother’s compass while his brother, Taj, advises him to stop. Cyrus wins – and the sore loser is both not happy and planning revenge. Cyrus seems pretty happy with all of this while his brothers are much more suspicious.
As they walk home through the countryside his more careful brothers warn him of his cheating and pushing his luck. When they reach their home they see men leaving their home – which catches fire with their mother inside.
To the present and Anastasia and Alice comfort Cyrus for not knowing about his brothers being Jafar’s prisoner. Alice suggests breaking into the palace but Anastasia fears Jafar’s magic – she needs her army, though they point out her former subjects don’t exactly remember her fondly.
Cyrus has a different plan – since he and his brothers were human, not genies, he suggests breaking the curse that enslaved them. A curse laid on them by the guardian of the Well of Wonders in Agrabah. Getting to Agrabah is not easy – but Anastasia tells them the Well of Wonders is in every realm and she knows where it (and the guardian) is in Wonderland. Anastasia still isn’t convinced on the solution and goes back to her army – so they split up
The Jabberwock is on their trail, in the village where Will and Elizabeth had their little party (despite the odd makeup, she does manage to be awfully menacing). Elizabeth’s death is a little annoying, but she cuts out her eyes and brings them to a confused Jafar. He uses his magic to reveal that Anastasia has the genie.
Flashback again: the brothers’ mother is badly injured by the fire and Cyrus suggests they go to the Well of Wonders since its waters may cure her (his brother tries to convince him he’s not to blame but he clearly feels guilty).
In the present Cyrus is very assiduously dodging questions from Alice about how he was cursed and she wouldn’t recognise a hint if it were dropped on her from a very great height.
Meanwhile Will the Knave and Anastasia go to see the White Rabbit who is very very very afraid and unhappy to see the Red Queen on his doorstep – and shocked when she asks for forgiveness. Which would work better if she had more than an apology to offer and if she didn’t come begging favours. She wants him to convince everyone she’s a friendly Queen now. Yeah, even Will is cynical about that – but the White Rabbit reveals the Jabberwock has been released which gives Anastasia another reason to stay and fight for the people (and Will a reason to run like hell).
Anastasia recruits the Rabbit to spread the word of her battle to the people while she and Will hurry to warn Alice and Cyrus about the Jabberwock (will is still questioning why they’re not running and hiding). He doubts her motivations, believing her motivated entirely by her own comfort – but she says she can never be comfortable without him, her whole plot with Jafar was about getting him back and if that’s never going to happen at least she can help others.
She hears something and puts Will back in his bottle and hides it. The Jabberwock appears, teleporting around and building the fear she feeds upon. The Jabberwock mocks her fear (not for herself, but for her finding the bottle) and Anastasia rather niftily turns a branch into a sword and impales the Jabberwock with it. Of course, a normal sword doesn’t do much but it’s still nifty. The Jabberwock then headbuts Anastasia, I have to say I didn’t see that coming.