Who says back story doesn't have anything new to share. Okay, so maybe it was fairly predictable, but I still like the twist they gave Tinker Bell tonight.
But before we get to the recap, can I just say how awesome the Once title card was tonight? I mean, seriously, having Tinker Bell light it up like she's done for years on Disney's various TV shows? The DisNerd in me was thrilled.
Let's start in the Fairy Tale of old, shall we?
is having a lonely meal by herself since her new husband, the king is still in
love with his dead wife and she hates Snow for ruining her life. Rumplestiltskin shows up only to point out
that she was skip her magic lesson that day.
tries to get out of it, Rumple tells her it is pointless. Darkness is consuming her and always
will. In frustration, she goes to the
balcony and pounds on the railing. Only
the railing breaks and Regina
suddenly finds herself falling to her death.
Fortunately, Tinker Bell happens to be flying by, and she saves
Regina. The two bond almost immediately and Regina tells Tink about
all that has gone wrong in her life. But
Tink offers to use fairy dust to help Regina
find her true love. Unfortunately, she
has to rush off before she can.
She is actually late for curfew, and must face the Blue Fairy as a result. Blue is not happy with all the rules that Tink breaks, and when Blue finds out who Tink was just talking to, Blue forbids Tink from ever going back.
is shrouded in darkness; there is no hope for her. But Tink believes in giving everyone a second
chance, so when Blue takes off, she steals some fairy dust and goes back to
The dust works, and the two fly off and follow the trail to find
true love. He's a man with a lion tattoo
on his arm. Tink takes off, but Regina is too scared to
go in and meet him, so she leaves.
When Tink shows up later to find out how
did meeting her true love, Regina
tries to lie and say it was awful. Tink
sees through that, but Regina
still orders her to leave. As Tink is flying
away, Blue shows back up. She knows
exactly what Tink did. While Tink pleads
for a second chance, Blue tells her this was her second chance. And then she says the fateful words. "I don't believe in you." And Tink loses her wings.
End flashback. So how did this play out in current day Neverland. Pretty much as you'd expect.
We first meet our heroes as they are almost to where Pan's lair is marked on the map although it suddenly changes location.
once again starts saying that they need to use magic, but she is shot
down. It's Hook who suggests that they
need to find Tink and see if she will help them. After all, Pan trusts her.
As they are finally approaching Tink's lair,
Regina stays behind,
saying it will be better for everyone if Tink doesn't see her. However, Tink has been tracking them and
- blowing something in her face. When Regina wakes up, she is
tied up and in a cave. She concludes it
was poppy dust and not really magic. But
Tink is determined to kill her for what Regina
did to her all those years ago. She
threatens Regina with a poison tipped arrow, but
Regina offers her something better - Regina's own heart.
warns Tink that revenge and hatred will turn Tink's own heart that color. If she does crush it, Tink will start down
the same path that Regina
walked. Tink finally relents, and when
does confess she was afraid, which is why she never went through with meeting
the man with the lion tattoo all those years ago. Tink then says that Regina was selfish - by her actions she
ruined two people's lives.
Meanwhile, the rest of the gang has found Tink's lair but with no Tink. It feels like a transient place and not a home. But they also find a handkerchief that we'd seen
drop earlier, and they figure out where Tink really is.
Somehow, they figure out where Tink is holding
Regina (unless that cave was right where they left Regina, which means it
wasn't such an amazing feat). At first
Tink refuses to help, but Emma and Mary Margaret are able to talk her into
helping. She promises one chance and
only one. In exchange, Tink will go with
them and have a real home. Tink also
confirms she has no fairy dust left, meaning that David still has a death
sentence. And, despite a last
conversation with Mary Margaret, she still doesn't tell her.
But we aren't done in Neverland yet. We get a few scenes with Pan and Henry. First, Pan tries to get Henry to recreate the famous William Tell story, but he refuses. Then Pan finally explains what Henry is doing there. In Pan's view, Henry is the savior. Yes, Emma broke the curse, but it's is Henry that believes in Magic. And that's what will save everyone in our world, Neverland, every place. Magic is dying, and everyone needs the person with the heart of the truest believer to bring it back.
As proof that Pan has the right person, he offers Henry the parchment. Henry isn't interested, and he throws it on the ground.
Meanwhile, over in modern day Fairy Tale, Neal is searching for something - anything - that will create a portal between the worlds. And he finds it when he meets Robin's son. Robin isn't willing to risk his son at first, but Neal talks him into it. So the boy stands at the window and says, "I believe." After a minute of tense waiting, the shadow comes to try to take him away. But Robin grabs him, Mulan cuts off the hold the shadow has on the boy, and when the shadow turns to leave, Neal grabs a hold and hitches a ride to Neverland.
When he crash lands, he is greeted by one of the lost boys. "Welcome back Bae. Pan will be so glad to know you are back." That doesn't sound good.
But we can't quite leave Fairy Tale yet. Mulan is ready to go back to Aurora and Phillip, but she gets an interesting off first - become the first woman member of the merry men. She decides she needs to try to see if she can get love from one person yet. As she returns, she meets
Aurora and seems glad Phillip isn't
around. Aurora is bursting with news - she and
Phillip are expecting. And just like
that, Mulan, who was thrilled Phillip wasn't around a few moments before, is
crushed. She announces she is going to
join Robin and walks off.
When she gets back to the camp, she begins to meet the rest of the Merry Men. And wouldn't you know it, one of them has a lion tattoo on his forearm.
And the final scene. Curious, Henry picks the parchment off the ground. As we all knew it would, it has a drawing of him on it. As his eyes widen in surprise, the episode ends.
So has anyone besides me noticed that it is always dark in Neverland? I don't think that's coincidence. They are giving us a visual cue to just how dark a place we are in right now.
How are they going to cure David if he can't get fairy dust? There has to be another cure!
Will Henry turn to Pan's side, or will he take his new status and still try to fight against him?
And how can our heroes defeat Pan who certainly is king of this island?
When will anyone find Neal? What will their reaction be, especially since Hook and Emma are flirting a little?
I'm not sure I have that many theories, but I obviously have lots of questions. It will be interesting to see what happens next.
If you have something figured out, I'd sure love to hear it. Hit me up in the comments.