Once again tonight, we entered the Once Upon a Time vortex. I sat down to watch an hour show, and 20 minutes later it was over. How do they do that? And since in a lot of ways they were starting a new story up, it's very interesting to see what happened.
And boy did a lot happen.
For one thing, Henry is definitely older. He really seemed to age from the season finale 3 months ago to now. And was it just me or was his voice deeper? But that's not what we're really here to discuss.
There were two storylines going on in the episode - one in the
of a year ago as our characters
were returning home and one in our world of a year later as Hook tries to
convince Emma that he is telling the truth. Enchanted Forest
Let's start in the
. We arrive there to find Phillip and Aurora
about to have a picnic lunch when they are interrupted by a storm of purple
magic. Yep, it's our characters
returning. Aurora and Snow greet each
other, and we find out the Ogres are gone.
The group plans to meet up with others returning from Storybrooke and
then travel to Enchanted Forest Regina's
castle to start building their life anew.
protected it from the curse while everything else was destroyed.
As the group sets off, Phillip and Aurora have a private conversation. "Should we tell them?" "They'll find out anyway, and if we tell her, maybe she will leave us alone?"
Neal wants to go to Rumple's house to try to find a way back to Emma and Henry, but David talks him out of it. Meanwhile, Hook sets off on his own to find his ship and go back to a life of piracy.
While on the trail to the castle, they suddenly notice that
Regina is missing. Snow tracks her down to discover that Regina is burying her
heart in the forest. Leaving Henry
behind hurts too much. However, Snow
talks her out of it, saying that time will help and then she will be glad she
has her heart.
Just as she put it back in, the two of them are attacked by something that turns out to be a flying monkey. The monkey slashes
but is then scared away by…Robin Hood and his merry men. Yes, the duo have finally met, although
neither obviously knows that this is Regina's
true love match. In fact, they are leery
of each other since Regina
had her soldiers tracking Robin before the curse since he is an outlaw.
When they arrive at the castle, however, it is protected by a force field - a green force field. Someone has hijacked
protection spell, but who? Robin offers
shelter in the forest, and the group goes there, but Regina is determined to find out who did this
and make them pay.
York City, we see that Emma is trying to move forward
with her life. In fact, she's been
dating Walsh, a great guy, for 8 months now - a guy that is crazy about her and
asks her to marry him. She's taken aback
and hesitates, and he doesn't rush her.
See, during dinner, Hook made another appearance and gave Emma an address, saying go here and then meet me in
Park to talk.
Emma is curious enough to go the next day, and it is exactly where I expected it to be - Neal's apartment. Emma knows what it is right away when she sees her old dream catcher. Now remember, she doesn't know another about what has happened. So you can imagine her surprise when she finds a camera with Henry's name on the strap.
That's why she goes to confront Hook. He offers a memory potion, but Emma is having nothing to do with it and has him arrested.
Meanwhile, Henry has been talking Emma through her commitment issues (the boy may not know who he is, but he's still pretty smart). And he's set up a dinner for Emma and Walsh for that night. However, Emma took the pictures from the camera in to be developed (do they still make cameras like that). She takes one look at the pictures and bails Hook out of jail.
Why? The pictures show things from Storybrooke and things that Emma doesn't remember at all. She still hesitates but finally drinks the memory potion, and it all comes flooding back.
And so we get a little of Hook's story. He's been off doing his own thing for the last year until he got a message that the kingdom was in trouble from a new curse and needed help. He went in search of Emma to bring her back to Storybrooke where everyone is again. (Nope, we haven't seen the last of Storybrooke apparently. And here I was worried they were done with that.) Unfortunately, he only has enough potion for one dose, so Henry still doesn't have his real memories back.
But first, Emma must say goodbye to Walsh. She takes him to the roof of her apartment complex and lets him down gently, trying to explain that her past has come back and she needs to put it to rest. As he starts to walk away, he says, "To bad you had to drink the potion" and his eyes glow red.
Then he turns into a flying monkey.
He and Emma fight and she flings him off the roof. He lands on the ground and vanishes in a poof of smoke.
The next morning, Emma, Henry, and Hook set off for Storybrooke, Henry none the wiser about what is really going on.
When they arrive in the town, it feels deserted. Emma heads over to her apartment to see if David and Mary Margaret are there. She finds them and learns they know who they are and who she is. However, they know nothing about what has happened in the last year. They think they just said goodbye to her, yet they're back and she's back. The one difference they do know is that Mary Margaret is very much pregnant. (Since Ginnifer Goodwin, aka Snow, is pregnant in real life thanks to her real life fiancee Josh Dallas, aka Charming.)
Which leaves us with the final scene. It's set inside the castle back in
Someone is walking down the hall toward a flying monkey. "You got it?" The answer is yes, and "It" is some
of Enchanted Forest Regina's
blood. A few drops are put in a vial and
mixed in, but why we don't know. The
camera turns and reveals it to be the Wicked Witch of the West.
Another interesting things to note - in the first group scene in
, we had a blink
and you miss it shot of Red, and Meghan Ory was created as a guest star in the
episode. Were her scenes cut or was that
just standing there really all she had.
Her new show, Intelligence,
was a mid-season replacement show, so she is done filming the first
season. It also isn't doing well in the
ratings, so my guess is she will be free to film as much of Once as she and the
producers want. (And there is much
I must admit, I don't know if I have much more than this tonight. We're setting the ball back in motion, but it's not rolling fast enough for me to have any new theories. It was way too short, and I'm so looking forward to see where it goes next week.
Thoughts? Theories? Important scenes I missed? Hit me up in the comments and let me know what you think.