This was the big character tease starting this summer. They even did a promo with Ariel in it. And now that we’ve seen their twist on the mermaid, I’ve got to say it was a blast. Of course, I was very happy because I’ve been a fan of the actress playing her, Joanna Garcia Swisher, since her days as Reba’s older daughter on the sitcom Reba.
I think we spent as long on the flashback as we did in Neverland last night, but we got a complete story and a bit more about Snow when she was running from
And we’ll start, like the episode did with the flashback.
We first see Snow running from two of
Regina’s henchmen. They’ve cornered her on a cliff, but when
they start to close in, she jumps into the water. It knocks her out, but fortunately Ariel was
there to rescue her.
She pulls Snow to the edge of the cliff, and the two start talking. Ariel reveals her love for Prince Eric, whom she rescued from a shipwreck the year before. She also reveals that Ursula, the ancient goddess of the sea, has given mermaids the ability to change their tails into legs one day a month between high tides. Oh, and that time just happens to be during the big Under the Sea ball that Eric’s kingdom hosts to honor Ursula. Admittedly, everyone thinks she’s been dead for a few thousand years since no one hears from her, but they still honor her.
So with some coaching by Snow, Ariel attends the ball that night. There’s a great scene where Snow quizzes Ariel on the salad forks on the table (salad trident?), and then Ariel takes one.
Eric enters the room, and the two lock eyes with each other. As they start to dance, Eric says he recognizes Ariel from a recurring dream he’s had since the shipwreck. Obviously, Ursula was telling him that they are meant to be together. He’s leaving that night for a trip to see the world, and he invites Ariel to join him.
Of course, there’s just the one problem of Ariel being a mermaid. She confers with Snow, who advises her to go and tell Eric the truth. With a few hours left to figure out what to do, Ariel goes down to the sea to ask for advise from Ursula, hoping she is alive and real and can help.
Unfortunately for all concerned,
Regina was using a mirror to spy on Snow and
Ariel. She shows up pretending to be
Ursula and offers Ariel a way out – a magic bracelet. Ariel then goes and puts it on Snow. Snow grows a tail in exchange for Ariel
keeping her legs. That way, Snow can hide
from Regina, or
so Ariel believes.
shows up and Ariel realizes she’s been tricked.
She stabs Ariel with the salad fork and takes the bracelet off Snow
before diving them into the water and swimming them to safety.
Snow tells Ariel to try to let Eric know the truth before he leaves anyway, but when she shows up near the castle and calls to him,
Regina is there. She takes Ariel’s voice as penalty for
helping Snow escape.
gets home, she has a surprise waiting for her in her mirror. The real Ursula shows up and threatens Regina if she ever
impersonates her again.
Meanwhile, in present day Neverland,
Regina is trying to teach Emma how to use
magic. While Mary Margaret and David
worry about that, Hook walks back into camp.
He pulls them aside and repeats what Pan had just told him. He and David want to keep it secret in case
Pan was lying, but Mary Margaret blurts out to Emma that Neal is alive and on
Emma, Mary Margaret, David, and Hook want to set out to try to rescue him, but
has had enough. She takes off on her own
to try to save Henry. Meanwhile, when
Pan learns they are coming, he has Neal moved to the . Echo Cave
And our quartet goes directly there. Why didn’t they go by the clearing with the other box still in it? How did the trail they were following lead them straight to where Neal really was? Okay, so maybe Pan set up a fake trail for them, I don’t know.
Hook is not happy when they reach the cave. The only way out is to tell your deepest secret. But they go inside and find Neal on a pedestal with no bridge out to it. Time to start revealing secrets.
Hook goes first. He mentions the kiss (which Emma had blurted out about to Mary Margaret earlier), and says it made him realize he could love again after losing Mira. The a bridge starts to form out to Neal.
Mary Margaret goes next. While she is thrilled with the woman Emma has become, she feels cheated out of all those moments they never got to experience – first steps, first words, etc. When they get back to Storybrooke, she wants another baby.
David’s turn – and he spills the beans about being hit with the poison arrow and the cure Hook found for him. Mary Margaret is not happy.
By now the bridge has formed, and Emma runs out to the cage Neal is still in. She tries to hack it open, but that won’t work. Time for her to reveal her secret. In tears, she tells Neal that she realizes she still loves him. But she’s not sure she is happy to have him back in her life because she has lost him twice, and it hurt more than she could bear. She doesn’t know if she could survive a third time. It works – the cage opens and they head back outside.
Outside, Neal thanks Emma for being honest with him, and he pledges to earn back her love. A watching Hook is not happy. Meanwhile, Mary Margaret is upset with David now that she knows what he has been hiding from her. Neal does confirm that they can use his old star charts to get off the island. Time to round up Tinker Bell and rescue Henry.
Somewhere else in the island, Gold is confronted by Pan, who suggests that he return to Storybrooke and start a new life with Belle, build a new family. Then Belle shows up talking about how much she wants that to happen. Fortunately,
walks into the clearing at that point.
Force chocking Belle, it if finally revealed that this is Pan’s shadow
playing tricks on Gold.
So now Gold and
team up to defeat Pan and rescue Henry.
Problem – the only way to do that is to kill Pan, which will also kill
Gold. (Why? I’ve very curious to find out why.) However, what if they give him a fate worse
than death. Gold even has an idea how
they can do that. Unfortunately, what
they need is back in his shop in Storybrooke.
has a way to go get it. She picks up the
shell we saw a few episodes back and whispers into it, calling Ariel to
her. She even gives Ariel back her
voice. Ariel isn’t willing to do any
favors for Regina until Regina gives her back the bracelet and says
that now Ariel can use it to grow legs or a tail at will. She also says that Eric is in
Storybrooke. So Ariel sets off to get
whatever this object is.
End of episode.
So who is in the box? It obviously isn’t Ariel. Is it Tinker Bell? The other theory I was discussing with my friends last night is that it is Rumplestiltskin’s dad. He disappeared years ago, and it would really shake up Gold to run into him. Pan would love to throw him off with something like that.
Because Pan is obviously worried. Last week, he was trying to get Hook and Emma off the island. Now it’s Gold. Obviously, his appearance of puppet master is partially an act. He’s worried about something or some one or a combination of some ones defeating him.
And why is it that the only way to defeat Pan is for someone, usually Gold, to die? I can wait to see that explained.
Next week, we finally get to go to Storybrooke for the first time all season. I’m really looking forward to that. Meanwhile, what are your thoughts on where we go from here?