Greetings, Oncers! I apologize for how late this recap is, dearies, but it seems there was an evil spell was cast upon it that prevented me from getting it up sooner. Namely, an enchanted laptop, possessed by magic, hid it and basically consumed it. I’m sure name of you have faced this kind foe before and can relate. But fret not, I managed to throw down some magic of my own and eventually recovered most of it. Kathy: 1; Laptop: 0. So, let’s get down to business! Sadly, there are no Huns to defeat just yet, so hold those happy thoughts to get to Neverland just a second longer.
Before we recap, we gotta recap, capisce?
When we left off last season, Regina and Emma had managed to stop Storybrooke from being destroyed by combining their powers to stop the all-consuming diamond that was the curse’s fail-safe. But, as we’ve all been reminded multiple times throughout this show, all magic comes with a price. And the price this time, was Henry. While everyone was distracted, first by the impending doom and then by the well-deserved celebration, Henry was kidnapped by Greg and Tamara and taken through a portal. In order to get him back, Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, Evil Queen Regina, Rumpelstiltskin, and Captain Hook had to put their differences aside and join forces. Hook came back and offered the group the last of the magic beans and his ship, while Rumple used his blood to pinpoint where Henry was taken. Before setting sail to Neverland, Rumple left Belle with a cloaking spell and told her to cast it after they left to protect the town from being found. The episode ended with the Jolly Roger sailing into a portal, and Rumple warning everyone that Greg and Tamara were merely pawns and working for someone they all should fear. It is alluded to this being Peter Pan in a flashback scene featuring Baelfire and the Lost Ones. And speaking of Bae/Neal, let’s not forget that he was found washed-up on a beach, but alive, by Aurora, Mulan, and Prince Phillip. We assume this group is in the modern-day Enchanted Forest.
Stars? Where we’re going, we don’t need stars.
Season three of Once Upon a Time opens with a ticking clock, which perhaps is a subtle nod to the classic story of Peter Pan. Emma is in labor, and as she pushes to deliver Henry, there’s a bit of a power surge. As the doctor tries to place a crying baby into her arms and tells her she can change her mind, Emma shakes her head and says she can’t be a mother. This scene provides wonderful contrast for the present day, where Emma has set off to rescue Henry without a second thought. Hook has successfully navigated the ship through the magic-bean-portal. As the
unlikely band of misfits group stares off into the distance, Hook confirms they’re staring at Neverland.
Greg, Tamara, and Henry have also arrived there safely. However, they’re on a different part of the island while the rescue team is in the middle of the ocean. Tamara says that they’ve accomplished their mission, but Henry reminds her that his family is coming from him, noting that they have an advantage because they’ve been in the Enchanted Forest. This is where Tamara breaks the news that they’re actually in Neverland. She calls it “the heart of all magic.” At that point, Greg and Tamara try to call the home office only to realize they have no signal, and their communicator is a toy full of sand. It’s here that we find out that Tweedle Tam and Tweedle G have carried out all their instructions from an anonymous leader without question.
There’s a lot of back and forth in this episode. On the ship, Hook notes the irony of much time he spent trying to get out of Neverland in order to kill Rumple only to end up back there with him as a guest of honor. “So much for a happy ending,” he says. Regina tells him that back in Storybrooke, Greg called her a villain while she was being tortured and told her that villains don’t get happy endings. She asks him if he believes that’s true. We then move over to Snow, who is trying to comfort Emma over Neal’s death. She tells her not to blame herself, which causes Emma to lash out against her parents and say she should have never broken the curse. Snow knows that Emma’s emotions are causing her to say things like that because she just lost both Neal and Henry. Snow continues to be optimistic, which infuriates Emma even more. However, Snow tells her that the moment she gives up her belief that things will get better, she knows they won’t.
Suddenly, Rumple pops up out of nowhere, all decked out in his old attire, and says he’s getting Henry back himself. When Emma questions why she can’t do it, he mercilessly tells her that she doesn’t believe in herself, magic, or her parents, so she’ll fail. He disappears, leaving his Mr.Gold cane behind.