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‘Once Upon A Time’ Recap: Henry’s Father Is Revealed & [Spoiler] Returns

Sun, November 4, 2012 9:36pm EDT by Andy Swift 25 Comments
Once Upon A Time Recap
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Plus, two characters share a haunting vision that could unite Storybrooke & the Enchanted Forest.

Emma (Jennifer Morrison) may have finally obtained the golden compass on the Nov 4. episode of Once Upon A Time, but the viewers got an even better treasure of their own: the identity of Henry’s (Jared Gilmore) father!

Through a series of flashbacks — wait, this show has flashbacks now?! — we watched Emma fall in love with Neil Cassidy (Michael Raymond-James) 11 years ago. Like most couples, they met while stealing the same car, and the rest was grand-theft history. But the real twist came when Emma and Neil planned to run away to Tallahassee together, and Neil was stopped by a very familiar face: August (Eion Bailey)!

After showing Neil the contents of his suitcase — what the $%^& was in that suitcase?! — Neil believed August’s story about Emma’s destiny, and arranged to have her caught by the cops. So Emma got two equally precious gifts from Neil in jail: a keychain, and a positive pregnancy test!

(I guess now we know why Henry is so messed up in the head; he was incubated in prison.)

Up the stalk without a hook:

Emma’s history of betrayal with Neil left her with some understandable trust issues, which manifested themselves during her adventure up the beanstalk with Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) in present-day Enchanted Forest. After besting the giant (Jorge Garcia) and getting her hands on the compass, Emma chained Hook up and left him in the castle.

My prediction: Hook and Emma will reunite and fall in love — just in time for Neil to arrive in Storybrooke and force Emma to make a choice. (Seriously, this is one of the only shows on TV without a love triangle. It’s about damn time.)

They dreamed a dream:

It looks like Charming (Josh Dallas) may be on the cusp of finding a way to communicate with Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and her merry band of princesses!

At the end of the episode, Henry woke up from a nightmare in which a windowless room was on fire, and a strange woman was staring at him from across the room. It was a total mirror of the dream Aurora (Sarah Bolger) had earlier in the episode, though in her dream, it was a pair of male eyes staring back at her.

That’s right, the only two character I dislike on this show are now dreaming about each other.

Were you surprised to learn that Neil is Henry’s father? Do you think Henry’s dream is a way of connecting the two worlds? And what do you think was in August’s suitcase? Drop me a comment with your predictions and theories!

— Andy Swift

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