Plus, is one of Henry’s rescuers about to meet their maker? Never say never(land)!
Emma (Jennifer Morrison) may be traveling light on her quest to save Henry (Jared Gilmore), but as we saw on the Oct. 6 episode of Once Upon A Time, she’s definitely not short on baggage. During a nighttime visit to the Savior’s campsite, Peter Pan (Robbie Kay) gifted Emma with a map to find her son — one that included a brief, yet emotionally draining, detour down memory lane.
In order to see the contents of the map, Emma needed to stop denying who she really is, which is apparently an orphan, just like the Lost Boys that stole her son. But coming to terms with her identity also spelled out a troublesome future for Emma. As Pan informed her, she still hasn’t forgiven her parents — that’d be Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) — for abandoning her, adding that Henry also hasn’t forgiven Emma for leaving him.
When Emma eventually finds Henry, Pan warned her, he won’t want to leave Neverland. He also not-so-subtly implied that Emma would leave the island an orphan, herself, which might explain why the last shot of the episode revealed that Charming’s wound — which he received during a scuffle with the Lost Boys — is getting worse!
Charming would look lovely in that glass coffin, but I’m not ready to say goodbye yet. Prayer circle, please!
Island Of The Doll
Elsewhere on the island, Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) was facing his own demons, though his were much prettier. Belle (Emilie de Ravin) appeared to him in a vision, letting him know that Storybrooke is safe, and that it’s time to let go of his past — including the creepy little doll he had gotten from his father.
But try as he might, Rumples couldn’t rid himself of the doll. He tried throwing it off a cliff, he tried setting it on fire — all to no avail. Any theories as to what that little guy is all about? I’m listening!
At least, with the assistance of his shadow, Rumples was able to rid himself of The Dark One’s dagger — though I have a feeling we’ll be seeing it again soon.
Between A Stone & A Hard Place
I’m going to go ahead and say that this week’s trip back to the Enchanted Forest was entertaining… but not all that necessary. Basically, we just saw Snow and Charming vowing to rise against Regina (Lana Parrilla) for the millionth time. This time, though, Charming guided Snow to “Excalibur,” and by pulling the sword from its stone, Snow gained the courage to lead her people to victory.
The mention of Merlin and Camelot was fun — and perhaps a little foreshadow-y — but then the sword turned out to be a fake, conjured up to give Snow the confidence to face Regina. Oh, well.
I guess the parallel was that, just like Emma had to come to terms with who she was, so too did Snow have to embrace her inner savior in order to take back the kingdom. Still, I would have preferred to see nothing but Neverland this week.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Charming is really on the outs? What’s up with Rumpelstiltskin’s doll? And will Henry actually turn against Emma? Drop a comment with your review of the episode, and your theories about what’s to come.
— Andy Swift