Hook and Emma journeyed to the depths of the Underworld, and it ended with a devastating sacrifice. Plus, did Hades really change his wicked ways?
Emma has gone to great lengths to save Hook from a lifetime in the Underworld, and their love was put to the test on the May 1 episode of Once Upon A Time. Hook and Emma were forced to make a heartbreaking decision, Hades made a huge sacrifice for love, someone double-crossed the gang, and Rumple betrayed Pan!
So Regina was really trying to trust Zelena after last week’s episode. That meant tolerating Hades, who needed the gang’s help. When he went to meet Zelena, she’d been kidnapped by Rumple and Peter Pan. Because he truly loved Zelena, he was willing to give Rumple what he wanted, but he needed to make a deal with Emma first.
Hades revealed he would take their names off the headstones if Emma helped him get Zelena back — alive. Hades met with Rumple and Peter, who had Zelena. Hades didn’t hesitate to rip the contract that required Rumple and Belle to give their baby to him.
Pan tried to take Zelena’s heart, but Emma stopped him. Rumple quickly left after he’d gotten what he wanted. Everyone was pretty shocked that Hades had just ripped up the contract for Zelena. He said he would do anything for her. After his sacrifice, his heart started beating again.
Now a fully-formed portal opened back up to Storybrooke, but it would close at sunset. Hades had to hold up his end of the bargain now before they all went on their merry way. Hades did what he promised — he took Emma, David and Regina’s names off the headstone.
The Ultimate Journey For Love
Emma tried to bring Hook “back to life” with her heart — just like Snow had done with David — but it didn’t work. His soul had already left his body. So now Emma and Hook had to go to the deepest part of the Underworld in order for Hook to be able to leave.
But only one couple had ever made it out alive — Orpheus and Eurydice — by eating ambrosia. Emma would have to offer up her heart as judgment down there. Before leaving, Emma made Regina promise she would make everybody leave if her and Hook weren’t back before sunset.
Back in March 2009, Emma was on the hunt to find out more about her family. This woman had followed her all the way from Arizona, where Emma had skipped bail. The woman had Emma in handcuffs, but Emma easily escaped. Emma was just about to leave when she saw a record locator on the woman’s computer. She found out that a county courthouse had a file on her.
Emma agreed to go back to Phoenix with the woman if she would help her find out who she is. When they went to the courthouse, they found nothing. Emma got really upset. She went back later, and the woman followed her again. She claimed to know things about her family, or at least what it felt like to not have one.
As they escaped from the courthouse, the woman got fatally injured. One year later, Emma found the woman’s daughter and revealed that her mother was dead. On the way out, she found her red leather jacket and put it on!
Weighing True Love
Back in the Underworld, Regina urged Robin to take the baby to the portal. He didn’t want to leave without Regina. Regina told Robin to hand the baby over to Zelena. Robin was not a fan of that idea. Regina begged him to trust Zelena, which he did. Suddenly, when no one was looking, Rumple showed up and took Robin’s heart. Pan had offered up Pandora’s Box to keep Belle safe in exchange for a heart. Ugh.
Henry was busy fixing people’s unfinished business when Cruella de Vil walked up. She wanted to keep everyone in the Underworld. She was out for revenge and used the Blind Witch to trap them.
Emma and Hook made it down below, and she had to weigh her heart to see if her love for Hook was true. Dang. What pressure. Hook was understandably a little worried. “Are you certain?” he asked. Emma put her heart down without hesitation, but it didn’t work.
But then Emma fell to the floor in pain. Hook tried to grab her heart but Hook became consumed by flames! Emma pushed him to the floor, and the flames disappeared. That’s when the door opened. Emma and Hook’s love was true!
That Darn Hades
But they found the ambrosia was dead. Someone had cut it — HADES! He didn’t want Hook and Emma going back to Storybrooke. Simultaneously, Regina realized that it was Hades who had trapped them in the library. That darn Hades! He was at the portal with Zelena, who didn’t want to leave Regina behind. But she went with Hades anyway.
Once Hook realized they were out of options, Hook revealed he was going to stay in the Underworld. At first, Emma refused to go without him, but she knew it was what he wanted. “I don’t know how to say goodbye,” she cried. “Then don’t,” he said. They made promises to each other. She made him promise that she wouldn’t be his unfinished business.
“I love you,” they both said, through tears. They kissed and held hands until Emma couldn’t reach him anymore as she was taken up by the elevator. It was just like when Rose was forced to get on the boat without Jack in Titanic. It was such a devastating scene.
Emma’s Devastating Choice
Emma made it back up, and everyone was shocked to see Hook wasn’t with her. They all agreed to give Hook his last wish — getting out of the Underworld. Emma and Regina put their magic together to break the Blind Witch’s spell.
Before Rumple headed back to Storybrooke with Belle in Pandora’s box, he had one last score to settle with Pan. On the sly, Rumple had returned Robin’s heart. He had given Pan a fake heart filled with water from the River of Lost Souls. Bye, bye, Pan!
Everyone had made it through the portal except David and Emma. She was torn over whether or not to truly leave Hook behind. She realized she couldn’t lose anyone else. So she went through the portal back to Storybrooke!
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