So, I’m not going to lie. I missed this episode live last night. I was out for my dad’s birthday dinner, but I woke up early this morning so I could watch it before work (and safely go on Tumblr when I got there). Anyway, I really enjoyed this episode. It had A LOT to offer.
Starting off at Neal’s funeral, watching everyone (minus his father) throwing dirt onto his casket, Henry having no idea about who is father truly was- it was a bitch. Whoa, it hurt. I may ship Captain Swan hardcore, but I never disliked Neal. Not once. He was an amazing character and I hope his death proves to be a powerful storyline that lives through the end of the season. I’m with Hook, Henry needs his memories back. He needs to know who Neal was and who he really is.
I’m getting ahead of myself. Because after the funeral, Hook insists on talking to Henry. He’s the only one around who can shed light on who Neal/Baelfire was at Henry’s age. Emma swoons a little at Hook’s sincerity and then tells him to be careful because Zelena is still out there. Hook promises that nothing will happen to Henry while he’s watching him. That’s about the time I swooned. Sa-woon.
So, Hook takes Henry down to the docks and Henry brings up the fact that his mom always pawned him off on friends with boats. Which, I don’t know, it just might mean that without her memories, Emma was still attracted to the sea. And Hook. Subconsciously, of course. Then, we see them later, and Henry’s tied about every knot that he can and Hook is staring dreamily at the sky. Why? Because he’s going to teach Henry how to use a sextant just like he taught his father all those years before. But Henry doesn’t want to know how to navigate by the stars, he wants to know who his father was. Sure, he understands that his mother is keeping things from him to protect him, but he still wants to know the truth. Then, Hook tells him that when he and Baelfire happened upon each other, it was right after he lost his father. Henry has more in common with Neal than he realizes.
Back in town, Zelena comes to crash the wake and drop a bomb on Regina. She is her sister. Half-sister. Whatever. Cora gave her up and gave Regina everything. Zelena basically challenges her to a duel on Main Street at sundown. So cliché. But when she leaves, Regina goes on a mission to find the truth about whether or not they are sisters. She finds a letter, from Rumple to Cora, claiming that Cora’s firstborn (Zelena) may be the best student he’s ever taught. All this time, Regina thought it was about her, but now she realizes the truth.
Oh, also at Granny’s after the funeral, Tinkerbell sees Robin’s tattoo and gets mad at Regina for not doing anything AGAIN. And when he comes over to offer Regina a drink, Tink kind of fangirls and it’s just about the cutest thing ever. Robin also runs into Regina in the woods, with the letter, and they talk about what’s really bothering her. What she wouldn’t tell Snow and Emma in the vault where she found the letter.
Belle, David, Tink, and Emma go to the farmhouse to see if Zelena’s around so they can try to get to Rumple without her interference. Belle thinks she can get Rumple on their side even though Zelena has his dagger. Oh Belle, true love isn’t always the strongest thing in the world. Needless to say, their plan didn’t work and only pissed Zelena off more. Now, if there’s any outside interference with her and Regina, Rumple will be forced to go on a killing spree. And you can see how much it kills him to be controlled by such a crazy witch. And, you know, he doesn’t want to kill the woman he loves… Or anyone else. Hopefully, at least.
When the time for the duel arrives, Regina is late and Emma, as the Savior, tries to step in. She doesn’t last long at all, but, hey, it’s the thought that counts. When Regina finally does show up, she’s much calmer and more confident than when Emma and Snow last saw her. She’s ready for whatever Zelena has in store. She knows it won’t be easy, but she’s got to, at least, try. And she does, nearly failing. But when Zelena reaches into her chest for what she really wants, Regina’s heart, she finds nothing. Regina’s not rookie, she knows that she can’t show up to a fight with something as sacred and valuable as her own heart. No, she’d left that in the care of Robin because, well, duh.
Zelena flies off on her broom (really, a broom) and the Charmings find Regina still alive. She also has an inkling as to why the Witch is after her heart. She already stole David’s courage; she’s cooking up a recipe. But for what?
When Zelena gets back to the cellar where she’s keeping Rumple, we find out. It’s not a curse. It’s a second chance. She wants to travel back in time to when her mother abandoned her so it doesn’t happen again. And, therefore, Regina won’t be born and Cora and Rumple can’t choose her over Zelena. She’s crazy and vengeful and envious. And she’s not done.
We also find out that Walsh, you remember Walsh, was the one, great and powerful, Wizard of Oz. And when Zelena found out who he was and how he was managing as a Wizard with no magic of his own, she turned him into her flying monkey minion. So, yeah. It’s going to be a long rest of the season. At least everyone knows who she really is now.
But, before I wrap this up, I want to go back to Hook and Emma. And then Regina and Robin. First, when Hook brings Henry back to Emma, this is when he tells her she can’t just go back to New York when all this with the Witch is over. Henry needs to know the truth. The truth about himself, his father, and who all these people in Storybrooke really are. Emma just thanks him for taking Henry and goes to her room. Hook lingers awhile before begging off to his own. Hook has grown SO much since “Tallahassee” in season 2. And he’s been there for Emma so much. I mean, offering to take Henry was as much for her as it was for him. He’s also suffered so damn much in his life. I want a happy ending for the guy, and I’m pretty sure it’s Emma. She just needs to realize and accept who she is and where she’s from. She’s been through a lot, too, more than most, but she deserves her own happy ending.
So does Regina. And that is with Robin! He was the one watching over her heart while she was dealing with Zelena. And she also left it with him to watch over until the Witch infestation is handled. Guys, she literally gave him her heart. And admitted to owing him a drink. Oh god, it’s going to be so GOOD when they get together. Just get rid of this Witch, give Henry back his memories, and everyone will be right where they belong with WHO they belong. COME ON!
PS: Who’s ready for a Hook-centric epsiode next week? I know I am.