WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!
At the diner, Hook tells everyone Emma that Neal wanted to bring his father back. Meanwhile, Gold escapes from Zelena. Belle is informed that Gold is alive. Neal finds himself back in Storybrooke and yearns for a way to reconnect with his son Henry, whose memories of his father are gone, while also trying to find his own father, Rumplestiltskin, whom he has just learned is alive but missing, and Regina discovers a possible connection with Robin Hood. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was over the past year, agonizing over the death of his father, Neal – with the help of Belle and enchanted candelabra Lumiere – attempts to find a magical solution to bring back Rumplestiltskin from the dead. However, his aid is rouse as he is under command of the Wicked Witch who promises to release him. Back in Storybrooke, Mary Margaret is having woes about the baby and her incapacitation from assisting in finding Gold. Elsewhere, Regina has a run in with Robin and the two work together to hunt the witch.
Everyone else has their true love. Belle has Rumplestiltskin. Mary Margaret has David. Emma has/had Neal. So why not Regina? Well, she finally finds her true love—the man with the lion tattoo. Back in the Enchanted Forest, Tinkerbelle told Regina about her true love and show him to her. However, due to underlining circumstances, Regina never got to meet her the man destined for her. That is until now. While on the hunt for the Wicked Witch, Regina meets Robin of Loxley and senses a connection with him which is likely since they teamed up before when the Witch took over Regina’s castle. She discovers the tattoo on Robin’s arm when he proposed they have a drink together. Now here’s where the awkward moment comes in. Regina has her true love, the man she is destined to be with right in front of her and she runs away. Which is understandable considering that she made everyone else who was happy with their live miserable but she was thus ruining her own chance at happiness. Regina finds Robin enjoying a good time with his son. For a moment, there is a look in her eye that suggests she may be wondering what if that were her son Robin was playing with. With this revelation, I wonder if Regina will seek advice from Mary Margaret or Belle. That’d be interesting.When it comes to adding new characters, they don’t always have to be the important characters. Even the most insignificant character can be a big player. Lumiere is that character. In Beauty and the Beast, he was one of the cursed residents who was turned into a candelabra. But he isn’t singing and dancing in his “Once” incarnation. Lumiere is a bit bitter after being turned in a candelabra and holds a grudge against Rumplestiltskin for his predicament. However, he gives himself away when he mentions that he has been a prisoner for over two centuries. Belle is alerted to his deception since she knows the Rumplestiltskin built the library for a just over thirty years ago. Lumiere then tells her that the Wicked Witch is to one who placed the curse upon him. This is one of the saddest episodes of “Once”. Neal is distraught over the loss of his father and he wants to resurrect him. Rumplestiltskin crossed realms to find him, from the Enchanted World to New York to Neverland. He never gave up on his son and Neal is not going to give up on him. With help from Belle and the candelabra Lumiere, Neal finds the key he needs to revive his father. However, the deed comes with a price. While on the hunt for his father with Emma in Storybrooke, Belle informs them both that a life must be given in exchange for the return of the Dark One. Emma uses her magic to separate Neal and Gold, who absorbed Neal into his own body in order to preserve his life. Without his father, Neal slowly dies, expressing his love for his family. No lie, I was genuinely saddened by this scene. Short as it is, it is no less impactful. You would have to have a heart of stone to not feel for Emma, Gold and Neal. Neal became an important character even though he started out as being insignificant.
Zelena has been exposed and it is obvious that she is after Mary Margaret/Snow White’s baby. Could that be the thing she wanted? Or is there something more to her ambitions?
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