It's only been two weeks since Sheriff Graham's death and newly appointed Sheriff's Deputy Emma is about to be promoted by Storybrooke law. It's her place to take over as town sheriff; however, Mayor Regina has other plans.
Regina easily feigns grief over the death of Graham. He was a good man and made this town run smoothly under his reign. And Emma most certainly has not earned such a honor to take his place. No, it is also by law that the mayor may appoint another so long as it's within two weeks following the death of the former sheriff. And who better to take office than her own little puppet, Sidney Glass.
Yes, from the newspaper.
It's not so much that Emma wants to be sheriff, but by doing so, it's just one more step in removing Graham from the picture. Graham was special, made her feel again. And now, Regina's holding all the cards to bring this town down into further destruction.
Henry's afraid that Regina might go after Emma. And who knows what kind of trouble that might bring. Sure, the autopsy said Graham's death was from natural causes, but knowing what he knows, Henry's sights are set on his adoptive mother. He wants Emma to forget Operation Cobra, their plan to bring Regina down and win the battle. It's too dangerous right now. Emma still doesn't believe, but maybe that's what will keep her safe. It's what will throw Regina off the trail.
But despite Henry's beliefs, Emma can't just sit by and let Regina win. Evil can't always win. She's got to show Henry that good can win, and it will.
Nevertheless, Mr. Gold's plan to win back the office is dangerous and wrong. Burn the mayor's office building down while Emma's there to rescue her. Emma will be a town hero and the votes will just fly in. Regina will have no chance. However, Emma doesn't want to play dirty. That's the very reason she wants to win. Fair and square. The right way. To show Henry it's possible. And so, she leaves Mr. Gold high and dry.
But as we know, Mr. Gold doesn't like "no." The plan is already set in motion. And so, without Emma knowing it, Mr. Gold follows through with his dangerous plan. Emma, unknowingly, saves Regina and what do you know, becomes a town hero.
Emma is infuriated that Mr. Gold went through with it. And now what? She'll win based on false pretenses. To get him back and make everything right for Henry and for her, at the debate, Emma confesses to the fire and her false heroism and the fact the it was Mr. Gold who was behind it. And she's sorry for misleading the town.
The town is shocked. Emma's disappointed it got this far and walks out. Henry was right, evil wins. And tonight is just one more example. And so when Regina and Sidney Glass walk in to Granny's, Emma wishes him the best of luck as sheriff. However, Sidney can't take Emma's congratulations because it was not he who won. Yep, Emma won the town over with her honesty, and with the most votes it is he who has to congratulate her. Sheriff Emma Swan. Sounds good, doesn't it?
Later, as Emma's cleaning out her new office, Mr. Gold drops by to remind Emma of their little deal, her favor to him. He doesn't know what he'll use it for yet, but don't think he won't come to collect. Oh, and Emma's entire confession, revealing that he was behind her heroism...well, that was part of his plan, too. Yes, the townspeople fear Regina, but they fear him more. And so, thanks to him, her new, for better or worse, ally, she is the new sheriff. And that favor she owes him, well, it won't be just any small matter...
Before Rumplestiltskin became the powerfully manipulative baby-snatcher that he is, he was once a desperate man, unsure of how to save his young son, Baelfire, from going to battle in the Ogres War. Because on every child's 14th birthday, they are required to become young soldiers in the War, and low and behold, it is mere days from Baelfire's birthday. But Rumplestiltskin's a coward. He can't stop what will happen. He doesn't know how. And even if he did, he wouldn't have the guts to go through with it.
That is until he meets an old beggar man. This man trust's Rumple with some valuable information. The Dark One, the one who has the power to forcibly control the people and make them surrender the children to battle, he can be defeated. How? There is a dagger with the Dark One's real name on it. The one who is in possession of the dagger can control the Dark One. And if you kill the Dark One, you gain his powers.
Calling out the name on the dagger, Zozo, the Dark One appears. But who should it be but the old beggar man. He tricked Rumple. But the beggar is not finished with his trickery. With a few choice words, he invokes Rumple's anger at being betrayed. Rumple, enraged, stabs the old man, who with his dying breaths, laughs. For Rumple does not know the dire consequence of his action. By killing the Dark One, he is now in possession of all of the Dark Power and becomes the new Dark One. And it is not something the old beggar would wish upon anyone. For that type of power can turn the heart black.
Rumplestiltskin, afraid, can feel the evil overwhelming him as the beggar man dies.
The next morning, the kings men have arrived to take Baelfire to battle. But the Dark One stops them. Rumplestiltskin, now cursed and no longer cowardly, kills the knights. Baelfire is afraid of his changed father. He's dangerous now. But what can be done...
1) What is Mr. Gold's favor with Emma?
2) Other than removing more power from Regina, what advantages does Mr. Gold now have by helping Emma become sheriff?
3) Where and who is Baelfire, Rumple's son?
4) Who is Henry's father?
5) What is Emma desperate for? Her family? Her son?