Yeah, well, you're in it now.
As the purple haze dissipates over the town of Storybrooke, the recently amnesiac fairy tale characters gather. It’s a joy-filled reunion, but there are many questions. What was the purple smoke? What does it mean? Who did it? Why aren’t they back in Fairy Tale Land?
Snow White and Prince Charming can’t answer their questions. But it’s true. They remember now.
Emma is shocked. With confusion in her voice, she questions her newly found parents. Is it really them? Yes, and they want to know everything that’s happened to her since they gave her away. What is her life like? Essentially, who has their daughter become?
Emma doesn’t want to answer those questions. It’s hard enough to swallow this pill. I mean, of all the scenarios she’s concocted over the years of who they might be, fairy tale characters was not one of them. But now, standing before them, she has to accept it.
She just needs time to digest it all. And first, while the rest of the town wants to kill Regina for all she’s done. Henry begs Emma to not let anyone kill Regina. She’s still his mom. Emma and gang must stop the angry mob.
At Regina’s, Dr. Whale and his posse provoke Regina. They want her to come out so they can kill her. Regina, thinking she has magic now, pompously walks out. Whatever they have planned, they’ll never be able to touch her. Raising her hands above her head, she prepares to unleash lethal magic. But nothing happens. Whoops.
Before Dr. Whale can hurt her, Emma and gang show up. They can’t stoop to her level. Sure, she may have sent them here and they can deal with that later. Right now, just lock her up and go after the real person responsible for unleashing the purple smoke, Mr. Gold.
Locked in the Storybrooke jail, Regina can’t use magic to get out. She’s at the mercy of Mr. Gold, who informs her that magic is different here. He tells her he’s promised Belle, who is indeed alive and well, that he won’t kill Regina. But not to worry, he has just the thing that will take care of that.
Grabbing her arm, he shoves a medallion into Regina’s palm, branding her with the symbol it bears.
She knows what it means. She’s as good as dead.
In the woods away from Belle, Mr. Gold summons a wraith. This wraith is amongst the deadliest of creates for it sucks the very soul from anyone who is marked with a particular symbol, the one he forced upon the queen herself. There is no escaping this creature.
Before facing Mr. Gold, Emma sends Henry away with Ruby. She wants him to be safe from whatever Mr. Gold’s reaction might be, especially now that there’s magic in the air.
With Henry gone, Mary Margaret/Snow wants to talk, to Emma, about everything, but she can’t help but feel Emma isn’t happy that they’re together. Yet Emma is happy, but she’s also angry. How could they have sent her away? What truly would have been worse of a curse, separation forever or together but never knowing who they truly were? (What Emma’s forgetting is that if they hadn’t sent her away she would have stayed a newborn, for forever maybe, and the curse would never have been broken).
Ending this line of conversation, she leads her parents to Mr. Gold’s pawn shop to interrogate him. But he’s not giving anything away.
That will take care of Regina. And before they leave, Mr. Gold reminds Emma of her favor to him. Belle overhears the conversation and comes out of the back room when the three Charmings leave. She’s disappointed. He’s still a man who makes wrong choices. And she storms out as well.
In the jail, the lights flicker. Regina knows what’s happening. The wraith appears and begins suck the life out of her. The Charmings storm in just in time. David throws a chair at the creature and Mary Margaret uses a handy-dandy lighter and aerosol can to blow torch the monster. It breaks out a window and flies away. But it’s not dead. It will only regenerate and come back.
But there might be one way to get rid of it. The wraith is dead and according to Regina, Fairy Tale Land is non-existent. If they can send it to a place that doesn’t exist, well, it will be trapped in oblivion.
Mr. Gold warned Regina that magic is different here, and no matter how hard Regina tries, she can’t get the hat to open up. The wraith is back, but David and Mary Margaret are armed with broom torches. They can hold it off until the hat works, but that hat is still.
Emma grabs Regina’s arm and the hat spins. It’s working!
David is angry and in tears. Regina must bring them back. She can’t. Nor is she grateful. Rather than thank David for saving her life, she uses her new-found magic and pins him to the wall, entrapping him with vines that sprung from the wallpaper. She should have killed him when she had the chance. And she won’t get it this time either, for Henry bursts in.
David drops to the ground. Henry’s angry for what Regina did and refuses to live with her. Instead he’ll live with his grandpa. Until Regina can prove her love to Henry, he wants nothing to do with her.
And what of Mary Margaret and Emma? Are they still alive? David can’t be sure, but he comforts his grandson, telling him they must have faith.
He’ll find them. He’ll always find them…
He’s not alone, however. With him is Mulan, a woman he’s fought many battles with. Aurora is thankful for the heroism, but the joy is cut short.
Out of the palace’s floors a creature burst into the courtyard. Prince Phillip slashes at it with his sword, but only manages to cut off a medallion around its neck. The wraith flies off and Phillip picks up the medallion, but slips it into a pouch under his cloak.
Mulan knows what it means. The symbol can mark anyone who touches it, and the wraith will kill anyone with that mark.
Unbeknownst to the two women, Phillip knows he’s been marked. He touched it and the symbol is now branded into his hand. He can’t put them in harm’s way, and if the beast will only track him until he’s dead, he has no choice but to sacrifice himself.
In the woods, he makes an excuse to leave, knowing he will never see his love again. When he doesn’t return, Mulan suspects it’s because he’s been marked. She’ll save him.
Aurora isn’t going to stay back and let it happen. She’ll come to. Together they can save him.
The two women transport him back to the palace. It is there that Mulan imparts her knowledge of what’s happened. While Aurora thinks she’s only been under the sleeping curse for a year, it has actually been 28 years.
You see, Regina, the Evil Queen, cast a curse on the land. For some unknown reason this corner of it was untouched. A small group of people found a safe haven away from the new dangers that fill the land. Mulan and Prince Phillip had been en route to saving Aurora when the curse hit. Time was frozen in Fairy Tale Land, but 28 years later the curse began to weaken. Mulan and Phillip resumed their search and found Aurora.
As for the safe haven, they must go there now.
That’s when they hear rustling. It’s coming from the rubble near the whole in the floor. Mulan and Aurora move to check it out. What they find is two new sleeping beauties: Mary Margaret and Emma, unconscious, but stirring on the hard floor.
This, Mulan says, is what brought the wraith that killed their prince!
1) Who is the mystery man in New York? Could he be Rumplestiltskin’s son?
2) When and how will Mary Margaret and Emma get back to Storybrooke?
3) Does Emma still have magic in her, or did she transfer it all to Regina?
4) How far does the new magic reach? Just Storybrooke or the whole world?
5) Will Phillip ever come back to life?
6) Who is Dr. Whale?
7) What happened to August? Still wooden?
8) Will Ruby be able to turn into a wolf again?
9) Where is Kathryn or Jefferson?
10) Will Regina ever be able to prove any real love for Henry?
11) What happened to the Fairy Tale Land we know and love? Will Emma and Mary Margaret try to go there?
12) What new dangers does Fairy Tale Land have?
13) Why didn’t Regina’s curse send all of the fairy tale characters to Storybrooke? Rumplestiltskin’s plan? Does Regina know that there are still people left in Fairy Tale Land?
Extra: Funniest line of the episode: “Maybe I don’t need answers. Maybe I just need to punch you in the face!” ~ Emma to Mr. Gold. Wouldn’t we have loved to see that?!
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'Til next week!