The land is being ravaged by Ogres. It’s the first Ogre’s War and nothing would be more honorable than to give one’s life fighting in such a war. Newly married and in love, Rumplestiltskin is overjoyed when his name is called to battle.
He’ll fight in the war and come home with honor and courage where he will begin his wonderful life. Maybe even start a family.
However, the front lines are not as glorious as Rumplestiltskin imagined. Rumple wanted to prove to himself that he was not a coward like his father. If he fought in this battle, he could never be charged with such a crime as cowardliness. But any war-front battle would bring out the inner coward in all of us. Rumplestiltskin is no different.
That’s when Rumplestiltskin is left in charge of powerful weapon, a young seer. The young girl predicts Rumplestiltskin’s future, telling him all about his soon-to-be son. But he and his son will be separated and the boy will grow up without a father. All of this will come to pass on the morrow.
Thinking that this can only come to pass as a result of his death, Rumplestiltskin concocts a plan. A plan worthy of a coward. Knowing that wounded soldiers are sent home, Rumple takes a sledgehammer to his foot, causing the familiar limp.
Rumplestiltskin doesn’t care at the moment. All he knows is that he’s alive and safe….and a father!
But before long things begin to change. As we saw in previous episodes, Baelfire does grow up to live with his cowardly father. Rumplestiltskin gains his dark powers which eventually send Baelfire to another realm.
It’s here that Rumplestiltskin, living in the woods, is found by the now-grown seer from the battlefield. He demands she tell him how to get his son back. The seer, hesitantly, gives forth the information. Rumplestiltskin will be reunited with his son. Through a curse that will be enacted by another. The reunion will be most unexpected and will come about because of a young boy. However, this young boy will be Rumplestiltskin’s undoing.
Rumplestiltskin, demanding more than the seer can provide, takes her fortune-telling abilities upon himself, which end up killing the seer.
Knowing that a young boy will be his undoing, Rumplestiltskin vows to kill the boy. Nothing and no one will ever get in the way of his dark powers!
Emma rings the bell, using the old cliché—UPS guy. No response. Seconds later they hear the clanging of footsteps on the fire escape. He’s running.
Knowing he can’t run on his gimpy leg, Mr. Gold sends after the man—his son. Emma takes off, using back alleys to corner the runaway.
The two slam into each other, falling on the ground. Emma looks up and into the face of Neal.
No. It can’t be. Neal is Baelfire?!
Neal can’t believe it’s Emma. After all these years, they’re together again. But wait. Why? How?
Emma begins to yell, demanding that Neal explain his actions. How can he be Baelfire? Did he know who she was when they met? Know where she came from? Was this some sort of set up? Did Mr. Gold put him up to this?
Neal tries to calm her, but she isn’t having it.
Maybe they can talk somewhere less public…say a bar.
Fine. But she wants answers.
Neal’s sorry for leaving, but he had to. And he still love Emma.
But Emma denies any love for him. There’s nothing good that came from their relationship. Nothing at all.
Before they can say their good-byes, Emma has to keep her end of the deal with Mr. Gold: get Baelfire to talk to him.
Neal doesn’t want to go. He has nothing to say to that man. For all he cares, Emma can tell Mr. Gold that he got away.
So Emma returns and tells Mr. Gold that Baelfire got away. The only thing left to do now is…break into Neal’s apartment and see if he left any clues behind. Anything that will give his whereabouts or his past.
As they search Neal’s apartment, Emma spots the dream catcher. Her sudden interest brings attention to Mr. Gold. There’s something she’s not telling him. Violently he demands an answer.
In a breath-stopping scene, Henry comes back into the room; Emma and Neal confess they’ve known each other before and that Henry is Neal’s son. Yes, Mr. Gold, you have a grandson.
Aw, what a Kodak moment.
Well, not really. Neal is happy discover a son but not that he has a father again; Henry’s upset because Emma lied to him about his father, and Mr. Gold realizes that the boy from the seer’s fortune telling is Henry. The boy he vowed to kill…
All’s well that ends well, right?
A map to what, you ask? A map that leads to Rumplestiltskin’s buried dagger, of course. Yep, the one that can kill him or control his evil, dark self. And with the help of Hook, it will soon be in Cora’s and Regina’s possession.
But wait. There’s more…
That little bit of magic Regina used is not lost on a certain snoopy stranger. Greg Mendel happened to be wandering the hospital halls with his fancy camera phone and snapped a short 10-second clip of Regina’s supernatural abilities. In a matter of minutes, that 10-second clip will be on its way via cell phone tower to the “her” on the other end of Greg’s line.
And then what sort of chaos will ensue?
1) Who is the “her” on Greg Mendel’s phone?
2) Will Belle ever be able to gain her memory back?
3) Did Mr. Gold lose his magic powers forever? If so, will they come back when he cross the Storybrooke city limits? How will this effect Cora and Regina’s evil plan to control the Dark One?
4) Will Mr. Gold decide not to kill Henry now that Henry’s his grandson?
5) Who knew that fairy tale families could play like soap opera families?
6) How awesome was this episode? – Completely awesome, if I say so myself.
7) Who’s anxious for the next episode? Will Mr. Gold live to the end of the season?