In Manhattan, NY, Emma, Henry, Mr. Gold, and Neal are becoming reacquainted...or should I say that Neal and Henry are the only ones bonding. Neal wants nothing to do with his father and Henry is giving Emma the cold shoulder.
Like father, like son.
Anyway, Mr. Gold wants Emma to make things right. Henry will get over her lie eventually. Can't Emma just talk Neal into coming to Storybrooke? Everyone will be together and live happily ever after. Like a fairy tale.
Except there is that pesky bit about their pasts. Oh, and Hook wants to kill Mr. Gold.
In Storybrooke, Hook has gone rogue. Lying to Regina and Cora about the dagger's whereabouts, Hook ambushes David, steals back his hook, and skips town. Taking a one-way cruise to Manhattan on his Jolly Rodger, Hook hunts down Mr. Gold and stabs him in the heart with his hook. The hook has been poisoned, and without magic, Mr. Gold could die.
Emma locks the pirate in a storage closet and gets Mr. Gold to Neal's apartment. The situation is dire. They need to get to Storybrooke, to magic, to cure Mr. Gold. Two, no three problems exist:
1) Unbeknownst to the group, Cora plans to control Mr. Gold with the dagger as soon as she can find it and the gang returns to Storybrooke. Her solution, kill Mary Margaret, David, and Emma, and Henry will be Regina's forever.
2) Mr. Gold isn't that nice grandfatherly type. Henry, a boy, has been prophesied to be his undoing. And so far, undoing is all Henry's done. Mr. Gold still may want to kill Henry if he doesn't die first.
3) Neal has an added secret or two. Something about knowing Hook and Manhattan not being his first destination. Can you say "Peter Pan!" (Yep, I called it!) Oh, and there is that fiance. Hmm. Leave her behind, I say!
She finds David lying on the floor. She wakes him and tells him the news. It's then she reveals her plan. Place doubt in Regina's heart about her mother and they just might be able to stop Cora temporarily. Oh, and tell their daughter.
But the plan to cast doubt in Regina fails. Plan B: Find the dagger first and keep it away from Cora.
Good plan. But where is that dagger? One phone call can change that.
Emma gets the message and convinces a dying Mr. Gold to confess where his darkest secret is hidden. In the clock, of course.
Before I go on, I must first tell you about Snow White's history.
But when her mother becomes suddenly ill, Snow White is forced to make a hard decision. Johanna, the servant, tells Snow White to go to the Blue Fairy. There may be some magic to save her mother.
Snow goes into the woods alone at night and seeks out the Blue Fairy. The kind fairy meets her and gives her a secret. There is magic that can save her mother but it is dark magic, outside the realm of fairies. If she tells Snow White, Snow White must never breath a word of it to anyone. And we know Snow White is so capable of keeping secrets...
Anyway, Snow accepts.
The magic is a candle. Snow White can save her mother by taking the life of another. Hold the candle over the victim (sacrifice) and the life will transfer to her mother.
Snow, wanting to honor her mother by being a good girl takes the candle but can't follow through. Her mother will die, but Snow will have done the right thing.
Snow's mother does die, and after the funeral a queer thing happens. The trustworthy Blue Fairy was not who she says she was. Rather, she was Cora in disguise. Not always, but for this moment.
Cora transforms back into herself and offers a monologue of detail about her future plans. How she poisoned the queen so Regina will assume power, and how she'll turn her good daughter's heart as black as her hair. Not even the good legacy her mother had will be remembered.
And so, as we know, Regina assumed power over the kingdom, turned evil, following in her mother's legacy. That day Regina saved Snow's life. Set up.
Fine. Poof. Johanna joins the gang. Regina yanks out the servants heart and prepares to kill her if Mary Margaret doesn't hand over the beloved object.
What to do, what to do?
But then Cora says something interesting. Snow's mother always wanted her to be a good girl....
Cora was the Blue Fairy?! Mary Margaret is outraged. But she can't let someone lose their life, especially her last link to her mother.
Mary Margaret hands over the dagger and Cora orders Regina to replace the heart. But not so fast. In one swoop, Cora sends Johanna through the glass tower to her death.
It's a devastating end.
Mary Margaret and David hold a very private funeral. It's here that Mary Margaret has a revelation. Maybe she's tried too hard to be good, to make the right decisions that they've become wrong decisions. Maybe Snow White shouldn't be so snow white.
And at the heart of it all is Cora. To stop this madness, Cora must die...
1) Is Neal/Baelfire also Peter Pan as suspected?
2) Who is this fiance? Wendy, perhaps?
3) Can Mr. Gold be saved?
4) How will this war rage? Who will win? Who will die?
5) Can Cora be stopped?
6) Can Regina ever turn good or is she going to be evil forever?
7) When will Mr. Gold, Emma, and Henry return to Storybrooke?