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'New York City Serenade' brings back the old magic of first season

Emma and Henry discuss Emma's proposal from her boyfriend, Walsh. Even then, things aren't as they seem.
Emma and Henry discuss Emma's proposal from her boyfriend, Walsh. Even then, things aren't as they seem.
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The Spring premiere of “Once Upon a Time”, which aired tonight, March 9 2014, delivered the same kind of magic and emotion that first drew fans to the show. Snow White, Prince Charming and the Evil Queen returned from the curse to try and make it in the Enchanted Forest, without Henry and Emma, only to find new dangers.

Season 3.12 opened strongly in “New York City Serenade”, as we see Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Henry (Jared Gilmore) leading a regular life, complete with school trips, and a possible fiancé, Walsh, (Christopher Gorham) until Killian Jones (Colin O'Donoghue) enters the scene, intruding in Emma’s life until she sees the proof that she’d been living a different life a year earlier, with her real family.

Giving her the address of Neal’s old Manhattan apartment, Emma finds the hankerchief that was held to Mr. Gold’s fatal wound earlier and Henry’s old camera. She confronts Killian, who offers her a magic potion meant to return her memory Regina had erased in Episode 11.

In the Enchanted Forest, Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) bring the former Storybrooke residents to the old castle, only to find it taken over by someone else, and protected by a spell that Regina can’t break. Robin Hood offers to shelter them in Sherwood Forest. Belle (Emilie de Ravin) reassures Neal that they could perhaps find Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and bring him back, but Neal’s only thought, as was his father’s hundreds of years earlier, is to return to his son in the real world.

An episode that basically returns to the original plot and the theme of belief and hope, the second half of Season Three looks promising, as the writers have set up the rivalry between the Wicked Witch of the West and the Evil Queen rather nicely, offering fans a new mystery as to who the Witch truly is, and why she’s out for blood on the residents of the Enchanted Forest.

See more about "Once Upon a Time" at the ABC website.

“Once Upon a Time” can be seen Sundays on ABC at 8 pm.