The fourth episode of “once Upon A Time”, “Nasty Habits” had a strong Rumple-Neal/Baelfire component. We learned a good deal about Baelfire’s past and his relationship to Neverland and its pesky head imp, Peter Pan. The episode aired on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. on ABC.
Neal arrived on Neverland Island at the end of the last episode and was immediately captured by Lost Boy Felix. As Felix was taking him back to Pan, Neal broke free and escaped, running right into Rumpelstiltskin.
Daddy Dearest thought he was having another vision and held Neal by the throat as he proclaimed his desire to save Henry. Neal broke his concentration when he called him Papa and the two were soon working as a team to find Henry.
In flashbacks, we learned that Bae’s arrival at Neverland courtesy of The Shadow was not his first encounter with Peter. As a boy, Bae along with the other children of his village met Pan when he used his pan flute to play a magical tune only children who felt unloved could hear. Rumple heard the music as well and went in search of Bae, coming face to face with Pan.
Pan explained Bae was there at his own choice and that Rumple could simply ask the boy if he wanted t return home or stay with Pan. Fearful of Bae’s answer as Pan predicted, Rumple uses magic to steal Bae and take the two of them home. Bae knew of the choice Pan had given his father and is angry that Rumple didn’t put Bae’s happiness first. The discord between them two was already strong.
Meanwhile back in present day Neverland, Neal and Rumple outwit Pan and kidnap Henry. Once away from Pan’s camp though, Neal confronts Papa about pan’s allegations that Rumple was there to kill Henry. Rumple reluctantly explains the prophecy and Neal has a hard time believing Rumple was really going to save Henry. He paralyzes his father with some squid ink and takes off with Henry. Neal runs directly into Pan and his Lost Boys and loses control of Henry.
In the final confrontation with Pan, Neal learns that it was Pan who let him leave the island in the first place and it was Pan who contrived to get everyone back on the island…right where he wanted them.
The closing moments showed Henry slipping over to Pan’s side, believing what Pan tells him about his dreams coming true on Neverland.
Will Neal and the others save Henry before it’s too late? Will Henry become one of Pan’s Lost Boys? Tune in on Sunday, Oct. 27 to see the next episode of “Once Upon A Time.”
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