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'Once Upon a Time' 3x12 'New York City Serenade': The return to Storybrooke

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“New York City Serenade” is tonight’s episode of “Once Upon a Time.” This article contains spoilers, every article has a price. To refresh your memory on what happened last time, click here. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from tonight's episode. “Once Upon a Time” airs Sunday nights at 7 on ABC (KTRK).

Alright, so let’s talk about the big question. How do we end up back in Storybrooke? The writers definitely manage to do the curse differently from the first time. For one, everyone remembers who they really are. What they forgot was that they had been up to for a year. This is definitely strange. The writers will have to spend the flashback of the episode telling what happened during the year off in Storybrooke. Hopefully they will start giving answers soon. I mean if Emma doesn’t realize the flying monkeys equals Oz, we are going to have a problem. They should at least start figuring out who is most likely to have done this (aka the Wicked Witch) soon, even if everyone in Storybrooke isn’t sure why this happened for a while. What are your thoughts on the new curse?

As for Emma and Henry, they had a great year. Emma even managed to find herself a guy. The downside? Walsh is actually a flying monkey because Emma could not actually find happiness. This is a little annoying. The writers are really going to need to sell why Emma had to be flying monkey in disguise. It cannot only be to help urge Emma to return to Storybrooke because she was headed there anyways. Now, it does make sense that the Wicked Witch would want to keep an eye on Emma to ensure she doesn’t get in the way of the Wicked Witch’s plans. However, Emma could have had a very close friend who was the flying monkey. Why did it have to be romantic? What are your thoughts on Walsh?

Here are quick thoughts on elsewhere in the episode. The scenes between Mary Margaret and Regina are great because they are mostly about Regina missing Henry. It does not seem out of character for Regina to consider taking out her heart. These scenes also showcase how far Mary Margaret and Regina have come as friends. It will be intriguing to see how long the writers keep Henry without his memories. Seeing as how he was the only one to believe to in the first place, it would be great to see Henry navigating Storybrooke without knowing who all these people are. What did you think of the episode?

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