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'Once Upon a Time' 3x17 'The Jolly Roger': The struggles of being a pirate

Ariel: "Being good is nothing to be ashamed of. People change."
Ariel: "Being good is nothing to be ashamed of. People change."
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Mary Margaret: “We thought you had been turned into a monkey.”

Hook: "No matter how much you wish you could go back to your old life, you can’t."
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Ariel: “A monkey? No, I’m a girl who turns into a fish.”

“The Jolly Roger” is the April 13 episode of “Once Upon a Time.” This article contains spoilers, every article has a price. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from tonight's episode. “Once Upon a Time” airs Sunday nights at 7 p.m. central on ABC (KTRK).

What happened during that year that only Hook remembers? Well for him, he tried to forget Emma and return to his pirate roots. It goes terribly, but what else would you expect Hook to do? You really shouldn't make big decisions when you are still reeling from heartbreak, Hook. However, it is It is absolutely hilarious to see him and his crew try to be pirates on land. They aren’t thieves, they are land pirates!

The writers do a great showing Hook struggle with his own identity. Before Emma, he was a pirate, and no one considered him a good man or a hero. The writers are smart to have Ariel and her quest Prince Eric be the one to make Hook confront his identity issue because Hook and Ariel are in the same position. He can’t get to Emma, and then later on, he goes to find her. They really aren’t that different, sure they are a pirate and a mermaid, but they both desire to be reunited with their true love.

In Storybrooke, Ariel and Hook are reunited, and the writers do a great job at showing how what happened during that past year is eating Hook alive. We haven’t really seen Hook show that much remorse for anything. Not only that, but he admits that Emma is the woman he loves. Viewers are getting a chance to watch Hook struggle with who he is and who he wants to be. Oftentimes writers don’t show it, we are just informed that a character has changed, so it is amazing that we are allowed to watch this change happen with Hook.

Emma finally agrees to let Regina teach her how to use magic. It’s about damn time. The writers provide some clues as to how magic works, at least with Emma. Sadly, there isn’t much of a magic lesson shown. We see Emma do some magic, but that is nothing new. The writers are taking steps in the right direction by finally having Emma attending magic classes, but we aren’t really getting any answers about her magic. Emma does not seem any closer to learning how to control her magic. What did you think of Regina’s teaching style?

Speaking of Emma’s magic, Zelena would really like it if it wasn’t a factor. The writers aren’t making it clear what exactly Zelena is after. Yes, she wants a do-over on her upbringing, ensuring that she gets everything that Regina had. That we know. It would be nice to have more of an inkling as to how everything Zelena is gathering (Charming’s sword, Rumple, potentially Emma’s magic) fits into all of this. Oh, and don’t forget her obsession with Mary Margaret’s baby. Right now none of these things are spelling out second chance curse. They seem random and unconnected.

Did anyone else absolutely love Charming and Mary Margaret’s reaction when they learn Henry would rather hang out with Hook? Also, maybe Charming should teach Henry to ride a horse instead. What do you think Hook should do about his little predicament? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.