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'Once Upon a Time' 'New York City Serenade' recap: They're back

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The Sunday, March 9 episode of "Once Upon a Time," 312, "New York City Serenade," sees Hook continue to try to convince Emma that there's more to her life than what she knows, while those who have returned to the Enchanted Forest don't realize just what's waiting for them.

Living the NYC dream Despite Hook's attempt to get Emma to remember with a kiss in the "OUAT" winter finale, she continues to live her New York City life, but Hook tries once again in the middle of her date with Walsh, this time not only telling her her parents are in danger, but also giving her an address to find proof. When Walsh returns to the table, he proposes, and she asks him for time to make a decision, prompting a conversation with Henry about how not every guy is like his father.

Emma does check out the address from Hook (Neal's apartment, of course), but she thinks that he's just working with Neal, even after finding a camera with Henry's name on it. When she confronts Hook, he tries to give her a potion to make her remember, but she has him arrested. However, after she sees photos of herself and Henry in Storybrooke, she frees him and wants answers. "I've been in my fair share of brigs, but none as barbaric as that. They force-fed me something called bologna," he says of his experience with the New York City police. "Deep down, you know something's wrong. Deep down, you know I'm right." He takes out the potion. "Do you really want to live a life of lies? You know this isn't right. Trust your gut," he advises her, and she takes the potion. Welcome back, Emma.

"There wasn't anything for me in the Enchanted Forest," he explains of his return to the pirate life. That changed when he received a message about a new curse returning everyone to Storybrooke, and Emma's the only hope. When Walsh stops by, thanks to Henry's meddling, Emma steps out on the roof to turn him down, only to find out that her nice, normal guy is anything but nice and normal. "I need to go home and take care of some things," she tells him. "I wish you hadn't drank that potion," he says before revealing himself to be a flying monkey.

The next day, since Hook had only been able to bring one potion, Emma tells Henry they're going on a trip/adventure to Main for a new case, and Hook is a client. "Why are you dressed like that?" Henry asks. "Why are you dressed like that?" Hook counters. One Emma has her jacket, they're good to go.

Back in the Enchanted Forest Moments after Philip returns to Aurora's side, the purple smoke brings the Storybrooke residents back. Their plan is to return to the castle – their castle Regina protected which was originally Snow's – and as they step away, Aurora tells Philip they have to tell "her" they returned. "You know what will happen to them, what she'll do," Philip argues, but they know she'll take it out on their child if she found out they hid it.

Hook leaves the others to go find his own home – the Jolly Roger – or find a new one. "I tried the hero thing, didn't take," he explains to Prince Charming. "I've always been a pirate." With the hope that when all of their belongings returned, his father might have as well, and Neal hopes to find a way back to Emma. "This is our home now," Charming tells him. "The best thing we can do for Emma and Henry is the only thing we can do. Let them be." Belle too has hope, though. After all, they never saw his knife.

During their journey, Regina steps aside to bury her heart to avoid the pain of missing Henry, but Snow stops her. "It will get better, with that. Right now, it may be causing you pain, but I promise you, it will let you feel something else soon enough," Snow assures her. "The one thing Henry always wanted you to find: happiness. …Find a way. For Henry." As they're going back to the others, however, trouble arrives in the form of a flying monkey. "I don't run from monsters. They run from me," Regina says, but it's not her magic that saves them. It's Robin Hood's arrow, and Regina is in fine form when she meets his merry men. "Show some respect," she tells Little John. "Or at least some restraint at the buffet."

When Snow mentions that Robin's "kind of cute," Regina replies, "he smells like forest." But they have bigger problems than trying to get Regina her man, as someone has hijacked the protection spell around the castle. "Nobody sits in my chair. Nobody takes our castle," Regina swears her revenge.

Wicked is here Once back in Storybrooke, Emma leaves Hook to watch over Henry while he sleeps in the backseat of the car (and to hopefully not scare him with his hook) while she goes to see her parents. She's prepared to have to introduce herself, but when he opens the door, David knows who she is. What he doesn't know is how they got there because they can't remember the past year. So how do they know it's been a year? Well, Mary Margaret is very pregnant.

So who's responsible? For that, it's time to go back to the Enchanted Forest, as a flying monkey brings the Wicked Witch some of Regina's blood. "Now, now I shall get my revenge," she says. "The queen may be evil, but I'm wicked, and wicked always wins."

"Once Upon a Time" season 3 airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC. What did you think of episode 12 "New York City Serenade"?

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© Meredith Jacobs 2014

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