Rumplestiltskin is also on Neverland seeking his grandson Henry though he has been separated from the group since nearly the moment they arrived. Episode 6 of “Once Upon a Time” was largely about “Ariel,” it also focused on the relationship between Rumple and Regina and Rumple and Belle. The episode which aired on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. added hope for more of Belle in the near future.
Rumple was having another of his visions of Belle. This time she was urging him to just take her hand and come home. He was reluctant to believe she was real and hesitated but she persisted, quite convincingly. Just as he was about to take her hand, Regina appeared and used her magic to strangle Belle. As Rumple watched in horror, he demanded Regina stop. She warned him not to interfere and to just watch and see who “Belle” really was. As Belle collapsed to the ground, she transformed into none other than The Shadow, who then flew off in a rage.
The two talked about saving Henry and Rumple’s need to save his own life. He told Regina that there is a magic item back in Storybrooke that could get them off the island but they had no way to get it. Regina picked up a seashell and whispered into it, summoning Ariel, whom she’d had previous dealings with. She restored the mermaid’s voice and promised to restore her legs permanently if she would use her special ability to transverse worlds to return to Storybrooke and retrieve the magic item. Ariel agrees.
So now both Regina’s group and Hook’s group of rescuers have plans for how to leave Neverland. It will come down to a matter of who reaches Henry first as both groups would be quite happy to leave the other one behind.
Tune in on Sundays at 7 p.m. to find out and check back often for updates, news and spoilers.
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