Henry Mills (Jared Gilmore), Neal Cassady/Baelfire (Michael Raymond-James), Snow White (Jennifer Goodwin), Emma (Jennifer Morrison), Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), Belle (Emilie De Ravin), Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle), Fugitive Boy (Robert Kay), Parker Croft (Felix)
Last week was beyond amazing so it makes sense that this week would be less entertaining in comparison. Every chapter in long form story can't be amazing and that was true of this episode. So without further ado, let's jump into Lost Girl.
Rumple's on his own...but not for long
The story begins with Rumple sending his shadow to hide the dagger. If you recall, the dagger is the only thing that can control and kill him. As his journey continues, he spots Belle. At first he thinks it's a trick but she says that he conjured her appearance. Whether or not that's true will probably be shown in a later episode.
They walk to the same cliff where Henry jumped and they speak about the toy straw man that Felix gave him in the previous episode. It has sentimental value because it was the last thing his father gave him before he abandoned him and he's afraid of repeating the same mistake with Henry. So Belle tells him to let go of the past in order not to relive it and then she leaves. Rumple tosses the doll over the cliff.
As he’s walking through the forest, the doll comes back. So he uses magic to set it on fire but it comes back again. This time he tucks it in his jacket. It seems that Rumple isn't ready to let go yet.
Who do you think you are?
In other forest moments, the gang (Hook, Emma, Charming, Snow and Regina) are still on the hunt for Henry. They make camp for the night and Emma wakes up to a noise. It's Pan. He gives her a map to Henry's location, which will remain blank until Emma admits the truth about who she is.
After Emma fails to decipher her true identity, Regina does what she does best. She cheats. She snatches the map and uses magic on it, which leads them into the dark forest, where Hook told them to never to go. They find Pan instead of Henry and are immediately surrounded by hostile Lost Boys. A fight ensues.
Emma stops shy of killing a Lost Boy, which prompts Pan and the Lost Boys to leave but not before Pan reissues his challenge. So Emma heads back to the drawing board and sits down with Snow as they figure out why Emma didn’t kill the boy. Then she remembers. It’s because she saw the same look in his eyes that she had as an orphan. The map fills in.
Pan confronts her again when she's alone. Apparently, he put her through all of that so she would know how Henry will feel after Pan is done with him and what she will become after he kills everyone around her. Seriously? That's the revelation? We knew that already!
Back In Fairytale land
Flashback. After Charming’s true love kiss wakes Snow White from her coffin, the viewers are treated to something awesome. No, it's not the return of Evil Regina, although that's pretty awesome too. It's the less than a minute cameo by Giancarlo Esposito as The Mirror. He is sorely missed since season one.
Back to the story, Regina is a sore loser so she gives Snow a proposition. She asks her to renounce her kingdom or she will kill one person everyday. At this point, Snow has watched her mother and father both be killed by Regina and she has been revived from the dead by true love's kiss. She doesn't care anymore. However, Charming disagrees.
He goes to Rumple and asks him to cast a spell to help her remember who she is. Then he rejoins Snow and tells her that there is a weapon that can defeat Regina, King Arthur's Excalibur. Snow is able to pull out the sword from the stone, signifying that she is the true ruler of Fairytale Land and her faith is restored.
When Regina confronts Snow again, Snow defends herself and wins. Then Snow visits Rumple to pay Charming’s debt, only to find out that Charming set the whole thing up himself. As an added penalty, Rumple takes her mother’s pearls.
This episode was filler. Sure, it was an identity quest but it told the viewers things we already know about the characters and slowed down the story rather than enhancing it. Rating: 2 1/2 stars. Better luck next week.