OUAT’s ‘Save Henry’ was directed by Andy Goddard. Writers were Christine Boylan and Daniel T. Thomsen.
In pre-curse FTL, The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) visits Rumple (Robert Carlyle) to gloat. He taunts her from behind his cell bars. She believes he wants to amend his deal for a better life. Or free him from his prison. He surprises her by saying he’s exactly where he wants to be.
Back in 2001 Storybrooke, Nothing satisfies Regina (Lana Parrilla). She doesn’t understand what it is. She has everything and yet something is missing. Archie (Raphael Sbarge) asks her when the last time she was happy. She states when Owen was there. That gives her an idea. She goes to Rumple to put her first on the adoption list.
She gets her way but her mother’s touch takes a while to appear. Baby Henry cries non-stop. Dr. Whale (David Anders) can’t find anything. If there is something in the family history they can’t get it. Because of the closed adoption Emma wanted. Regina has Sidney (Giancarlo Esposito) find out what he can. She hates what he uncovers.
In Neverland, Regina puts a suspended animation spell on Henry (Jared S. Gilmore). It’s temporary. She and the others only have an hour to restore his heart. Peter Pan (Robbie Kay) is on a limited warranty as well. He doesn’t have full access to the truest believer’s power yet. He’s not immortal and can still be hurt. Pan hides out at his Thinking Tree to past time away.
The good: The season one Imp is back. The Evil Queen should’ve known better. Rumple has loopholes in every deal he makes. More pre-curse FTL please. How did other main and recurring characters deal with the impending doom? Rumple being flattered but not interested. Called it. Henry’s rescue crew takes the Lost Boys home. Will my theory about how Charming leaves the island come true?
Baby Henry is the cutest kid since cute as a button Bae. Grumpy! Archie! Sassy Granny! Dr. Whale! 10 cc of maternal love. Sydney! Will we see more of the character’s SB lives before the curse was broken? Rumple doesn’t do comforting. Wendy and Tink have a moment. The reunion Dearies has longed for happened. Now Bae needs to stop calling himself Neal.
The bad: Did Rumple have his true memories before Emma’s arrival? Or he simply enjoyed seeing Regina unhinged? Regina summoned Archie to her office under false pretenses. Rather than admitting she wanted to talk. Rumple arrange for the family’s adoption of baby Henry to go south? When will they stop falling into Pan’s traps? Dang! Regina’s hardcore. Henry NEVER do anything like that again.
The ugly: What?!? The couple who wanted baby Henry. How did they know he was the Savior’s child/Heart of the truest believer? If Rumple wasn’t needed to save Charming would they have left Rumple in the Hellraiser Pandora’s box?
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