by: Emily Konopka
Hour two opens with a brief flashback to the first day Emma met Neal. They chat about their home lives and Neal tells her that you know a place is home when you just miss it. Cut back to the Enchanted Forest of the past Charming has managed to entrap Snow just like the original story but Hook, er…Prince Charles must interrupt to tell them that “his princess” has James’ ring. Snow says that she knows the Queen’s castle well so getting Emma back will be no problem.
Snow leaves Charming and Killian to get some help getting past the Queen’s guards. The two future bros have a little chat by the fire about their love lives. Charming admits he always wanted to marry for love and now he’s marrying for a business transaction. He says that he isn’t sure he believes in true love anymore. Killian not liking to see his bro so down tells him he once felt the same way, all it took was meeting the right person. He tells Charming he would go to the ends of the Earth, or time, for Emma but he isn’t sure she feels the same. Charming asks if it is her parents who disapprove and Killian tells him that he isn’t sure they like him. Charming says that after everything he has done to save her they’d be crazy not to. AW Charming just unknowingly gave Killian his blessing, how cute!
Red shows up to help them get into the castle with her wolfiness. Down in the dungeons Emma gets really emotional over her mother’s ring. She finds a way to pick the lock on her cell and she considers leaving her neighbor behind. We see that when Emma runs into the rescue squad, and Killian jokes that she is preventing his dashing rescue, that she freed her cellmate as well. Killian scolds her for potentially changing the future by freeing the prisoner.
Being at the Queen’s castle was too irresistible an opportunity for Snow to pass up so she heads to find Regina. However she underestimates the fact that Regina knows a thing or two about black magic. Regina has her guards haul Snow out to the courtyard to be…burned at the stake? Is this the Enchanted Forest or Salem? Emma and Co see what predicament Snow has gotten herself into just as Regina throws a fireball at her. Emma clings to Killian terrified as she just watched her mother go up in flames…uh oh.
Killian and Emma realize that Snow must still be alive if she isn’t dead. There is a little bug flying around and Charming realizes Snow must have used the dust to turn herself into a bug. Blue shows up to poof her back to normal and Snow is surprised when this stranger is hugging her joyously.
Killian and Emma discuss the possible repercussions of keeping the prisoner around. Emma comes up with the idea that they should take her with to the future so her family thinks she is dead. The woman isn’t too keen to trust Emma so she knocks her out so they can kidnap her. Hook is proud that he always knew there was a pit of pirate in her. Charming realizes that Snow has made off with his ring once again. The troll bridge is the fastest way to the docks so they’re back on track, minus one thing. Snow doesn’t have the dust to defeat the trolls.
As Emma and Hook go off to help her parents Snow uses her resourcefulness to trick the trolls into thinking she has black fairy dust. They let Charming go and her parents exchange is back to exactly as it used to be. As Emma watches Snow try the ring on her finger she gets emotional since not everyone gets to watch their parents fall in love. She opens the storybook and all the stories have returned, a bit different than the original but the future is back to normal.
Emma and Hook head back to the Dark One’s castle and he gives them some bad news, he can’t reopen the portal because he didn’t use it. And since Emma doesn’t have her magic she can’t reopen it either. Rumple makes himself a memory potion since he knows too much about his future and sends Hook and Emma to his vault. Hook calls Emma out telling her that she should have her magic back since Zelena is dead and that she’s using not having magic as an excuse to go back to New York. Emma tells him that she wants to get back to her family and that she is tired of running away. Once she admits to him that she has finally found her home her magic returns. Emma opens the portal and they return to the future.
Emma is overjoyed to see her family again and she tells them not to worry because she is home. She tells her mom and dad that she missed them. Henry is happy to know that they’re staying in Storybrooke. The lost girl finally found her home! Snow and Charming announce that they named their new son after someone who saved them all. His name is Prince Neal.
Emma goes outside to talk to Hook. She asks him if everything else went back to normal. He tells her that if it didn’t he would remember kissing her and would have gone after her. She thanks Killian, gosh I just love it when she calls him that, for coming back for her in New York. Emma asks the age-old question how did he get to NYC. He tells her that when the curse was coming he ditched his crew and outran the curse. Once he was past it he knew that travel between realms was possible again so he traded the Jolly Roger for a magic bean. When Emma hears that Killian gave up his home to find her she finally realizes the depth of her feelings for him and they share a sickeningly adorable, and quite long, kiss. Do you hear that? It is the sound of Captain Swan shippers everywhere rejoicing.
In one of the most beautiful and tear jerking moments of the episode, Rumple and Belle are in the woods for a quiet wedding ceremony with just Belle’s father there and Archie to officiate. As the two say their vows it cuts away to shots of all the shows couples. As Belle says she spent her life finding Rumple it shows Snow and Charming. As Rumple tells her that she broke down his walls it cuts back to Emma and Hook sharing kisses outside of Granny’s. And when he says she brought light to his darkness it shows Regina and Robin. Belle tells Rumple that sometimes the best teacup is chipped.
However, being Once Upon a Time all happiness doesn’t last. When everyone is back inside Granny’s Emma tells Regina that their time traveling friend still views her as the Evil Queen. Robin notices that the woman Emma brought back is Marian, his supposed to be dead wife. Regina tells Emma that she is just like her mother never thinking of consequences and says she better hope nothing else came back with her. Cut back to the barn where the most shocking moment of the episode occurs. We see that a certain icy Queen has made her way through the portal. ELSA IS COMING TO STORYBROOKE.
Where you guys shocked about the Frozen reveal? Are you happy that Rumbelle is finally married? What about all the Captain Swan cuteness? And what fate does Regina’s love life have now?
Make sure you listen in tonight at 9pm Eastern as I will be joining Keisha and Raechel to discuss the episode! I’ll also be posting a video blog recap soon so you can feel the full effect of my excitement over this episode. Thanks for tuning in to my blog and I’ll see you all in the Fall!
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