Onyx Hamar Staff Writer
The opening scene was a perfect signifier that this episode was going to be absolutely heart breaking. We see Rumplestiltskin practically dancing with joy that he’s just been drafted to the front lines of the ogre war. He’s looking forward to the opportunity to prove himself, and to leave his father’s shadow.
Meanwhile in the present, Emma, Mr. Gold, and Henry have located Baelfire’s apartment. Baelfire runs and Emma chases him down, leaving Henry with Mr. Gold. And then the moment we’ve all been waiting for, Emma tackles Bae to the ground and we get to see his face. It’s Neal! No one was surprised except Emma.
They go to a bar to hash everything out. Bae is angry that Emma brought Rumplestiltskin to him.
“I spent a lifetime running from that man.”
Emma has the opportunity to tell Neal about their son, Henry, but decides against it. Neal begs Emma to let him go, to lie to Gold and tell him Bae got away. Emma complies. Meanwhile we get some really cute Henry and grandpa Gold bonding time.
During this scene we also finally got a look at what August showed Neal that fateful night in “Tallahassee.” It was just his typewriter with the words, “I know you’re Baelfire” written on the paper. It was a bit anticlimactic in my opinion. I was expecting a drawing of Rumplestiltskin’s dagger, or some artifact from their world.
Back to Rumplestiltskin’s past, he is now in a camp on the front lines of war. An officer asks him to guard a crate. A strange voice from beneath the cloth calls out to Rumplestiltskin. He lifts the cloth to discover a child inside. She is a seer, and tells Rumplestiltskin that Milah is pregnant, she will have a son, and Rumplestiltskin’s actions tomorrow will leave his son fatherless.
At first Rumpelstiltskin disregards the child’s words, but events later that night prove them to be true. In order to go home to Milah, to raise their son together, Rumplestiltskin cripples himself. If I could, I would Robert Carlyle all of the awards. His acting is always awe inspiring, but the scene where he takes the sledge hammer to his own knee was painful to watch. Not because of the action itself, but because of the look in Robert Carlyle’s/Rumplestiltskin’s eyes.
Rumplestiltskin gets to go home to his wife and son. However, it is not a happy homecoming. Milah, instead of being happy to see her husband alive, is upset that he didn’t die in battle. She calls him a coward, hands him baby Baelfire, and walks out. If, for some odd reason, you didn’t already dislike Milah, this episode should convince you to.
Back in Storybrooke, Regina, Cora, and Hook have been plotting. Regina visits Belle in the hospital, knocks her out and goes through her purse with some magic. She finds a card in her purse with the numbers 915.63 written on it. Regina goes to the library and finds that the number on the card leads to an empty spot on one of the book shelves. In this empty spot is a map.
The evil gang surmises that this map will lead to Rumplestiltskin’s dagger. Hook figures out how to read it, and then Cora decides he’s no longer of use. She knocks him out, and then her and Regina head out to find the dagger.
Greg Mendel, the outsider, is still in the hospital and he happened to catch Regina using magic with his phone when she visited Belle. He then sends this video to whoever he was conversing with; I’m assuming it’s his fiancé.
Where the hell is the security? Shouldn’t people be watching this guy? And how did Regina just walk in in the first place?
We get a little comic relief with the Charmings. Emma has called Snow and filled her in on the whole Neal is Bae is Henry’s father situation. David seems a little confused on the whole two grandpas thing. Snow then lays out the family tree, and David makes a joke about Thanksgiving dinner.
I would just like to take a moment to point out that before Mr. Gold left, he threatened to kill their entire family if they didn’t keep Belle safe. Regina just walked right into Belle’s hospital room, and she could’ve killed her. You have one job Charmings. Let’s get on it.
Now back to the tragedy that is currently unfolding in Manhatten. Mr. Gold realizes that Emma is holding something back. He starts screaming and knocking stuff over,
“No one breaks deals with me!”
Just then Neal/Bae bursts in to protect Emma. After their brief exchange Mr. Gold realizes that they know each other rather well. To make things worse, Henry runs in, asking what all of the commotion is about. Neal figures out that Henry is his son, Mr. Gold discovers he’s Henry’s grandfather, and all hell breaks loose emotionally.
Henry jumps out of the window onto the fire escape. Emma goes to talk to him. He tells her that she is just like Regina for lying to him.
Neal grants Mr. Gold three minutes to talk to him. Mr. Gold tries to get Neal to give him a chance for forgiveness. Neal refuses. Again, Robert Carlyle’s acting here is just utterly heart breaking. Neal goes out to talk to his son, who he has also abandoned, though inadvertently.
We then get another flashback of Rumplestiltskin’s past. He is now the dark one, and has found the seer girl, who is now a woman. He demands to know about his son, she can’t give him the information he wants. She offers him her ability of future sight, he accepts, and discovers just how hard it is to determine the future.
One thing he does learn, is that there will be a boy that leads him to Bae. The seer says that this boy will be his undoing. Rumplestiltskin’s response is of course, “Then I’ll just have to kill him,” but what Rumplestiltskin didn’t realize is that this boy would be his grandson.
It’ll be interesting to see how that turns out. I would like to think that Henry will simply help Rumplestiltskin free himself from his curse, but it’s also very possible that he might cause Rumplestiltskin’s death. I really, really hope it is not the latter.