Let’s begin with a flashback. To The Enchanted Forest? No. To the days of Regina vs. Snow? No. To Neal’s childhood friendship with Hook? Definitely not. This flashback goes all the way back to five days ago, when the heroes (plus a couple of recovering villains) leave Storybrooke for Neverland. Wait, it’s only been five days?! Emma Swan is now practically Jack Bauer. Rumple gives Belle a cloaking spell to protect the town. Rumple and Belle share a little goodbye lip lock. Hello! And the ship is off.
Meanwhile, Belle cries so hard snot runs out of her nose and into her mouth. I can’t be the only one who caught that in the close up. Belle tells the townspeople to prepare for “others” coming. These others, the anti-magic folk, look like hipsters, i.e. not at all intimidating.
Belle casts the shadow spell. It sort of looks like that really emotional moment in the last Harry Potter with that bubble spell goes around Hogwarts.
In current time, Rumple tells Ariel to go to Storybrooke and find Belle to get a weapon to defeat Pan. She will get legs for 24 hours when she’s there.
Ariel walks out of the water looking for Belle, and those tow hipsters are on her tail. Okay, the shot of her coming out of the water was just a tad excessive, right? I mean, it was one step away from slow motion.
Ariel and Belle meet, and Ariel gives her a magic sand dollar that does a hologram thing, not unlike something from Star Wars. Rumple, via the hologram, tells her to find a tool in the shop: “Help me, O BELLE One Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” Okay, okay, he didn’t actually say that. Ariel and Belle find the hidden object: Pandora’s box. The hipsters tie them up and hold them at vintage gunpoint.
The ladies escape and go after the hipsters and Pandora’s box. Ladies, I’d go to the most obscure coffee shop in town first. They find the goofballs in the mines. They’re trying to destroy the box to free their sister, who’s been Pan’s prisoner for 100 years. They failed as heroes. Who is their sister? Wendy. I’m so disappointed. The Darlings turn out to be hipsters? Ugh. Ariel gives Rumple the box, and she tells him about Wendy. Ariel heads back to Storybrooke to collect her prince. (I’m hoping for a reunion next episode.)
Pan can feel Ariel leave. Is he the island? Like maybe they’re connected in some sort of one gives the other life thing?
Pan tries to bond with Henry. I think maybe the reason he’s so angry is because he’s hungry; he looks like he could use a sandwich. Pan lets Wendy out of her cage. Poor Wendy, still stuck in her old timey nightgown after all this time. Henry and Wendy bond.
Neal tells the heroes that catching Pan’s shadow is the way off the island, the only way.
Hook tells Neal that he kissed Emma. Awkward! Hook, Emma, and Neal have to go to Dark Hallow if they want to find Pan’s shadow. Dark Hallow is the worst place on the island. Hook is still after Emma’s heart; he’s going to win it! This love triangle is wonderful, mostly because unlike most love triangles, I actually can’t decide which bad boy (who is actually good) to root for. I mean, Hook is cuter and has better hair and says very sweet things in a gruff British accent, but Neal is Emma’s first love, the father of Henry, and is quite funny. There’s also the back-story with Neal’s mom and Hook that makes me a little uncomfortable with Hook and Emma. This is a toughie. Don’t make me choose.
The three go into dark hallow, which looks like the yard set from Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. Giant lawn mower attack! Just kidding, it’s a shadow attack. Emma uses magic to trap the shadow in Neal’s nifty coconut container. Emma makes a choice of man: Henry. This is a mom, folks.
Mary Margaret is sooooo mad at Charming because he just had to get hit with a poison arrow, and now they get to look at jungle real estate. They make up with a good hug. Hugs are so nice, aren’t they? Go hug someone, like now. I know, right? So nice.
The heroes unite with Tinker Bell. Let’s take Pan down!
So this progress means that next week we’ll get rid of Pan, right? Right?! Oh, come on!
Hilary Miller is currently an MFA student in Screenwriting at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. When not not watching, writing, or talking about movies and television shows, she can usually be found making crock-pot creations, laughing, talking too loud, running, devouring a good book, eating, racking up cellular bills chatting with her bomb family, sticking her toes in the sand, or wishing she were Hermione Granger, sometimes all at once. And while part of her heart is still in Indiana, the rest of it belongs to her puppy, Estelle Getty.