What a doll! In this week’s Once Upon a Time (Season 3, Episode 2: “Lost Girl”), Emma makes a self-discovery, Gold spends time with an imaginary friend, and a certain character probably hopes Obamacare covers Neverland-related poisonings.
The Map That Wasn’t There
When the episode begins, our heroes prove that they have at least one thing in common with us — they hate hiking. (Seriously, hiking sucks.) Indeed, everyone is exhausted as Hook leads to where he thinks Pan’s lair is, but when they arrive, it’s just the Dark Jungle as far as the eye can see. So it’s time for them to do what we typically do about five minutes into hiking: go to sleep.
Soon, Emma is the only one awakened by strange noises. (And here we thought grandparents were supposed to be the light sleepers.) The noises are thanks to Peter Pan, who has popped by to give Emma a gift: ablank piece of paper. Or at least, it looks blank, though Peter claims it will lead Emma to Henry when she accepts who she is. Either way, Peter sucks at giving gifts.
Rumbelle Reunited! Uh... Sort Of
Meanwhile, Gold is getting a visitor or two of his own. The first one comes when he removes his own shadow and tells it to hide his dagger for him. Uh, we wish we could get our shadows to do our dirty work for us. But the more surprising visitor is Belle, who is actually a vision that Gold inadvertently created. Translation: This is one weird island.
Gold tells Belle that saving Henry is a lost cause unless he becomes the Dark One again, but Belle says not to give up on Henry. She also says to let go of the past, meaning to ditch the doll his father gave him before he bailed. So Gold reluctantly drops the doll off of a cliff. C’mon, Gold — we’re all about moving forward, but it doesn’t mean you have to litter.
Emma isn’t having any luck getting the map to materialize — ah, the drawbacks of invisible ink — and Regina isn’t having it. So she magically gets the map to lead them to Henry, even though Emma was supposed to find him. Sure enough, the map leads not to Henry but Peter, and a battle with the poison arrow-wielding Lost Boys ensues. In case you’re wondering, this is why we tend to use Google maps instead of floating magical parchment.
David Gets the Point
Luckily, the only casualty from the battle is David’s jacket — but we’re bummed, since it was a really nice jacket. However, Snow notices that Emma hesitated when looking at the face of one of the Lost Boys. Later, Snow asks her about it, and Emma admits to seeing herself in his face, which reminded her she’ll always be an orphan. Lo and behold, she used the right word.
By calling herself an “orphan,” the map finally comes into view. After Emma’s ridiculously cute repartee with Hook about wanting to know Emma, along with Emma’s celebratory swig of rum, they head north. Soon, they find the illusionist himself, Peter Pan. Peter promises Emma that Henry won’t want to leave the island, and that Emma will become an actual orphan. So full of optimism, this Peter guy is.
Meanwhile, you know how whenever you try to sell your old clothes to a vintage store, they don’t want them? Well, that’s what Gold experiences when his doll reappears, and even a fireball can’t destroy it. Plus, you know the poisoned arrow that took David’s poor jacket out of commission? Well, it seems to have sliced through David’s skin, too. Someone call poison control, stat.
Sometimes a Sword Is Just a Sword
In this week’s Fairytale Land flashback, Regina wants Snow to pack her things and go. Regina’s offer is this: If Snow lets her claim the crown and then leaves town (hey, that rhymes!), Regina will spare Snow and Charming’s lives... or else she’ll kill one villager a day. We must say, Regina’s negotiating skills could use some work.
After consulting with Gold, David learns of a weapon that will help Snow: Excalibur. They track it down in a boulder, and David can’t budge it but Snow can, meaning she’s the kingdom’s true ruler. When she faces off against Regina, she uses her favorite new sword to cut a slice of skin out of Regina’s cheek.
Snow worries that David is now in Rumple’s debt, so she pays the creepy little guy a visit. But Rumple didn’t have anything to do with it, as Snow didn’t actually find Excalibur. Charming tells Snow he was just trying to give her confidence, and then they kiss. Makes sense, because if a fake magic feather can help Dumbo, then a fake Excalibur can help Snow, right?
Three Biggest Mysteries of the Night
1. Is David screwed after getting sliced by the poison arrow? Let’s just say, if Shakespeare taught us anything, it’s that people don’t fare too well after making contact with poisoned weaponry. So will someone have to die to save him, as when Gold got stabbed with the poisoned hook last season? Read: Time to bust out the ol’ magic candle. Or can Emma use her burgeoning powers to help?
2. Will Peter Pan’s prophecy about Emma and Henry come true? Certainly, Emma now appears to be halfway to becoming an orphan, with David breathing his last breaths. But is Henry really going to not want to leave the island? It’s looking like Gold may be Henry’s only hope — although Gold is not usually the best person to rely on as your only chance for survival.
3. Tonight’s episode creates a ton of questions about Gold’s dad. We know Gold’s dad will show up in Season 3, Episode 8, so we’ll try to be patient until then. But Gold clearly has a connection to this island — so might he have been a Lost Boy? And why does that doll keep coming back to him? Gold’s doll has worse separation anxiety than the characters in Toy Story.
What did you think of tonight's piercing episode, Oncers? Tell us below, and catch the next episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, October 13 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.