Listen up! In this week’s Once Upon a Time (Season 3, Episode 4: “Nasty Habits"), David isn’t doing so hot, Emma and Hook realize that coconuts have more uses than just being beverages at island resorts, and Gold and Neal go on a father-son fishing trip.
The Family That Catches Giant Squid Together, Stays Together
When the episode begins, Neal channels his inner Houdini by breaking free of his ropes and knocking out his Lost Boy captor. Gold — looking quite dashing in his warpaint — tells a vision of Belle that he is now willing to die for Henry, despite the prophecy of Henry being his undoing, as he has nothing else to live for. Sounds like the guy needs to read The Secret.
Gold has just gotten done putting a few Lost Boys to sleep — but let’s just say he didn’t use a glass of warm milk and a bedtime story — before he stumbles on Neal, whom he at first assumes is just a vision. Neal says Gold doesn’t have to sacrifice himself for Henry, and they summon a giant squid out of the water with a conch shell. Calamari, anyone?
Neal and Gold track down Peter, with Neal firing an arrow at Peter, which Peter catches. Peter really does get a lot of arrows shot at him, doesn’t he? He catches the arrow, but Neal has put the squid’s magic ink on the arrow shaft, and so Gold and Neal escape with Henry as Pan is temporarily immobilized. May this be a lesson: Use caution when catching arrows in midair.
Just before Gold and Neal leave, Peter claims that Gold wants to kill Henry because of a prophecy promising that Henry will be his undoing. Thanks a lot, Peter. Later, Neal asks Gold about this, and Gold claims that not only did Peter betray him before but that he himself wants to help Henry, adding that he doesn’t know where is dagger is. But Neal doesn’t trust him, so he uses the squid ink to freeze Gold and then swipe Henry. Poor Gold!
The Writing Is on the Wall
Hook finds Neal’s Neverland hideout, hoping to learn how Neal was the only person to have ever escaped from this creepy island. After seeing Neal’s cave drawings, they find a coconut shell with holes carved into it that creates a map using the stars. But Hook says that Neal is the only one who can read it. See, this is why Google maps is better than drilling holes in coconuts.
Gold worries that Peter and the Lost Boys will get Henry back, and sure enough, that’s exactly what happens. Plus, Peter hints that Neal didn’t escape but that Pan let him go. Bad times. Gold finally is freed the ink’s spell, and he sees the vision of Belle again, who is worried that Neal’s presence has reignited Gold’s instinct for self-preservation. We are, too, Belle.
Finally, we see a heartbreaking scene between David and Snow, as David — who had been told by Hook that there is still hope to heal his wound — tells Snow to move on with her life if anything happens to him. Sob! And then, back at the Lost Boys’ camp, Peter plays his pan flute for Henry, and although Henry couldn’t hear it earlier, he can now. Not a good sign.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
In this week’s flashback, Rumple realizes that Bae has disappeared from their home, and he’s told that a pipe-playing weirdo in a colorful coat is stealing the town’s boys. This town clearly needs to get tough on crime. Gold — who can hear the music — sees that it’s Peter Pan who is playing the tune, a la the Pied Piper. We learn that Gold knows Peter from his boyhood, and that things didn't end so well between them.
Peter explains that the only people who can hear his music are those who feel unloved. He promises Rumple that he can take Bae back if Bae chooses to go with him. Peter tells Bae about this, so when Rumple doesn’t present Bae with the offer, he is hurt and leaves their cottage. So much for music bringing people together.
Three Biggest Mysteries of the Night:
1. What exactly happened between Peter and Gold? We now know that Gold was somehow betrayed by Pan, and with all the recent references to Gold’s dad, we’re sure their relationship somehow will be explained when we finally meet his pops.
2. Will Hook manage to heal David’s wound? Hook definitely hinted at the fact that there is still something that can clear up the damage from the poisoned arrow, so we’re wondering just how difficult it will be to get this remedy. Let’s just Hook makes it snappy.
3. Will Gold ultimately be the one to save Henry? Or is Belle right about his self-preservation? We want to believe that Gold has changed, but he really does have plenty to live for now, so we’re a little worried.