Once Upon a Time was Rumplestiltskin-centric in Season 3, Episode 4: "Nasty Habits," showing us his relationship with son Baelfire in the past, present, and future. Did that make for a good episode? Read on for Wetpaint Entertainment’s full review, then rate it for yourself below!
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If there is one phrase to describe this episode, it’s full circle. We saw Neal return to Neverland to rescue his son, just as Rumple did for him back in the day. “I don’t know what I would do if I lost you,” Rumplestiltskin says in a flashback before Bae runs away, and then when he finally reunites with his son, he chokes him before realizing he isn’t just a vision. “I thought I lost you forever,” he says. And then, in spite of his best efforts, he does.
While his attempted rescue back in the day wasn’t violent, seeing Rumple’s history with Peter Pan (including Rumple being betrayed and not taking Pan’s deal) revealed was better than bloodshed, explaining many burning questions we’ve had throughout the years. Plus, Robbie Kay’s excellent portrayal of this twisted and charming Pan made the long wait to see him as more than a shadow worth it.
Overall, the episode was at its best during Robert Carlyle’s excellent emotional scenes, including a bittersweet Rumbelle moment (with her in her classic blue dress) as he admits he has nothing to live for — even though Belle is back in Storybrooke. Having him and Neal work together to save Henry was something we’d waited three years to see, though it was the unexpected twists that really made this episode great.
With that being said, the No. 1 scene in tonight’s episode was with Robert and Michael Raymond-James (who also delivered incredible scenes throughout the hour) as the prophecy was explained and their fight escalated into an ultimatum: Will Rumple really sacrifice himself to keep Henry safe? He tries to convince his son that he’s willing to die for Henry, even if it means he loses Belle forever, but ultimately, Neal couldn’t risk it, leaving him alone and paralyzed by squid ink, just as they did to Pan together.
Everything else happening in Neverland paled in comparison to Rumple and Neal’s moments, but it will be interesting to see how Tink plays into their escape plan, what will happen to Charming and his Dream Shade poisoning (aside from snapping at Hook), Peter Pan’s tricky plans for Henry, and how the whole Hook and Emma relationship will evolve considering her feelings for Neal. (Spoiler alert: something big is happening next week!)What did you think of Once Upon a Time tonight? Rate it below, then share your thoughts in the comments below!