Light my fire! In this week's Once Upon a Time (Season 3, Episode 7: "Dark Hollow"), Ariel and Belle find a tiny but creepy object, Emma sheds some light on the situation, and a familiar face is back.
We'd Be Like, "A Sand Dollar? We'd Rather Have a Real Dollar"
The episode begins with a flashback, as we see Gold and Belle together in Storybrooke just before Gold departs for Neverland, which he thinks will result in his death. Gold wants Belle to enact the cloaking spell, so she and the townspeople do so down in the mines. The cloaking device takes effect, but not before a red car with two men in it enters town. And you know what they say about men in red cars. (OK, maybe they don't say anything about men in red cars, but they should.)
Back in present day, Ariel leaves Neverland and makes it to Storybrooke, where she gives a sand dollar to Belle. Because maybe she thinks Belle collects shells? As it turns out, the sand dollar holds a message from Gold, telling Belle about the people who want to harm Storybrooke and about the object in his shop. Gold’s message reminds us of the Princess Leia hologram in Star Wars. Gold’s like, “Help me, Belle Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”
Neal informs his pals that the device that he made out of a coconut, MacGyver-style, is actually a trap for Pan’s shadow. The gang needs to head to the ominously named Dark Hollow to find the shadow. While in Neal’s hideout, Hook also just happens to let slip to Neal that he and Emma kissed. Very stealthy, Hook.
A Little Tied Up at the Moment
Belle and Ariel are trying to figure out which item will help Gold when Belle remembers the chipped teacup. When she sets it in the saucer, a spell reveals a trap door that leads to — dun, dun, dun! — Pandora’s Box. Apparently, the two ladies aren’t the only ones who want that box, as the two Men With Guns want it, too, whoever they are.
The aforementioned Men With Guns tie up Ariel and Belle, and they explain that they work for Pan and that Greg and Tamara were just patsies. But the guys don’t realize that it’s not all that easy to tie up a mermaid, and so Ariel’s tail busts through the ropes. By the way, in a crazy town like Storybrooke, is rope really the best thing the guys could find to subdue Ariel and Belle?
Back in Neverland, our heroes get to Dark Hollow, where they need to light the candle in the coconut shell. Hook and Neal fight over the lighter because they’re men, and men are stupid. But Emma doesn’t need no stinkin’ lighter, as she uses her magic to light the candle and trap the shadow. Emma: 1; Hook and Neal: 0.
So That's Who's in the Crate!
Belle and Ariel realize that the dwarves’ pickaxes could destroy Pandora’s Box, so they race down to the mines and find the Men With Guns. Belle uses a mine cart to thwart the men and get the box, and the guys reveal that they’re Michael and John Darling, and that they’re just trying to save their sister from Pan. Welcome back, Darling kids!
Pan and Felix realize they need to step up their game to get Henry on their side, since Henry knows they sneak off to the woods for some reason. Then, we see Pan helping Wendy Darling out of the other crate. Crazy! Wait, she’s the one in that crate — and not Gold’s dad, as we suspected? Looks like we were way off. (But our idea would have been pretty cool, no?)
While Henry follows Felix into the woods, he stumbles on a ladder, which leads to a bed that a coughing Wendy is in. Wendy explains that she’s sick because the island is losing its power, and she says Henry reminds her of his father. However, after a concerned Henry leaves, we see that Wendy was lying for Pan’s sake, and Pan puts Wendy back in the crate. Is a crate really the best place for someone to stay? Doesn’t Neverland have a Motel Six?
Skull Rock Is Yet Another Ominously Named Place
Ariel delivers Pandora’s Box to Gold and Regina, which means Ariel can now use her legs whenever she pleases. A note to Ariel: Shaving your legs is kind of a pain, so you may want to just stick with fins as much as possible. Then, Ariel tells them they need to save Wendy, as if they didn’t already have enough things on their plate.
Emma tells Hook and Neal that they need to stop fighting over her, as the only person she cares about right now is Henry. After Mary reluctantly forgives David for lying to her, they find Tinker Bell, just as Neal also shows up, holding the coconut. Tink is happy to see Neal, and they’re now determined to find Henry.
Speaking of Henry, Pan tells him that Henry needs to save Wendy, and to do so, he needs to head to Skull Rock. Pan says it will require heroism and sacrifice, and Henry is feeling confident, but we're worried for him. And by the way, Skull Rock's tourism levels would probably skyrocket if the place had a friendlier-sounding name. Just a thought.
Three Biggest Mysteries of the Night:
1. What will Henry have to do on Skull Rock? We’re worried about exactly what kind of “sacrifice” Pan has in mind. Will Henry have to die, or maybe someone close to him will?
2. How exactly will Gold use Pandora’s Box? And in a related question, when the heck will Rumbelle reunite? We need this to happen already!
3. Who will Emma choose: Neal or Hook? She’s set on finding Henry at the moment, but that scene between Hook and her was pretty steamy. And speaking of Henry, do we sense a bit of a love connection between Wendy and him? Go on with your bad self, Henry.