, Regina’s “Savior” secret had deadly consequences in Camelot, while in Storybrooke Hook put his honey where his mouth is, in hopes of saving Emma.
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IN CAMELOT OF SIX WEEKS AGO…. | After meeting Queen Guinevere, the heroes are shown where Merlin is — stuck inside an enchanted tree, and only the Savior’s magic can extricate him. Using the dagger, Regina silences Emma so that she can step forward and claim to be said Savior.
Later, as everyone preps for the ball being thrown in the Storybrooke guests’ honor, Regina gets two cold left feet, revealing that she doesn’t know how to dance, which she frets is yet one
sign that she can’t pass muster as Savior. After Charming remedies that with a quick lesson, Mary Margaret, Emma and Regina are welcomed into the ball, where they twirl up a storm with their respective fellas. Elsewhere, Grumpy makes Belle feel better about the slowly withering rose, while Henry makes the acquaintance of a young girl named Violet, to whom he introduces iPods and Yazoo.
Sir Percival, during a dance with Regina, reveals that he knows she isn’t the Savior, thanks to the “seeing” pendant he gifted her with earlier, coupled with his vivid memories of the Evil Queen burning down his village years ago. When Percy draws his sword, Robin tackles the guy and David eventually runs him through with his sword. Robin is nonetheless gravely injured, and Regina’s magic is no help since Percy’s sword was enchanted to kill
. Regina implores Emma to use her (dark) magic to save Robin, and after great hesitation — and despite taunting by the vision of Rumple — she does. And she kinda seems to
Afterward, Regina comes clean to Arthur, who shrugs off the deception and professes Camelot to be a place for “second chances.” Later, Arthur in private reassures a frightened Guinevere that they will help their guests vanquish the Dark One, if only so that they might then obtain the dagger and make Excalibur whole again.
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IN STORYBROOKE…. | Anxious to get outta Dodge after Sneezy’s petrification, the dwarfs experiment with crossing the town line — only to witness Dopey get transformed into a… tree? Meanwhile, Hook confers with Belle about whether True Love’s Kiss can undo a Dark One, and she explains that it worked once for her and Rumple, until he eventually chose power over love. Plus, she wisely points out, “a curse isn’t a curse if the afflicted wants it.”
Out by the docks, Henry summons Emma, who reassures him that he wasn’t among those who failed her back in Camelot. Regina shows up, vowing to undo the memory wipe and curse Emma has cast, but the Dark One warns Regina & Co. soon will have other, bigger fish to fry.
When Arthur and his knights/subjects also surface in Storybrooke, Robin helps them set up a camp — until the aforementioned threat swoops in, a Fury that’s after Robin. Regina does her best to fight off the Fury, but gets tossed around like a beanbag, and Robin is taken away. When Mary Margaret coddles her a bit too much after the rumble, Regina worries more than ever that she’ll never be able to lead this town as Savior.
Hook forges ahead with his plan, which Emma unwittingly assists by magic-ing him to her quaint new digs. Being the Dark One “doesn’t mean we can’t still be together,” she purrs, leading him into a kiss. Alas, TLK is not gonna work here. “There’s nothing to fix,” Emma contends, seeing Hook’s disappointment. “Why can’t you accept that?” Emma invites Hook to take her as she is, but he defers, explaining, “This may be who you
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Belle explains to Regina that the Fury is here to collect the price for using magic, though of course no one recalls what went down in Camelot, with Robin almost dying and all. Regina challenges Emma to be the bigger person and call the Fury off, but 1) Emma says she is “done fixing” Regina’s problems, and 2) she didn’t conjure the Fury. Rather, the creature is here to collect on a debt incurred in Camelot. And short of Robin Hood’s life, someone else’s will have to be offered. To that end, Regina sacrifices herself to the Fury, but Mary Margaret, and then David and Grumpy, ally with her, and their concerted front wards off the creature. So, Robin is spared, and Grumpy is among those now convinced of Regina’s cred as a Savior.
Gathering later at Granny’s, Hook nurses some rum while explaining to Belle that if he can spent a century trying to kill the Crocodile, he can take just as long trying to save the woman he loves; Henry and Violet meet (again), over music/Yazoo (again); and Mary Margaret frets to David that if they “win,” “Emma loses.”
A forlorn Emma watches the others from outside, then retreats home, where Rumple informs her that there is much work to be done. He explains that as long as there are families and friends and undying love lingering out there in the world, the Dark One is always at risk. So if she can just remove Excalibur from the stone now in her cellar, and rejoin it with the Dark One’s dagger, she can snuff out the “light”… once and for all.
What did you think of “The Price”? A more focused and more compelling story than the season opener, right?
Okay…Snow was WELL acquainted with Lancelot when she/Emma were 1st sent back to the EF, and Snow and Lancelot reminisced about Arthur and the Round Table. So how come they were introduced as Mary Margaret and David, rather than Snow White and Charming, and why did Arthur not know who they were? Why wasn’t it a reunion filled with hugs? And why was Regina so surprised that someone recognized her. Are they really both just playing the other? I’d stay in hiding too if I were Merlin then. ;)
I know MANY will disagree, but I’m really just not feeling this season yet. If the fury wanted a life, I’d think they’d give up Zelena in a heartbeat, saying “And I want future credit for the 2-for-1 you’re getting here.” I really wish they’d go back to the characters and the issues surrounding being Fairy Tale characters in a modern, earthly realm. I know they want this year to be the year Regina proves her redemption, and I hope it gets better as the episodes go along. Last season started out a little off too, but regained its old mojo by about episode .
Wishing for an edit button about now. :) That garbled sentence/end SHOULD read: I know they want this year to be the year Regina proves her redemption, and I’m looking forward to that arc, but it seems kind of forced right now. But so did Elsa at the beginning of last season, and the season before that got off to a rough start. But I still love OUAT, and I hope it gets better as the episodes go along. Last season started out a little off too, but regained its old mojo by about episode .
I agree with you on this: I am still not sure I like the new direction either, The acting is like emotionless for lack of better word.
“Snow was WELL acquainted with Lancelot when she/Emma were 1st sent back to the EF, and Snow and Lancelot reminisced about Arthur and the Round Table. So how come they were introduced as Mary Margaret and David, rather than Snow White and Charming, and why did Arthur not know who they were? Why wasn’t it a reunion filled with hugs? And why was Regina so surprised that someone recognized her.”
Well, if it’s like previous seasons, the answer is inevitably “Because Curse!” :D
Snow and David knew of Camelot but had never been there. Snow and Lancelot didnt reminisced about Arthur and The round table. Lancelot told Snow he was a disgrace knight of the round table because of love.
It was Regina’s price to pay not Zelena. She begged Emma to use dark magic so Regina had to pay the price.What hero would do want to say?
What make u think: “. I know they want this year to be the year Regina proves her redemption, and I hope it gets better as the episodes go along.”? That scene where Regina was going to give her life for Robin and the group joined in proved it’s going to take more then Regina to save Emma.
Because they said something like Regina is going to be the new savior. And also if Emma is the Dark One, there still will be a Savior.
I also thought, Lancelot and Snow don’t remember, because it wasn’t Lancelot back then, but Cora in disguise.
Yeah, but Snow THOUGHT Cora was Lancelot, was psyched to see her good friend, and was all hugs BEFORE she found out it was Cora. She asked about other Camelot folk. Arthur would, at the very least, KNOW the name “Snow White.” WHY did she introduce herself as MM? Certainly, if Lancelot was ever palling around with Snow, Arthur would know who she was!
I agree about how they got rid of the Fury. Just hold hands? Really? It can’t be that easy. That Fury should com back to get what it came for!
They totally “Guardians of the Galaxy’d” That Fury! (And most likely gave up 20% of their life essences in the process. (Regina, Snow, Charming, Grumpy, & Arthur)
GOTG was also my first thought. You know.. Minus the dance battle. ;)
I much preferred this week’s ep to last week’s! Last week was sluggish and didn’t seem to have a particular story it wanted to tell. This week had an interesting storyline with humour and drama, great character moments and a far better balance of screen time for all. And finally I was intrigued about the Camelot storyline…
I can’t say the promo for next week has me excited, but I will reserve judgement until we get to see it. It’d be nice to see the Charmings have a centric ep, since this arc is about their daughter. So hopefully it will be about them.
Seriously, I could have done with a whole episode set during the ball. There was some entertaining humor in there (Henry bragging about saving people from an alternate universe), dancing in fancy garb is always fun…. I thought that Percival was going to leverage the secret against Regina, make her do his bidding (to steal the throne?) in trade for his silence. Surprised he went for the impulsive kill/vengeance instead. Short-sighted, boy!
I would have enjoyed more time at the ball too! It was nice to see smiles on peoples’ faces…and each character got a little moment (I wish we saw Belle and Grumpy dancing heh heh). The Regina-learning-to-dance scene was wonderful especially. The Regina/Percival scene was perhaps my favourite moment of the episode. His description of the Evil Queen at the height of her cruelty (and her awful smile), plus Regina’s growing dread and her lack of attempt to even pretend to not know what he’s talking about…It was an excellent moment reminding us of how evil she actually was, plus how far she’s come. I too thought he’d try to blackmail her, or perhaps do a dramatic reveal in front of the whole court. Short-sighted boy indeed!
Totally agree with you, the ball was so interesting. Between all the interactions (like Belle and Grumpy) and the palace intrigue, I would’ve been sold on that episode.
And there was Yaz! i was so psyched to hear that song. But it made me laugh, Henry listens to 80s synth pop??
I really enjoyed this episode. Like Matt said, it was better focused. I was surprised Percival died so soon, not that he was that important but the manner in which he died was shocking. I liked how they explained why TLK won’t work (something alot of people thought would rid Emma of the darkness ). I do wonder what price Emma is going to have to pay. Can’t wait till next week!
Also, I still have doubts Hook and Emma are in enough love for it to be true love’s kiss. I mean they haven’t even been dating that long and Emma barely told him she loves him. We don’t really know at what capacity she loves him.
Absolutely loved the episode! I loved seeing Regina be so insecure about being a savior, but in the end she really stepped up and showed she has what it takes. Her dynamic with Emma, both in the present day and in Camelot is so interesting to see. They’ve developed so much since the first season. I can’t wait to see how it develops even more this season!
I enjoyed this one more and quite a bit more than the premiere even though it was very fast-paced and had enough material to fill at least two episodes.
I’m glad we’re seeing minor characters like the dwarves again more so far this season, the whole Sneezy thing was great comic relief and Granny’s line about parties she doesn’t have to do the catering for was a good one too. I also always love seeing little Roland. I wasn’t sure about Henry getting a love interest this season when the spoilers first came out, but so far I’m liking it. Very cute. I’m also getting a real kick out of what Robert Carlyle’s doing with imaginary Rumple, but I do hope they’ll wake Mr. Gold up soon…ish too. I’m just so curious what he’ll be like now.
Camelot and present day was a good setup for Regina’s story this season. It makes sense that the Dark One is trying so hard to feed into her self-doubts about being able to save the town because when she does believe in herself she’s a great leader or could become one this season and it seems to come to her almost naturally.
Poor Robin just can’t catch a break, between the end of season 4 and the first episodes of season 5 they’re really putting the poor guy through a lot. Here’s hoping that was the worst of it for a while and he and Regina won’t have to take turns saving each other every week now. Although their scenes were easily among my favorites in this ep.
I wish we had seen more of the ball too and I was surprised they killed off Percival this quickly, but then again that means there’s now a vacant spot at King Arthur’s roundtable and I think I have an who might be able to fill it.
first that seems like a highly unlikely song choice for young Henry, he is certainly a mature wee lad but I highly doubt he would know Yazoo, second I freaking love Yazoo I start singing the whole album after I heard them play Only You it was very obnoxious but totes worth it :) third much better episode than last I’m loving the flashbacks and I particularly loving how they are writing Dark Swan she’s not balls to the wall crazy evil like some others who have worn the title, but she is definitely dark, and I’m enjoying trying to figure out what happened to make her turn. I could of done with out the save Robin for the hundredth time seriously that guy should get some better body guards he’s in trouble a lot. Hook clearly saw the locked door so are we going to have to wait five episodes before he finally tells everyone it could be significant, I hope not.
I am pretty sure in the end, I am sure Emma will have the power to save herself some how. Killian, Merlin, and Henry will have something to do with it, but the only person who saves Emma is Emma.
Can someone explain to me why Snow and Charming constantly forget that they have a very small child at home and keep throwing themselves simultaneously into fatal danger? Considering that Emma is out of the picture, there isn’t anyone to take the inevitable orphan. All that “being better parents” talk doesn’t mean anything if you are going to leave the new kid parentless like the last kid.
Also there are people in every day life that a parents that put themselves in danger everyday. So The Charming are no different then them.
Much better episode than the premiere. I loved having a MM and Emma scene, I miss the mother/daughter moments…. Emma’s relationship with her parents needs to be more central… Lately it’s been more about the couples (CaptainSwan…), than most of the relationships that made me fall in love with the show (Emma and MM, Charming family scenes…), but at least we’ve had some good scenes between MM and Regina, and Emma and Regina.
They have so much opportunity to explore the Charming family dynamics with their daughter being the Dark One, and I feel like they are kind of wasting it on Hook.
I find everyone in Camelot including Violet to be very shady. I dont trust none of them. I feel like they are the reasons Emma embraced the darkness and turning against her family and friends. They put each one of them in a position to force Emma to use Dark Magic which caused her to embraced the darkness.
With that: I loved the episode. I’m glad in took more then Regina to save Robin.
I love that Henry is growing up before our eyes. His 1st crush wow.
Also I dont care how Emma got that house, Im just glad she moved out her parent’s place.
Poor Dwarfs need to be cut a break. something always happening to them.
The only negative I have is “The SAVIOR” keeps getting thrown around.
I’m LOVING the Camelot storyline. There’s so much from which to draw (hoping Morgana is involved eventually) and it’s not the redundant Snow/Evil Queen backstory that’s been done to death in the show. How the Camelot mythology is being woven into the already-established characters is fun to see play out. I wish it was done in real time rather than flashbacks since the “present day” stuff isn’t as interesting IMO. However, some of my favorite single moments tonight were “present day” scenes, go figure. First, Hook and Emma at her new house. What a GREAT display of both of their transformations. She was such a vixen! The man has some serious will power. I *almost* wish he struggled with turning her down for just a little longer. He’s gotta be tempted, right? Second, I really liked the Belle/Hook stuff. I know some Belle fans will hate that she’s even speaking to him let alone giving him advice and drinking with him. Their comaraderie at this point makes perfect sense though. They both know what it’s like to love the Dark One (as Belle said “it’s far easier to hate a Dark One than to love one” — great line!) and deal with those conflicting emotions. I don’t expect them to become BFFs and maybe they won’t have any more bonding moments at all, but I’m happy with what we saw tonight. This may sound awful, but I love that Rumple is still in a coma. Robert Carlyle is SO much more interesting and entertaining as Emma’s subconscious darkness tutor. Overall I’m really enjoying this season!
All the talk about the Underworld and my mind instantly jumped to Hercules/Hades. I wonder if we’ll see them this season at some point.
I’m enjoying Dark Swan! Loved her scenes with Henry and Regina. Although, and I say this as a fan of Hook/Emma together, the kissing after she healed Robin felt very awkward. It was just random and weird.
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