In tonight's episode, Regina can't take camp-time with the Charmings any longer so she heads off and winds up teaming up with Rumple while the rest of the band of misfits finds their way to the Echo Caves where they have to reveal their deepest secret to save Neal. In the flashback Enchanted Forest Snow teams up with Ariel, the little mermaid, to fight Regina and help Ariel's dreams come true, but true to Once Upon a Time form, nothing is what it seems, and the story is not the one you remember.
"Secrets" was the catchword of the episode - secrets and how they can bring people together and how they can break people apart.
The Echo Cave brought everything out into the open and only time will tell how these secrets will affect them all. The funny thing is that the most established couple is the one that seems to have been hit the hardest. Snow reveals that she wants another baby at the moment that David has to admit that he's lied to her for days and that now he can never leave Never Land. It wasn't the lie so much as the fact that he stole from her the chance to make the decision together. I don't doubt for a minute that Snow would have been the first in line to say that David's life had to be saved, even if that was the cost. Losing the opportunity to make that decision smacks of distrust for her. Secrets tore her family apart and every time Snow has kept a secret, someone she loved paid the price, which is why she can't lie to Emma about Neal. She offers Emma the chance to save the man she loves but only by finding out that her true love stole that very chance from her. When she says, "Secrets always seem to keep us from the people we care about" and David responds, "And sometimes secrets protect the people we care about" their difference in philosophy becomes crystal clear. And the question is will true love be enough to get them through?
Hook's admission was heart wrenching. To know that Emma has given him back a piece of himself that he thought was lost forever and to have to reveal it so she can save her love-at-first-sight is the bravest sacrifice we've seen him make yet. And Emma's revelation that finding Neal alive is so much harder because now she has the chance to lose him all over again, brings up doubts, pains, and insecurities she's been fighting her whole life. The look on Hook's face when Neal tells Emma that his secret is that he will never stop fighting for her...
Now for some more rambling thoughts about the episode.
I still love snarky, evil-with-a-purpose Regina. She had my favorite line of the night. Again. "You want to follow the evil munchkin's dirt road, be my guest."
On a lighter note, I loved Snow's reaction when she comes upon the high cliff overlooking the water when the soldiers are chasing her. Because this seriously happens in every chase scene through a forest. I love that the show's not afraid to poke a little fun at themselves.
I thought the casting on Eric was well done. He's got a similar facial structure to the Disney movie version and Ariel was fairly well cast too.
However, I did find it outrageously awkward that no one else joined in dancing once the two of them were. That conversation would have been so much better if it had been in the midst of other dancers rather than as a spectator sport.
And of course, secrets play a big role in the flashback as well. Ariel's refusal to share her secret with Eric destroys her chance at a happy ending and puts Snow's life in danger too. Her loyalty to Snow made up for half the mistake, but Regina ensured that the other half couldn't be rectified... until now, of course. Eric somehow got swept up in the curse and he's the perfect bargaining chip to hold over Ariel's head. Since I trust Regina as far as I could throw her, though, I have to wonder what Regina isn't telling Ariel about Eric.
And nice twist with Ursula being the sea goddess instead of Ariel being daughter of Triton the sea god and the human thing being part of a yearly gift rather than an evil plot. And it was just absolutely ridiculous when Regina as Ursula said that Ariel could "be a part of his world." *groan* but funny nevertheless.
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I'm excited to be heading back to Storybrooke next week. I love Neverland, I really do, but I need my Grumpy fix!