Gold and Regina play dirty politics and take opposite sides when Emma runs against Sidney for Sheriff, as flashbacks show Rumplestiltskin desperately try to find a way to save his son from being enlisted into war.
Emma tries to save two children from foster care by trying to find their birth father, as flashbacks show the Evil Queen coercing Hansel and Gretel into stealing an important artifact from a blind witch.
Regina's plan for Mary Margaret is thwarted following Kathryn's sudden re-appearance and Gold becomes wary of August, as flashbacks show what happened to Baelfire after Rumplestiltskin became the Dark One.
Mary Margaret, Emma, Mulan and Aurora return to their camp only to find everyone dead. Back in Storybrooke, Regina begins to see a ghost from her past, as flashbacks show her training with Rumplestiltskin.
When a murder occurs in Storybrooke on a full moon, Spencer tries to bring the town against David by implicating Ruby, as flashbacks show Red Riding Hood find a pack of wolves who adopt her into their family.
Cora does everything in her power to steal the compass and find a way to Storybrooke, while after Aurora is kidnapped, and to protect Henry from further danger, Mary Margaret and David try to communicate with each other in the Netherworld.