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.


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Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)


Mr Gold attempts to find out the true identity of August, Emma confronts Regina about her involvement in Kathryn's disappearance, and David tries to apologize and reconcile with Mary Margaret. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to comply and do whatever it takes if his son can find a way for him to safely give up his powers and turn back into the loving man he used to be. Written by nat

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22 April 2012 (USA)  »

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In this episode, Rumplestiltskin's son's name is Baelfire. At one point he speaks to his friend, a young woman in blue named "Morraine." These are possibly connections to Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series of novels. "Balefire" is a powerful magic weapon and one of the first users of the weapon is a young woman "Moiraine," who is known for wearing blue. See more »


Regina Mills: You broke our deal.
Mr. Gold: I broke one deal in my life, dear, and it certainly wasn't this one.
Regina Mills: Kathryn was supposed to die and Mary Margaret was to get the blame!
Mr. Gold: Yeah, murder seems so much worse here, though, doesn't it? You can't just turn someone into a snail and then step on them, can you?
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The Return concludes the Mary Margaret trial subplot in a suspenseful way
1 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Return doesn't live up to the high standard set by the previous episode, but it's still interesting. My only nitpick is that the script does feel pretty weak this time around, but it's nothing terrible or anything. Everything else turned out fine.

The story's still well-written and does a fine job wrapping up the Mary Margaret trial subplot and reveals how Kathryn Nolan survived after everything that happened to her in the previous episodes. The pacing's fine, the directing is sharper, the editing is solid, Mark Isham's music score is still beautiful, and the performances are still good. So, overall, not nearly as perfect as The Stable Boy, but another great episode. :)

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