Mary Margaret, Emma, Mulan and Aurora try to prevent Cora and Hook from getting to Storybrooke, as flashbacks show Regina enlist the help of Hook to find and kill Cora.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Sleepy (as Faustino di Bauda)


28 years ago, Regina enlists the help of Hook to find and kill her mother, the Queen of Hearts, to stop her from traveling to the new world. Meanwhile, in the present, Emma, Snow, Mulan, and Aurora head to Rumpelstiltskin's old cell to retrieve the key to their return to Storybrooke. Written by Nadia Nassar

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2 December 2012 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The object/animal/person in this episode is a Geyser rising from the dry bed of Lake Nostos. See more »


During the time when Emma was in Rumpelstiltskin's cell, whilst talking to Hook, the position of her hands kept changing places between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Black Knight: Halt!
Hooded Man: [carrying a bucket] Food for the prisoner.
Black Knight: It's not mealtime. Who are you? Identify yourself, slave!
[he tries to uncover the man, and a short battle ensues, which the man wins]
Captain Hook: [removing his hood] "Slave"! I prefer "Captain".
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welcome to storybrooke !!
5 December 2012 | by (us) – See all my reviews

i liked this episode and i thing its the better episode at this season until now . I do not think for a second that Snow,Emma, & Charming should be blamed for leaving behind Regina. She doesn't like them at all, and you can tell it was only because of Henry why she even saved Emma and Snow in the first place. Also, when Henry asked Regina to give up magic, she hid the book because she doesn't want to let it go. I do not think for a second if they had invited her that it would change anything!!

my favorite part it's in the end when Cora and hook arrive to storybroke. i'm anxious to see what's going to happen. so this episode should have been called 'welcome to storybrooke " .

I don't consider what Regina did at the well 'saving' Emma and Snow. There's a big difference between saving a life and changing your mind about killing someone - at the last second.

i think that neal " emma's boyfriend " will be rumpelstillskin son , and wish to see jefferson and August again !! at the end , awesome episode and i think this show is going to be renewed soon !!

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