We begin our episode running through the Enchanted Forest with our beloved bandit Snow White, with the queen’s soldiers in hot pursuit. They corner her on a cliff, and she chooses to jump into the sea over letting them take her. It’s a loooong way down and not looking so good for Snow, who blacks out when she hit the water. She is saved by a mermaid – and not just any mermaid!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Ariel has arrived!
Forward to Neverland now, where we see Regina trying to give Emma a magic lesson, and it’s not going well. She harps on Emma to focus, urging her to use her anger and channel it. Emma balks, insisting there has to be a way to use magic without taking it dark, but Regina is nagging at her until Emma gets good and pissed – and that finally lights the fire with magic.
David and Snow are watching from afar, not sure how they feel about all this, when Hook pulls them aside with a murmured “We need to talk.” He’s just come from his conversation with Pan, and without the slightest hesitation, he tells them that Neal is alive and on the island.
Snow immediately wants to tell Emma but David and Hook discourage that. Until they confirm that Neal is indeed alive and they can rescue him, it’s better to keep Emma in the dark and not hurt her all over again. Snow isn’t happy with keeping that secret (but come on, when has Snow ever been good at keeping a secret?) and she notes that secrets tend to keep you from the people you love. David gently reminds her that secrets can also protect the people you love.
Oh, David, right in the feels.
And into this confab strolls Emma, wondering what all the murmuring and furtive looks are about. David and Hook lie their shapely asses off, but Snow just blurts the secret right out. Emma’s shocked into silence, shooting a furtive glance at Hook.