Okay, I started this list at 21- five for each season and one for season five (so far). I trimmed out some things that made me cry but landed on the happier end of the scale, I brushed aside some moments that felt like a fist in the gut and would surely make a top 40 list, but I just couldn’t get it down that low. I ended up with this. Every one of these moments brought the leakage to my eyes. Your mileage may vary, of course. So, in chronological order (to date), here they are:
1.Snow gives up baby Emma
Who can forget her grief as she handed that baby over? Heartwrenching.
2. Jiminy realizes he’s killed Gepetto’s parents and will be stuck with his own parents forever
After all he’d been through with his parents, and he’s such a gentle soul.
We begin tonight with Felix leading Neal through the jungle, taunting him about how Henry will never get away. Neal punches him in the face and gets away. Any episode that begins with Felix getting smacked in the chops is okay by me.
Then we go back to the Enchanted Forest where teen Baelfire is given a gift by a post-Dark One Rumplestiltskin. He lets his father know on no uncertain terms that he’s tired of getting gifts taken from people his father has terrorized, and what’s more – he wants to leave their home.
Rumple offers him a palace but Bae wants to see the world and have some real friends. Rumple refuses – he wants to keep Bae safe at all costs.
We begin – say it with me now- as I always like to begin: with Hook.
We’re aboard the Jolly Roger, somewhere off the coast of Neverland, and Hook is looking longingly at the only remembrance he has of Milah, a drawing of her face. He asks Mr. Smee about the lad they pulled from the sea. Smee wonders with obvious fear if the boy might belong to “him.” Hook points out that if the lad is indeed the one that “he” is looking for, he could be their ticket out of Neverland.
He heads below to question the lad himself, and discovers to his surprise that the boy is Baelfire, and that means he’s the only piece of Milah left in the world. We see an uncharacteristically soft Hook offer the boy a blanket and berth, proclaiming “it’s a pirate’s life for you.”
This evening we begin back at the very moment that Rumplestiltskin abandoned young Baelfire, who has landed in London, somewhere in the 1800’s. He lives on the streets for six months, and then breaks into an opulent home, looking for food. He’s about to tear into a loaf of freshly baked bread when he’s caught by the family dog, who barks an alarm. An amazingly beautiful young girl (seriously – this girl is incredibly pretty) comes running and realizes very quickly that Bae isn’t there to harm her. She offers him extra bread, and a warm place to sleep, and then she gives him her name: Wendy Darling.
Forward to Storybrooke, where Tamara is suiting up to go for a morning run, leaving Neal in bed. Not for long, though, because he hears a commotion out his window. It turns out to be dear old Dad, terrorizing Dr. Whale because he thought Whale glanced a little too long in Lacey’s direction.
Neal intercedes, reiterating once again that his father has never changed. He also harps on the fact that dad hasn’t even asked to meet Tamara. Gold replies that Neal’s not getting married – not as long he carries a torch for Emma. Neal tells him that he’s done with him, and warns him to stay the hell away from both him and Henry.