Or better title "Whiplash"Buckle your seatbelts because this episode did more time travel than Mary McFly.
Storybrooke Runs Amok
The dwarfs are a bit freaked about Emma being the Dark One. They race to the town limits desperate to escape, but when Dopey crosses the line he turns into a tree, firmly rooted in the asphalt.
There goes that plan.
In a bid to break the curse over Emma, Hook goes to Mr. Gold's shop and asks Belle why the power of true love's kiss can't help him get Emma back. Belle says something about power and darkness and whatever...and I lose focus because she's not really saying anything. Then she leaves him with this gem. "It's far easier to hate a Dark One than to love one."
*epic eye roll*
Henry tries his best to get used to his mom's new look. Emma feels bad because he feels bad, but not bad enough to tell him why she erased everyone's memories. "Hey, it's just part of the curse," she explains.
Regina shows up and they go all 'mean girls' and Emma drops a hint that something super bad is coming to Storybrooke and only a true savior can save the town.
Regina mumbles, "Stupid savior...whatever."
Meanwhile across town, King Arthur and two of his hot knights ride horseback down Main Street. He doesn't have Excalibur anymore and is also clueless to the last six weeks. They quickly find Mary Margaret and Davie who confesses that Emma is the Dark One who caused this mess.
King Arthur doesn't waste time and suggests, "No worries, just use the dagger against the Dark One!"
"She has the dagger."
We flashback to Camelot as Emma and Regina meet Queen Gueneviere. King Arthur then escorts takes them to his courtyard where he shows them a tree in which Merlin is trapped. He says, "Step forward savior..."
Emma is about to step forward, but Regina takes her place in order to keep Emma's true identity as the Dark One a secret. Emma knows she can't use her magic because it will be dark and she'll lose control because her inner darkness loves the power too much, baby.
Regina's like, "No problem, I've got this."
Storybrooke turns into a refugee camp for lost characters from Camelot. Regina and Robin have a heart to heart about how know no one thinks she can save the town.
I smell low self-esteem.
Meanwhile, Queen Guinevere reunites with King Arthur, and she's upset to learn that he's lost Excalibur.
David pipes up like the nosy eavesdropper he is and says, "If it's here, we'll find your sword."
Before I can change the channel, a black skeleton thing swoops in from above and takes Robin away.
Across town, Emma invites Hook to her new Dark One pad. She gives him a drink and says, "Hey, just because I'm the Dark One doesn't mean we can't still be together."
He's cool with it and they start to make out, but then he steps back and oh-uh, Emma still has weird hair and eyebrows. Geez kids, it looks like true love's kiss didn't break the curse.
He demands to know what happened in Camelot. She says, "I'm tired of talking, do you want to stay or not?"
I like this new Emma, actually. She's all badass and says it like it is.
But he turns her down. "This may be who you are, but this isn't who I am."
Oh my god, he's been hanging out with Belle too much.
There's a foot race through the forest and Regina fights the skeleton thing and loses. Mary Margaret insists she go to the hospital and Regina immediately assumes this is a reflection on her abilities.
"You don't think I can do this!" she whines.
Mary Margaret says, "Um, no. I think you're face is bleeding. Not everything is about your magical powers."
One of King Arthur's knights gives Regina a big ole amulet since she's the savior. But Regina is worried because firstly, she doesn't know how to dance, and secondly, she's not the real saviour. David teaches her to dance and I can't help but wonder why I'm watching this show.
Then we realize the amulet is like a magical nanny cam and the knight is watching and listening to everything!
Where's Selena during all of this?
Regina goes to Mr. Gold's bedside and monologues about how she hates being the former evil queen and how no one trusts she's good enough to save Storybrooke. Belle taps her on the shoulder and regurgitates the latest research she's unearthed about flying skeletons who kidnap lovers.
Apparently the demon is called a Fury. It's in Storybrooke because someone used black magic in Camelot and now the Fury needs to take a body to the underworld as payment...or something. Plus, they need to wait for a full moon or maybe not, I'm a little hazy on the details. However, I do know if Robin is to be saved, someone has to give their life in his place.
How about the tree at the town limits?
To the Death
Back at the ball, Henry takes a giant leap into puberty and crosses the floor to introduce himself to a young princess named, Violet.
I hope this leads to something important to the plot because this scene took five minutes off my life.
The sneaky knight who has been eavesdropping finally dances with Regina. He calls her bluff and says he was a little boy when she burned his village years ago as the Evil Queen. He draws a sword and tries to stab Regina. Robin intervenes and gets stabbed instead. Then David (who is always poking his nose in other people's business) kills the knight.
These people ruin every party.
Regina begs Emma to stop the Fury. Emma says, "The price is not mine to pay. You're the one who used dark magic in Camelot. The price to pay has to be yours."
Now I've got the theme to the Price is Right running through my mind.
We see Regina struggle to heal Robin's wounds, but her magic won't work because—oh my god this is such a farce—because the sword was cursed to kill her.
She begs Emma to use her magic even though there may be a risk that her magic will go dark. Emma gets a hallucinatory message from Rumpelstitskin that if she uses her dark magic there will be a price to pay, but it's Regina's to pay since she asked for it.
Emma uses her magic, saves Robin and doesn't freak out and pull out everyone's heart. But...her hand turned kind of gross.
Price to Pay
Regina rushes to give up her life to save Robin's as the ferryman from the underworld comes closer. But Mary Margaret, David and few dwarfs link hands with her. Six souls were too much for the Fury and it self implodes. The ferryman disappears and Robin is safe.
Grumpy proclaims that if Regina can stand up to that monster, she can save the town.
Bingo! Regina now has confidence.
Hey, where's Ruby?
Belle and Hook talk about how true love's kiss only works when it's convenient to the plot.
Henry finds Violet again, but neither of them have any memory of meeting each other.
David consoles Mary Margaret about having a Dark One as a daughter.
Emma stands across the street all alone in her black trench coat. With nothing else to do she returns to her house to find Rumpelstiltskin waiting for her. He shows her the secret in her basement—Excalibur is there, stuck in the stone.
"You have the power to do what no Dark One has ever been able to accomplish," he says. "Make the sword whole."
Putting down the dagger, Emma tries to free the sword but is blown away by a force. Rumpelstiltskin laughs and says she can do it with magic, but she'll have to pay the price.
Who was tonight's MVP?
#1. The Fury
#2. Henry's Adam's apple
#3. The dwarf who got turned into a tree