Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Return

"As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood.”  ― Jim Henson

** All photos posted here are chosen for a reason **

This episode was very emotional and powerful.  Both Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold and Emma have a child they're trying to find.

Fear is a very powerful thing

Let's acknowledge two important things:
1.) To be clear- Rumpelstiltskin is a man; A human man.
2.) Upon gaining his "dark power", the newly appropriated "Dark One", Rumpelstiltskin, liberated all the children from the Ogre Wars and returned them to their families; and he created a truce.  Was that the actions of "darkness"?  Nope.  Rumpelstiltskin used his newly found "power" for a good and noble cause.  He should have been recognized as a hero.  His powers could have been seen as a blessing in disguise.  But sadly Rumpelstiltskin didn't change his or the towns perspective on how the "power" could be seen.  Living with the belief he/the power is "dark", people would now respect Rumpelstiltskin and no longer belittle him and call him weak.  His need for more power is fueled by him feeling it's the only way he can protect Bae.

And who's not to say that Mr. Gold's goal in Storybrooke isn't the same as the noble task of returning children home to their families and ending a war, as was done in Fairy Tale Land; but this time with a much brighter outcome- He reunites with Bae.

A leap of faith

At the otherworldly vortex, we see the literal and metaphoric struggle of Rumpelstiltskin clinging to the power of the dagger (his power and ego) and the pulling/losing of his son.  He had a tiny window to make a choice, to be free of the dark power and live a new life with Bae.  Bae was certain going through the whirling green light into another world was the answer to a better existence for him and his father.  Bae was fearless. But Rumpelstiltskin's fear, coupled with his attachment to his power, was so strong that he couldn't find the strength within himself to fight that and be with Bae. 

Rumpelstiltskin was so terrified of the unknown that he couldn't take a leap of faith with Bae, hence he lost him to the world without magic. This causes Rumpelstiltskin's great suffering. So, maybe Rumpelstiltskin made the spell for Regina- with a loophole- to bring him (and the rest of the characters) to the land where Bae should be.  When Rumpelstiltskin finally does find Bae in that world or any other world wouldn't that be pretty fuckin' magical?!  That in itself makes it magic.

Talking with Archie may be the very first time Mr. Gold has faced his pain.  Mr. Gold acquires some courage, faces and pours his heart out to August, (who is impersonating his son Bae).  It seems that Mr. Gold's words were from his pained heart.  He was moved to be reunited with "Bae" and truly wanted his son's forgiveness.  In Fairy Tale Land Bae wanted things to go back to the way they were... but it is my experience that things can never go back to the way they were. You can only hope to move forward from whatever place one is currently in and make things more positive. Embrace a new beginning.

August taking advantage of Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold puts him on the defensive.  I wonder if Bae is in Storybrooke and if so, is he hanging back, watching to see if he's welcomed, and if his father has changed and would all be forgiven?

Eye of the beholder

As you can see, the individual perception and definition of "magic" differs from person to person.  This is also true to some other issues we witness with these characters.  Perception becomes your reality.

In addition to the perception issue I noted in the beginning of this post, another example is when Morraine heard the other soldiers speak of "It", Reul Ghorm; an ancient being that rules the night- The original power- bigger than anything.  Yet we discover Reul Ghorm is a tiny blue fairy.  The notion and interpretation of "It" is formed individually by assumption via stories, rumor, guessing, experience, judgment and beliefs.
Also, Morraine doesn't think Rumpelstiltskin is "that bad."  She saw him walking onto the battlefield and stopped the fighting. She felt it was like a miracle.

And of course, the conversation between the Blue Fairy and Rumpelstiltskin literally addresses the perception topic.

Pay attention to what all of these people are saying to each other. There is much confusion and misunderstanding, assuming, and a dose of conning going on too.  Seeing and hearing what one wants to see and hear, or what one chooses to ignore, even when it's right in front of their eyes; there's even a case of mistaken identity.

* Mr. Gold is smart with semantics and his deal with Regina.  She assumes he's going to play things how she imaged they should go.  But he outsmarted her by doing just enough for her, but without killing anyone. These two have their own agenda for the deals they are making, but is one willing to kill?

* August mentions he thought "the entrance" was in Mr. Gold's office in his shop.

* Emma admits to being a blind sheriff.  She actually knows lying, yet loyal Sidney is on Regina's side, yet she still would rather have his help bringing Regina down. Why won't she see what's really going on?

"It was the donkey's fault"

Was it the donkey's fault?  Oh, August... who are you- with your crafty lies, conning, pretending, storytelling, writing, drawing, improvisation, theatrics and your fondness for donkeys and lumber yards. Why do you need magic to cure your sickness?  Are you writing your story or someone else's?  Did you incorporate some new text into the story or change or take any out?  Henry ripped out the last few pages of his book. What exactly did August do with the book we saw him with?  Something isn't right here. Is something missing?  Hmm... What a tangled web we weave.
I wonder why August was willing to kill Mr. Gold - is it for the power alone?

Here's a (list) of a few more tid-bits from the original story The Adventures of Pinocchio
  • Field of Miracles
  • Improvisation acting
  • Catchfools
  • Pinocchio and the Fairy decide to become brother and sister. 
  • He buries his gold then runs off to wait the twenty minutes it will take for his gold to grow
  • Red Crayfish Inn
  • Blue Fairy- Fairy with Turquoise Hair.
  • Blue-haired Fairy sends a falcon and a poodle
  • Whale
  • Donkey
  • Snail
  • Pinocchio meets a fox (who pretends to be lame) and a Cat (who pretends to be blind)
  • Mangiafuoco- wealthy director of the Great Marionette Theatre
  • Harlequin, Punch, and Signora Rosaura are puppets 

It would be awesome if we could journey fearlessly through time and spaceAre we witnessing experiences in worlds that can be accessed diagonally?  Do they all go by pseudonyms in this adventure? Is there a place you can go to cure what ails you? I think there is. It sounds like a good time to me- I'm in!
The Newspaper in Storybrooke
Things to Note...Questions to Ask...

๑ World. Realm. (Maps and globes)
๑ Kansas leads Dorothy to Oz- the other side of the rainbow. Oz is another land experienced via the mind- altered state of consciousness.
๑ Is Bae the 7 year old boy who found the baby on the side of the road? If not, who is?
๑ Does Archie know something he's not sharing with Mr. Gold.
๑ Bae is a deal maker, just like dad.
๑ Little Henry gets used by August, not only in Operation Cobra, but also his con with Mr. Gold.
   And Emma is willing to use Henry to get back at Regina.
๑ Truce
๑ In "Snow Falls" Snow White uses her "Dangerous Fairy Dust" to turn the Trolls into bugs
๑ Words. Story. Book. Novel. Drawing.
๑ Set. Movie. Theatrics. Improvisation. Make-believe/pretending. Playing a role of someone else.
๑ Game. Board. Win. Cheat. Loophole.
๑ 23
๑ 42
๑ Where's Tinker Bell?  Hints to Belle
๑ Bell. Tone
๑ Musical instruments
๑ Perfume
๑ Map
๑ Speak. Don't speak. Mute.
๑ See. Blind
๑ Hear.
๑ Right. Right side. Correct.
๑ Chest. Heart.
๑ Time. Lost time
๑ DNA. Related
๑ Mental health. Crazy. Sociopath. 
๑ The word "well" is used a lot!
๑ Nuns. Advisor.
Onora is a Latin girl's name meaning "honor"
๑ Even mutes can draw a picture.
๑ The paperweight is a donkey- Lamp-wick is from Pinocchio. All "boys" are turned into donkeys.

Vocabulary and Research...

The Bell is a short story by Hans Christian Anderson
๑ The color Green (in literature) may represent inexperience, hope, new life, immaturity. 
Snail- coiled shell mollusk.
   - The phrase- at a snail's pace or very slow speed.
   - Snail Maze: a 1986 Sega video game
   - A spiral-shaped cam, used in striking clocks and other mechanisms
   - The Snail (L'escargot) is a collage by - Henri Matisse. The work was created at the Hotel Regina in Cimiez, Nice
Bae, often spelled Pae or Pai, is a unique Korean family name.
     - Internet slang for baby
    - C. Collodi is the pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini, author of The Adventures of Pinocchio
    - The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll
๑ A pseudonym is a name a person or group assumes for a particular purpose, which differs from his or her original or real name and are often used to hide an individual's real identity:  This includes: stage names for actors and musicians, noms de plume/writers pen names, aliases, gamer identifications, anagrams, Graecisms, Latinisations, mystifications, nicknames, assumed names, graffiti artists' tags, resistance fighters' or terrorists' noms de guerre, and computer hackers' handles, (and orders) of popes and monarchs 
Reul Ghorm literally translated in Gaelic-Irish is (ghorm) blue (reul) sixpence- Rumpelstiltskin translates it as The Blue Star- which that literal translation would possibly be- an réalta gorm.
Mage: Someone who performs feats of magic.
   - are part of world of Dungeons & Dragons and the World of Warcraft.
   - Mage: The Ascension is a role-playing game based in the World of Darkness.
   - Mage: The Awakening is a role-playing game- characters in this game are able to bend or break the commonly-accepted rules of reality to perform subtle or outlandish acts of magic. These characters are broadly referred to as "mages". Mages "awaken" to the ways of magic.
The Wheel of Time- is a series of epic fantasy novels written by American author James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under the pen name Robert Jordan. The first volume, The Eye of the World, was written in 1984. The stories major elements relate to mythology and the cyclical nature of time found in Buddhism and such.

Golden LOST Thread Woven into the Tapestry of this Tale

✈  Arnold Böcklin: was a symbolist Swiss painter, 1827 – 1901. His works include The Isle of the Dead and The Return
✈  World. Realm.  Planes. (Maps and globes)
✈  Bae's glass magic bean is in the shape of a kidney: Locke's dad stole his kidney
✈  Game. Board. Win. Cheat. Loophole.
✈  Lab 
✈  Wake up. Awake.
✈  Sleep.
✈  Mental health. Crazy.
✈  Truce with the Others
✈  Dead. Not dead. Gone.
✈  Map
✈  Drugged
✈  Bugged
✈  Monitor
✈  Time and Space
✈  Advisor. Guides.
✈  Son- Sun
✈  Coward:  Desmond, Charlie, the boar that attacked Sawyer's stuff, and Keamy refers to Richard as one.
✈  Dr. Bae delivers "Ji Yeon"
✈  "Deus Ex Machina" John Locke doesn't want the "Island" to "take it back"; as the "Island" has magically healed his legs.
✈ "Raised by Another" during Hurley's census, Locke tells Hurley "I was looking for something."  Hurley asked "Looking.... uh huh. Did you find it?"   Locke replies- "No. It found me."
✈  "...supposed to die" is a phrase we mostly hear from and about Charlie Pace.
✈  "Orientation"  Locke asks Jack if he's upset "because he (Desmond) recognized you."

Enough of my rambling...Here is your episode recap! Enjoy!
We get a view of a left foot in a black sock belonging to August whom is laying in his bed.  His leg starts to rumble, causing him great distress.  He tumbles out of his bed.  He hobbles his way over the desk with the old fashioned writers tools (typewriter and donkey paperweight) and calls someone from the old fashioned three-tone (copper - gold/emerald green) colored rotary phone. A bit out of breath he dials three digits and speaks to an unidentified person.
"Hey, you there? Good. This is taking too long, we need to accelerate the plan."
August and Henry discuss the plan in the rainy lumber yard. August informs Henry "It's almost 9:00. You all set? You know what to do?"  Henry says Operation Cobra is always ready. He just doesn't understand what this has to do with getting Emma to believe.
August tells him that "Sometimes other priorities assert themselves. Can you handle a little improvisation?"
Henry- "Yeah. Can you?" {Of course he can!}
August is pleased. "We're a go." He sends Henry on his mission to Mr. Gold's shop while he heads in the shop's back door.
Henry tells Mr. Gold he wants to buy a gift for Miss Blanchard; since she didn't kill that woman.  He looks at bells. You hear their muffled bell conversation (and ringing bells, as Henry must be trying them out) in the shop, while August snoops around the back office.
A bit of their muffled conversation:
Henry asks Mr. Gold "Are these bells?" and that he's looking for something special, to which Mr. Gold's reply is "You're asking a lot from a bell."
Henry- "This one's good. How much?"
Mr. Gold- "The price on the back."
As August snoops around Mr. Gold's back office, Mr. Gold appears behind him and asks "May I help you?"   August says he's looking for some maps; he's a bit of a collector.
Mr. Gold is suspicious of him. "Well, there's maps through in the shops. This is my office."   August thought it was the entrance.  Annoyed Mr. Gold tells him "Well, it's not. The shop's through there." August goes through the curtain doorway.
Storybrooke General Hospital.  {Note the school bus and that Nurse's dress in traditional uniforms}
Emma heads in to see Kathryn.
Dr. Whale tells Emma to come in. "Look who's awake."    Emma doesn't want to take up a lot of Kathryn's time, but asks if Kathryn remembers what happened.  Kathryn doesn't know much, but recalls being in a car accident and the airbag going off. The next thing she knew she was in the dark- in some basement.  She didn't see anyone, but there was food and water.  {She looks at Dr. Whale} "And then I guess I was drugged?"   Dr. Whale says "Yeah. And we're trying to flush that out of your system."
Kathryn- "And then I woke up in a field at the edge of town and I started walking. That was it."
Emma- "You saw no one? {She just fuckin' said she didn't!} You didn't hear a voice? Smell perfume? Cologne? Anything?"
Kathryn says no and that she's sorry. "I wish I could help. Especially since... while I was gone... you thought I was dead?"  Emma shares that her DNA matched the heart they found.  Dr. Whale shares that they're grilling everybody down at the hospital lab to see who doctored the DNA results.  Emma tells Kathryn she thinks someone tried to frame Mary Margaret.  Kathryn seems upset about this and wonders who would do something like that.
Regina confronts Mr. Gold in her shop.  "You broke our deal."
Mr. Gold- "I broke one deal in my life, Dear. And it certainly wasn't this one."
Regina is pissed. "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 ya? You didn't say "kill her". We agreed that something "tragic" should happen to her. Now abduction is "tragic".
Regina raises her voice- "The intent was perfectly clear!"
Mr. Gold- "Oh, let's not talk about intent- intent is meaningless."
Regina- "Intent is everything!"
Mr. Gold- "Please!"  {he takes his ball and places it near the musical instruments on display}
Regina is concerned because this is going to raise all kinds of questions about where Kathryn was and how the test results were faked."
Mr. Gold sarcastically agrees. "Oh yes. And who put the key in her cell?"   Regina seems troubled that it's all going to lead to her.  "You bastard! This doesn't make any sense. You and I- we've been in this- together- from the start."
Mr. Gold scoffs- "Oh have we?"
Regina- "You created the curse for me. The curse that brought us here and built all this."
Mr. Gold- "Yes. It's time you said thank you."
Regina asks "Why did you do it?"
Mr. Gold- Well, you're a smart woman, Your Majesty. Figure it out."
Many children are playing together.  Bae is playing kick ball with his friends, when the ball gets away and rolls in front of the donkey cart.  Bae hurts his leg.  The donkey driver yells at him "What are you doing in the middle of the road, boy?!"   Bea apologizes.  The donkey driver instantly changes his tone when he realizes "Hey, I know you. It's fine. It's fine. It was the donkey's fault. You want a chicken or some eggs?"   When Rumpelstiltskin comes over to see what's going on, Bae tells him it's alright,.  Everyone gets nervous at Rumpelstiltskin's presence.  The donkey cart driver tells him it's nothing "It was my fault. I wasn't looking where I was going. He's fine!"   Bae tells father he is fine.  Rumpelstiltskin asks Bae if he's sure and supposes this won't happen again.  Rumpelstiltskin looks down to see Bae's left leg is bleeding a bit and this panics the boy and the donkey cart driver.  Again, both insist "It's nothing."   Rumpelstiltskin tells the man not to bother; and magically turns him into a snail.  Although Bea begs him not to, Rumpelstiltskin purposely steps on the snailOf course this act of power makes the town's people turn away from him.

David pays a visit to sleeping Kathryn in the hospital.  {She shares a room with an older male patient; whom is on the other side of the curtain.}  Kathryn is attached to chest/heart monitors.  She bolts awake, a bit panicked as David nears down to kiss her on her forehead.  He meant for it to be sweet.  Kathryn smiles "Well, thank you. It's good to see you."   Sincere David apologizes to her; for lying and cheating on her.  "I'm just so sorry for all of this."   Kathryn tells him it's okay. "You know, what we had... it wasn't it for you. Maybe for both of us.  I can't blame you for just being the first one to see it."   David feels she's kind of amazing.  Kathryn agrees, and sends him on his way so she can get some rest.  David gives her fair warning as he's going to give her that kiss on her forehead now.
Kathryn smiles "Knock yourself out."

Granny let's herself in Mary Margaret's and Emma's apartment.  "Hi!" she says when entering with a covered plate of food.  Everyone is gathered there to WELCOME HOME MARY MARGARET!
Emma is ladling punch into cups.  Mary Margaret seems a bit curious that all of those people are there to welcome her home.  Emma tells her she's got a lot of friends, but Mary Margaret didn't feel like she had a lot of friends yesterday.

Henry watches Mr. Gold as he walks around the apartment alone.  He asks August, sitting next to him, "How bad was it?"
Confident August- "Getting caught in his office?  Not bad. I played it off."   Henry asks what he was looking for. "Did you find it?"
August- "Nope. But I have a feeling it's gonna find me."  He suggests Henry give Mary Margaret her present.   Henry hands her the extra large handmade card from the whole class; and then a gray/silver box wrapping with a white bow. "And I got you a bell."
Mary Margaret thanks Henry and wants him to tell everyone she'll be back soon.   Emma hurries Henry off, as they should get him home before his mom finds out. "That won't be pretty."   As Henry is leaving to head home and do homework, David is there to see Mary Margaret.  At Mary Margaret's urging, Emma cuts David off, letting him know "She's kinda tired. I think if you just give it some time.  Hey, Henry. Why don't you head home with David."

Once Henry has gone, Mr. Gold remarks to Emma, "Hard to let him go, isn't it? Your son."  Emma agrees it's pretty much the hardest thing.  Emma shifts gears to talk about the reappearance of Kathryn. "Was it you?"   Mr. Gold asks "Was what me?"
Emma- "Did you make Kathryn suddenly materialize- 'Cause it sure played that way to me.  Is that the magic you were going to work?  Because  if you kidnapped that poor innocent woman just to let her go..."
Mr. Gold wonders if Emma's proposing he's working with Regina or against her.  Emma's doesn't know, "Maybe diagonally."  He tells her to keep working on that one. "My question's about something else. What do you know about him?"
Emma- "Goes by 'August'. He's a writer. Typewriter wrapped in an enigma wrapped in stubble. Why?"  {So, he's like a "package"?}
Mr. Gold shares that he was poking around my shop today. "August Wayne Booth. Clearly a false name. There's one thing I know about- it's names."
Emma- "Writer's go by pseudonyms, what does it matter?"
Mr. Gold- "You trust him?"
Emma- "Yeah. A lot more than I trust you."   She walks away.
{Mr. Gold gives a very interesting quiet reaction to her comment. I took it as if Gold was internalizing "Poor Emma. You don't know what you're doing. And, maybe you should trust me."}
A blond maid is making the bed. She turns in response to Bae and Rumpelstiltskin entering the house. Courteous Rumpelstiltskin thanks Onora "You can fetch our supper now, Dearie."
Bae looks at his hurt knee "You killed that man."
Rumpelstiltskin- "Well, you were hurt. Speaking of which..."  He begins to use his healing magic on Bae's injury, but the boy stops him.  He doesn't want magic.  He'd rather use a good old fashioned remedy.  Rumpelstiltskin does as the boy wishes.  He takes the medicine out of a small box to care for his son.
Bae- "You're different nowYou see it, don't you?  You hurt people all the time."
Rumpelstiltskin- "I created a truce in the Ogre's War, Bae.  I walked into the field of battle and I made it stop. I led the children home. Surely a man who's saved a thousand lives..."
Bae- "Is done. A man who saved a thousand lives could be done with it. You can stop doing things!
Rumpelstiltskin pours the medicine on Bae causing him to wince.  Rumpelstiltskin tells his son that he can't stop and needs more power.  It's his only way to protect Bae.  Bae feels he wouldn't need protecting if his father didn't have power.  Rumpelstiltskin says he can't get rid of it.
Bae- "Have you tried?"
Rumpelstiltskin- "Tried. If someone kills me- with this. Then they gain the power. Now you know that, Bae. Is that what you want?"
It's not what the boy wants. He wonders if Papa looked for other ways to get rid of the powerOnora enters the house and Rumpelstiltskin stops talking.  He tells Bae to look for other ways, but not to get his hopes up.  Onora puts the pot on the table but doesn't serve them dinner; she leaves the room.   Bae asks if he finds a way to get rid of the power- a way that doesn't kill his father or hurt himself, would Papa do it. Rumpelstiltskin feels it's not possible.
Bae- "Don't you miss how it was?"
Rumpelstiltskin seems a bit irritated by the continuing conversation and asks the boy "Are you really that unhappy, Bae?  I can conjure anything you desire. Name it. What do you want?"
Bae- "I want my father."
Rumpelstiltskin whispers sincerely to him "All I want is your happiness, Bae. If you find a way... I'll do it."  This makes Bae happy. So he holds out his hand to shake his father's hand. "The deal is struck."  Rumpelstiltskin seems to note his son's making their loving arrangement "a deal."
Mr. Gold picks the lock and lets himself into August's room.  He looks at the page in the typewriter and then picks up the donkey paperweight.  And then he takes the top page of text off of a pile of pages and sees a drawing of a dagger with the name Rumpelstiltskin on it. {There is another page of text underneath the drawing.}
At Granny's Diner, Emma sits down in a booth across from Sidney. He seems quiet, lonely and a bit nervous.  He sees that things certainly did work out for her friend, Mary Margaret.   Emma confronts him with the bug, that Sidney makes like he doesn't know about it.  Emma wanted to believe that Sidney could help her with Mary Margaret. But eventually there are things even a blind sheriff  can't ignore.  She puts the broken bug on the table  Sidney asks "Is that a bug?"
Emma tells him to "drop it!"  She knows she's been fooled and that he spied on her; reporting it all back to that sick crazy woman. Emma can't imagine what Regina has over Sidney, but it must be something huge.   Sidney feels Regina's a good Mayor.  Emma argues Regina tried to get Mary Margaret convicted of a murder that didn't even happen. Emma informs Sidney he's in a lot of trouble. There's a DNA trail in the basement of some house out there, and I'm gonna find it. "She's gonna go away."
Sidney- "Maybe. But I wouldn't bet against her. She's an amazing woman."
Emma figures Sidney is in love with Regina; to which he doesn't really give an actual answer to Emma, only body language.
Emma tells him, before he knows it she will have that evidence and he needs to think long and hard. "You can either help me and help yourself or you're gonna go down with her too."  She walks away from troubled Sidney.

Parked near Storybrooke Hardware and Paint, from his parked car Mr. Gold spies on August as he rides off on his motorcycle.  Mr. Gold follows him. {Note August's motorcycle plate at the top of this post}
Rumpelstiltskin and Bae come upon a four boys playing with their wood swords and large sticks, in a make-believe battle near a small stream.  Rumpelstiltskin suggests to his son to stay and join in, as he has some business nearby to attend that would bore Bae.   Rumpelstiltskin makes his way to s structure nearby.
The four boys see Bae nearing and run away in fear of him.   Morraine sits next to sad Baelfire.  He warns her to be careful not to be seen with him, as he is dangerous.  Morraine says they're just scared of Bae's Papa, "But I'm not. You won't let him hurt me.  I don't think he's so bad anyway. I saw him on the battlefield when he stopped the fighting- it was like a miracle."
Bae- "Now he's getting worse every day. But he said he'll change back if I find a way. I just don't know where to look."
Morraine- "Reul Ghorm"
Bae- "What?'
Morraine- "I heard about it when I was in the trenches. The other soldiers talked about it. Reul Ghorm is an ancient being that rules the night- The original power."
Bae- "Bigger than Papa or worse than Papa?
Morraine- "Bigger than anything."   They hear a twig snap.  Morraine says "He's coming back. Good luck to you."   This unafraid girl sure leaves in a hurry as not to be seen by Rumpelstiltskin.  But he saw her. "Your friend didn't want to say hello?" he asks Bae.    Bae says he frightens them. Rumpelstiltskin asks what is there to be frightened of.  "They'll get over that in time."
Bae- "You have stains on your boots."
Rumpelstiltskin - "Oh, yes, that. Uh... we need a new maid."
Bae- "Gods no!"
Rumpelstiltskin- "She heard us talking about the knife."
Bae- "She was mute! She couldn't tell anyone."
Rumpelstiltskin- "Even mutes can draw a picture."

Mr. Gold spies on August having an intense conversation with Mother Superior outside of the SISTERS of something... building.
Here's bits of their conversation that I could make out. I don't know how much I heard that is correct, but here's the idea:
August- "I understand..."
Mother Superior- "Listen. Don't do anything rash.  ... what you're doing before you (think of) doing it  and things will work out."
August- "Thank you."  He leaves.

Mr. Gold walks over to Mother Superior on the veranda. She assumes he's there about the rent; that they paid in full. {We can hear a motorcycle ride off}
Mr. Gold isn't there about the rent, so she bids him a good day.   Mr. Golds asks about "the man who just left here. Who did he say he was? What did he want?"   Mother Superior doesn't have to tell him that and Mr. Gold doesn't have to not double her rent.
Mother Superior- "Advice.. and  council.  He came to town looking for his father after a long separation and he recently found him.
Mr. Gold- "Ah. And, ah, a happy reunion has already taken place?" 
Mother Superior- "No. He hasn't spoken to him yet."
Mr. Gold- "Why not?"
Mother Superior- "Hm. It was a difficult parting. There are many issues to be resolved between them."
Mr. Gold- "I see."  {We can see he's deep in thought.}

Led by the light of his lantern, Bae steps gingerly on the ground near a small stream. {It looks like where he sat with Morraine} He sits and speaks the name "Ruel Ghorm.  Are you there? If you can help me, please make yourself known to me."  He closes his eyes {keeping them closed} and a blue light appears from behind the tree.  It's the Blue Fairy.
He opens his eyes and is startled yet asks "Can you help me?"  The Blue Fairy says she can help.  Bea asks how he can trust her.
The Blue Fairy explains "Because there is good magic and dark magic, and I'm on the right side."
Bae- "You're a fairy."
The Blue Fairy give a little giggle but then seems  troubled- "Hm. Oh...You're not untouched by magic  are you, child? There's something dark in your life."
Bae- "My father. He is the Dark One"
The Blue Fairy- "Oh. I can't make him the man he was before.  But I can send him someplace where he won't be able to use his powers."
Bae- "Not a jail. I wanna be with him. Like it used to be."
The Blue Fairy- "Not a jail, young one. Just a place without magic."
Bae- "But magic is everywhere."
The Blue Fairy- "In this world, yes. You see, what ails your father is specific to our realm. His powers do not belong here. You must go where you can escape this wretched curse."
Bae- "Go? We have to leave?"
The Blue Fairy- "Yes. It is the only way.  Can you do it? Can you leave everything here behind for the unknown?
Bae- "If it means I get my father back- then yes."
The Blue Fairy- "You're a very good son, Baelfire. You are the part of him that keeps him human. That little light inside of him that still glows... it's his love for you.  Hold out your hand."
She tosses him one (glass kidney shaped) magic bean. "The very last one that is known to our kindThe others got away from us. Just use it wisely and follow it wherever it leads you. It will save you both."  The Blue Fairy disappears and Bae runs off with the magic bean.

David waited for Mary Margaret to appear on the street.  When she finally does she ignores him. David will leave if she wants, but he thinks they just need to talk.
Mary Margaret keeps on walking to her car but tells him "So, talk."
David- "I need to apologize."
Mary Margaret- "Yes. You do. Keep going."
David- "I didn't believe you. I didn't stand with you."
Upset Mary Margaret shares with him "I will never forget that moment- the moment the world sort of blows you backwards and the one person you thought would always be there to catch you- he isn't there."
David tries to explain "Look at what was going on. It was your jewelry box , your fingerprints, knife in your apartment!"
Mary Margaret- "It was a setup!"
David- "And a really good one! I'm human. I fell for it. I'm sorry. But we have to move forward."
Mary Margaret- "But we can't. It's like something in this world doesn't want us together."
David scoffs- "Like what? Dark forces?"
Mary Margaret- "Maybe. I don't know, but it's like something just keeps pouring poison between us. And what I don't want is to have all of those good memories... replaced by moments like that, when I looked at you and I saw that you didn't believe me. "
David knows that and he's so sorry; and Mary Margaret knows that. 
David- "But I love you."
Mary Margaret tears up and tells him "And that... is what makes it all so sad." David is crying too.
Rumpelstiltskin is working on his wheel when Bae enters to share his news.  Rumpelstiltskin seems unmotivated by the boys discovery.  Bae tells his father he found a way for things to be like they were and he wants him to go with him.  "I can make things right. Have you heard of the Reul Ghorm?"
Rumpelstiltskin perks up a bit- "Blue Star. The Blue Fairy?  Oh, son, please tell me you didn't.  Fairy magic doesn't mix well with what I am."
Bae- "But you promised! She can help us. To take us to a place without magic."
Rumpelstiltskin feels a place without magic- he'd be powerless and weak.  But Bae feels this would make him like everyone else. "It wouldn't matter. We'd be happy."
Rumpelstiltskin- "We could be happy here."
Bae- "Father. Please. You're getting worse. And you promised. This can work. It can. You made a deal with me. Are you backing out?"
Rumpelstiltskin isn't backing out.
Mr. Golds knocks twice on Archie Hoppers office door and then has seconds thoughts about it.  As he turns to leave Archie opens the door and asks if Mr. Gold is here for the rent.  Mr. Gold wonders why everyone always asks that. {That was fuckin' great! Good job writers!}  Archie replies "Well, because you... Never mind."  Archie asks him if he'd like to talk.  Obviously lost Mr. Gold doesn't know.  Archie tells him if there's something he'd like to get off his chest, please come in.
Stunned Archie states- "A son! Wow, I didn't know you had a son. How, how old is he?"  Mr. Gold suggests they start with something easier.
Archie- "Okay. What do you mean to say that you may have found him?"
Mr. Gold- "Let's just say there's someone acting the way I would expect them to act."
Archie- "So you, so, you recognize him?"
Mr. Gold- "Maybe. Or perhaps I'm just seeing what I wanna see. I don't know."
Archie- "Okay, well, wouldn't he recognize you?
Mr. Gold- "There was conflict. I'm not sure he's ready for a teared soaked reunion."
Archie- "So, he sought you out and he's hanging back? Maybe he's watching to see if he's welcome. Looking for a sign that all is- forgiven"
Mr. Gold corrects Archie. "He's not the one who needs to be...  I think he might still be very angry.
Archie- "Anger between a parent and a child is the most natural thing in the world."
Mr Gold- "I think he might be here to try and kill me."
Archie seems stunned. "Uh, right. That's, that's not..."
You can see that Mr. Gold is sad and disappointed. "I let him go. I've spent my entire life since trying to fix it and now he's finally here... and I just don't know what to do."
Archie looks deeply touched by something. "Be honest. Just tell him what you told me, and ask him for forgiveness and when your face to face you'll know what to do."
Mr. Gold- "Honesty's never been the best color on me."
Archie feels there's no other way.

August is hanging around a log cabin. {It is night time}  Mr. Gold shows up and claims "I know who you are... And I know what you're looking for."
August- "Well, then. I guess all the lying can stop... Papa."

Nervous Rumpelstiltskin is being led by inspired Bae.  He asks Bae "Where are we going, boy? What kind of world is this we're going to?  What kind of world is without magic?"
Bae shows him the glass kidney shaped magic bean and tosses it onto the ground and says "A better one."  The ground starts to shake and a whirling bright green vortex opens up in the ground.  Rumpelstiltskin begins to panic as he is overwhelmed with fear. "My gods boy! It's like a tornado!"
Bae yells "We have to go through! It's the only way!"  But frightened Rumpelstiltskin doesn't think he can. "No! No! No! No! It's a trick! It'll tear us apart!"
Bae- "No it's not! I promise! Papa!"
Rumpelstiltskin pulls on the boy, preventing him from going through the vortex in the ground.  He then plunges his dagger into the ground, using it as an anchor to secure him so that he can hold onto Bae.
Bae continues to plead "We have to go through! What are you doing?! Papa! It won't stay open long! Let's go!"   But terrified Rumpelstiltskin can't do it.
Bae- "Papa please! It's the only way we can be together! Papa- Please! You coward! You promised! Don't break our deal!"
Rumpelstiltskin repeated over and over "I can't!" and he has to break their deal.  The two lose grip and Bae travels down into the bright vortex alone.  The opening closes immediately upon swallowing Bae.  Rumpelstiltskin is left alone, gripping onto his dagger.  He frantically calls out for Bae and tries desperately to dig into the hole to get to his son. "...I'm sorry, Bae! I want to come with you! I want to come with you, Bae!  I wanna come with you! Bae! Bae! Bae!"

"You were right, Bae. You were always right. I was a coward and I never should have let you go. I know it's little consolation but,  I just want you to know that ever since you left... ever since you crossed the barriers of time and space, in every waking moment- I've been looking for you.  And now that I've finally found you... I know I can't make up for the past, for the lost time.  All I can do is to ask you to do what you've always done.  And that's to be the bigger man.  Forgive me. I'm so sorry son. I'm so sorry Bae. " sincere Mr. Gold tells August.  {Watch August the whole time}  August and Mr. Gold hug and Mr. Gold cries.  "Oh. Oh, my boy. My beautiful boy! Can you truly, truly forgive me?"
August, still hugging him replies "I forgive you, Papa."
Mr. Gold- "You were looking for the knife."
August- "I thought that if you still had it ... it would mean that you hadn't changed."
Mr. Gold- "Well, let's go find it and see."

August digs near the flowing stream.  Mr. Gold tells him he buried it shortly after Emma came to town. Things were changing. I didn't want to take the chance of Regina finding it."
August- "Of course."
Mr. Gold- "It should be right about here, son."  He unwraps it.
Mr. Gold wants August to take it and destroy it "The way I always know you always wanted to. I found you... and I don't need it anymore. I chose it once, now I choose you."     August takes the knife and looks at in awe, and claims it to be remarkable.   He takes his stance and addresses Mr. Gold.  "By the power of the darkness... I command thee- Dark One!"
Mr. Gold- "You're trying to control me?"
August- "I command thee- Dark one!"
 Mr. Gold- "You're not my son!  You're not Baelfire."
August seems offended.. "Papa, why would you say that? I'm just trying to use your power to help us."
Mr. Gold- "Enough! It's over, Booth! Or whoever you are.  My son would never try to use me.  And he would know that this knife cannot harness any magic in this world- because there is no magic in this world! That's why he chose this place. He didn't want me dabbling."  He takes the dagger from August's hands.
August wonders "So why bury a useless knife?"
Gold- "Oh, I wouldn't say it was useless. It can still cuts through flesh rather nicely.  It's about time you answered some questions, Sunshine. Why the theatrics? Why didn't you just come to me?"
August- "I needed you to work for it. Needed you to want it so bad you would ignore what your eyes were seeing. Do I even look like him at all?"
Gold- "How do you know about this knife?"
August- "I hear things."
Gold- "No one even knows about this knife."
August- "No one here remembers."
Gold- "Yet you do. You're from there, aren't ya? From my world."
August- "The fact that you're asking the question means you know the answer."
Gold- "Well, now that that's settled {He forces August against the tree by dagger point} How 'bout my other question... Who told you about me and the knife?"
August- "A little fairy."
Gold- "Why did you want it? If you know who I am- then you know who I am.  The chances of you surviving this little encounter... are pretty slim. So why take the risk?"
August- "Because I'll die anyway."
Mr. Gold looks surprised. "What?
August- "I'm sick. I'm sick and I need magic. I was gonna get the savior to believe. But that woman... (hahaha) I don't think I'm gonna make it long enough to see that happen."
Mr. Gold holds the dagger to his neck again and says "She trusts you, it might be enough. {Gold backs off} Try again."  
August is a bit baffled- "You're gonna let me live?"
Mr. Gold- "You're gonna die either way... this way... at least I might get something out of it."
Mr. Gold walks away, and August, relieved, slinks down the trunk of the tree.

"Reul Ghorm! Show yourself!" pleads Rumpelstiltskin.  The Blue Fairy flies in behind him.
Rumpelstiltskin asks her "How do I follow him?"  Seeming a bit annoyed with him, the Blue Fairy says he had the way but he didn't take it "And there are no more magic beans."  Rumpelstiltskin claims "that's a lie."
The Blue Fairy tells him not to do that, and he "will never make it to that world."
Rumpelstiltskin will find another way.  He feels there's must be other paths "A realm jumper. A time-turner. A Mage. A curse." 
The Blue Fairy seems frustrated with him. She tells him there's no other way- except when he mentions "A curse."
Rumpelstiltskin is excited! "Ah! So it is a curse."
The perturbed Blue Fairy - Of course you would think of a curse instead of a blessing. Your magic is limited by its own rotten core, Rumpelstiltskin. Anyway, it can't be done- not without a great price."
Rumpelstiltskin "I've already paid a great price."
The Blue Fairy- "So, you'd be willing to sacrifice this world for the next, because that's how great the price is."  {Come on! That was the plan when you gave Bae the magic bean- to leave this world and go somewhere else!}
Rumpelstiltskin- "Well, what do you think?"
The Blue Fairy- "Well, then I'll comfort myself knowing that such a curse is beyond your abilities."
Rumpelstiltskin- "Oh, for now! But I've got all the time in the world. I will do nothing else. I will love nothing else. I will find a way. You took my son- but I will get him back."
The Blue Fairy- "I didn't take your son."
Rumpelstiltskin yells- "You took my son, but I will get him back!"
The Blue Fairy- "You drove him away."
Enraged Rumpelstiltskin swats at the hovering Blue Fairy.  She flies away while Rumpelstiltskin yells "I will find him! I will find him! I will find him."

Emma walks into her sheriff's office to find relaxed Regina already there waiting for her. Regina congratulates the sheriff. "There's about to be a big break in your case. You just got yourself a confession. But I want you to listen to the whole explanation so you understand why this happened.
Emma will hang on every word she says.  Regina summons in Sidney. "Tell her what you told me."
Somber Sidney proclaims "It was me. I confess. I abducted Kathryn. I held her in the basement of an abandoned summer home by the lake.  I bribed a lab-tech to get me the heart from the hospital. I used that same person to doctor the lab results."
Regina- "And the other thing."
Sidney- "I borrowed some skeleton keys from Regina... and planted the knife in your apartment."
Regina- "My keys. I can't help but feel personally violated by that part."
Emma asks Sidney "And I am supposed to believe you did this for why now?" {Frustrated, she tosses her jacket and keys onto the desk}
Sidney- "I was gonna find her after the conviction- be  a hero. Then get the inside track on the biggest story to every hit this town.  I'd get my job back. Plus a novel and a movie, and I don't know, it sounds crazy... "
Emma- "I don't know about crazy. But false, yes, false as hell."
Sidney- "I have maps to where the house is.  You'll find chains in the basement. Lots of fingerprints, I'm sure- hers and mine.  But I didn't hurt her."
Regina- "The man has obviously suffered some kind of mental break.  He clearly hasn't been himself for a while."
Emma, figuring what's really going on here, replies "Yeah, it's like his words aren't his at all."
Regina- "Wow. You are so sold on your rush to judgment that you can't even see the truth anymore."
Emma- "A word in the hallway, please!"

Emma- Well, that's the biggest load of crap I've ever heard.
Regina- "I'm pretty sure that's not true."
Emma- "That poor man. I know you are behind all this.  I understand that you own the game and that you've set the boards so no one else could win.   But I am about to start playing an entirely different game. I don't care about what happens to you. I don't care about what happens to me.  All I care about is what happens to my kid!  And you are going to leave him alone."
Regina- "Am I?"
Emma- "Unh-Unh. I'm talking. You're a sociopath, lady. You tried to take away someone that I love. And now... I'm gonna take away someone you love. I am taking back my son."


  1. Anonymous4/21/2014

    What's the thing you have circled in the picture with Archie?

  2. That item looks like an old fashioned wooden toy of Pinocchio. I can't see a perfect view of it, but that's what it may be.


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