Once Upon a Time Round Table: "The Return"

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From favorite moments to theories regarding August, our Once Upon a Time Round Table is back with coverage of "The Return."

Read on to read the takes of panelists Jim Garner,  Christine Orlando, Nick McHatton and author Molly Harper - and then weigh in with your own!


What was your favorite scene from episode?
Jim: I loved watching Regina realize that her plans with Mr. Gold had totally backfired and was going to come back on her. One of the few times we have seen Regina truly scared.

Christine: There were so many good scenes it's hard to choose just one. I liked it when Mr. Gold showed up on Archie's doorstep. It really spoke to how desperate he was to reconnect with his son. They even coupled it with the bit of humor about everyone telling him they'd paid their rent making it both funny and touching.

Nick: I really enjoyed August and Henry's scenes together in the beginning, as well as Emma deciding to go after Regina directly and in the worst way possible: by taking Henry back.

Molly: Mr. Gold in therapy; not only was the image hilariously funny, but it actually allowed Mr. Gold to show some vulnerability and humanity. And I loved that Archie tried to maintain his professional composure, but the more he learned about Mr. Gold, the more his amazement took over. - Can I just say that I love that the overall reason that Rumplestiltskin tricked Regina into retrieving the curse from Maleficent wasn't selfishness or revenge, but his love for his son? I just want him to roar, "It's not all about you, Regina. I DO WHAT I WANT!"

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Who did August call after he fell out of bed?
Jim: I'm going to say he called the real Baelfire. Since Bael came through separate from the curse, he would have full knowledge of both worlds. And I'm calling it now: Baelfire is Emma's ex and Henry's father.

Christine: OMG! Jim, that is brilliant. I hadn't thought of that twist. I'd guess that he called the real Baelfire but I do wonder how and from where these two know one another. I can't wait to get the answers.

Nick: I'm going to break the mold and think he called Henry.

Molly: His chiropractor? Agreed, maybe he was calling the real Baelfire.

Since we learned August isn't Baelfire, who is he?
Jim: I'm not sure August was anyone in the fairy tale world. It would be an awesome twist that he was from this world but learned about the other and wanted magic to heal him. But, if I have to pick a fairy tale character, I'm going with Pinocchio, the man does not like to lie.

Christine: The leading theory is that he's Pinocchio but since his nose is not growing in this world I wonder what the other consequences are for lying.

Nick: The show is dropping hints that he is Pinocchio since he is prone to lying and he has been "stiff" at times like he's made of wood, as well as having a donkey paperweight. Eion has also said he's thrilled to be playing an iconic character. So it's more than likely he is Pinocchio.

Molly: Since we got a glimpse of the Pinnochio episode in the previews, maybe it's Pinnochio. The reason he's sick is that he wasn't a real boy when he was thrown into this world, so now he needs magic to make him real and cure him?

How would you go about convincing Emma if you were August?
Jim: I would find a way to one of the things carried over (like Regina's vault of boxes) and show it to her. With no magic in this world it's going to be a struggle for sure!

Christine: It's going to take something extraordinary because Emma's such a cynic.  He's got to find something that connects the two worlds, otherwise he'll just sound like a crazy man.

Nick: He clearly knows a lot about Storybrooke, and everything that has happened. I would just lay out whatever would probably convince her the most. Emma doesn't need much convincing, she's teetering on the edge already.

Molly: "You hate Regina. You could get to kill Regina if you follow this plan. No one in town would blame you. There is no down side here."

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Of course the way Emma describes Henry's father, he doesn't sound like a very descent guy.
I am betting on Baelfire being the "Charles Widmore" of this show. Bael was a nice guy but who knows how he turned out having lived in our "magic-less" world for decades, maybe. :)

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What was your favorite scene from episode?
Gold and Regina scene in the shop That was first time regina started to realize that she is nothing but a puppet in a game of someone who is far worse, far darker and far powerful than her. Who did August call after he fell out of bed?
Baelfire or Blue Fairy(who I guess might remember stuff too) Since we learned August isn't Baelfire, who is he?
The only logical bet is pinocchio now. How would you go about convincing Emma if you were August?
If he dies and turns into a puppet in front of emma, that might convince her.


Q1: RumplexBael's separation scene. It was so so heartbreaking and both actors' performances were simply amaaaazing!
Q2: I don't know... Maybe Henry. But not Bael for sure cause he would know August could not control Mr Gold with the Dark One's knife.
But i am definately with Jim about Bael being Henry's father. It has to be a key character and he's the only one left outside of Stotybrooke. Of course the way Emma describes Henry's father, he doesn't sound like a very descent guy... So i wonder what he did to her and if he knew who Emma was from the beginning or if he found out later.
Q3: Promo sugests he's Pinochio. I don't have a reason to disagree.
Q4: Well... I guess a trip to the heart vault could help. But again she'll find another way to explain it logically. It'll take time.


Mr. Gold needs a friend! a REAL genuine friend that he can trust in Storybook. The only other relationships, currently not present, in his life are with his son and Belle.
My sister and I are convinced that this friend should be Archie, and the meeting Gold had with him in his office when he is talking about his son is the icebreaker. He goes to Archie only because he has no one else to talk to. No other friends. And he knows that Archie is under that "patient/doctor confidentiality" rule after all. So how is it they could become friends? Well it would be an gradual process, starting with Mr. Gold going to Archie for more sessions. Something happens to Archie in an episode, and Mr. Gold having the power he has over the town, helps him out. This starts the beginning of the friendship. Eventually, Mr. Gold and Archie start talking outside of therapy sessions. If the writers were to do this correctly and take their time in slowly developing this friendship, it could turn out to be a beautiful thing. The writers could show more involvement between Jiminy cricket and Rumplestiltskin as well in Fairy tale world. Rumple has no conscious it seems at times, and what better friend to give him than Jiminy? The series is still in its’ early stages for this idea to be feasible. Another idea of how they start to become friends is Archie finding out information about where Gold’s son could be. He decides to help Gold find his son as a result. Ok, so what does everything think of this prospect?
Let me know what you think!


JANE ESPENSON tweeted August called Henry. Next scene was with him


I'm a bit tired with he show. I mean, I love fairy tale world, but Storybrooke seems boring and an awful cheap opera. What they are doing with David character in unbelieve. I know he is cursed, but h seems an idiot and he has always scenes just sying. 0 evolution. I was a big big big fan of snow and charming story, and I love Josh Dallas, but I'm starting to hate the story and the characters. And the next epi with Regina and David....killing forever the charcter. There are better plots for real world and not those awful scripts. I dont know...it's sad to say it because OUaT was my new fav show before.

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