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Once Upon a Time Review: Who Do You Think You Are?

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Stop denying who you really are and all will become clear.

That turned out to be quite a challenge for the "Lost Girl" and her team as they wandered through the jungle in search of their lost boy on Once Upon a Time this week.

Peter Pan gave Emma the tools she needed to find Henry. Why not just show her Henry? Because this is all a giant game to him, and they need to play it by his rules. 

Emma's Given a Map

But when Emma struggled with figuring out who she really was, I couldn't really blame Regina for resorting to magic to light their way. If it were my child, I'm not sure I could hold back either. Of course it didn't work. There always seems to be consequences when it comes to using magic.

Eventually Snow was able to help Emma look deep within herself and come up with the answer. In her heart, Emma has always felt like an orphan. As she shared with Snow in this Once Upon a Time quote

Emma: Just a lost little girl who didn't matter and didn't think she ever would. | permalink

That explained a lot about why she's found it so hard to embrace her role as the savior, even when everything around her says it's true. It also gave some insight into why she has such trouble calling Snow mom even though she'd done it in the past. For Snow it must hurt even more having Emma say it and now withhold it once again.

I really loved how Hook had Emma's back throughout this leg of the adventure. He was quick to point out that although Peter may look like a little boy, he's really a "bloody demon."

And when Emma finally had her breakthrough and the map became clear…

Hook: Excellent show of patience love. And that's what defeats a nasty little boy. | permalink

Let's hope so.

In other parts of Neverland,  Rumpelstiltskin was left wandering the jungle... without his shadow. Somehow he separated his shadow, used the dagger cut it off at his feet and then told the magical shadow to hide it in a place where no one would find it, not even him. Now what do you think that's all about?

But if Rumpel was feeling lonely, at least he had a friend to talk to. When Belle first popped up I thought it was Pan's magic at work. Turned out it was Rumpel's own subconscious bringing him what he craved most and even in this small moment, it was good to see the two together again.

As for that little doll... the damn thing just wouldn't go away. How sad that his own father left him and the doll was a part of that memory? I was proud of Rumpel with he threw it off the cliff.

Of course nothing on Neverland is easy. And when it dropped out of the sky at his feet, I had the same thought as Rumpel. Burn it. But apparently magic is stronger than fire and he's stuck with that thing, perhaps until he admits who he truly is. 

The flashbacks of the Fairy Tale World showed a time when Snow didn't know who she was and didn't believe in her destiny. Of course, no one other than Charming and the dwarves really believed she could defeat the Evil Queen either. 

I loved her impassioned plea to her people. They were all cheering her on until she asked, "Who's ready to stand beside me and fight for what's rightfully ours?"

Crickets…

I was surprised that Charming used Rumpel's magic to trick Snow. Obviously it worked but when she stormed up and gave him the dreaded We need to talk line, I was quite surprised when that conversation ended with a kiss.

There were plenty of characters absent this week. No Henry. No Neal and no Storybrooke. But with a cast this large and a story this sprawling I suppose we'll have to deal with that in some episodes this season.

Will Pan be able to turn Henry against Emma? Did Charming do the right thing by hiding his wound? And is that the start of Peter Pan's prediction that Emma will soon be an orphan once again? 

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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You didn't mention the best Hook/Emma scene where she goes "wouldn't you like to know" and he goes "perhaps i would." Omg!! Hook is falling for Emma, would love to see these two end up together, Neal is kind of boring to be honest.

Drea-xoxo

Meh, wake me up when they escape and storybrooke is the main setting again. the acting from all is terrible, pan isn't convincing and no relevance for me. i want neil flashbacks and rumple too, emma boo hoo!! third season and you're still on this bitter tip im over it and want her to have a new arc! let her finally accept she is a saviour and be done!! please writers save the show, you're slowly ruining it!! even regina flashbacks can't sway me =[

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I thought this was a terrible episode. I actually paused several times to go do something else cause it was so boring. The acting has been awkward and felt unreal from the start but it seems its getting even worse this season. Hook tries to do a good job being the swaggering, rum-drinking, flirty pirate and he gets away with it, sort of. Prince Charming however, does not. I hate his quasi-nonchalant, slight sarcastic remarks. First off because they dont fit the character but mostly cause the actor cant pull them off. The only decent actrice for me is Regina, but I'm getting rather tired from the role the writers are giving her. Always being nasty and difficult. I'm weary of the whole back and forth thing with her trying to be good and then becoming bad again anyway.
Also, the flashbacks didnt charm me either. Very unnecessary. Felt too much like filling. And it didnt show us anything we could have already guessed, more or less. Really hope they're gonna step up their case but I doubt it.

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A complete yawn of an episode, all except for Emma, and Hook trying to hit on Emma. The writers need to step it up.

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In other parts of Neverland, Rumpelstiltskin was left wandering the jungle... without his shadow. Somehow he separated his shadow, used the dagger cut it off at his feet and then told the magical shadow to hide it in a place where no one would find it, not even him. Now what do you think that's all about? The dagger is the only thing that can kill the Dark One (a position/role currently being held by Rumpelstiltskin). There was a prediction that Rumpelstiltskin would die on the island so hiding the dagger is a form of protection since so long as no one has it (or can find it) he can not be killed.

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Seems I'm the only one who thinks that boy with the walking stick (the one Hook was talking with during the fight) is way creepier than Pan. Maybe it's because of the actor, but I just don't buy Pan being evil. I want to slap him in the face everytime he's on screen. Like Hook said: nasty little boy, I can't see the demon yet. Hope that'll change soon, because the show had some great villains until now.

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JMo was so great in that scene with Emma/Snow and finally getting to know who she has been all her life, an orphan which is true, an orphan is an orphan but she isnt alone anymore. Believe is the main theme here.
I loved the Emma-Hook scenes, i love the moments they have that speak more then just chemistry, its about belief in her, understanding each other, and admiring each other. Pan is a demon, no other words for it.

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JMo was so great in that scene with Emma/Snow and finally getting to know who she has been all her life, an orphan which is true, an orphan is an orphan but she isnt alone anymore. Believe is the main theme here.
I loved the Emma-Hook scenes, i love the moments they have that speak more then just chemistry, its about belief in her, understanding each other, and admiring each other. Pan is a demon, no other words for it.

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I am really getting bored with Snowing now and apparently I am not the only one. Peter Pan is great and if I was Regina then I will be tired of Emma trying to figure out who she is too. I knew the lost girl refer to Emma and Hook had told her about that in season 2. I cannot wait to see Tink next week and learn about Regina and her past. I love the Captain Swan scenes and I want to know is what Pan say about Henry not forgiving Emma will happen because that will be good. That is the deal with every orphan kid when they find their real parents, they will start to be angry for them deserting them.

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