On Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 5, we saw what sort of "Good Form" Captain Hook had before he became a pirate, while also witnessing his first deadly interaction with Peter Pan.
Below, our TV Fanatics Christine Orlando and Carla Day are joined by Gareth from Once Upon a Fan as they debate whether tearing out hearts is ever justified and whether that kiss was truly a one time thing.
Why does Charming continue to hide important information from his family?
Gareth: Charming’s motivations remain a complete mystery at times. He is devoted to saving Henry and I guess his own condition was secondary to the importance of the primary mission. I have no idea how they are going to get Charming off the island. Would the writers really be bold enough to kill off a core character? We will see.
Carla: He's trying to do the selfless and honorable thing by keeping his predicaments a secret. He believes that if they knew he was dying and now that he's stuck in Neverland, they would spend precious time trying to fix his problems rather than on finding Henry. His actions come from a good place. And, for Henry, he's probably making the right decision. That doesn't mean his family won't be furious when they find out the truth, though I think both Snow and Emma would do the same thing.
Christine: I suppose he's trying to protect them but aren't they suppose to be working as a team? He could have fallen over dead at any moment but didn't tell his wife or daughter. Now he's been saved by will die if he leaves Neverland. He's treating his family like children and although his intentions may be good, I think it's really unfair to withhold such important information.
Did Regina and Emma do the right thing by ripping the Lost Boy's heart out to find Henry?
Gareth: Sometimes the necessary thing is not always the right thing. Emma and Regina did what they had to do in order to get their message to Henry. It is nice to see the characters have their backs against the wall and making morally tough choices. Snow understands the long term cost better than most though. I think her concern for Emma is justified.
Carla: They used the best option they had at the time. Henry needed to know they were out there, so she wouldn't lose hope and give into Pan. Was it right? Probably not. Though, at least it was a Lost Boy that was mean to Henry, so it didn't seem as bad.
Christine: I know there will be a long term cost and that's what Snow was concerned about but I'm with Regina on this one. They needed to do what was necessary to get to Henry…and besides, it's not like she crushed his heart. She could always put it back.
Will Hook tell Emma about Neal?
Gareth: I think Hook will struggle with this conundrum. He wants Emma to see him as a man of honour. Telling Emma would be the noble thing to do however Hook’s personal feelings for Emma may interfere with him doing the right thing, or at least that is what Pan is counting on. Pan seems to thrive on conflict and manipulation.
Carla: The old Hook wouldn't tell her, but this new sweeter Hook ... maybe. If he thinks it through, he'll realize that he has a better chance of being with Emma if he's honest with her. If she finds out he lied to her, I don't think she'd forgive him. Plus, he'd always know that Neal would show up again eventually.
Christine: I think he's smart enough to know that not telling her with backfire and that Pan's counting on that. So yeah, I think he shares this information with Emma and the rest of the group.
The Hook/Emma kiss. A one time thing or will undeniable chemistry pull them back for more?
Gareth: I think Emma will bounce between Hook and Neal all series long now. The cast and crew have really pushed the whole CaptainSwan thing over the past few months and have built up a huge fan base for the characters. We will definitely be seeing more of this pairing in future.
Carla: It really depends what happens with Neal. Emma and Hook do have chemistry, but her focus is on Henry and not on a budding romance with Hook. Plus, she's still grieving Neal. For now, it's a one time thing. The future is open....
Christine: I'm really torn over this. I like that Emma, Neal and Henry are a family but I can't deny the chemistry between Emma and Hook. I'm really interested to see where the writers go with this dilemma.
What was your favorite scene from this Once Upon a Time Season 3 episode?
Gareth: Loved all the scenes between Charming and Hook. They make a great team. The ‘Operation Cobra Rescue' scene was really touching. It was so nice to see Emma and Regina working together to help their son.
Carla: I enjoyed the bonding between Hook and Charming. My favorite scene was when Hook revealed that he tricked Charming to save him. And, then Charming's decision to take the cure, so he's able to help find Henry even though it means he stays on in Neverland or dies. It really was an easy choice for him.
Christine: I really appreciated when Emma referred to Henry as "our son" when speaking to Regina. I loved watching them work together to get that message to him. I hope we get to see more of that in the future.