While episode 6 of “Once Upon a Time” did focus a great deal on “Ariel,” it also focused on the discovery of Neal’s status as living and the decision to go after him or not. The episode which aired on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. had the rescue party looking deep into their souls to save one of their own.
After a surprise visit from Pan, Hook revealed to the others except for Emma that Neal was still alive and on Neverland. This had to be tough since he had just come to terms with his own feelings for Emma. There was much deliberation on whether or not to tell Emma and get her hopes up. Initially it was decided they wouldn’t until they knew if Neal really was alive, however, Mary Margaret couldn’t abide the decision and told Emma.
She advised Emma not to give up hope because all happy endings spring from hope. Mary Margaret believed Emma deserved a happy ending. Emma told her mother that she had kissed Hook. Mary Margaret wanted to know what it meant and Emma said it was “just a kiss.”
Hook believed Neal was being held in a secret cave where in order to free him, each person would have to reveal his darkest secret. When it came to Emma’s turn, she told Neal that when she learned he was still alive, she was grateful. She had realized since seeing him in New York that she still loved him, that she would probably always love him and she thought about all the pain his supposed death had caused her. Her secret was that she wished he really was dead so she wouldn’t have to go through the pain of losing him all over again.
Outside the cave, she apologized to Neal for how she felt. He said it was understandable after all he had put her through. He also said he would never stop fighting for her. The touching moment was overheard by a now shattered Hook.
While Neal and Emma have been reunited in a physical – gee-he’s-not-dead-and-we’re- now-working-as-a-team-to-find-Henry sort of way, they are not reunited as a couple. That journey will probably take quite a bit of time. Wounds need to heal after all.
Will Hook continue helping the group now that he knows Emma still has feelings for Neal? Tune in on Sundays at 7 p.m. to find out and check back often for updates, news and spoilers.
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