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Trapped in the Enchanted Forest in the past, Hook and Emma must work together to find a way home, without altering their friends' and family's present... and the Storybrooke of the future.
Regina and Emma share common cause when they try to find a cure for Henry. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world James tries to escape the Queen's dungeon and save Snow... unaware that he's too late.
The townspeople come together to try and stop Pan as he plans to unleash Regina's stolen curse to kill everyone in Storybrooke... or worse.
The celebration of Mary Margaret and David's child is interrupted when Emma and Hook are pulled back to the past by Zelena's contingency plan.
Emma and the others attempt to get to Henry, who Pan is manipulating into saving magic and Neverland. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, a young Rumplestiltskin receives a magic item that will help him resolve his issues with his father.
In Storybrooke, Regina and Hook try to track down Gold's most prized possession. Meanwhile, Gold goes to Manhattan with Emma and Henry to find Bae. In the fairytale world, Rumplestiltskin fights in the Ogre Wars and discovers his destiny.
Emma teams up with Regina to learn who in Storybrooke is responsible for the return of its citizens with no memory of the last year. Meanwhile, in flashback Regina reluctantly joins forces with Robin Hood to find how who has taken over the castle.
In the fairytale world, Rumplestiltskin tutors Cora in magic, but the king demands that she prove her abilities to spin gold from straw.
Mary Margaret goes into labor, and the residents of Storybrooke rally to protect her new baby from Zelena. In the Oz of the past, Glinda tries to convince Zelena to join the good witches as a protector of Oz, but the appearance of Dorothy Gale from Kansas may push her over the edge.moreless
While Regina schemes to get Emma out of Storybrooke for good, Henry begs Emma to stay. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world Snow calls upon her allies to save Prince Charming and defeat the Evil Queen.
While the dwarves try to find fairy dust in the Storybrooke mines, Belle gives Gold an ultimatum. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world Rumplestiltskin goes after a band of pirates that have abducted his beloved.
While August offers to show Emma how she can defeat Regina and gain custody of Henry, Regina plans to seduce David. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world Gepetto agrees to save Snow and Charming's daughter, but seeks to save his son Pinocchio as well.
When Hook refuses to curse Emma and enact Zelena's curse, the Wicked Witch threatens Henry. Meanwhile, during the missing year in the Enchanted Forest, Snow and Charming seek out Glinda the Good Witch in an attempt to stop Zelena. However, their efforts lead to the curse that stripped the Storybrooke inhabitants of their memories.moreless
Emma is kidnapped by a crazed man obsessed with hats. Meanwhile, the Evil Queen convinces a magic wielder to send her out of the fairy tale world and transport her to Wonderland so she can steal an artifact from the Queen of Hearts.
Emma continues to try and prove Mary Margaret's innocence in the murder of Kathryn Nolan. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Regina must choose between marrying for true love, or accepting her mother Cora's choice for her husband.
While Emma confronts Regina about Kathryn's disappearance, David tries to make amends to Mary Margaret and Mr. Gold tries to learn August's real identity. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Baelfire gets his transformed father to agree to return to his original self, untainted by magic.
In the Enchanted Forest before the new curse, Hook and Ariel become unlikely allies in the search for the thief of the Jolly Roger. Meanwhile, in present-day Storybrooke, Emma agrees to learn magic from Regina in order to defeat the Wicked Witch, while David and Mary Margaret try to spend quality time with Henry.moreless
After Pan tricks Henry into sacrificing his heart, Emma and the others must stop him from gaining absolute power. Meanwhile, in the past, Regina approaches Gold to get his help in adopting a child.
While Hook tries to find a sextant that will lead them away from Neverland, he remembers when he and his brother Liam were sent by the king to find a plant that will cure any ailment.
While David, Mary Margaret, and Emma try to find Regina after the destruction of the bean field, Gold considers telling Lacey about his magical abilities. Meanwhile, in the past after Bae falls through the portal, he arrives in 19th century London and befriends a young girl named Wendy Darling.
Zelena's latest ploy prompts Regina to attempt contact with her long-dead mother, Cora, in order to find out the reason for her abandonment of Zelena, while Belle makes a startling discovery. Long ago in the Enchanted Forest, a young Cora must hide her pregnancy for fear of losing everything she has gained.moreless
Hook visits Emma and Henry in New York City and tries to jog Emma's memories so they can return to the Enchanted Forest and help their family and friends, who face a new threat from a wicked enemy.
After the disappearance of Mary Margaret and Emma, David seeks them out. Regina attempts to recover her magic powers while the seven dwarves go on a quest of their own. In the fairytale world, Regina makes a deal with a sorcerer who offers her the power to free herself from Cora.moreless
As the town buries one of their own, Zelena and Regina fight it out to the death on the streets of Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in the past, Zelena discovers that Rumpelstiltskin is training her half-sister in magic and travels to the Enchanted Forest to confront her.
While Emma leads Mary Margaret, David, and Hook in an attempt to save Neal, Regina and Gold team up to take out Pan. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, Snow White meets the mermaid Ariel, befriends her, and helps her with her true love, Prince Eric.
Emma hires Ruby to help her at the sheriff's office, and to give the woman a chance to determine what she's good at. Meanwhile, the sheriff questions David about his possible involvement in Kathryn's disappearance, while in the fairytale world, Red Riding Hood and her fellow villagers are trapped in their village by a bloodthirsty wolf.moreless
Emma and Mary Margaret join forces with Aurora, Mulan, and Lancelot to find a way back to Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, King George poisons Snow White and Charming must go to the Lady of the Lake for a cure.
In the Enchanted Forest, Emma teams up with Captain Hook to find a magic compass that could help her and Mary Margaret return to Storybrooke. In the past, Emma is still on the streets, steals a car, and meets a lover,
Gold conducts an experiment to see if he can find a way across the town border without losing his memory. Meanwhile, Mary Margaret and David go house-hunting and Belle finds Hook in Storybrooke. In the fairytale world, Belle and Mulan meet for the first time as they try to stop a beast ravaging the land.moreless
When Regina is accused of murder, everyone assumes the worst... except for Emma. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Snow and Charming must decide what to do with the Evil Queen once they've brought her to justice.
Emma and her group return to Storybrooke with Henry, unaware that Pan has put a secret plan into motion. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Snow and Prince Charming seek out a mythical creature that will let them defeat Regina once and for all.
After kissing Emma, Sheriff Graham begins to remember his real life as the curse weakens. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, the Queen attempts to find someone who will kill Snow for her.
Emma and Regina share a common suspicion over a newcomer to Storybrooke, while David and Mary Margaret try to cope with their feelings. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Prince Charming's wedding with King Midas' daughter approaches while Snow tries to cope with her feelings.
While Mary Margaret is arrested for the murder of Kathryn, in the fairy tale world James tries to stop Snow from killing Evil Queen Regina.
Greg and Tamara use the curse's failsafe trigger to begin the destruction of Storybrooke, and Regina finds herself cast in the unlikely role of savior. Meanwhile, in Neverland, Bae meets Hook and the Lost Boys.
Mary Margaret, David, and the Mother Superior try to find Rumplestiltskin's dagger before Regina and Cora do. Meanwhile, Hook travels to New York to find Gold and kill him. In the fairytale world, the Blue Fairy offers Snow White a chance to save her dying mother.
Neal tries to find his father and reconnect with Henry, who no longer remembers him. Meanwhile, in the past, Neal, Belle, and Lumiere try to bring Rumplestiltskin back from the dead.
While Gold, Emma, and Henry leave Storybrooke to find Bae, Anton the Giant goes on a rampage and Greg asks Belle what happened to him on the night of the accident. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world Anton climbs down to meet humans, only to discover that they're not all as friendly as Emma.moreless
Ariel travels to Storybrooke to recover an item for Gold and Regina that will let them imprison Pan... unaware that two men will stop at nothing to thwart her. Meanwhile, in Neverland the group travels to Dark Hollow to try and capture Pan's shadow. However, the secrets revealed in Echo Cave may yet tear them apart.moreless
Regina sets out to kill Mary Margaret, and Henry tries to stop the struggle between his relatives by ending magic. Meanwhile, 28 years earlier, Regina discovers intruders have entered Storybrooke as she tries to cope with her newly-cast curse.
As they explore Neverland trying to find Henry, Pan secretly approaches Emma and offers her a map that will lead her to Henry... if she accepts who she is. Meanwhile, an old friend of Gold's gives him some advice on the course of his life. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, Regina offers Snow White a chance for happiness if she will give up her claim on the throne... and Prince Charming tries to stop his beloved from accepting.moreless
Bail bondsman Emma Swan is confronted by Henry, the child that was given up for closed adoption 10 years ago. He asks her to come to his home of Storybrooke with him and explains that the people there are fairy tale characters who don't remember who they are. The boy insists that his adoptive mother, Mayor Regina, doesn't love him, and that Emma has a destiny to fight in a final balance and help good win once and for all.moreless
In the aftermath of Gold's actions at the wishing well, the people of Storybrooke must come to grips with the knowledge of what they once were... and are again. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Prince Phillip and his traveling companion, Mulan, face a dangerous opponent.
While Gold goes to confront Pan and his destiny, Neal finds himself with Felix, an old "friend" from his own time in Neverland. And in the fairytale world, Rumplestiltskin discovers that someone has abducted Bae.
After Emma's betrayal, Hook allies himself with Cora to recover the compass from Emma and Mary Margaret. Meanwhile, Regina and Gold learn that Cora plans to open the portal and prepare to do whatever it takes to stop Cora and Hook from coming through to get their revenge.
As the Charmings, Regina, Gold, and Hook arrive in Neverland and are besieged by mermaids. Meanwhile, Henry escapes from Peter Pan's camp with another prisoner, and Mulan and Aurora help Neal recover from his wounds in the Enchanted Forest before he sets off to find Henry and Emma.
While Dr. Whale treats the outsider, the townspeople decide what to do with the man who may know Storybrooke's secret. Meanwhile, Cora meets with her daughter and Gold tries to meet with Belle. In another world, Victor tries to convince his father Alphonse that he can bring back the dead.
Mary Margaret is astonished at the outcome after she reads to John Doe from the storybook while visiting him at the hospital. Back in fairytale world, Snow White and Prince Charming meet up for the first time.
A recap of the last half of the second season, leading into the third season premiere.
Regina tries to force Emma out of Storybrooke and out of her and Henry's lives permanently. Meanwhile, it is revealed how the Evil Queen released the curse upon the fairytale world.
As Sheriff Graham chooses a new deputy for Storybrooke, a mysterious sinkhole appears at the edge of town and threatens to have dire consequences. Back in fairytale world, Jiminy Cricket must make a life-changing decision.
David promises Mary Margaret that he will tell Kathryn about his true feelings. In the fairytale world, Prince Charming offers to help Abigail while looking for Snow.
Emma tries to find the birth father of two children to keep them from meeting the same fate she had as a child. In the fairy tale world, the Evil Queen uses Hansel and Gretel steal an artifact for her from a rival.
While Regina and Gold put David at risk in the hope that it will lead them to Mary Margaret, in the Enchanted Forest Emma and Mary Margaret must stop Cora from taking the recently-acquired compass from them.
With Hook by her side, Regina comes up with a plan that she believes will transport her and Henry back to the Enchanted Forest. However, her plan revolves around a fail-safe in the curse that could destroy Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Regina disguises herself as a peasant so that she can find and then murder an unsuspecting Snow White.moreless
While Sydney seeks out Emma's help against Regina, Mary Margaret and David continue their clandestine meetings. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Snow's father King Leopold receives three wishes from a Genie, who warns him to be careful what he wishes for.
In Storybrooke, Regina is haunted by a figure from her past while trying to resist the temptation to use magic. Meanwhile, in the Enchanted Forest, Emma and Mary Margaret investigate an ogre massacre, while in the fairytale world of the past, Regina discovers that she can't master the dark arts.
Hook suggests that the group find Tinker Bell and use her to locate Pan's camp, unaware that the fairy has a history with Regina. Meanwhile, Neal needs Robin Hood's help to find Emma, and Pan tells Henry why he went to such lengths to bring him to Neverland.
David reluctantly agrees to help Gold reconnect with Belle, who has been given a false set of memories by Regina. Meanwhile, when Emma learns that Anton has the means to take everyone back to the Enchanted Forest, she must decide which world to live in. In the fairy tale world, Rumplestiltskin forces Belle to accompany him on a hunt for a thief that she freed.moreless
Zelena plans a surprise for David as he and the others hunt her, while maintaining her prisoner. Meanwhile, a year ago, Charming tries to help Rapunzel overcome her fears and escape the tower where she is imprisoned.
While Emma discovers that Graham is lying, David Nolan must choose between his wife and Mary Margaret after he falls in love with the latter. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world Prince Charming confronts his destiny.
Emma tries to aid a young pregnant woman who is escaping from Mr. Gold. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Cinderella regrets making a deal with Rumplestiltskin.
A vicious killer is loose in Storybrooke and Ruby is the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Leroy makes a discovery that could help Emma and Mary Margaret return home.
While Mary Margaret and Leroy rekindle an old and unremembered friendship during the Miners Day festival, Emma looks into the disappearance of Kathryn, David's wife. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world Grumpy falls in love with a fairy.
While Mary Margaret attempts to come to terms with her part in Cora's death, she finds August. Meanwhile, Neal's fiancee Tamara comes to Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in the past, August tries to find a way to prevent himself from turning back into a wooden boy.