Once Upon a Time

Season 3 Episode 9

Save Henry

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 01, 2013 on ABC
8.8
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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.

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  • This episode

    9.0
    WOW! I can't believe it! I was starting to get SLIGHTLY (I said SLIGHTLY) bored, Peter Pan annoyed me because stuff, and then, THIS happened? I thought this episode was truly one of the best of this season so far. The Evil Queen, Regina, was perfect! I was WONDERING why no one had spoken about her being a single parent all these years! I'm glad that she and Henry sort of showed that in this episode :)moreless
  • Just when this show can't get any better, it does! (Spoilers if you haven't seen the episode!)

    10
    Really, like I am completely speechless right now because this show gets better every week just when you think it can't possibly get any better.



    After the episode last week - which was my favourite episode ever - we have an episode almost as good today, with a ridiculously breathtakingly amazing ending!



    It's all about saving Henry - as the title suggests - and we get an interesting glimpse into the life of Regina pre-Henry and during the adoption, as well as getting an understanding of just how badly Pan was searching for the heart of the truest believer.



    The storyline was incredible as usual - the way the plot played out was amazing and the ending was just... impeccable! Poor Henry - what on earth is gonna happen next!



    Definitely eagerly awainting the next couple of episodes. It is gonna be a long wait until March but at least we have 2 more episodes until then!moreless
  • Oh Henry...

    4.0
    SPOILERS>>>



    I don't want to focus TOO much on the negative so I want to start by pointing out the good things.



    Rumple/Gold - Loved all the scenes with him. He's always pure gold. Lame pun intended.

    Snow/Charming - The few lovey dovey glances said it all. A couple in love. Glad they didn't have to go over the top for it this time.



    Emma - glad that she's embracing the softer side of motherhood.



    Neal/Bay and Hook... I like the competitiveness. Not that I really want either of them to end up with Emma, but they acted a lot like brothers in the small scenes they've had together lately. I like that. I hope the show goes that route instead of them being competitors or jealous in an attempt to win Emma's affections.



    I like the one part with Regina where she reveals that she doesn't regret any of the bad things she's ever done. Somehow she justifies it by saying it brought her Henry but as any psychologist would tell you, one can't be a sociopath and love. It's more about ego and need than love. To me, this scene showed me a glimpse of the old Regina, which I feel she's always been.



    Now to the negative...



    I have and always will hate how shows like this one take a super-evil character like Regina and with a flip of a switch, make her 'good'. I think for a bad person to be become good, it needs to be at all. I find it ridiculous that she wanted to be a mother in the first place. She's a sociopath and they don't love. They use. Regina uses Henry for affection but I don't think you can call it 'love' and I say that because I don't think she can truly love anyone. If she's willing to kill her own father to chase revenge, obviously her definition of love is messed up.



    Rumple has been much more complicated than Regina and he goes back and forth all the time in his struggle so his transition to good is a bit more believable.



    I just feel that the little flashbacks of Regina trying to adopt a baby are uncomfortable because I still don't believe she could love a child. Everything she's done shows that she will still act selfishly. The flashback was like watching some other character. It didn't feel like it fit with her past self or her present so-called 'good' self. I might be alone in this but it made me feel a little uncomfortable. If they had shown more of her darker side, I would have bought it. I mean, I assumed she only wanted to be 'good' after years of taking care of Henry and only after the curse was broken. This flashback seems a little out of place to me.

    I just say thank GOD that's over? I enjoyed watching plays of Peter Pan but I was never a fan of the movie as a child and I recently read the book out of curiosity. Yeah, not a fan on the best of days so this entire season so far has been a struggle for me to watch. I like the regular cast and characters but this storyline went on way too long. A couple friends do in fact like Peter Pan and they haven't liked the season so far either.



    It's a shame because there is so much potential. I can only hope that from now on, it'll get better when everyone is back in Storybrooke. Though, with Henry and Pan switching, I feel more annoying Peter Pan stuff in the future... I'm hoping that gets resolved quickly.



    Finally, I'd like to just say this... is Henry useful at ALL anymore? He only ever seems to end up in a coman, get kidnapped, get put into another coma (and nearly dies), and now he's trapped in Pandora's box. This is the kid that was magically able to leave Storybrooke and track down his birth mother... I expected more from his character. And don't get me started about last week's mother-of-all-stupid-moves he did with his heart...



    This show has so much potential and sadly it's being wasted. I loved season 1, really liked season 2 and this season . The only reason I won't say this season is 'bad' is because I like Charming's attempts to protect his family and because Rumple/Mr. Gold is just awesome.moreless
Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin

Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Emma Swan

Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla

Evil Queen/Regina Mills

Josh Dallas

Josh Dallas

Prince Charming/David Nolan

Colin O'Donoghue

Colin O'Donoghue

Captain Hook

Michael Raymond-James

Michael Raymond-James

Neal Cassidy

Julian Christopher

Julian Christopher

Adoption Agent

Guest Star

James Immekus

James Immekus

Keychain

Guest Star

Matt Kane

Matt Kane

Glasses

Guest Star

David Anders

David Anders

Dr. Whale

Recurring Role

Beverley Elliott

Beverley Elliott

Granny

Recurring Role

Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito

Magic Mirror/Sydney Glass

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Regina: I need a child, Gold. And I need your help.
      Gold: Well, I'm flattered, but uninterested.
      Regina: Not like that.

    • Gold: You wish to adopt.
      Regina: Well, don't look so surprised.
      Gold: Oh, I'm not. I'm sure you'll make a... well, a mother of some sort.

    • Adoption Agent: Never heard of Storybrooke.
      Regina: Oh, it's a... hidden gem. Peaceful, perfect for children. It's like a fairy tale.

    • Pan: Last words from the Queen. Perhaps a deathbed confession from the one who has the most to regret of all.
      Regina: Yeah, there's one problem with that. I did cast a curse that devastated an entire population.I have tortured and murdered. I've done some terrible things. I should be overflowing with regret, but... I'm not.

    • Regina: Once upon a time there was a queen. And she cast a glorious curse that gave her everything she wanted... or so she thought. She despaired when she learned that revenge was not enough. She was lonely. And so she searched the land for a little boy to be her prince. And then... she found him. And though they lived happily, it was not ever after. There was still an evil out there lurking. The Queen was worried for her prince's safety. While she knew she could vanquish any threat to the boy, she also knew she couldn't raise him without worrying. No. She needed to put her own troubles aside. And put her child first. And so the Queen procured an ancient potion of forgetting. It's all right. If the Queen drinks the potion, she won't forget her child. She'll only forget her worries. Her troubles. Her fears. And with those gone, she--and her prince--can indeed finally live happily ever after.

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