Recap and Analysis By Joanne Denney - @Dragonlady755
Zelena learns the hard way that love is sacrifice. In this episode, we are shown the difference between four couples. On one side, Emma, Killian, Regina and Robin are willing to do anything to save their partner. In stark contrast, Hades and Rumple selfishly put their wants and desires before the needs of their lovers, Zelena and Belle.
Hades, Zelena and Baby Hood arrive back in Storybrooke. Zelena worries that Regina has not returned as well. Hades reassures her that Regina will soon return. Zelena questions why they're hiding out in the woods rather than returning to the town. Hades explains that Snow White still thinks of them as villains and that it's not safe for them. Zelena tells him that she will convince Snow White that love has changed Hades and has him take the baby to Regina's office where it will be safe.
After Zelena departs, Hades is surprised by King Arthur running towards him in handcuffs. He’s escaped from the Storybrooke jail. Arthur tries to convince Hades that he was unjustly imprisoned and is a king. Hades helps Arthur to his feet, acknowledging that they have a lot in common. He too was imprisoned and should rule over the kingdom. Hades introduces himself to Arthur as the god of death and tells Arthur that he will need his help in ruling Storybrooke. He then snaps Arthur's neck.
In this episode, Belle learns that sometimes the end justifies the means. A hero can't always be compassionate and forgiving. They have to do whatever it takes to protect their loved ones, even if it is unpleasant.
Belle meets her father, Maurice, in the stables. He presents her with a new suitor, Gaston, who is a great hunter of animals and women. Belle has heard of him and is not very impressed with his reputation.Maurice tells Belle that there's more at stake than her preferences in suitors, Gaston’s army could help protect their kingdom from the ogres.Belle argues with her father, and they are interrupted by the appearance of Gaston, a charming and confident young man.He flatters Belle and admits that his reputation isn't the best.She decides to give him a chance, and they go for a walk together in the woods.
In "Labor of Love", Snow gets her groove back. We learn about her meeting a childhood friend, Hercules, and how he helped her gain confidence by training her to use a bow.
In an underground prison, a bloody and beaten Hook awakes and tries to stand up. He is warned by another prisoner, a young woman, not to move. “It’s just a trick. He wants you to think that you can escape, but you can't,” she tells Hook with despair. But Hook is convinced that Emma is coming for him and he must do everything he can to help her find him. He convinces the other prisoner to escape. As they run through the dark tunnels, they hear growling and then see a set of red glowing eyes, and then another set and another. It is Cerberus, the three-headed Hell hound. Hook distracts the beast, and sends the young woman out with a message for Emma about his location.
Recap by Joanne Denney @Dragonlady755 What does it take to be a good leader? Do you have to do whatever it takes no matter what or do you have to be willing to sacrifice? In this episode, Merida seeks knowledge on how to lead her people and save them from a witch’s curse. She also discovers her father’s killer in the process.
Zelena transports Arthur to Camelot after being defeated by Merlin and Emma. Arthur thinks that his knights can overcome the Charmings and Emma if properly motivated. He asks Zelena how far her magic can transport them since he knows of a magical object that can help them in DunBroch.
In DunBroch, Merida lays flowers at her father's grave after saving her brothers and proving that she is fit to be queen. But she still worries that she cannot rule over the clans. Her father made it look so easy, and Merida wishes that her father were there so that she can ask how he did it. Her mother reassures her that her father is always with her. It is her coronation day.
Would you want to know the truth, no matter how terrible the answer? Captain Hook has relentlessly pursued Emma to learn what happened in Camelot that turned her to the dark side. In this episode, Emma’s dark secret revealed, and we witness not one, but two births.
As the episode begins, Charming, Hook, and Robin arrive at Arthur's camp and confront him on why he tried to burn the Crimson Crown and the identity of Nimue. Arthur attempts to flee cutting his way through the tent. Hook and Arthur tussle. When Killian loses his weapon, Arthur brings his sword downward only to be blocked by Emma with Excalibur. She has appeared out of nowhere to save Killian. Arthur realizes that Excalibur is finally whole before Emma knocks him out.
Hook demands to know from Emma about Nimue and why she wants Excalibur. Emma finally confesses that she's doing it all for him and then disappears.
How far will a man go to save his people? In this episode of Once Upon a Time, King Arthur is faced with the dilemma of a broken sword and a broken kingdom. A king’s got to do what a king’s to do to win at all costs. David is also facing the dilemma of trying to save his daughter, Emma, from Dark forces. Does he sacrifice his hero’s glory for his child’s sake? Each man’s decision on how to face the problem is a drastic contrast to the other. The episode begins in Camelot many years ago when Arthur and Guinevere are childhood playmates. Arthur tells a secret to Guinevere that Merlin is trapped in a tree, and that Merlin spoke to him, giving him a prophecy that he would pull a sword from a stone and become king of Camelot.