Cinderella climbs the social ladder while Emma hunts a pregnant teen
The only problem was that Ashley’s version of taking her life into her own hands was breaking and entering. She broke into Mr. Gold’s pawn shop, seeking an unknown object. He attacked her, but she won the battle with pepper spray and escaped. A pregnant teen on the run? Looks like a job for Emma Swan, bail bondsman to the stars!
Gold showed up to Mary Margaret and Emma’s place with the lucrative gig, and he promised that it was in Ashley’s best interest. She had something that was important to him, some valuable merchandise, and “no one wants that baby born in jail.” Emma was clearly spooked by this weirdo, but she went with it — probably because she felt guilty about inspiring the whole thing. Even Henry, who had snuck out on Regina again, hadn’t figured out this Gold character, but he knew that this assignment meant trouble for Ashley. As always, he would have to tag along. “I’m just trying to spend time with you,” he insisted to an objecting Emma. Ha, genius! What can she even say to that?
In Fairy Tale, Cinderella reaped the benefits of her deal with Rumpel. She danced the night away at a royal ball with Thomas, Charming, and Snow, who congratulated her on bettering her position in life. She worked so hard for it, after all. All that sweeping! Ella looked troubled, and with good reason. Rumpel cut in for a dance, visible only to her, and said it was time for her to pay her debt. Her debt being the baby growing in her tummy. See kids, you always need to read the fine print. That’s where they tack on the incidentals, or steal your unborn children.
Much like her Storybrooke counterpart, Ella made the decision to go on the run. Prince Thomas intervened, and actually took the Rumpelstiltskin news surprisingly well. “Magic may have brought us together, but it didn’t create this love,” he said. They would have to fight back and create a new deal.
Back in Storybrooke, deadbeat dad Sean (Prince Thomas) wasn’t there to help. Instead AshleyElla had to rely on Ruby, who was getting her car prepped by a guy named Billy. Any bets on his Fairy Tale identity? The wolf? For now I’d say the wolf. Ruby told Emma and Henry about Sean, and also mentioned the fact that Ashley lived with her absent stepmother and stepsisters. Guess who jumped at that news?
Mother and son headed to Sean’s manse, where they learned that Sean’s desertion came at the instruction of his tyrannical father. Tyrant-dad had arranged a special deal with Mr. Gold, wherein Ashley would sacrifice their baby for a hefty sum. “Ashley agreed to give up the child, and she’s being paid very well to do so,” he sneered. At this point, Emma was officially peeved. The trip to Sean’s was a diversion, allowing Ruby to successfully send Ashley on her way to Boston. “Bad things will happen if she leaves!” Henry panicked. If you remember, Regina’s curse has a Truman Show clause that doesn’t allow the cursed to leave town.
NEXT: Labor of love