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April 16, 2017 at 09:18 PM EDT

Oh hi there. Remember when we were all Once Upon a Time in Neverland again and the Lost Boys were hardcore on Hook’s tail? Yeah, we’re back. As they all corner him on the beach, Hook pulls his sword to fight, only to have Tiger Lily step up for the team and knock them out one by one. Hook thanks her for the rescue, but it’s hardly a rescue, as she plunges a dart into his neck.

In Storybrooke, Emma is serving up some pilgrim realness as David, Henry, and Regina help her to determine what exactly she’s doing for this final chapter of the story. She’s having those tremors again, and with everyone’s feelings a little raw right now, David is more desperate than ever to get Snow awake.  That flashes us back to Storybrooke during the time of the Dark Curse. It’s a solid reminder of how Snow and David… well, they’ve seen quite a number of times when one is napping and the other isn’t.

It’s an even bigger reminder of a time when Snow found a flower growing in the cracks of concrete, back when she was full time Mary Margaret. She brought it to David, and it woke him up. But back in Storybrooke, they’ve decided to pull both Snow and Charming’s hearts out to take the magic out of both halves. It begins to work, but it appears the Evil Queen put a fail safe on it: By the end of the night, they’ll both be asleep, again, forever. CLASSIC EVIL QUEEN.

In Snow’s message that she leaves for David and Emma, they notice pixie petals behind her, which could be strong enough to wake them both up. But pixie petals only appear in the presence of great evil, so whomever Emma has to face is already here. That, of course, is when the Black Fairy shows up to Rumple’s shop with Gideon. She insists that Rumple is going to join her because when the darkness arrives, he’ll be 100 percent down. Belle looks pretty shocked, but should we be surprised? That girl is always late to the party.

We know we’re back in the time of the Dark Curse because there’s a yellow sheen all around. Though Snow has insisted that David has “sleepwalked into the woods” (LOL, OK), David has made his way to Rumple’s shop, and he’s insisting he help them. David says that he’ll find Emma alone, and it triggers Rumple to help out anyway. The pixie flower? It reunites people who love each other… daughters, fathers, husbands, wives… the whole deal.

In Neverland, Hook wakes up in Tiger Lily’s captivity. She asks Hook to deliver something to another realm. It’s a weapon, and it’s the only chance to fight evil on the horizon. It’s then that they realize they are both trying to do work for the same woman — the Savior. Problem is, Hook can’t go much of anywhere with this curse that’s placed him here. Pan may have some magic that could set him free (of course), but they have to get past those friendly Lost Boys to get it.

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Everything you’ve ever read about fairy tales is true—the residents of Storybrooke are living proof.
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