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Born in darkness, that one.

No, literally. Rumple was born as the candles flickered out, and it’s an almost perfect prophecy for our town miscreant. As he’s born to Fiona (Black Fairy has such a pretty name!), Blue and Tiger Lily appear. Tiger Lily is Rumple’s fairy godmother, but she doesn’t arrive alone because Rumple was born to a bigger prophecy indeed: He was born to have a ton of light magic. He’s supposed to be the SAVIOR.

Back in Storybrooke, Rumple is having quite a time trying to wake Blue up… even with the ingredient from a dead baby dragon. Failing, Rumple steps outside to sulk, but when he does, Blue wakes up. She reveals that the other end of that wand is in the middle of Storybrooke, but she doesn’t have much else to say because Snow, at her bedside, transforms — she was never Snow. She was the Black Fairy. And David was actually Gideon is disguise. They transport Blue away, but as the Black Fairy escapes with Blue, Rumple and Belle hold back Gideon. They’re going to get his heart back. And to get the job done, Rumple sends himself, Emma, and Gideon into the dream world.

In her most trying of challenges to date, Zelena is trying to build a crib without magic. You may think that is a joke, but have you ever bought something from IKEA and gotten 20 minutes in and thought, “I could really use a wand right now? Or at least the Allen wrench they promised would be in here to begin with?” Yeah, crib-making is no joke. But it makes Zelena wonder… How will she protect Robin? That’s when Regina offers her a potential solution: a set of keys.

Meanwhile, Emma is in the dream world with Rumple, so she doesn’t go off and kill the Black Fairy all willy-nilly. And this is actually Rumple’s dream world, not Gideon’s, which comes to light when they come across the place where Rumple was born. That’s when we flash back to Rumple’s infant home, where the Black Fairy is super on edge about her son being the Savior. Tiger Lily promises that it’s the fairy godmother’s job to protect the Savior, not his mother’s. Black Fairy offers to let Tiger Lily hold him, but in that moment, she transforms herself into a fairy, to Tiger Lily’s bewilderment.

In a spin-off I would absolutely watch, the keys Regina has offered Zelena are for a car to get her out of town. Problem is, Zelena has no idea how to drive a car. Watching Zelena learn basic human activities is everything. Regina wants her to get out because there are going to be a lot of casualties in the final battle (spoiler?!), and she can’t afford for Henry to be one of them, so she wants Zelena to take him to New York with her.

And that battle is approaching so quickly. On the search for that wand, Snow and Regina figure out that the piece of the wand that can be found in “the center of town” is actually in the heart of town — Granny’s. Regina leaves Zelena behind in order to get to the bottom of this, and they’d better hurry because Black Fairy has a plan of her own. She’s taken Blue down into the mines, and she plans on torturing our girl to get information out of her.

Back in time, the Black Fairy is being the ultimate helicopter mom by inspecting literally every baby born in winter to make sure it doesn’t have the crescent moon scar indicative of the child who’s going to kill Rumple. She’s decided that instead of just continuing to protect him, she’s going to create a forbidden spell — she just needs to get in the fairy vault, which is not a casual thing, guys.

In dream world, Emma and Rumple talk about their abandonment issues from being orphans, but Rumple insists that he’s different. He wasn’t given a name; he was pretty much just left in the cold, and he won’t be sad when Emma finally takes out that old broad. It’s at this moment that Gideon appears, and Gideon is actually pretty great. He thanks Rumple for fighting for him, but he has no idea where his own heart is. But Rumple does have one advantage — discovering his mother’s darkest secret: the reason she gave him up. Gideon insists that he can discover the secret, if he’s willing to face it.

In Storybrooke, Regina, Hook, David, and Snow are tearing Granny’s apart, and Granny is NOT pleased. But they have to find that wand, y’all. They manage to discover it underneath the jukebox, but they can’t really get much done without the Savior being present. When the Black Fairy appears, Regina is pretty adamant that she’s not giving up that wand, so we have a stalemate: Black Fairy is ready to kill a queen, and Regina? Well, she’s ready to unleash a fury on a fairy.

Regina and the Black Fairy take it to the streets, and in fierce heel boots, Regina takes quite a hit from the Black Fairy’s magic. But it’s nothing compared to Zelena in what appears to be a lime green Vega GT Station Wagon. That’s right… Black Fairy got her butt plucked in a hit and run by our favorite new mortal, Zelena. Black Fairy disappears, but you know it’s only for a minute.

Back in dream world, Rumple is finally ready to face the truth because it’s his most painful truth that’s going to set everyone free. Inside the secret vault of the fairies, Black Fairy and Tiger Lily have taken baby Rumple to move forward on that new spell. Bad news though: Black Fairy isn’t working on a spell… she’s working on a curse. Tiger Lily tries to stop her from casting a curse that will banish every child, but Tiger Lily won’t have it because death is the fate awaiting Rumple as the Savior. That’s right: A Savior’s fate is to die.

But Black Fairy isn’t having that. She reaches into Tiger Lily’s chest and rips out her heart. In that moment, she makes the official transformation from Fiona to the Black Fairy. The crescent appears on her wrist, and evil wasn’t born in the winter. It was made. And that’s when it’s revealed: Black Fairy and Rumple are destined to destroy each other. Emma is off the hook, but poor Rumple? He has to go it alone.

As night falls and the fog rolls in, Rumple shows up to take on the Black Fairy, determined that he’s discovered everything he needs to know about that night he was abandoned. But Black Fairy has more information to reveal. Back in the sacred vault of fairies, Blue shows up and takes Tiger Lily’s heart back. Still trying to help, Tiger Lily tries to offer the shears so Black Fairy can break her own destiny. Instead, Black Fairy breaks Rumple’s destiny so that they can be together. She succeeds and keeps her power, but in doing so, the other fairies banish her. She promises to find her way back to him, but back in reality, her explanation is still not enough.

You see, Rumple is getting pretty introspective about the whole situation. This whole family operates on of a type of selfish love, ultimately hurting the ones they love in pursuit of saving them. Black Fairy asks for forgiveness, but Rumple is still pretty torn about the whole situation.

Once more in the past, Blue and Tiger Lily make another visit to Rumple’s father to return Rumple to him. He explains that it was the dedication she had to Rumple that made Fiona the love of his life. Of course, Rumple’s father immediately resents him, and he names him such.

In Storybrooke, Rumple shows up and announces that the Black Fairy has been banished for good. Emma congratulates him, even calling him a Savior. And Gideon is able to have his heart back. Hooray for the return of Nice Gideon! Belle is ecstatic, and Nice Gideon immediately asks for forgiveness, which is just silly, because it’s not like it was his fault. Rumple ends his first fully realized family moment by admitting that everything he does is for his family, to keep them safe. You have to wonder though… is Black Fairy actually gone?

If the notion of the Black Fairy being gone isn’t enough of a feel-good fest, Hook has asked Henry to be his best man. With that, Hook takes off (because it’s bad luck to see the bride before the wedding!), and all is well, right? WRONG. In the street, Black Fairy reappears, proving the heart Rumple turned over to Emma wasn’t the Black Fairy’s at all. He made a trade: Gideon is safe, Black Fairy is still around, and that Final Battle? Oh, it’s on.

So who do you think will pay in the Black Fairy’s wake? Will she actually kill Emma on her wedding day? Do you think that any of these people can sing in real life? We’ll find out next week! In the mean time, hit the comments and give us your thoughts on Rumple’s sad past, questionable present, and tricky future.

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