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OUAT’s ‘New York City Serenade’ was directed by Billy Gierhart. Writers were Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

In NYC, a year has passed for the Mills-Swan family. Henry’s (Jared S. Gilmore) in school and has friends. There’s a new man in Emma’s (Jennifer Morrison) life. Walsh (Christopher Gorham) is the owner of a furniture shop.

A fire destroyed her place in Boston so they started over in the Big Apple. She meets Jake err Walsh a few months later. They make a lovely couple. Plus Henry likes him. Everything is going well. She’s out on a date when the lost member of Adam and the Ants crashes.

Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) tries to convince Emma this life she’s living is false. And she needs to wake up from it. Instead of the red or blue pill, he has a blue vial. The potion will restore her memories. But there’s only enough for one. Does she trust the stranger enough to drink it?

Hook points her in the direction of evidence that proves he’s telling the truth. After some soul searching Emma drinks the potion. They decide not to tell Henry he’s the grandson of Snow White, Prince Charming and Rumplestiltskin. Or that he’s the adopted son of The Evil Queen. Emma enlists Henry’s help on a case in a town called Storybrooke.

In FTL the lost year, Phillip (Julian Morris) and Aurora (Sarah Bolger) are moments away from having a romantic outdoor picnic. Purple storm clouds appear out of nowhere.

Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin), Charming (Josh Dallas), The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), Jiminy (Raphael Sbarge), Red (Meghan Ory), Granny (Beverley Elliott), Hook, Baelfire (Michael Raymond-James), Belle (Emilie de Ravin), The Blue Fairy (Keegan Connor Tracy) plus Team Seven: Grumpy (Lee Arenberg), Sleepy (Faustino Di Bauda), Sneezy (Gabe Khouth), Doc (David Paul Grove), Bashful (Mig Micario), Dopey (Jeffrey Kaiser) and Happy (Mike Coleman) are back.

Regina and Snow have a debate away from the crowd when a creature attacks. Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) stops it then introduces the ladies to a few Merry Men.

The good: Many happy reunions. Emma’s leather dress. Love the callbacks to the pilot. LOVE the cast’s new wardrobe. Hook’s rock star look blends well with NYC. No-one thinks he’s strange or odd except Emma & Henry. She can’t get rid of her pirate stalker. More Christopher Gorham please.

Belle and Bae team up. She’ll help him find a way back to our world. Best lines: Why is she the one who’s pregnant and I’m the one who’s sick, they force fed me something called bologna and Mom you’re hurting the eggs.

How about Adam Ant as Hook’s dad? He knows something about being a charming dashing scoundrel who rocks guyliner. How did Hook return to our world? Did he find another portal or did he have help?

The bad: Betrayal from an unexpected source. Emma is wary of letting love into her life.

The ugly: Way too many commercials. Not two hours. No answers on Rumple’s fate. Blood Magic.