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OUAT’s ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ was directed by Ralph Hemecker. Writers were Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

In alternate pre-curse FTL, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is dumped into the cell opposite EQ’s prisoner (Christie Laing). The woman refused to tell The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) anything including her name.

Charming (Josh Dallas) caught Bandit Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) in a net. He’s demanding his mother’s engagement ring when Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) shows up. And tells him Snow’s not lying. Emma has it. If Charming releases her, Snow will help them with the rescue party and he gets his ring back. Red Riding Hood (Meghan Ory) provides distraction for the group.

Back at the Dark Castle, Belle (Emilie de Ravin) interrupts Rumple (Robert Carlyle) while he tries to find the right spell. She asks about the Dark Vault. A place which can’t be opened from either side. Where Rumple warehouses dangerous magic too unpredictable even for him. Zelena’s time portal is re-opened. Hook and Emma go through the event horizon.

In SB, Captain Swan returns. Heartfelt Charming Clan reunion at the potluck. Snowing take that moment to reveal their baby’s name.

The good: Have boxes of Kleenex handy. Love the altered FTL past. Can we have yearly FTL themed balls back in SB? Snow & Red partners in crime. Loved the additional snark between Snow and Charming. Who is EQ’s prisoner? Captain Swan: yea or nay? RumBelle lives. The future is bright for several couples.

Best lines: Lovely ball the other night. The mutton was a tad overcooked but that happens. Being away from family is a terrible terrible thing. I’m fairly certain they already think I’m dead. Your secrets can be yours. I sense it’s better that way. I’m glad the wolf’s on our side. I always knew there was little pirate in you, Swan. And you brought some luggage.

The bad: None.

The ugly: Raise your hand if you didn’t see that final twist coming at the end. Will Emma & Henry stay in SB or return to NYC? Will Snow, Charming and the baby move into Johanna’s now presumable empty house? They really need a bigger place. Rumple can secure the property with a protection spell. No more Wicked people going after the little one. And who knows who or what they’ll find in the woods.

Still want Ruby, Team 8 & Robin Hood and his Merry Men as deputies. Want more father and daughter moments between Emma & Charming. Isn’t it time for a mayoral election? How about Belle vs Regina? How about Team 8 running the library for Mayor Belle? There won’t be any late books on Grumpy’s watch.

Will Blue Cricket, Granpetto and FrankenWolf happen? Nova & Grumpy’s relationship needs a name. How about Sparkle Dwarf? Will Graham, Jefferson, August & Sydney return? Can’t wait for their reactions to all that has happened. Can we have adventures with Rumple, Dr. Frankenstein & Jefferson please? Make our day with an episode featuring both Coras scheming with Mad King George.