‘Once Upon A Time’ episode recap: 'Lacey'

By Sari N. Kent,

We open on Gold, Emma, Neal, Mary-Margaret and David all celebrating Henry’s birthday. Henry blows out his candles, and Gold, being his grandfather, offers him anything in the shop for his present. Henry picks a wand and asks for a demonstration. Gold shows him by turning Henry to porcelain. Emma, Mary Margaret, David and Neal all freak out and ask why he would do that. Gold calmly replies that he had to, because the seer told him a prophecy that Henry would be his undoing. Then he shatters porcelain Henry!

Cut to Gold awakening suddenly, waking from a pretty unsettling dream.

The scene changes to the next morning. Henry is alive and having a wooden sword fight with his father, Neal. Gold is watching them as Regina approaches, asking what his son is doing playing with hers. It seems Regina is the last to know about Henry’s real father, and she’s not happy to learn that her adopted son is related to Gold. Then, she assumes Gold planned this from the beginning since he’s the one who found Henry for her. Gold seems to be honest with her when he admits that this wasn't part of his master plan. Even so, Regina replies that he’s too evil to ever win the affections of Henry or Emma or their happy, little family. After all, if he’s still struggling after finding his own son, who could bring the good out of him?

The camera cuts to Gold going to visit Belle in the hospital. She still doesn’t remember him, but she’s happy that he’s alive since they hadn’t spoken since that sorrowful phone call when he thought he was dying. She then asks for his help in remembering who she is, and he offers to do it in exchange for her helping him remember who he is. He tells her that he’s forgotten how to be that good man he once was and perhaps the two of them can find themselves together.

Back in fairy tale land,Belle is sobbing in her cell. Rumplestiltskin tells her to keep it down because he likes some quiet contemplation while he spins straw to gold. Then, he gives her a pillow, which she thanks him for, but he tells her that it’s not to make her comfortable…it’s to muffle her sobs. Suddenly some glass shatters and Rumplestiltskin realizes he’s being robbed. He enters his hall to find a hooded bandit with a bow and arrow trying to take one of his wands. Rumplestiltskin then warns the bandit that he’s in some serious trouble. The bandit then takes aim with his bow, warning Rumplestiltskin that the bow never misses its target, because it’s enchanted. The arrow is released and magically hunts down the teleporting Rumplestiltskin. However, it does not work. Rumplestiltskin pulls the arrow from his chest, and now, the bandit is in real trouble.

The scene changes back to Storybrooke. Regina goes to pay Belle a visit of her own. Gold is off securing her discharge from the hospital when Regina strolls into Belle’s room. Belle tells her she’s packing up to go be with Gold when Regina subtly pretends to find a cursed book of matches onto the floor. She asks Belle if it’s hers. At first, Belle doesn’t seem to recognize it, but when Regina asks her to take a closer look, Belle seems to remember what it is and where it came from. Regina then tells Belle that she’s just remembered the memories of her cursed identity!

Cut to Greg’s room at Granny’s. Greg and Tamara are continuing plotting and looking for magic. Tamara then asks Greg if he’s found his father yet, and he replies that he hasn’t. Then, Greg asks Tamara if she’s brought “the package.” Apparently she’s bringing whatever “the package” is into town that night.

The camera cuts to David and Mary-Margaret. They drive Emma out to see the magically cloaked bean field. Emma gets to reunite with the formerly giant Anton, who’s overjoyed to see her. Emma quickly realizes that her parents are planning to return to fairy tale land. Mary-Margaret then tells Emma that she thinks it’s her best shot at curing the darkness in her heart. Emma isn’t so sure, but she keeps her doubts to herself.

Gold returns to Belle’s room, but he finds that she’s gone. He also finds the book of matches, which leads to a seedy bar in town called The Rabbit Hole.

Cut to Gold going to The Rabbit Hole. He doesn’t seem too fond of the place when he asks the bartender if he’s seen a woman matching Belle’s description. The bartender then points to the pool table saying he’s looking for Lacey. Gold walks over to find Belle, now dressed in a revealing blue top, swilling booze and hustling locals at pool. He asks her what’s happening. She explains that she finally remembered who she was, and her name is Lacey!

Back in fairy tale land,Belle is sweeping up when Rumplestiltskin walks out with a bloody apron saying he needs another one. He’s clearly torturing the bandit as punishment. When Rumplestiltskin leaves, Belle sneaks down to the dungeon and frees the imprisoned bandit. Before he leaves, the bandit asks Belle if she’ll come with him to escape Rumplestiltskin’s wrath, but she replies that she has to abide by the deal she made with him or her family will be killed.

Back in Storybrooke,Gold storms into Regina’s office demanding to know what she’s done since he’s realized that she gave Belle her cursed memories. He insists that she help him. Yet, Regina reminds him that no one has figured out a way to restore the true memories of someone who crossed the town line. Gold then resolves to break the curse with True Love, but Regina seems skeptical that he’ll ever convince Belle—now Lacey—to fall in love with him.

Gold goes to find some help at Granny’s Diner. He says that he needs someone who knows how to get some True Love. He needs Prince Charming! He finds David and explains the situation. David doesn’t seem too keen on the idea of helping Gold out seeing as how he just convinced Mary-Margaret, his wife, to murder someone. Gold counters that for the first time,he will owe David a favor. Then, David agrees. His first bit of advice to Gold is to show Belle the man she fell in love with. “That could be tricky,” replies Gold.

Back in fairy tale land,Rumplestiltskin returns home to finish torturing the bandit when he finds the empty cell. He’s furious and screams at Belle saying that she only freed him because she naively thought the man was a hero stealing from him for some noble cause. She insists that she freed the bandit because what Rumplestiltskin was doing to him was wrong. This upsets The Dark One even more, and he decrees that he is going to hunt the bandit down and kill him with his own bow. To teach Belle a lesson, he’s going to make her come along and force her to watch.

The scene changes back to The Rabbit Hole. A handsome local man hits on Lacey at the bar, or at least tries to. She shuts him down pretty quickly. Meanwhile, Gold and David walk in. David convinces Gold not to beat the man senseless and then gives him a pep talk. While Lacey is looking for some tunes on the jukebox, Gold asks her out on a date. Lacey replies that people in town are afraid of him, but he asks for her to give him a chance. She does and agrees to go on a date.

Cut to the pier. Emma is reading up in Henry’s book of fairy tales when Regina walks over. She tells Emma she heard about Henry’s father. They’re confrontational towards each other as usual, and Emma advises Regina that she had better change her ways before she “loses Henry for good.” Regina then asks Emma what she means by that and resolves to find out.

Gold takes Lacey to Granny’s Diner for burgers and iced tea. It was Belle’s favorite, but Lacey orders something else. She once again brings up Gold’s ruthless reputation, and he does his best to convince her that he’s not that guy. Lacey then says that she sees him as a man that wouldn’t hurt anyone. He replies that he’s relieved to hear her say that, and she answers back, “You can’t truly know what’s in a person’s heart until you truly know them.” Gold is startled and spills his tea because Belle once said those very same words to him. Lacey then heads to the restroom to dry off, leaving Gold hopeful that this whole True Love thing may actually happen.

Back in fairy tale land,Rumplestiltskin and Belle are in an enchanted carriage on their way to find the bandit. Belle says that she doesn’t believe he’s truly so evil and that there must be something he cares about more than power. He replies that he’s also quite fond of his possessions. Disappointed, she says that he’s “as dark as people say.” “Darker, dearie,” he replies. “Much darker.” The carriage stops and Rumplestiltskin hops out, meeting a man at a crossroads. We recognize the man as the same one who hit on Lacey in The Rabbit Hole in Storybrooke. The man asks what Rumplestiltskin’s doing in his woods, and he tells him of tracking a thief there. The man then says that he knows who Rumplestiltskin is looking for and will tell him in exchange for, some “private time” with Belle. Rumplestiltskin proposes a counter-offer. He then magically takes the man’s tongue out and holds it up for him. In exchange for returning it, the man will tell him everything he knows about the bandit and his whereabouts. The man quickly agrees, admitting that the man Rumplestiltskin is after stole the woman he loved and made a fool of him all over Nottingham. It becomes clear that the man speaking to Rumplestiltskin is none other than the infamous Sheriff of Nottingham, and the bandit Rumplestiltskin is after is Robin Hood.

Cut back at Granny’s Diner. Gold is still patiently waiting for Lacey to return when he begins to suspect something may be amiss. He wanders back to the restroom and finds it empty. Where’s Lacey?

In fairy tale land,Rumplestiltskin and Belle are searching for Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest when suddenly they spot him. They see him run to a cart with the stolen wand in his hand. A sick woman is in the back of the cart, but as Robin Hood runs over and passes the wand over her, the woman is healed. Belle tells Rumplestiltskin that the bandit was stealing for a good reason. Rumplestiltskin doesn’t care and he uses magic to trap Belle in the dirt to force her to watch. Belle then points out that she was right about the bandit, and she was right about him—there is good in him. Rumplestiltskin seems to doubt that as he draws back the bowstring. At the cart, Robin Hood lifts Maid Marian down, and Belle spots that she’s pregnant. Belle says that Rumplestiltskin is not the kind of man to leave a child fatherless. Then, something seems to change in Rumplestiltskin as he looks at Robin Hood and Maid Marian. Perhaps Belle is getting through to him, but then he fires an arrow from the enchanted bow. The arrow strikes the cart. Robin Hood and Maid Marian then race off. Belle asks Rumplestiltskin what happened, and he says that he missed. She points out that the bow is magic and never misses its target. He tries to suggest perhaps the magic simply wore off, but then Belle hugs him and thanks him for doing the right thing.

Back in Storybrooke,Gold is searching for Lacey . When he finds her in an alley making out with the Storybrooke version of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he pulls the man off. The Sheriff instantly recognizes Gold and runs away. Gold then asks Lacey if she’s all right, but it’s clear that Lacey wanted to make out with that guy. He then asks her what went wrong since their date was going so well. Lacey replies that she isn’t attracted to this sweet, gentle Gold. She adds that Belle may have loved him, but she is not Belle.

The camera cuts to across town. Regina spies David and Mary-Margaret dropping off Anton and the dwarfs at Granny’s. She uses some magic to illuminate the tire tracks from David’s truck and uses them to track down the hidden bean field. She suddenly realizes what’s going on, and she doesn’t like it.

Gold is walking back to his car when the Storybrooke version of Sheriff of Nottingham stops him to apologize. He tells him that had no idea that he and Lacey were still together. Gold admits that they are not, which gives the Sheriff renewed hope of making his move. Unfortunately, that sets Gold off. Weeks of repressing his dark side boil over as he magically removes the man’s tongue once again, “so no one will hear him scream”, and then, Gold begins beating him with his cane.

Back in fairy tale land,Belle and Rumplestiltskin have returned to his manor. He shows Belle his giant library filled with books. She’s overjoyed and asks if he did this for her. He tries to keep playing the mean boss, but she sees through it. She then tells him that she’s glad that he’s not the man she thought he was.

Cut back to Storybrooke. Gold is ruthlessly beating the Storybrooke version of Sheriff of Nottingham when Lacey rounds the corner. She watches, transfixed until Gold turns around. Lacey then says it seems like the reputation she’d heard about him was true after all. He is not who she thought he was, and she’s glad. She tells him “you really are as dark as people say. “Darker, dearie,” Gold replies. “Much darker.” Then he resumes beating the Sheriff as Lacey watches on.

The scene changes to Neal bringing an exhausted Henry back to Emma’s, and the two of them have some time to chat. They wonder who August was trying to warn them about when he said “Storybrooke isn’t safe.

Cut to the outskirts of town. Tamara and Greg meet up and she opens a trailer to reveal “the package.” It’s Captain Hook, and they’ve got plans for him!



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