“Manhattan” initial reactions – ONCE081

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We discover some long-awaited identities, learn how Rumplestiltskin gained some things, and have a new looming threat.

These are just our first thoughts about this Once Upon a Time episode. We’ll share more about “Manhattan” in our upcoming full episode live on Wednesday, February 20, at 8:30 p.m. (EST/GMT-5).

While Mr. Gold, Emma and Henry go in search of Gold’s son Bae in New York, Cora, Regina and Hook attempt to track down one of Rumplestiltskin’s most treasured possessions. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin realizes his destiny while fighting in the Ogres War.

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Initial reactions

Some of our interesting discussion points (in no particular order):

  • NEAL IS BAELFIRE! We had predicted this back in our discussion of “The Return.”
  • Now we finally know what was in August’s box to convince Neal to listen. All along, it was the typewriter with, “I know that you’re Baelfire.” One of our listeners had predicted this after seeing “Tallahassee.”
  • We loved seeing New York City in the title screen background!
  • Regina clarified how the boundary curse works.
  • The conflict between Neal and Emma is about what we expected.
  • Mr. Gold thanked Henry for bringing Emma. Now we know for sure that Mr. Gold is Henry’s other grandfather.
  • Fate brought Neal and Emma together?
  • Freaky seer child gave Rumplestiltskin his future-seeing powers and we learned more about how this ability works.
  • Any significance to the Dewey Decimal numbering 915.63?
  • Mary Margaret and David tried to understand the new family tree exactly as all of us had been trying to figure out!
  • Greg caught Regina’s magic on his phone. Where will this lead? We’re thinking he may eventually help some Storybrooke residents return to Fairy Tale Land.
  • Why does Cora really want the Dark One’s dagger? Just to control Rumplestiltskin, or to become the Dark One herself?
  • Henry called Emma a liar just like Regina. Might this be a splitting of their relationship?
  • Neal doesn’t want to be 14 again and lose his memories. Was this really the best that his father could offer?
  • Henry is more than he appears, and will be Rumplestiltskin’s “undoing,” according to the seer. Will Mr. Gold try to kill Henry, or does Henry have magic himself?

We gave everything a brief overview and would love to hear your thoughts!

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  • Erika

    Perfect picture that expresses pretty much everyone’s reaction to what was inside August’s box hahaha!

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      Ha ha!

  • Jenny JuJu

    Just a random thought: Based on Neal’s conversation with Rumple, he can’t fall asleep without seeing the image of Rumple letting him fall alone into the portal, so maybe that’s why he was so interested in the dreamcatcher when Emma first found it in the hotel room.

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      Yup! That’s what we had theorized, too, in our discussions about “Tallahassee.”

  • Red192

    I think that Henry is Mr. Gold’s undoing because he is the reason Regina (and maybe Cora?) are seeking out the dagger to control him (or kill him?). However Mr. Gold might think the seer meant that Henry himself would destroy him.

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      That’s a great approach!


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