I actually think the monkey IS Neal, and that’s why he’s been missing from SB. I suspect he gets transformed back by either Regina, Rumple or even Emma once they question if the monkey might be him. The monkey didn’t seem like he was trying to attack them, but merely communicate with them. Of course they don’t know monkey speak, so there’s a misunderstanding.
MAYBE EMMA HAS TO KISS HIM TO BREAK THE SPELL
I’m just not thinking of monkey-itis as a spell that can be broken, I guess. I’m thinking it’s like a vampire bite, once you get bitten, you’re one for life. Walsh, as head monkey, was trusted with the job of going after Emma, and got given a potion or something that allowed him to transform, (perhaps a limited number of times), but I think the human-ness was basically just an illusion, and he was really still a monkey. And if so, then I can’t see them turning one of their leads into a monkey when there’s no hope of them ever being themselves again. I might have my monkey lore all wrong, but that’s just how I’ve been looking at it.
If the monkey is Neal, I will eat my hat. they are assuming it too hard in the last few episodes with no proof to back themselves up. He is definitely NOT a monkey
Agreed with that. They’ve suggested so many times that he might be a monkey, there’s no twist in the story if oh yeah, they were right, he’s totes a monkey. Makes more sense that they’d shock the characters by having human Neal turn up instead.
This is a good idea that someone suggested I think.
What if all those voices in Rumple’s head are the missing memories of the Storybrooke residents? How the heck would they get them out of his head and back to their respective owners?
I do like that a lot.