Get ready to welcome the Land of Untold Stories!
The ABC drama “Once Upon a Time” kicks off with a flashback to a man riding in the desert for Aladdin, the Savior. He gets there, but Aladdin is not able to save him. Jafar zaps him into dust before he’s able to get help from Aladdin. Aladdin was a “common thief” when Jafar met him, but he became a hero and “completely fell apart” after that. Aladdin appears weak, and for good reason. Jafar reveals that saviors never live happily ever after.
Cut back to Storybrooke and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) are trying to enjoy some alone time. Unfortunately, mayhem is about to break loose. A vessel carrying people from the Land of Untold Stories appears in Storybrooke. Emma and the rest of the Storybrooke residents follow it into a field, where Mr. Hyde (Sam Witwer) appears. Emma tries to take him down with the help of Regina (Lana Parrilla), but their magic can’t stop him. Mr. Hyde is more powerful than both of them. He warns them that there is nothing more dangerous than an untold story … and the people who don’t want their story told.
Emma, Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin), David (Josh Dallas) and the others approach the vessel after it lands, but no one is left onboard. Something triggers a vision in Emma to where she is forced to fight. It’s a feeling that she can’t handle.
With nowhere else to go, the group returns to Storybrooke. Regina goes home, where she finds her sister Zelena (Rebecca Mader) moving in with Robin Hood’s (Sean Maguire) baby. Robin’s son stopped by to give Regina a feather from his father, but Zelena can’t seem to find it. That upsets Regina, who is still mourning her one true love. However, duty calls, and Regina has to focus her anger on playing hero.
Unsure of Mr. Hyde’s power, the group hatches a plan to stop him. With Dr. Jekyll’s (Hank Harris) help, Regina lures Mr. Hyde outside. Emma is supposed to use her magic to zap him, but appears to have a panic attack. She snaps out of it in the knick of time, and uses her magic to stun him. The heroes are able to put magical handcuffs on him and lock him up. But before Hyde is imprisoned, he reveals that he knows more about what’s happening to Emma.
Emma goes to see Hyde, who teases that he knows she was previously locked up. He tries to play mind games with her, but Emma is stronger than that. She threatens to walk out and leave him locked up, but Hyde reveals a juicy piece of information — a red bird will provide more details about what’s happening to her.
Meanwhile, Gold (Robert Carlyle) takes Mr. Hyde’s advice to waking Belle (Emilie de Ravin). He goes to the Temple of Morpheus to use magical sand to wake his love. Gold gets transported into Belle’s “dream world,” and he has an hour to wake her — or she’ll be trapped forever. However, Morpheus gives him a warning. He tells Gold that Belle believes she’s in a terrifying place. He warns her not to lie to her. Belle sees Gold as the beast, so Gold believes he has to trick her into falling in love with him again. He acts kind to her, asking her to help him dance and transforming her raggedy dress into a ball gown. Belle’s dream world begins to change and she takes notice. She’s confused as to why Gold is acting differently, and that’s when Morpheus reappears. He tells Belle that he will wake her with true love’s kiss. Belle doesn’t understand, so Morpheus reveals that he’s her son. He warns her not to let Gold ruin their lives, and proves he’s real by waking her with his kiss. Belle remembers everything when she wakes, and promises Gold that she’s going to listen to their unborn son.
Back in Storybrooke, Regina has an ugly confrontation with Zelena. She blames her sister for the loss of Robin. Her sister is still mourning Hades (Greg Germann) and is hurt by Regina’s words. She promises that she’ll move her and the baby out of Regina’s house by the end of the day.
There are trust issues elsewhere. Snow and David are out in the woods and call out to the people from the Land of Untold Stories to tell them that Hyde is locked up. They explain that they can trust them, and that they’ll have food and shelter at Granny’s for them.
Emma’s elsewhere in the woods. She ditched Hook and followed the red bird that Hyde told her about. She finds a young girl who claims she’s an oracle. The girl tells her that she’s been having visions of her future, and that some villain will be the death of her. Emma sees that, witnessing this hooded villain stab her in the gut while her family and loved ones looks on. The girl warns Emma that it’s the end of her story, but Emma doesn’t want to hear it.
Emma meets Hook at Granny’s, but her beau is suspicious. He knows that Emma has been lying to him, but she’s not ready to come clean. Instead she lays on another lie, telling him that it’s nothing but stress bothering her.
While Emma decides to stay quiet, Regina opens up to Snow about what’s been bothering her. Snow encourages her to start a new story, and Regina sets her sights on that. However, the evil side of her has other plans. Zelena returns to her old home to find the Evil Queen sitting there. She’s got two green martinis made for the two of them and wants to have some sister bonding time.