Turns out Rumpel wants one of to put with Once Upon a Time 1 DVD so that he can finally bottle true love after all, the man who can do that can do anything. He's grown up to become August Booth, whose flesh is getting more wooden by the minute. So he asks Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) to nudge Emma to believing in who she is.
The whole episode was beautifully constructed to bring the season full circle, with plenty of visual and narrative callbacks to the pilot, and I was particularly amused that Rumplestiltskin ironed out any potential continuity errors by magically transforming Charming's questing clothes into the more regal attire he wore when we first saw him resurrect Snow in the pilot.
Only making the spell was the last bit of magic Regina had. But Regina suggests they talk to Mr. Gold, who as Rumpelstiltskin is busy helping Charming find Snow. The thing is, they both want the same thing to foil Regina, so Charming reluctantly goes along with it.
She believes. Within seconds, she accosts Regina and throws her about a hospital room. But, the thought of Henry's death leads them to form an unlikely alliance to try and save him, one of the better moves and switcheroos in the episode. Their attention is then turned to Mr. Gold. Turns out, Rumpelstiltskin has kept some magic at hand for a rainy day.
Snow as the savior in the relationship is great. We're all for turning fairytale conventions on their head, but it would be nice if Charming did something besides get bullied and locked up. Where's the witty conversation? Where the dual strength that made us fall for the Snow/Charming relationship in the beginning?
This episode did a great job of tying together a lot of the threads that have been revealed throughout the Once Upon a Time Season.