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"There's No Place Like Home" is the twenty-second episode of the third season of Once Upon a Time, and the show's 66th episode overall, which aired on May 11, 2014.

Synopsis

Opening Sequence

A new set of graphics highlights the "O" as a mirror, and features a swan in the forest.

In the Characters' Past

In 2001 Portland, Maine, Emma and Neal are on a date at an amusement park, where Neal picks a lock and the two sneak in to sit down on a carousel. Neal then opens up to Emma about his past, and about home, telling her it's a place that you can’t shake, and that you just miss.

In the Enchanted Forest's New Past

As the story continues from the previous episode, Emma sees the woman across from her in the cell as the same woman who was arrested for helping Snow, and learns that they are both due to be executed immediately the next day. Using her tricks from the night Neal broke into the amusement park, Emma remembers she knows how to break a lock by using two spoons, and it works. Later on, Charming catches Snow in the rope trap, although the timeline of their introduction is thrown off, until Hook shows up to say that another woman (Emma) has his ring. Charming looks at Snow's fairy dust pendant while she tells him her backstory (another timeline that was thrown off), and comes up with a plan to break into Regina’s castle first, then rescue Emma and steal back the ring. Snow tells them to wait, which gives Hook and Charming time to talk about love. Moments later, Red Riding Hood shows up, revealing herself as a friend of Snow's, and who can get them into the castle. As they reach the place, Red, who transformed into a wolf, scares a guard into running away, but the escape plan goes awry when they run into Emma and her fellow inmate, prompting Hook to tell Emma that she deprived him of a dashing rescue. Seconds later, Snow and Regina prepare to face off, with Snow throwing her dark fairy dust, but Regina uses her magic to stop it in midair. Snow tries telling her that what happened to Daniel (when she told Cora) was a mistake, saying that she was only a child, but an unforgiving Regina talks about consequences and sets up a stake to burn her. Regina throws a fireball at the helpless Snow White, who appears to die. Her death causes Red to howl as a wolf and Emma to cry over her mother's death.

Hook tries to comfort Emma by telling her that when his brother died all he could do was live in the moment. But Emma wonders how she can be still alive if Snow died. All of a sudden, a ladybug buzzes around Hook and just as he is about to kill the insect, Charming shouts “wait!” Charming takes the ladybug, places it on his hand and it is transformed back into Snow White by the Blue Fairy, thanks to a special form of fairy dust. The Blue Fairy is also aware that Emma wasn't Leia all along, but says it’s all right, her secrets can be hers. Snow is startled when Emma hugs her with tears in her eyes, shouting, “You’re alive.” Snow and Charming seem to be warming up to each other, causing a slight restoration in the timeline. Emma looks at the prisoner and suggests that she and Hook take her with them back to Storybrooke, but the woman is not happy about that idea, prompting Emma to knock her out to kidnap her. As Emma, Hook, and their additional guest go their separate ways, both Snow and Charming reach the troll bridge, but thanks to the altered timeline Snow doesn’t have her dust as a weapon to defeat the trolls, so she goes towards them and bluffs. They drop their weapons and take off. The timeline is back on track as Charming is now smitten with Snow before they go their separate ways, with Snow holding on to the ring and trying it on. Emma watches from a distance and gets weepy. Hook says, “It’s ok, Swan. Not everyone gets a chance to watch their parents fall in love.” Emma opens the book, and discovers a picture of Snow and Charming getting married, and as expected Regina still seeking vengeance on Snow, resulting in the timeline being restored, only this time Regina turns the trolls into bugs with the dark magic and squashes them.

Emma, Hook and their guest return to see Rumplestiltskin in the hopes that he can open the time portal, but instead he tells them that only they can re-open it because only the people who came through the portal can re-open it, but they need to wield magic. Rumple gives Emma a wand and tells her to open the portal if she has magic, but she doesn't think she can. Rumple decides he’d rather forget everything he’s learned so as not to alter his future, then he sends Emma and Hook to a dark vault where he keeps dangerous and unpredictable magic, where their Storybrooke outfits are restored. Hook says that Emma still has some magic in her and after seeing what happened to her parents and realizing everything Henry did to bring her to Storybrooke, she's ready to return home. Hook and Emma then notice the wand lights up with magic and open up the portal, allowing Hook and the woman to escape first. Before she can leave, Rumple holds on to Emma and demands to know what happened to Baelfire/Neal. Emma tells him what happened, then she begs him not to take away the fact he died a hero. Rumplestiltskin drinks the forgetting potion and lets go of Emma where she is pulled into the portal, which sends her, Hook, and the woman back to Storybrooke.

In Storybrooke

As Emma and Hook return to the present day, Emma admits that her home is in Storybrooke and that she has been treating her parents like acquaintances for too long. Emma returns home and gives them a big hug and calls them mom and dad for the second time. Mary Margaret and David tell her that they are naming their new son Prince Neal in honor of Emma's first love. That evening, Hook tells Emma that he traded the Jolly Roger for a magic bean so he could bring her back to Storybrooke. Realizing this is the ultimate expression of Hook's feelings, Emma finally gives him a passionate kiss. Also that night, Gold and Belle are officially married, watched over by Belle's father Moe French and ordained minister Archie Hopper.

The prisoner Emma rescued is revealed to be none other than Maid Marian, who eagerly runs to embrace Robin Hood and Roland. A distraught Regina notes that Emma has done exactly what her mother did: ruin her happiness by naively trying to make things better. Reduced to tears, Regina ominously warns Emma that Marian had better be the only thing she brought back. Back at the barn, a container from Rumplestiltskin's vault (which Hook accidentally disturbed in the vault) is revealed to have fallen through the portal. The lid pops off and releases a blue liquid, which after a moment coalesces into none other than Elsa. She removes her gloves and unleashes an icy blast that destroys her former prison, before heading out of the barn, leaving a trail of frozen ground behind her.

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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Characters: Alice | Cyrus | Percy/The White Rabbit | Jabberwocky | Silvermist | The Sultan/The Old Prisoner | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | Mrs. Rabbit | Elizabeth/Lizard | Amara
Characters of both series: Will Scarlet/The Knave of Hearts | Anastasia/The Red Queen | Cinderella/Ashley Boyd | Robin Hood | Little John | Friar Tuck | Grumpy/Leroy | Cora/The Queen of Hearts | Caterpillar | Maleficent | Jafar | Dr. Lydgate

Episodes

Season One: "Pilot" | "The Thing You Love Most" | "Snow Falls" | "The Price of Gold" | "That Still Small Voice" | "The Shepherd" | "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" | "Desperate Souls" | "True North" | "7:15 A.M." | "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" | "Skin Deep" | "What Happened to Frederick" | "Dreamy" | "Red-Handed" | "Heart of Darkness" | "Hat Trick" | "The Stable Boy" | "The Return" | "The Stranger" | "An Apple Red as Blood" | "A Land Without Magic"
Season Two: "Broken" | "We Are Both" | "Lady of the Lake" | "The Crocodile" | "The Doctor" | "Tallahassee" | "Child of the Moon" | "Into the Deep" | "Queen of Hearts" | "The Cricket Game" | "The Outsider" | "In the Name of the Brother" | "Tiny" | "Manhattan" | "The Queen Is Dead" | "The Miller's Daughter" | "Welcome to Storybrooke" | "Selfless, Brave and True" | "Lacey" | "The Evil Queen" | "Second Star to the Right" | "And Straight On 'Til Morning"
Season Three: "The Heart of the Truest Believer" | "Lost Girl" | "Quite a Common Fairy" | "Nasty Habits" | "Good Form" | "Ariel" | "Dark Hollow" | "Think Lovely Thoughts" | "Save Henry" | "The New Neverland" | "Going Home" | "New York City Serenade" | "Witch Hunt" | "The Tower" | "Quiet Minds" | "It's Not Easy Being Green" | "The Jolly Roger" | "Bleeding Through" | "A Curious Thing" | "Kansas" | "Snow Drifts" | "There's No Place Like Home"
Season Four: "A Tale of Two Sisters" | "White Out" | "Rocky Road" | "The Apprentice" | "Breaking Glass" | "Family Business" | "The Snow Queen" | "Smash the Mirror" | "Fall" | "Shattered Sight" | "Heroes and Villains" | "Darkness on the Edge of Town" | "Unforgiven" | "Enter the Dragon" | "Poor Unfortunate Soul" | "Best Laid Plans" | "Heart of Gold" | "Sympathy for the De Vil" | "Lily" | "Mother" | "Operation Mongoose"
Season Five: "The Dark Swan" | "The Price" | "Siege Perilous" | "The Broken Kingdom" | "Dreamcatcher" | "The Bear and the Bow" | "Nimue" | "Birth" | "The Bear King" | "Broken Heart" | "Swan Song" | "Souls of the Departed" | "Labor of Love" | "Devil's Due" | "The Brothers Jones" | "Our Decay" | "Her Handsome Hero" | "Ruby Slippers" | "Sisters" | "Firebird" | "Last Rites" | "Only You" | "An Untold Story"
Season Six: "The Savior" | "A Bitter Draught" | "The Other Shoe" | "Strange Case" | "Street Rats" | "Dark Waters" | "Heartless" | "I'll Be Your Mirror" | "Changelings" | "Wish You Were Here" | "Tougher Than the Rest" | "Murder Most Foul | "Ill-Boding Patterns" | "Page 23"
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: "Down the Rabbit Hole" | "Trust Me" | "Forget Me Not" | "The Serpent" | "Heart of Stone" | "Who's Alice?" | "Bad Blood" | "Home" | "Nothing to Fear" | "Dirty Little Secrets" | "Heart of the Matter" | "To Catch a Thief" | "And They Lived..."

Locations

Storybrooke | Maine | Enchanted Forest | Dark Palace | Dark Castle/Rumplestiltskin's Castle | Library | Prince Thomas' Castle | Cinderella's Chateau | Neverland | Skull Rock | Wonderland | White Rabbit's House | New York | Boston, Massachusetts | Land of Oz | Emerald City | Arendelle | Agrabah | The Sultan's Palace | Sherwood Forest | Hamelin | The Mushroom | Ring of Stones | Vault of the Dark One | Underworld | Mount Olympus | Auntie's Chicken & Waffles | Cave of Wonders

Objects

Once Upon a Time (Book) | Maleficent's Staff | Enchanted Hearts | Magic Wand | Poisoned Apple | Spinning Wheel | Magic Lamp | Dark One's Dagger | Chipped Cup | Jefferson's Hat | Enchanted Candle | Pixie Dust | Dreamshade | Jafar's Snake Staff | Pandora's Box | Vorpal Blade | Silver Slippers | Sorcerer Hat | Enchanted Broom | Trident | Enchanted Shell | Heroes and Villains (Book) | Merida's Bow | The Magical Rose | Sword in the Stone | Olympian Crystal | Cinderella's Dress | Golden Scarab Beetle

Vehicles

The Jolly Roger | Magic Carpet | Cruella's car | Nautilus

Species

Fairies | Unicorns | Dragons | Bridge Trolls | Wraith | Ogres | Mermaids | Kraken | Flying Monkeys | Rock Trolls | Will O' the Wisps | Furies | Munchkins

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