Red and Henry arrive. The boy yells out, "Mom!" Regina stops herself, turns toward her son and turns on the charm. "It's okay. You're safe now." When she touches Henry, her living wall paper releases Charming and goes back to sleep. Red rushes to Charming's side. Henry: "Where's my mom and where's..." Regina: "They're gone. They fell through a portal. They're... Henry, I'm sorry." Henry: "No you're not. You really are the Evil Queen. I don't want to see you again." Regina: "No, don't say that." She touches his face. "I love you." Henry: "Then prove it. Get Emma and Mary Margaret back, and until then, leave me -- leave everyone alone." Regina asks where he'll go. Charming answers for his grandson. "With me." He walks to Henry's side and leads the boy out. Red follows, turning back only once, to give Regina her best, "The better to eat you with..." glare. That's all well and good, but clearly Regina has her magic back, and Charming certainly knows it, so why doesn't he demand she try out the hat trick (oh and man, I wish NHL would settle this accursed strike), before he leaves? TV TALK, I hate you.
Pawn Shop. Belle returns. She didn't want to see him, but she was worried. Rumpy says the beast is gone and Regina lives. How does he know? Belle: "So, you didn't get what you wanted?" Rumpy: "Well, that remains to be seen." It's then that Belle notices Rumpy still has Chip. He tells her that while there are many things in his shop, Chip is the only one he cherishes. He says he know Belle must leave. He's still a monster. She grabs his shoulders as she smiles. "Don't you see? That's exactly the reason I have to stay." I just have to go and get sick. I'll be right back.
Mary Margaret's Hovel: Charming and Henry arrive and Henry stares at a picture of Emma and Snow. Finally, Charming tells him not to worry. He just knows Emma and "Mary Margaret" are alive. He knows, because he has faith. He crouches down and looks up at Henry. Sing it with me. Altogether, now! "I will find them. I will always find them."
Enchanted Forest. Mulan tells Aurora they should leave the castle. They're not safe there. She explains that much changed while Aurora was asleep. When Aurora says she was out for less than a year, Mulan corrects her. "As you slept and Phillip and I searched for you, something worse happened. [...] Are you familiar with Regina, the Queen? [...] She cast a curse on this land -- a terrible, terrible curse. It ripped everyone away to another world. [...] This corner of the land was untouched. No one knows why, but something saved us." I really hope it's Flora, Fauna and Merryweather! Oh sorry, Mulan. Continue. "For 28 years, we were frozen. And then time started again. The terrible curse's power was weakened. Phillip and I were able to resume our search. We found you, but the land is ravaged with dangers more fearsome than you can imagine. For those of us who remain, we found a safe haven. We must go there, now." If they were truly frozen in time, how does Mulan know 28 years passed? In fact, did it even pass?