August tries to bluff his way through it, but we've already established his improvisational skills are not that great. "My son would never try to use me," Gold says. Gold also points out that the knife won't work because there's no magic in this world, which doesn't seem to be entirely true, but whatever. He snatches back the knife. August went through the whole deception as a means to make Gold believe he was his son. If he hadn't had to "work for it," as August says, he wouldn't have ignored the obvious. "Do I even look at him at all?" he asks. Actually, yes, you kind of do. But what do I know? I used to recap Smallville, where we were supposed to believe that Jor-El started out looking like Tom Welling and somehow turned into Julian Sands. Anyway, Gold decides that August must be from the other world. He shoves August up against a tree and presses the knife to his throat. "Who told you about me and the knife?" he asks. "A little fairy," August says. Ooh, someone's gonna get their rent doubled now. Gold gets all up in August's face and wonders why he would have taken the risk to get the knife. When August says he's dying, Gold backs off a little. It seems more a reflex born of confusion than mercy. August says he needs magic to cure him. He was going to get the "Savior" to believe, but doesn't think he'll live long enough. Nonetheless, Gold sees an opportunity. He remembers that Emma trusts August. "Try again," he says in quite the scary little whisper. When August is surprised to find himself still alive, Gold explains: "You'll die either way -- this way, I might get something out of it." August slumps down to the ground, and probably not from relief.
Fairy Tale Land. Rumplestiltskin stands alone in the forest and bellows for the Blue Fairy. There's no real reason she should answer him, but she shows up anyway so she can give away too much information. He wants to follow his son, but Blue is fresh out of magic beans. He lists off other possibilities: "A realm-jumper? A time tunnel? A mage? A curse?" She's quick to answer in the negative after each one, until he gets to that last. When she hesitates, he knows he's found the answer. She insists it can't be done: "Not without a great price." She says he would have to sacrifice this world, but it's beyond his abilities... for now. But she's given him everything he needs to know, so at least he knows where to start this very long con. "I will do nothing else, I will love nothing else, but I will find a way," he promises. "You took my son, but I will get him back." When she tries to point out that she didn't take his son, he lunges at her with the knife. She flits away while he's still ranting and raving.