Emma is sitting in her cruiser, reviewing her own file. It contains an article about a seven year old boy finding a baby on the side of the road. There's a picture of him, too. When Henry walks up to the car, Emma shuts the file. Henry's brought some pumpkin pie. "I thought you'd like some. It was pumpkin, right?" Emma says it was. When she gets out of the car, she says, "Henry, about your father..." Henry smiles up at her. "Yeah?" When Emma looks at him, her expression softens. "I'm glad I told you." Henry, "Yeah, me too." They hug and then Emma grabs the pie. Henry says, "What you did, with Ava and Nicholas -- you really are changing things." More so than even you suspect, Henry. Just wait.
Mother and son are interrupted by the sound of a motorcycle driving toward them. The biker stops. (Lost fans, I believe his license plate bears the number 23). The man (Eion Bailey) gets off the bike, removes his helmet and crosses the street to where Emma and Henry are standing. He says hi and asks if this is Storybrooke. When they say it is, the stranger then asks where he can get a room. Henry: "Uh...you're staying?" The Stranger says, "That's the plan. Just looking for a bed." Emma points him toward Granny's Bed & Breakfast. The Stranger thanks her and returns to his bike. Emma calls out, "Hey, I didn't catch your name." Stranger: "That's because I didn't give it." When he drives off, Emma turns to Henry. "I thought you said strangers don't come to Storybrooke." Henry, his eyes still wide with surprise, says, "They don't."
Who do you think the Stranger is? My favorite speculation I've read so far, is that he is Rumpelstiltskin's son, all grown up. The more I think on that idea, the more I like it. The Stranger didn't give his name, after all. Being estranged from his son might explain why Mr. Gold is on Team Savior. I don't expect we'll find out too soon, but I'm interested to see how this turns out.
The lovely and talented Lulu Bates will be covering the next new episode. I've had a death in the family (and I'm afraid this recap reads like it, my apologies) so I'm taking a week off. Please come back and read her recaplet on Monday morning. In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page and then join us in the forum, but whatever you do, don't eat anything.