Once Upon a Time recap: Father and Child Reunion

Once throws a curveball by revealing the identity of Rumpelstitlskin's long-lost son. (Hint: He's exactly who you think he is)
Ep. 14 | Aired Feb 17, 2013

OH, BAE-BY That little bundle of joy will one day become a dreamcatcher-hoarding car thief. They grow up so fast...

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- The best part of "Manhattan" has to be Snow and Charming trying to de-tangle their twisted family tree. Snow notes that Rump is Henry's grandfather, and Charming replies, "But I'm his grandfather!" Her brilliant reply: "You can have more than one."

- And also, of course: "It's a good thing we don't have Thanksgiving in our land, because that dinner would suck."

- Stranger Greg has captured Regina doing magic on film, or at least its digital equivalent. Will season 2 end with all of Storybrooke's magical denizens banding together to repel invading muggle forces?

- Speaking of other plot developments -- after the easiest treasure hunt ever, Regina and Cora are now thisclose to securing the Dark One's dagger. (And that's why he and Emma should have just driven to New York City; if they hadn't taken a plane, Rump could have just brought the dagger with him.) Their new brilliant plan is to force Rump to kill all of their enemies for them, which will leave Regina blameless in Henry's eyes. So much for character development!

- Baelfire lives in apartment 407, which must have some greater significance (if not here, then certainly in Lost). And did anyone catch the other names written on his building's buzzers? My screener was a little too fuzzy for me to read them.

- Rumpelstiltskin may be plotting to murder his grandson, but at least he bought the kid New York City's most delicious-looking hot dog first.

- So how, exactly, did August know that "Neal" was actually Baelfire? And who, exactly, twisted fate so that the scion of the Charmings and the scion of the Rumpelstiltskins would procreate? Who's zoomin' who?

- Rump's ability to see the future is awfully convenient, yet he rarely seems to use it. Is there a reason for this, or should we expect it to come into play more now that we've learned the origin of his prophetic powers?

After a week-long hiatus for the Oscars -- let's go, Amour! -- Once will return with an episode ominously titled "The Queen is Dead." In the meantime, let's talk "Manhattan": did you enjoy tonight's installment, even if you saw its "twist" coming a mile away?

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