Emma immediately dies of ricin poisoning. Just kidding! She gets all of her memories back -- and recognizes the dude who's been following her as the one and only Captain Hook. Moral of the story, kids: When a dude in heavy guyliner offers you a drink he's been carrying around in his pocket for days, always say yes.
So now things are just a wee bit more complicated than they were before. Emma knows she has to go back to Storybrooke, which has apparently regenerated, and she has to bring Henry back with her -- but first, she has to tell Walsh that she isn't going to marry him. Her boyfriend takes the news rather well... by which I mean he goes from Jekyll to Monkey Hyde in three seconds flat. The savior fights him off fairly easily, though it's got to sting to learn that you've been dating Donkey Kong for the better part of a year.
Finally, it's time for Emma, Hook, and Henry to make the trek we knew they'd have to make sooner or later. Back to New Storybrooke they go, even though Henry's still suffering from an acute case of memory tampering; Emma has told him that they're going north because she has a case to work in Maine. Oh, and that Hook is a "client," even though she doesn't run a treasure-burying agency. The kid is still asleep when Emma climbs the stairs to the apartment she once shared with Snow, then knocks on the door -- only to find that her father is, in fact, back in Maine. Charming is amazed and delighted to see Emma, but tells her that all is not well: He and the other ex-residents of Fairy Land are cursed and trapped in Storybrooke. Again. And someone or something has erased their memories of the past year; the last thing they can recall is saying goodbye to Emma the day Regina's curse was truly broken.
Emma is confused. If their memories were wiped, how does Charming know a year has passed? Cue Snow, waddling into the room -- and sporting an enormously pregnant belly. Hey, that's one way to have art imitate life!
And now we get our first glimpse at the creature who's put season 3's second arc in motion -- a familiar-looking, emerald-skinned vixen with a naughty glint in her eye and an apparent beef against Regina. From another computer generated castle far away, she slinks over to the monkey who attacked Snow and her stepmother, collecting a sample of the queen's blood. "Now I shall get my revenge," she purrs. "The queen may be evil, but I'm wicked. And wicked always wins." Well, unless it's an alphabetical contest.
NEXT: The return of Breadcrumbs!