Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory
Writer: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Director: Milan Cheylov
Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m.
Original Telecast: April 21, 2013

There are bits and pieces of other storylines going on in the “Lacey” episode of ONCE UPON A TIME but the larger story is about Mr. Gold (Robert Carlysle) and Belle (Emilie de Ravin). It’s kind of a sad story, but it doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. I suspect it’s mostly about a set up for the big season finale on May 12.

Still it’s Regina (Lana Parilla) who sets everything in motion as she sees Neal (Michael Raymond-Thomas) and Henry (Jared Gilmore) playing. Turns out no one told her that Neal’s Henry birth father. Needless to say, since Mr. Gold managed to get Henry for Regina to adopt, Regina doesn’t exactly buy that Gold was unaware of the relationship. Gold says it was fate. Uh – huh. Actually maybe it was, but I totally get that Regina doesn’t buy it.

More interesting was her comment that no one in town is going to buy Gold trying to be a better person. If he can’t do it for his son, who can he do it for? Duh. Belle, which is right where he goes – to the hospital where she still doesnt know who she or Gold is. But she’s being the positve and kind person we know her to be, and wants her memory nudged.

We flash back to the early days of Belle’s relationship with Rumpelstiltskin (aka Mr. Gold) in the pre-curse Enchanted Forest. He’s being less than kind, but then he catches Robin Hood breaking in and stealing a magic wand. Robin’s got a magic bow that won’t miss and it doesn’t, but the arrow doesn’t kill Rumpelstiltskin.

Back in Storybrooke, Regina goes to visit Belle and gives her a matchbook that manages to provide Belle with some memories – and you knew that wasn’t a good thing. Oh, and Greg Mendel (Ethan Embry) and Tamara are getting cozy in front of a map with pins in it. Tamara tells Greg that she has the package and it’s stable. Hmmmmm. And it looks like Anton, the giant’s, beanfield is doing really well (my gardener husband noted that the vines were trellised properly). Turns out Snow White/Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Charming/David (Josh Dallas) want to go back to the Enchanted Forest and David’s trying to talk Emma (Jennifer Morrison) into going for it so that she can have her happy ending.

Gold finds that Belle has left the hospital and finds her at The Rabbit Hole, the local dive bar, where she has remembered that she’s Lacey, a tough girl playing pool and drinking hard. Naturally, Gold knows who’s behind it and goes after Regina Back in the Enchanted Forest, Rumpelstiltskin is busy torturing Robin Hood, which torques Belle mightily and as soon as she can, she helps Robin escape.

Gold is desperate enough to ask David for help in getting Belle back. Loved how Gold manipulates David into – after all, if David helps, Gold will owe him a favor. David’s advice is sound, but not exactly helpful, but you have to give Gold points for making the effort. Lacey busts Gold for his ruthless rep, but then says she’s not scared of him.

Now, here’s the gross part. Rumpel, determined not to let Robin Hood get away with stealing from him, questions the Sheriff of Nottingham, literally taking his tongue (blech!). Turns out Robin wanted to use the wand to heal Maid Marian, who is preggers. Guess what, Belle gets Rumpel to let him go, to Belle’s delight.

Problem is, back in Storybrooke, Lacey has skipped out on her date with Gold and gets caught necking with the Sheriff’s Storybrooke counterpart, causing Gold to do the tongue thing. This is after another flashback in which Belle tells Rumpel he’s not who she thought he was. Back to Storybrooke, Lacey says exactly the same thing to Gold, with a very dark spin.

Regina confronts Emma about Henry, and doesn’t believe Emma’s answer. Figures. Oh, and Greg and Tamara pop in with Tamara’s package. Whaddya know? Remember that storage cupboard where Emma had locked up Captain Hook a few episodes ago? The one that Tamara said was empty? Apparently, it didn’t get empty until she got Hook out and tied up.

As I said, for all the episode’s poignancy, it didn’t feel like a lot actually happened. But then there’s a lot poised to happen and only three more episodes.

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