Emma Swan, a bail bondsman, is surprised when Henry, the son that she gave up for adoption 10 years earlier, shows up on her doorstep. He begs Emma to come to his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine, and rescue him from his evil adopted mother, Regina Mills. The boy insists that everyone in the town is a fairy tale character with no memory of who they really are... and Emma soon realizes that Henry's claim may be true.
Songs: The Black Keys -- Howlin' for You
Regina tries to drive Emma out of Storybrooke by hook or by crook, involving Dr. Hopper in her schemes. Meanwhile, Sister Mary lends an unexpected hand to Emma, and Mr. Gold hints to the mayor that he knows more than she suspects. Meanwhile, the origin of the Dark Curse that destroyed the Land of Fantasy is revealed.
Henry convinces Mary Margaret to read to the John Doe patient, insisting that he's her Prince Charming. Mary Margaret reluctantly does so, but is surprised by the results. Meanwhile, in flashback Prince Charming and Snow White meet for the first time... and possibly the last.
Songs: Lloyd Green -- Red River Valley
In Storybrooke, Emma tries to help Ashley Boyd, a young pregnant maid who tries to make a deal with Mr. Gold. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, Cinderella makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin but discovers the price is more than she is willing to pay.
Graham makes Emma the town deputy, apparently setting off a collapse at a nearby mine. When Henry goes into the mine to prove his theory, he soon becomes trapped. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Jiminy discovers that he can't leave his parents to be who he truly wants to be.
In the real world, David finds himself drawn to Mary Margaret despite Kathryn's wishes. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, the man who will become Prince Charming is forced to accept his destiny.
After kissing Emma, Sheriff Graham begins to remember his past life as the Huntsman... the man who the Evil Queen tasked with killing Snow in the fairy tale world.
Emma runs for sheriff rather than let Regina fill the position, and discovers that she has a surprising benefactor. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, a human Rumplestiltskin learns what he must do to keep his son safe from the war.
Songs: Sonic Youth -- Kool Thing
Emma tries to help two orphaned children by locating their father, well aware of what will happen to them if they're put into the foster care system. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, Hansel and Gretel are abandoned by their father and the Evil Queen offers her help... for a price.
Regina asks Emma to investigate the Stranger, who has taken an interest in Henry. Meanwhile, Dave and Mary Margret try to reconcile their feelings to each other. And in the fairy tale world, James and Snow try to reunite although a kingdom stands in their way.
Sydney recruits Emma to help him find the evidence he needs to bring down Regina. And in the fairytale world, a Genie grants King Leopold three wishes, and the king grants the Genie his freedom... with tragic results.
Mary Margaret goes out with Ashley and Ruby for Valentine's Day, and Mr. Gold has something stolen from him. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world Belle is forced to give up everything she knows to keep her village safe... by living with the Beast.
While David considers the best way to tell Kathryn the truth about his affair with Mary Margaret, Emma has a date with the mysterious stranger. In the fairy tale world, James seeks out a cure for Abigail's lover so that at least one of them can have a happy ending.
When Leroy falls in love with a nun, Astrid, he helps Mary Margaret sell candles to raise money so that Astrid and her sisters aren't forced out of Storybrooke. Meanwhile, Emma begins the investigation into Kathryn's disappearance. And in the fairytale world, a newly born dwarf, Dreamy, falls in love with a fairy.
While Emma tries to determine if David murdered his wife Kathryn, she hires Ruby as an assistant when the waitress quits her job to go out into the world and find something to do with her life. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world Red and Snow meet as a savage wolf plagues the village where Red lives.
When Mary Margaret is arrested for murder, Emma tries to clear her friend's name despite pressure from Regina. Meanwhile, Henry finds a fellow believer and David goes to Dr. Hopper to recover his lost memories. And in the fairytale world, a Snow White that no longer remembers her true love seeks to kill Queen Regina.
Emma searches for a missing Mary Margaret, but is abducted by a man who claims to know the truth about Storybrooke... and Emma. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Regina convinces a sorcerer to take her to Wonderland to recover something that the Queen of Hearts has stolen from her.
Emma closes in on the real murderer to clear Mary Margaret's name, but discovers that someone close to her may have betrayed her. Meanwhile, in the fairtytale world, Regina choose true love over power, but her mother Cora has a harsh lesson to teach her.
Gold is intrigued by August and tries to determine who he really is. Meanwhile, David tries to apologize to Mary Margaret and Emma gets a break in the case of Kathryn's abduction. In the fairytale world, Baelfire makes a deal with his father Rumpelstiltskin when it becomes clear that his magic powers have corrupted him.
August offers to show Emma how she can regain Henry by telling her the truth about her life. Meanwhile, Regina attempts to seduce David and Mary Margaret returns into teaching. In the fairytale world, Gepetto is told that he can save Snow and Charming's child, but insists on saving his son Pinocchio as payment for his work.
Regina tries to find a way to maintain the curse, and discovers that she needs an artifact from her past to stop Emma. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world Queen Regina forces Snow to choose between her life and her love.
When Henry is stricken down by a curse intended for Emma, Emma must work with Regina and Gold to find a cure. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world Prince Charming makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to find Snow.
Emma Swan's arrival into Storybrooke and her destiny to save the town from the evil queen's curse; characters' back stories and secrets are revealed; a preview of season two.
The people of Storybrooke realize who they really are... and set out to confront Regina, who they believe is responsible. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Prince Phillip and Mulan rescue Aurora from her sleeping curse, but a mysterious wraith stalks Phillip and he may be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Songs: Lou Reed -- Charley's Girl
While Regina goes to Gold to get her magic back, the townspeople turn to David after they discover that no one can leave the town without paying the ultimate price. However, David is busy trying to find his missing wife and daughter. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world Regina tries to escape her mother's clutches and must turn to Rumpelstiltskin for help.
Emma and Mary Margaret meet with Lancelot, leader of the survivors, and seek out the wardrobe so they can return to Storyrbooke. Meanwhile, Henry tries to reunite Jefferson with his daughter and asks David for the chance to help find his mother and grandmother. In the fairytale world, King George curses Snow and sends his men to kill James.
In the real world, Belle decides to leave Gold when she realizes that he isn't being honest with her. However, someone else from her past threatens her future. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Rumplestiltskin discovers that his wife Milah isn't dead as he believed and goes to confront the pirate captain that took her.
In the real world, Regina tries to give up magic but her resolve is challenged when she discovers that Dr. Whale is performing experiments on Regina's dead fiance. Meanwhile, in the Enchanted Forest Emma and the others meet Hook, while in the fairytale world Jefferson finds an ally to help Regina bring back her dead lover, Daniel.
Mary Margaret and Hook scale the beanstalk to recover the compass from the Giant. As she climbs, Emma remembers the one time that she fell in love and was abandoned... unaware of the whole story of what happened.
When one of the townspeople turns up dead, suspicion falls on Ruby, who has faced her first full moon since the curse broke. David defends his friend but DA Spenser seeks revenge on David and tries to exploit the situation. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, Red discovers that her mother is still alive and can teach her how to embrace her wolf nature.
In the Enchanted Forest, Emma and Mary Margaret attempt to find a way to contact Henry, while Hook makes a deal with Cora. Meanwhile, in the real world David realizes that he has to enter the netherworld and make contact with his wife so that he can tell her how to defeat Cora.
Songs: The Brymers -- I Want to Tell You
While David lies in a coma, Gold and Regina plan to make sure that no one comes to Storybrooke through the portal. Meanwhile, Emma and Mary Margaret race Cora and Hook to the portal, and in the land that was, Regina makes a startling revelation to her mother.
Regina tries to show the people of Storybrooke that she has changed, but things go awry when she's accused of murder. In the fairytale world, Snow and James must decide what to do with the Evil Queen.
Songs: The Airbourne Toxic Event -- Timeless
Gold finds someone to use as an experiment to see if he can cross the borders of Storybrooke without losing his memory. Meanwhile, Mary Margaret and David have a difference of opinion, and Belle confronts Hook. In the fairytale world, Belle sets out on a quest with Mulan to defeat a terrible beast.
While the townspeople decide whether to let the outsider live or die following his car crash, Dr. Whale suffers a crisis of confidence. As he flees into the night, he remembers what happened to him in his original life and his failed attempts to bring his brother Gerhardt back to life. Meanwhile, Cora reaches out to Regina and Gold reaches out to an amnesiac Belle.
Hook takes David and Mary Margaret to his ship and reveals Cora's secret weapon: Anton the Giant. When they free him, he mistakes David for James, the man who betrayed him in the Enchanted Forest, and goes on a rampage. Meanwhile, Emma takes Henry and Gold out of Storybrooke, and in the fairy tale world, Anton has his first encounter with humans... including one named Jack.
In New York, Emma confronts Gold's son Bae, only to discover that he is her ex-lover, Neal. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, Hook helps Cora and Regina locate Rumplestiltskin's dagger. And in the fairytale world, Rumplestiltskin goes off to war and receives a cryptic warning from a blind seer.
In the fairy tale world, Snow's mother Queen Eva lies dying and the girl must make an impossible choice. Meanwhile, in the real world, Hook travels to New York to kill Gold, and David and Mary Margaret try to stop Cora and Regina from obtaining the Dark One's dagger.
Emma, Neal, and Henry bring Gold back to Storybrooke to find a cure for Hook's poison, and Regina and Cora prepare to kill the pawnbroker and take his power. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, a miller's daughter named Cora unwisely boasts to a king that she can spin straw into gold. When he challenges her to do so, Rumplestiltskin comes to her aid... for a price.
Gold is forced to intervene when Regina comes up with a way to get revenge on Mary Margaret and bring Henry back into her life. Meanwhile, 28 years ago, Regina wakes up in Storybrooke, the town created by her curse, but soon discovers two outsiders that could pose a threat to her plans.
Songs: Talking Heads -- This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
Mary Margaret goes off on her own to come to grips with her role in Cora's death, and meets August... who has transformed back into wood. Meanwhile, Neal introduces Tamara to Henry and Emma, and then decides to tell her the truth about his life. Meanwhile, two years earlier, August is in Hong Kong trying to find a cure for his condition and has an unexpected encounter.
Songs: Joan Jett
-- Bad Reputation, Gabriela -- Got It
When Regina gives Belle the memories that she was originally supposed to have because of the curse, Gold asks David for advice in how to reach his love's true feelings. Meanwhile, Regina learns of Anton and his field of magic beans. In the fairytale world, Belle release a thief that tried to steal from Rumplestiltskin, and the Dark One forces her to accompany him on his hunt for the man.
Songs: Tori Kelly -- Fill a Heart (Child Hunger Ends Here), Gary Wright -- Love Is Alive, Metallica -- The Day That Never Comes
Regina comes up with a plan to use a failsafe built into her curse to destroy Storybrooke and its residents while she and Henry escape to the Enchanted Forest. When Henry rejects her, Regina turns to Hook... who has allies of his own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Regina has Rumpelstiltskin disguise her as a peasant so that she can find the renegade Snow and kill her.
When Regina disappears, Emma, Mary Margaret, and David search for her and discover that the magic portal beans have disappeared as well. Meanwhile, Lacey's attraction for Gold grows when she learns that he can do magic. In the past, Bae arrives in 19th century London and is taken in by the Darling family, and befriends their daughter Wendy.
While Regina tries to delay the end of Storybrooke after Greg and Tamara set off the failsafe, David and Hook race to get the magic beans and create a portal so the townspeople can evacuate. Meanwhile, decades ago in Neverland, Hook takes Bae under his wing and must decide whether to give him up to the Lost Ones or not.
Cast members and executive producers discuss the show, spotlighting the themes of family and magic. Included: a look back at the characters' journey to Neverland, and a look ahead to the emergence of the Wicked Witch of the West.
Hook pilots the Jolly Roger to Neverland so that Emma and the others can find Henry, abducted by Greg and Tamara. Meanwhile, Henry's abductors discover that everything isn't what it seems. And Neal wakes up in the Enchanted Forest and discover that he must seek out the castle of his father if he wishes to see Emma again.
As she searches for Henry with the others, Emma meets with Pan, who gives her a map but warns that it will only lead her to her son if she admits who she is truly is. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, Snow White is willing to give up her kingdom and her people when the Evil Queen offers to spare her life if she will go into exile.
In Neverland, Hook suggests that they recruit Tinker Bell to lead them to Pan's camp... unaware that Regina has a dark history with the fairy creature. Meanwhile, in the Enchanted Forest comes up with a way to get to Neverland and rescue Emma and Henry.
In Neverland, Gold must decide whether he will sacrifice his life for Henry... who the prophecy says will be his undoing. Things become complicated when he meets Neal, who he had believed was dead. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Bae is abducted by a mysterious Piper and Rumplestiltskin sets out to find his son and take revenge on his abductor.
Hook convinces a dying David that the key to their escape from Neverland lies atop Deadman's Peak, and convinces David to accompany him to find it. Meanwhile, Emma, Mary Margaret, and Regina come up with a plan to contact Henry and assure him that there's still hope. And in the past, the man who will one day become Hook sets sail with his brother Liam to find a rare healing plant for their king.
Regina leaves the group to find Gold and convince him to launch a magical assault on Pan. Meanwhile, Emma and the others learn that Neal is being imprisoned in Echo Cave, but they must pay a heavy price to free him. And in the fairy tale world that was, Snow White is on the run and meets a mermaid named Ariel, who asks for her help winning the love of Prince Eric.
Ariel travels to Storybrooke to help Belle find Gold's object that can imprison Pan for all eternity. However, two men from the Home Office are prepared to stop them at any cast. Meanwhile, in Neverland, Mary Margaret is furious at David for lying to her, while Emma finds herself the third point in an uncomfortable love triangle as she tries to capture Pan's Shadow and use it to escape Neverland.
While Pan tricks Henry into sacrificing his life by making him believe that he will save Neverland, Emma and the others try to stop him before it's too late. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, a young Rumple and his father Malcolm travel to Neverland but find out that it's not what they expected.
While Emma and Regina work together to try and find a way to save Henry before it's too late, eleven years in the past, Regina turns to Gold for help when she decides she wants to adopt a child to fill the emptiness in her life.
The heroes return to Neverland with Henry, unaware that Pan has swapped bodies with the boy. Pan soon uses his insider status to find out where Regina has her vault... and the magic stored within it. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, Snow sets out to find a way to kill Regina for good by using the head of Medusa.
To stop Pan, Gold must reverse the spell and put him back in his proper body, while Regina undos the curse to stop Pan's curse from destroying everyone in the town. However, stopping the curse will require a price that everyone in Storybrooke must pay.
Emma and Henry make a life for themselves in New York City, their memories of their lives in Storybrooke removed. However, Hook comes to find Emma to tell her that she's the only one who can help her parents. Meanwhile, a year ago in the Enchanted Forest, Snow White and David return with the people of Storybrooke but discover that someone has taken over their castle.
Emma teams up with Regina to find out who in town cast the memory-loss curse, while David and Hook search for missing townspeople and make a horrifying discovery. Meanwhile, a year in the past, Regina meets the intruder in her castle and learns of their connection.
Zelena continues to infiltrate Mary Margaret and David's lives, while gathering totems of power. Meanwhile, a year ago in the Enchanted Forest, Charming goes on a quest to overcome his fears and comes to the aid of a princess trapped in a high tower.
The hunt is on for the Wicked Witch in Storybrooke, but she's closer than anyone suspects. Meanwhile, Neal returns and discovers that his father is alive, and vows to find him. Meanwhile, a year ago in the Enchanted Forest, Belle and Neal return to Rumplestiltskin's castle to find a way to bring back Neal's father, but discover that there is a terrible price to be paid.
Zelena challenges her half-sister Regina to a magical duel, well aware that with Gold on her side, she's unbeatable. Meanwhile, in the past Zelena seeks out her past and goes to the Wizard of Oz, who tells her everything she needs to know.
In the present, Ariel returns to Storybrooke and Hook agrees to help her find her lost love, Prince Eric. Meanwhile, Regina teaches Emma in how to develop her magic so that together they can take on Zelena. Nine months earlier in the Enchanted Forest, Hook agrees to help Ariel find Eric, a quest that reunites him to his old ship, the Jolly Roger... now under the command of the dread pirate Black Beard.
After Zelena steals Regina's heart, Regina casts a spell so that she can speak across the realms to her dead mother, Cora, to discover the truth about why she abandoned Zelena, and Belle stumbles across what Zelena's ultimate end game is. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, young Cora is duped by a man claiming to be a prince and finds herself alone and pregnant. But a chance meeting with a real prince could lead Cora to the royal life she's always craved, but she must keep her pregnancy a secret or risk losing everything.