Regina deals with the repercussions of losing Robin after Emma brings his wife from the past, and turns to an friend for help. Meanwhile, a mysterious ice princess arrives in Storybrooke and unleashes chaos. In the past in the kingdom of Arendelle, Elsa and Anna discover that their parents were killed trying to find a cure for Elsa's condition, and Anna sets out to find the same cure.
Elsa traps Storybrooke within a wall of ice while trying to find Anna, but is unable to release them... and puts Emma's life in danger. Meanwhile, when the power goes out, the townspeople insist that Mary Margaret deal with the crisis. And in the past, Anna visits David and helps him learn how to fight so that he can defeat the dreaded warlord Bo Peep.
Marian falls under a freezing curse and the townspeople believe that Elsa is responsible. When Emma and David go to Robin's camp to look for clues, they find Will Scarlet, who leads them to the culprit. Meanwhile, in the Arendelle of the past, Elsa and Kristoff go to find the urn that Hans plans to use to imprison Elsa, and encounter the Snow Queen.
To prepare for his first real date with Emma, Hook blackmails Gold into restoring his left hand. However, the pawnbroker warns that all magic comes with a price. Meanwhile, Will tries to steal a book from the library. In the Enchanted Forest of the past, Anna has no choice but to agree to do a favor for Rumplestiltskin return for knowledge of why her parents traveled to see the Dark One.
Emma tries to convince a reluctant Regina to help her find the Snow Queen, only to discover that Regina is lying to her about Sidney's whereabouts. Meanwhile, David convinces Mary Margaret to go on a date, but the date turns into a hunt when Will escapes his jail cell. In the past, Emma befriends another young orphan who isn't all that she seems.
While Emma and Regina track down the Snow Queen's ice cream truck and find a clue to her connection to Emma, Belle sets out to right a wrong that she did to Anna long ago... by using Gold's dagger to compel him to help. In the past, Anna agrees to take Belle to Grand Pabbie to restore her memories of what happened to Belle's mother.
Emma and Elsa manage to capture the Snow Queen, unaware that she wants to be captured so that she can play on Emma's self-doubts. Meanwhile, Robin chooses between Regina and Marian, and Henry attempts to learn the secrets of his grandfather's pawnshop. In the past, Ingrid learns of her powers and her sisters Helga and Gerda vow to stand by her no matter what.
Gold manages to imprison the Snow Queen and plans to strip Emma of her light magic for his own purposes. Meanwhile, Robin asks Will to help him find the storybook's author, and Emma grows increasingly frantic as her powers run out of control. In the past, Elsa frees Anna and together they try to trap Ingrid within the urn.
Gold continues with his plan to use the Sorcerer's Hat against Emma so that he can free himself from the Dark One's dagger. Meanwhile, Regina isn't convinced that she will ever find her happy ending, but Mary Margaret convinces her otherwise. In the past, Ingrid turns Anna against Elsa and learns what she must do to obtain her third sister.
The Snow Queen unleashes her spell, and the townspeople try to prepare a cure before sundown. Gold forces Hook to use the Sorcerer's hat to drain the fairies of their power and use it to escape Storybrooke himeslf. Meanwhile, Elsa and Emma try to find Anna, who may hold the cure to the town's survival. In the past, Anna and Kristoff seek out Black Beard to obtain the Wishing Star that will let them free Elsa from the urn.
As Storybrooke descends into chaos as the Snow Queen's spell takes hold, Emma and Elsa try to trick Regina into destroying the ribbons so that they can attack the Queen. In the past, Ingrid adopts Emma and attempts to show the girl that she's a powerful sorceress.
As Emma tries to find a way to get Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff back to Arendelle, Gold uses Hook to prepare the way for his departure from Storybrooke. In the past, the Queens of Darkness abduct Belle to force Rumplestiltskin to give them one of his magical artifacts.
Gold recruits Ursula and Cruella to help him get back into Storybrooke so that they can all obtain their happy endings. Meanwhile, the townspeople try to get back to their normal routine. However, when Belle finds a way to release the trapped fairies, she unleashes an evil creature that wrecks havoc on Storybrooke.
Mary Margaret and David try to find out what Cruella and Ursula are up to, without revealing to Emma that their pasts are intertwined with the Queens of Darkness. Meanwhile, Regina and Henry go to Pinocchiio in the hopes that he can reveal something about the Author. In the past, the reason for the Charmings' secrets is revealed.
While Regina works to gain the trust of the Queens of Darkness, Gold initiates his own scheme to regain his dagger. In the past, Regina seeks out Maleficent to learn magic, but discovers that her would-be mentor is the one who needs help.
While Gold tortures August for the information of the Author, Hook makes a deal with Ursula to learn Gold's plans. In the past, Hook and a young Ursula form an alliance so that each can get what they want, but Hook is forced to betray the young woman.
Songs: Ashman and Menken -- Fathoms Below
Hook tells Emma that her fate is at stake in Gold’s plan while Regina leads the villains on a wild goose chase. Henry makes a breakthrough in his search to find the Author, but Mary Margaret and David need a moment to reconsider the best course of action. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, Snow and Charming search for a way to ensure their child will grow-up to be a hero. When a travelling peddler directs them to visit a kindly old hermit, Snow and Charming are presented with a choice that could secure their child’s goodness, but at a price that will haunt them for years to come.