There’s bigtimebaby drama on Once Upon a Time this Sunday — and we’re not just talking about Rumple’s endeavor to reunite with his expectant wife.
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In the episode “Our Decay” (Sunday, 8/7c), while Rumple attempts to transportBelle to the Underworld,Snow White and David will set outto send a message to their wee son, Neal, whom them left back home in Storybrooke before joining daughter Emma on her perilous journey.
After all, the Charmings plannedto only be away for a short spell, in the name of finding and saving Hook. Instead, they and the other heroes have discovereda larger calling, to help in-limbo friends and frenemiessettle their unfinished business.“Yeah, it’s not the best parenting choice,” Josh Dallas says of leaving Neal back in Storybrooke.“It’s not a great thing that they left him behind, and they’re feeling that.”
Dallas says that abandoning the tyke for an indeterminate amount of time understandably“drudgesup” the Charmings’experience with their firstborn, whom they transported to safety via an enchantedwardrobe, beforethe Evil Queen’s Dark Curse consumedthe Enchanted Forest.“They don’t want to make a mistakelike they did the first time with Emma,” says the actor. “So now that they’ve left Neal, they’ve got to try to get back to him” — or at least get a heartfelt message to their son, with the help of the Blind Witch (guest star Emma Caulfield) and an ersatz “phone booth.”
Yetdespite their best intentions, the longer David and Snow (played by Ginnifer Goodwin) linger in the Underworld, the less certain aStorybrookehomecoming becomes. Especially now thatthere is an Underbrooke headstone with Snow’s name on it, and Emma’s plan to split her heart with Killian has hit a nasty snag.
Wanting to successfully rescue Hook but also get back home ASAP,“They’rebeing pulled in many, many directions,” Dallas says.Leaving Neal backin Storybrooke“might bite them in the ass.”
As Onceco-creator Adam Horowitz previously forewarned of the Charmings’ crisis of conscience, “There certainly are consequences to that sort of headstrongjump into the Underworld,where they lefta child behind. There are some really emotional things they’re going to have to deal with because of that.”
The emotional stakes are high for Emma as well, seeing as herheart-rules-the-head mission is what has put her folks in this dilemma in the first place.
“Her family decided to go with her, whichmeans a lot to her and is incredible because she’s never had that support in her lifebefore. But it’s also a lot of pressure,” Jennifer Morrison observes. “She feels very concerned that maybe they made the wrong decision by coming down there — and she would feel even more guilty if something bad happened to them. She has put a lot of pressure on herself to make sure that everyone is OK.”
Elsewhere in Sunday’s episode:Zelena and Regina get into a sibling squabbleandBelle learns some shocking news that will change her life forever, whilein flashbacks Hades pays Zelenaa visit in Oz with the intention of striking an alliance, only to findhimself with more than a partner in crime.