|Season 03, Episode 2|
|Premiere date:||October 6, 2013|
|Written by:|| Andrew Chambliss &|
|Directed by:||Ron Underwood|
|Previous Episode:||"The Heart of the Truest Believer"|
|Next Episode:||"Quite a Common Fairy"|
"Lost Girl" is the second episode of Season Three of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss & Kalinda Vazquez and directed by Ron Underwood. It is the forty-sixth episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 6, 2013.
While Emma, Mary Margaret, David, Regina and Hook continue their search for Henry in Neverland, Peter Pan appears before a startled Emma and offers her a map that will reveal her son’s whereabouts. But the only way to make the map appear is for Emma to stop denying who she really is and come to grips with her true feelings about her identity – and Mr. Gold receives some unexpected advice from a friend that could lead him to understand his life’s journey while in Neverland. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, when the Evil Queen presents Snow White with an offer to live her life with Charming in peace – with the caveat that she give up her claim to the throne – Charming makes it his mission to ensure that Snow doesn’t take the offer.
In Neverland, Mr. Gold uses a fireball to start a fire. He freezes his shadow on a large rock. Using his dagger, he cuts his shadow from his feet, detaching it. He gives the dagger to his shadow, instructing it to hide the knife where not even Gold himself can find it.
Elsewhere on the island, Emma Swan, Captain Hook, David Nolan, Mary Margaret Blanchard and Regina Mills trek through the jungle, heading toward a ridge to gain a better view. Regina suggests that she could have just magically transported the group to the top of the ridge, and Hook responds by reminding her that there are dangers she doesn't know about in Neverland, and only he can guide the group. Emma agrees. David, using a sword to clear to clear a path, takes aim at a bunch of thorns. Hook stops him, explaining that the thorns carry a poison called Dreamshade. He further explains that Dreamshade was the source of the poison he used on Mr. Gold, in a concentrated form, and that, in its natural form, death by Dreamshade is very painful and very slow. Hook then suggests the party take a slightly different direction, and David suggests the other way. The group follows David. Falling behind the group, Hook asides to Emma that her father is distrustful. Emma responds that he's just not used working with the "bad guys". Hook assures that, on Neverland, he is not the bad guy. When Emma responds that, according to the stories she heard as a child, Peter Pan is not a villain either, Hook responds that Pan is the "most treacherous" villain he's ever faced.
David calls to the pair from the top of the ridge. The group looks out over the overgrown Dark Jungle. Hook, unable to easily spot Pan's lair as he anticipated, explains that the jungle has grown since he left the island. David remarks that they're in a good position to comb the jungle, but Hook disagrees, telling the group that the Dark Jungle is treacherous, and they should go around. He suggests they make camp for the night. Regina objects, but follows. Emma lingers, looking forlorn, and Mary Margaret comforts her, saying "it's never too late."
In the former Enchanted Forest, Prince Charming awakens Snow White from the Sleeping Curse. Meanwhile, at the Dark Palace, a guard rushes through the palace, carrying a mirror channeling the Magic Mirror. The guard carries the mirror out to the garden, where the Evil Queen is picking an apple from her apple tree. The Mirror shows the Queen images of Prince Charming proposing to Snow White. The Queen is enraged.
Elsewhere in the Enchanted Forest, Snow White, Prince Charming, and the dwarves attempt to rally a group of commoners. Snow White gives a harrowing account of the Evil Queen's tyranny, claiming the kingdom belongs not to the Queen, but to the people. She asks those assembled who will fight with her, but no one responds. Instead, the Evil Queen appears, poking fun at the frightened townspeople. The assembled commoners run off, and Snow White remarks that the townspeople may be afraid of Regina, but they are not. Regina makes a snide remark regarding Charming's former identity as a shepherd, and both Charming and Snow White draw their swords on the Queen. Regina responds by magically binding Charming with rope.
Regina offers Snow White a deal; if the Princess will declare Regina the rightful ruler of the kingdom, the Queen will allow her, Charming, and the dwarves to live peacefully on Charming's former farm. Snow White equates the "deal" to exile. Regina responds by reasoning that, instead of trying to kill Snow White, her focus should be taking everything that was once supposed to be Snow White's. Charming reacts to this statement, fighting against his bonds. Regina tells Snow White to get down on her knees and swear on her father's grave that the kingdom belongs to Regina. When Snow White asks what will happen if she doesn't, the Queen responds by saying "then someone will pay the price." She uses her magic to lift up one of the female villagers, choking her. Snow White, sword in hand, charges at the Queen, who disappears in a cloud of smoke at the last moment, dropping the village girl. Charming breaks out of his binds, aiding the villager. Regina reappears, telling Snow White that she has "until sundown tomorrow to give up the throne", and that, for every day Snow White defies her, she will kill one of Snow White's subjects. Regina further taunts the Princess by claiming that she will "never be a Queen".
In Neverland, the sound of crying children wakes Emma from her slumber. Drawing her sword and unable to wake Mary Margaret and David, Emma treks into the jungle alone, following the sound. Peter Pan appears behind Emma, wondering "why they can't hear the crying". When he gives his name to Emma, she pins him against a tree, her sword at his throat. She demands to know where Henry is, and Pan assures her that the boy is still alive. When Emma demands to know what Pan wants with Henry, Pan dodges the question by remarking that he came to see who he was up against, and that he is not disappointed. He gives the skeptical Emma a map he claims will lead her to Henry. When Emma asks why, Pan explains that it is not about Emma finding Henry, but how she finds Henry. He further claims that Emma is the only one who can find him. Taking the parchment from the boy, Emma opens it to reveal a blank map. Pan informs her that the only way to read the map is for Emma to stop denying who she is. Pan then disappears.
Back with the group, Emma stares at the map. Mary Margaret and David return, reporting that Pan is nowhere to be found, and Regina insists that the map is likely a trap, meant to distract them from searching for Henry. Regina suggests using her magic to unlock the map, but Emma refuses. The others agree, and Mary Margaret offers words of encouragement, reminds Emma that Pan is playing a game, and she can win.
In the former Enchanted Forest, Snow White, Prince Charming and the dwarves discuss their options. Snow White advocates for taking the Evil Queen's deal, and Charming argues for standing their ground; he rationalizes that Snow White needs to protect her people from the Queen. Snow White counters that she was unable to even protect the peasant girl, and that Regina would eventually go after the people closest to her. The dwarves swear to stand by Snow White, no matter what. Charming continues to try to convince Snow White, but she simply responds that she is no Queen, she doesn't even know who "Snow White" truly is, and she does not want to be alone. When Charming assures her that that will never happen, Snow White announces her intent to take the Queen's offer, saying they should leave the next day. She then leaves the group. Charming calls after her, but Grumpy objects, questioning Charming's motives in attempting to change Snow White's mind. He asks Charming what the Kingdom matters when he has True Love. Realizing the implications, Charming insists that he has Snow White's best interests at heart. He asks if the dwarves are with him, or against him. Grumpy responds by telling him that if he wants to change Snow White's mind, Charming will have to do so without their help. The dwarves leave him, and Charming resolves to "find another way".
In the Dark Castle, Rumplestiltskin spins at his spinning wheel when Prince Charming arrives, seeking his aid. He reminds Rumplestiltskin that he once aided Charming in helping Snow White remember who she was when a "spell blinded her." He requests Rumplestiltskin's aid once more.
In Neverland, Mr. Gold gazes at the doll given him by Felix when a rustling is heard in the jungle. He stands, putting down the doll, demanding to know who has disturbed him, and a cloaked figure grabs the doll and flees. Gold chases the culprit, catching them and removing their hood. To his surprise, it is Belle.
Shocked, Mr. Gold asks Belle how she got to Neverland. She responds by commenting on his attire, claiming she thought it was his past. Gold responds by saying that becoming the Dark One again is the only way he will save his grandson. Belle touches his face, saying that he has not completely reverted, and that there is still hope. The couple lean in to kiss, but Gold breaks it off suddenly, realizing that Belle is not truly in Neverland. She confirms this, telling Gold that she is still in Storybrooke, and that the protection spell worked and everyone in town is fine. Gold violently grabs "Belle" by the neck, suggesting that perhaps Belle has been conjured by Pan to lead him astay. Calmly, Belle responds that Pan didn't conjure her, Gold did. Shocked, Gold lets her go, and Belle wonders why Gold has conjured her.
In the former Enchanted Forest, Rumplestiltskin informs Prince Charming that he cannot help him. Charming implores the Dark One for something that will help Snow White realize she can beat Regina. Rumplestiltskin informs him that magic cannot help him, as belief "must come from within". He suggests that Charming take the Queen's offer, and take a lesson from his dead brother. Unperturbed, Charming reasons that Rumplestiltskin must have something, he always does, and tells the wizard to name his price.
At Snow White and the dwarves' camp, Snow White practices her archery as Charming returns, telling her to "save those arrows for the Queen". Snow White retorts that her mind is made up, and they are leaving to take Regina's deal. Charming responds by saying that she won't want to leave when she hears what Rumplestiltskin had to say.
Snow White: She has a point. I'm no queen. I'm no leader. I'm just a girl who lost her parents, ran away into the woods and became a bandit.
Prince Charming: You're Snow White!
Snow White: Yes. And the truth is... I don't even know who that is.
Emma: That look in his eyes, the despair. I had it. Back when I was in the foster system. Just a lost little girl who didn't matter and didn't think she ever would. A little girl who cried herself to sleep at night 'cause she wanted her parents so bad and could never understand why they gave her up.
Mary Margaret: And then you found us, and it was too late.
Emma: It's just.. on this island, I don't feel like... like a hero or a savior. I just feel like what I've always been: an orphan.
- The title card features a sword resting in a stone.
- This is the first episode of the third season in which the Land Without Magic does not appear.
- The Neverland events take place after "The Heart of the Truest Believer".(For more details, see the Neverland timeline)
- The Enchanted Forest events occur after "A Land Without Magic" and before "Lady of the Lake".(For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- Mary Margaret recalls Emma calling her "mom", which happened in "And Straight On 'Til Morning for the first time.
- Hook mentions poisoning Mr. Gold in "The Queen Is Dead".
- Regina references the sheriff election in "Desperate Souls".
- Hook's knowledge of Dreamshade is gained in "Good Form".
- Emma references Hook's unsavory physical appearance in Disney's 1953 film Peter Pan donning a "waxed mustache and a perm".
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode is a rendition of the Snow White fairyale, focusing on Snow White's awakening from the Sleeping Curse, the King Arthur legend, focusing on the Excalibur sword of Camelot as well as the Peter Pan story, focusing on the appearance of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.
- This episode features Rumplestiltskin from the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale.
- Emma talks about growing up with the childhood fictional tale of a heroic Peter Pan.