Peter Pan: Everyone will forget who they are. Time will stand still. And, Felix, we will be in charge.
"The New Neverland" is the tenth episode of Season Three of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss and directed by Ron Underwood. It is the fifty-fourth episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 8, 2013.
The residents of Storybrooke are overjoyed upon the return of Henry and our heroes from Neverland. But unbeknownst to them, a plan is secretly being put into place by a well-hidden Pan that will shake up the very lives of the townspeople. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Snow White and Prince Charming’s honeymoon turns out to be anything but romantic when they go in search of a mythical being that could stop Regina cold in her tracks.
In present day Storybrooke, Belle is walking with Ariel to find Eric. She finds him at a counter cutting fish. When he sees her, he runs to her and they kiss. Suddenly, Belle sees the Jolly Roger fly into Storybrooke.
Everyone starts cheering as the Jolly Roger lands at the dock. Peter Pan and the heroes exit the ship and walk down the ramp to the crowd. Everyone starts hugging each other as a reunion. Mr. Gold meets up with Belle and explains that she was that they would see each other again. WhenWendy exits the ship, she meets her brothers and Neal and they plan on going back home. Mary Margaret and David display their happiness and thank Regina of their escape.
Back in the Enchanted Forest, The Evil Queen threatens Snow White and Prince Charming at their wedding. Furious, Snow White stomps into a meeting room, not knowing what the do about The Evil Queen. Prince Charming assures her that all Regina made was threats an they should enjoy their honeymoon to show her that her threats don't matter. Snow White suggests they go to the Summer Palace and he agrees. Grumpy comes in the room and asks her if she agrees with Prince Charming and she says she thinks there is something at the Summer Palace that might help defeat The Evil Queen.
In Storybrooke, Mr. Gold explains to David that the Shadow can't escape and they are all safe. Pan walks up to Felix and discusses their plan. Pan tells Felix that he needs to be locked up so they will trust him. Pan, who is in Henry's body urges the heroes to hide Pandora's Box, so Henry won't escape.
At the party for getting out of Neverland at Granny's Diner, Emma sits down with Pan and gives him Henry's book. When Emma notices that he doesn't recognize it, she asks if something is wrong. Neal comes to sit down next to Hook and Hook tells him that he will let Hook have Emma. When Regina and Tinker Bell walk in, they run into Mother Superior. Regina asks if she can give Tinker Bell her wings back and mentions that she got Pixie Dust to work. When Mother Superior asks about this Tinker Bell says it only worked for a second. Mother Superior then says she can't believe in her if she doesn't believe in herself. Neal then comes over to Emma and asks her on a date. Her parents tell her she owes it to herself to go.
In the Enchanted Forest, Snow White and Prince Charming arrive at the Summer Palace. When Prince Charming says that they should enjoy the time alone, Snow White tells him that she has something planned. As soon as he leaves, she takes off the robe and sneaks out the Palace. As she is walking, she spots Prince Charming and he asks her what she is doing. Snow White explains that she wants to cut off Medusa's head to turn The Evil Queen into stone. He reluctantly agrees.
In present day Storybooke, Emma tells Pan that it is bedtime and they should go, but he wants to spend the night at Regina's house. When he gets home, he opens the book onto a page, displaying the curse. When Regina comes to tuck him in to bed, Pan asks about Regina's vault explaining that he wants to be safe, but he really just wants something from it. After Regina leaves, he lets the Shadow out.
Back in the Enchanted Forest flashback, Snow White and Prince Charming discuss what to do with Medusa. He asks her why they should turn Regina to stone and she tells him because The Evil Queen threatened the kingdom.
In Storybrooke, while David and Mary Margaret are eating at Granny's, Mr. Gold give him the elixir to stop the Dreamshade poisoning. As David tells Mary Margaret that they should have a baby, she notices that Emma didn't go on the date with Neal. David goes to check on Emma and she tells him that she thinks something bad is going to happen. He advises her not the think like that and tells her to enjoy the good moments. He then gives her a lift to Granny's.
*:Only in archive footage.
- The title card features Medusa.
- The title of this episode was announced by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on October 26, 2013.
- The computer-generated imagery set used to portray the interior of the Summer Palace is recycled from the computer generated model used for Royal Manor in "The Stable Boy". The same model is re-used for the Royal Castle dining hall in "A Bitter Draught". For example, the archways and some of the windows, even the flowers on the window sill, have a very similar design.
- The ceiling of Regina's father's tomb says "QU[obscured]SSE VIDERIS". "Quam esse videris" is Latin, and roughly translates as "how to be seen". Esse quam videri is a Latin phrase meaning "To be, rather than to seem (to be)", which has been used as a motto by a number of different groups.
- The Enchanted Forest events take place immediately after the wedding in "Pilot", and before Snow White and Prince Charming return from their honeymoon in "Unforgiven".(For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Land Without Magic events occur after "Dark Hollow" and before "Going Home".(For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- Prince Charming mentions how Snow White stopped the Evil Queen's execution in "The Cricket Game".
- Prince Charming references how he and Snow White met and fought trolls in "Snow Falls".
- Granny's special lasagna is also referred to in "Child of the Moon", "Tiny", "Lacey", "It's Not Easy Being Green", "Dreamcatcher" and "An Untold Story".
- Mr. Gold said he could create a Dreamshade cure in "Think Lovely Thoughts".
- The Evil Queen mocks Snow White using her Magic Mirror, which came into her possession in "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree".
- After being freed from stone, Prince Charming says he now knows how Frederick felt in "What Happened to Frederick".
- To prove who he is, Henry mentions his love for hot cocoa with cinnamon which was first established in "The Thing You Love Most", getting stuck in the mines in "That Still Small Voice", trying to blow up the well in "Welcome to Storybrooke" and his and Emma's first bonding moment in "Pilot".
- Mr. Gold enchanted Baelfire's shawl in "The Outsider".
- Snow White and Charming return from their honeymoon in "Unforgiven".
- Snow White learns that she's pregnant in "Unforgiven".
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features the Evil Queen, Snow White, Prince Charming and one of the dwarves from the Snow White fairytale, Hook, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, the shadow, Wendy, John and Michael Darling from the Peter Pan story as well as Medusa from Greek Mythology.
- This episode is a rendition of the Perseus myth with Perseus and Medusa.
- At the diner, Dopey wears a Geronimo Jackson shirt, a reference to the fictional band of the same name on the TV series Lost.
- The song A Pebble In My Sand by The Fallen Angels is playing in the background when Tinker Bell is talking to Mother Superior in the diner.
- The boardgames Outburst II and Balderdash are sitting on a shelf in Henry's room.
- Pan picks up the comic Avengers Assemble #1 in Henry's room. It was released in 2012, the year before the episode premiered. A variant cover edition of Invincible Iron Man #1 from 2008 is lying on the table.
- As Pan is looking through Henry's storybook, an excerpt from the fairytale of The Golden Bird can be seen.
- The accompanying images are illustrations by the famous English book illustrator Arthur Rackham:
- One illustration is from Nathaniel Hawthorne's children's book A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys (1851). It depicts a scene from the story "The Paradise of Children".
- Another illustration is from the fairy tale of "Little Red Riding Hood".
- Next to an illustration of the Heart Vault, there is an excerpt from the wedding scene from "Pilot":
- The accompanying images are illustrations by the famous English book illustrator Arthur Rackham:
shall destroy your happiness [image ends]
Having made her vows [image ends]
to walk away. But Charming [image ends]
Queen's threat go [image ends]
threw it at the evil [image ends]
her, however, the Queen [image ends]
smoke. The sword [image ends]
Queen was gone. [image ends]
- Eric's stand at the docks is called Eric's Bait. Its symbol is a hauriant seahorse (in a vertical position with its head up); the same as his royal crest back in the Enchanted Forest. In heraldry, the seahorse is a hybrid with the fore quarters of a horse with webbed paws, and the hind part of a fish or dolphin. A scalloped fin runs down the neck and back in place of a mane.
- Henry's room is filled with cut-outs of fairytale illustrations. Among the illustrations seen in this episode are:
- "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - A Mad Tea-Party" (1907) by Arthur Rackham. It is an illustration of a scene from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, with Alice at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party with the March Hare, the Dormouse and the Mad Hatter.
- An illustration from Hours in Fairy Land: Enchanted Princess, White Rose and Red Rose, Six Swans, an obscure children's book from 1883, which contains three illustrated tales from the Brothers Grimm, set into verse form by Josephine Pollard. The illustration depicts a scene from the Grimm fairytale "The Six Swans". Interestingly, this story is about six brothers who have been turned into swans by their hateful stepmother (an evil daughter of a witch).
- An illustration by the English artist and book illustrator Walter Crane, from The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book (1875), depicting a scene from "Sleeping Beauty" where the prince awakens the titular character.
- An illustration by the American illustrator Jessie Willcox Smith, from Nora Archibald Smith's book Boys and Girls of Bookland (1923). It features Alice in a scene from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, surrounded by the characters of Wonderland, including the the White Rabbit (some of the others have been cropped off).
- "Destruction of Leviathan", an 1865 engraving by French nineteenth century painter and illustrator Gustave Doré, based on Book of Isaiah 27 in the Bible, where God slays the sea monster known as the Leviathan.
- "At this the whole pack rose up into the air and came flying down upon her" (1907) by Arthur Rackham, based on the playing cards scene from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
- A set of illustrations by Doré is pinned to the wall, next to the door:
- A scetch of a shipwreck scene from the ballet "Le Corsaire", circa 1856.
- "A world of disorderly notions, picked out of his books, crowded into his imagination", an 1863 engraving depicting a scene from the famous novel Don Quixote, in which the titular character goes mad from his reading of books of chivalry.
- An illustration of Dante being lost in Canto 1 from the epic fourteenth century poem Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. The image is from an 1862 edition of Dante's Inferno, the first part of the poem.
- "Red Riding Hood meets old Father Wolf", by Doré.
- "Little Miss Muffet" by Arthur Rackham, from the nursery rhyme of the same name.
- "The Trees and the Axe" from a 1912 edition of Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
- Henry's bedside lamp has a shadow figure of a unicorn.
|Finnish||"Uusi Mikä-Mikä-Maa"||"The New Neverland"|
|French||"Le Nouveau Pays Imaginaire"||"The New Neverland"|
|German||"Pans neues Neverland?"||"Pan's New Neverland?"|
|Hungarian||"Az új Sohaország"||"The New Neverland"|
|Italian||"La nuova isola che non c'è"||"The New Neverland"|
|Polish||"Nowa Nibylandia"||"The New Neverland"|
|Portuguese||"A Nova Terra do Nunca"||"The New Neverland"|