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"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 gives 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 that Henry is not acting like himself and that 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.
At Granny's, Hook runs into Tinkerbell as she leaves the restroom. He asks about how she is adjusting to Storybrooke and invites her to share a drink with him. Tinkerbell accuses him of using her to distract himself from Emma. Suddenly, they hear a woman scream. Hook and Tinkerbell race outside to investigate the noise and run into Emma and David. Emma asks if Tinkerbell and Hook were together at Granny's. Tinkerbell denies this whereas Hook implies that they were.
They discover that the screaming is Mother Superior running from Pan's shadow. She trips, and the shadow is able to rip her shadow from her body, killing her. As the group tries to understand why this has happened, Hook tells the group that the shadow only takes orders from one person, Pan. At Regina's house, Pan in Henry's body is reading the book of fairytales. Regina rushes in and tells Henry that he must come with her because something has happened.
In the Enchanted Forest, Snow White tells Charming to keep his eyes down as they search for the Medusa. He wonders how they will find her, but is interrupted by a sudden beast-like screech. They hide behind a stone pillar where they see a snake-like tail slithering away from them. Charming says he will draw the Medusa out so that Snow can chop off her head. Charming calls for the Medusa, and as she passes the pillar, Snow swings her sword hitting Medusa's neck. However, the sword disintegrates. Snow is upset that their plan did not work and wonders if she should have stayed at the palace and honeymooned as Charming had wanted. Charming tells her that it is fine and that they just need to find a way out. He throws a helmet to distract Medusa and they run in the opposite direction toward the exit. Medusa does not fall for the distraction and grabs Snow's ankle with one of her tentacles and pulls Snow toward her. Charming shouts that Snow should not look back and throws a shield at Medusa. Medusa lets go of Snow allowing her to escape, but Medusa grabs Charming, spins him around to face her, and turns him to stone.
In Storybrooke, David and Emma cover Mother Superior's body with a blanket while Mary Margaret cries nearby. Regina appears with Henry asking what has happened. David tells her that Pan's Shadow killed Mother Superior. Regina is confused because she had the Shadow trapped. Neal and Hook head to the Jolly Roger to get the candle that can trap Pan's Shadow. Emma is convinced that Pan is behind the killing which Regina says is impossible because he is trapped in Gold's shop. Pan, in Henry's body, asks if he is safe and if Regina will protect him. Regina replies that she will and goes to leave to take him to a safe place. Emma grabs Regina before she leaves and asks her to keep a close eye on Henry, as she feels he is acting strange. Regina accuses Emma of thinking he is strange because she is jealous that he is spending more time with her. Emma denies this, but Regina states that Emma can't deal with the fact that Henry wants comfort from her rather than Emma. Emma reiterates that she just has a gut feeling. Regina turns back to Henry and tells him that she is taking him to her vault, the one place the shadow cannot reach.
Back in the Enchanted Forest, Snow tells the now stone Charming that she won't leave him. She then hears Regina's voice. Regina speaks to Snow from the shield, asking her if she's enjoying her honeymoon and that she could barely tell the difference between Charming before and after becoming stone. Snow blames Regina for what happened. Regina rejects this and laughs that she didn't realize she could ruin Snow's happiness by just sitting back and letting Snow sabotage herself before disappearing. Snow realizes what Regina said was true and looks defeated, but then realizes that the shield is a mirror. She points it at Medusa who turns herself into stone. With Medusa dead, the spell on Charming is lifted and he returns to normal. He embraces Snow, asking how she defeated Medusa. Snow replies that she let Medusa defeat herself. She apologizes for letting her determination to fight Regina put Charming in danger. He replies that he has ideas on how she can make it up to him.
Back in Storybrooke, Emma, David, and Mary Margaret run to Gold's shop where he and Belle are closing up for the day and demand Pandora's box to see how Pan is controlling the Shadow. He refuses saying that it was hard enough to apprehend him the first time. Emma states that she is not looking to apprehend him, but rather get rid of him once and for all. They all drive to the town line where they plan to release him, as there is no magic outside the town. Henry in Pan's body awakens from the box and tries to tell them that the bodies have been switched. Mr. Gold warns Emma not to fall for Pan's tricks and urges Emma to shoot him. Emma is not convinced that this is a trick and wonders if this is why she's felt something strange about Henry. She asks him to prove he is Henry by telling her something only Henry would know. He starts listing facts, but Emma asks him for something harder to fake. She asks him to tell her about the first time they connected, not met. He tells her about the time they spoke in his castle when he told her that he knew that she gave him up to give him his best chance. Emma lowers her gun. Everyone convinced, Mr. Gold apologizes for putting Henry in the box, and they all embrace. David wonders where Pan is, if Henry is with them.
In Regina's vault in Storybrooke, Pan in Henry's body tells Regina that he is lucky to have Regina protecting him. Regina tells him that when all this is over, she will be the mother he always wanted her to be. As they embrace, Pan steals a vial from her. She tells him she loves him, and then he opens the vial in Regina's face, causing her to lose consciousness. Pan replies that her love is what made tricking her so easy.
In the Enchanted Forest, Charming apologizes that they were unable to find a way to defeat Regina even if she did not know why she wanted to do it in the first place. Snow tells him that she knew the reasons she wanted to turn Regina into stone and that it was because she wanted to start a family without the fear of Regina interfering. Snow realized though that there will always be something opposing them and that having a child now will help bring good into dark moments. They kiss.
Back in Storybrooke, Mr. Gold, Belle, David, Mary Margaret, Tinkerbell, Hook, Neal, and Henry in Pan's body all gather at Regina's vault. Emma is unable to reach Regina's cellphone. Hook shows the group that they have the candle needed to capture the shadow. Mr. Gold is unable to unlock Regina's vault initially and tells them it will take some time. David and Mary Margaret step aside to speak with Emma who is feeling defeated about not being able to fight Pan, since he is using Henry's body. Her parents assure her that they will save Henry and have a happy life. Emma replies that she will never have happy restful moments as the savior. Mr. Gold opens the vault, and they find Regina alive by unconscious on the floor with no sign of Pan. Mr. Gold revives Regina who admonishes herself for falling for his tricks because she wanted so hard to believe him. Henry in Pan's body hugs Regina and tells her that he still needs her. David asks what Pan took. Alarmed, Mr. Gold asks Regina if she keeps "it" in her vault, and Regina asks where else she would keep it.
In the forests of Storybrooke, Pan in Henry's body shows Felix that he has acquired the Dark Curse from Regina.
In the vault, the group wonders why Pan has taken the curse. Mr. Gold tells them that the curse can be cast again and that no one would be able to stop it without Snow and Charming's true love woven into the spell.
In the forests of Storybrooke, Pan tells Felix that by casting the spell, all the inhabitants will forget their memories, that time will stand still, and that he and Felix will be in charge. Pan states they will turn Storybrooke into the New Neverland.
*: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]
- The spell scroll for the Dark Curse is written in cursive characters from the Latin alphabet; however, the writing is flipped, to make it look more exotic. Flipping the image, however, does not reveal anything interesting. The text is gibberish.
- 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"|