Like the first half of the season, Emma is off on a side journey completely separate from the rest of the cast—though this time, it’s with Henry and Gold. Charming, Snow White and the rest of the town, meanwhile, deal with the arrival of Anton, the Giant, while a potential other threat emerges.
Gold comes to see if Emma is ready to go looking for his son, Baelfire, at the beginning of the episode—and he’s not too happy that she wants to bring Henry along. He refuses to tell them where their eventual destination is, but that they’ll need to fly to get there.
At the airport, Rumple is annoyed by Henry’s constant questions and gets annoyed by the security protocol. Rumple is especially nervous about taking his shawl off to go through security and forgetting who he is. (That shawl allowed him to cross over the town line without forgetting who he was.)
After he takes it off, he has trouble walking, but Emma helps him through.
Once he passes through the metal detector he puts the shawl on immediately and appears to suffer no after effects from taking it off, even if he looks nervous about it. (Henry, meanwhile, is more interested in the nearby Cinnabon.)
Rumple later has a freak-out in the bathroom and punches his hand repeatedly in a stall. When he goes to heal the blood from his hand, he finds that he can’t use magic anymore. Is that because he took the shawl off? Or because he’s so far from Storybrooke.
On an airplane, Henry pigs out on Cinnabon while Emma notices how nervous Rumple is on the plane. (He does look especially twitchy in that scene. Even more than usual.) And we learn the flight is heading to New York, which we’ll see in next week’s episode.
With Emma gone, Charming continues trying to run the town—though he misses his sword. He’s also got the dwarves patrolling the town for Cora.
Regina shows up at Charming and Snow White’s place after Emma and Henry leave with Rumple, where she learns she was framed for the murder of Archie. She feigns innocence and lies about knowing Cora is in town. She’s also not pleased to learn Emma has taken Henry out of town.
Looking for a lead on Cora, Charming and Snow White question Hook, who they demand take them to his invisible ship, which Grumpy hopes can take everyone home back to Fairytale Land.
The team discovers Cora is holding Hurley–er, Anton the Giant captive on the ship.
In the first fairyback for the night, we see Anton argue with his fellow Giants about why they’re still growing beans even though they refuse to talk to humans anymore.
“It’s what we do,” one of the Giants tells him. “It’s the labor, that makes us who we are.”
(Sounds like something one of the dwarves would say.)
After one of the Giants destroys a harp Anton is holding, he decides to climb down the giant beanstalk and take his chances with the humans.
Back in Storybrooke, the team discovers that Anton is, well, no longer a Giant. And he’s very, very angry with Charming for something he did. He fights with them but manages to get away after trying to kill Charming.
At the diner, Charming comes to the quick conclusion that Anton is mad at his brother—the real Prince James.
In a Fairyback, we see James for the first time in a number of episodes. And he’s about to have sex with someone when the King walks in.
The King sends James to go talk to Anton who is wandering around the town, scaring citizens. Jack, a girl, who James had almost had sex with earlier, tags along. She gives Anton a mushroom that she claims will make Anton smaller—temporarily. She claims to have good intentions in giving him the mushroom but we know better.
Back in Storybrooke, Hook is visited by Regina who claims Regina needs her “things.” Hook informs Regina what’s going on with Anton in town and Regina is happy there’s a distraction loose.
In another Fairyback, Anton is having drinks with Jack and James at a local bar. Anton enjoys being amongst the humans when he witnesses James getting into a fight with one of the royal men. Jack tells Anton that the kingdom is out of money and if they don’t pay off their debtors, the town will be burned to the ground. Jack tells Anton a magic bean would help—clearly they had less than good intentions in making Anton small.
Anton doesn’t realize the deception and instead offers to get treasure from his brothers to help out.
Back in Storybrooke, Anton is not happy when Regina approaches. “I hate humans,” he says—no doubt after the distrust he will no doubt soon experience in the fairybacks.
Regina instead offers Anton something that will make him bigger again. He eats it almost immediately and it works just as advertised.
Back in the fairyback, Anton goes to steal treasures for the humans when one of his brothers tries to talk him out of it. They then realize someone has followed Anton back up the beanstalk.
Just as fighting is about to break out in the fairyback, Anton is tossing cars around in the present time and causing mayhem. Charming confronts him and tells him what happened to James. Snow White tries to tell him to calm down and tells him that Emma is her daughter. (Anton liked Emma when he met her earlier in the season.) Anton says he’ll stop what he’s doing if Emma comes to talk to him—which of course, she can’t do since she’s at the airport with Rumple.
Back in the fairyback, Anton finds James and Jack came up the beanstalk not for the treasure, but for the beans. Jack says plainly they’re not his friends and demand the beans. The humans later are somehow overrunning the Giants – did the royal guards follow Jack and James up the beanstalk and we didn’t see it? – and Anton is told by one of his brothers that he needs to destroy all the beans to get them to leave.
Eventually both Jack and one of Anton’s brothers are stabbed badly. James winds up leaving Jack behind. (She’s still alive—she’s got to be living amongst the Giants now as a prisoner right?)Anton succeeded in his mission, though James makes off with a lot of what he came for. Anton is given a preserved part of the stalk so that he can grow beans in “new land.”
So we know how much Anton hates the humans—especially somehow that looks like Charming. While chasing Charming, Snow White and Grumpy, Anton falls through the pavement of the road before disappearing in blue smoke. He has shrunk back down to normal size and is barely hanging on.
Charming goes in to save Anton. (Sidenote: Is it a little unreasonable to wonder how Charming thinks he can support Anton’s weight when he’s about to grab on to pull him up from the sinkhole?) After saving him, Anton is pretty much forgiven by Charming and everyone else. And he’s given the home that he’s always wanted, since according to Grumpy, it’s filled with dwarves, fairies and werewolves.
Anton shows the stem of the beanstalk to everyone at the diner, suggesting that it may help them all get home. He’s about to grow it, when he realizes it’s likely all part of Cora’s plan. But the dwarves promise to protect it at all costs.
Anton’s even given a pickaxe to help break up the Earth from the dwarves. When he holds it, it spells a name on the handle: Tiny. Looks like we’re back to 8 dwarves again. (Rest in peace Stealthy.)
Charming and Snow White discuss whether or not they should go home. Charming wants to return back to the fairytale land, but Snow White won’t go without Emma—and she doesn’t expect that she’d want to come with. This will clearly need to be discussed when she returns home from New York.
While all of that was going on in Storybrooke, Ruby goes to visit Belle, who wants to know if Rumple really was casting magic. Ruby lies and tells her it was a hallucination. The nurses arrive to sedate her when the stranger from outside of town walks in, looking suspicious.
Later on in the episode, Greg, the stranger, goes to visit Belle and tells her that he also saw the magic. We’ve yet to see the arrival of his girlfriend/wife/whomever, that he called in last week’s episode. Seems like we’re heading for a season finale that reveals Storybrooke to the rest of the world.