3X22 There’s No Place Like Home – Living History instead of Reading it, Terminator 2, Chipped Cups and Dusty Covers – First Thoughts – 228


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First Thoughts

Prerec Intro:

Intro: Ahoy Mateys!

Episode Name: There’s No Place Like Home

Written by: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz

Episode Number: 228

Show notes can be found at:


Portland 2001


Abandoned amusement park (Sort of like Rocky and the ice skating rink)

What’s your story, Neal?

Why don’t you go back and fix it?

Home and the feeling. The bonding moment between Emma and Neal.

Who is in the other cell? Jennifer Alba?

One night. Everyone here is to be executed.

The rope net trap

Hook enlists Charming and Snow to get the ring back from Emma in the Queen’s castle.

Dark fairy dust.

Recreated scenes from Snow Falls

Hook is nudging his future in-laws together.

I hope you remember that, Hook

Red! Will help them get into the castle.

Emma the locksmith.

Twilight Upon a Time? Hi Meghan! It’s me, Jeff.

I’m Princess Leia, and I’m here to rescue you.

Sneak back into your own home.

Killing Regina now has a different feeling now, because we know she could and did change.

She dies tonight.

Upper story window reminds me of the clock tower window.

Emma crying after her time at the Queen’s castle (and the wolf howl) reminds me of Snow after her time with King George and Charming.

Snow bug. The fly.


You’re alive!

Looks like we’re back on track, love.

You saved me.

What if she has a child that turns out to be a mass murderer?

I always knew there was a little pirate in you.

The Troll bridge.

Snow bluffed.

You saved me.

Trolls aren’t known for their cleverness.

Charming’s Mom told him that the ring would guide him to true love.

The pages reappeared.

Snow stepped on the bugs last time, Regina this time.

Forgetting potion.

Emma lost her magic.

It’s time to stop running.

Snow didn’t know who Emma was, and Emma did the same thing to her.

Henry wasn’t bringing her to save Storybrooke, Henry was bringing her home.

Emma told Rumpel the truth, then told him to drink the forgetting potion.

Back home – to Storybrooke.

I’m fine, I’m home.

Mom, Dad I missed you.


Prince Neal.

You’re a bloody hero, Swan. So are you, Killian.

You outran a curse.

You traded your ship for me?

The Rumbelle wedding.

Belle’s legs take you Rumpel.

Darkness to weakness, to death.

Great final intercutting between the wedding, the Charmings, Captain Swan and Outlaw Queen.

We all are flawed. The best tea cup is chipped.

It’s okay, she’s different now. She’s not the same person anymore.

Maid Marion.

You did this. You’re just like you’re Mother. You better hope you didn’t bring anything else back.

The Terminator Elsa.

Big Love

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4 thoughts on “3X22 There’s No Place Like Home – Living History instead of Reading it, Terminator 2, Chipped Cups and Dusty Covers – First Thoughts – 228

  1. Evil Panda

    Hello Jeff and Colleen 🙂 first of all, I wanted to say that I love your podcast and your inputs on each episode and secondly, I would like to apologize in advance for this long email. So you could summarize it if you want. Lol. I loved the episode and the surprise ending (assuming that person in the surprise ending is who the majority of the fans think she is) but hated the not so surprising ending with Regina. I have two things that I wanted to get both of your opinions on. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been Team Regina since season 1, but was I the only one that was wondering why Hook was giving Emma credit for everything that happened before the finale? I mean if you think about it, Regina and Rumpel did most of the heavy lifting. Regina was the one who saved Henry in Neverland, saved the town from Pans Curse, broke Zelenas/Snowings Curse, and stopped her. And Rumpel was the one who killed both Pan and Zelena. All Emma really did was bring Henry back into town. Have Regina and Rumpel become the Iron Man and Hulk to Emma’s Captain America? Lol. Also, did you catch the part where Snow mentioned Cora and Daniel during her scene with Regina? It sounded like Snow might’ve known about Cora killing Daniel, but I thought that Snow technically didn’t even know truth about what happened to Daniel until Regina tells her later in the timeline in An Apple Red as Blood?

  2. Maii

    Okay so my email was getting long so I knew I had to put my thoughts on that final CS scene elsewhere

    Believe that a pirate can be a hero
    Believe that a lost girl can find her way home

    Those 2 where culminated in that scene, he’s her hero, he’s a hero and most importantly he’s her home and she is his. Those lost souls the abandoned lost boy and the lost girl neither had a good life but now they’ve found a home in each other.

    She thanks him for coming back to NY and then she asks him how he did it and he tells her how he outran the curse (I’m one hell of a captain) I was all for her finding out and when it happened I literally texted Lexi IT’S HAPPENING and I’m so glad they did the reveal after Emma realized what home to her was.

    Killian: They are if you’ve got something of value to trade
    Emma: and what was that?
    Killian: Why the Jolly Roger of course
    Emma: You traded your ship for me?
    Killian: Aye

    This scene is so meaningful and my favorite in the entire 2 hrs of the finale. Because Killian Jones is not one to admit it when he does things right (remember back in good form?) and this time he admits it knowing he can’t deny anything anymore. It wasn’t just his life it was his home it’s where the last memories of Milah and Liam are.. and he traded it all for her. And the look on her face, this is a person who’s not used to people putting her first and there’s this infuriating man who not only puts her first but he doesn’t run away from her when she pushes him away and he always comes back to her. He traded his home so that he could bring her home. That’s the moment her walls completely fall down at his feet. It’s such a beautiful moment and I’m still not over it.

    The kiss in Neverland focuses on Killian’s expressions bc this is the moment he realizes he’s falling for her but in this kiss the camera focuses on Emma’s face. This is the moment she realizes she’s found her home.

    The reason there aren’t enough words to describe this kiss is because of how immaculate it truly is. It was about coming home to each other and accepting that no matter what life throws at them they’ve got someone to perpetually lean on, to grow with, and to challenge themselves with.

    In the beginning of the season we saw Captain Jones stealing the Jolly Roger because of the lost of the most important person in his life (Liam) and now we saw him trading the Jolly Roger to get back to the most important person in his life (Emma)

    When we met, I wasn’t just unloved and unloving. I was an enemy of love. Love had only brought me pain. My walls were up, but you brought them down. You brought me home.

    This is so beautiful because it fits both of them so well because they were both enemies of love. Emma because of the pain Neal had left her in and Killian because of loosing Milah and later Emma (Love brings nothing but wasted years and endless torment – The Jolly Roger).. Love had only brought them pain whether it was by loosing who they loved or be being betrayed by them. Both of their walls were up in the sky and yet both of them brought them down. Killian brought down Emma’s walls just like Emma brought down Hook’s. From the first moment they met, they felt the connection and here it was made real. There was no running away and it was beautiful.

    Plus their smiles, their smiles say it all.. When was the last time we saw either of them that happy? I don’t quite remember.. But the joy in their faces is there and they are both smiling as they pull away and yet they go back to kissing because now that the line has been crossed they don’t want to stop. For two people (mostly Emma) not big on PDA they are making out in front of Granny’s and yet they don’t care bc they have each other and that’s all they need.

    Both of them were lost and found a home with each other, because there’s no place like home… *I’m not crying, you’re crying* ok yes I still cry every time I see this scene and I might have cried writing this..they’ve come such a long way and for someone who’s loved them since before they met (I thought they were going to be a crackship and started shipping them since before the crocodile aired) this is quite the pay off..

    Hope you guys are having a lovely week!

  3. Aornis

    I’ve just found your podcast and I enjoy it immensely. Will definitely go back to listen to the previous episodes. Btw, your Paypal donate button does not seem to work. I always get this message: We were unable to decrypt the certificate id.

    1. Admin of Storybrooke ;) Post author

      Hello. Thank you for the kind words and letting me know about the Paypal Donate button. I have corrected the issue with the button. Have a great day! 🙂


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