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3X12 New York City Serenade – First Thoughts – Reflections of the Past, and Back to the Future


Episode 207

Show notes can be found at onceuponatimepodcast.com/207

New York City Serenade

Lots of reflections to the Pilot.

Prince Phillip riding – Parallel of the pilot when Charming rode to kiss Snow

I wonder what it would be like to play New York Serenade side by side with the Pilot. Maybe something like Dark Side of the Rainbow?


Aurora said “You’re late”. Doc told Charming, “You’re too late” in the Pilot

Picnic lunch was reminiscent of David and Mary Margaret in Season 1

Phillip knew that the curse cloud was magic, but Aurora thought it was just a storm.

In a way, another parallel – the curse returning the Storybrooke gang and the curse broken in the Pilot.

The irony of coming back from the hiatus to hear Snow say “We’re back” to Aurora who is shocked to see the Storybrooke gang reappear. It also parallels Broken in that Snow appears in FTL with Aurora and Phillip.

Emma Swan leg entrance

Yellow cab – Alluding to her yellow bug?

Emma dressed in a red coat (naturally) and Black leather dress – a very Regina-esque thing to wear

Emma with Walsh – parallel to the Pilot when Emma “went on the blind date” with Ryan

Walsh plays a blind character in Covert Affairs August “Auggie” Anderson

Same music playing in the restaurant they meet in that Emma and Ryan met in the Pilot

Emma says the Regina line, “Sorry I’m late”

Emma seems very happy. A side of the character we have rarely, if every seen.

Walsh seems to be Emma’s boyfriend?

Henry’s science project volcanos. There were volcano science posters on the wall in Mary Margaret’s class in Season 1.

Restaurant called Ostria.

Walsh – “We are happy”

It’s almost the flip side of the blind date in the Pilot. Everything is perfect, or is it?

Hook and Tri Tip. Surf and Turf

Emma grabs knife. Marion in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Everything you belief is wrong. That’s very deep. “Unlearn what you have learned” Yoda

If you want to know who you *really* are, who your parents are.

The address on the paper. Will it be like Emma revisiting her nursery?

Emma – Til a fire destroyed my apartment a year ago in Boston. Jumbled memories. Remember her telling Henry about his father – The fireman.

Dashing rapscallion, Scoundrel

Emma thought Henry was crazy, too. She said so at Archie’s and Henry ran out.

Punch you in the face. Another line that’s been used before.

Super power – again

Just because you believe something is true, doesn’t make it real.

Take a chance – or a leap of faith. Meet me at Central Park, by the entrance to the zoo.

Do it for your family. They need your help. A call to adventure.

Returned united to give the people hope. I know you don’t like it – you’ll learn to. Sassy Snow.


It’s not up to us to save them, cut to Emma.

Emma’s got some worked out arms. Go Emma!

The old ring in the dessert trick, and Emma wasn’t even hungry.

Walsh down on one knee.

Only been together 8 months. A little fast. Left overs in the fridge.

Unsure Emma is back.

Walsh’s furniture shop. End table.

Emma – I’m not good at fast.

Very romantic speech from Walsh.

Emma’s legs part 2.

Is Henry playing Space Paranoids? Level 23 – Alluding to when Walt Disney arrived in Hollywood? Or D23? August’s license plate on his motorcycle had a 23.

Henry’s voice is very low. Wow.

Mrs. Q?

5th level Wizard. Is she still magical?

Saying nothing is worse than No.

You think Walsh is “worthy” (an old school word)?

Not every guy is like my Dad.

Henry knew Emma liked him, because he met Henry. Single Mom dating is tough.

“After level 16 when I became a knight” Henry

The power of games and imagination.

Grumpy speaks Jiminy. Jiminy needed a translator in the War Council room.

Lost tail section – 50 more Storybrooke folk popped in not 50 miles from here (With Jiminy). The reverse probably happened initially.

All new arrivals go to the Queen’s castle.

Hook needs his ship. Pirates don’t change.

Neal wants to stop by Rumpel’s estate. For what?

Return to present day is a complete reset.

Let them be and know that we gave them their best chance. What they said initially about Emma.

Henry encourages Emma to expect the best not the worst.

Hook writes nice

Emma uses her Bounty Hunter lock pick to visit Neal’s apartment.

Dream catcher – Fly paper for nightmares. Neal.

Henry’s camera.

The mystery.

Your parents kingdom has been cursed. Ripped back to Storybrooke. What?

Emma stole Henry’s camera?

Emma the savior again.

Drink the potion to remember everything you’ve lost- and ruin Jeff’s prediction of a slow reveal of who you are. Sorry Jeff.

Take a Leap of faith.

Arrested for Assault and Criminal Harassment, but Emma met him.

Belle – We never saw his knife. “I think we can get him back”

The Queen is missing. Another mystery.

Stalker Snow. Burying your heart, the past, etc.

You won’t feel anything. That’s the point.

It will get better.

Happiness without Henry. Find a way.

Regina’s heart return.

Rustling bush and no swords.

Find cover. Like from a shadow.

Regina’s fireballs make a comeback.

Flying Monkey. Regina scratched.

Robin Hood to the rescue.

Respect or restraint at the buffet. Oz buffet in Vegas.

Henry’s candy bar looked an awful lot like an Apollo bar.

Looking forward.

Trust your gut.

Henry’s photos.


Photoshop? Pirates don’t photoshop.

If I drink that I’d have to give up my life here. Based on lies. That’s pretty good.

Change and facing the truth is hard. Sometimes living a lie is easy – for a while.

Hook – Trust your gut.

The drink of truth. Who made it? Later, Hook said he did, but he didn’t have enough for Henry.

Did you miss me?

Regina mis-trusts Robin.

Smells like forest. Wasn’t there a line like that in Wonderland?

Green dome of protection. Gee, I wonder who would have done that?

Someone hijacked it. Regina will find out eats my porridge. Nobody sits in my chair. Nobody takes OUR castle.

Robin Hood will take them in. He’s a smooth thief, ya know?

Macutcheon Whiskey?

How did Hook get the message about the new curse?

Poking holes.

What is the price of Hook going to New York?

I can get rid of him.

Dear John talk on the roof.

A part of my life I’ve been blocking out.

Emma called Hook A ghost.

If you love this life, then keep it. I wish you could see it the way I see it.

Walsh knew.

Emma – Really?

Walsh is a spy, a Flying Monkey spy. Why didn’t Emma’s super power detect that?

The savior is back.

Mom, you’re hurting the eggs. She was whipping eggs in the last segment of Going Home, too.

Do you believe in magic?

Emma costume seemed like Tallahassee, but not.

So, Emma will take time to reveal the past life to Henry.

This is Killian. Emma used his other, more noble name. Maybe he’s not a pirate anymore. Maybe he said what Charming wanted to hear to get away.

Why are you dressed like that?

Emma – Lend Hook a hand. Classic.

Adventure – yes!

The leather coat – hot damn!

The yellow bug – Storybrooke.

Mystery – What did this new curse do?

Mary Margaret’s loft apartment that was supposed to be next to the Storybrooke post office.

Emma and Hook know everything.

Emma at David and Mary Margaret’s door was like Hook at Emma’s door.

David said they forgot everything from when they said goodbye to Emma til now. Proof – Snow is pregnant.

What happened to them in the last year?

Zelena sitting on Regina’s chair.

Creepy Flying Monkey.

The potion with Regina’s blood? What does it do? Zelena collect things like Rumpel for potions.


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3X05 Good Form – Main Show – Not Jack, but Wendy?, King Who?, Cocoon and Star Wars connections.


Instead of Jack, is it Wendy in the Box? Maybe a True Love of Someone on the island?
Who is the King?
Is the Island removing Hook’s Pirate side?
Is Regina (and the group) learning to play well with each other, and how ill they play out for Pan?
Never judge a book by it’s cover, even if its a Pirate, an Evil Queen, etc, etc.
Neverland is an island of permission, even Regina knows this.
Cocoon and (More) Star Wars connections.
Don’t fall under a sleeping curse, stay awake for this.

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