With Emma convinced that Regina is to blame for framing Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin), she is more determined than ever to take back her son. She calls upon Mr. Gold to represent her in her efforts to regain legal custody of Henry, but August has gotten to him earlier. Asking him to intervene and not let her get distracted in fulfilling her destiny as Fairy Tale Land’s savior, Gold refuses to help, subtly sending her off into the August’s waiting hands.
August is less interested in helping Emma and Henry reunite than he is in convincing Emma that they are all part of a fairy tale originating in another place and another time. Except, she’s not buying.
Part of the reason Emma is reluctant to believe is that she doesn’t want to believe. She has no interest in being anyone’s savior—except maybe Henry’s. She’s has no desire for the type of responsibility that role would place on her shoulders. So her instinct is to run away, as she likely has so many times before in her difficult life—run from responsibility, run from her destiny. She was probably so effective as a bail-bondswoman before she came to Storybrooke because she’s not very different from the people she pursued. And here she is, once again, preparing to run. But this time, she plans on taking her son with her, kidnapped and sneaking away in the night. I doubt she’ll get very far, don’t you?
It’s appropriate that the Storybrooke version of Pinocchio is a writer—at weaver of stories. After all, Pinocchio told stories—lied—to Geppetto; he created fantasies and fabrications, exactly what a storyteller does.
I really like the uneasy alliance that seems to be forging between August and Mr. Gold. Gold understands August’s importance in the story; it is his destiny, after all, to convince Emma of her role in breaking the Evil Queen’s curse. And Gold has a personal stake in putting things back the way they were. He has not found Baelfire in Storybrooke; yes, he has been transported to a “land without magic” but is it this land? All this time and he’s not found his son. He must go back to Fairy Tale Land to find his happy (or at least happier) ending. As must they all.