At the end of last week's Once Upon a Time episode "The Outsider," Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) is cradling the wounded Belle (Emilie de Ravin) after Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) shoots her. Out of nowhere, a car comes barreling into town nearly hitting Belle and Rumple before crashing into Hook. This week's "In the Name of the Brother" picks up directly from that point.
Belle, who had fallen into Rumple's arms just over the town boundary, and with no memory of herself, let alone her beloved, is now in the hospital while he tries frantically to reconnect with her. Hook has accomplished his mission to eradicate Rumple's main tether on his humanity. Killing Rumple's love, to Hook, is just as tasty as killing him, if not more so. (On the other hand, as long as people keep reminding him to temper his more violent instincts for Belle's sake, Rumple will, stay more or less tethered.)
Hook and the car's driver are also in the hospital. Hook has broken ribs, and the driver Greg Mendel (Ethan Embry) is bleeding internally. The good folk of Storybrooke now are confronted with a moral dilemma. If the Mendel lives, he can lead a parade of outsiders into Storybrook to witness the freak show: fairies, witches, werewolves and all. Grumpy (Lee Arenberg) speculates that they might fall victim to the fate of ET, to be poked, prodded and studied before being locked up. But if they let Mendel die, what does that say about their own morality?
After a despondent Rumple refuses to work his magic in order to get the stranger out of town ASAP, all eyes turn to Dr. Whale (David Anders) to patch him up and find out what he knows. In the meantime, Rumple tries desperately to help Belle recover her memory, and Cora (Barbara Hershey) approaches him with a deal that's almost impossible to refuse. She offers him a device that will at last locate his son, the only person, she reminds him cruelly, left in the universe who loves him. They strike bargain, sealing it with a kiss "like in the old days" (suggesting a past between them that goes beyond the mere practice of sorcery).
Cora certainly knows which button to push to make him compliant as a lamb. When he quietly asks Cora whether she knows any magic that can restore memory, she brushes him off, telling him that she only knows what he's taught her.