Meanwhile, Rumple (the amazing Robert Carlyle), Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) head out of Storybrooke. I was really looking forward to seeing Mr. Gold deal with the outside world, and I was not disappointed, and Carlyle conveys Gold's anxiety dealing with the airport, the TSA and just being out of his safety zone. He is worried, and he tries concealing his fear, but when he has to go through airport security, Gold has a panic attack. It's a brilliant moment; you can practically feel Gold's heart thumping frantically as he passes through the metal detector, reluctant to remove the scarf. When he gets through, although he assures Emma that he's okay, he is clearly not. Is it just panic or is it something else?
Emma is worried for him, and I love the way their relationship is evolving. He trusts her, and he has to. There is definitely a certain degree of caring there.
Although Gold remembers who he is, he is still clearly worried; something happened as he passed through the detector. And when he goes to the lavatory, intentionally hurting his hand to test whether he still possesses the power to heal, he learns that his magic is gone. He is devastated, but he hides this bit of information from Emma and Henry.
As they sit on the plane headed for New York, Gold is clearly worried (along with being unnerved at the entire flying experience). He must feel powerless and weak, a bitter reminder of his life before he became the Dark One, wondering how he can survive without it. Emma sees his fear (and his badly bandaged knuckles). She must realize what happened, and although he says nothing, he doesn't have to. He wants to believe it when Emma tries to reassure him that they will find Baelfire, but he clearly looks in shock as he sits on that airplane.
How will Rumple fare without magic? And will it return once he is back in Storybrooke? Without his magic power, Gold will be helpless against Cora and Hook; he will need to rely on courage and inner strength (and perhaps that's what will win back Belle!).