For a while now, Once Upon a Time fans of Belle (Emilie de Ravin) and her relationship with Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) have longed for a return to their story. Belle’s place on the show has been very much in the background for much of the last season or so. But this Sunday, all will change as Belle takes center stage in next Sunday’s episode “Quiet Minds.”
Airing March 30, the episode will introduce us to a magical candelabra called Lumiere. Fans of Disney’s Beauty and Beast remember Lumiere as the French-accented friend of Belle (and voiced by the great Jerry Orbach). In “Quiet Minds,” Neal/Baelfire (Michael Raymond-James) returns to Storybrooke hoping to reconnect with Henry. But will Henry have any recollection of this man? We know that Henry has no sense of his past; it is all forgotten. How will Neal be able to get through to Henry.
At the same time, Neal is also grappling with the loss of his own father Rumplestiltskin. But Rumple is not dead, he learns, but only missing. At the end of the last episode, David (Josh Dallas) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) find the cellar in which Rumple has been held captive (likely for months) by Zelena (Rebecca Mader) , although they have no idea that it had been Rumple kept there. But the cellar padlock is broken and the prisoner escaped. Regina (Lana Parrilla) longs for connection to Henry, but is frustrated by his lack of memories, but she finds a surprising connection to another Storybrooke resident–Robin Hood (Sean Maguire)!
Back in Storybrooke, picking up from the days after Rumple had vanished and the curse had been (theoretically) broken, Neal is in mourning over Rumple’s death. Unable to accept that after all these years, his father is gone, he and Belle–with Lumiere’s (Henri Lubatti) help turn to magic to bring Rumplestiltskin back from the dead.
Once Upon a Time airs Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC. But in the meantime, enjoy these episode images, courtesy of ABC and Once Upon a Time: