Once Upon a Time Round Table: "Ariel"

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The Little Mermaid swam her way into Once Upon a Time Season 3, Episode 6, as "Ariel" saved Snow White…then almost handed her over to The Evil Queen.

Below, TV Fanatics Carla Day and Christine Orlando are joined by Gareth from Once Upon a Fan to debate who revealed the biggest secret and whether heading back to Storybrooke is a good idea.


What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Gareth: Loved the scenes set in the Echo Cave. It was good to finally see all those secrets revealed. I also loved Regina camping it up as 'Fake Ursula'. She clearly loved taking on the role.

Carla:  When they each had to share their deepest, darkest secret in order to save Neal. They each showed their love for Emma through their immediate willingness to give up something they held so dear to save him. Plus, the secrets were each extremely revealing and will affect their relationships going forward.

Christine: I actually loved Regina teaching Emma how to use magic. Regina, "You're such a pathetic waste of ability." Emma, "And you're a monster."   - The way the two them couldn't stop fighting really made me laugh.

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Should Charming and Snow have another child?

Gareth: The internet has been abuzz with baby rumors for a while and a few news outlets have already hinted that we may see a new addition to the Charming family this season. It would be interesting. and potentially hilarious, to see Snow White dealing with a baby in the modern world.

Carla: Sure. They are still young and are extremely loving and giving people. They would be excellent parents. And, there aren't enough children in Storybrooke or the Enchanted Forest due to the curse. For their society to continue to thrive, they need to have more kids.

Christine: Why not? They really did miss out on all of Emma's life and nothing will get that back but a baby might make them very happy. But I do wonder is a tiny little sibling will make Emma feel closer to her parents, or have her feeling even more of an outcast.

Who should teach Emma how to handle her magic?

Gareth: Since Once Upon a Time Season 1, I always felt that Rumple was going to be her mentor in magic. He was the one who recognized early on just how powerful Emma was. I often wondered if Rumple had plans to harness Emma’s magic for his own ends in much the same way he did with Cora and then Regina?

Carla:  Regina. Their contentious relationship has grown to one of tolerance and even occasionally respect. Besides, who else would be able to teach her? Rumple? That's an even worse option. Perhaps, if Regina trains Emma in magic, the student can teach her mentor how to use it for good rather than evil.

Christine:  I love the scenes where Emma and Regina are forced to work together so I'm all in on that. They never seem to stop squabbling yet somehow they still get it done. And as Carla said, perhaps they can both learn something from one another.

In your opinion, who had the biggest secret?

Gareth: I’m tied between Snow discovering Charming was trapped on the island and Emma admitting she wished Neal had died! Both were heartbreaking moments. I really enjoyed that whole Echo Cave scene. I think the character development has been much improved this year and I’m loving these moments of revelation that the characters are having. Looking forward to seeing the ramifications of all these reveals over the next few episodes.

Carla: In terms of shock for the group there, I'd have to with Charming. That fact that he almost died and can't leave Neverland will affect them all and be something they will have to try a way around. Personally, I found Emma's revelation that she wished Neal was dead to be utterly heartbreaking. And, it demonstrated that their love for each other is stronger than ever imagined. Sorry, Hook.

Christine: All of the secrets had impact but I liked Hook's the best. First because I knew he was attracted to Emma but I didn't realized it was bordering on love. Second because there was nothing in it for him. By making himself that vulnerable he was giving Neal back to Emma. It was a truly selfless act and in that way quite a shock to come from the pirate.

Are you looking forward to heading back to Storybrooke?

Gareth: I'm curious as to what has been going on in Storybrooke since the core characters left for Neverland and I’m sure many fans are eager to check in with Belle. I do find Storybrooke elements of the plot very hit and miss at times. I guess I have an “on the fence” attitude to how Storybrooke will fit into the plot now, hopefully it will be something new and inventive.

Carla: I'm indifferent about it. I haven't missed any of the characters left in Storybrooke. I guess it will be interesting to hear whether the protection spell has worked and how they are handling the absence of the evil ones from the town. Though, I hope it's in and out. The only positive aspect of Storybrooke will be a break from the mediocre green screen scenes.

Christine: Eh. Like everyone else I haven't really missed Storybrooke. Everyone I care about is on Neverland but I've got my fingers crossed that the writers can keep it interesting even back in the "real" world.

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

He has his reasons but it's a sure bet they're not good ones.


Regina: You're such a pathetic waste of ability.
Emma: And you're a monster.