Captain Swan & More Further Thoughts on “Devil’s Due” and Beyond

This first edition of “Further Thoughts” for 5B is a little bit different as it will be an amalgam of many things. First off, there are some things that I didn’t have the proper space to discuss in my Nerd Machine review. Second, there were a few sections from that review I wanted to elaborate on with visual references. Third, which is something different, I’m speculating and theorizing on a few things. Lastly, before this half of the season began, ABC released some truly beautiful videos that I wanted to relive. Spoilers/speculation ahead so be fair warned.

-Emma and Killian’s House looks like Emma’s Nursery: 

When I first watched the episode, I thought the fact that part of Emma’s nursery was in her and Killian’s house in the Underworld was really intriguing. At first I thought it was merely a reflection of Emma’s lost childhood. She never got to experience what her parents had planned for her so her nursery’s purpose was never fulfilled and has unfinished business. And while I still believe that is part of it, when I saw the episode stills and script tease for “The Brothers Jones,” it was confirmed in my mind that this nursery has multiple meanings.


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This house was a representation of Emma and Killian’s future, so when he died that future and all its possibilities – including a family – perished as well. Whether it is something they discuss on screen in this upcoming episode or not, there is a specific point in the script to have Killian look at the nursery. In fact, the house is filled with child’s toys surrounding them in the living room and the kitchen. They are surrounded by representations of the family they could have. Perhaps this even means the family they are meant to have and will one day when his life is restored, because a life filled with love, and the product of that love, could very well be Killian’s unfinished business. This house and that future is theirs.

-True Love is Always Felt:

One of the most beautiful things Once Upon a Time has always emphasized is that true love is felt across barriers and realms. That love you feel can manifest in physical ways as if your heart and souls are truly connected. I spoke about this in my review.

“When you truly love someone, no distance or obstacle can ever sever that bond. There’s a profound connection between souls that can be felt in inexplicable ways. Killian knew that it was truly Emma who’d come for him because when you love someone you just know, and when they approach where Killian is being held, Emma clutches his ring, and a feeling of certainty comes over her. He is close. She can feel it.” – Expert from my review at The Nerd Machine 

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What I love is that this not only further establishes Emma and Killian’s love as being one that is so deep that it just fell on a spiritual level, but also that it parallels them, once again, to the show’s other epic love story – that of her parents Snow and Charming. When Snow ate the poison apple Charming could feel it. This is the parallel I dreamed of seeing because it’s poignant and beautiful and I’m so happy that Emma has found someone to share such a similar and profound connection with.

-Beautiful Symbolism:

I discussed in my review the exquisite symbolism of Emma rescuing Killian from falling into the River of Lost Souls. They were two people who were indeed lonely, lost souls until love brought light back into their lives. And Emma is definitely the light in Killian’s life. I am just astounded at this visual of the light of appearing on his face, combined with that look of love and adoration. Bravo to director Alrick Riley and director of photography Stephen Jackson for visually capturing such a beautifully significant, symbolic moment.

“But what was so stunning was the first look he gives her was one of relief, joy, and amazement. As she cradles his face that is bathed in darkness, suddenly the light appears on the single eye he can gaze upon her with. Light, and love, had returned to him, because Emma is the light in his life.”- Expert from my review at The Nerd Machine 

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-Part of the Charming Family:

One of the things I’ve wanted to see this season was Snow and David acknowledge and call Killian family. While that is still verbally yet to happen, much of what they are saying and doing shows that they do consider him family, and someone that will help with open arms. From David always staying on track with their mission of saving him, to Snow calling him a friend, it has been so wonderful to see this development. But the moment in “Devil’s Due” when they arrive to see him safe, David a beaming smile on his face, and Snow calling him by his name, showing sweet, genuine concern for his physical state like a mother, was so lovely and heartwarming. Now if only we could see one or both of them give their future son-in-law a hug!

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-Regina and Snow Come Full Circle:

Something I did not have space to discuss in my review what a lovely moments between Regina and Snow where we truly see them come full circle in their relationship. The show began because Regina could not forgive Snow for Daniel’s death. But now so much has changed and I thought it was touching that it was the two of them that found Daniel’s grave together, happy to see that he’d moved on. The two of them are in a better place with each other so it’s fitting that Daniel is too. While at first the scene where Regina helped an ailing  horse seemed random, I realized it was about bringing these characters full circle. Not only that Regina could show mercy and aid the animal she loves dearly and brought her so much joy when she was younger, but also to mirror where Snow and Regina first began, because when they first met Regina saved Snow on a runaway horse. We know things did not go well after this, but they’ve come back around and they are back to that sincere affection they felt when they first met.

-Cruella is Fabulous, Darling:

I don’t have much to say except that I love, love, love Victoria Smurift’s depiction of Cruella. From her voice, dry wit, and demeanor she is absolutely fabulous. And I laughed for days at this image.



-What’s Next for The Jones Brothers and Emma:

While I try not to speculate too much, when a highly anticipated episode is approaching I cannot help it and “The Brothers Jones” is sure to be a spectacular one. If you are curious about how I see things playing out look no further than anything written by qqueenofhades and hooks-and-feathers as I pretty much agree with their theories. But I also want to express my own thoughts and excitement, and build upon what they said. Let’s first look at the sneak peek for the episode.

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It seems as if Liam looks uncomfortable at his brother’s praise of him and while I could play out in many ways, I suspect Emma’s lie detector is going off and she can sense that something is off. I do not believe Liam’s is a bad person, nor do I think he is wrong to be protective of his brother. I also feel for Emma because she knows how much Killian loves his brother. And therein lies the drama – drama that I believe will be resolved in moving ways. Besides Emma, there is no one Killian admires and loves it as much as Liam. He always says he is a far better man than he is. But like anyone, Liam is not perfect. He is a good but flawed man just like his younger brother.

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In “Good Form” Liam says he should’ve listened to Killian. He was stubborn and suffered because of it. Perhaps Liam’s unfinished business is to listen to his brother, truly, and see that he is happy. This is something Killian has to learn as well. That his brother can be someone to admire but not because he’s this perfect being incapable of making a mistake, but because he can overcome them. And if there is a moment where Killian must make a choice between moving on brother or staying with Emma, as I suspect there will be, I will surely lose it. And Killian should not be thought of any less of for it. He has lived a long life, suffered so much pain and loss, and now has been mercilessly tortured. He’s broken. He’s tired. Considering moving on, even for a moment, doesn’t mean he loves Emma any less. He was ready to die when his wound from Excalibur opened. He was just happy knowing Emma would have a future.  And he would never abandon her unless he felt she would be okay and happy. But this all has to be his choice. She has to give him the choice and be willing to let him go. Because deep down we know neither really wants to do that. They want to hold onto each other. What’s important is that it has to be their individual choices to do so. I just hope Liam moves on, reconciles any hard feelings with Emma, and Killian can see his brother at peace.

-Is Hades Threatened by Emma and Killian’s Love?

I wondered why Hades has been torturing Killian so severely even before our heroes arrived, and why he seems so hell-bent on punishing them, beyond the fact that they brought hope to the Underworld. I have a feeling that the true love between Emma and Killian is a great threat to Hades. Adam and Eddy hinted that Killian is a special soul to Hades, and we’ve seen how powerful Emma’s expressed true love can be when her True Love’s Kiss with Henry broke the curse in season one. Can you imagine how powerful the romantic true love for Emma could be? She is the Savior and I’ve always believed that Killian’s character was meant for great things. It’s why the characters were written as such an epic love story. True love is the most powerful magic of all and I truly believe that Emma and Killian’s love is meant to vanquish darkness.

-Go The Distance:

I love the movie Hercules especially the song “Go the Distance.” When I heard they were to do and Underworld arc I was so delighted. But when I really looked at the lyrics to the song, I was so amazed how much they could be related to Emma and Killian’s characters and relationship. Tell me this does not feel so reminiscent of them.

I have often dreamed of a far off place
Where a hero’s welcome would be waiting for me
Where the crowds will cheer when they see my face
And a voice keeps saying, this is where I’m meant to be I’ll be there someday, I can go the distance
I will find my way if I can be strong
I know every mile, will be worth my while
When I go the distance, I’ll be right where I belong
Down an unknown road to embrace my fate
Though that road may wander, it will lead me to you
And a thousand years would be worth the wait
It might take a lifetime but somehow I’ll see it throughAnd I won’t look back, I can go the distance
And I’ll stay on track, no, I won’t accept defeat
It’s an uphill slope but I won’t lose hope
‘Til I go the distance, and my journey is complete

But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part
For a hero’s strength is measured by his heart

Like a shooting star, I will go the distance
I will search the world, I will face its harms
I don’t care how far, I can go the distance
‘Til I find my hero’s welcome, waiting in your arms

I will search the world, I will face its harms
‘Til I find my hero’s welcome, waiting in your arms

And in “Devil’s Due” they are both heroes in back in each other’s arms.

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I also wonder how often we are going to apply this quote to this arc?
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-Reliving Beauty:

During the night of the 100th episode celebration, ABC released this truly breathtaking video that relives the 100 heroes, villains, lands, adventure, and love in the first 100 episodes. Watching it I was brought to tears and left in awe. It’s videos like this that really demonstrate how remarkable Once Upon a Time really is. It’s a special show and it has changed my life.

“100 Episodes of Once upon a Time”

This next video highlighted the beautiful and epic love story between Emma and Killian and I once again was brought to tears as their most significant moments (and many of my favorite ones) are highlighted to showcase the depth, brevity, and specialness of their love story. What is touching was what was said about their story “They are each other’s happy ending. Their love has lasted through it all…until now.” And then it asks “Will there love survive?” On a show like Once Upon a Time you do not pose a question like this unless the answer is yes. Of course their love can survive. True love after all can survive any distance or obstacle put in its path. Not even death can stop true love. The question is not if, but how. How will Emma and Killian’s love overcome this? The story is not yet complete, but this next chapter of my favorite fairy tale will no doubt prove that love can conquer all.

“Once Upon a Love Story: Emma & Hook”

Once Upon a Time 100th Episode Celebration: “Fan Favorites” Top 10 Best Episodes

Greetings Oncers! I am so happy you all have been enjoying my Top 10 Best Episodes for each season in my Once Turns 100 celebration. To all who participated and sent in their Top 10 lists, thanks you so much. As promised here are everyone’s lists, so this article is completely fan generated. I loved seeing what your thoughts on what were the best episodes of this magical series and thought it was wonderful to not only see consistency amongst the picks but also lots of variations. I have my choices, you all have yours it’s wonderful! Some of you even included reasons behind your choices, and I have included those as well for everyone to enjoy!!

You may also remember that everyone who sent in their Top 10 lists was entered into a random giveaway to choose any 8×10 print from my Redbubble store. The 2 lucky winners are Jasmine and Nicola!! Congratulations!!! I will be contacting you shortly. For anyone else interested all of my designs can be found here:

So without any further ado, here the “Fan Favorites” Top 10 Best Once Upon a Time episodes:


1. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home
2. Good Form
3. The Broken Kingdom
4. Dark Hollow
5. Nimue
6. The Apprentice
7. Birth
8. Poor Unfortunate Soul
9. Unforgiven
10. (Tie) Operation Mongoose/The New Neverland

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1. Snow Drifts
2. Skin Deep
3. Broken Heart
4. Swan Song
5. Tallahassee
6. Pilot
7. Manhattan
8. There’s No Place Like Home
9. Second Star to the Right
10. Operation Mongoose Parts 1&2

Emily Moore

1. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home
2. Good Form
3. Tallahassee
4. Dark Hollow
5. Poor Unfortunate Soul
6. Swan Song
7. Broken Heart
8. New York City Serenade
9. Birth
10. The Dark Swan

Joan Holden

1. Pilot
3. A Land Without Magic
4. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home
5. Manhattan
6. Going Home
7. New York City Serenade
8. Swan song
9. The Dark Swan
10. Operation Mongoose Parts 1&2

Yam Oncers

1.The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
2. Red-handed
3. A Land Without Magic
4. Welcome to Storybrooke
5. The Evil Queen
6. Witch hunt
7. A Tale of Two Sisters
8. The Snow Queen
9. Shattered Sight
10. Lily
Honorable Mention: Swan song


1. The Broken Kingdom
2. There’s No Place Like Home
3. The Apprentice
4. Poor Unfortunate Soul’
5. Operation Mongoose Part 2
6. Good Form
7. The Crocodile
8. Pilot
9. New York City Serenade
10. An Apple Red as Blood

Wendy Van Harten 

1. Swan song
2. Pilot
3. The Crocodile
4. A Land Without Magic
5. Good Form
6. Operation Mongoose Part 1&2
7. Quite a Common Fairy
8. The Heart of the Truest Believer
9. Hat Trick
10. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Tomas Ceyssens 

1. The Dark Swan
2. Pilot
3. Tallahassee
4. Sympathy for the De vil
5. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
6. Manhattan
7. Broken
8. Operation Mongoose (Parts 1 & 2)
9. Nimue
10. The Bear and the Bow

Genesis Valenzuela 
1. Birth (introducing Dark Hook)
2. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home (Captain Swan trip to the past & CS becomes canon)
3. The Crocodile (Captain Hook’s first appearance)
4. Good Form (Hook & Emma’s first kiss, Killian’s backstory)
5. Tallahassee (Hook & Emma climb the Beanstalk, Emma’s backstory)
6. The Apprentice (Captain Swan first date)
7. Swan Song (Hook’s Death,  Emma vows to save him)
8. Operation Mongoose (Alternative Universe, Emma becomes the Dark One,  Emma says “I Love You” to Hook for the first time)
9. Nimue (Emma communicates with Nimue, Emma and Hook’s first exchange of I love You’s)
10. The Jolly Roger (Hook and Ariel’s Adventure in the missing year, Zelena tricks Hook, “I swear on Emma Swan”)

Sharon DeBiagio

1. Pilot
2. White Out
3. A Land Without Magic
4. Tallahassee
5. New York Serenade
6. Smash the Mirror Part 1
7. Manhattan
8. Good Form
9. Birth
10. The Broken Kingdom
Honorable mention 1 Operation Mongoose: Part 2
Honorable mention2 The Apprentice

Niamh McCusker 

1. Snow Drifts/There’s No place Like Home
(It was a CS movie episode & Emma accepted Killian. It was funny seeing Emma flirting with past Hook and then Killian punching him. Plus the ball scene was so special for both of them. I just loved all the moments with them)
2. Good Form
(Obviously because of the first CS kiss and seeing the kind of man Killian was before he became a pirate and his brother Liam. Plus it was great seeing Killian was becoming a hero)
3. Poor Unfortunate Soul
(I thought the backstory for Hook and Ursula was really good and it helped show how much Killian has changed and wanted to help her. Plus I thought it was so heartwarming and beautiful to hear that Killian’s happy ending is Emma and the kiss they had was so beautiful)
4. The Broken Kingdom
(This was a brilliant episode because of the scenes with Emma and Killian and I thought the backstory to Arthur and Guinevere was good. It was so sweet and loving of Killian to show his support and love for Emma and the kiss in the Middlemist field has to be one of my favourites. Helping her to relax and giving her one of the flowers was amazing. Plus it was funny seeing Killian act like a dad to Henry)
5. The Apprentice
(I was so pleased at seeing Emma and Killian going on their first day, they had the qualities of a real couple in this episode with all the flirting, hand holding and Killian lending Emma his jacket. Plus I thought Emma looked so beautiful and Killian looked hot. The kiss they had was so romantic especially the part where Killian wrapped his arms around Emma)
6. Swan Song
(The backstory for Killian was brilliant and I thought Brennan was great in this episode. Even though it was so heart breaking I was so pleased to see Killian fight back against Nimue and the other Dark Ones and absorb the darkness into Excalibur. I thought he was a true hero here and brave and selfless. Colin and Jen did a brilliant job in that scene, I cried so much at that scene and felt so sorry for both Emma and Killian. I know that Emma will succeed in bringing Killian back and I’m so pleased at seeing Emma come so far with love)
7. Operation Mongoose Part 2
(It was fun watching the alternate reality in the book. I thought it was a great twist where Snow and David were the villains and Regina saved Henry despite only “meeting” him. The scenes with Emma and Killian were my favourites because of how Deckhand Hook fell for Emma and sacrificed himself for her and Henry: a true hero. I hated seeing Emma become the Dark One but I was pleased that she told Killian she loved him)
8. Tallahassee
(It was fun seeing Emma and Killian connect for the first time and all the flirting was fun. I wished she could’ve accepted him there and fallen for him sooner though. It was a good way to show a potential relationship taking place)
9. Nimue
(I loved seeing Killian help Emma by giving her his ring and telling her he loves her. Plus I did enjoy seeing Merlin’s backstory and how Nimue became the first Dark one. My favourite scene would have to be where Emma fought back against Nimue and got the Promethean flame)
10. Birth
(I loved seeing Emma and Killian back in Camelot when they discussed their future together. I thought it was so brave of Killian to reveal all his sins to Emma and telling her he loves her. I also thought it was so heartbreaking what happened to Killian and Emma when he was dying and what she did to save him)

Sofia Anastasiu
1. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home
2. Tallahassee
3. Swan Song”
4. Going Home”
5. Good Form
6. Dark Hollow
7. Lady of the Lake
8. Pilot
9. Poor Unfortunate Soul
10. The Doctor


1. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home
2. White Out
3. Operation Mongoose Part 2
4. Good Form
5. Nimue
6. Swan Song
7. Tallahassee
8. Hat Trick
9. Poor Unfortunate Soul
10. The Apprentice

Uzumaki Soso Chan
1. Birth
2. There’s No Place Like Home
3. The Apprentice
4. Operation Mongoose Part 2
5. Going Home
6. Broken Heart
7. The Jolly Roger
8. Swan song
9. Good Form
10. New York City Serenade

Nicola Green

1. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home
(The whole time travel thing! Seeing Emma and Hook back in the Enchanted Forest and interacting with Belle, Rumple, Blue, Snow, Regina, Red and Charming without them knowing who they really are was fantastic. Emma distracting Enchanted Forest Hook- and enjoying herself too. But the scene that took the biscuit and makes this my number one choice is the whole “you traded your ship for me?” “Aye” scene where Emma fully acknowledges Hook’s feelings for her and begins to accept her feelings for him)
2. Swan Song
(Never has an episode- not even the Grey’s Anatomy episode where Derek died- had me sobbing as much as this one did. Seeing Hook claw his way back into the light and sacrifice himself for the woman he loves and her family and friends showed just how much of a journey he has been on over the series; plus seeing the devastation his death caused to everyone else also showed the journey they have all been on. The most touching scene was Snow comforting Emma so naturally, and Emma allowing her to do so, after feeling like she didn’t know how to do so in previous situations)
3. Good Form
(Seeing another part of Hook’s back-story and how he became a pirate, his history with Neverland and his moment of realisation of his feelings towards Emma after their kiss)
4. White Out
(Seeing Charming and Hook working together to save Emma and seeing Charming pushing Emma into Hook’s arms after she is freed from the ice showing that Charming is starting to accept he can’t choose who his daughter falls in love with and that she has chosen Hook)
5. The Crocodile
(Nothing much to say other than it’s the introduction of Hook/Killian Jones!!
6. Dark Hollow
(Emma instinctively calling out Hook’s name rather than Neal’s when they get attacked by the shadows)
7. Birth
(The reveal of Emma’s reasoning behind why she was doing what she was doing with the shock twist of Hook being turned into a Dark One)
8. Tallahassee
(Seeing more of Emma’s back-story explaining her trust issues whilst at the same time seeing her connecting with Hook without her realising it)
9. Heroes and Villains
(Belle’s reaslisation that Rumple hasn’t stuck to the promises he made in his wedding vows and sending him across the town line. Emma returning Hook’s heart and the very sexual tension filled kiss that followed)
10. Pilot
(Seeing Emma calmly chasing after her ‘date’ before slamming his head into the steering wheel of his car is a main highlight from this episode. I really like the introduction of all the other characters too)

There were 3 episodes that fell just outside my top 10 (if I could have got away with it I would have made them all joint 10th!) and they are:
Rocky Road
New York City Serenade
Going Home

Philippa Goulde

1. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home
2. Operation Mongoose
3. Going Home
4. The Price
5. Pilot
6. Birth
7. Nimue
8. Hat Trick
9. Ariel
10. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter


1. Birth
2. The Crocodile
3. The Jolly Roger
4. Snow Drifts & There’s No Place Like Home
5. Good Form
6. New York City Serenade
7. Swan Song
8. Poor Unfortunate Soul
9. The Apprentice
10. 7:15 am

Maria Trueba

1. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place like Home
2. White Out
3. Swan Song
4. Good Form
5.The Shepherd
6. Nimue
7. Tallahassee
8. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
9. Poor Unfortunate Soul
10. (Tie) Siege Perilous/Hat Trick
Honorable Mentions:
A Land Without Magic
Sympathy for the De Vil

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1. Pilot
(The very beginning of the greatest story! I still remember the feeling when I’ve first watched this episode 5 years ago. I’ve started to like all of the characters from the first minute and ended up falling in love with them by the last one. It has helped me to believe in fairytales again.
A very first step in the story of Prince Charming and Snow and in meeting their daughter Emma, who doesn’t know yet how important she really is! Brilliant!
2. Snow Falls
(It was an amazing way to introduce us to the story of the core couple of Once Upon a Time – Charming and Snow. It has given to the viewers the very new look on how things happened between this canon characters! First meeting, first looks and chemistry! In the same time we can see what has the curse done to the characters. Brave, strong and absolutely fearless in the Enchanted Forest Snow and Prince Charming have turned into timid, non-confident and hopeless Mary Margaret and David. But I really loved how they still have been able to find each other despite the curse and Regina’s manipulations. True love indeed.)
3. Tallahassee
(Although this isn’t the first episode of Captain Hook (who I do love with all my heart) this was the one which started to open his character in a lot more different ways. Mainly it has shown the beginning of his relationships with Emma. I won’t ever forget their beanstalk talk and how Killian Jones was reading Emma Swan like an open book! Here we had a very first glance on Killian’s wounds; we see a very first connection of his loss of Milah with Rumple. And from the flashback we’ve realized how really damaged Emma is: first love which has opened her heart and let her be happy for the first time in her life ended up with a betrayal and prison…and pregnancy. And from that time we’ve understand: Swan and Jones are bonded together with a tiny fiber but we have a hope it’s going to grow with a time in something really amazing and special.)
4. Good Form
(I am totally in love with Captain Swan so this episode has given me chills and happiness and hope for Emma and Killian to understand how they could be a savior for each other. Not a start of their relationships but a really huge step in accepting what they feel for each other. And I totally loved how Killian has shown to David that a pirate deserves a credit. Furthermore we had a chance to see a great part of Killian’s life: we met his beloved brother Liam who has died in Hook’s arms and we realized why Killian has become a pirate in the first place. And started to see him as man of honor. And understood that he is damaged too. Love each minute of this episode.)
5. New York City Serenade
(What can I say? Just an amazing episode. Killian Jones is the One who saves the day: finds Emma in a different world, tries True Love Kiss with her (really, it has to work now in season 5 already!), convinces her to make a leap of faith and brings her back to Storybrook to help her family. “Nothing but a pirate”?! He never was and he never would be just this! While watching the episode one canon OUAT phrase has crossed my mind several times: “I will always find you”)
6. The Jolly Roger
(I can re-watch this episode 1000 times. And each time I find a scene between Ariel/Zelena and Killian so touching and heartbreaking! Killian’s “Yes” on “That woman who broke you heart…you still love her” and “I swear on Emma Swan” have literally said it all! The unbreakable strong adoration and passion for Emma Swan has made Killian a better man and has opened his heart for love and hope. All the awards to Colin O’Donoghue in this scene! And we defiantly can see some changes in Emma’s perception of Killian Jones. She finally sees him for what he truly is. They both are tired to live in the past! They want a new chapter of their lives to begin.)
7. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home
(This was two-hours final so I assumed it can be counted as one. Because that was a wonderful whole story which has brought a lot of things out. Adventures of CaptainSwan in the Enchanted Forest in the past are just amazing, funny and full of emotions! The two of them are just together, working side by side! It was really great to meet with Captain Hook from the past and see that Emma Swan is his type indeed. It was magical to see CS on the ball dancing together like they always were meant to be a prince and a princess. And of course the way Killian understands Emma like no one before and helps her to accept herself and find a home! The kiss their shared in the end of the episode after Emma discovered that Killian has given his ship for her was a pure magic! P.S.: “Who do I look like?! Marty MacFly?!” – “Marty MacWho?” – was the best! Laugh each time I hear it!)
8. Mother
(Love the episode because we had a lot of family dynamics there. I was happy to see that Emma finally forgave her parents for what they have done to Lilly. A small step for Emma closer to people she loves and who loves her and one wall that is brought down! And a talk at the pierce that Emma and Killian have is just amazing! We see that he understands her like no one can! He knows her and has a key to her heart! Once again he helps Emma to be reunited with her family. And Emma’s “I like when people find their good hearts along the way” said it all. She loves Killian and cherishes him and lets him in by sharing her deepest fears and thoughts. And I do love Maleficent and Lily reunion – another family is whole again. Although Regina’s story with her mom was very sad and tragic in some way. Family is everything after all!)
9. The Price
(A very emotional episode, which reminded us that magic always comes with a price. And one should understand how far he/she is willing to go to get what he/she wants. There were some really sweet scenes with Emma and Snow having ‘mother-daughter” talk, with Regina in a beautiful dress learning to dance, with Henry having his very first crush. Also I really love the ball scene – such a peaceful time filled with love and music. A great gift for all the fans. And how desperate both Emma and Killian were in trying to break the curse by kissing each other (TLK should defiantly work someday with this two)? Amazing emotional scenes. Beautiful episode in OUAT best style)
10. Swan Song
(This episode has literally broke my heart but still it has given something very special to all of OUAT fans! It has reminded us that love is always strong enough to quiet the Darkness, while you have hope and faith in yourself and in people who surrounds you. And it’s important to stop for a while, look inside and ask yourself – what kind of a person you really want to be? The outstanding episode with all of the actors creating a pure masterpiece on the screen – it was worth to watch from the very first second till the last minute. And the last words of the episode “Hook, I will find you. I will always find you” still give me chills! I do believe that Emma saves Killian and they finally have their happy ending!)


Jessica Parsons

1. The Price of Gold
2. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home
3. Tallahassee
4. Save Henry
5. Hat Trick
6. Lady of the Lake
7. Operation Mongoose
8. Swan Song
9. A Curious Thing
10. The Bear King
Honorable Mentions
Poor unfortunate Soul

Margaret Cav 

1. Skin Deep
2. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home
3. Lacey
4. The Price of Gold
5. Pilot
6. Sympathy for the De Vil
7. The Crocodile
8. The New Neverland
9. A Land Without Magic
10. Nimue

Melissa Brackx

1. Swan Song
2. There’s No Place Like Home
3. The Crocodile
4. Dark Hollow
5. Nimue
6. Operation Mongoose Part 2
7. Hat Trick
8 . Selfless, Brave and True
9. A Land Without Magic
10. White Out

Sonia Matos 

1. Snow Drifts and There’s No Place like Home
2. Manhattan
3. Tallahassee
4. Save Henry
5. Going Home
6. Dreamcatcher
7. A Land Without Magic
8. An Apple Red as Blood
9. The Heart of the Truest Believer
10. Shattered Sight

Lilyann Trombone 

1. Quite a Common Fairy
2. It’s Not Easy Being Green
3. Tallahassee
4. Hat Trick
5. The Stable Boy
6. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
7. Pilot
8. Good Form
9. 7:15 am
10. A Land Without Magic


1. Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home (need I go into why)
2. Skin Deep (A well fleshed out Rumbelle episode)
3. Pilot (Entranced, ensnared, & just plain hooked me from the beginning)
4. Tallahassee (of course this one ha!)
5. Nimue (Jen’s acting & Emma’s stand against the Darkness)
6. (Tie) Birth/Swan Song 5×11 (please don’t make me choose!!) both heartbreaking but then HOPE)
7. Hat Trick (Dark twisty and Mad Hatter!)
8. Snow Falls (Snow & Charming first meet)
9. Operation Mongoose Part 1 (Fun!)
10. The Snow Queen (Sisterly bond and Elizabeth Mitchell!)
**Sophie’s Choice on many of these but I have to have 3 for honorable mention
Sympathy For the DeVil (or plain evil)
Good Form (well . . .)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Graham!)

I hope you enjoyed reading everyone’s choices!! I know I certainly did!! Thank again to everyone for joining in the fun!! Let us give the show and all the fans a round of applause!!

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