Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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There's No Place Like Home 

Emma and Hook attempt to rectify the mistakes they made in the Enchanted Forest of the past and find their way back to Storybrooke in the present.


Ralph Hemecker


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... Prince Charming / David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Michael Raymond-James ... Neal Cassidy
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Robert Carlyle ... Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
Lee Arenberg ... Leroy
Sarah Bolger ... Princess Aurora
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas
Sean Maguire ... Robin Hood
Meghan Ory ... Red Riding Hood
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper


In the conclusion of two-part episode that serves as the season three finale, Emma and Hook must find a way to return to Storybrooke, but in their quest to return, they have to find a way not to interfere or tamper with the events that lead up to the first curse, or else they risk altering the entire timeline, and could end up warping the future existence of everyone involved, including Emma, Hook, as well as Emma's family back in present-day Storybrooke. Written by Dao Dinh Gia Bao

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11 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The object/animal/person in this episode is a swan. See more »


In the flashback to Portland, 2001, Neil and Emma carry coffee in the iconic Anthora coffee cups which have been widely used in New York City since the 1960s. These cups are seen as props on TV shows and movies set New York City, but not for those set in the Pacific Northwest. See more »


[Emma claims to have lost all her magic powers]
Captain Hook: I think not having magic makes it a hell of a lot easier for you to run back to New York and pretend to be somebody else. Well, listen to me, Swan. You're not. It's time to stop running.
Emma Swan: You think I don't know that? Yes, I run away. That's how I've always survived. But, believe me, I want this to work. I wanna go back. I wanna stop running.
Captain Hook: ...What's changed your mind?
Emma Swan: Watching my mother die. Thinking she was dead. You saw what happened. I was so ...
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References Frozen (2013) See more »

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Trying not to alter the past

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

Season 3 was a very solid one, for me there wasn't a misfire and even the weakest episodes ("Lost Girl" and "The New Neverland" as far as the previous episodes go) were decent. "Going Home", "The Heart of the Truest Believer", "Snow Drifts" and "A Curious Thing" were especially special of the numerous great episodes. "There's No Place Like Home" is another one of the best episodes of 'Once Upon a Time's' best season up to this point (and one of the best overall).

There is story advancing, lots of momentum and character progression, and everything concerning the past and how it connects with present events and how it may affect the future is highly intriguing, entertaining and emotionally impactful. A good deal happens but it doesn't feel too much. Revelations are both shocking and delightful, including the introductions of Maid Marian and Elsa. Emotional impact is huge, some of the biggest of the season, Emma's story has a lot of heart.

Particularly good here are how Rumplestiltskin is written, always one of my favourite 'Once Upon a Time' characters and "There's No Place Like Home" does nothing to change that, Mr Gold and Belle's heartfelt chemistry and Hook and Emma's witty but also beautifully tender chemistry. Found it easy to root for Emma, and didn't think her too passive or overwrought, she's written pretty poignantly.

Can't fault any of the acting, there is a lot of meat for everyone to sink their teeth into which all do with aplomb. Robert Carlyle, Colin O'Donoghue and Jennifer Morrison in particular.

Furthermore, "There's No Place Like Home" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully too. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue.

Overall, a perfect way to end one of the show's better overall seasons. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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