The Brothers Jones
Recap by Leigh Ann (@leigh_ann415)
This week's episode had a much-awaited reunion between Emma and Hook, but not without
complications from older brother, Liam. We also see more of the Brothers Jones' past. And Henry takes matters into his own hands.
We start off with Henry and Cruella riding in Cruella's car. They are trying to find the quill. Cruella tells him they are looking for some kind of sign. Henry then sees a bright red light off in the distance and asks Cruella to stop. Henry sneaks away from Cruella and bumps into the Apprentice. The Apprentice tells him that Henry is his unfinished business, and he's here to tell Henry not to resurrect Cruella, that it would be a terrible mistake. Henry is in disbelief that the pen can bring someone back, unlike what the Apprentice told him before. He replies that the rules are a little more flexible in the Underworld. The Apprentice says he should record the stories as they are, but Henry says he is sick of the stories, and being on the sidelines. He wants to help Emma, not Cruella. The Apprentice then says that the quill is in the Sorcerer's mansion, protected by a spell, but he needs a key to find it, which the sheriff took. If Henry can find the key, the quill is his.
In Emma's house, she restores Hook back to the pirate we know. Emma tries to kiss him, but he pulls back saying he's the problem, and he doesn't measure up. Emma says she came all the way down there to save him. But Hook says he's not sure he's worth saving. They are interrupted when there's a knock at the door. Hook's brother, Liam, enters.
We are then taken back to a flashback of the two brothers on a boat. Liam says that by tomorrow, they'll be free men. He is referring to their father selling them into piracy. Killian is surprised that Liam wants to join the navy. Killian pushes the idea away, saying he's hardly navy material. Liam says that Killian will be a fine captain someday, that being in the navy would change him. They are interrupted by the owner of the ship who scoffs at the idea of Killian being captain. Killian starts towards him, but Liam holds him back. The owner of the ship just wants his pay. Liam tells Killian not to worry, and by sunrise, they'll be in the king's navy.
,Back at Emma's house, Killian asks why Liam is down here, but Liam does not know. Killian says that Hades fixed it so no one can leave, and his brother is proof of that. The only way everyone can be free is if they defeat Hades once and for all. Liam says there have been others who have tried to overthrow Hades before and that there's a book that has the power to defeat him. Liam would find it himself, but he doesn't know what to look for. Emma says that she thinks it's a storybook, like Henry's.
In the Charming's apartment, they are frantically looking for the book. Snow thinks it could be in her closet, like where she found Henry's. But they come up empty. Regina says that's not a surprise, since Henry's book was about hope, and there's not a lot of that in the Underworld. As Emma is looking, Liam interrupts, wanting to talk. Emma asks if it's the protective big brother talk because she's not good enough for Killian. But Liam replies he already knows she's not good enough. This takes Emma aback. Liam says that it's her fault Killian is down there and argues with her about how she didn't let him die a hero. Emma says she's risking everything by coming to save him. Liam asks if that's what he needs, or what she needs, and that when Hook defeats Hades she should just stop thinking about her desires, and let him go.
Henry enters then with his grandparents and tells them about what the Apprentice said about the book being in the Sorcerer's mansion, but that the key is locked in the sheriff's station. Charming says that it's about time he had a chat with his brother.
Back on the ship, Liam comes up to Captain Silver saying that the Brothers Jones will be leaving. Silver says that at least one of them will. It is then shown that Killian has passed out. Silver says he's not much of a gambler. Liam shakes Killian awake, asking where his silver is, but he gambled it away. Liam is told to leave Killian behind, but Liam tears up their papers to the navy. He says, “Come hell or high water, I will not leave my brother.”
In the present, we see Liam washing out glasses in a bar. Hades walks in saying, “Wow, even for the Underworld, it is dead in here.” Hades makes his own drink appear and informs Liam that he has found out about the plan to find the book. Hades wants Liam to destroy the pages about him. Liam says for Hades to do it himself, but Hades needs Liam to break the protection spell around it. If Liam doesn't do it, Hades will tell Killian the thing Liam never could: the reason he's in the Underworld.
As Snow and Charming search for the key in the sheriff's station, Cruella appears, thinking that Charming is James. She goes straight to Charming, kissing him, and Charming pretends to be James.
At Granny's, Regina and Emma are waiting for Snow and Charming. Emma asks Regina what she thinks of Liam. Regina figures out that Liam doesn't like Emma. Emma says he thinks she's not good enough for Hook. Regina retorts that Emma's too good for Hook. Emma responds that Liam thinks she should let Hook move on. Regina asks what does Hook think. Hook agrees. Regina says he has to forgive himself and that they're a lot alike, and forgiving themselves is the hardest thing to do. Emma needs to help Hook with that. Henry arrives saying Snow found the key. They all go to the mansion, and Liam breaks through the spell on the door.
Back in the past, there's a storm knocking the ship around. Captain Silver is apparently heading into the storm wanting to find a precious stone, saying for the brothers to handle it. Threats are exchanged, with Liam saying he applauds the idea of mutiny. Killian and Liam then draw swords, intending on saving the men on the ship. Liam and Killian have won the battle.
In the mansion, the group splits up to find the key. Emma says for Henry to stay behind and be the lookout, but Henry doesn't want to be left out. Regina says “Don't argue with your mother,” and when Henry starts to protest, “Or your mother.” But after they leave, Henry goes off searching for the pen on his own. Liam finds the storybook and tears out the pages about Hades. It is interesting to note that the Underworld version of the book looks just like Henry's.
Back in the sheriff's station, Cruella is still trying to seduce Charming with champagne. Charming still keeps up the charade of being James. But finally he has had enough, lifting Cruella up and setting her down, asking if this really works on James because he finds it repulsive. Cruella is mad, saying he should've pretended to be “Jimmy” a little while longer. Cruella knew all along that Charming was himself, not James. Cruella says Charming doesn't have the damage James has. But Charming has never even met James. Cruella then rehashes that Charming did know James when they were infants, before their mother chose which one lived with the king. She had to pick a favorite, and she picked Charming. Charming says that wasn't his fault. But Cruella says James disagrees, that he spent his whole life and death wondering why Charming was the one. Charming shouts that he doesn't have the answers. Cruella says when Charming and James meet, it's going to be “one hell of a reunion.”
Back at the mansion, Hook is looking through the book, realizing that there's no mention of Hades' story anywhere. Emma sees that there's been pages ripped out. Regina remembers that she tore out her pages of Henry's book so he wouldn't know she was the Evil Queen. They think that Hades has done the same. Emma asks Liam if there was any evidence of the book being tampered with, but Liam lies claiming there wasn't.
Hook knows something is wrong with Emma. She tells him that she's had a bad feeling about Liam since they met. She thinks Liam is hiding something, but Hook says his brother wouldn't lie. Emma says maybe there's stuff about Liam Hook doesn't know, that maybe he knows what his unfinished business is. But Hook rejects the idea, saying he knows who his brother is.
Liam is back on the ship in the past, when Hades appears. Hades says he knows a lot about Liam, and then makes his hair-fire shine, turning on all the candles. Liam is taken aback, saying he's a demon. But Hades says he's a god. Hades wants the precious cargo that's aboard the ship: the souls Liam is trying to save. Liam tries to kill Hades, but he can't since Hades is immortal. Hades says he can't hurt Liam either. He then offers Liam a deal in that if he lets the ship sink, then he would ensure Liam and Killian would survive. Hades says he'd give Liam the stone, which will give Liam anything he wants, including the navy job. Liam turns away.
At the well, Liam has the “missing” pages. He throws them in as Emma walks up. She asks if he's found anything. She then shows Liam the ring Hook gave her. Emma tells Liam what Killian told her when he gave it to her, that it belonged to a much better man than he. Liam is Killian's hero. She can't figure out why he would lie to Killian.
Hook walks up then. Emma says that Liam took the pages and she can prove it, asking him to show his hands, which are covered in ink. But Hook doesn't need proof to know what's really going on. He says if she can prove Liam is a liar, she can convince Hook that he's worth saving, and that they have a future together. Hook says he should just move on after defeating Hades. Emma pleads with Hook, saying he could come home, he just needs to forgive himself. But he has to do it himself. Emma walks away.
Hook then sees that Emma was right about Liam's hands. Hook angrily asks why Liam would lie to him. The ship's crew then appears, saying it's about the truth of what happened to them, and not about the book.
Back in the storm, Killian is trying to steer the ship, having difficulty. Liam takes over, saying they have no choice but to go into the storm. Liam then gives Killian the ring he keeps around his neck. The crew then realizes they are about to be killed, but Killian assures them that his brother will save them. They then head straight for the storm.
At the well, Hook asks what truth are they talking about. One of the crew says Hook's brother isn't the hero he claims to be. He then goes on to tell Hook about the visit with Hades and Liam at the bar. He accuses Liam of trading their souls for the Eye of the Storm. Hook then learns about Hades threatening to tell the truth if Liam didn't destroy the pages. He is shocked, but Liam says he didn't have any other choice. And now both brothers are going to pay the price.
The crew takes Liam and Killian down to the fire pit, saying it's time to walk the plank. Liam replies he would gladly walk it to spare Killian. The crew man says he should've gone down along with the ship, like the rest of them, and now they finally will. Liam then apologizes to Killian, saying he wanted to be the perfect example to him. They are interrupted by Hades appearing in his blue poof of smoke, asking why he wasn't invited to the party. Hades then knocks the crewmen down into the fire, which leaves the two brothers. One of them gets to live. It appears that Killian will be the one to die. But Liam says he won't let Hades have his brother, no matter what deal they made. Ignoring him, Hades poofs Liam up in the air, appearing to fall into the fire. Killian grabs on, not wanting his brother to go. Killian then forgives Liam for what he did. But Liam neeeds to forgive himself. Liam says the only way to make amends is for him to pay the price, and he lets go.
But, everything changes. A ship in the sea appears. Hades is livid that Liam is moving on, saying Killian will pay for this, and disappears. Liam is happy now, having forgiven himself. Killian is relieved to see that Liam is safe and can depart. Killian tells all of them to go, saying their unfinished business is done. Liam and the crew then get on board the ship. Liam wants Killian to come too, but Killian's unfinished business isn't done yet. Liam says to apologize to Emma, and he was wrong. She does want what's best for Killian. Killian became a true hero in a way Liam never could. The brothers shake hands, and Liam and the boat sail away.
Back in the flashback, the two brothers reach the shore. A navy man walks up to them, deducing that they were searching for the legendary Eye of the Storm. Liam then says the gem was no legend, and pulls it out. The men are impressed, saying Liam is a hero and the captain offers commissions on his ship, the Jewel of the Realm.
At the mansion, Hook meets up with Emma saying she was right about Liam, informing her about the deal Liam made with Hades. Killian says Liam sacrificed himself, but he and the crew moved on. Hook says Emma helped him see the truth before he went and he's glad Emma came to Underbrooke since he does deserve saving. Emma asks if he's planning to come home. Hook says yes, that he damn well intends to have the future that Liam fought for.
Henry meanwhile is still searching for the pen, when he sees another light glowing. He goes to inspect it, uncovering the pen and ink.
In the loft, Killian tells the group that Liam ripped out the pages about Hades and he is sorry on behalf of his brother. But their storybook had secrets in it too. They need Henry, but he's off “being a teenager.” and doesn't want to talk to anyone. Charming says maybe Henry doesn't want to talk to his mothers, and goes up to join him.
In a touching scene between grandfather and grandson, Charming says that he'll "think" with Henry. But Henry doesn't want to talk about it. Charming then tells Henry about his twin brother resenting him his whole life. Henry says that he grew up a prince. Charming counters that Charming had a loving mother. Henry says “Please don't make this a lesson.” Charming says some people would give anything to have a family like Henry's, because there's always somebody to talk to. Charming then starts to leave, but Henry calls him back, saying there's something he needs to show him.
Henry shows everyone the author's pen, and how the Apprentice said where it was, and he found it. He thought if he used its power, he'd be a hero. Henry tells them about Cruella wanting to be brought back to life. Emma is surprised and asks why he would want to help her. But Henry says to help Emma because Cruella said Emma has guilt about killing her. Henry says that's when he realized he has all this power, but he ignores it, he lives in everyone's shadow. But he wants to be the hero, instead of the one heroes rescue. Emma says that's not the way to do it. But that's why Henry's telling them now. He knows what the Apprentice meant; he'll write the stories as they are, starting with Hades, using the pen the correct way, to recreate his story. Snow says Hades tried very hard for them not to find out his story. Charming wonders what Hades is trying to hide from them.
We then see Hades walking slowly, revealing something in a cloud of smoke. It's part of the missing pages, with a familiar face on them: Zelena, the Wicked Witch. Hades says their secret remains safe.
We will have to wait for “Our Decay” to see what the past is between Hades and Zelena.