Ok, so my thoughts on the epi...
LOVED that it was a Rumple-centric epi from start to finish...I think after the epi where Rumple lost Bae, this is probably the most Rumple-centric epi since then.
The whole aspect of Rumple's cowardice was very well explored in this epi...from the days when his wife left him to what he is now.
BEST scene of the epi is the Rumple-Belle scene in the Library in the end...SUPERB acting from Robert...
Belle is starting to find her own path...told both the men in her life to back off...lol...and has decided to start working at the library...nice touch :-)
Interesting turn they've given to her relationship with Rumple and that SADNESS in Rumple really makes you feel for him.
The Rumple-Charming scenes as Rumple asks for his help to search for Belle were hilarious...
The little tongue in cheek bit they added with naming Belle's father's flower shop as "Game of THORNS"
...Love the inside jokes this show has...haha
Now coming to the great big hyped Mr. Hook himself...lol ok so that didn't really amount to much, sorry to say...the entire storyline of Rumple's wife falling for Hook and so dumping Rumple and Bae and just taking off...kinda lame...not saying that you don't feel for Rumple...Robert is superb enough in ALWAYS making you feel for Rumple...especially noteworthy in the bit when Milah shouts at him that she NEVER loved him and no one can ever love him.
They're trying to set Rumple-Hook up as some kind of big "enemies" but sorry to say Hook is not even a PATCH on Regina and the AWESOMENESS that she is with Rumple...even Jefferson is a million times better than this guy.
Anyways so Hook manages to trick Rumple in the end and use the bean to go to Neverland...I'm wondering if they'll actually SHOW Neverland at some point...sure hope so...I wasn't very impressed by the actor playing Hook...especially considering they gave him quite a Jack Sparrow-ish getup with the eyeliner and all but dude ain't no Johnny Depp, sorry to say :P
And a Hook-Cora alliance? Really?
...this dude just DOESN'T match up to the rest of the awesome cast...the scene with Cora was kinda blahh too in my opinion...so they both joined hands to get to Storybrooke cuz Hook wants to avenge Milah's death from Rumple? haha...ok then...I'm sorry but this guy just isn't looking MENACING enough to be a worthy enemy of Rumple, that's all I'm saying.
Anyways, next week's epi looks really good too cuz it's totally Regina-centric and bits of Jefferson too...Regina being haunted by the ghost of her first love or something...intriguing stuff.