‘The Shepherd’ was directed by Victor Helli. Writers were Ian B. Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss. In StoryBrooke, Kathryn Nolan (Anastasia Griffith) throws her husband David (Josh Dallas) a welcome home party.
But the only person he wants to see isn’t there. He bales and seeks out Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin). David has bonded emotional with MM. He loves her instead of his wife. She thinks he remembers her.
To make matters worse, Kathryn’s “friend” Mayor Regina Mills (Lana Parrilla) warns MM to stay away. She’s angry because David left Kathryn. But MM didn’t know that. The lovers agree to meet later at a specific location and declare their feelings.
David runs into Regina allow the way. She deliberately gives him wrong directions. He ends up at Rumple’s (Robert Carlyle) shop. Once inside, David admires the unicorn mobile then stares at a windmill. It was the Nolan’s. Seeing it causes David’s memories to come back.
MM anxiously waits for him at the spot. She forgives him for being late. Then he breaks her heart. He tells her he got his memories back and is returning to his wife. She can understand him wanting to do the right thing. But then he told her he loved her. Got her to confess her feelings. And now they can’t be together.
In pre-curse Fairytale Land, Prince James (Josh Dallas) does the FTL version of an extreme warm-up. He fights a man twice his height in an exhibition match for King Midas (Alex Zahara) and his father King George’s (Alan Dale) court.
But he’s cocky and doesn’t make sure the other man is dead. Who solves that problem. By shoving an armored spear through his chest.
King George makes a deal with Rumple. He’ll keep him informed on the Fairy God-mother’s daily routine. In exchange for getting his son back. Only James’ twin will be impersonating him from now on. Rumple made a deal with the twin’s parents. One of them to save the farm.
The Shepherd never knew he was a twin. He manages to slay a dragon. This is then gifted to King Midas. He sweets the pot. He gives his daughter Abigail’s hand in marriage to unite the kingdoms. King George threatens his “son”. Accept this offer or he and his mother will die.
The good: More of the Snowing love fest. (Snow and Charming) Learning Prince Charming had a twin. It’s another character for Josh Dallas to play. Learning how Rumple eventually got that fairy wand. King George truly loved his son James. But he treats the Shepherd with contempt.
The bad: David Nolan jerking MM around. Not being honest with his wife. He is toying with both of the women’s emotions. The Shepard sacrificing his identity and freedom for his mother and adopted kingdom.
The ugly: The forced arranged marriage of Prince James and Princess Abigail.
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