5. The Doctor – Hook and Emma meet
This is the episode where Emma and Hook meet for the first time. Their first few meetings consist of fighting, and in this episode, Emma ties Hook to a tree and holds a knife to his throat. It also marks the beginning of Regina’s descent into black magic, when she gives in to Rumplestiltskin’s teaching and crushes the heart of his new student.
We also see her desperation in trying to bring Daniel back to life, which is what sets her on the path to darkness to start with.
6. Tallahassee – Emma’s backstory
This episode was the first one to give a significant look at Emma’s backstory, as well as the origin of the Volkswagon Beetle.
In the Enchanted Forrest, Emma and Hook spend the episode together as they climb the bean stalk and work together, leading Hook to say they make a good pair.
This is where the chemistry between Emma and Hook first becomes apparent.
9. Queen of Hearts
This episode had many significant character moments. Emma learns that Rumplestiltskin knew she would be the savior all along after reading his scroll in the cell in the castle. After getting locked in the cell, Hook takes the compass from Emma and informs her he would not have betrayed her the way he betrayed him. Their relationship starts off in a mirror image of Snow and Charming.
At Lake Nostos, Emma, Mary Margaret and Mulan fight Hook and Cora. Hook saves Aurora’s heart from going into the portal, allowing Mulan to return it to her.
Emma then bests Hook in a fight, knocking him unconscious.
Emma then blocks Cora from hurting Mary Margaret, resulting in Cora trying to rip Emma’s heart out, and finding that she can’t.
Magic then emenates from Emma, and this is the first time she has used her own magic.
Regina lies to Henry about trying to help Emma and Mary Margaret, when she is actually planning to kill them. As Regina is enacting her plan, Henry shows up and convinces Regina to stop it, leaving Emma and Mary Margaret with the flase impression that Regina helped them.
When Emma confronts Gold about taking advantage of her, he informs Emma that he didn’t make her destiny or make her what she was, he just took advantage of it. Emma’s destiny and actions are her own.
Emma learns that Neal is Baelfire, which comes as quite a shock to her.
It also results in Henry finding out that she lied to him about his father, putting her temporarily in the same category as Regina, as an adult who lies to him.
Emma takes off her swan necklace. She will only put it on again in the episode with Neal’s funeral, so this episode somewhat represents Emma saying goodbye to that past relationship, even though she still has to go through the mourning process now that she has closure.
22. And Straight on ’til Morning
This episode shows a group of people with very different views and opinions, some of whom outright dislike each other, having to work together to save Storybrooke after Regina’s device that will destroy the town has been activated.
Regina tries to slow the device down, even though she knows it will take all of her power and kill her. They come up with a plan to send the device through a portal, but Hook tricks Emma and takes the magic bean for himself. At this point, when she thinks they are all going to die, Emma calls Mary Margaret and David mom and dad for the first time.
Emma then realizes that she can use her magic to help Regina, and together they are able to stop the device and save Storybrooke. This is when henry is kidnapped.
Hook then returns and offers his ship to help Emma. The group then takes the Jolly Roger through a portal to Neverland.
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