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The long-awaited birth of Snow and Charming's baby has finally arrived; the episode begins with Snow being rushed to the hospital by Charming and Emma. Regina and Emma make sure to cast a protection spell around Snow's hospital room in order to prevent the Wicked Witch from getting in; they know the Witch desires something from the baby.
Meanwhile, Rumpelstilitskin is busy in his cell sewing straw into gold. When he is finished, the Wicked Witch saunters down to his cage and uses magic to turn the gold into a golden brain, which she puts with the various other objects she has collected for her time travel spell (Regina's heart, Charming's sword, etc.). She is planning on casting a spell to take her back in time so she can change her destiny, starting with convincing her mother to keep her rather than abandoning her in the woods. She excitedly tells Rumpel that she needs one more thing to complete her spell; it is clear whatever she needs has to do with Snow and Charming's baby.
In a flashback to the Witch's years in Oz, Galinda visits the Wicked Witch in her fortress. Galinda thanks her for revealing the wizard's true colors to the people of Oz, but admits that she believes the Witch's pursuits are foolish. She believes the Witch should not waste time attempting to change her past when she could build a better future for herself. Keeping this idea in mind, Galinda offers the introduce the Witch to The Sisterhood of Witches, where she will be among people who understand her.
Back in Storybrooke, Emma plots to hunt down the Witch before she can harm Snow and Charming's baby. Emma is the only one who can defeat the Witch, for she harnesses light magic by being the product of true love. Though she intended to go alone, Charming insists that she take Captain Hook along with her for maximum protection. Emma is reluctant to the idea, considering she is still angry with Hook for not telling her about the Witch's curse on his lips; however, Charming convinces her that having someone for back-up is a far better option than flying solo.
Emma and Hook venture to the Witch's home. On the way, Emma tells Hook of her plans to move back to New York with Henry; she regrets bringing Henry to Storybrooke, for she feels she is depriving him of a normal life. Hook argues that both she and Henry belong in Storybrooke with their family, no matter how challenging their lives can be. As they reach the house, the Witch instantly comes out with Rumpelstiltskin on her tail. At the Witch's command, Rumpel throws Hook into a small pool in the yard, and begins drowning him. Emma retrieves him from the pool, but Hook is unconscious; she has no choice but to give him mouth to mouth, which luckily revives him. However, due to the curse on Hook's lips, the contact has taken Emma's magic.
We then shift gears back to the Witch's past. Galinda takes the Witch to meet The Sisterhood of Witches, which includes the Witches of the North and East alongside herself. They would like Zelena take become the Witch of the West, for the West has represented innocence, and they feel Zelena could reclaim her innocence lost long ago. Galinda informs Zelena that she believes Zelena could fulfill a prophecy found in the Sisterhood's records; the prophecy states that a sorceress brought to Oz by a cyclone will become the Witch of the West and bring Oz to glory. Since Zelena was brought to Oz by a Cyclone, Galinda believes she may be the one.
Galinda gives Zelena a pendent that will harness and grow her magic and powers. However, without the pendent, Zelena will be powerless. This gift officially inducts Zelena into The Sisterhood of Witches, which pleases her greatly.
Soon afterward, a cyclone rips through Oz. Zelena and Galinda hear a scream, and immediately go to the scene. They find a young girl named Dorothy in the ruins left by the cyclone; Galinda declares that Dorothy must be quite special to survive such a storm. Galinda offers to introduce her to The Sisterhood and provide her with a place to stay, considering she is far from him. Zelena is clearly troubled by this offer, and feels threatened by Dorothy.
Dorothy fits right in with the ladies of the sisterhood, which does not go unnoticed by Zelena. Galinda confronts her over the issue, and Zelena states that she found some more information about the prophecy; apparently, the one who will fulfill the prophecy will also defeat the greatest evil in Oz, which Zelena believes is herself. She figures Dorothy is the true filler of the prophecy, and she will one day defeat Zelena. Galinda tries to comfort her, and reminds her that if she believes she is evil, that's exactly what she'll become.