Before the first curse, there was an ongoing ogre war. Sir Maurice desperately reached out to Rumplestiltskin to protect his people. He agrees to protect them from the Ogres, but only if Belle becomes his eternal servant. Though Sir Maurice vehemently declines, Belle agrees to the deal so her loved ones will be safe.
When Emma and Snow are transported back to the Enchanted Forest through a portal, they travel with Mulan and Aurora in search of a magic wadrobe to take them home. While gathering wood, Snow is attacked by Aurora, who blames her for Prince Phillip's "death." Upon Mulan's intervention, Emma arrives, and believing Mary Margaret is being threatened, she fires a gunshot into the air. Roused due to the noise, an ogre manifests and chases after them. As the beast rushes towards a fallen Emma, Mary Margaret kills the ogre with an arrow to the eye.
Once Regina undoes the first curse resulting in everyone returning to the Enchanted Forest, they join Aurora and Prince Phillip, who report the Ogres have since been defeated.