My only thought during this scene.
SHOT THROUGH THE HEART!
I don’t understand the logic in him turning back into a monkey. Not sure why I’m even attempting logic with this show.
Or why he was even able to turn back into a monkey. I mean, Rumple is the fucking Dark One, magic is in his bones, yet he wasn’t able to conjure magic in the outside world but this fucking monkey can.
On the turning back into a monkey thing, you have to remember that oz is tied with our would. The reason that the Shadow from neverland could fly back and forth and use magic in our world was because some of neverland, through Wendy and others was bound to it. I think we will discover that oz is similarly connect. Also if you think about August turning back into wood outside the town lines it makes more sense. Simply put, Walsh wasn’t cursed and could travel outside the town line so he could bring his personal magic, turning back into his original form, with him.
He probably turned into a monkey because he launched himself at her and flew off the side of the building. He probably needed to fly to save himself.