Once Upon a Time

Season 3 Episode 18

Bleeding Through

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 20, 2014 on ABC
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Zelena's latest ploy prompts Regina to attempt contact with her long-dead mother, Cora, in order to find out the reason for her abandonment of Zelena, while Belle makes a startling discovery. Long ago in the Enchanted Forest, a young Cora must hide her pregnancy for fear of losing everything she has gained.

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  • Sins of the past

    9.0
    This is another very good one, I'll admit the idea of having a sayance and ghosts almost seemed a little out of place like something for the show "Dark Shadows" but then again this is a fantasy show and theres magic in this world so who says there can't be, and supprising it actually worked.



    We finally get answers as to how Zelena came into the picture and the reason Cora abandoned her. Cora's record just keeps getting worse the more we learn about her and I have a feeling it will keep going downhill if we ever learn more about her in the future. Anyway we kinda get a little into some of the psychology of Cora which makes he a bit sympathetic, (I said a bit, I'm not going to give it all to her) you can understand how being in bad and poor circumstances has brought her to where she came to be, her sick obsession with power and high status and the terrible decisions she made; but still it's no excuse to the sins she commited. It also shows how Zelena truly has more of Cora in her than Regina, Cora was a bit envious of the higher class just as Zelena is sick with envy of what Regina and everyone else has.



    I did like how we see both Cora and Leapold interact which was a bit supprising, but it explains how Cora knows him. The actor that plays the young version of Leapold was soild, and he was the one that played the character Psychowitz in the Nickalodion show "Victorious" (for the record I have a niece that watched the show, and no I'm not a fan of it) it really was interesting seeing him play a low key/serious role. The chemistry between both of them was good, you really had a feeling if both of them stuck together then none of the tragidies would have occurred. But sadly they did not just because of Snow's mom whom we discover isn't so innocent but really I felt it was one bad choice Cora made. It's true Cora stole some of the royal jewels to keep the silence of the real father of Zelena and much of her past a secret but it was the wrong choice; and truth be told I hate blackmailers their paracites despite what you give them they always want more, which is why my policy is never to pay them. So there is no way the father from his mannerism can be trusted; if Cora came clean to Leopold about her dilemma and past he probably would have understood. But Cora didn't trust in love enough which is what lead to her downfall and the terrible choice of abandoning her baby just to continue to pursue her own selfish desires.



    There was even some other good moments, one where Zelena was tempting Rumple with the opportunity to go back to the past with her and get his son back. And Rumple seems like he's accepting the offer but he's really putting on a ruse to steal away the dagger, but unfortunately he fails as Zelena has installed some security spell over it where he can't touch it. Despite resulting in failure I really like the fact that Rumple tried as well as what he said about accepting and honoring the fact his son has passed on so he can live; it shows that Rumple has grown a bit he's learned that there are no short cuts in life and you have to look forward and live for the future. That is another weakness of Zelena, she is unable to do that because she honestly feels from what she didn't have in the past she has no future.

    We also discover what Zelena's real plight is which is to take Snow's mom out of the equasion at some point in time, which of course if you know your time travel logic or ever watched "Doctor Who" would cause an incalculable chain reaction, which won't just mean Regina won't exist but others won't either. And of course theres that whole thing with Snow's baby which is still a mystery but is somehow the key, makes me wonder if Zelena's is hung up over it because somehow she saw into the future and that child is destined to bring her downfall. It would be funny if the baby turns out to be a girl and is named Doarthy, it seems like the show could be hinting at that, but I don't know we'll have to wait and see.



    There was a little suspenseful action with the ghost of Cora which I thought was decently designed, and both Snow and Regina. Somebody should call the Ghostbusters because a proton pack and trap are what both really need. But they have to settle for what they have, I liked how much Regina was protecting both Snow and the baby which was both touching and a bit surreal. Snow didn't get to do much except when Cora possessed her for a brief time she was able to see into her past and give the information to the others. Then of course Regina drives Cora out and gives Cora the boot back to Hell (I think) it was a small moment but a bit profound where for once Regina doesn't what she should've done in the past stand up to her mom.



    And liked the dynamic between both Regina and Snow once again, both really are playing off each other well. Even liked some conversations they have, from Snow wondering more about her mother finding out the truth being not so innocent, her reaction is understandable finding something dark about the person you know isn't the easiest fact to sink in. As well as the fact that Regina despite at times still being mad that Snow killed her mom (though personally I don't feel Snow did) she also remembers all of the bad things her mom did especially murdering Snow's mom which is why she may be able to forgive Snow; I just thought that was a little growth on Regina's part that she really is changing as well as more of a part of Snow's family which is something Regina never really had.



    And those final minutes are great when we see both Regina and Robin pashionately kiss, I couldn't help but cheer a little in that moment because it made the coupling finally official. Makes me wonder what more will happen between the two as well as the rest of the show.



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  • Zelena steps things up!

    10
    This was a brilliant episode of Once once again, in which we explore events that occurred pre-Zelena - and specifically the events she is trying to change.



    The back story for Cora was VERY interesting, and it certainyl makes the complicated dynamics between the main cast even more complicated, which is a huge positive in every sense.



    I also really loved the scenes with Rumple - I wonder if Cora can really succeed...



    All in all, very interesting episoed and I cannot wait to see more!moreless
Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin

Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Emma Swan

Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla

Evil Queen/Regina Mills

Josh Dallas

Josh Dallas

Prince Charming/David Nolan

Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin

Belle

Colin O'Donoghue

Colin O'Donoghue

Captain Hook

David de Lautour

David de Lautour

Jonathan

Guest Star

Eric Lange

Eric Lange

Prince Leopold

Guest Star

Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan

Young Cora

Guest Star

Rebecca Mader

Rebecca Mader

Wicked Witch of the West

Recurring Role

Sean Maguire

Sean Maguire

Robin Hood

Recurring Role

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