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Once Upon a Time S03E09: "Save Henry"

What an amazing episode. Seriously, after having the title grilled into our brains via hashtag, "Save Henry" was intended to be a season highlight, and by golly it sure as shit was.

I just have one complaint: why didn’t they show the wedding? Why did that happen offscreen? I am referring, of course, to the nuptials of Regina and Emma, because these two are so freaking married it’s not even funny. I mean, their whole first-act exchange where Henry was laying there not decomposing (thanks Regina) and Regina was like, “I’m freaking out, I lost my son! He’s all I had!” And Emma looked at her all hurt and was like, “Honey don’t you mean our son? Plus you still have me (blowing you tiny kisses)!” and Regina, her face a map of sorrow and rage, replied, “I know this is weird timing, but do you like Hook or Neal? Seriously your mom is spreading rumors. A pirate pines for you.” and Emma like kneeled down beside Regina and got nose-to-nose and was like, “You are in charge of everything (especially me), this whole thing is about us, just say what you need from me, I trust you with everything including the life of our son. Also that pirate is very emotional.” Neal actually walked 60 feet away to give the parents privacy during this crisis.







My second favorite exchange was when an adoption agent shamelessly plugged Sandals resorts. Regina said something about how he should vacation in Storybrooke and he was like “With all due respect, Sandals has an all-inclusive buffet.” Like, who is the secret alt-comedian who snuck in that line? Please have them write more dialogue. 

I mean, sure, #SaveHenry had tons of “WTF” moments and some audacious retconning (retroactive continuity if my Aunt Gladys is reading this- hi Aunt Gladys!) but there were tears in my eyes when Regina tucked Henry into bed and called him her little Prince. It was like someone at ABC actually read my angry letters and gave Regina some credit for the eleven years of single parenting she’d been doing. Guys, #SaveHenry was one of those more and more frequent episodes where they just gave Lana Parrilla the ball Acting Wise and she did a Harlem Globetrotters warm-up routine while the rest of the cast whistled and it was STUNNING.

The Henry backstory started with Rumple warning Regina that sacrificing her father to put the curse in action would leave a hole in her heart and she was like “Boo f-ckin’ hoo I win.” but sure enough, 17 years into the curse she was living a lie and desperate for love. Even Archie could see it. Within thirty seconds of their first consultation he suggested she start dating women and she was like “That's the ticket: I need a baby. I’ll call upon my black market contacts to procure one.”



Again, another surprisingly humorous moment: Regina told Rumple she needed a baby and he made a salty joke about her not being his type, which was hilarious because Lana Parilla is EVERYONE’s type including dolphins and hunky underwear models, and also weird and gross because he had had an intense sexual/spinning relationship with her mom. Anyhoo, he went about setting up an adoption with an incredibly lax adoption agency that featured same-day adoptions.Regina answered a few questions and a rando lady ran into the room and put a baby in her lap. 


Considering legit celebs have to wait about a year to own a child, this was nothing short of miraculous, but even more miraculous is the fact Regina allows her sasspot Storybrooke citizens to constantly sass her in her very own happy ending. I mean Dr. Whale violated every precept of bedside manner, telling her she could cure her baby with 10 cc’s of maternal love and then flippantly telling her because she’d agreed to a blind adoption her baby could be dying maybe, who knows, not him. I mean, we should praise Regina's restraint for not sending a bolt of green lightning through his head that very instant.





And of course, the SECOND Henry felt the loving arms of a biological relative he piped on down. Were you furious about this turn? I was kind of furious. I mean, this show has always had an ax to grind about adoptive parents being non-ideal, but luckily the rest of the show would make up for in spades. Henry eventually quieted down in Regina’s arms, moments before she learned his birth mom was almost certainly the Savior!


Meanwhile, in Neverland, Emma was writing a lot of emotional checks her ass couldn’t cash, promising homes to all the orphans of Neverland. Regina wanted to torture the little smudge-cheeked cherubs into telling her where Pan had gone with their son’s heart, Emma preferred to woo them with stories of how great Storybrooke was, over-selling those suckers like a blonde PT Barnum. 

They learned from the darling Neverland urchins (and an actual Darling) that Pan was up in his Thinking Tree, holding a giant purple umbrella and wishing on a star a la Michael Jackson. Regina and Emma were like “Day trip! Bye everybody don’t wait up.” but of course Mary Margaret had to wedge her fatuous storyline in there with a big self-pitying pat on her own back, making a little frowny face about how she was going to spend every second she could with Her Daughter before abandoning her AGAIN to spend all of eternity in Neverland with David and the New Babies. Ugh, your choice lady. Tangentially: I loved how David just casually dismissed spending an eternity on Neverland with the statement “I’ve made peace with that.” You’ve MADE PEACE with living in a jungle hell ruled by a teenage sociopath and lousy with poisoned thornbushes? For all eternity? You know Hook is not staying, right? Orphans: this should clue you in on what to expect from Storybrooke.




So what did Regina do when she found out the biological mother of her son was quite possibly the town’s Saviour? She went to Gold’s shop and cursed him up and down while he pretended to not know what she was talking about and gaslight her about being a crazy new mom. It was another kind of hilarious exchange (she called him an imp!!) and to cap it off Regina brought Henry back to the world’s most chill adoption agency, like he was a pair of slacks that didn’t fit right, and the adoption guy was like “Eh, I’m going to give you a minute.” Right! Give her a minute to think about keeping that baby. Who is running this place?!?! Hahahaha that’s real life. But before I could snark and cackle (snarkle) myself hoarse, Regina picked up Henry and he didn’t cry, he actually adorably gurgled and Regina was like screw it, he’s my little lumpkin I don't even care if that means I'm doomed. If your eyes didn’t tear at this I can’t blame you, it’s all crazy but I totally teared up. And Regina's choice to keep him saved him from being adopted by the Darlings, who were going to take him to Pan, in which case he never would have found Emma, who then would have never broken the curse. (Thanks Regina!)

So anyway, we then flashed back to Neverland where Mary Margs, Regina and Emma found the perfume bottle Rumple was in and Regina was like “Whatever you do don’t touch-“ but it was too late Mary Margaret was already ruining everything and all three women were suddenly bound to a giant tree, at which point Robbie Kay appeared and started commiserating with them about being a parent. I mean once again, to whatever ESL tourists from foreign lands were watching this in their hotel rooms: you were not high. There was no carbon dioxide leak. This actually happened. 


Are you relieved, or more perplexed? Pan told the Saviour and Mary Margs that the tree held onto people who had regrets, because obviously that’s a thing a plant would do in a Jungle Hell governed by dream logic, enjoy that David. And then Regina gave this amazing speech about how yes she’d done truly terrible things and cast a horrible curse but she didn’t regret ANY of it because it had brought her her son and her sexy Saviour wife. And then she burst free of the tree fronds and ripped Peter Pan’s motherf-cking heart out!!! (Thanks Regina!) It was perfect!!! Did you stand and cheer? It was perfect.




And then Regina put Henry’s heart back in his body (thanks Regina) and she and Henry and Emma all hugged and cartoon hearts actually started coming out of my tv screen like soap bubbles and floating around my living room, alarming my tiny terrier dog. It was the hug we didn't even realize we needed so badly. It was a hug that healed relationships and warmed souls. Between this and the backstory, Regina made this amazing transition from villain to like super hero, and all the characters were totally affirming it like “oh wait that’s right Regina has raised Henry for 11 years wow great job” and “whoa Regina is insanely powerful, almost all-powerful and her lipstick is perfect no matter WHAT” and I concur with all of that.


So P.S. Once she decided that Henry was her son, Regina started obsessing non-stop about this powerful 18-year-old blonde princess who she was linked to by fate, and Archie was like, “Sounds like you maybe want to date women?” but Regina’s solution was to lug Henry down to the family crypt to set up a pagan altar and make a potion so she would stop thinking about the 18-year-old Emma and forget about her until she magically turned up on her doorstep, aged to a more appropriate dating range of 28. Does this retcon make a ton of sense? No, no it does not, but it was done in a way that was so emotionally satisfying—telling a fairy tale from the villain’s perspective and all—and it was so enjoyable I really can’t complain. With OUAT there are bad plot holes and there are magically wonderful plot holes and this was a magically wonderful one and I fell into it as easily as you fall in love with a big dumb beautiful jock.




So back to the present day: Regina tucked Henry in and put a magical spell on his heart so it couldn’t be taken again (thanks Regina) and called him her little prince and I teared up like an unbalanced person. Lana Parrilla put so much undeniable, natural maternal affection into her scene with Jared Gilmore, just talking about video games and pizza, it was devastating. She was his mom. It was such a reversal from the weirdo Regina from Season 2 who kept creeping on Henry whenever the Charmings let him out of the house long enough to hang up a birdhouse, and the character of Regina made so much more sense as a smart, powerful, protective maternal figure and the other characters made so much more sense for embracing her and appreciating that about her (ESPECIALLY Henry). They are a damned family and that is a much stronger choice than making Regina some alienated, robo-mom weirdo (like she was for allll of Season 2). 

So all the Orphans and Deadbeat Dad and Hungry Eyes and Tinker Bell were loaded up on the boat and Snow went around doling out porridge and biscuits and they spritzed Rumple out of his perfume bottle and he and Neal embraced and reconciled and you know that was great, sure.


But wouldn’t you know it, Peter Pan was waiting in the wings and when he couldn’t rip out Henry’s heart he went for his soul but then Rumple sucked him into the Pandora’s box and then apparently at some point in that process Henry and Peter Pan TRADED BODIES Freaky Friday style which, LOL. First of all, congratulations Jared Gilmore, you finally have an interesting storyline and a chance to do some acting! Second of all, watch out Jared Gilmore they may just kill off Pan-in-Henry’s-body and recast Robbie Kay as the “new” Henry. Ha ha ha ha no, don’t worry, they wouldn’t do that...or would they? Welcome to Hollywood, m’boy!


So yes, Regina harnessed the power of the suddenly taciturn Marilyn-Manson voiced wraith, so powerful it could rule all of Neverland and create teen demon Peter Pan, and turned him into a giant sail because that’s just how she do, (thanks Regina) and got them all home. Yes that’s right, after Regina saved Storybrooke, the Charmings lost Henry, and Regina saved Henry AND got everyone home. David was all like “Well done Emma, you were the most important person- the one who delegated the work loads” but if we count up the (thanks Regina) in this recap alone it's pretty clear who the hero of the day was.





I did find myself wondering how David was even alive as they sailed into the sky.  I know Rumple had some cure for the Waters of Neverland  but I certainly didn’t see a cure or spell or whatever enacted. Unless the "cure" was watching Snow unsmilingly slop porridge into the bowls of her 27 new foster children? I have no idea. Please someone fill me in.


Regardless of this rather minor discrepancy and the fact they skipped over the whole wedding of two major characters, it was a genuinely touching episode. I actually teared up like a weirdo at many of Lana Parrilla’s scenes with Henry Fun Size and Henry Original Size and seriously, earnestly loved it. I’m so glad Robbie Kay is still with the show and is going to be  drawing on a whole other facet of his acting skills. I love the retcon on Regina even if it came the hell out of nowhere, and I adore how she and Emma are such partners in both a parent sense and every other sense you can think of. But more importantly what did you think of "#SaveHenry"? I’ve got questions...


QUESTIONS:

... Are you sort of furious that Henry is still in peril, or excited about the acting switch? Also why didn’t Pan speak in an English accent when he revealed himself to his righthand man, old Cloaky? 

... Tinker Bell’s pixie dust: Is the Blue Fairy goin’ down hard ?

... Seriously did I blink and miss it? How did they cure David?

... Regina: totally and completely redeemed in your eyes, or not so much?

... Emma and Regina this episode: talking like a married couple?

... Do you feel like this show deepened or repaired OUAT’s hostile attitude toward adoptive parents?

... The Regina “Forgetting Potion” retcon: effective? brilliant? redonkulous?

... How’d you like them apples?



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Sorry I'm late to the party, folks!
I don't think Gold knew all the things Regina thought he did at the time of the confrontation over Henry. Still, too funny!
My theory is that Gold had mob connections, on which he traded to get the adoption info. Quite possibly a large contribution to the Sandals fund? Most social workers aren't millionaires, after all.
But it might just have been the "semi-sentient entity" of the Curse working out the threads required to free itself (so it could go to the Carribean?)
I forgave Snow for the baby secret when I heard that Ginnifer Goodwin was pregnant- betting it will show up in the storyline later!
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First thing I'm gonna say is that I'm grateful for this retcon. Reliving Gold's manipulation into procuring Henry, so that he could procure Emma was useful for those like me who didn't remember LOL. What I'm not remembering is how has Pan ever known about Henry and how the Darlings were already after him at the time.

Nice twist for Henry, but I don't think Jared Gilmore is up for the job. Kay is just at an unreachable level for him.

The part about Tink looks like it's setting a nice storyline of redemption for her. Blue is going down ahahahah

OUAT is totally adressing the issue of three-parents-unconventional-families without making it homosexual, I find it clever. But I think the show is too obsessed with biological parents. God knows if it's the actual blood that binds people and not real life spent together...

The Regina forgetting potion was the only logical thing that prevented the retcon to be totally destructive of the show's story. It was more than effective, it was DUE.

In the end, good episode, I just want more of Robbie Kay!
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Pan had the picture of Henry on the scroll when he captured Bae as a boy- so he knew then Henry would exist, if not his lineage. Maybe Rumple asked his dad for help finding "his downfall"?
Jared Gilmore needs to stretch his acting skills- but Robbie Kay playing an innocent tween will be fun to watch.
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I just hope now that Tink is back they don't foist a Regina/Hood romance on us. Predictable, lame, canned, etc. The SwanQueen relationship has depth and chemistry, not to mention it just makes sense in the overall story. Please, network TV, stop worrying about gay relationships vs straight relationships. It's all love, man! Those characters have what it takes to have fairy-tale-worthy true love by the buckets full. The writers should just let it roll. It's a GEM of a story arc and if they avoid it, they've really blundered what could have been an awesome love story worthy of 21st century TV.
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Sorry for being really late to the party, but a 1 week hiatus in the US just got turned into 4 months in Australia. A Regina/Hood storyline would be the most horrible and forced thing the writers could do.
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I'm sorry but I don't understand this. It would be horrible and forced if SwanQueen actually happened!
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Although Pan disappointed a bit on the being scary front, i'm enjoying his character too much to care! Kind of glad he isnt dead!!
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Man! Pan has all sorts of tricks up his sleeve and Regina will always be a badass!!!!
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I love Regina/EQ and all. That I would go "cursing" with her.( yes, I know, not good joke).

But Regina said, all she have is Henry. And I say is not her own fault, that that's all she have?. She cast the curse by killing the person that she loved the most. And she came to this new land to be by herself. Only after few year she realize she need someone to by her side. My point is they try to make us feel sorry for her (Emma did ), when in fact I think is her own fault, that's all she have
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I regret still watching this show, Just Kill Henry off already so we can get back to Evil Queen. Good Guy Gold is weak, I hold onto the fact that this MUST be the last season because unless Goldilocks and the 3 bears have been mysteriously living in Storybrook there are no one else to crow bar in.
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I read someone's review and it said that Regina is a scociopath and that she can never love. I call BS. Let us not forget that she did love before, the only thing that drove her to darkness was the loss of her great love. She was always capable of love, and when it comes to Henry she will go to great lengths for him. Any real parent would. Even if it is dark. I have 3 girls and I know for a fact that if someone threatened them I will cut them. It's just a mom thing not an evil thing. Now if you look at Cora, she was never in love and never did love anyone, all her actions were fueled by rage and anger. She wanted power and riches. That's a sociopath.
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Ok, first of all, it kinda bothered me that the Pan issue isn't resolved, but I think the twist it took is cool. Yes, now we can actually see what the actor playing Henry is actually capable of, but yes, I really wish the only way they can have Henry back is in Pan's body, so we can relish on Robbie Kay's acting skills.

They didn't cure David yet, they said as long as he drinks the Neverland water he will be fine until they cure him, but I really don't get the logic of that, like, is he supossed to be slurping the water down non stop until that happens..?

Lana Parilla: I have no words, hands down one of the best actresses I've ever seen. Completely love her, and yes, she redeemed Regina's character in my eyes.

And finally, Emma and Regina: hot new couple, no doubt about it XD
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Regina went from bad to badass. I like that. Of course she's totally forgiven!

Henry and Pan switched bodies and switched accents as well: blood magic! Then Pan's (in Henry's body) new American accent was much better than Tinkerbell's (sort of) Aussie one. And old Pan and yooung Pan seemd to have quite different accents. Long story short: these actors need a dialect coach urgently.

Like somebody mentioned in a community post, how come isn't Henry's family in the tv.com poll for best family of the year? Modern Family doesn't hold a candle to the Charmings/Mills. Which other family has the grandson inside the grandfather's body inside a magic box?

Finally, I can't forget Giancarlo Esposito's participation, whom they borrowed from Revolution for this voice gig. That man has more acting in a few sentences over the phone than other actors with their entire bodies.
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" Which other family has the grandson inside the grandfather's body inside a magic box?" lol true that
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I'll say it again, Regina is awesome, first pic for best mom.

That being said, I am predicting that Regina dies either briefly or for good and by Peter Pan hands or saving Henry. I just got this sense that this episode that something is going to happen to Regina.
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... Are you sort of furious that Henry is still in peril, or excited about the acting switch? Also why didn’t Pan speak in an English accent when he revealed himself to his righthand man, old Cloaky?

Neither furious nor excited. Not really a fan of that particular plot.

And Pan didn't speak in an English accent because . . . uh . . . English accents are more likely to carry on the wind, see, and the other passengers might have heard him and been like "stop doing Harry Potter impressions; that's a totally other intellectual property that we can't refer to at all even though it would make everything better", and then they would have thrown him overboard and I would have been happy, and this show works hard *not* to make me happy, so that's why.


... Tinker Bell’s pixie dust: Is the Blue Fairy goin’ down hard ?

No. Instead Tink will inevitably suck up to Blue Fairy and seek her approval like a dog that's been left out on the porch too long, and that will be that. Unless the Blue Fairy actress wants to move on, at which point Tink will become Queen Fairy or whatever.

... Seriously did I blink and miss it? How did they cure David?

The writers foolishly expect us to keep up with all their mumbo-jumbo mess of a backstory, and assumed we would all remember what specific thing Rumple would do to cure David. Really, all I remembered was that he was going to do . . . something . . . and it didn't really matter what, just like all the other McGuffins on this show.

... Regina: totally and completely redeemed in your eyes, or not so much?

Not. In fact she didn't change at all, really. She still thinks all the misery she's caused is justified because she has a son, which in itself is really just a selfish desire to *have a person all to herself*. Besides, I wouldn't think Henry is all that safe with her. She loved her dad too, and look what happened there.

... Emma and Regina this episode: talking like a married couple?

Not seeing where you're getting this. Either you're speaking out of cathartic wishful thinking, yanking our collective chains, or viewing their relationship through lesbian-colored glasses. Or perhaps all three, in which case, way to multitask!

But no, they can barely stand each other. It's going to fall out bad over how to save Henry (again) within the next handful of episodes.


... Do you feel like this show deepened or repaired OUAT’s hostile attitude toward adoptive parents?

Neither. The adoption thing is meant to be viewed as a fairy-tale plot device, and not as a commentary.

... The Regina “Forgetting Potion” retcon: effective? brilliant? redonkulous?

Effective, I guess. Certainly less silly than a lot of other things OUAT has done.

... How’d you like them apples?


Eh. A bag of Golden Delicious, at best. Maybe a small Fuji or two thrown in there.
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... Are you sort of furious that Henry is still in peril, or excited about the acting switch? Also why didn’t Pan speak in an English accent when he revealed himself to his righthand man, old Cloaky?
Overall "meh" about it, but at least Jared gets to show a different side of acting. If I hadn't already seen Robbie act before OUAT I'd say the same for him.

... Tinker Bell’s pixie dust: Is the Blue Fairy goin’ down hard ?
The only thought I had was Tink growing new wings and telling the Blue Fairy/Mother Superior, "HA! I was right! Now suck on this!"

... Seriously did I blink and miss it? How did they cure David?
I know you got the answer already, but I'm just writing to say I wondered that too at first, then I lost all the fucks I gave about David.

... Regina: totally and completely redeemed in your eyes, or not so much?
Regina's the only damn reason I'm still watching, especially since my other favorites have either been written off or hardly on.

... Do you feel like this show deepened or repaired OUAT’s hostile attitude toward adoptive parents?

They did better than I expected (but considering I had the lowest expectations for this it's not saying much) but it still showed. They wouldn't have had to have Dr. Whale's conversation about needing the biological mother or relative to help baby Henry before Mary Margaret is conveniently there to manage calming Henry down. MM even said babies could sense tension.

... The Regina “Forgetting Potion” retcon: effective? brilliant? redonkulous?
Well, I feel they could have still done the potion scene, but skipped the part of finding out it was Emma the Savior's baby. Just have the overworrying about the birth mother coming back, or not being a good enough mother, or even fear of turning into own parents, and using the Forget-Me-So potion on that. Plus, the potion bit still works because once the Savior comes into town time started moving again and the curse started to lose its effects.


And not a reply, but since the Lost Boys now need homes to live in I say, any Lost Boys who don't find a new family get to live at the nuns' [fairy] abbey. Lord help them if they try to be defiant with the Blue Fairy.
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Seriously did I blink and miss it? How did they cure David?

Maybe i missed it too but as far as story went few episodes back, Rampaltulskin said he'd cure him when they arrive in Storybrook. I doubt they forgot that aspect of the plot, so we'll deffenately see it when they land, as you recall that is when Hooks brother felt ill again, when they landed.

Nice post overall dude :)
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Yeah. The other posters already pointed out that David and MM got some Neverland Fountain of Youth water to tide him over till Gold can work a cure. I missed that during the show. Shows how much the Charmings capture my attention.
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"She went to Gold’s shop and cursed him up and down while he pretended to not know what she was talking about and gaslight her about being a crazy new mom"

Did he pretend? Hang on. Weren't we told that Mr. Gold only got his Fairytale Land memories restored once Emma told him her name in the pilot? Am I missing something? If so can someone please fill me in?

Ok, for a show that generally favours good actors the guy who plays Felix still perplexes me. Why is he still on the show? He is beyond awful. Fucking catalog model - go back to advertising Pyjamas for K-mart!

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Ugh. This show. Regina, Neal/Bae, Hook, and Rumple are the only intelligent characters, the only effective characters, and they are the least appreciated. The kid USED to be somewhat clever from time to time although still not bright, but NOPE. Completely done away with that and he's full-on idiot mode. Really wish we would get more Pan because he's a great character with a great actor. HOWEVER.

STOP WRITING HIM POORLY.

They've wasted his character time and time again. They made him seem like such a threat, but he was only REALLY threatening maybe in two scenes before the episode before this, only for the last five minutes of the last one, and then there was this episode where he gets his heart ganked twenty minutes in and then the last we see him he switches bodies. Seriously, there was such potential here and they wasted it, for what? Henry? That idiot?

And Emma! Christ! Why am I supposed to care about this bitch? She's a complete and total cunt to the lady who single handedly raised her son after she gave him up-- which, not judging people who give their kid up, but don't reverse that and judge the adoptive parent, either, which is what was happening here. Just because you're magically special doesn't mean shit. And honestly, yeah, Regina's done some bad stuff, but Emma's stupidity and lack of responsibility is JUST as responsible for a lot of that crap as Regina is for enacting it. And poor Rumple is a great character, but they not only make him related to Pan (thus increasing the idiotic family tree they have going, I mean seriously not every character needs to be related-- that's lazy fucking writing, you lazy fucking writers).

I find this new twist compelling enough I'll stick with it for the next episode...tentatively. But there's very little reason at this point for me to stick around. I want to. I want to HARD. But it's making it super difficult.
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Once Upon a Time: The best heterosexual, homophobic show about gay people!
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Is it possible that despite the urgings, pleading, and outright rude, Black-Friday sale type shoving of some viewers, OUAT is not really about sexuality at all? Could it be that the writers just refuse to have their creation be someone else's tool?
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Well ANYTHING is possible. ;-)
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Sorry if its been said already, but Rumple hasn't cured David yet. He is meant to do it when they get back to Storybrooke. Rumple said a few eps ago, he may be able to make a potion once back home. David just has to keep drinking the magic water til then.

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Just a question...I thought no one can leave Storybrooke, so how did Regina managed to go out in Boston and adopt Henry?
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Thanks for the reply guys. That's what I was thinking as well, it's just weird coz it was never mentioned before that she can get in and out of town during the earlier seasons.
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I thought that too! I figured that since she's the curse show-runner (the curse-runner?) she could go in and out like Henry did in the Pilot without bad things happening.
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Because Regina cast the curse but was not cursed herself. She was kind of the spider that wove this web of Storybrooke. The spider comes and goes as she pleases, her victims remain tangled in the web. They covered that in Season 2 when Hook was sent after Mr. Gold in NY.
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btw what about Mr Gold he is not under the spell as well, right? Since when the spell was cast he was inside the prison. So how come he has to conjure some potion to get out of town before and not Regina? or maybe i'm just over-thinking ^_^
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Regina redeemed herself a long time ago for me. This episode was just icing on the cake. Lana Parrilla just rocked the roll. The tree scene was awesome. I love how everyone keeps getting credit when Regina is really the savior. I really liked also the scene when Regina was going to beat the crap or heart of the lost boy and Emma was like No wait Regina there is another way. Like they are really working a good relationship. Whether it ends up a ship or just a close friendship. I think Regina can use the friends on her side for a change.
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yeah i was totally like, how did they cure him? i mean they cut that out completely and im like wtf
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After that tender pat on the back scene with Emma at the end I figured he was due to drop dead any second. TV logic dictates, once a parent reconciles with their estranged child they haven't long to live.
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this is true
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So two boys, barely out of their teens, were going to be able to adopt a boy that had already been dumped by two adoptive parents and the agency was cool with that? Magic must have been involved. I half expected them to turn Regina away because she didn't have a spouse (other than the mother of the child....but she couldn't have known that :p )
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Exactly. LOL Also are "The Darlings" brothers or a couple? Or both? Wtf lol
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They are brothers, probably posing as a couple for the sake of the adoption; but let's face it- they haven't had much chance to date in Neverland. And they'd probably have trouble cruising:
"What do you do for a living?"
"I work for Peter Pan"
"So you make peanut butter?"
That'll bring in the babes in droves...
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That adoption agency was straight-up insane! Where/what is that place!? Yeah I get what you're saying about the darlings but I still think that whole scene was whack! #awkward
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I knew it was going to be a good episode when Emma said "OK, enough" when Regina was snippy with Neil. Married couple indeed!
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Did anyone else think that MM, Emma and Reginas reactions to finding out Pan was Rumples father were really underwhelming?! They were just kinda like "ok, whatevs?" This reveal would probs have been better if it was Pan telling Hook and Neal or something.
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I'm pretty sure, based on Hook's brother, that Charming can't die in the skies since the skies are still part of Neverland. It isn't until they leave the realm that he could die. And didn't they say something about getting him some Neverland water to take home until Gold managed to make a cure? I'm pretty sure while the ladies were away, David could easily have gotten his aqua.

I'm surprised you didn't attack the freakin biggest, dumbest mistake OUAT has ever made. Yo talked about how Regina kept Henry, and yet you didnt say anything negative about how it was supposed to be 11 or 12 years earlier. Explain something to me people. How on Earth are Michael and John the SAME AGE in teh flashback as they are when they arrive in Storybrooke. It's pretty clear that Pan is making them live in the real world, so there is no way they would be the SAME AGE i the present time as they were in the flashback. I also have the huge problem of them trying to adopt Henry when they DON'T even know what he'll look like. You should have made it where they were going to keep an eye on him to see if he was the one, and you should have made it where some younger actors played Michael and John in the flashback.
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I think they went back to Neverland after they failed to adopt Henry- that would account for the age.
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I think this was referenced in a previous episode by Wendy though... She said something like Pan was keeping them young to do his dirty work. Presumably they've been that same age for over a century.

As for them knowing Henry was the truest believer without knowing what he looked like, I'm guessing Pan must have known somehow that Henry would be Baes son seeing as he let him escape the island..
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Annoyed the story is continueing excited to see if Jared can grow as an act and well...Robbie Kay.Also I am glad they finnalllly showed Regina as a parent.Considering she is the only one who raised a child I am tired of Emma and Snow acting like they know best since they have only been a parent for two months.Give the lady the credit she deserves! Adoptive parents are still parents they are doing all the work! Not totally redeemed but she really shows that evil isnt born its created so maybe it can be undone
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That Sydney Glass phonecall sounded exactly like Giancarlo Esposito. Does he skip out of Revolution when his voice is needed back?
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I may be wrong, but I swore it sounded like recycled clips from Season 1. That line of his, "Isn't that...illegal?" I swear gave me deja vu. Then again, working for Regina maybe he just says that a lot.
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Maybe a little of both? It wouldn't take long to dub 1 or 2 lines extra, and recycle the "illegal" part. Because I'm sure Sydney has contacts "on the street"
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This review is that one that OUAT should be tweeting. Is hilarious, awesome and organic haha.

I'am that only one who think maybe Thinker bell will give the Pixie Dust to David?



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No, because in the epic battle coming against the Blue Fairy, only Tinkerbell can save us! And seriously, it's David, he's a Charming, it's always big build-up for an easy fix.
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How many caught the "Tron" reference when Regina mentioned Henry playing "Space Paranoids"?
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Thank you, that sounded so familiar but I couldn't remember where it was from!
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I love Regina
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The best thing of this episode is the hope it gives me that they will find a way of letting Henry live in Robbie Kay's body so we don't have to keep suffering the so-called acting Jared Gilmore tries so hard to sell episode by episode.
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That would be cool. However I loved Robbie Kay acting as Pan, we'll see if he's the same as Henry
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He can't be worse than Jared Gilmore.
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No Rolling Stones "Mother's Little Helper" jokes? I'm shocked.
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Is it christmas already? This episode is the very reason why I keep watching OUAT! They can keep writing crappy storylines, they always manage to bring one brilliant episode that redeems them all!
FINALLY! They aknoledge the fact that Regina IS Henry's mother, that she loves him and raised him and would do anything for him! Boy did that take you long!
Also, didn't you find that Baby Henry was just PERFECT! I mean... did J. Gilmore recently have a baby and no one told us?

Now, some answers:
... Are you sort of furious that Henry is still in peril, or excited about the acting switch? Also why didn’t Pan speak in an English accent when he revealed himself to his righthand man, old Cloaky?
=> Excited! I think Jared Gilmore could do better if he was given lines that actually make a bit of sense, and this body switching storyline could be interesting. Now... Let's play!

... Tinker Bell’s pixie dust: Is the Blue Fairy goin’ down hard ?
=> I'd love to see those two reunited (and Tink being given her wings back??)

... Seriously did I blink and miss it? How did they cure David?
=> I think it only when they'll be back in Storybrooke that David's gonna get ill: in Hook's brother's case, it's only some time after they made it to their land that he got sick (and died). So they'll probably have to get to Gold's shop quickly, but it's doable (and since they - alas! - won't kill off Charming just yet, I'm pretty sure he'll be cured quite soon!)

... Regina: totally and completely redeemed in your eyes, or not so much?
=> She already was redeemed to me. Her character in S2 didn't make any sense.

... Emma and Regina this episode: talking like a married couple?
=> Definitely.

... Do you feel like this show deepened or repaired OUAT’s hostile attitude toward adoptive parents?
=> Deepened since they tried to make us believe that it's easy to adopt a child, when in fact it takes YEARS (I'm talking 10-15 years for a married, heterosexual, wealthy couple, here! Imagine what it can be for a "single mom"!). They also did this completely useless scene with MM when Henry stopped crying just because they were blood related. It's both stupid and hostile (as if the baby could "feel" Regina wasn't his "real" mom!!!! SHE IS!!! DEAL WITH IT!)

... The Regina “Forgetting Potion” retcon: effective? brilliant? redonkulous?
=> I'd go with "convenient"!
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I thought the forgetting potion was such a waste of time. They shouldn't have let her find out at all. They probably only just shoe-horned it in for the ridiculous scene when The Darling brothers turned up for Henry. Speaking of which don't they have some kind of lower age limit on adoption? Someone should report that place to social services.
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Depending on how you count the years, the Darling brothers may be well ABOVE the age limit for adoptive parents!
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I love Regina episodes...it felt more like that then a Henry episode, despite the title...which was so boring by the way..isn't that the whole seasons name Save henry?? The always so annoying and stupid kid...
That said, i had always wondered how Regina got Henry, so it was nice to see that part and how it didn't work out in the beginning..that was fun to watch...
Again loved the flashback Regina and he one in Neverland..
Beside that the whole episode was boring.
The speech Emma gave to the lost boys. The Rumle part coming back.
The only great moment was the face of Pan, when regina said I regret nothing and just ripped out his heart...that was awesome..
So now Henry is Pan...leet's see if he is going to be able to be as bad as the original Pan, who played the role fantasticly...with his face expressions..
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David took some of the water with him, that's why he's not dead.
I think baby Henry looked a lot like big kid Henry, good casting!

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Re: Baby Henry - I agree! I was going to gush about it in a new post, but looks like others have addressed it already. Great casting OUaT!
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What kind of adoption agency is that??? They just hand babies over to anyone who walks through the door. There is such a thing as a waiting list!
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Not if you are... THE HIPSTERS!!!
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Lana P should get an Emmy hands down for her role. Not only is she amazing, she looks truly fab in all her evil queen robes, something a gay icon would be proud of. And trust me, if she comes out as a fag hag for the gay community, she would be the next big thing since Gaga. Show wise was great, though not entirely happy poor Henry is now trapped inside the P box. And Robbie K as Pan always gives me the creeps-yeah,he that good as a demented jerk.
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LOL I loved this review it made me laugh so hard :P Very good read! I wish they would explain David's random cure to a illness that took up about 1/3 of 2 or 3 episodes better, I hate dropped plot lines. All though I though that overall it was a great episode, I loved it!!
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Lana Parilla made this episode. But then, she makes EVERY episode. Robbie Kay is a keeper. He doesn't even have to stay on as Pan. *hint, hint*
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This episode was all kinds of awesome. Really harked back to season one. I think they're on their way to redeeming themselves on the question of adoption, but one episode isn't enough. Once we see some Regina-Emma co-parenting, where BOTH parents are valued (but especially Regina, 'cause you know... 11 years), I'll be satisfied. Also Neal wandering off for Regina and Emma to have a moment made my heart dance. And I'm not even a SwanQueen shipper. Although I would support them if they went there, much more than I support either Swanfire or CaptainSwan (though that's not hard, as I support neither).

I hope they get rid of Jared Gilmore and make Robbie Kay the new Henry, but I know they won't. But I'm trying to stay positive by remembering that we still have two more episodes of Robbie Kay-ness before we part ways, assuming he's killed off in the mid-season finale, which seems likely. Seriously, this kid needs to be cast in everything from now on.

Also, thank you, Lily, for being so funny and awesome. My friend Jason killed himself this morning, and I needed to laugh about something. I was laughing/crying the whole time I read this.

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I'm so sorry for your loss WoundedWolfgirl. :(
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I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I'm so glad I could in any way help you today & I hope tomorrow and the next day and the next you are surrounded by love and support.
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Hey, WoundedGirl - was just logging off and read your posting. I am truly sorry to hear about your friend's suicide. Glad that Lily was able to give you a little levity on such a sad day.
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Great episode and yes, Lana Parrilla is an amazing artist. I hope that we'll be seeing a whole lot of her work for many decades to come.

There's just one thing that I want to say, today, about Swan Queen. First, I am a shipper, absolutely. I love the complexity, the chemistry, the truly classical human themes of polarity and redemption that hover around this relationship.

Having said that, however...yep, there is a however :-)...I want to say that I totally hear the commentators who are saying, in effect, 'Why can't these 2 women simply have grow into a loving, complex friendship? Why does it need to be sexualized?' And they have a point - and I have the impression that many of these commentators are truly not coming from a homophobic or even hetero-normative perspective.

When you think about it, if a person chooses to be (at least serially) monogamous, we have a romantic and sexual relationship with 1 person. If that was the extent of our support system, our lives would be awfully empty and stale. Our friends offer a whole lot of different dimensions, including comfort and calm - in fact, we often need them to offer just that when we are being driven absolutely bat shit by our Significant Other :-)

Hey, it's more fun for us Swan Queen shippers to romanticize the relationship, and that's fine. There are also important issues of representation, and I am in no way belittling the importance of establishing rich and diverse role models in media. But it is true that most of the rich possibilities within this particular relationship could be realized if the 2 women come to love and support one another even without a sexual element. In the real world, if we're lucky, and also work at it a bit, we end up with many 'True Loves'.

But having said all that, to heck with it. Viva La Swan Queen :-)



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The theory that in this world of ours you CAN have more than one True Love, as opposed to FTL rationing, is so far one of the best reasons for all of them to have come to Storybrooke!
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I like your post. I am one of those who adore the Regina-Emma friendship in a non-romantic way.
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I approve of your marriage idea wholeheartedly. Let's get this shit down on paper people!
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yes Lana was amazing, but I didn't find this episode that good. the previous episode was close to being on par with the "non-filler" episodes from season 1. For a midseason finale I was disappointed with the cliff hangar as well as the resolution. They told us that Henry would die if he gave his heart to Pan in the last ep, but as soon as this one began they were not concerned with him dying. They went on like "ok how do we get Henry his heart back, since I guess he needs it."
PS. i hate what the writers have done to Snow and Charming. They were my favorite characters from season 1. I only watched the shiw to watch them go at it with Regina and David me a douche in one world but a loving Prince in another. now they are reduced to boring, uniteresting, & monotonous characters.
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There is two more episodes left. This wasn't the midseason finale.
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oh ok. well I hope they do better and really bring their A game
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These screen caps with your captions are hilarious. HILARIOUS. What a fantastic f****** episode.
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I don't know if this has been explained or not, but David is able to leave because he has a bottle thing full of the water that healed him of the dream shade poison shit. As long as he has that (a part of neverland) with him he will live. Or until Rumple gets the cure. (I personally am hoping Rumple fails)
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A Regina episode is always a good episode :) Sprinkled in with her chemistry with Emma makes it better. This is the best episode this season so far. It wasn't great, but Lana was perfect despite the bad writing, plot holes and predictable ending. I really haven't enjoyed this show like I did in season 1. And I really want them to vanquish Snow and Charming to a black hole somewhere. Their romance was cute for about 3 episodes and now their goody-goody self-righteousness is really annoying. Regina was the hero of this episode. She saved everyone's asses and even got them back to Storybrooke, but no one really gave her credit for anything. I was glad Henry called her mom but it doesn't make up for the disaster that was season 2. I see that they are doing damage control.
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"... Seriously did I blink and miss it? How did they cure David?"

Found it! I just happened to be rewatching "Think Lovely Thoughts." They come up with the idea of taking some of the magic water with them, so David stays connected to the island even after they've left, for as long as the water lasts. By then, Rumple has to come up with a cure.
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Thank the TV gods for Regina Mills and Lana Parrilla. That is all.
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I knew if I stuck with this show through the bad the good would make up for in it in spades. I've really liked Lana Parrilla since the tragically short lived 'Swingtown'. (There she had Molly Parker and Miriam Shor, here she has Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin - she had it so much better in 'Swingtown', plus her hubby was Grant Show who was also fantastic) Thank you TV gods for that hour of Lana Parrilla and for everyone in her scenes giving her the room she deserves. Ridiculous plot holes didn't even enter the mind. This looks like it could be great for Jared Gilmore to be able show some range. His first scene - the reveal - he did quite well - cool even if completely foreseeable -cause they aren't getting rid of Robbie Kay that easy. Please keep this up Jane Espensen and crew, two hours of a row of completely great television. Please keep this up.

Once question, did Meghan Ory leave this show for her new show - where she is going to be the female lead - on bad terms? Is ABC a little bitter that CBS put her and Josh Holloway in a show? Every time anyone refers to Ruby its like, ...you mean that whore Ruby? Granny just completely disses her every time someone walks into the diner. This is at least the third episode this season where Ruby bashing has occurred. Granny brings her up and insults her even when the person she disses Ruby to doesn't even mention Ruby. ABC should cut the girl some slack cause she may become available again as soon as 'Intelligence' bombs.


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I figured Grumpy was just enjoying the view; and if you go back to the very first episode Granny says "I'm sorry my heart attack interfered with your plans to sleep your way down the Eastern seaboard!"
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I noticed that about Ruby too! What a nasty Grandma! Your theory sounds pretty plausible, you're probably right.
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Thats kind of a bush league move for ABC and Jane Espenson. She did leave this show with notice and she was only a recurring character, not a really significant one.
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Can the exec producers submit this ep to the Emmy people for Lana Parrilla's nomination for best actress please? I mean I know they don't favour fantasy very much but I just feel that if they saw her acting chops and the way she dominated this ep, they would at least send a nomination her way. She is a queen in every respect.
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Regina was all kinds of awesome!!

The "forgetting potion" was kind've lame/not necessary after she just RIPPED Pans heart out but whatevs...
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