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Once Upon a Time S03E19: "A Curious Thing"

Looked at logically, “A Curious Thing” is the Once Upon a Time Season 1 finale as described by someone with a deliriously high fever and the Wicked soundtrack struck in their heads. But emotionally, it was a triumph: There were some supremely satisfying moments and a few genuine surprises. I suppose we lost whatever cardiologists had made it this far in the series when Snow and Charming decided to try and wing it with just an atrium and ventricle each, but dang if my jaw didn’t drop when Snow actually crushed Charming’s heart. 



In Flashback Land, Charming and Snow gathered their kingdom together to give the people hope by announcing their pregnancy, suggesting that things had gotten unspeakably grim for this to count as good news. But before they could show off their snazzy new outfits and pregnancy photos (VERY tasteful: them standing in a field, sepia, both of them in newsboy hats and open white button-up shirts, Charming on his knees listening to Snow’s belly while Snow listened to a sea shell, classic), Aurora and Phillip showed up and warned that Zelena was an A+ #1 Baby Snatcher. For their indiscretion, they were immediately turned into flying monkeys.


HAHAHAHAHAHA oh that’s a good one. Are all the Evil Flying Monkeys just humans who have been transformed against their will into demons? Because our Storybrooke gang has been incinerating them pretty casually. Aurora and Phillip might be charcoal briquettes by now! 

We then got to see an extremely long canoodling sesh betwixt Robin and Regina upstairs at Granny’s. Obviously their romance has been building up for so long—like, what, three or four episodes now? And we’ve seen them overcome by so many obstacles (like that time he hid her heart in a termite nest and it got stolen, but she was like “u did ur best”), and we've watched in heartbreaking suspense HOPING it was love as they grew closer and closer (like that time when Tink was like, “This guy is your soulmate, deal w/ it”). WELL GUESS WHAT: All the tension paid off, guys! The show explicitly told us they would get together, and then—they did! Man I feel like anything is possible!!! 



And the explanation of how Regina could still feel for Robin even without her heart, that was super cool too! Guess Cora’s entire backstory is impossible then, oh well! There’s nothing like some good old fashioned lamp-shading to make a romantic moment feel especially organic.

Of course, Emma threw some burning hot shade at Regina after she came downstairs from Robin’s room with the most delicate of beard burns going on. 

Emma was sorta tense this entire episode, just snapping at everyone. She was downright cruel to Regina and she yelled at Henry on her way out of Granny’s and she was all sour-faced back in the apartment, telling her mom she couldn’t wait to pack up Henry and head back to New York and forget about this horrible town and its heartless Evil Queen mayor, just forget about it forever!  Then later she wore the most sexually frustrated outfit yours and mine eyes have ever seen:


I mean is she wearing an Adidas jogging pant pulled up to her waist as a skirt? That beanie is BEGGING for deliverance. It’s a sartorial scream for help, that’s what happens when you dress in the dark after crying yourself awake. Anyway: The Charmings had one of those moments where they start thinking uncharacteristically coherently, and Regina joined in and they all decided to get the Story Book to make Henry believe in magic again, because that would break the curse. Where is the Story Book? It’s wherever the person who needs it to be is. Like when Henry needed it, it showed up in Snow’s closet. Now that Emma needs it, it’s appeared in Snow’s closet. See how that works? Me neither.  








Snow got the Story Book without much muss and fuss, and of that I approve. 

Back in Fairy-Tale Land they had to deal with Rumple reciting half of “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” about “Rumble Bumble” and “Skimbleshanks” and “The Rum Tum Tum Tum Tiger is a Curious Beast” until Belle finally squeezed his hand and said “GIVE US SOMETHING WE CAN USE.” And then he told them duh, find Glinda, have y’all even seen Wizard of Oz




Glinda the Good Witch was hiding behind a door that could only be entered if your IQ was lower than 45, so the Charmings obviously had no problem but Regina had to wait for them to stop giving each other flowers before they could all head out, and then she also had to wait outside the door for them talk to Glinda. Glinda was cheerfully unhelpful, she informed them that Zelena’s power source is the frying-pan-sized necklace she’s been hauling around all season, but also told them there was nothing she could do to stop Zelena. Only Emma, their “do-over” abandoned daughter could save them now, so too bad they threw her away like old hotdog water.






After the Charmings left, Glinda squeaked back over to a snowdrift where she liked to sit, pulled out her Kindle, and watched the battery fade on it and the screen go blank. Then she threw it ineffectually into the quiet falling snow and tried to imagine her own ending to The Hunger Games because she was not powerful enough to recharge the device.

Meanwhile Charming, Snow, and Regina consulted over what Glinda had told them, and Charming came up with the bright idea that Snow should cast the Dark Curse again to get them back to Storybrooke—BY CRUSHING HIS HEART. Charming is seriously unhappy, guys. Remember when he decided he would just die of slow-acting poison on Neverland? Remember when he raced out to the stables and drank himself calm when Snow said she was pregnant? And now this? Is there like, no such thing as divorce in Fairy-Tale Land?




Approximately whilst all this was happening, Hook had had a rough day. He was sassed by Zelena, who had bundled him into the boot of a car and smacked his lips with a rose and threatened Henry’s life. Hook ran into Henry trying to jimmy open Emma’s ride so he could drive himself to a bus station and back to his exciting NYC life, and Hook was like, “How about a nautical voyage instead?” and Henry was like, “I’ve learned all about the importance of trusting strangers in NYC, let’s go down to the docks alone together.”

Obviously they were almost immediately attacked by flying monkeys, and then Emma and Regina and the Charmings showed up and started burning up the monkeys. R.I.P. Aurora and Phillip or Bo Peep or Scare Crow or whatever unfortunate people had been transformed into those primates.



Then Emma stood in front of Henry and held up the Story Book and was like, “Do you trust me?!” and he was like “Mom, you have a lot of makeup on, are you on a date right now or what is this?” and she was like, “DO YOU TRUST ME?!” and he was like, “Normally, yeah, but right now you’re wearing fake eyelashes so thick they’re pulling your eyelids askew mom, it’s the middle of the day and you’re supposedly on a manhunt, who are you trying to impress with all that glitter eyeshadow?” and she was like “STOP QUESTIONING ME AND START BELIEVING IN MAGIC” and shoved the Story Book into his hands and he remembered everything!! Especially his MOOOOOM Regina, and like is my heart torn in half? Because him recognizing her was adorable.




So obviously Regina having a moment’s peace meant it was time for Zelena to show up and bring some conflict. She knocked Regina to the floor and throttled Henry, which, yaaaawn how many times will this boy be in mortal peril? Please.

You know what was surprising? Snow actually going ahead and casting the Dark Curse. Charming, Snow, and Regina stood around a giant beer vat as Charming reminded Snow that he would be in a better place once she’d crushed his heart, and she begged him not to let her do it, and it was genuinely so touching. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas are fantastic and their actual personal connection brought a lot of weight to the dialogue, making the moment unexpectedly heartfelt. I was expecting at literally any minute for Snow to find a workaround, but low and behold, she actually crushed his heart, and good for them, honestly. That shocked me quite much, y’all. As Regina (wearing a tasteful nude lip) comforted her that Charming hadn’t died in vain, Zelena showed up to pour some Boone’s Farm in the punch.


So that's how everybody got to Storybrooke yet didn’t recognize Zelena—okay, tidy, nice, sure. I crossed my arms and just waited for this show to come up with some way to save David and sure enough, Snow asked Regina, her former mortal enemy, to rip her heart in two. Regina was like, “Sweetheart that is so sweet, but that is so very, very dumb. I’m sorry, that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Seriously, think about what you just asked me.” I mean, it was logically just the silliest thing ever, but emotionally you know what? It worked. I just wanted to see Charming get back up, and Regina carefully breaking Snow’s heart in two and plunking the heart-halves into their chests, it was deeply satisfying as the last lap of Regina’s transformation from villain to heroine, and the forging of a true trust and affection between her and Snow. She should have also taken out her own brain and slapped a few chunks into the Charmings’ heads while she was playing Operation, but we can’t have everything.





Meanwhile back at the docks, Emma used her newfound magical ability to make Henry’s neck SIZZLING HOT!


Henry broke free and ran over to Regina to try and revive her, and when she came to she gave him a big kiss and broke the curse. This was something I really wanted to see happen, it was an important acknowledgement of Regina’s role in his life and the true love that exists in the hearts of adoptive parents everywhere, and it sealed the deal on Regina officially being one of the good guys. Then Henry got weirdly nosy and all about the locker-room talk, as is his wont this season—asking about kisses this and kisses that. Hopefully Tinkerbell can explain the Robin Regina relaish because I sure can't, lad.

Hook told Emma that he had been kidnapping Henry out of concern. Let this be a lesson, though: no matter how good your intentions, don’t try to parent other people’s kids. Not even a little bit! Generally it’s not appreciated. Hook quite nobly then regaled Emma with the story of his cursed-yet-luscious lips.









Emma was like “THE PRESUMPTION.” Like her day hadn’t been bad enough! She went off on Hook for how he handled Henry and then all the Charmings turned on him about "who sent the message, huh? Who sent you the message? You in league with Zelena even though you just told us all her plans? Huh? HUH?!"

But then we learned that Hook was telling the truth: The mighty morphing powers of CGI were at play in the mysterious memory cure that had been sent to his ship. While Neal was "absorbed" into Rumple, he'd pulled himself out of his father’s body just long enough to send a drunk dove message to Hook about finding Emma and explaining everything. Sure, you know what, sure. We’re here to watch fairy-tales, and I know one of my old favorites was “The Boy who Shared a Body With His Father Until He Wanted Something Really Badly and Then He Had His Own Body Back for a While But Then Shortly After He Flopped Back Onto His Dad’s Body Like a Drunk Frat Boy Onto A Beanbag Chair,” so cut the show some slack.




To round out the traumatizing day, Emma stopped by the graveyard with Henry so he could drop Zelena’s rose on Neal’s grave. She was wearing clothes such as you wear when the girl you like is into some loser that’s totally wrong for her but you can’t say anything about it because after all who dated an Evil Flying Monkey for a year? You dated an Evil Flying Monkey for a year, so you just grimace a lot and get angry at everybody for a while. We’ve all been there, hang on kiddo.


QUESTIONS:

... How do you think the season will leave Robin and Regina?

... How do Hook’s lips fit into all this?

... Did Emma seem testy to you?

... Regina not having her heart for this entire episode: problematic? Is it significant that she could lift the curse without it? 


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AIRED ON 4/24/2016

Season 5 : Episode 19

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Outlaw Queen/Robin-Regina scenes are so perfect and sweet and full of happiness but it makes me think something bad will happen to them soon :(.... i hope it will be okay! Can't wait to see Regina play with Roland and also Henry meet Roland! and how cool is that to have Robin Hood and Captain hook as your step dad hmmmm :D and Rumbelle need to be reunite soon... poor them...
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ha. i think Regina true love kissed Henry without a heart is so weird....also storybrooke weather goes from really snowy to kinda sunny... and then snowing share a heart....okay everything is weird but i'll stop whining and just go with it whatsoever...

we will get answer to Hook's cursed lips eventually ^^ hope Emma and him will have tlk soon ~~ &3
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First of all I have to admit I really liked this episode. The whole crushing heart/sharing one was quite a twist, but I still feel the need to nitpick a little:
Soo....Snow and Charming are announcing that they're having another baby. In my mind that means that Snow's at least a few months along. (She even has a bump.) Then we move on to 8 months later and Snow is *still* pregnant. The getting to the whole cursing-the-fairytale-people-again takes another few days and, I have to admit, I kinda got lost on the whole timeline in Storybrook I get the impression that Emma & Henry have been back for at least a few weeks. Which means Snow’s been pregnant for a lot more than 9 months...
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I am still confused about last weeks show.. SO Cora wanted her daughter to marry the very man SHE wanted to marry??? I always kinda figured Ava and Regina were closer in age so this was really weird to me. PLUS Cora was still in the picture when Regina married King Leopold. He did not recognize her? Anyone have any ideas about this? thanks
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The creator of the show has stated on Twitter after the episode that Leopold did recognized Cora. He knew that he was marrying his ex-fiancee's daughter.

Here's a picture for you:


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Not to make excuses for the show runners, but... it is possible that the flying monkeys do not die when they go "poof" but are transported to another magical realm. And that they can be brought back from that realm. After all - we don't see any bodies.

That said, it's the first time I've ever written a sentence with "flying monkeys" in it. Lily - look what you're done to me!
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I like your positivity, but I'm pretty sure when I was trying to get the screencaps above the frame by frame depicted them fizzling into ash.
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So, If Zelena needed Emma's powers to be removed and she came up with the bright idea of cursing somebody's lips in order to do so, Why not cursing Walsh's lips instead? I mean, He had a better chance of kissing her given that they were dating for a year, right? Or that wasn'st wicked enough?
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You're exactly right. Also how did Walsh get over 8 months before the curse was cast? I thought it was impossible to cross realms?
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Hi, I think the reason zelena didn't curse Walsh lips is becuz he wasn't truly in love with emma, just prob controller by zelena. So I think the weird lip curse only works once the person swears on the name of the person they truly r in love with. At least that's what I figured since zelena in ariel disguise made him swear on his true love emma, before she was capable to cast the curse. Also I have a feeling the slippers are what let the monkey and Walsh, somehow hook if he got his hands on them temporarily to cross realms. I know regina said the realms are separated by a wall thanks to undoing dark curse, but since they technically let u teleport from one side of the wall to the other possibly it might be how day got to storybrooke all those monkies and hook. Either that or zelena simply created new monkies or hook managed to get another memory potion before curse was cast, and went to emma.

Hope these theories help:)
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She probably gave him the slippers.

I can see that, Walsh with the slippers we've seen Zelena use in the flashback. Haha.
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Just one question: Are Aurora, Phillip, the Wizard of Oz and friar Tuck dead? After all the gang killed all the flying monkeys, didn't they?
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I have a feeling there are a lot more monkeys then we have seen so far. Especially as Zelena seems to be able to just make them any time she sees someone she does not like... My question is how was walsh able to make himself human and then turn back into a monkey at will???
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gr8 episode..but i still can't 4get that when snow killed cora,they said that her heart is going black...what happend to that story line?sloppy writing there!!!
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I thought that too. This truly bugged me when they said the requirement for going through the door was for the person to be pure of heart. Earlier in the season they made a stink out of Snow killing Cora and what that did to her heart, now all of a sudden she's pure again. If that is the case why couldn't Regina? She has been good lately.
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Regina's also said this season that she doesn't regret a thing, whereas Snow apologized for killing Cora (who had it coming from Snow's end, tbh) only a few episodes ago. Maybe that's the difference.
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Snow apologized last episode, but the scene with Glinda happened in the past, before they came back to Storybrooke. I think she was allowed to pass because of her baby, which is pure.
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my point exactly!!! how did she get pass through that door??i was really hoping for a shady snow this season but it did't happen :/
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I think it may have been the baby.
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It was an amazing episode and i really was shock when Snow crush Charming heart just in front of him!!!!! seriously Once upon a Time is going to kill me one day,
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This episode was for me very cool! We learned a lot. Now we finally know how to defeat Zelena...Emma the savior..who has light magic in her...loved how she fought of Zelena to get Henry back.
Emma pissed of course, not only that Hook failed his mission for Zelena, now she cannot even kiss those beautiful lips of his...so sad..I would be pissed@@@ lol @@@
Henry remembering his memories, finally...! Everybody remembers everything.
Loved Regina this episode. She was soft and kind and helpful. She was all teared up when Charming and Snow said their goodbyes. We learned how the curse was made and why everybody forgot everything.
Cool what Snow did with her heart.
So Neil has send the message, was so nice to see him again...
So now the baby is getting born..so i guess, Emma is going to be some guard till they defeat Zelena..??
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I am hoping that everything is resolved in the next 2 episodes and the last episode of the season has them all watching a movie marathon of all their Disney and non-Disney related films.
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OUAT is so lame and cheese, but at the same time so awesome
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I come here after every episode just for the images, that's all I need. Lily, you are a funny lady. Love your recaps.
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OMG! Was laughing soo much bcause of ur awsome review.. Nice One, greetinz from Germany:)

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Hell yeah Germany! My sister lived in Leipzig & then in Postdam for a while & I love every place I've been there. Guten Tag right back atcha!
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Yay, u are always welcome if u ever consider coming over here again:)
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Help me, laughing tears...
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...How do you think this season will leave Robin and Regina?

Obviously, anyone with any sense could see that any so-called chemistry between Jen/Emma and Lana/Regina is purely coincidental. I think it actually makes sense that Regina and Robin are together this quickly. Regina knows Robin is her true love, and she's certainly had her share of failed relationships, so why wait? Of course, though this makes sense from Regina's point of view, to the casual viewer, it gives you little time to get attached to the pairing though I must say I was squealing during their make-out sesh. There is a real possibility of their wedding in the finale...I mean, Henry and Roland as groomsmen? How cute would that be?!

...How do Hook's lips fit into all this?

Am I the only one who noticed that every single major conflict - Henry's memories, Storybrooke citizens' memories, broken curse, Henry and Regina are true loves - this season has been solved except for: a) freaking Zelena is still here. b) why Zelena needs the Snowing baby and Snow giving birth c) Hook's kissing curse with Emma. So these are going to be the focal points of the next episode and the two-hour finale. Honestly, I believe they've been setting up CaptainSwan since Tallahassee and the beanstalk (I MEAN THE SNOWING PARALLELS!) and anyone who genuinely believed Neal would make it this season was wishful thinking. I think Emma will end up saying, "She can't hurt anyone else, go on, kiss me, my family's safety is more important than my magic" and Hook will kiss her and, DUH, true love's kiss can break any curse, so all will be well.

...Did Emma seem testy to you?

Yeah, but she's always set off easily, and a certain one-handed pirate wasn't around to humor her.

...Regina not having her heart for this entire episode: problematic? Is it significant that she could lift the curse without it?

It's just sub-par writing. :/
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How can chemistry be coincidental? Either you have it or you don't.
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I like your theory on Hook's lips. They're cursed to remove Emma's magic, but if their kiss is true love, it'll break the curse on his lips and therefore won't take her magic :)
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"Wait until I get my heart back" leads me to believe that when (if?) Regina gets her heart back, she will realize that it does not amplify her attraction to Robin (obviously she is not in love with him). It's what she thinks will happen, but it probably won't and they're going to break up and go their separate ways.

Because we all know deep-down that Regina is in True Love with Emma.
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I know what happens in the finale! Emma, with her new found magic, gets pissed at Snow for having that chat with Regina that sent her running into Robin Hood's arms, then she enacts a dark curse of her own to f*ck with Regina's happiness.
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Isn't it crazy how Rumple had to carefully orchestrate things for about 50 years to cast the dark curse (train Regina in magic, etc.) and then they were able to cast it a second time within about 24 hours? Hmmmm.
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In season 1 the most fun part of this show, for me, was the chess match between Rumple and Regina. Does Rumple know who he actually is? Does Regina know Mr. Gold knows who he really is? Emma being a big ole pawn for Mr Gold vs Regina. Once they obliterated any sense of dynamic there by having Rumple be Henry's grandpa and the two of them putting aside their differences, I've been begging for something to crop up on this show to allow me to think again. Their universe is set in fairy tales, few real world rules need to apply. With all the directions they could go, we are in this perpetual loop of curse, bad guy related to good guys in some ridiculous way (like to the point where I'm pretty sure the unfortunate people turned into now fried flying monkeys were also Regina, Snow, and David's cousins) Henry in danger, true love's kiss fixes everything. Season 3 is a whole lot better than season 2, I admit, but we're full steam ahead toward a 4th year of this show with little hope of new plot twists.
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Also, what happened to Emma's street smarts she had in season 1? Once she learned she is a Charming, her IQ dropped about 20 points
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I just don't hold the writers regard for us in any higher regard than this. The way the fundamental story line is the same with small differences makes me wonder if the writers don't realize that people like me who flips over to Walking Dead after OUAT, who loves The Blacklist, who loves Mad Men, who longs for another series as meticulously written as Breaking Bad actually watch this show.
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1: Regina and Robin will probably get together. What I do not approve. Wasn't there even a rumoured wedding...?

2: Hooks lips fit into all this just like OutlawQueen, a non-powerful Glinda, a divided heart and a father-son-sharing body.

3: lol Of course you're a little bit testy when you are horny 24/7, but your queen is devoted to a man who smells like forest. The smell of all the flying monkey piss must confuse Regina's perceptions...

4: Well, not problematic for the episode, but for the plot. Cora couldn't love her child entirely because of her missing heart, but Regina can? Uhm... okay...
So if Cora could have loved her daughter as much as Regina loves Henry, even without a heart, Regina would have MAYBE never become a villain...?!
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A wedding? I'd put my money on Belle & Rumple before Regina and Robin.
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I'm counting on Rumple & Belle, too, or Eric and Ariel. By the old gods and the new, the writers shall be doomed if they marry Regina off with that forest-junkie!
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Regina's heart has only been out of her body for a few days. Cora's was out for years. I think it makes a difference.
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I laughed way too hard at this, and I feel sorry for my baby (in womb). But it was too funny, mostly because it is so true.

I cannot fathom Regina and Robin's relationship development (or lack thereof). I was so certain that when they randomly flirted in Zelena's cottage that this was an indication that they'd developed a close relationship in the missing year. Tonight's episode made it clear, however, that what we've seen up to this point is all that there is to see. Wow. Based on that, I really have no clue how they'll leave it. I feel it won't last somehow, partly because there's only two real "baddies" on the show -- Regina and Rumpelstiltskin -- and they can only be allowed to be so happy for so long.

The curse on Hook's lips is ridiculous. It just sounds silly every time Zelena or anyone else talks about it. When Rumple opened the trunk and we got a full view of Hook, I burst out laughing. He looked like a broken marionette. I feel that Hook is like Belle; he's a character that the writers are terrible at coming up with plots for so they force him to do the same thing again and again. In Hook's case that means he's kidnapped and used as the pawn of the current bad guy. In Belle's, it means that she uses her magnificent brain and Gold's collection of books to provide the necessary missing link of the day and then disappears, with no real glimpse at how she deduced anything. Seriously, a show with an honest-to-goodness PIRATE and a bluestocking, and this is all we get? Rawr. Personal rant over.

Emma is always testy. I know you have a propensity for reading lesbian tension in everything she does (playfully most of the time), but not choosing that reading myself, I can only say that Emma is just being her usual brash, stubbornly literal, deliberately dumb self. In the first season, most of the time, this was kind of charming and fun; at this point it just makes Emma look like a total jerk sometimes.

Hearts!!! There are so many things wrong plot-wise, especially after episodes that try to fill us in on events that should probably have been planned after having re-watched episodes that had already aired, that I can't even get into Regina's missing heart problem and how utterly crazy that is. But, like you said, it's about the characters in the end, not the plot. I will say, though, that it's not like you can't have a show with a great plot and great characters and a great concept....just saying. It is possible. Laziness is not an excuse, and I say that as a fan of the show. But anyway, does Regina's heart have any meaning for the end? I dunno. I think that it's very possible that Zelena will find a way to cast her curse, which would no doubt destroy Regina's heart, but as we've already been provided with a way out of that particular problem -- thanks Charmings -- it's not such a big deal as it seems. (RIP Milah and Daniel: So many things could have been different!) On the other hand, that would also seem to involve destroying Charming's courage (though, in his case, it seems more like a symbol than the actual quality) and Rumpelstiltskin's brain (literal? figurative?). Since Zelena has been promising him all kinds of great things, I doubt her curse will involve permanent damage to the Dark One, but who knows what she would consider "damage." Ultimately, I am hoping she succeeds. I want to see what happens. Muahahaha!




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I think we should start a petition to get Lily on for the episode commentaries on the dvds.
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I hope that Robin and Regina make it. Chick deserves some happiness.
Hook's lips-I don't know. too bad he can't kiss Zelena and take her powers instead.
Emma was pissy because it was becoming increasingly obvious that Henry was going to have to remember which is something she clearly stated she wanted to avoid. She thought that it would be better if he believed the fake memories Regina gave him. At the end though she realized that she was wrong adn her mood improved slightly. Although now she is pissed about Hook and How determined Z is to snatch her kid again.
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The continuity issues drive me crazy but honestly all that frustration went away when I saw Regina's smile after kissing Robin. I love those two together - they have a fun chemistry. I'm not sure what the whole Hook thing is - if I had the cursed lips I would go straight to Emma and tell her that the witch cursed my lips (which is weird since they never kiss or anything) and she told me that if I don't kiss you and take away your powers she is going to start killing everyone in town starting with Henry. Problem solved - the choice is now in their hands and you are off the hook for any evil doing. It seems the writers are trying to keep the romantic coupling between these two at bay but to be honest - I don't feel it - it doesn't seem natural for them to end up together yet anyway. Which by the way, seems totally crazy because if I was there - the second I laid my eyes on him I would have yelled "dibs", bought a washable leather frock, and become his first mate (if you know what I mean). I was surprised by the crushing of Charming's heart too but it was a bit anti-climatic since we already knew that he was alive. I did have a brief moment where I thought he might be a flying monkey in disguise but was happy to see a love filled rescue. So many more things that make my brain hurt but still it's a fun show to watch and an even more fun review to read every week and that makes me happy.
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Hilarious. Absolutely hilarious.
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Ha ha, seriously, Charming has made several desperate cries for help at this point. Dude wants out. I don't blame him :P

I thought it was sort of silly that Emma felt she couldn't trust Hook because he didn't tell her about his cursed lips. I mean, seriously Emma, cursed lips? That's embarrassing. I'd keep it to myself and try to find my own way out of it, too. Not trusting him because they think he lied about the message makes more sense, but is equally frustrating.
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I was very proud of him that he was transparent about the cursed lips situation but wow is that an embarrassing curse, yeah.
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I get embarrassed just typing it :P
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Ok, so I have a problem with Snow being able to walk through the magic door... anybody else remember when she murdered Cora, and that ugly little spot of darkness was planted in her heart?! I mean, Regina literally ripped it out to show all of us that Snow's heart was NO LONGER PURE. We were even reminded of it this season when the MURDER WEAPON and MURDERER were necessary to summon the MURDERED Cora.

I mean, seriously, WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT?!

We all saw the dark spot, then Snow started slapping people up (seemingly against her will because the DARK SPOT was making her do mean things), then--nothing?! I think the whole potential of "Dark Snow" would have made for an amazing arc. We could have charted fascinating territory with the main "good" character slipping to the dark side, while offering a great way for Regina, the "big baddie," to maybe help defeat Snow's darkness and simultaneously redeem her own. That would have been a great way to level the playing field, bring Snow and Regina together in that beautiful gray area between light/dark, good/evil, that is the most driving and appealing theme in the show.
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I totally agree. They never played with "Dark Snow" enough, instead the Charmings just act as stupid as the storyline needs them to be and then get really self righteous when anyone else takes action to save their own family members. No wonder so many viewers root for the "villains"- Hook, Rumple & Regina.
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I was super excited about dark Snow as well, primarily because I wanted to see her get some sort of good story line, but my hopes went out the window when Greg and Tamara showed up. Writers just don't put that much thought into her.
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Seriously. I love Ginnifer, but Snow is SO frustratingly flat. They wasted and AMAZING opportunity to help her AND Regina grow together. Hell, if they REALLY wanted to do the Wicked Witch, how could would it have been to see Dark Snow step into that role?!

Instead we got repeat curses. And Neverland.

FKING NEVERLAND.

I won't even dignify that waste of TV space with a rant.
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FKING NEVERLAND is right. God that whole thing was painful. It started out kind of promising, but by episode 3 or 4 I just couldn't.

Ginnifer is fantastic, and I'd be lying if I said she didn't play a big part in initially getting me to watch the show. I figured she'd only sign on for quality work or an interesting script, which was true for Season 1. Now she has this rubbish to deal with. Just painful.
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*cool would it have been
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Random thought on Hook's cursed lips. Does the magic draining curse only work on Emma? If not, then kiss Zelena and be done with her.

Sorry, if they covered this. I am not always able to watch every scene. I get main gist of things, but frequently miss out on the fine details and nuances.
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M'eh it wasn't strictly clear, to me at least. Either way that's a good twist; and as the show shoves plot twists in whenever to mix stuff up (regardless of previous related storylines/twists) then I don't think it'd matter much if he used it on Zelena anyway. Certainly I'm done with the green witch already....I did type witch right? Yeah? Okay, just checking.....

Nice to see a LOT more on the rest of the episode and just an equal amount of SQ; ALL of us readers happy then! YAH! See I knew it was possible! Much hand clapping and high fiving all round. :)
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Yes, she made him swear on his love for Emma, and then cursed their kiss.
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But they could bend the 'emma' rule thusly: Glinda comes along and says "oh I thought of how you can defeat Zelena. You hold a chicken the air, turn round three times, hopping on one foot, all whilst singing 'My heart will go on' as annoyingly as Celine Dion; then you put your eyeliner all over your lips then kiss her. she'll die laughing. Job done. Of course failing that I always found a bucket of water works......."
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That would be an interesting twist!
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I often wonder that about the flying monkeys. If Zelena can just magically turn people into flying monkeys, why not do that with everyone that gets in her way (except Snow because of the baby and apparently Emma who she can't kill And needs her power gone).
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Lily please tell me you were so chill about Cora's backstory, retcon is just so horrible :(

The snow bell scene was hilarious! I love those three together!

To be fair to Hook, he and Henry bonded quite well!

Emma and the Charmings not trusting Hook was ridiculous though. What should he have done, telling her everything so that Zelena would actually act and kill Henry? Or maybe he could have kissed her and she would have lost her magic. I don't know, it was just like the show was shouting ADDING NEW DRAMA BECAUSE REASONS.

What I don't understand though is how Hook remembered everything. Was the potion enough for two?

... How do you think the season will leave Robin and Regina?

I hope they stick together for a while...

... How do Hook’s lips fit into all this?


They're still cursed so I guess Emma will lose her magic in the end

... Did Emma seem testy to you?

Why would you think that? :D

... Regina not having her heart for this entire episode: problematic? Is it significant that she could lift the curse without it?

We just learned that having your own heart inside you is so overrated! I wonder if Zelena will travel to the past in the end using it...
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Hook wasn't part of the new curse, so he remembered.
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Hook is really adapting to modern day technology. A few episodes ago he didn't even know what photoshop was. Now he knows all about the telephone, modern day boats, and making his couples facebook page!! LOL - Lily's screenshots made me laugh so much I inhaled my tea.
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Okies so i both liked this episode and found it very frustrating. I mean really WTF is the deal with the cursed lips, and shooting all the flying monkeys (who are all people the actually know - but have no concern about shooting)??
I actually like that Regina is getting her fun on with Robin - it is nice to see something good happening to her - okies the whole losing the heart thing was stupid - but i actually like there is someone who wants to be with her.
Emma and Hook - the whole cursed lips thing seems to me that they have decided they should not be together - it is ridiculous planning.
Emma certainly did seem a bit tetchy - and i have to admit she does not seem to ever relax. I think her whole problem is sexual frustration - regina was the same for the first 2 seasons.
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I only watch Game of Thrones and Once Upon a Time now and things sometimes get confusing. I always think that in those romantic or heartwarming scenes, one of the main characters gets killed off. But nobody ever stays dead for long in UOAT.

That boy who plays emma's son can't act. So, I 've said it. Too bad.

The most evil witch in the entire span of the series, the one with a genuine horrible youth and believable drama, makes her entrance on a broom with the same special effects as Bewitched had in the fifties. Why the hell would you do that? It's like superman arriving on scene with a bicycle. Every time.

Snow looks so violently plain in Storybrook that it really hurts.






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1) robin and Regina: personally, I could care less if Robin (no offense to the actor whom I adore) dies tragically or in a fire or at the hands of a flying monkey or Emma go back in time to make Rumple kill Robin. That said, Outlaw Queen will behaving like the hormone crazed teenagers snogging every scene they share until the writers decide otherwise. Seriously? Even the Charmings weren't that insufferable even with all the "I will always find you" rubbish. I do Love Snowing but finding each other does get old. If the show runners instruct the musical team to write Outlaw Queen theme music akin to the Charmings, I may very well vomit all over this iPad. Honestly, he's a space filler and a deliberate attempt for fans to forget the oozing chemistry, logic, symmetry and commonalities between our two favorite ladies. Failed attempt in my book

2) voluptuous hook lips: when Zelena cursed hook' s lips, Dear Lord, I nearly died of rolling my eyes. They aren't True Loves so the cursed lips was just a fancy way to introduce Captain Swan without more rolling of our eyes. I think hook will fall prey to WW's green smoke magic, poof, then says to a shocked Emma "you want to save him you'll have to kiss him [insert evil cackle]" and since she's a hero she will kiss the lifeless corpse giving him Fairy Tale Land's Equivalent to CPR, and wham, she gets the White magic drained of her and gets thrown back, Hook is shocked and awoken, Regina gets mad and blasts Zelena, etc. needless to say those lips will touch Emma's, sadly.

3) Testy Emma: Even I was taken aback by Emma snapping at everyone. She looked, sounded and even had the same body language of Mayor Mills circa First Season. She's testy because her son's adopotive mother can't stop snogging and touching a man who resides in the woods while a crazy green faced bitch is zooming about the place with flying monkeys and calling the most powerfully magical being ever her little lap dog who also happens to be the grandfather of Henry. She's thinking like a Bounty hunter "priorities, Regina" Which makes me dislike what the writers are doing even more because what Regina is doing is so out of character that even subconsciously Emma is annoyed for us. Which brings me to my last response,

4) Regina without a heart: you best believe that I don't believe that Regina would feel something for Robin Hood over Henry if the premise of True Love being the most powerful magic of all holds true as the show constantly reminds us by breaking powerful sleeping curses, dark curses and healing even Rumple's curse albeit for a few seconds back in the first season. I find it rather thin that she would run to a man she just met who resides in the woods with a bunch of other single men with bows and arrows, after he carelessly lost her heart and kiss him. Which means her actions this episode regarding him were downright forced and uttly ridiculous. Making out like sex crazed teenagers in a bed and breakfast hallway, bitch please. The only genuine thing I feel was beautiful and heartfelt is when Henry remembered her, hugged her; she knows what it feels like for him to be away, for her to lose him and having him not remember who she is. Though she couldn't feel it with a heart, I think she definitely remembers the pain of it and was relieved when he remembered her. And when she was knocked out only to be awoken by him. Of course, it's only natural for a mother to want to protect and kiss her son on the forehead. I don't think she needed a heart to feel the instincts of mother that of protection, affection and compassion for their child - they just know it without feeling. Which is why I am so happy that Regina broke the dark curse with TLK. This, unlike the rest of this utterly wild and plot holed season, truly made sense. It felt right and perfect. In contrast to this, the complete fabrication and forced love of Regina and Robin and Hook and Emma, ugh, it just diminishes the core of the show between the main characters that of redemption, forgiveness, trust and love.

I really hope hope they see the beauty in Swan Queen because I've just about had it with these other love stories that make completely no sense whatsoever. Each other pairing have a great story behind it and hey just all fit together neatly. Outlaw Queen introduced by a fairy and pixie dust. Wow, original. How does he challenge and make her a better person and vice versa. How does a Hook make Emma a better person and vice versa? Rumple is kinder, empathetic and loving with belle because she brings that out in him because that's who she is. Charming makes snow better by allowing her to feel trust and know that she is loved and deserves to be loved (which being chased and always on the run from her step mother certainly has chipped her belief in others). I could go on with the other pairings. But something tells me deep down that they originally wrote Emma as "Evan" or pick a name that sounds good with "Swan" and since the way the two characters are written, I bet the writers were like "hmm, it looks like the audience may surmise we're trying to pair these two so we better make Evan a woman! Yeah, there, that sounds better." Anyway, Lily, as always, your reviews are the highlight of my week!!! Much love xx
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"SPOTLIGHTS! MY ONLY WEAKNESS!" I. FUCKING. DIED. Because Zelena always got fucked over and never got to be in the spotlight. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA JUST AWESOME!
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Thank you! I thought the same thing; REALLY deep voice.
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Thank you, thank you! I did a spit take with my cuppa on that one it was so funny! ;)
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Pokemon FTW. That was friggin fantastic. Nice find!!
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I invite y'all to check all the recaps on this Tumblr, they're all just as hilarious!
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Thanks! Its interesting to see a recap with no SwanxQueen comments.
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Thank you. If you lived nearby I would shower you with cupcakes for sharing such a gem.
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Been expecting the squat thrust magic but did not find it here.. Nice recap nice...
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That was Piss Funny.. Loved it
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Good Lord, that was fucking hilarious!!!!!
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Wasn't Aurora supposed to be pregnant??
Did she had an abortion or it was just Aurora way to tell Mulan that she is not that into her??

I liked this episode and it was entertaining but it has a lot of Plotholes
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They talked about their child in the opening scene!
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Really? I thought they were talking about Snow's child.. I' missed that
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Philip said Zelena threatened THEIR unborn child :)
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1. I just hope this season LEAVES Robin/Regina, period. Maybe another tragic Regina boyfriend death? Eh? Eh? They already stuffed Marian into the fridge to make way for a Regina-mance, how's about some equal opportunity stuffing to make way for... well, anything other than OutlawQueen, really.

2. I honestly have nothing to say about Hook's lips.

3. She did, but I gotta say, I got a kick out of her yelling at Henry. Finally she seems like a real parent. Up till now she seemed more like a cool big sis than a mom.
Oh, and yeah, it's totally not okay to kidnap someone's kid, even to protect them. What is going on in that pretty little head of yours, Hook?!

4. Yeah, you know what, Regina not having her heart doesn't make a damn lick of sense in this episode, but goddammit, it was moving and I loved it. I don't even care. Especially Regina's true love's kiss for Henry breaking the spell! YES! This is what we have been waiting for since season one! Finally some friggin' validation of adoptive parents' love for their children!!

I also thought it was a bit weird that the gang had no problem obliterating those flying monkey's now that they know they are people Zelena turned into her simian slaves. :/
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Gotta say after all this time watching this show, I feel the only good actors that make you feel like it's actually happening is the new Wicked witch, and Hook. The rest just don't quite cut it for me. Those who have talent will wind up in another series after this is over and i'm sure will be pretty darn good at their characters there. This show however just seems lacking like most of the shows out there on the acting basis. Loving story lines and stuff for the most part but as the acting goes it's sub par. A bit off topic but Note it took me about 6 years to gain respect for Paul walkers abilities. Hope some of these guys have the drive to get better.
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I love Hook; the writers have done such a great job with his character development, so it kills me that Charming, Snow, and Emma are treating him poorly again. He has more than proved himself as being a good guy with good intentions. He's saved Charming's life, brought Emma back to SB, and basically saved everyone's lives in the process. Now he's even tried saving Henry's life. Yes, he went about it the wrong way... but he had good intentions! Hook cares about the people in SB, especially Emma. By now, the Charmings should be giving Hook a lot more credit and stop jumping to conclusions.
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Unfortunately I feel like we are watching different shows.

Hook cares about Emma. Only Emma. He cares that Charming or Henry live because of Emma. He went back to find her in NYC because he received a potion with a note, not even because he was actively trying to get back to her, as we saw in 3x17.

The writers have decided to portray Hook as an ambiguous character, but it has remained clear that his interests are first and foremost selfish interests. He wants Emma so he's going to do whatever he can to win points with her. He doesn't care about anyone else but himself and Emma. Which is why he will probably never be a "good guy".

Hook has stated himself repeatedly that he is a pirate. That's who he's been since as long as he can remember. At first I thought that he was just trying to hold on to this old identity because it was familiar and he felt safer behind his walls. But lately he's proven that if there is nothing in it for him, he won't go out of his way to help someone.

In this episode, he may have had the intention to protect Henry but once again, he did not stop to think of the consequences. How would Emma (Regina) react if she found Henry gone? We know that the flying monkeys can get to NYC (Walsh) and Hook is supposed to know that because he was there when Emma fought Walsh off.

Hook has been depicted as a liar in the past episodes, therefore untrustworthy. It was a bit dumb of Charming to say that he lied about Snow sending him the potion because Hook has never actually said it was her, he just said he thought so because of the bird, so I'll give you that.

But ultimately, Hook is not a good guy. He's not a hero. He's a pirate who wants his happy ending with the girl. That's all.
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What you're saying about Hook stands for every one of the "villains" on the show - every one of them has selfish interests (Hook's = Emma, Regina's = Henry, Rumple's = Bae and Belle) and whatever help they lend to other characters are usually for the fringe benefits of having Henry/Neal/Emma/Belle think well of them. They only want their happy endings too.

Hook I admire way more because he hasn't gotten a whole lot of return or reward on his good behaviour. In fact he's gotten way more trouble than reward for it, he's been knocked on his ass god knows how many times, nearly killed, consistently treated like crap from the rest of the Storybrooke gang, etc, etc... but he's still doing it. THAT is a redemption arc, pursuing good even though you have increasingly less reason to expect
a happy ending for it, and way more reason to throw in the towel and just bail. That's hard to do. It's the same reason Spike's arc on Buffy resonated with me, even though that too was (ostensibly) all about Buffy.

Henry loves Regina. Neal and Belle both loved Rumple enough to raise him from the dead. Hook? the most you could say after A YEAR, however long in Neverland and however long Emma's been back in Storybrook, is that Emma might not turn down a date with him, maybe. And if all he wanted was in her pants, he could've just given a big "fuck you" to Zelena's curse and kissed her, then taken off. Instead he pushed Emma away and tried to protect Henry, even if misguidedly.

I actually agree that Hook's not a hero, or even a useful good guy. It's honestly the steadfast trying that I admire more than anything. For a while now he's consistently done the right thing and fought for the good side. On top of that, unlike Regina or Rumple, Hook can't just throw a fireball at the right time and wind up saving the day, so to me it means more when you're not assured of being one of the strongest kids on the playground.
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Thank you for this review, Lily. I really needed something to make me laugh today. This hit the spot.
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Who liked Emma's casting pose ? And Lily you missed a good captionfest on that pose :/
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I thought she was going to become saiyan and do the kamehamehaaa
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That was hella awkward
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To be fair, Graham from season 1 seemed to be able to keep some semblance of his emotions without a heart. He had some feelings for Emma and her kiss brought back some of his memories. I always thought that Cora's coldness was just enhanced by not having a heart, since she was pretty icy even with one, and she lived without a heart for years.
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Thank you for reminding me of Graham! *____*
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Yeah, he's kind of been swept away into the forgotten character pile! Even the other characters never mention him.
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OH, if only they would bring Graham back!
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Forget about all the plot twists. How about this flower shop named Game of Thorns? hahaha

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Dude that's been there since S1 have you only just noticed it?
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No, I've never noticed it before. I just loved it!
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That's Belle's dad's shop
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All I know is everytime Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz write an episode I know Im going to be at the edge of the seat!
Really great episode very emotional just as the one when they went back to storybrooke in December.
Loved the scene with Snow, Charming and Regina making the curse. Also the scene where Henry recognizes his true mom (Regina) and the Kiss breaking the spell. Really great episodes. Now in 2 weeks the season finale! Can't wait.
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I just realised that the gay romance we're going to get is probably going to be Glinda/Elph- Zelena. Given we've gotten like no backstory between them with like 3 eps to go it's going to be just as awks as Outlawqueen than not to mention the fact that Zelena's a lot harder to redeem. I'll still probably squee anyway but oh well.
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But Zelena's in love with Rumple!
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Rumple is Fiyero? idk
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Kinda. She seems more like an opportunist to me. Rumple is currently in her possession, thus, available for her sparkly green pleasure. It would be interesting to see Glinda/Zelena as a couple since they screwed over Mulan (poor girl).
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What do you mean about Mulan?
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In the 1st half of this season, Mulan went to Aurora to confess that she had feelings for her and was essentially blocked by Aurora telling her she was pregnant. Thus, leaving Mulan to go join Robin Hood and leave well enough alone.
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I loved this episode, lame attempts to fill plot holes withstanding. Outlaw Queen was so incredibly forced that its not worth mentioning. Zelena's make up may be horrible but Rebecca Mader's acting is on point. I want her to become a regular. I like Sunny Mabrey as Glinda but as someone who follows her on Vine I was sort of expecting her to do something hilarious. Snow's logic or lack there of continues to astound me. I thought enchanted forrest Snow was suppose to be smarter? Charming has never been too bright either way. That being said, like Regina (post season 2), I have a soft spot for those two dumb love birds.

This episode really pointed out something to me though. Jennifer Morrison has never had the chemistry with Jared that Lana Parrilla has IIMO) but in this episode it just seemed completely off.
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... How do you think the season will leave Robin and Regina?
It's too close to the end of the season. I have a feeling Robin will be around for at least the first 1/2 of next season.

... How do Hook’s lips fit into all this?

Early in the episode, I thought Emma might kiss Hook in front of Regina to make a point. Now that she knows about Hook's lips, her Charming genetics would have to kick in pretty hard for her to consider kissing Hook, I would think. Best guess, Zelina uses her magic on Hook as a last resort to try and force the issue before the final battle since threats haven't worked. (To Hook's credit, they have been mostly idle up to this point.)

... Did Emma seem testy to you?

Testy? I'm pretty sure there's a scene on the editing room floor of Emma burning Regina's things on the front lawn or keying her car...

... Regina not having her heart for this entire episode: problematic? Is it significant that she could lift the curse without it?
WIth the writer's cop out of Regina saying "It's hard to explain." When Robin asked her if she could feel anything it's hard to say. I think it's absolutely significant to her character that she lifted the curse. Unfortunately with this show, I don't hold a lot of high hopes of it being significant on some grander scale.


No idea if you read the preliminary comments before writing these, but I was stoked you were on the same page as I was when I posted my initial thoughts last night. (They're somewhere down there towards the bottom of the thread) I am a little curious if you think that Emma's "light magic" comes with a price? About the only consistency in this show is the talk of "All magic comes with a price." Does Emma's flavor of magic also come with a price? If so, what?
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Zelina used magic to force her hand between Hook and Emma. Called that!

Also, I would buy the season 3 DVDs if they included the Emma burning Regina's things on the front lawn deleted scene
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"... Did Emma seem testy to you?
Testy? I'm pretty sure there's a scene on the editing room floor of Emma burning Regina's things on the front lawn or keying her car..."

Good lord I haven't laughed like that in a while. Excellent mental image and spot on.
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Thank you for the glorious mental image of Emma burning Regina's things on the lawn. That was awesome! :)
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I really like this episode. This second half of the season (the Oz Arc) is much better than the first half (the Neverland Arc) and the show feels more like the first/second season.
A few other observations:

  • I found it quite interesting and entertaining to see Emma snap at Henry, while Regina looked on. It was one part Regina viewing her previous relationship with Henry wearing another person's shoes (Emma's), and one part vindication for Regina, as if she could say "See there! i told you this kid is f@#%ing annoying! "

  • This whole episode (and most of the second half of this season) is like Regina and Emma have swapped places, and now Emma was the mean mom telling Henry she knows what was best for him and keeping Henry from his other mom. Also, Regina is practically defenseless against Zelena, and only Emma's magic is strong enough to save Henry. And to top off this new "Bizzaro world" the Storybrooke characters are living in, it was Regina's kiss to Henry that broke this curse. Which causes me to wonder if Bizzaro Henry will now become closer to Regina than Emma, in a complete reversal of the first season.

  • While initially we were lead to believe this arc would be a showdown between the sisters Regina and Zelena, we have since learned that Regina is no match and the fate of Storybrooke and it's inhabitants rests in Emma's hands. I like to pose this thought: Zelena is more like Emma than to her own sister. Regina was not born with magical powers. Like most of the other magical beings on the show, she acquired her powers. But Zelena and Emma were both born with their powers, and that is why their powers are stronger. I believe Emma and Zelena are akin and polar opposites to one another. Emma is the product of true love and purity, and was orphaned by parents who wanted badly to keep her but had to give her up and send her through a magical portal to a far away land. She is a vessel for light magic. Zelena was conceived in a relationship of lies, deception and greed. She was orphaned by parents who did not want her, and was sent through a magical portal to another far away land in order to get rid of her. Thus Zelena became a vessel for dark magic. So naturally, only Emma can stop Zelena.
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I think that Emma will be the one to remove the necklace then we shall see sister v sister.
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Your analysis is spot on! I love the parallelisms between season 1 Emma and Regina and the one about Emma and Zelena!
Still, being Cora's daughter, Regina probably had her magic since she was born, but didn't know how to use it.
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... How do you think the season will leave Robin and Regina?

Together, even though their chemistry is kinda nil right now.

... How do Hook’s lips fit into all this?

Somehow Emma's powers will be turned on the good guys, and he'll kiss her in the final episode and fix everything.

Then season 4 will be about how to recover Emma's magic in time to stop Darth Vader and Magneto from destroying Storybrook with Jaffar's spicy chili made from magic beans and pixie dust (and the Dark Side). Expect a moderately entertaining but kinda poor CGI aerial battle between Boba Fett, Pete's Dragon, and the Rocketeer.


... Did Emma seem testy to you?

Yes, but I don't see why. They set it up like it would become a story point, but it didn't.

... Regina not having her heart for this entire episode: problematic? Is it significant that she could lift the curse without it?


There are two possibilities here:

1) the show is taking the oft-untraveled high road and telling us that love is not just an emotion, but a commitment we make every day to the people we care about, or
2) the writers lost the thread regarding whether or not no heart = no emotion, or not as much emotion, or some emotions but only the important ones, or more of some emotions but less of others, or what were we talking about again? Hey, did I just see freakin' Boba Fett fly by?


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I think the writers lost the thread!
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I have to say...when Regina was trying to talk Snow out of the plan to rip her heart in two and Snow was holding into her...I was kinda thinking Snow Queen might a thing. And then I just realized that Lana Parilla seems to be able to throw sparks up with everyone. I still ship Queen Hood but I really think she's just that great an actress that her interactions with everyone are so charged.
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It's interesting how I saw that scene totally different. For me their interactions was like turning back time, when Snow was just "baby-Snow" and Regina was not yet her evil step-mom, just an older "almost-sister" who cared deeply about her.
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I was thinking the same thing with Regina and Snow. Lana Parilla seems to have sexual chemistry with just about everyone on the show.
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I sometimes think that Lana Parrilla forgets that she's not on the set of Swingtown anymore and that she isn't expected to bang all the cast members lol!!
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Lily, Graham still fell for Emma even though Regina had his heart. (sob) GRAHAM!!!! I'm a man, dang it, and men share their feelings!
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I still miss Graham. I think I'll always miss Graham. :(

And I still ship Emma with him more than anyone else. *sniff*
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Its ok...I'm alright with allow Jamie Dornan to clear his calendar for 50 Shades
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That is a good point, he did develop a big old crush on Emma without a heart in his chest. I am all about the sharing of feelings and the sharing of candy.
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Oh, and your photo captions were hilarious.
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Thank you!!!
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As always, your review was hilarious and worthy of the time.

... How do you think the season will leave Robin and Regina?

I'm still holding out hope that he dies gloriously in battle in some kind of hail mary play that saves the day and drives Regina into Emma's arms where they then realize they're meant for each other (Emma also has a tattoo after all, of a LYON flower that is specifically done in makeup for the show according to Jennifer Morrison)

... How do Hook’s lips fit into all this?

Think he'll get desperate enough to disfigure himself? He can't curse Emma if he doesn't have lips....

... Did Emma seem testy to you?

Wouldn't you be if your ex lover for whom you still carry a massive torch and occasionally hook up with started seeing some scruffy dude on the side?

... Regina not having her heart for this entire episode: problematic? Is it significant that she could lift the curse without it?

Eh, logic is overrated. We're watching a show about time and dimension traveling fairy-tale characters who have the most convoluted inter-familial relationships ever. Like seriously has there been a single, "big bad" villain yet that is not somehow part of clan charming? Seriously, even Hook is a member on a technicality (he's sort of Henry's Step-grandfather if you think about it). I'm not too worried about logic.
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