In this episode, we get to see the first few days after Regina cast the curse. A father and his son are out camping in the woods when the curse hits Maine, and the next morning they stumble into Storybrooke. Regina doesn’t like that there are outsiders in her perfect little town, so she arranges for their car to be repaired as quickly as possible.
At first Regina is ecstatic. Everyone is pleasant to her, and respectful. She takes Mary Margaret to see David in a coma in the hospital, and revels in the fact that Snow White doesn’t recognize her own true love. However after several days, of the exact same routine, Regina realizes she isn’t truly happy. She goes to Mr. Gold and tells him she isn’t satisfied with the curse. He of course has no idea what she’s talking about.
Meanwhile, in the present, Rumplestiltskin discovers that Regina is planning on casting a curse on Henry to make him love her, or rather, to make him think that he loves her. In order to cast this curse, Regina must use the heart of the person she hates most: Snow White. This way, Regina can have her cake and eat it too. She gets revenge and she gets Henry back. Snow is looking pretty worse for wear after her dark moment; she’s practically comatose. Luckily for Snow, Rumplestiltskin owes her a debt for saving his life, so when Regina comes to take Snow’s heart, Rumple is there to protect her.
In light of Regina’s most recent attempts to “take” Henry, Emma and Neal plan to send Henry to New York. Henry is having none of this. To Henry, all magic is bad, and it corrupts everyone it touches. Henry flees his parents and steals dynamite from the mines, believing that if he is able to blow up the well in the forest, he’ll be able to get rid of magic for good. On his way, he bumps into Greg Mendel, creeping around in the woods. Greg calls Regina to let her know her son is running around alone in the forest.
Back in approximately 1983, Regina goes about her usual routine, but when she enters Granny’s she finds a kid in her usual seat. The man and his son that happened upon Storybrooke are having dinner. Regina sits and talks with them, telling them that their car will be ready to leave as soon as possible. When they leave, Owen, the son, gives Regina a keychain that he made, in order to apologize for taking her usual seat. Regina is so moved by the gift that the next day she invites them to dinner.
It was both adorable and frightening how much Regina took a shine to Owen. She teaches him to make apple turnovers, and I was convinced she was going to poison the father and kidnap Owen. Instead, the next day she goes to the mechanic and tells him to stall the repairs on the father’s car, but she’s too late. The father and son have already left. Regina runs to her office, and commands the sheriff via his displaced heart to arrest the father for drunk driving, and to bring Owen to her. The father happens to overhear this conversation, and is promptly tackled to Regina’s desk by Sheriff Graham.
The father escapes from Graham’s grip, and rushes out to his car. He floors it to the town line, the Sheriff and Regina hot on his tail. It looks like he’s going to make it, but Graham takes a short cut and heads him off. The father tells Owen to run, and reminds him that as long as he has their handmade keychain things they’ll be together. The father is apprehended by the Sheriff, and Regina catches up to Owen before he crosses the line. She tells him that she only wanted them to be happy together, and it’s really heartbreaking to see that Regina wants this, wants a family, but doesn’t know how to get it. Owen runs away, and Regina doesn’t release his father.
Sometime later, Owen returns with the police to where Storybrooke should be, but they can’t see anything because they’re on the other side of the town line. Owen cries for his father, and the police of course think the kid has the wrong location. On the other side of the line we see Regina, watching and crying.
Back to the present, Regina has caught up with Henry, who has placed several sticks of dynamite onto the edge of the well. She talks him out of blowing himself up, and Henry and Regina have a moment of possible reconciliation before Emma, Neal, and David crash the scene, pointing guns at Regina. Regina, of course, doesn’t take kindly to that and she summons up a fireball. Things are about to get nasty when Henry runs between them, begging them not to fight. Everyone lowers their weapons, and Regina burns the curse that would make Henry love her if she cast it. Henry goes with the Charmings, and Regina is left looking heartbroken as always.
Later, Snow shows up on Regina’s doorstep, begging for Regina to take her life. It’s a really powerful scene. Regina pulls out Snow’s heart, but refuses to crush it. Regina recognizes the agony Snow feels about her actions, and she sees that Snow’s heart has been darkened by them; she also knows that if she were to do this, Henry would never forgive her. In the end, she puts Snow’s heart back.
The camera zooms out to a street view where we see Greg Mendel, who has just finished taking photos of the whole exchange between Snow and Regina. We also get a look at Greg’s keys, on which there happens to be the very same keychain that Owen’s father gave to him 28 years ago. Now we know what Greg/Owen has been up to. He’s trying to find his father.
So what did you guys think!? I’m glad we finally know what’s up with Greg.
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