Regina is driving home in a rainstorm very similar to the one currently pounding the east coast when she sees Daniel ominously standing on a street corner. When she looks more closely, he’s gone.
Charming has taken Henry to some barn. What is everyone’s consensus on Charming? I find him to be precisely the opposite. He’s take charge, but only when it suits him (i.e. it’s clear he won’t be questioned or threatened). He was also a douchebag to Snow when she was still Mary Margaret. He seems to think Henry will learn to become a proper knight on some random, 100 year old, gentle farm horse probably named Apples or some such. Charming keeps referring to the horse as Henry’s “steed” that will make some sort of gesture to Henry to indicate he’s ready to report for duty. I’m sure if they did a voice-over of Henry’s thoughts it would be something along the lines of, why couldn’t I have been sucked through the portal with the cool people?
In other news, Regina visits Daniel’s tomb and IT’S EMPTY. Oh, shit. Past, ¾ still good Regina returns to Rumpy’s. She wants to know if she can bring back the dead. He laughs her off, saying magic can’t do that. “Dead is dead,” he proclaims. LOST fans – this is a blatant reference to an episode of the same name. It is the episode where Ben Linus steals Rousseau’s baby, and according to Lostpedia, was the least watched episode of the entire series. So, you know, good one to reference.
Jefferson conveniently shows up, and in a clearly-not-staged-at-all moment, Rump tells Jefferson to ignore Regina. Jefferson has a crystal ball (help me out – which famous character has a crystal ball? Someone coming in a future episode, perhaps?). Rumpy is more concerned with the slippers. Is he talking about glass slippers? As far as I remember, and according to a very in-depth Google search, there’s no crystal ball in Cinderella. Here we get what I think is a decent sense of just how long Rumpy’s been trying to get out of the magical realms – he needs to get to a land without magic, and Jefferson is only giving him the tools to get to other magic realms. It’s Rumpy’s business and his business alone why he’d want to do that, but he still takes the ball.
Rump-a-doodle-do tells Regina to see herself out and she’s all…that’s it? Uhhh… yes bitch, unless you suddenly grow some balls and start killing innocent, defenseless creatures for sport.
Rumpy must have had Chinese for lunch, because he doles out some very fortune cookie-eque advice. As long as she lives in the past, she’ll never find her future (my best fortune ever said “it’s about time you let me out of that cookie”). Rumpy’s over her. And with that, ¾ good Regina becomes a littleee less good.
Jefferson conveniently apologizes for conveniently eavesdropping and conveniently suggests she look somewhere else for assistance cause guess what?! He’s conveniently “heard things” which may be of use to her. He formally introduces himself. It’s really cool we get to see their first meeting knowing their relationship will deteriorate and all the grief she’ll cause him. Jeff travels and sees much, so it looks like he’s been doing that for some time, putting to rest any theories that Regina was the one who granted him the power to do so. Also puts to rest any theories the two were somehow related. I think that was/is a theory? Or did you guys rule that one out already? Like I said, I’m not too current on that front!