Hook wants to go to their land, and claims not to give a rat’s ass how he gets there. His loyalty to Cora has to run deeper than this. I know villains are fickle with allegiances, but there is history here, i.e. how he got hooked up with her in the first place, and if he’s in her debt for something. Emma is sold as soon as Hook utters the magic words: He wants revenge on Rumpelstiltskin.
Back to Henry, all the horses have lost their shit (because animals are better judges of characters than most people) and opted to run away. Henry reaches out to help Daniel – dumbass – so Daniel has some flashback to Cora ripping his heart out (proving he’s still, like 1 percent human?). Charming and Regina arrive in the nick of time. Henry runs away while Charming locks Daniel in the stable. Charming says if Regina doesn’t put him down, he will. Methinks someone is relishing his new role as “hero” (aka POWERTRIPPIN’ BOSS) a little too much.
Regina insists Daniel will talk to her. It’s actually quite sad, especially thanks to Lana Parrilla’s awesomeness. In the flashback, the doc won’t let her watch the operation…probably because he’s not really doing it. Jefferson’s working a little too hard on selling her that if doctor can’t do this, no one can. Shockingly, the doctor fails at reviving Daniel and Regina is left heartbroken. Again.
Storybrooke Regina talks to Daniel 2.0, telling him she loves him. He becomes semi-normal for a sec, but is in extreme pain and begs her to let him go. Is he aware of what happened to him and how he was brought back? Or is he just getting an obsessive, stage-5 clinger vibe from her? He says something that sounds like “love again,” giving her what I think is permission to finally let go. She doesn’t keep him under the enchantment this time, opting instead to turn him to dust.
And they say romance is dead.
In lesser-subplot-land, Emma seems to be aware Hook has ulterior motives. He leads them to a giant beanstalk (LOST alum Jorge Garcia will be playing the giant next week), so maybe we’ll learn who Jack is soon? I’ve read some of your theories and think the Charming=Jack is a good bet.
In Fairy Land, Regina pulls the heart out of some gypsy skank Rumpy claims was her “replacement” and hi ho, hi ho its back to work they go! Watch the transformation, including change in makeup/wardrobe.
Now that she is almost completely evil (and I don’t think she’s ever become completely evil, there is still some good in her), may I just take a moment here to say I’ve LOVED the way this show has revealed Regina’s backstory. She wasn’t always an asshole, and you can kinda understand why she became one. Now don’t fuck this up like y’all did with the last 1-2 seasons of LOST.
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