Oh, I know. But you do deserve this.
What did Snow White ever do to the Evil Queen to make her seek revenge after revenge upon the innocent women?
We’ve waited weeks and months for the answer to be unveiled, and at last it is. But is the answer truly worthy of the queen’s wrath or simply an innocent mistake, pure as white snow?
Horseback riding in the meadows of Fairy Tale Land, basking in the praise of her loving father, and sharing secret love with the stable boy, young, sweet Regina could not ask for much more. Except that her mother would quit using magic to get her way. Oh, and that she would just accept Regina the way she is.
But as it were, not all dreams come true. When a child’s desperate screams for help echo across the meadow, the course of Regina’s life is instantly changed forever. The young girl screaming is Snow White and her horse has been spooked and is running wild. Snow White can’t stop the horse and Regina quickly jumps upon her own steed to rescue the scared child.
Once safe, Regina comforts young Snow, offering sound advice. Snow can’t stay away from riding forever, but she must get back on the horse.
The two are fast friends. And so grateful is Snow that she immediately tells her father, the king, about Regina’s bravery and heroism. And the king, a widower and at least a few decades older than Regina, offers his thanks by way of a marriage proposal. The king, you see, has been searching high and low for a suitable wife and mother for Snow. And Regina’s actions have proved she is the perfect candidate.
Horrified at the sudden change of plans, Regina has to act fast. She wants to be with Daniel and the only way is if they marry before she is to marry the king. They must run away and get married and never come back. Now!
Daniel agrees. He gives Regina a gold ring off of a saddle that just happens to fit her finger. They kiss, but are interrupted by Snow White.
Snow White is angry and runs away. Regina chases her. She has to explain before Snow tells her father or worse, Regina’s mother.
Snow doesn’t understand. Why would Regina be kissing this man when she is to marry Snow’s father?
Regina explains that she doesn’t love Snow’s father. He’s kind and generous, but love has to come from the heart and her heart belongs to Daniel.
Snow does. She loves Regina and wants her to be happy even if she won’t be her stepmother.
But twelve-year-olds aren’t fool proof. Promise, even the most important ones, can be broken, especially if the right words are spoken by the right, er, wrong people. Snow White accidentally spills the beans for the sake of helping mend Regina’s and her mother’s relationship. She wants them to be happy too.
But Regina’s mother isn’t exactly on the up and up, and she will do anything to keep her from being with that stable boy even if it means ripping his heart out, literally, before Regina’s eyes. Regina no longer has any excuse for not marrying the king and so she will. In fact, it was Regina’s mother’s plan from the beginning, starting with Snow White’s spooked horse.
And for that reason, Snow White will pay.
She single-handedly destroyed Regina’s happiness and therefore Regina will see to it that Snow White never sees happiness.
No matter which land they find themselves in. All of her happy endings will be taken from her forever!
Regina has to go to plan B. How can she get rid of Mary Margaret, again? Somehow she must confess. And unknowingly until it is too late, she does, on tape. The DA cornered her with his questions until the tragic words are said.
Emma turns to August for help. Together they can search for clues that will lead to evidence that Mary Margaret is innocent. They search by the toll bridge where the heart box was found, and as luck would have it, they find a piece of metal belonging to a shovel. If they can find the broken shovel, they can clear Mary Margaret’s name.
(Hidden verbal clue about who August is: shin splints. Think: wood)
Emma knows exactly where to look first: Regina’s garage. Sure enough, the shovel is right there. But if you’ve ever watched any police procedural show, you’ll know that illegitimately found evidence won’t hold up in court unless the evidence was found after a search warrant was issued. So Emma gets a warrant the next day and heads straight for Regina’s garage. But the broken shovel has been replaced with a near-sparkling new one.
Of course, Regina doesn’t accept, grabs Mary Margaret’s jaw so that she can look into Regina’s cold eyes as she tells Mary Margaret that she knows she’s innocent. But she does deserve this. And poor Mary Margaret doesn’t remember why.
The next morning, Mary Margaret is found guilty and sentenced to jail, but not in Storybrooke. She must be transferred to another facility. (We all know what happens if fairy tale characters try to leave, don’t we?). Regina watches on as Mary Margaret is cuffed and taken out of the sheriff’s office.
Now Emma is desperate to come up with hard evidence quickly. Time is not in her favor.
But when a blood-curdling scream erupts from the ally, Emma and August run to the rescue. Ruby come stumbling toward them, incoherently trying to explain what she saw. In the alley, she’s alive…
Emma races around the corner to find…Kathryn, dirtied and disoriented, but very much alive!
1) Where was Kathryn?
2) How was Kathryn’s “heart” doctored to show her DNA?
3) How and when did Regina get her mother’s evil powers?
4) How did Regina’s mother get her powers in the first place?
5) Any guesses on who August is, if you don’t already know?
6) For those of you who do, do you think if August would have let her see now would she have actually seen him for what he is?
7) Is Regina connected to the real Rumplestiltskin fairy tale storyline because her mother was a miller’s daughter?