A few episodes back we saw dear Prince Charming sacrifice himself for his true love only to be captured and brought before King George to
But before the guillotine blade can drop, it morphs into a cool splash of water.
Regina couldn’t let such a precious bargaining chip be wasted in such a hasty fashion. She bargains for Prince Charming. She promises King George that she’ll make his life even more miserable than death could ever do. She’ll use him to get to Snow White, to kill his true love.
King George couldn’t be happier and hands over the charming man into the hands of the Evil Queen.
Outside King George’s fortress, Snow White has rallied her seven friends, Granny and Red to storm the castle and free Prince Charming. They climb the castle walls, knockout and kill a few knights, and with the help of a few thousand fairies and their dust, the remaining castle guards are knocked unconscious.
But down in the dungeons, Prince Charming is not. No, only his reflection can be seen in a mirror set up in the cell. Snow White is too late. Charming is in Regina’s dungeons, and this was a trap.
Today there is no runaway horse and no rescuer, only a woman filled with hatred and one with a kind heart. And an apple.
This apple is special. While most apples are known to bring health to those who eat them, this one will cause much pain. Pain because it will not kill but only cause eternal sleep. And eternal sleep is what Regina wishes on Snow White to keep her and her true love forever separated. That would be the ultimate revenge.
But the apple must be eaten willingly. And why would Snow White do that? Because if she doesn’t, Regina will kill Prince Charming. Eat it and he lives; don’t and he dies.
Snow White, true to her classic fairy tale nature, takes the apple for her true love, bites into it while Regina looks on, amazed.
In only a few seconds, Snow White has passed out. She falls to the ground and drops the apple, where it rolls down the knoll. Regina is satisfied and leaves.
Snow White’s friends are worried and come looking for her. They find her alive as if she’s asleep, but with no breath.
What has the Evil Queen done? How can they bring back precious Snow White?
But how to stop Emma? She can’t kill her. No, that will break the curse for sure, according to Mr. Gold. If only she could get a hold of a sleeping curse. It worked before. Sort of.
But with no magic in Storybrooke, there will be no magical cure to break Emma out of it. Seems like the perfect plan.
But how to get the curse?
Jefferson. And his magic hat. With the little trinkets she brought with her, and the magic they contain, she just might be able to go back to Fairy Tale Land and grab enough magic to concoct the sleeping curse. However, there isn’t enough magic to go there herself, just enough to bring something back. Something small that can fit in her hand.
It’s red and delicious, shiny and juicy. In fact, why not bring back the apple that she used to poison Snow White.
Jefferson does her bidding with the promise that Regina will rewrite his story so that he can live in blissful ignorance with his daughter, even if it must be in this world. He does not want to remember his old life. Not if he will never see it again. He just wants to be with his daughter.
The trick, the apple must be eaten willingly or else it won’t work. And what better way than to present the pastry as a peace offering. Emma will take one bite and hit the floor, never knowing what happened to her.
There’s a knock at the door and like a fly entering the spider’s parlor, Emma walks into Regina’s house, actually to tell Regina that she’s leaving and that Henry can be Regina’s son and only Regina’s son. All she asks is that she can visit Henry.
Regina can’t believe her ears. This is what she’d hoped for. But as long as Emma’s alive and walking, the curse can still be broken. Nope, better to just give her the turnover and be done with it.
Unsuspecting of its evil magical properties, Emma takes the turnover and heads home.
Regina is overjoyed. She runs to Mr. Gold’s to mock him. You see, he’d been planning a trip, but with Emma nearly out of the picture, the curse will be as strong as ever and Mr. Gold will just have to stay put. Too bad, so sad.
And indeed, this does. Henry stops by Emma’s only to find out that she’s leaving for real this time without him. He doesn’t want her to go, obviously, and is disappointed that she really doesn’t believe in the curse or who she really is.
She needs to stay in order break the curse. And it’s then that he spots the apple turnover. Realizing the trap, he snatches it from Emma and offers her one last piece of wisdom. She may not believe in the curse, but she is the savior, whether she likes it or not.
And with that, he takes a bite of the apple turnover for her, willingly, knowing exactly what will happen.
Emma still doesn’t believe until Henry falls to the floor.
The apple has done its work.
1) How did Regina get her trinkets with magic into our world?
2) If the trinkets contained the last of the magic, why does Jefferson believe that Regina can still use magic to change his story/life?
3) Did anyone else notice how much Mary Margaret sounded like Snow White when she reprimanded Emma for not saying good-bye?
4) What will happen to Henry?
5) What is Regina’s reaction going to be to Henry’s sudden sleep-coma?
6) Will Emma break the curse?
7) Did anyone else think that the fairy scene was unnecessary and awkward?
8) How is the season finale going to end?