Once again we got a very flashback filled show that gave us more background to Snow’s heartbreak and Cora’s machinations. Soon we’ll see what turned Cora’s heart black, with her own flashback episode staring Rose McGowan as a young Cora . . .
The episode took place on Snow’s birthday, in the present and the past. In the present Snow learned Cora was out to find Rumple’s dagger and wanted to stop her. In the past Snow’s mother the Queen became mysteriously sick . . .
In the past, Snow was desperate to save her mother. The Blue Fairy offered her a potion that would save her mom, but it was dark magic . . . Snow couldn’t do it. She felt guilty, but her mother told her to to as she did the right thing. We learned that the illness was brought on by Cora, who also was disguised as the fairy to tempt Snow. Cora was determined to turn Snow’s heart black as coal . . .
In the present, Snow manages to find the dagger, but Cora and Regina have her old nurse maid as a hostage and will kill her unless she gives up the dagger. She does, and of course Cora kills her anyways. But not before Snow realizes it was Cora years ago who posed as the Blue Fairy. This bit of info sends Regina’s mind into overdrive. Her mother had been plotting for years before she realized to make her the Queen . . . but why? Unfortunately Regina still doesn’t have the guts to stand up to her mom and whatever her ultimate plan is.
Hook meanwhile escaped and headed to New York to get his revenge on Rumple/Gold, which he did get kinda. He stabbed him, but Neil and Emma come to his aid before Hook can fully kill him. Oh and Emma learned Neil has a fiance . . . akward!
The episode once again wasn’t my favorite. I think though we are leading to a mother daughter show down eventually, and it will be over Henry. When Cora learns he is Rumple’s grandson, she’ll want him. Rumple will also want him, because he could be his undoing. Rumple and Cora clearly have some bizarre sexual past. I can see them possibly teaming up, or going to war over Henry. Either way, I think it will force Regina and Emma to work to save him from both of them.