After Zelena steals Regina's heart, Regina casts a spell to discover the truth about why Cora abandoned Zelena. Meanwhile, Belle discovers Zelena's plan.

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After Zelena steals Regina's heart, Regina casts a spell to discover the truth about why Cora abandoned Zelena. Meanwhile, Belle discovers Zelena's plan.

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Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West, needs a heart, courage, and a brain for her time travel spell. Those are the three things that the scarecrow, the tinman, and the lion traveled to Oz to ask for from the wizard in the Wizard of Oz. See more »

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When Cora is talking to Jonathan in the tavern, her choker keeps changing from being tied in the front to the sides. See more »

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Young Cora: Are you The gardener?
Jonathan: Well, I'm not Prince Jonathan. Of course, there is no Prince Jonathan.
Young Cora: You lied to me. You took my heart, my virtue, my My good name.
Jonathan: I took?
[laughs]
Jonathan: You practically forced it into my hands when you thought that I was a prince.
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Cora's past helps explain Zelena's present, and Belle helps explain her future plans.
3 May 2014 | by (https://amarisali.wordpress.com/) – See all my reviews

Now that I like Zelena, I sort of feel sorry for her as I do Regina in a way. Both seemingly lack any true love in their life, though Regina seems on her way to fixing this, and it seems this lack of love made them both very bitter. And while Zelena truly had no one, and Regina at least had riches and title, I'd argue the sisters aren't as different as Zelena makes them out to be.

Topic 1: I Wanted Better – Cora

A good portion of the episode has us exploring Cora's life before she seemingly inherited magical powers. Back when she was a simple miller's daughter with a desire to rise in rank. Said opportunity she thought would come in a man named Johnathan, a would-be prince who visits the pub Cora works in. She falls instantly in love with his charm, if not title, and sleeps with him. The man even says they will be engaged and he will return in two weeks, but instead she finds him two months later and learns he is but a gardener. So, she asks for assistance with said child and is slighted, so she calls out for guards and ends up getting Prince Leopold, Snow's father.

But, even with the luck of meeting the future king, there is the issue he is already bestrode to Princess Ava, Snow's mother, who is far from the sweet woman Snow remembers. She, as I think we saw in another flashback episode, is quite the brat, and not only does she expose Cora being pregnant with the gardener's child, she, in Zelena's eyes perhaps, is the reason why she was abandoned.

For this back story though, the characters on the show are actually treated to knowing as much as we do. You see, with Zelena moving about, talking as if there is something she knows that Regina doesn't, Regina decides to try to do a séance, using the candle which killed Cora, and the presence of her murderer, Snow, to summon her. At first, this doesn't work, but when Charming, Hook and Emma leave, Snow and Regina discover Cora, and after a battle, Cora possesses Snow and lets everything be known.

With this, there is a reminder that, like her mother before her, Snow has ruined a few lives, and she reminds us she still has guilt over this. She took away Regina's original shot at love, and then took away her mother from her. And while Regina is certainly no saint, it is hard to argue that Snow definitely has done enough damage to justify any hatred Regina may still bear. But, with Zelena trying to erase both of them from existence, by killing the woman who created her misery, it seems they bond over saving their futures, and forgiving one another for the past.

Topic 2: I Just Wanted To Be Loved - Regina

Their bond though is something which seemingly Regina doesn't have much faith in though. For, Zelena now has Regina's heart, Charming's Courage, Rumple's Brain, and now all she needs is for Hook to kiss Emma in order to be unstoppable. Thus leading to the need to celebrate, and since her monkey is a bit too uncouth for such, she invites Rumple to dine with her. Which, at first, he seemingly does voluntarily, if just to learn her plan. However, with her giving Rumple hope on getting Neal back, it seems like the Dark One may have found an odd ally. So, with this hope, he decides to change his tone, apologize for choosing Regina, and even comes onto Zelena and starts kissing her and getting frisky. However, we are made quick to learn that his little seduction, making her feel loved, was just to use her. And though Cora may have been naive enough to be fooled by a man, Zelena isn't much for repeating history. It seems Rumple's ruse was to get his dagger back and Zelena doesn't appreciate her being given a false taste of joy, and it being snatched away. After all, Rumple has already done this once before. So, back to his cage he is to go.

It should be noted though, Zelena isn't the only one giving the taste of a little action. With Regina's heart gone, she worries deeply for her fate. Never mind Belle finding out what spell Zelena plans to cast, Regina seemingly is more so sad that everything will be gone, and by everything, I mean her everything: Henry. For, if Zelena succeeds, she doesn't take note, at first, she may not be born, but that the Charmings will be dead, meaning her one speckle of happiness will be gone. And with her barely able to handle Zelena, much less take on her mother, and Emma not giving her much confidence, she gets the case of the blues.

Snow tries to be there for her though, and reminds her how even without a heart, Regina feels with her whole being, and that she has survived so much. And her last parting words is for her to not hold herself back. So, Regina goes out and sees Robin Hood, the man who let Rumple get her heart to save his son, who Rumple was nearly going to kill, and despite what happened, he is forgiven. Then, being that Tinkerbell noted they were fate eons ago, she decides to stop flirting back and forth, playing coy, and take a leap. She kisses him, and he returns the passion of her lips. And that was probably the hottest kiss ever seen on this show. Here is hoping to a long, happy, relationship.


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