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It's Not Easy Being Green 

"It's Not Easy Being Green" is an episode of Once Upon a Time starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, and Lana Parrilla. After Neal is laid to rest, Zelena challenges Regina to a fight to the death, as flashbacks show Zelena's past and the reason behind her hatred for Regina.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Mary Margaret Blanchard
... Emma Swan
... Regina Mills / Evil Queen
... David Nolan
... Belle French
... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
... Neal Cassidy (credit only)
... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
... Mr. Gold / Rumplestiltskin
... Granny Lucas
... Wizard of Oz / Walsh
... Zelena
... Robin Hood
... Mother Superior
... Woodcutter


As Neal is laid to rest, Zelena challenges Regina to a fight to the death. Back in the land of Oz, a jealous Zelena discovers that she has a sister and that Rumplestiltskin is training her. Written by Anonymous

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6 April 2014 (USA)  »

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Regina Mills: Well, what are you waiting for? Kill me.
Zelena: I never said I wanted to kill you. I said I wanted to destroy you. And to do that, I need your heart.
[she thrusts her hand into Regina's chest, then pulls it out again - empty-handed]
Zelena: [irritated] Where is it?
Regina Mills: Our mother taught me one thing: never bring your heart to a witch fight. Something you'd know If she hadn't... abandoned you.
Zelena: [gasps angrily] You haven't won, Regina. I *will* get your heart! I will get everything you ever had!
Regina Mills: Not today.
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How the Wicked Witch came to be
4 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

"It's Not Easy Being Green" is one of the best episodes of a solid Season 3 where the lesser episodes up to this point have not been less than decent and the best episodes have been wonderful ("Going Home" especially was something of a special episode). It's occasionally a bit over-the-top, but that is pretty much the only thing that was noticeably not quite so strong about "It's Not Easy Being Green".

Am continuing to love the character of Zelena/The Wicked Witch, who made a very big impression when she was first introduced, she is a very interesting and well written character. Peter Pan left very big shoes to fill as the villain of the first half of the season, Zelena/The Wicked Witch fills them pretty brilliantly. With "It's Not Easy Being Green" being centred mainly around her, she is the most interesting she's been so far and the episode achieves a fine balance between her villainy and how she came to be that way, she is very believable as a villain but it's not hard to see how she came to be the way she is and sympathy even is felt for her. The fairy-tale flashbacks are among the most illuminating and character advancing of any flashback of the show up to this point.

Love the character relationships, especially between Zelena and Regina, one that is not as one-dimensional as one would think, and Zelena and the Wizard of Oz (another character the episode does a particularly good job on, quite a surprising twist on his character). Regina is fantastically written here, not just with Zelena (but especially) but also with Robin Hood. Rumplestiltskin has a mini-monologue that resonates emotionally.

Have no qualms with the acting, with the obvious standout being a spell-binding Rebecca Mader. Lana Parrilla is a very close second, while Christopher Gorham, Robert Carlyle and Sean Maguire make strong impressions.

Furthermore, "It's Not Easy Being Green" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully too. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue. Zelena, Wizard of Oz and Regina especially.

All in all, wonderful. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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