Another great episode! Red and David/Charming were both awesome in this episode. I was also highly amused by Whale's inquiry over whether the nuns were still nuns or if they were available to date. I kind of love that sleezeball. And I'm glad we got confirmation regarding August/Pinochhio's current status. It really bugged me that that wasn't addressed in the premiere. I hope Geppetto finds him soon (if for no other reason than I'm dying to know how August got out of bed in his current state). It broke my heart that Geppetto was prepared to flee Storybrooke with the others before finding out who his son was.
Interesting turn of events about Storybrooke city limits (though poor Sneezy! Dick move there Grumpy!). Gold clearly wasn't expecting that, which raises a ton of questions. Such as, how did he not expect this challenge given that the curse was of his own design? And does this mean that "Mr. Gold" is a "real" curse-given identity and not just a front he maintained all this time to fool Regina into believing he was under her control?
Also, how creepy was Rumplestiltskin in his first scenes with young Regina? I think that's the creepiest he's been all series. His lines about having held Regina as a baby all but confirm that Cora was indeed the Miller's daughter from the original Rumplestiltskin tale, rather than just a daughter of a miller.
And I was NOT expecting Cora to appear at the end of the episode, especially not after she had pushed into the mirror (and presumably into Wonderland) in earlier flashbacks. That's very interesting.
Finally, it'll be interesting to see if Regina will take her cause of redemption seriously. I really liked her scenes with Henry this week, but I don't know how I feel about Regina turning good. She's a character I both love and love to hate, and I find sweet youthful Regina totally boring compared to her Evil Queen persona. I'd miss her Evil if it went away!
But the leaving town curse was obviously different before the spell was broken and he apparently was able to leave to procure Henry for Regina, right?
It's never been stated that Gold actually left Storybrooke to procure Henry, so I don't think he's ever actually left Storybrooke. I don't know how exactly he could have gotten him otherwise, but I really don't think he left. If he had that would have alerted Regina to the fact that he wasn't controlled by the curse the way everyone else was, and up until the The Thing You Love Most I don't think she suspected anything.
So did we get confirmation that Cora is indeed the Queen of Hearts?
Not confirmation, but it does add fuel to the fire of that theory. To be honest, I thought it was a dumb idea previously, but after tonight's episode I'm beginning to believe otherwise. I don't know that I like the idea of Cora being the Queen of Hearts, but I definitely think we're supposed to believe that Cora ended up in Wonderland given that she went through a mirror and Wonderland was the only doorway in Hat Trick that looked like a mirror rather than a doorway.