Emma eventually owes Regina an apology for falsely accusing her of murdering Archie and poisoning her son against her.
Charming and his whole family need to dial down the self-righteousness.
Seriously? I don't think Regina ever offered one to Mary Margaret for framing her for murder. Not that two wrongs make a right, but I think it's rich to call the Charmings self-righteous for using the available evidence (what Ruby and Pongo witnessed) and past experience with Regina to come to the logical conclusion that Regina murdered Archie. If that makes them self-righteous, then so is any jury member who has ever convicted a criminal, rightly or wrongly, for a crime.
Who was it who met Cora and Hook at the docks (and got turned into a fish)? He didn't look familiar, but as I said, I've forgotten a lot.
I think he was just some random, but I could be wrong.
Hurray! They didn't really kill Archie! I didn't see that coming. Raphael Sbarge has been so underused, that I'm glad they're offering him what may turn out to be a real plotline!
I loved the opening scene! Charming's line about still having the ability to provide Emma with traumatic childhood memories was very funny. I really want these two to have another kid! I suspect that would probably be hard for Emma (watching her parents provide a sibling with the love and home she never had), but Snow is too wonderful of a mother to never know what it's like to raise a child. Plus I love the saccharine fluffiness of the Charming household. I welcome any developments that would bring us more of that.
Speaking of motherhood, I'm happy to see Emma being more active as a mother and showing signs that she won't be as inattentive to Henry's whereabouts as David and Regina were or as she used to be.
As for Regina, honestly as good as Lana Parilla is at playing vulnerable and making me feel sympathy for her (honestly, I'm not sure any other actress could manage to pull at my heartstrings given her character's past as well as she does), it annoys me how quickly she seems to expect for her good deeds and efforts to change to pay dividends with the town. There's no such thing as a single act that can redeem a lifetime of brutality. Not unless that act leaves that someone dead, thus sparing everyone around them from having to decide whether her moment of goodness was a fluke, a ruse or a true turning point in her life towards good. Building trust takes time. And in that time, Regina has to expect that she's going to have to do a lot of turning the other cheek, waiting for people's opinions to change. And she has to understand that for some people, she's hurt them too much for them to ever start seeing her any differently. That's just the price she has to bear for her crimes. Accepting that is part of becoming a better person.
Tonight's episode has me even more skeptical than I was before that she's capable of that change. I do believe she was genuine in her desire to change for Henry, but I also think she's too easily discouraged to truly redeem herself. If she's not rewarded every step of the way, she'll likely regress. It's sad that she was framed for murder and all (though it's kind of just desserts for her given that she framed Mary Margaret last season), but she allows herself to act like a guilty woman when challenged. That's not going to work out. Not with Henry, not with the town, and ultimately not for her.
That's actually good news to me though as I love Regina most when she's bad! I'm not that interested in seeing a redeemed Regina, so I cheer every fail.
I loved Emma in this episode. She bugs me in general, but I was happy about all of her decisions tonight. I respected her a lot for making the effort to invite Regina to the homecoming party and including her in Henry's life, while still maintaining boundaries about how much access to him she's ready to grant Regina. And I thought it was great that she was committed to the ideal of innocent until proven guilty. Sure she believed falsified evidence, but given that she has every reason to believe that Cora is trapped back in the Enchanted Forest, I don't blame her for believing her own eyes.
The use of the dreamcatcher as a magical implement was interesting, given that we've seen Neal with one twice.
Loved the fairy tale storyline. It complemented the Storybrooke timeline very well, provided insight as to how the Queen was dethroned and why Snow and Charming deposed George in this first place (to keep him from supporting the Queen militarily it seems), and shows why she came to settle on the Dark Curse as her means for revenge. I know a lot of people will point to Rumple's sticky fingers over this, since he clearly was maneuvering her into position to unleash the curse for him, but I think tonight's episode illustrated beautifully how many ways in which she could have taken another path but didn't. Rumple just provided with the tools he wanted her to use, but she made those choices. She could have made peace with Snow after she spared her life not once, but twice (considering she could have been killed for failing the test), but she didn't. Rumplestiltskin didn't make that happen. He just took advantage of her hateful drives.
Great episode overall. I missed this show so much over the hiatus!
Edited by xqueenfrostine, Jan 6, 2013 @ 9:36 PM.