Regina’s not entirely sure what she’s gotten herself into, but she’s still pretty blinded by a White-hot rage, a desperate need to be loved by her mother and, of course, Henry.
Before it ended up in Wonderland or Rosewood, A’s Queen of Hearts masquerade outfit was in the Enchanted Forest, being worn by a Young Cora at a ball that would determine the prince’s future wife. The King isn’t fooled by her disguise, however, and the peasant girl is insulted for her status for the second time that day. She spins a lie about being able to turn straw into gold and he decides to embarrass her yet again. He tells her that they’re locking her up in a cell full of straw and if it’s gold by morning, she gets to marry the prince. If it’s not…she gets to lose her head.
While contemplating making a jump for it, Young Cora is visited by Rumpelstiltskin, who offers to turn the straw into gold in exchange for her firstborn child. She considers it for a moment, but then, in a twist from the classic tale, the miller’s daughter doesn’t accept the offer as is. She believes in the old “teach a man to fish” adage and doesn’t want this shiny man to do anything for her, she wants to learn how to do it herself.
Present day: The Good Ship Lollipop pulls into Storybrooke and the Charmings meet their wayward family at the dock. Including their precious puppydog Ruby. (Hi, Ruby!! I’ve missed you!) Henry, the lucky duck, gets to go with Li’l Red while the rest of them try to figure out what to do next.
Snow’s still hell bent on killing Cora but David’s like “but who will save my ass all the time if she kills you or if your heart turns to stone?!” He tries to remind her of that inherent goodness that keeps her skin as pure as snow, but she’s in full-blown vengeance-mode.
When they get back to the antique shop, Gold gives Emma some magic (invisible) chalk to draw a magic barrier at the doorway. The slowly dying Mr. Gold gives Mary Margaret the same Death Candle that Cora-as-the-Blue-Fairy offered her in the woods many moons ago. Her first instinct is to refuse — she didn’t even save her own mother with it, why would she save him? He tries to use the “For Henry” card that seems to be working for everyone else, but killing Henry’s grandpa or killing his grandma — pretty sure Snow comes out with the short end of the stick either way.
Gold needs Emma to cast a protection spell to activate the chalk line, but she still hasn’t quite gathered that she’s supposed to be the Chosen One and is sure she can’t do it. Gold helps her to shut off her brain and reach into herself and stop making faces for like one second (but please never stop making faces) and then she can cast the spell.