Once Upon a Time 2-15: The Queen is Dead

Wow. Just wow. That was a pretty heavy episode of Once Upon a Time tonight. So let’s get to it, starting where the episode did – Enchanted Forest.

Our trip there focuses on a young Snow White. She is getting ready for a ball in honor of her birthday, and her mother wants to show her a tiara she is planning to give Snow to wear on her birthday for the first time. They go in to find Johanna, one of their servants, is trying it on. She immediately starts to apologize, but Snow is upset, demanding that the servant never touch it again. Snow’s mother, however, steps in and corrects Snow. They may be royal, but that’s no reason not to treat others well.

And just like that, her mother starts to get sick. They call the doctor, but the doctor can’t figure it out. And just like that, Johanna steps in as a mother figure to Snow. She mentions that Snow’s mother knows the Blue Fairy. Maybe the fairy can do something with magic.

So Snow sets out that night to meet with her, but even before Snow can summon her, she appears and confirms that Snow’s mother is dying. There is nothing that the fairy can do unless Snow uses dark magic. And it comes with a price (of course). Someone must die in order for Snow’s mother to live. And Snow must choose that person.

Snow can’t do it, and she tearfully runs back to her mother to confess all. Her mother praises her for making the right decision. And then she dies.

A tearful Snow presides over her mother’s funeral. But as Johanna leads her away, the Blue Fairy comes in. Only it’s really Cora, who confesses to killing The Queen with poison in order to make her daughter queen.

End flashback.

Meanwhile, in Storybrooke….

It’s Mary Margaret’s birthday, a day she has always associated with her mother’s death so hasn’t celebrated in years. She is planning to keep that tradition going, but someone has left a package on her doorstep. It is her long lost tiara. And it’s from Johanna. Mary Margaret immediately sets out to find her, and the two reconnect. But Mary Margaret hears a noise in the woods, and she heads out to investigate. It’s Cora and Regina searching for the dagger where Hook told them it is buried. It’s not there, but they are sure they’ll find it.

Naturally, this worries Mary Margaret, she rushes to David (who was knocked out by Hook so Hook could steal back his hook and leave town). They send a message to Emma, but she’s not responding.

In the meantime, Mary Margaret decides to try to reason with Regina. They meet at Granny’s, but Regina wants nothing to do with Mary Margaret and the possibility of people maybe pretending to treat her nicely. She wants power, and that’s what the dagger will give her.

So, they need to find the dagger and find it fast. They enlist Mother Superior (aka the Blue Fairy), but she can’t seem to break the protection spell that Gold put on his shop before he left. Mary Margaret suggests they use dark magic like the fairy suggested all those years ago, but Mother Superior has no idea what Mary Margaret is talking about. Before they can pursue that, David gets a phone call. Emma has finally gotten his message and talked Gold into giving up the location of the dagger.

It’s in the clock tower – specifically hiding behind the minute hand. Mary Margaret and David race up there and get it, only to have Cora and Regina appear as soon as they do. When Mary Margaret refuses to hand it over, they reveal their captive – Johanna. Regina removes her heart and threatens to crush it unless Mary Margaret turns over the dagger. And she thinks about it, but in the end, Mary Margaret once again does the right thing and turns it over.

Cora then gives herself away. She repeats a line she said all those years ago, and Mary Margaret figures out it was Cora and not the Blue Fairy she asked to spare her mother’s life. Cora laughs and even agrees with Mary Margaret’s sudden realization that Cora killer her mother. And almost as an after thought today, Cora knocks Johanna out the clock face and onto the ground below, killing her. So Mary Margaret turning over the dagger was for naught.

Back in Regina office, Regina and Cora celebrate getting the dagger. And they discuss what exactly Cora did so Regina could become queen, including setting up Regina to rescue the young Snow. Regina asks if Cora has another motive now, but Cora denies it, claiming again she just wants to see Regina happy.

Our final scene in Storybrooke is at the graveside service of Johanna. But something inside Snow has snapped. She is tired of being good and doing the right thing. Heck, if she hadn’t stopped Regina’s execution all those years ago, they wouldn’t have had to suffer all of this. She is tired of the set backs and losses. She is ready for their happy ending. And she knows how to get it. She’s going to kill Cora.

So, let’s switch to New York, shall we?

Henry and Neal are bonding as Emma and Gold follow along behind. They grab some pizza, and when Emma asks him how he likes it, Henry replies, “It’s big, cheesy, and it doesn’t lie.” Yep, he’s still upset about that, not that I’m exactly blaming him. They decide to head back to Neal’s to grab a camera before going to a museum. Along the way, Emma talks to Neal about coming back to Storybrooke (Gold’s idea), but Neal says it’s complicated and there’s something they need to discuss. They’re interrupted before they can. You know that’s going to be painful.

So, they go back to the apartment building, and Neal and Henry head up to the apartment. While Emma and Gold are standing just inside the building’s entrance, Hook comes in and stabs Gold with his hook. Emma knocks Hook out and locks him in the basement, but Gold is seriously hurt.

In fact, Gold has been poisoned and there’s no antidote in our world. The only way to save him is to get back to Storybrooke where there is magic. Hook came on his ship, the fastest in any world. It’s cloaked, so that’s why no one noticed it. It’s their only hope, and fortunately Neal knows how to sail it. When asked how, he replies, “This wasn’t my first stop. If it were, I’d be a couple hundred years old.”

But they need a car to get Gold to the ship. And as Emma and Neal go to pick it up, they are greeted by a woman who seems to know Neal. In fact, it’s her car they are going to use. And this woman is what Neal wanted to talk to Emma about. This woman is Neal fiancee.

Okay, before we get any further, let’s discuss my nitpicks because I’ve got several. Please tell me there was a deleted scene that explains how they knew Hook came on his cloaked ship and how they plan to find it. Did I miss a line of dialogue? Or was it just glossed over. My guess is a deleted scene took care of it. It’s a minor point, but it did bug me.

My bigger nitpicks involved the time in Enchanted Forest. Where was Snow’s dad? Obviously, they had to write around not being able to use the actor, but he should have been there, for the funeral if nothing else. With as much as he loved his wife, he would have rushed back to her side the moment he heard. And they would have waited the funeral for him. He’s the king.

Also, there’s the matter of Bailee Madison. Now, don’t misunderstand, she was fabulous again as the young Snow. But she is quite obviously older than she was when we first saw her a year ago. And yet, Snow was supposed to be younger than she was then. That age thing kept bugging me, too.

Okay, got that out of my system.

Is there a character who has died of natural causes? Or is everyone murdered for some reason?

Mary Margaret, I’ve got some advice for you. Every time I get frustrated enough to act in ways I know are wrong, it always back fires. Trust me on this, you don’t want to change your tactics in this fight between good and evil.

Neal is engaged? I didn’t see that coming.

And they answered my concerns about how Neal hasn’t aged more than he has. Why didn’t I even consider that he was a Lost Boy for a couple hundred years? Makes absolutely perfect sense to me that he’s visited several realms.

The preview for next week has me very worried. Discuss theories on that spoiler/tease in the comments and anything else from this episode.

My recap next week will most likely be late since my parents will be in town for a visit. I’ll get it up as quickly as I can, I promise.

And in other Disney news, Wreck-It Ralph hits Blu-Ray and DVD on Tuesday. If you missed it (or if like me you are counting the days until you can watch it again), read my review to see why you should go out and buy it.

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15 Responses to Once Upon a Time 2-15: The Queen is Dead

  1. Duy says:

    At first I thought Snow’s mom was dying of tuberculosis having that there was blood on the hanker-chief. But did Cora say that her mom was indeed sick before? I forgot. If she did, I think the mother was going to die of tuberculosis anyway, but the poison furthered it.

    I’m so happy that they decided to incorporate Hook’s poison from the novel to this episode. If Neal is more than a Lost Boy (aka Peter Pan) cause he knows how to fly a ship, I’ll be so happy!

    I’m okay with Madison’s age in the episode. It’s obvious she’s grown, but thank god they used her before she ages too much. Hopefully next time they use her, it’s going be used for Regina as the new queen of the kingdom after the marriage – if there’s anything in between there. Madison did an amazing job as an actress again, she needs more roles in the film world.

    • Mark Baker says:

      If Cora said anything about Snow’s mom being sick, I missed it. I think she was only sick because of the poison.

      Had not even considered Neal being Peter Pan. That would be interesting. And obviously I need to read the novel because I knew nothing about the poison. (And I claim to be a Peter Pan fan.)

      • Duy says:

        Oh well, that’s sad. All of our characters died of murder in some way.

        Oh you should! Also the 2 Alice novels too. I’m so glad that they decided to put some respect to the novels so it reaches out to the book fans too.

        I only suspect Neal to be Peter because he knows how to fly a ship.

      • Mark Baker says:

        I’ve read Alice multiple times. Not sure why I’ve never read Peter.

  2. cheri says:

    It was nice learning a little more about Snow White’s back story. I think I wouldn’t want to celebrate my birthday either if my mom died on it. If the writers make Neal (Peter Pan), that would be awesome. I watched Once Upon A Time this morning since I was working my shift at DISH last night. With the DISH Hopper I was able to watch this episode commercial free since it was one of my recorded prime time shows. I got through this episode and still had plenty of time to get the kids off to school.

  3. CJ says:

    Well there goes my theory that Rumple killed Snow’s mom (though he could still be the mastermind behind this, giving Cora the idea).

    I haven’t seen the episode myself yet. So I’ll come and speculate some more after tonight.

    • Mark Baker says:

      I wasn’t even thinking that Snow’s mom was murdered. Now I’m wondering how I missed that plot idea since it makes sense, setting up the curse and all.

  4. LV Abbott says:

    I’m ok with Neal being a Lost Boy, I’m not sure if I would like him being Peter Pan. I like the movie Hook and all but in my world ALL children Grow up EXCPET ONE!!!! I want tthem to keep some of the base in the story, which for the most part they have.

    It worriest me that they didn’t show young Snow handing back the life/death Candle to the Cora/Blue. I wouldn’t be surprice if that pops up again….

    Oh and thought I don’t think it’s going to happen this season I hope they take sometime next season for show how a couple of the first season character we haven’t seen yet are doning. Like Cinderelle, Hanzel and Gretel, ect. I know its small wish but it would be fun to me.

    • Mark Baker says:

      If Snow kept the candle, where is it as a result of the curse? I mean, Gold had the tiara, so would Snow even know where the candle was if she kept it?

      Cinderella was cast on the submarine show that failed on ABC this season, but she’s free again now. I would love to see her pop up again. But the person I most want to see is David’s fiancee from Enchanted Forest. I really want to know what she is up to these days and if she managed to track down her true love, the gym teacher.

  5. Offy says:

    You did miss a line from Emma who found a map on Hook of (I’m guessing) the route from Storybrooke to NYC via water, who speculated from that that Hook had taken his ship. The age of young Snow is a bit nit-picky especially since her performances blow Herny’s (who can be quite terrible at times) out of the water. Not seeing the two episodes side-by-side, I didn’t really notice the age difference. If scenes appeared in the same episode of her at different ages, I’d see a problem, but I’d rather good stories with a slightly older actress than her being “Walt”ed out of the series and those stories not being told or told in a different way.

    • Mark Baker says:

      The map line. That does sound familiar now. Thanks.

      I agree, I’m being nit picky. And like you, I would rather they use the amazing actress who channels Ginnifer Goodwin so perfectly than try to bring in someone else. I loved the episode, nits and all, so they were truly minor issues for me.

  6. Steve says:

    When will August/Pinocchio return? How many seasons will this show run?

    • Mark Baker says:

      I believe we’ll see him for one episode coming up. Just not sure which one. How many seasons will the show run? Only the TV god know that.

  7. Irene Kautto says:

    I am out of town and my wi-fi connection is so poor that watching this episode online is painful. So I will have to wait until I get home to see it as I recorded it.

    But one thing I noticed and am surprised no one mentioned…I’m thinking, has Downton Abby invaded Once Upon a Time? Johanna was played by the actress who plays the cook Mrs. Patmore on DA. And I seriously needed to look up who played Queen Eva because her mannerisms – the way she smiled and her eyes reminded me so much of Cora, Elizabeth McGovern. But it isn’t – it’s Rena Sofer. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Sorry to hear Johanna dies but if she lived, who would cook for the Crawleys :)

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