Hi all! This is my first post, woot! I've been madly in love with OUAT from day one and I'm excited to have found a forum other than Facebook to troll on, ha!
This episode was pretty awesome and left me with some pretty nagging questions. I've been convinced that Cora was the Miller's daughter in the original tale of Rumple and that she ends up being the Queen of Hearts. This episode all but seemed to confirm that until finding her in the pit. It leaves me wondering... did the writers pull another August is Bae but then isn't twist? I thought that Regina would end up having a sibling out there (the firstborn child that the Miller's daughter had to give up to Rumple) but when he mentioned holding her as a baby, it created doubts. Season three plot, anyone?
The dwarfs were such a great little comic relief moment and I loved seeing the return of Charming in all his glory, but how come Grumpy didn't seek out Nova? I was disappointed by this. The flash back of young Regina was amazingly done. Terrific acting on both her part and mini Snow (forgive me, I don't feel like researching the actresses' names although I think I know them).
I did keep wondering when Emma/Snow would make an appearance. Mulan, thus far, is annoying me. I was excited when they announced her as a character for this season. I'm not sure if its the actress or what but even just her face irks me. The love triangle arc (Mulan/Aurora/Phillip) has potential but I'm not sure I can get invested in this stoned face, man like Mulan. Yes, I understand that the whole thing of Mulan was that she pretended to be a man, but there's a difference... at least in my mind. Am I even making sense to anyone?
By the way, the island... are they on Neverland or Avalon? Oh snap. More mysteries!
One of my favorite and yet least favorite moments involved one of my favorite characters: Jefferson. I was so excited to see him again but somehow, seeing him in our real world and acting normal... well, he lost a bit of magic for me. I did get a good laugh out of his manic laughter about "getting it to work". I hope his craziness reappears. It's what made him so fantastic. I don't want my Mad Hatter walking around Storybrooke like a normal Joe. Seriously.
But, by far, the best moment of all of the entire episode: