Finally, a little back story. This episode wasn't as shattering as last week's, and that's a good thing. I needed a little time off, you know? But it was still a packed episode with some good background on Zelena. Plus we got a nice cameo there at the end.
I just wonder how many people are going to complain about those slippers. I like the fact that the producers did their homework (although part of it might be the copyright issues with MGM). But more on that later.
Let's start with our flashback, shall we? And our flashback starts in…Oz as a tornado delivers a baby in a basket to a couple walking along the yellow brick road. The woman wants to keep the child, but the husband isn't interested, especially when the baby keeps a tree from falling on them. The wife dismisses it, however, and sends adopts the baby, whom she calls Zelena.
The next time we check in to Oz, Zelena is a grown woman and her mother has died. She is tending her father, shaving him as she did Gold a few episodes back. When she slips and cuts him, she congers a handkerchief, but her father flips out, calling her wicked. And that's when he tells her the truth about her being adopted.
Upset, she goes to see The Wizard to find out more about her past. He stays behind his curtain, but he does use a nice projection in the floor to show her Cora abandoning her to the tornado. Why? Because Zelena could never become royalty, so Cora didn't want her. Then he reveals that Zelena has a sister who is being trained by Rumplestiltskin. Zelena wants very much to meet her family, so the Wizard gives her silver slippers to travel between realms. All he asks in return is something from Rumple.
Zelena arrives in
to be met by
Rumple who immediately takes to her and her power. He starts to train her, getting her to draw
on her anger and then trying to counter that with happy memories. Rumple is up front with her that he is
to cast a curse for him. Zelena is sure
she can do it.
However, Rumple has his doubts and keeps training
Regina. When Zelena finds out, she turns very
jealous, and starts to turn green with envy.
(I knew it!) Then she tries to
only it turns out to be Rumple in disguise.
He tells Zelena that she can never cast the curse since she'd have to
give up what she loves most, and that is clearly Rumple. When she finds out that he really wanted to
go to a land without magic, she reveals what her slippers could do, but it is
too late at this point. Zelena is too
mad at being rejected and goes back to Oz.
Now much powerful with her magic, she rips the curtain hiding the Wizard off the wall to reveal the man behind the curtain. Pay attention to him because the man, in this case, is Walsh. I'd seen that Emma's would be fiancee was supposed to be back tonight, but I'd forgotten that fact. Anyway, he is a circus performer from
but Zelena decides to use him as her henchman, turning him into a flying monkey
inspired by a poster from the circus that Walsh had kept on the wall behind his
work station. As the scene ends, she
talks about a plan to get revenge and turns fully green.
So, what is everyone up to in Storybrooke?
The first shot there was of the funeral for Neal. Not a word was said, but the various characters shoveled dirt on his coffin. And without a word being said, it was still a hard scene to watch. I'd almost recovered from his death, and watching it all again was so hard.
Hook offers to take Henry and tell him some about his father. After all, he knew Neal as a boy - a fact that he slips up and tells Henry. But when they finally start talking about Neal's past losing his own father at about the same age Henry is, he begins to soften toward his father.
Also Tinker Bell was back in this episode. She spotted the tattoo on Robin Hood, and immediately tries to nudge
a bit toward her soul mate. Regina seems very
All this is happening at the wake for Neal at Granny's. Right after Hook takes off with Henry, who should crash the wake but Zelena. She challenges
to a dual at dusk. And why? Because they are half sisters. Regina
doesn't believe it, but she starts going through the stuff of Cora's she has in
her vault and finds an old letter that convinces her.
She won't talk about the contents of the letter to the others but goes into the woods. It's there she runs into Robin Hood, and she allows him to read the letter. It's from Rumple, and it talks about finding Cora's oldest daughter and how powerful she is.
always thought it was about her, but now she knows better. (Of course, I thought the letter could still
be interrupted to be her from what Robin read, but what do I know?)
Meanwhile, the rest of the town thinks maybe they can get Gold on their side even though Zelena controls his dagger. They go out to the farmhouse with Belle, and she goes into the cellar to try to get through to him. (And yes, she did volunteer.) However, Zelena is hiding down there, and she gives them a warning. If they try to interfere again, she'll kill them.
Which leaves us with the confrontation on the streets of Storybrooke.
Regina waits until the last possible second
to appear, but when she does, it goes much like she and everyone else
feared. She is no match for Zelena's
power. In fact, after not too long,
Zelena grabs Regina
and throws her into the clock tower. And
then she tries to get what she really wants from Regina - her heart. Only Regina
takes a lesson she learned from her mother - never take her heart to a witch's
fight. (And when exactly did she learn
this from Cora?) Temporary set back,
Zelena flies off.
But the last scene finds Zelena back with Gold in his cell. It's then she reveals her master plan - she wants to go back in time and make herself be the one that Cora and Rumple choose. Somehow, she thinks that David's courage and
heart can do this, but I'm not sure exactly how that will happen. I mean, it would have taken all three genies
and rewriting the laws of magic in the Wonderland spin off, so how does Zelena
think she can do it?
So, I promised to talk about the slippers. In the book, they were indeed silver, so anyone who complains about them getting the color wrong is actually wrong. They were changed to ruby for the movie to take full advantage of Technicolor. Of course, MGM also has the rights to ruby slippers (at least that's my understanding), so they might have objected to them being used in a Disney controlled show, which forced the producers to go back to the book. Either way, they got it right (you know, just in case you were wondering).
I also got to noticing tonight that the three major witches we've met so far have names that end in A, Cora, Regina, and Zelena. I know this is a naming convention that was used most of the time on both Bewitched and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. What I'm wondering is why this has become a witch naming convention.
Oh, you want some thoughts on the show and theories about the future. I'm afraid I have none. Hook did warn Emma (someone else with powers and a name that ends in A) that revenge was not all it was cracked up to be, something he learned from his quest to get Rumple in season two. But how will that play out? And what does Zelena need to enact her new spell? Will she get what she needs?
I really have no idea what is coming next story wise. Next week looks like it will focus on Hook and bring back Ariel, so that will be fun. But beyond that, I'm in the dark. You got a good theory on what is coming next? Lay it on me.