Once Upon a Time recap: The Mother Lode

Maternity takes center stage in parallel plots that follow two very different mother/daughter pairs
Ep. 15 | Aired Mar 3, 2013

SMILE, THOUGH YOU'RE BEING POISONED Rena Sofer's Queen Eva shows young Snow how to die with dignity. Sniff!

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- Can anyone identify the flowers that inspired Snow's name? They looked sort of like longer-bloomed Lilies of the Valley, though I'm no expert (clearly). Update: Cleverer commenters than I have confirmed that the flowers are snowdrops, which do in fact flower in the winter. Perhaps by coincidence, they've also got magical powers in Neil Gaiman's Stardust.

- Man, were Little Snow and Eva's dresses blingy. Is Liberace the royal couturier?

- Turns out that Bae/Neal is engaged to a woman named Tamara (The Good Wife's Sonequa Martin-Green). The plot, she thickens.

- Just as Bailee Madison looks uncannily like Ginnifer Goodwin, Rena Sofer looks uncannily like both of them. Bravo, Once's casting team!

- If you don't understand why Cora and Regina want Rumpelstiltskin's dagger, well, tough titmouse, because it was only explained about a billion times tonight.

- Henry tells Emma he loves New York pizza because "it's delicious, cheesy, and doesn't lie." It's also not passive-aggressive, unlike some people.

- A poisoned Rump gets pretty close to throttling Henry. Looks like the whole grandfather thing hasn't really changed his plan to kill the kid.

- Proof that Once's writers read your comments: When Cora shifts out of the Blue Fairy's shape, she shudders and moans, "I hate that outfit! I don't know how that fairy stands it." Hee!

- David Is Ineffective, Chapter One Hundred: He pulls out a gun during the clocktower confrontation, and Cora instantly magics it away.

- Regina's horse and Don Quixote's horse share a name: Rocinante. Quick, someone explain how this is really an elaborate Lost reference.

- Oh, and by the way: Cora is definitely the miller's daughter, of "Rumpelstiltskin" fame. And next week, we'll learn how her younger self (played by Rose McGowan) and the Dark One first got entangled. I smell weird sexual tension and candy.

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