Once Upon a Time recap: The 'Snare Witch' Project

In Storybrooke, Emma and Regina team up to find out who cursed the town (again); in Fairy Land, Regina learns something surprising about her new adversary
Ep. 13 | Aired Mar 16, 2014

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We'll have to wait at least a few more weeks before that can happen. For now, the half-siblings spend a few more minutes sniping at each other before Zelena peaces out by literally hopping onto a broomstick -- and Regina goes to find Robin, her face aglow with the promise of a new enemy. She explains to him that she won't be cursing herself after all, because she's finally found the one thing she's been missing since, like, season 1: "Someone to destroy." I so prefer Vengeful Regina to Mopey Regina; don't you?

The Regina of present-day Storybrooke is slightly less giddy. Maybe that's because she went into Granny's expecting coffee -- and instead found herself face to face with the son she thought she lost forever. Though if Snow and Charming are correct and the last thing anyone can remember is saying goodbye to Henry and Emma, as far as Regina can recall, she just saw Henry like, yesterday.

Ahem. Anywho, Storybrooke's citizens are freaking out because once again, something horrible is happening any time somebody approaches the town's limits. Last time, crossing over the line meant losing your memory; this time, it means being carted off by a vicious winged simian. (Watch one of these monkeys turn out to be King Louie.) Everyone immediately suspects that Regina is behind this newest magical malady -- and the queen doesn't exactly convince them of her innocence when she explodes during a town hall meeting, causing a miniature earthquake before disappearing in a purple cloud of smoke.

As it turns out, however, the whole "me so evil" thing is merely an act; Emma and Regina are in cahoots, and they're hoping that Regina's little show will help them smoke out the real culprit. Though they fail to replicate the memory restoration potion Hook gave Emma, Henry's two mommies do manage to convince everybody that Regina's efforts to make said potion were actually successful -- a lie they're hoping will lure the real curse-er to Regina's office.

Meanwhile, Snow meets an unusually friendly stranger who says she "missed the last curse" and takes an immediate, probing interest in the princess's unborn baby. Absolutely none of this strikes Snow as the least bit odd, perhaps because pregnancy hormones have addled her brain.

NEXT: Breadcrumbs and... banditry?

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