The good news: Emma and Regina's master plan works. The bad news: They don't catch the curser, who manages to escape from Regina's office despite the room's magical protections. She disappears in a cloud of green smoke -- which, along with the whole flying monkey thing, is enough for our heroes to deduce their new adversary's identity. (Emma is surprised to learn that the Wicked Witch is real, perhaps because Snow's pregnancy hormones have addled her brain.)
What they don't know, of course, is that Zelena's got another trick up her sleeve -- or, rather, in her secret cellar. That's where she's keeping a resurrected, weirder-than-usual Rumpelstiltskin, who seems to have gone just a little bit nuts since last we saw him. Buckle up, dearies: I have a feeling that this is when season 3B really starts.
- Robin and Maid Marian's son Roland shares his name with a legendary French hero. Probably not a big deal in the long run, but then, breadcrumbs generally aren't.
- Kinda buried the lead about the whole flying monkey thing: If you get mauled by one, you soon become one. Sort of like vampires or werewolves, minus sex appeal.
- Speaking of wolves: I bet you gave a howl of approval when the real, live Red showed up tonight. (And Dr. Whale! It's like season 1 up in here.) Given Intelligence's subpar performance, it's reasonable to expect even more of her next season.
- How did Hook know to come fetch Emma in the first place? A little bird told him. Literally. Oh, and it brought along that memory-jogging potion as well. He assumed it had come courtesy of Snow, who denies sending him anything. (Charming, though, sees where Hook was coming from: "Message by bird -- it does sound like you." Hee.) So, who might the messenger be -- perhaps Zelena, hoping to reunite the fam before tearing it apart again?
- Still no Mulan among the Merry Men. Blame NBC.
- "What the hell was that thing?" "It looks like a monkey -- but with wings!" What is with everybody's reluctance to just call a flying monkey a flying monkey?
- Present-day Snow panics when meeting memory-wiped Henry and sputters that she and Emma know each other because they were cell mates. Henry, skeptical: "Really? What were you in for?" Snow, winning my heart forever: "...Banditry?"
- And though I'm not too wild about the Fairy Land residents spouting pop culture references, I did like this quip from Regina about the Witch: "I don't care if the Lollipop Guild is protecting her!"
- Ta ta for now, Little John; hope you enjoy the monkey buffet. (Many different bananas.)
- Emma's "superpower" isn't perfect, but it always works on Regina, because reasons. Gotcha.
- Do not Google "cradle cap" unless you want to be scarred for life.
- So does this mean Regina should start watching out for falling houses?
- Next week: Rapunzel, Rapunzel, please explain why we've never seen you around town before!