WICKED SPOILERS AHEAD!!Regina deduces that the Wicked Witch has taken her castle. She devises a plan to get inside. Robin Hood and his band are hunting turkeys in the woods when Little John is carried off by the Wicked Witch’s minion. Emma gathers everyone in the town hall where they to figure out how is behind the curse. Regina is accused immediately and she retaliates. However, this was all a rouse conducted by Emma and Regina. As Regina enters the tunnel that runs under her castle, she is joined by Robin Hood who is indebted to her for saving his son. They make their way to a door that Regina is surprised to see open. Robin is a bit wary of the Witch since she can remove Regina’s spell. Mary Margaret speaks to a new resident named Zelena who used to be a midwife by in the Enchanted Forest. David and Robin find Little John. In her castle, Regina concocts a sleeping potion to use on herself. She fails at replicating the memory potion in Storybrooke and Emma suggests that they spread the word that they succeeded to flush out the person behind the new curse. Meanwhile, Little John is taken to the hospital where he transforms into a flying monkey to everyone’s surprise. Regina and Emma stake out Regina’s office. Emma spots someone inside and she enters with Regina. They manage to corner the person but they escape. Regina is surprised that the person is able to break through her bloodlock spell in Storybrooke as much as it was broken in her castle. The Wicked Witch greets Regina and reveals a shocking secret. The Wicked Witch challenges Regina which excites her. David and Hook return to the apartment and tell Regina, Emma and Mary Margaret the incident at the hospital. They deduce that the Wicked Witch is in Storybrooke. The stone has been cast as Regina reclaims her castle from the Wicked Witch who challenges her. Ever since she left Henry behind back in the real world, she has been melancholy. Snow White takes Regina’s plight to heart as she feels the same way about leaving Emma. Regina clearly has made a change for the better as she saves Robin Hood’s son from the Wicked Witch’s flying monkey. It is obvious her motherly instincts kicked in and she saw the boy as Henry. Regina has not stopped thinking about him since they got back to their world so one can imagine how awkward it must be for her to see Henry in Storybrooke who has no memory of her. There is no doubt that Regina will do whatever it takes to restore his memory. Because back home, she was ready to end it by putting herself under the same sleep curse that Malecifent used on Sleeping Beauty/Aurora. That was until the Wicked Witch finds her and reveals a startling secret—they’re sisters. Well, half-sister anyway. Now we know why the Witch is green—she is envious of the life Regina had growing up while she was sent by Cora to Oz (there could be some truth to this, by the way). And now she has invoked another curse to take it all away. The Wicked Witch sparked new life in Regina when she challenged her, giving Regina not only a new purpose to life but also something she hasn’t had in a while—someone to destroy. Snow White/Mary Margaret has comforted Regina during her melancholic state. Emma takes a crack at appealing to Regina when she saw how genuinely hurt Regina was when she saw Henry in Granny’s Diner. Emma believed that Regina is behind this new curse at first but she has been around Regina enough to determine that she is not to blame. In fact, they work together to find the real culprit and put on a convincing show that puts Regina in the cross-hairs of angry residents. It was interesting to see Emma and Regina interact with each other on a friendship type level given that Regina has spent most of her time trying to drive Emma out of Storybrooke, prevent her from removing the curse and keep her from Henry. The kindness towards Regina continues in the Enchanted Forest with Robin Hood offering to help Regina get back her castle as she saved his son. They too share a moment with Robin trying to convince Regina to find a new purpose to keeping on living when she decides to create a sleeping potion to use on herself. She figured it would be better to be in eternal slumber than living without the one person she cared about more than even herself. His words seem to have had merit for Regina who returns to her chambers after leaving him to face the person who stole her castle. That same person is also behind the disappearances and the new curse placed on Storybrooke. The battle between Evil and Wicked crosses both the Enchanted Forest and Storybrooke.
But the Wicked Witch could possibly have a contingency plan now that she has revived Rumplestiltskin. Well how else would she know how to conjure up a curse? But does she truly have the Dark One under her command? If she does, it likely will not be for long. It is mentioned that Hook received a letter on his ship that was attached to the foot of a bird along with the small vial of memory potion. The note was specific in telling where to find Emma. And Rumplestiltskin has created a memory potion before to restore Belle’s memory when she lost it after crossing Storybrooke’s border. No doubt that Rumplestiltskin has a plan of his own. He believed in Emma to remove Regina’s curse when he was imprisoned back in Snow White’s castle. Perhaps that will play out with the Wicked Witch’s curse as well.
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