And this episode showed the three-pronged storytelling approach: current story in Storybrooke, current story in the Enchanted Forest, and flashback story in the Enchanted Forest.
So I watched "Hat Trick" right after I watched this episode, and I can't help but feel the evidence stacking up that Cora is the Queen of Hearts. There may yet be a story of how Jefferson got the Hat to work in Wonderland that allowed passage for Cora and Jefferson to return to the Enchanted Forest, and Cora's magic was able to shield Aurora's kingdom from Regina's Dark Curse.
I wonder if it was Cora who's magic that protected the land from the Dark Curse...
The Queen of Hearts/Red Queen is most likely Cora, given the context of "We are Both".
Addison is just an OBGYN, she's also a neonatal surgeon; one of the country's best. Sure a peds surgeon is capable of operating on a newborn, but Addison is specifically trained to operate on babies - she is, as she says, world-class. You can get decent OBGYNs, but Addie is on a level on her own. She's an OBGYN/perinatologist/neonatal-perinatal surgeon and a medical geneticist! Even Lucy Fields had to step aside when they called in Addie to save Sophia.
The reason Tim was let go was because of budgetary seasons. He's been on since season 1, which means his per episode salary increased per season, and especially after the 100 episodes. Out of the story, Tim's character was the easiest to lift out. Financially, if Long's character does end up replacing Tim's as the new critical care/emergency physician, it's sound because Long is a fresh face and is paid a lot less than a veteran like Daly. Plus, IMO, Pete was getting too big for britches.
Steve Mostow is only one we've seen from Lexie's class. The last time we saw him was on Season 8's Valentine's Day episode operating with Cristina, Hunt, and Altman.
Christina is not the head of cardio. She can't be. She's not going to jump from 5th year resident to chief cardiothoracic surgeon; she still needs to complete 3 years of cardio fellowship.
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