The one thing that bothered me about this episode was where the heck did Cora get her gorgeous red gown to go to that ball? That was out of left field. Rumple? Fairy godmother?
@Amanda - Belle & Gold kissed several times this season when she HAD her memories. She was even shown to be living with him at his home before they became estranged, again, and she took over the library.
@San - Actually TLK (True Love's Kiss) has worked twice in Storybrooke. Once in Season 1, between Emma & Henry. Second, in Season 2 after magic returned, between MM & David to bring him out of the dream state he was put under to find MM & Snow in the Enchanted Forest. So, it works in Storybrooke. But, apparently the TLK cylinders aren't firing between Belle & Mr. Gold to change his Dark One status. You know, Regina could have been *wrong.*
@Ace - Still don't believe being the Dark One is a curse that can be lifted. Belle & Mr. Gold kissed in the library several times since magic returned to Storybrooke, and before she lost her memory for the second time. Yet, he still has his powers.
@Bored Now - If Snow considers Rumple worse than Cora, why *wouldn't* she have chosen the option where he died? Instead she not only chose magic (comes with a price, dearie), she chose the option where she literally cursed a mother's love (cursed Cora's heart) in retaliation for all the pain her family has felt. So, Rumple not only survives to show her and her daughter, Emma, the way down the dark path. But, she's continued the endless cycle of killing the parents of people who do us wrong while allowing the real manipulator to get off scott-free! Do these characters NEVER learn? Doing what Rumple wants always gets them MORE pain and suffering.
@San - Just rewatched that very scene. Cora & Rumple do have feelings for each other. She clearly wants love, and he cares enough to warn her that being with him could bring darkness into her life. But, that's not the point. Being the Dark One is not a "curse" that can be lifted IMO. It wasn't inflicted upon Rumple by another person. He chose that existence willingly, which may make all the difference. Also, he doesn't seem to regret being the Dark One, and has never said he wants to give it up.
What's with the Quotes section? You're missing all of Rumple's quips and funny exchanges w/Cora, like...
RUMPLE: LOVE the dress!
Cora: Well, brides always have to be snow white.
Rumple: *giggle* When you see the future, there is irony EVERYWHERE.
On Snow's decision, we know why the plot went the way it did toward Cora's death (so this series will hopefully continue for many seasons). But, I'm puzzled as to why the writers even brought up Snow's contemplation of that other possibility - just putting Cora's heart back inside her and letting Rumple die, thus solving this eternal plot/counterplot dynamic that's been going on for lifetimes. Now that I know Snow knew there was another way, I'm kind of ticked off at her for not doing it! They should have just cut out that line in editing the episode. Rumple's comment continues to echo through the entire series, "I made a bad choice." YA THINK?!?! That's practically the theme of the series - one bad choice begetting so many bad choices.
FANTASTIC episode! I can't say enough about Rose McGowan as Young Cora. Dang, she was amazing in those scenes with Rumple, where her survival instincts morph into an overwhelming desire for power at any cost. It was fascinating to see Rumple seduced by her because it seemed to be very organic on both their parts, each mixing lust w/power and appreciating the fact that they don't have to hide their real desires anymore. They didn't seem to have an agenda during the fairy tale part. But, as their relationship grew, Rumple clearly let his guard down, while Cora's brain never let her heart take over. I think Cora did love Rumple. It's just that love wasn't as important to her as power & control. Interesting that she never tried to have both because the lady was smart. I guess she knew that as long as she was with him, she'd never be the top dog and he'd always have some kind of control over her.
@Doe-Rae - Watch the final scene between Rumple & Young Cora. She explicitly states that she will never have his children. Regina is Cora & Prince Henry's child.
@TFV168 - Pay attention to the names. Snow's parents were King Leopold & Queen Eva. Bratty Princess Eva went on to marry Leopold in a different kingdom because Cora married Henry for power (although why Cora was never crowned hasn't been explained). There are different kingdoms & ruling families, and not everyone is related. Snow didn't know Charming's family at all. Did you watch the opening scenes? Cora & Eva couldn't be sisters. Eva was a princess from birth. Cora was a poor miller's daughter who was about 10 years older.
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