I freaking loved this episode! It felt so refreshing to see an episode focused on Emma & Regina's frenemy-ship & how they finally talk over everything that's happened & how much Emma admires Regina for everything she's done. The scenes between them were a good mix of funny & awesome & it nicely paralleled with the friendship between Young Emma & Lily. Speaking of the flashbacks, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Emma's childhood & her (rather quick) friendship with Lily was pretty believable partly thanks to the great acting from Abby Ross & Nicole Munoz. I even enjoyed seeing David & Mary Margaret with the latter finally getting a bit of her groove back despite being worried about baby Neal thanks to her good tracking skills & I loved her interactions with Will considering she herself was a theif back in her day! Oh yeah, and the Asgard reference was hilarious if you know more on Josh's filmography! Anyway, it was a relief to finally know more about the Snow Queen's plan (if not a bit cliched since every villain's plan has been family related) involving her mirror in some way, but that cliffhanger at the end with the video footage left me jaw dropped! I had a feeling she would be Emma's foster mother at one point, but the fact Emma didn't remember any of it & seeing her face in the footage was what shocked me the most about it! The only issues I really had was not seeing more of Belle babysitting Neal, but still, looked like she had no problem looking after him for an hour! Oh yeah, and Rumple wasn't in it either, so I'm guessing he was still busy with whatever he's planning to do with the hat while his wife was babysitting! And the flashbacks felt like they didn't really connect to the Storybrooke scenes (up until the end anyway) but that's just nitpicking since I still enjoyed them nonetheless! Overall with great pacing, acting (especially from Lana, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Abby & Nicole) & writing, it's nice to see Emma & Regina be in the spotlight this week & honestly, this is probably my favourite season 4 episode so far next to A Tale of Two Sisters!
As for next week's episode Family Business, I am beyond excited to see Belle get more screen time along with seeing her mother & connection to Anna & Elsa! And I get the feeling that she may find out about the dagger judging her interactions/trust issues with her husband over that bloody dagger, but yeah, she deserves to know sooner than later in my opinion! Still, can't wait for more Rumbelle, Belle FINALLY having a larger role & being more badass & for more on the Snow Queen & the sisters reuniting after Anna's awry adventure in the past!
1) Nice ice palace! 2) What is she making?!
How charming, pretty much leaving Will to starve!
AWW! Come on, Belle holding a baby is so cute!
1) GOD she looks like Jennifer (like I said in my 3x21 review) & 2) Lily seems pretty cool!
AWW! Poor Regina! :(
Sidney seems a bit fishy to me with his snarking...
HAHA! 'Now she'll be able to reach us on our drive, our hike, if we fall through a portal to Asgard!' Very funny given Josh's last acting role!
OK, how did he get out?!
Hmm, nice way of knowing she's keeping on track!
Nice to see them finally talking properly!
Nice to see more bonding & Emma's reason for running away!
LOVE Elsa's cape!
Nice reference to Let It Go!
'Unintentionally or not Miss Swan. You ruined my life & there's no coming back from that!' She's got a point there!
I wonder if this was the reason behind Emma's flower tattoo on her wrist...
Why do I get the feeling the video footage will be seen later...?
I knew that Anna was a fake!
'I'm going to build a snowman.' OOH!
Nice to see Mary Margaret get some of her groove back finding Will!
HAHA! 'Looks like Elsa was here.' Thanks Miss Swan. Please continue to point out the obvious!'
OK, what has Sidney done?!
I knew Lily was lying!
HAHA! 'You lead us here! YOU'RE WORKING FOR THE SNOW QUEEN?! TRAITOR!!!'
Seems they've gone back to the crappy CGI...oh well, it was fun while it lasted!
Can't help but feel sorry for both girls! Sure, Lily lied to her, but it's obvious her feelings for Emma were true!
GO EMMA & REGINA!!!
So all she wanted was the mirror?!
GO ELSA!!! So much badassery in this episode!
Seems Sidney is pretty much useless now!
OOH! I wonder if it's like the mirror from the original Snow Queen story!
Haha! 'I'm an idiot!' 'Finally, something we can agree on!'
Aww! Love Emma's face when Regina says she has no intention of killing her!
Nice to see the romance is still alive for them!
AWW! God, I miss Neal so much!
Oh. My. Fucking. God. I did not expect this twist at all!