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Originally posted 5-11-2013 by myself on Examiner.com

OUAT’s ‘Queen of Hearts’ was directed by Ralph Hemecker. Writers were Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

In post curse FTL, Emma (Jennifer Morrison), Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin), Mulan (Jamie Chung) and Aurora (Sarah Bolger) make it Rumple’s (Robert Carlyle) cell. No squid ink. But they find a scroll with Emma’s name written repeatedly. Aurora traps everyone inside the cell. Allowing Cora to take the compass.

Hook and Cora journey to the magical dry lake bed. She taps into the underground water. The wardrobe ashes are poured in and a portal is created. Snow figures out Rumple used the squid ink to write with. She blows on the ink. It becomes a cloud that dissolves cell bars. The ladies arrive at the lake for a showdown.

In pre curse FTL, Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) breaks into the Evil Queen’s (Lana Parrilla) castle. Where he questions her prisoner Belle (Emilie de Ravin). Hook tries to trick Belle into revealing how to kill Rumple. But she doesn’t have a clue. He attempts to kill her but the EQ stops him.

She hires him to kill her mother Cora (Barbara Hershey). Cora tells Hook everyone will lose their memories once the curse is enacted. Hook returns with Cora’s “body”. The Evil Queen tearfully declares her love for mom. Change of plans. Cora creates a barrier that encloses a portion of FTL.

In SB, Charming (Josh Dallas) is still under the sleeping curse. Rumple convinces Regina (Lana Parrilla) they need a backup plan. He uses the Fairy Godmother’s wand to steal the mine diamonds.

Grumpy (Lee Arenberg), Sleepy (Faustino Di Bauda), Sneezy (Gabe Khouth), Doc (David Paul Grove), Bashful (Mig Micario), Dopey (Jeffrey Kaiser), Happy (Mike Coleman) and Ruby (Meghan Ory) tell everyone out about the theft. Regina and Rumple go to the wishing well in the woods. He uses the wand to create a lighting force field inside the well.

The good: Thank you for confirming its Cora. The Evil Queen’s & Queen of Heart’s wardrobe. Where can RumBelle fans get the teapot & cup lamp? The pairing of Cora and Hook. Cook anyone? Bratty Aurora is dead. Mulan’s magic deflecting sword. Where did she get it? Will we see Mulan’s life before Phillip?

Nice right hook, Emma? Hook isn’t having much luck in the revenge dept. Henry convincing Regina to eliminate the lighting barrier. Rumple is impressed she pulled it off. Will we see Mulan & Aurora on their quest to find Phillip?

The bad: How did Hook get into EQ’s castle? Does he have a trick bag of spells? Did Cora steal Gandalf’s staff? Cora knows about the Savior? How? Snow’s explanation about the spell book. Hook’s creepy sexual hints during his fight with Emma.

The ugly: Hook hitting Belle then almost killing her. Cora and Hook arriving in Storybrooke.