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OUAT’s ‘Bleeding Through’ was directed by Romeo Tirone. Writers were Jane Espenson and Daniel T. Thomsen.

In past FTL, part time bar maid Young Cora (Rose McGowan) is popular. All the men love her sass and quick wit. Working at the tavern allows her put some food on the dining table. She caught the attention of one man in particular Jonathan (David de Lautour).

She’s flirted with him while rebuffing his advances. That is until she learns he’s actually Prince Jonathan and is leaving that night. He gives her a straw ring and promises to have a gold one when he returns in two weeks. Their last night together was memorable. Young Cora searches for Jonathan when learns she’s with child.

Two months later, she finds him and they argue because he refuses to support her and the baby. Good fortune smiles upon Young Cora when she meets Young Prince Leopold (Eric Lange). Life is good until he mentions being betrothed to Young Princess Eva (Eva Bourne). A woman he’s never met. He laments not being able to choose the person he wants to marry.

In SB, Zelena (Rebecca Mader) engages in her favorite pastime gloating. She visits Regina (Lana Parrilla) at her home. The Evil Queen got everything she’s always wanted and she takes it for granted. Wicked thinks she’s pathetic.

Regina ransacks Rumple’s (Robert Carlyle) shop then commands Belle (Emilie de Ravin) to help her when she returned. Apparently Regina got on Belle’s last nerve. She calls her out for every horrible thing The Evil Queen did to her. Madam Mayor was ashamed for past actions and actually apologized. She respects Belle for voicing her long pent up anger.

Defeating Wicked is the only reason Belle helps her as requested. With Zelena gone, she and Rumple will be reunited. Something Greenie said got Regina thinking about the past. Or more specifically Cora’s (Barbara Hershey) past.

Regina uses the two sided candle to enact a spell. She wants to know who her mother was when she was younger. The EQ uses the opportunity to learn why Young Cora hated Young Princess Eva. The woman who becomes Snow White’s mother.

The good: More sassy Belle please. Emma practices her magic and is able to enact a few spells on her own. Meat pies. Cora never met an opportunity she didn’t like. The heartfelt talks between Snow and Regina. Snow admitted she was a brat. She still believes there’s good in her stepmother.

Best lines: Why on earth or any realm would I help you? The woman who imprisoned me in her castle then put me in an asylum for 28 years. Who’s done nothing but mentally and physically torture me ever since we’ve known each other. Not that, Liberace. I’d watch out for the apples in this house.

The bad: The terrible things Zelena makes Rumple do. He’s remorseful. She feels nothing but glee.

The ugly: Talk about skeletons in the closet. Just when you thought you couldn’t hate Cora more…