Well, it was just a dream. Just a moment ago...
Snow and Co. Kick ButtSnow and her friends assemble to spring Charming from lockup. Her makeshift army is composed of a werewolf scout, ground troops and even air support in the form of dive-bombing fairies. One can't help but wonder if Snow sat in on a few war councils as a princess or watched her father's knights because she leads her troops like a line officer then breaches King George's castle. She emulates Xena by turning into a warrior princess and administers a healthy dose of whoop ass to any soldiers who cross her path.
The Seven Dwarfs and the fairies don't stand idly by while Snow is Hulk-smashing. They get in on the action and mete out giant-sized beatdowns thus proving that good things do indeed come in small packages--almost like dynamite, if dynamite could wield pickaxes and swords and throw fairy dust bombs.
Size doesn't matter, bub.
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Regina Wants a New DealRegina's precious apple tree is withering away. She visits Mr. Gold to find out why and Mr. Gold humorously suggests it might be a fertilizer problem.
Regina isn't amused and correctly surmises that her tree is dying because Emma's presence is breaking the curse. She proposes a new deal to get rid of Emma, but Mr. Gold isn't interested because, who knows. He's also planning a trip, and he suggests Regina do likewise because when folks start remembering, she's deader than an accused witch on a dead-end street at 4:00AM in 17th century Salem.
Regina Visits Charming
Regina falls into the Bond Villain Stupidity trope.
Regina buys Charming from King George then calls on him while he's in jail because, well, the reason isn't apparent: maybe she wanted to check out her new merchandise, maybe she wanted to show off her flame-imitating hairdo, or maybe she was just trolling as usual [?]. After admiring his good looks, she makes a typical villain move and explains her plan to make Snow suffer. And that's it.
Snow Finds Charming
Possible Wizard of Oz shout-out. [Thanks to Jade for pointing this out.]
Snow finds Charming, but it's only a mirror image because The Evil Queen has taken him to her palace. Regardless, they have a heart felt reunion until Regina interrupts with, "I just had to stop you. I have no interest in cleaning tongue marks off my mirror," which was mean but funny because we expected Snow to start kissing the mirror too--but that might just be us...
Snow White Dies... Kinda
The Evil Queen: I'm totally not forcing you. Eat it or he dies. It's up to you.
Regina plays pirate and offers Snow a parlay. She asks Snow to meet her where they first met then she reveals just how much it cost her when Snow told her secret. Snow is sorry Daniel died, but she brings up the fact that Regina killed King Leopold, and says they've both suffered enough. Regina disagrees and believes Snow still has some suffering to endure. The kind of suffering that involves being imprisoned in your own body forever and having a perpetual nightmare. Regina gives Snow two options: Eat a poisoned apple and exist in a dead-alive state or let Charming die. Snow takes a bite of the apple and collapses into her dead-alive stasis while Regina basks in the moment like a snake on a rock.
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Time TravelRegina persuades Jefferson to help her reach Fairy Tale Land via his magical hat. Jefferson agrees but only if Regina writes him a new story in Storybrooke--one that includes his daughter. Regina agrees but she's an oxymoronic honest deceiver and admits he shouldn't trust her.
Meh, I have a little magic left... and, yeah, you shouldn't trust me.
Jefferson attempts to make the hat work but it doesn't because it needs magic. Regina dumps a few magic-laced trinkets into the hat to fuel it and it begins to do its thing. But the hat fails because it eats up all the magic like a car with bad gas mileage eats up gas. Regina pulls out Daniel's engagement ring, but she's hesitant to throw it into the magic-guzzling hat. Jefferson reminds her that if she wants revenge she needs to sacrifice the ring. Regina's need for vengeance outweighs her need to hold on to a treasured keepsake from Daniel, so she chucks the ring into the hat.
Sorry, Dan, I hate Snow more than I love you.
The hat opens a portal to the past--to the moment Regina poisoned Snow with an apple. Jefferson grabs the apple from a different time and place then hands it to Regina who utters the unintentionally funny, "How to get the Savior to taste my forbidden fruit."
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Henry Bites It, LiterallyRegina solves the "conundrum" of: "How to get the Savior to taste my forbidden fruit." She bakes her forbidden fruit into a turnover and means to trick Emma into eating it, but Emma shows up unannounced and tells Regina she's leaving. They have a moment similar to the two mothers who appeared before Solomon in 1 Kings 3:16-28 and work out a deal where Emma gets visitation rights to Henry. Regina agrees, and as a peace offering, she gives Emma the coma-causing apple turnover. There's a brief standoff before Emma accepts the turnover with thanks.
Emma calls Henry to come over so she can bid him farewell. Henry begs her to stay, reminding her that Storybrooke needs her, but Emma replies, "Henry, this isn't a story. This is reality. ... You can't believe in curses." Henry gives her a hug then notices Regina's turnover. To prove the curse is real, he bites into it then promptly keels over.
I sure hope she believes or I'm screwed.
Regina GloatsAfter giving Emma the poisoned turnover, Regina visits Mr. Gold to gloat. She tells Mr. Gold that she used the sleeping curse. Mr. Gold asks her how she achieved such a feat, and Regina admits to using her last bit of magic. Apparently, Regina hasn't seen a movie in her life here on Earth because if she had, she would know that nothing good ever happens to a villain after a gloating session.
Guess what I did because I'm so smart.
Mr. Gold reminds her that all magic comes with a price to which Regina replies, "Then you can pay it."
Meanwhile in Emma's apartment...
"All magic comes with a price."
Regina's Underground Magic Storage VaultRegina either has two underground vaults or this is supposed to be the same vault from episode 1x07 only retconned to accommodate the storyline.
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[+] ► [-] Questions Answered in Episode 1x21 An Apple Red As Blood
- In the pilot episode, Snow White is dead in a glass coffin, how did she get there?
She wasn't actually dead. To save Charming's life, she willingly ate a poisoned apple from Regina which caused her to lapse into an unconscious state that mimicked death.
- Does Regina know that Emma is Snow's daughter aka the Savior?
Yes, which also means Regina is aware that Henry is Snow's grandson.
- Why doesn't Regina just kill Emma?
Emma's death would break the curse.
- Does Fairy Tale Land still exist?
- Did Jefferson survive falling 20-30 feet?
Yes, and it appears without so much as a scratch. He's either made of rubber and bounced or... hell if we know—we assumed dude went into his hat because chances are very unlikely that he could've walked away from such a fall especially if he landed on his back.
[+] ► [-] Other Stuff From Episode 1x21 An Apple Red As Blood
- Mr. Gold is planning a trip.
- The Evil Queen saved Charming's life.
- Regina gave everyone a new name and memories, and she might still be able to alter names and memories.
- Emma wore a skirt.
- Henry had doubts about the curse being real until he saw August's wooden arm, which is odd because he has always been 101% positive that the curse is real.
- Speaking of August, his woodification has reached his arm. And he's out of Operation Cobra.
- Regina said the sleeping curse is reliable. She must've forgotten that Charming broke it with a kiss.
- Why did Snow believe she had ruined Regina's happiness if she wasn't aware of Daniel's death?
- In 1x02, Snow mentions that Regina poisoned an apple because of jealousy. Is this an error, or has Regina tried the apple trick on Snow before?
- Jefferson is not only a realm jumper, but he's a time turner as well.
- Mary Margaret gives Emma a stern talking-to — typical mother stuff.
[+] ► [-] Quotes From Episode 1x21 An Apple Red As Blood
- Emma: "I didn't come for dinner."
- Regina: "I just wanted to win for once."
- Emma: "You took away our happiness now it's our turn to take away yours."
- Charming: "Losing my life for love—that's a sacrifice I am happy to make."
- Regina: "My tree is dying. Why?"
Mr. Gold: "Perhaps, it's your fertilizer."
- Mr. Gold: "... Henry. Miss Swan wants him."
Regina: "She'll have that boy over my dead body."
Mr. Gold: "The curse was meant to take away Snow White and Prince Charming's happiness. Perhaps, you giving up Henry is just the price to keep the curse unbroken."
Regina: "I think I'd rather just get rid of her."
Mr. Gold: "Well, well, you're gonna have to be quite creative. We both know the repercussions of killing Miss Swan."
Regina and Mr. Gold in unison: "The curse would be broken."
- Grumpy: "Uh, Red, you got someone on your chin."
- The Blue Fairy: "We're a go. Fairies, attack!"
- The Evil Queen: "Do you remember when I ran down your runaway horse, Snow? Do you remember when I saved your life?"
Snow: "Of course." *looks around* "It all looks the same."
The Evil Queen: "Not quite. This is new."
Snow: "Is that—"
The Evil Queen: "A grave. Daniel's grave."
Snow: "Daniel... I thought he—"
The Evil Queen: "He ran away? I told you that to spare your feelings out of—kindness, but he died because of you."
Snow: "I-I-I'm I'm sorry."
The Evil Queen: "I'm sorry too, but nothing can change what happened—what you did. You promised to keep my secret. You promised, but you lied."
Snow: "I was very young and your mother—"
The Evil Queen: "She. Ripped. His heart out because of you! Because you couldn't listen to me!"
Snow: "You took my father. Haven't we both suffered enough?"
The Evil Queen: "No."
- Emma [referring to Henry]: "Do you think that she would ever hurt him?"
Archie: "No. Never. But everyone else, but not him."
- Mr. Gold: "All magic comes with a price."
Regina: "Then you can pay it."
- Regina to Emma: "Do what you're so skilled at and make yourself at home."
- The Evil Queen: "It would appear sacrifice is overrated."
- Jefferson: "Guide the hat."