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Once Upon A Time recap: Kansas



Oy, it's a boy!




Snow delivers a baby boy, behind the protection of her daughter Emma's spell. But the spell does no good when Emma performs CPR on Hook, who Rumplestiltskin tried to drown in a bucket of water. Her lips touching Hook's activate Zelena's curse, and Emma is robbed of her magic. Couldn't she have just magically expelled the water from Hook's lungs? So much for "taking care of this witch." Emma ... you had ONE job!

That's what I'm truly disappointed about in this episode. I wanted to see Emma rise to her potential, wanted to see her truly battle with magic instead of throw out a trick or two or wave her hands for a second like we've seen her do under duress. That would have been a beautiful moment. And Emma doesn't seem too bummed out about losing her powers. I hope that doesn't mean they won't be restored.

The Wicked Witch gets her hands on the newborn babe (triggering Ginnifer Goodwin's hideous cry face), and we see all the ingredients she's been collecting placed on the ground to correspond to cardinal directions. The baby symbolizes innocence and purity and corresponds to the West — the region her wickedness was supposed to protect in Oz as part of Glinda the Good Witch's coven.

In the flashback, we learn more about the Wicked Witch's pendant and her history with Glinda. By accepting the pendant, her powers will be stronger than they've ever been, but she'll be stripped of them if she takes it off. Wear the pendant, and be good — that was the deal. Glinda claimed to believe that Zelena could contain her wickedness (and her jealousy of her half-sister Regina) and fulfill the prophecy of being the sorceress who would defend Oz.

But there was a twist in the prophecy. A powerful witch who arrived by cyclone — like Zelena — would unseat the greatest evil. So the newly nice and de-greened Zelena was not effing having it when Dorothy Gale crashed into her territory and chomped on cookies in her seat. ("She's spunkier and fresher-faced!" Zelena complains.) We got to see her famous melting, but it was all a trick to get Dorothy to go back to Kansas.

In the present day, the Storybrookers rally around Regina, their only remaining magical hope. Sure, Regina is a black-hearted witch currently without her heart, but she showed in the last episode that she has True Love's Kiss. That means she can wield light magic, the only thing that can defeat Zelena.

So while Rumple and Zelena toss around the rest of the gang with a wave of the hand, Regina breaks free from the Wicked Witch's spell and uses her light magic to take Zelena's pendant.

"What are you doing?" Zelena asks.

Regina flashes that killer smile. "Changing."

And just like that, after all this buildup, Zelena is defeated, the Dark One is liberated from her control, and Regina gets to be the hero. I'm the biggest Regina fan there is, especially when she's playing for the good guys. But I love that there's always that spark of naughtiness in her. When she gives Zelena her come-to-Jesus talk about being good and how if she had killed Snow White, she would have never gotten to be a mother to Henry, she finishes her motivational speech with a warning that if Zelena pisses her off, she'll still crush the bitch's heart.

All is not settled, of course. There's still a two-hour finale to get through. When rogue Rumple kills Zelena with the Dark One dagger, it seems to trigger some kind of fail-safe in Zelena's curse. But in the preview, we see Emma and Regina in the Enchanted Forest. If the curse had really worked, neither Emma or Regina would have been born. So what's happening? We'll find out next week, as well as what realm they travel to next. (Honestly, must every season end with someone falling through a portal? Makes it hard to believe their constant refrain that travel between realms is sooooo hard.) I really have no guesses where they're going next. Any takers?

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