by Sherry Lipp
WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!
Regina's mother Cora (Barbara Hershey) and Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) made their way to the shores of Storybrooke via Hook's pirate ship. I'm a little fuzzy on how they were able to do that, but I'm sure Cora cast a spell of some sort. Hook was anxious to confront Rumplestiltskin, but Cora made him wait until she had a chance to ruin Regina's life. Her plan is pretty simple. She disguised herself as her daughter and killed Dr. Hopper. Ruby (Meghan Ory) saw “Regina” go into the doctor's office, so there was even a witness to put the final nail in the coffin. Not yet knowing of her mother's presence, Regina is blindsided by the accusation. Emma (Jennifer Morrison), however, is skeptical. Her human lie-detector abilities tell her Regina is telling the truth about her innocence.
She doesn't see anything prior to “Regina” entering the office or anything after the murder takes place. It's a little too perfect. So Emma is convinced Regina is guilty, but without real proof she can't do anything about it other than tell Henry (Jared Gilmore) his mother is a murderer. The fact that this whole sequence happens a little too easily doesn't ruin the episode, I just thought it was a little lacking in drama. Everything happened exactly the way it needed to in order to turn everyone against Regina.
Aside from those details, I liked the storytelling as a whole. Judging by the preview next week, it looks like Rumplestiltskin is working on a spell that will allow him to leave Storybrooke and look for his son. Hopefully we will see more of August (Eion Bailey). I have to wonder if August knows the son, since he knew so much about him and no one else – besides Belle (Emilie de Ravin) – seems to know Rumplestiltskin has a son. I’m looking forward to seeing where they go with that.