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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: The Secret Behind The Queen's Curse Revealed!

Sun, October 30, 2011 9:09pm EDT by Andy Swift 11 Comments
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Read on for the 5 biggest revelations from this week’s ‘Once Upon A Time!’

Holy daddy issues! The Oct. 30 episode of ABC’s Once Upon A Time revealed how the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) enacted the curse that banished everyone from the Enchanted Forest, and the story was pretty dark — even for her!

She stole the curse itself from Maleficent (Kristin Bauer Van Straten), who served up some serious sass during the show’s most epic fight scene to date, but it wasn’t until she paid a little visit to Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) that the Queen learned what she had to do to set the curse in motion. Doing his best Smeagle impression — he actually uttered a growly “preeeeecious” — Rumplestiltskin revealed the Queen had to cut out the heart of the thing she loved most. And that’s what led daddy’s little girl to perform some pretty gruesome patricide.

But the biggest surprise of all came when we got a glimpse at the Queen’s father’s grave, which read: HENRY!

Meanwhile in Storybrooke, Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) did a little mother-daughter bonding — even if they didn’t know it. Henry (Jared Gilmore) also gave Emma a peek at the pages he tore out of the book, detailing her birth — and her escape. Suddenly she doesn’t think he’s so crazy.

Lastly, a creepy chat in the apple orchard between Regina and Mr. Gold introduced a few more twists to our already windy tale: Not only did he originally “find” Henry for Regina, but he also dropped the hint that they both know exactly how Emma fits into the equation.

Despite this week’s many revelations, however, several pretty big questions still remain: Are Regina and Mr. Gold aware of their former lives in the Enchanted Forest? What’s the significance behind the Queen’s father being named Henry? And what the heck did Snow White “take” from the Queen that turned her into such a Bitter Betty?

So start theorizing and leave your ideas in the comments section below!

— Andy Swift

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