Well, look who graced us with his/her presence this week.
Yes, that’s correct — when we left off last week, the Evil Queen had returned from her very own heart dust and Zelena was just psyched to have a new friend. And, of course, Emma was told she’ll never have a happy ending. But back to the Evil Queen, who has decided to break into Regina’s vault and grab a box with which she plans to teach Regina a lesson. Elsewhere in Storybrooke, Regina stops into the diner to chat with Hyde’s friends he brought to town. Regina addresses them in a really nice way, because they’re “all getting a fresh start.” The chat she had with Snow last episode must have really set in, but if we know anything about fairy tales, it’s that situational irony is too real. Stealing a little bit of her good-girl thunder, Belle comes in after the longest nap this side of Prince Charming’s coma.
After Belle’s arrival, another man comes into the diner and Henry offers to help him find his story within the book, but he assures Henry he’s not important enough to have his own story. Alexander Dumas would argue otherwise, though: It’s Edmond Dantes, or as you may know him, The Count of Monte Cristo. That’s when we flash to his past and see Edmond post-prison, exacting his signature Count-of-Monte-Cristo revenge on the Baron. But after his kill, he’s approached by Regina/Evil Queen, who had offered her assistance in helping him finish his revenge list in exchange for getting some revenge of her own.
Back in Storybrooke, Emma has finally agreed to go talk to Archie about her tremors and the visions she’s having. She looks pretty shocked as she recounts the vision that keeps haunting her, and finally she admits she dies at the end of it. The only thing they can tackle is the present, though, which is why she asks Archie if she should tell her family. Ultimately, it boils down to Emma not feeling like she can rely on anyone because she is the Savior — if she isn’t saving someone, who is she? She’s not the only one with the problem, though… That revenge the Evil Queen wanted the Count to exact? It was on Snow and the Prince, so Regina, Snow, and David work to find out where he is. Unable to pin him down, Regina agrees to meet him and end his hunt for the kill.
In the Enchanted Forest, we see this wouldn’t be the first time Edmond has encountered Snow and David. They find him wounded in the woods after fighting a fire and offer to take him back to their castle. It’s hard to tell if it’s before or after his deal with Regina, but one thing we know for certain is present-day Edmond is here to finish the job he started. Regina meets him in the woods, where he tries to kill her with his sword. Regina uses magic to stop the sword mid-air, but when she picks it up to fight, he’s disappeared. Meanwhile, Emma is trying to get Snow and David to safety in a cop car, but they run into a force field and wreck the vehicle — the Count has other plans for the trio.
Hook has offered to give Belle shelter, but she questions why he’s being so nice. Hook explains he’s on the pursuit to be a better man, and Belle accepts his apology, admitting all people make mistakes. At the edge of town, Regina and Emma figure out that the protection spell keeping everyone locked in is the one from her vault, kept in that box currently in the Evil Queen’s possession. Regina automatically assumes it was Zelena, and Zelena gets her feelings HURT, so much so that she doesn’t reveal the Evil Queen is still around.
During another look at the Count’s backstory, we discover he and the Evil Queen have gotten close, and the ruse in the woods was just that. He asks what Snow and Charming did to deserve this revenge, but she says it doesn’t concern him… If he wants his revenge, he’ll complete the mission. Rumple appears out of nowhere, which is when the Evil Queen reveals she will get what she wants because the Count will execute it — she’s placed a protection spell on him to make sure. Back in Storybrooke, the Evil Queen meets up with Rumple, where he’s not at all surprised she’s back. He agrees to stay out of her way as long as she doesn’t touch Belle or his unborn child. She half-heartedly agrees, but then gets a little seductive and says that if he wants a new story, he could leave Belle behind and be with her. Can you even imagine?
NEXT: Keep your Queens close, but your Reginas closer