Can a girl catch a break? Not if her first name is Snow.
Snow wakes up in the middle of the night, stuck out in the woods. Of course, the Evil Queen has brought her there, commenting that sleeping Snow is her favorite snow. So shady. The Evil Queen harkened back to Snow’s 15th birthday, the day she was given her own trained horse, and how Snow always gets what she wants. But this isn’t Snow’s perfect day, according to the Evil Queen — it’s hers. She wants Snow’s heart, but she’s not going to take it. Partly because Regina put a protection spell over her and David, but also because Snow’s simply going to hand it over to the Evil Queen. Why? Because girlfriend handed Snow a small bottle and though its contents are unknown, she has 12 hours to figure it out or Storybrooke will pay. The Evil Queen goes home super cheerful and tells Zelena about her and Gold’s deal.
We flash back to Snow’s past, where she’s trying to peddle off a family heirloom. She gets three coppers for it and runs back into the forest. But when she runs into Blue Fairy in the forest, she’s already in danger. The man to whom she sold the heirloom has thrown her under the bus, so she gets an ax thrown at her by a Woodcutter. She tells Blue she has to leave, hop on a boat, and get out of reach. Elsewhere, David is also leaving home to find a buyer for the family farm. Once David goes into the woods, his dog grabs a cup that leads him to
Dan Scott someone — but if you think Paul Johansson is getting to play a good character, think again. He is the Woodcutter who went after Snow. Back in the woods, Snow tells Blue more about the brooch, which her father gave to her mother. And now, with all she’s been through, she’s had to sell it to escape the Enchanted Forest.
Back in Storybrooke, Regina, Emma, Hook, and Snowing are trying to figure out what is in the secret bottle, and Regina soon pinpoints it: It’s water from the River of Lost Souls. She pours a drop on a tree, which instantly fades to black and loses all of its leaves. So it does appear the Evil Queen has what it takes to ruin all of Stonybrooke, sending David and Snow into quite the tailspin when they recognize this is bigger than them or the town… It could mean bad news for Emma. Belle has no idea what to do, either, but there is hope. If our heroes can find a way to get to the magical sapling, potentially lost somewhere in Storybrooke, it could save the town.
Regina cooks up a plan, sending a note to Zelena via crow. She tells her to meet at Gold’s shop, but when she arrives, she finds Gold and the Evil Queen making out in the back. When the Evil Queen says, “Maybe we should take this somewhere more comfortable,” Zelena interjects with, “Yeah. A bed of lies.” GOOD PUN, ZELENA. She attempts to stop Zelena, but Zelena is having none of this. That’s when Gold provides the note — which, of course, the Evil Queen doesn’t remember writing.
Flashing back, the Woodcutter gives David a drink that knocks him out. He uses David’s dog as a decoy and immediately runs to Snow. Naturally, that leads the Woodcutter directly to Snow. He pushes her up against a tree and holds her by the face, but she isn’t going to be done in so easily. Elsewhere in Storybrooke, the Blue Fairy points David and Snow towards the magical sapling. Regina and Snowing head into the woods, find a trap door, and take the plunge inside to find this damn love tree.
NEXT: The sapling that love built