Storybrooke: Henry watches in heartbreak, as a town crew dismantles the play castle. When Emma shows up, Henry realizes his book is gone, too. Emma congratulates Regina on destroying the one thing their son loves. Regina tells Emma to learn her place in this town, or she won't soon be in it. Has she not said a variation of the same threat in nearly every episode? Come on, Show. I'm not even going to get good dialogue this week? Great. As soon as Regina leaves, Emma takes out her phone and calls Sidney. She tells him she is "in." She wants everyone to know who Regina truly is.
T(r)oll Bridge: Mary Margaret finds David waiting for her. He leads her off into the forest for a little adulterous picnic lunch. They kiss and Mary says they have to have to stop and figure out what they're doing. David says they will, tomorrow. Mary pauses only for a moment and then smiles. "Okay. Tomorrow." The kissing resumes. Yay! (Stop judging me. That said, I am pretending they are not having the sex.)
Emma drives through a culvert. She parks near the opening of it, and Sidney wanders into view. Emma is ready to listen to whatever dirt he has on Regina. He says $50,000.00 is missing from the budget. When Emma isn't impressed, he insists the missing funds are the key to Regina's downfall. I groan when he says all they need is a "crack in the mirror" to show everyone what Regina truly is. I mean, really. Emma asks what Sidney's plan is. He tells her to dip into her bail bondswoman bag of tricks, but Emma says she's got to be responsible. As sheriff, she has to play by the book. Sidney nods, but says eventually Regina will know Emma is onto her. "Are you prepared for her wrath?" Emma says, "Oh, yeah." Sidney: "I wasn't." Emma then asks him, "If you thought she was so terrifying, how did you allow yourself to end up in her pocket?" Sidney: "I used to think she was a different person."
Sidebar: Okay, if you read the recaplet, you'll know I did a whole lot of ranting about Emma being too dumb to live, because [SPOILER] this all turns out to be a set-up by Sidney and Regina, meant to humiliate Emma, and it will. But, upon subsequent viewings, I am struck by Jennifer Morrison's acting in this episode. She is even sterner and more low-key than usual, particularly during her scenes with Regina and Sidney. I think, or at least hope, that thanks to her "super power" -- Emma is onto Sidney and Regina from the get-go, and that we will find this out, later on in the season. Okay, call me delusional. It wouldn't be the first time.