City Hall: The big non-reveal. Sidney and Regina have been working together the whole time. Sidney plays a recording for her of his most recent convo with Emma. Regina congratulates Sidney and hands him an apple as his reward. They revel in the fact that Regina will now know Emma's every move. Regina puts her hand on Sidney's leg. "I don't know what I'd ever do without you, Sidney." Sidney raises an eyebrow, and we fade to black.
While this episode may well be important in the future, nothing in it made it worth the watch, for the nonce. I know it's contrary to the structure of this series, but I can't help but think we would have been better served, had Genie's story been revealed slowly, over the course of a few episodes. And while I'm more than happy to be fooled by the writers (hey, I covered Lost for a couple of seasons, and yet still manage to be happy I watched it all the way through), in this particular series, it makes no sense for Emma to be dumber than a box of hair. If you're fooling me through her -- if she is playing a long con on Sidney and Regina, and more importantly, the audience, I will be happy in the long run, but in the short run, I still feel this episode wasn't worth an hour of my life.
I'll be back Monday morning with our upcoming episode, based on that tale as old as time/song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast. My sister-in-law wanted that to be her wedding song. It wasn't, but I'm sure you'll not be surprised to learn she is now my ex-sister-in-law. Anyhow, and in the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page and then join us in the forum, where there are even mirrors on the ceiling.