Once Upon a Time
Lady Of The Lake

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Cindy McLennan: A | 6 USERS: A-
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Mother Knows Best

Enchanted Present. Palace. Emma is overwhelmed. She recognizes the place from Henry's book. Mulan and Aurora leave to stand watch outside. Snow finds the wardrobe in Emma's nursery -- which now lies in ruin. Emma: "I lived here?" Snow: "You never even got to spend one night." Snow picks up a long forgotten teddy bear and looks around. "This is the life I wanted you to have. I was going to teach you how to walk in here. How to talk. How to dress for your first ball. You never got to do any of it. We never got to be a family." Sob. Emma walls off her emotions with the magic of pragmatism. "We have a family in Storybrooke, and right now, they need us to get back there." Looking at the wardrobe, she asks Snow how they get it to work.

Enchanted Past. The water is not healing Ruth. Charming wants to find more water, but Ruth calls him back. She says there's no magic left there, and she doesn't want to spend her last moments this way. When he apologizes, she brushes it off and says, "For your happiness, I would gladly give my life." She only wishes she could see Charming marry his true love. Snow whispers to Ruth that she will and then turns to her new friend. "Lancelot, does a disgraced member of the Round Table still have the power to perform a wedding?" Wow, way to dig him while asking for a favor, Snow. Lance doesn't notice. Instead he just smiles and says, "It would be my honor." Ruth smiles.

And then, Lance is standing before an arch decorated with flowers. No. They didn't leave the dead lake. The flowers must have just bloomed out of Snow and Charming's true love -- the most powerful magic of all -- which also created the arch, right? Right? Because tell me they did not waste this dying woman's time creating an arch, searching for flowers and decorating. Right? RIGHT? Anyhow, Lance takes his canteen and pours water into a cup. "In my kingdom, there is legend of a cup that has the power to grant eternal life, and so may the love between you always be strong, true, and eternal." He hands the cup to Snow, first. She drinks and looks at Ruth, who smiles, and SHEESH, couldn't they have wheeled the cart right up to the arch, so a poor dying lady could see what was going on a little better? Snow passes the cup to Charming. who also drinks. The young lovers smile, kiss, and turn to Ruth, who is now dead -- with a smile on her face. Charming lays a bouquet of wild flowers on his mother's corpse and whispers goodbye. He cries, because that's what Charming does best. Snow lays her head on her beloved's shoulder. We cut to...

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