Anyhow, Emma finally puts two and two together and realizes the fairy Hook is talking about is Tinker Bell. Regina startles at the mention of her name. Hook asks Emma if she knows Tink. Emma says, "Every kid in the world... knows her." Regina says this is a bad idea. "Mark my words, this Tinker Bell is not going to save us." We cut to the...
Enchanted Past. Queen Regina is dining in solitude at Leopold's palace, when Rumpy appears at the other end of the table. When she didn't show up for today's lesson, he assumed she was dead. He rises, surveys the banquet spread out before Regina and smiles at the sight of, "...Roast swan. Tee hee hee. That's amusing. You'll get that, later." Ha.
Regina's not sure she wants to continue her lessons only to end up like Rumpy. He hones in on her persecution complex, which Regina doesn't bother to deny. She feels like a prisoner, since she's married to a man who's heart is still with his dead wife, and his, "...insipid daughter. It's intolerable. I have nothing to do and nowhere to go. I need freedom. I need options." Rumpy says that can't be done. She thinks she's the diner at a feast, who can choose to taste a little love here and a little darkness there. "What you don't realize is, you are the feast, and the darkness has tasted you." Did it vomit, soon after?
Regina calls him vile and orders him to leave. Rumpy continues: "The darkness likes how you taste, dearie. It doesn't mind the bitter. And now that it's started the meal, it's going to finish it. You can no more fly from your fate, than can that swan. See you tomorrow, and don't be late. Ooh, and bring that simmering rage. It's all you have." Give me a moment, I have to rewind and find the writing credit. Aha! Jane Espenson. Just as I suspected. Jane, your words are more delectable than anything on Regina's table. I'm going to have to guard against transcribing every syllable, or I'll never make deadline.
Once Rumpy disappears, Regina storms off to her bedroom. Out on the balcony, she looks down at the courtyard below. She closes her eyes and starts to bang on the railing. "I... just... need..." The rail gives way and Regina falls off. Before she can splatter on the courtyard, she is surrounded by sparkly green light. Looking up, she sees a fairy, dressed all in green and asks what she's doing. The fairy answers that she's giving Regina a second chance, and wafts her back up to her chamber. Regina says, "Who are you?" The