Once Upon a Time
The Cricket Game

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Enchanted Forest. Regina is locked up on a tower cell (when truly, she should be in the dankest, darkest dungeon) when her father, Henry, comes to visit. From outside her cell door he blames himself for failing as a father. He must have been reading our forum after "The Stable Boy" aired. When he begs his daughter's forgiveness, Regina assures him there's no need. "How could I blame the one I love most -- the only one to stand by me 'til the end?" Henry wonders if it has to be the end. He suggests she show regret for the pain she has caused, and to prove that she can change. He assures her they'll change their minds, if only she'll give them reason. We flash forward to...

Storybrooke. Sheriff's Office. Regina is seated at an interview table, when Emma and her parents enter. Snow is visibly pained as watches from behind our world's most reliable type of magic mirror -- a two-way mirror -- while Charming and Emma interrogate Regina. That Regina is startled to learn Archie is dead does not escape Emma's notice. Charming isn't swayed by anything Regina has to say and informs her that Ruby saw her enter Archie's office. Regina says Ruby must be lying, because she (Regina) was home all evening. She reminds Emma of everything she's done to win Henry back, and asks what reason she'd have to throw it away, now. She insists if she did kill Archie, she never would have been caught, but Charming reminds her she's been caught before. Charming tries to lay out the facts as he sees them -- for his daughter. Regina has before been given the chance to change and she refused. Why should this time be any different? Well Charming, for one thing, Regina now truly loves another person again. I'm just saying. He's not listening, because we cut to the...

Enchanted Forest. Snow and Charming's Castle. Courtyard. Snow is still in her warrior princess off-whites, which seems curious to me, since she's now at home base. Maybe she hasn't yet had time to build up a wardrobe. Anyhow, the palace guard marches Regina to the center of the courtyard. Among the on-lookers are father Henry and a hooded Rumpy. Jiminy flits over to Regina and asks her if she has any last words. Regina says she does. After looking at her father, she begins. "I know I'm being judged for my past -- a past where I've caused pain. A past where I've inflicted misery. A past where I've even brought death. When I look back at everything I've done, I want you all to know what I feel" Tears run down her cheeks as she surveys the crowd. Continuing, she says, "...and that is regret." She waits a beat. The camera cuts first to her father, and then to a surprised Charming. Not so fast, Charming. Regina adds, "...Regret that I was not able to cause more pain, inflict more misery, and bring about more death. And above all else -- with every ounce of my being I regret that I was not able to kill Snow White." Even the badinaging birds are struck dumb at this, or perhaps there are no post cards in that realm.

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