After the break, the town continues to freak. Charming makes his way through the crowd but they follow him, so he tells them to meet him back in front of Town Hall in two hours, when he'll tell them his plan to fix everything. When only Charming and Henry remain, Red asks what the plan is. Charming: "I don't know, but I've got two hours to figure it out."
Mayoral Mansion. Regina tries to light a candle with her mind, but has only a flicker of success. When she storms out of her house, she's confronted by Jiminy, who asks if she might like to talk. She's in no mood for Mr. Conscience, but Jiminy persists. He knows she must have a lot of pain and thinks it might help to talk. It might help her discover who she truly is. Regina leans in. Her voice is low, but stern. "I know who I am." And with that, we flash back to...
L'enchantement. Night. Inside Knifingham Palace, young Regina puts the finishing touches on little Snow White's (Bailee Madison -- the best casting find of any century) hair and asks her what she thinks. Breathless, Snow says it looks beautiful. Regina corrects her. "No, you look beautiful." Snow opens a small jewelry box on a nearby table and taking out a ring on a chain, she asks Regina what it is. When Regina explains it's the ring that her late love Daniel gave to her, Snow remembers. "The stable boy. The one who left you." Regina says, "He didn't leave me. He was killed. He was killed because you couldn't keep a secret from my mother." Snow protests that Cora said she was going to help them, but Regina won't hear it. "My mother corrupts young souls." Word. She then strangles Snow with the chain. "If you were stronger, none of this would have happened." Just before Snow dies, Regina snaps out of her rage-filled reverie. Snow, still happy, healthy and completely innocent to her almost stepmother's hatred, declares the necklace pretty and asks Regina where she got it. Regina lies, "I don't remember."
Outside, the next day, Regina confides to her father that Cora is making her crazy. Instead of offering his daughter a way out, the elder Henry explains that Cora always wanted a certain kind of life and is just trying to secure it for Regina. Regina doesn't want it; she wants her own life. When she wonders how her mother got this way, Henry explains that years before, Cora met a man who introduced her to magic and gave her a grimoire. When Regina asks who, Henry says he doesn't know his name. "Cora won't even say it." So Cora it seems, might be the miller's daughter from our Rumpelstiltskin (no sic) tale. Nice.