So now we know what it was that made the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) so…evil. As they say, evil isn't born, it's made.
This week's Once Upon a Time opens with Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) still in prison, now awaiting her trial for murdering David's (Josh Dallas) wife Kathryn. Regina knows Mary Margaret is innocent of course, and has engineered the entire thing with the dubious help of the ever-one-step-ahead Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle). Regina doesn't care if Mary Margaret knows it or not (and in fact confesses her knowledge of Mary Margaret's innocence!)
We still don't know Rumple's game. He always honors his deals, as his motto claims, yet I can't help but think a big double cross is on the way. Rumple, as he said a couple of weeks ago is "invested" in Mary Margaret's future. If she's disappeared, then what?
The episode opens with a flashback. As Regina, reflects on something from her past, Mr. Gold enters hoping that Mayor Regina intervene and get the battery charges dropped against him (for beating the florist—and Belle's father—senseless a few weeks ago). In exchange, he offers an idea for Regina to rid herself of her "Mary Margaret problem" once and for all. Engineer a tragedy to befall Kathryn, blame Mary Margaret and run her out of town. And as both Regina and Mr. Gold know, no one ever leaves Storybrooke and comes to a good end!
Regina likes the suggestion, and so the plot is hatched—and Gold, with his own agenda, has won this battle. The battery charges are dropped. He, of course has no intention of helping Regina rid herself of the Mary Margaret problem. On the other hand, he does reassure Regina that she should trust him because "I always honor my agreements." But I have to wonder if Rumple's actions are part of a larger deal, made with Snow White and Prince Charming long before this day in Storybrooke—because this is one deal that Rumple will not keep.
And by the end of the episode, when Emma (Jennifer Morrison) believes she can't trust him, and that her faith had been misplaced by believing that Gold could prevail against Regina, Kathryn turns up, making the murder charge moot. "There's still time," Gold explains to Emma.
"Time for what?"
"Time for me to work a little magic."
Has Mr. Gold used magic to bring back Kathryn? Has he used the "please" word with Regina and "persuaded" her to release her? Or has he directly brought her back? Either way, I think Gold has double crossed Regina—for his own agenda.