Recap / Once Upon A Time S 1 E 2 The Thing You Love Most

Season 1, Episode 2:

The Thing You Love Most

Maleficent: Don't do this, this curse. There are lines even we shouldn't cross. All power comes with a price. Enacting it will take a terrible toll. It will leave an emptiness inside you—a void you will never be able to fill.
The Evil Queen: Then so be it.

Emma: If I stay, Henry's only going to keep getting hurt.
Mary Margaret: What'll happen if you go? I think the very fact that you want to leave is why you have to stay. You care about him. Who will protect Henry if you won't?

Regina sees Emma as a possible threat to her relationship with Henry and does everything in her power to force Emma into permanently leaving Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale land that was, the chilling circumstances of how the Evil Queen released her curse upon the Enchanted Forest are revealed along with the price she paid in order to do so.


  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: Variation. After tricking Emma into obtaining Archie's file on Henry, then getting Archie to claim Emma stole it so Graham can arrest her (again), Regina pretends to make a peace offering to Emma...all to get her to admit (after having read the file) that she thinks Henry is crazy, when Regina knows Henry is in the house and will be right outside the door to hear her.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: When Graham says Emma staying is "bad for local signage."
    Graham: "It's a joke ... because you ran over our sign."
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The hearts which Regina removes from her horse Rocinante and her father Henry look like real hearts (albeit bloodless), rather than having the magical red glow pulsing within or the crystal/ice covering which the hearts in the vault have in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter." This may be because the creators decided a heart removed magically rather than physically should make it look different, or because they needed the plot point of Graham still having a regular heartbeat even as his heart and will were magically controlled by Regina. Also, both hearts are just thrown in the fire to cast the curse, rather than crushed to dust as we see in later seasons.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Maleficent refuses to give the Dark Curse to Regina as she says "There are lines even we shouldn't cross". Season Five reveals Maleficent is pregnant, so the thing she would have to sacrifice is her unborn child, which she won't do. Also, Regina is able to defeat her and take back the curse because she refuses to let Regina harm her unicorn (which she calls weakness, of course).
    • Regina, despite taking the curse from Maleficent, does not harm her and Season 5 reveals Maleficent easily escaped the chandelier.
  • Foregone Conclusion: We know Regina won't spare her father no matter what happens because the Curse was unleashed in the first episode.
  • Hidden Depths: Aside from the Wham Line below, "You're my only friend." As time goes on, we only find out more and more how sadly true this was.
  • Ironic Echo: "You have no idea what I'm capable of" and "Your move".
  • Match Cut: Not an exact match, but the scene where the Evil Queen turns the gnome who taunts her into stone does dissolve into the scene where the same statue, now a literal garden gnome, is revealed to be in Regina's yard in Storybrooke.
  • My God, What Have I Done??: Regina is in tears after killing her father, implying that she is definitely wondering what she has just done...
  • Self-Made Orphan: Regina kills her father because she loves him, as the only way to make her heart dark enough for the curse to work.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Regina and Maleficent basically spend their entire conversation snarking and bitching at one another. Just because they can. And because it's fun. And while Maleficent loses the battle, she wins the snarking contest by implying that Snow, on her wedding night (at that moment having sex with Charming on her honeymoon) is not suffering at that moment.
  • Taken for Granite: Taunting Regina for failing to cast an effective Dark Curse was a bad idea for that gnome. Also acts as a bit of Black Comedy through the pun involved (see Match Cut above).
    • Averted with Maleficent who, despite being a massive troll to Regina, is left unharmed. While she is wrapped in a chandelier, Season 5 reveals that she was easily able to break out and that there was no harm done at all - showing that while Regina did defeat her, the line about Malefcicent being her "only friend" is true because, ultimately, Regina can't harm her.
  • Wham Line:
    • Or rather, Wham Word. Gold says "Please" to Regina, hinting that he still retains his memories.
    • "Daddy, I don't know what to do". Regina's Hidden Depths are first revealed.