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.


  • 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". 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.