No more Mrs. Nice Regina! In this week’s Once Upon a Time (Season 2, Episode 15: “The Queen is Dead”), Hook makes his point with Gold, Cora can’t hold a candle to the real Blue Fairy, and Neal is quite the ladies’ man.

Worst. Birthday. Ever.

At the start, Snow gets a surprise birthday present, even though Snow isn’t a big fan of birthdays. (In other words, if you were planning to take Snow to Chuck E. Cheese’s for her next birthday, you might want to change your plans.)

Snow receives her tiara from her childhood maid, Johanna, and so she visits Johanna to reminisce about her mother. And here we thought getting a tiara was typically a good thing.

On her way back, Snow spots Cora and Regina searching for Gold’s dagger but that isn’t her only worry. (So many worries for this poor woman!) She then finds David on the floor of the police station and learns that Hook knocked him out and took back his hook. Apparently, Hook isn’t one to ask politely when he wants something.

Snow meets up with Regina in hopes that she can talk her into no longer conspiring with Cora. Uh, good luck with that, Snow. Regina tells Snow she is hurt to be neglected by the others, and then Regina makes a crack about Snow’s dead mom. If you’re looking for compassion, Regina is not the person to talk to.

Pizza Party

Over in the Big Apple, Neal and Henry are having some cute bonding moments over pizza (is there anything pizza can’t do?) although Henry is sort of a jerk to Emma. Not cool, Henry!

Speaking of not cool, they’re about to get on the subway when Hook shows up and stabs Gold in the chest with his hook. Okay, lots of people want stricter gun regulations, but what about stricter hook regulations? Everyone always forgets about those poor hook-attack victims.

Gold doesn’t have much time, as Hook has poisoned his hook (OUAT loves a good poisoning!). They need to get him back to Storybrooke immediately, and it appears that the best way is to use Hook’s ship, which Neal says he knows how to operate. Say what?

Neal goes on to imply that he spent a bit of time in Neverland. Hmmm could Neal not only go by the name “Baelfire” but also “Peter Pan”? In other words, this dude just might have a lot of names.

Say Hello to the Dagger and Then Say Goodbye to the Dagger

Emma manages to get Gold to reveal the hiding spot for his dagger, and so she informs Snow and Charming that it’s hidden in the clock. We’re not sure how Gold was able to hide it there without anyone seeing him, since David and Snow are discovered by Cora and Regina as soon as they get it from there. If we are ever on a scavenger hunt, we want Cora on our team.

Cora and Regina then make Snow’s pal Johanna appear, and Regina pulls out her heart and demands the dagger. Snow begrudgingly gives the weapon to Regina, but then Cora shoves Johanna out of the window anyway. Oops. You’d think the people of Storybrooke would know to stay away from windows in tall buildings when Cora’s around.

Once they return home, Cora and Regina have a little chat, as Regina had no idea Cora had killed Snow’s mom. Cora also confirms that the wild horse which Snow lost control of was her doing as well in order to make Regina queen. Cora also says she is confident the dagger will get Henry back to Regina but Regina seems skeptical, as she should be.

Emma and Neal decide to leave Hook behind in New York — perhaps because they think Hook is a big fan of Broadway shows and leisurely walks through Central Park? But things get complicated when Neal gets spotted by his fiancee, Tamara. Wait Neal is engaged? Nooo! And here we thought this show couldn’t possibly have any more love triangles.

Finally, Charming and Snow attend Johanna’s funeral, and Snow decides she’s tired of nice people always finishing last. So she vows to kill Cora. Okay, but that’s easier said than done, Snow. Still, we’re glad someone is growing a pair for once!

Cora Strikes Again

In this week’s Fairytale Land flashback, we get a sweet scene between young Snow and her mom, Queen Eva, as her mom reprimands Snow for not letting Johanna wear her tiara. Apparently, everyone likes wearing a little bling from time to time. Then, Snow’s mom suddenly collapses. Let’s hope they have Dr. Whale’s number on speed dial.

Snow’s mom doesn’t want her daughter to miss her upcoming ball, but Snow is just concerned about the fact that her mom isn’t getting better. Johanna suggests she consult with the Blue Fairy, who gives Snow a candle which will save her mother’s life but take someone else’s. In other words, this is one candle you won’t find at Bed Bath and Beyond.

But Snow can’t bring herself to use the candle and so her mother soon dies. Snow puts a flower on her mother’s body at her funeral, and Johanna comforts her. So this week, we see the demise of Snow’s mom and Johanna? Talk about a bummer of an episode!

Then, Cora shows up, and we learn it was Cora who poisoned Eva — and that Cora had disguised herself as the Blue Fairy to give Snow that candle. In other words, Cora’s kind of a bitch, if you didn’t know that already. If only Snow could have whispered Cora’s name and then lit that candle. Sigh.

Three Biggest Mysteries of the Night:

So will Neal turn out to be Peter Pan? Or maybe he’s a Lost Boy? We think it would be awesome to see him as Peter, since it would be cool to see him have a showdown with Hook. Plus, we kind of want to see Neal in a pair of green tights.

Will Neal’s fiancee Tamara turn out to have a Fairytale Land identity? On this show, no one is just a random citizen so we can’t wait to find out who Tamara might be.

What will happen now that Cora and Regina have Gold’s dagger? We must admit we’re skeptical that Gold would give up his dagger location so quickly so we wonder if this might be a fake dagger. And will Gold actually consider killing Henry? You’d think that someone with as many powerful friends as Henry has wouldn’t really have to worry about death threats.

What did you think of all the drama? Sound off in the comments!