OUAT 3×16: It’s not (that) easy being green

Like Kermit used to say, It’s not (that) easy being green, and Zelena knows it.

Hello everybody!

Welcome to our weekly rendez-vous with OUAT.

Luckily for me, this time we have a lot less tragic episode, which means I can be as snarky as I want.

First of all, allow me to introduce to you The Emerald City!

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Yes dearies, we finally have the chance to see the world of Oz!

And not only that: by the end of the show, we’ll even meet the Wizard himself! (Please, be prepared to be disappointed by this one)

So, let’s get this started, for there’s a lot to say!


In the Land of Oz, a couple finds an abandoned baby on the yellow brick road.
The woman decides to adopt her on the spot, but the man seems reluctant: he sees the child using some sort of magic, and he doesn’t want anything to do with it.
It doesn’t matter though, because the woman has made up her mind, and starts walking towards the Emerald City with the baby.
They decide to call her Zelena.


A few years later, the woman is now dead, and the man lives alone with the young, clueless witch.
In a moment of anger, he tells her that he’s not her real father, and the two have a row.
Zelena sets off to see the only person capable to tell her more about her true origins: The Wizard of Oz.

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Once she gets there, she finds out her real mother abandoned her for she would never be able to give her what she had always wanted: the ability to become royalty.
She also learns that she has a sister, Regina, who not only happens to be a Queen, but she’s also training to become a sorceress.
However, Regina doesn’t seem to be as powerful as her sibling.
So, Zelena asks for a way to get to that world, and the Wizard provides her with a pair of silver slippers: these shoes… Well, you know what they do.


In return, he only asks her to bring him something belonging to someone we know very well.
Guess who?


(If you said Rumple, then you guessed right. If you didn’t, it doesn’t matter, since I’ve just told you that anyway =P )

And off to the Enchanted Forest she goes.
There she meets Rumplestiltskin, and reveals herself to him.
After he makes sure she’s telling the truth by pulling a hair from her head and creating this sort of fairy tale version of a DNA test, he decides to train her.


He wants to cast a curse, but the only one who can do that is Cora’s daughter, for he has foreseen it.
Of course, now that there’s two of them, the prediction gets tricky: who’s gonna be the one? Regina or Zelena?
So Rumple decides to put Zelena to the test, one that she fails because of her ever growing envy (which BTW starts to physically show in a very unpleasant way).


He explains to her what we already knew, that is to say, casting the curse has a price: you have to sacrifice the thing you love the most.
To Zelena, that’d be Rumple, so obviously he can’t let that happen.
He chooses Regina, making Zelena furious.
When she tells him she could have taken him wherever he wanted thanks to her slippers – even to the land without magic he was so desperately trying to reach – Rumple tries to fix things, but she gets away.
Before she leaves, she makes him a promise: he’ll see her again, and…


Once back to Oz, she asks the Wizard to take her back in time to change the past, but he tells her it’s impossible.
She gets angry, and she draws down the curtain.
The Wizard’s true identity is revealed: drum roll Walsh.


Yeah, I know. Let me finish the recap and I’ll share my feelings about this with you.

So, he’s just a charlatan, a showman from Kansas, who happens to “peddle the truth”.
Because he may not have magic, but the things he collects do.
(Great, a panhandler!)
Anyway, since he’s useless to Zelena, “at least like this”, she turns him into a very obedient flying monkey.
In the last scene, she expresses all her envy and hate towards her sister, and turns completely green.



Meanwhile, in Maine, everyone is grieving Neal’s death: the whole city attends his funeral, and then goes to Granny for the wake.

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Hook and Emma talk about getting Henry to find out more about his father.
Hook offers to help, taking him out for a boat trip, while Emma gets the award for the most unfortunate answer ever:

Hook: “Perhaps I can talk to him.”
Emma: “About what, leather conditioner and eyeliner?”



That wasn’t nice, girl.

Hook: “I knew Bae as a boy. Perhaps Henry would like to hear what his father was like when he was his age.”


Now, feel free to sink in the depths of the Earth, savior!

At the diner counter, Tink and Regina talk about Robin ( ❤ ❤ ❤ ).
Regina introduces them to each other and, after a quick exchange with Robin, she goes back to talking with Tink, who basically tells her not to screw everything up, this time.

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The doors open, and Zelena comes in, with the Dark One’s dagger in her hand.
She does the classic big bad talk, threatens everyone, and then goes straight to Regina.
She tells her the truth about them being siblings, and then challenges her:

Zelena: “Meet me on main street tonight. Say… Sundown?”
Regina: “And then what?”
Zelena: “Then I’ll destroy you.”

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Regina is not impressed

After Zelena leaves, everyone gets together to talk about what just happened.
Later, digging into her mother’s stuff, Regina finds a letter that proves to her that Zelena is indeed her sister.
She runs away into the woods, where she meets… Come on, who do you think it is?
Robin, of course!


Please, don’t.

Anyway, Outlaw Queen in action.
For the first time in forever – Anna from Frozen starts singing – she trusts someone enough to open up to him and, as we’ll find out later, to have him doing something of great importance.

While Hook is bonding with his future step-son (foreshadowing, here), Belle and the others try to break another bond, the one keeping Rumple under Zelena’s control.
Unfortunately, they fail: Zelena finds out about their plan, and they’re forced to run away, or she will use Rumple against them.

It’s showtime.
The Wicked vs. Evil match begins.


Regina seems to be losing to her more powerful sister, and everyone is afraid for her safety.
But… Plot twist!
Zelena doesn’t want to kill her: she wants her heart.
But luckily for us, Mommy Dearest did give some good advice to her daughter, after all…
“Never bring your heart to a witch fight.”

A furious Zelena literally flies away, and the gang is left there to wonder about her intentions.

Later, Regina goes back to the woods, where an armed Robin was left to guard her heart.
Finally, Regina realizes it’s time move on and start loving again.
She asks Robin to keep her heart for a little longer, much to his surprise.


Robin: “You’re really going to entrust something so valuable to a common thief like me?”

Truer words were never spoken.

The last Storybrooke scenes for this week include:
-Hook talking some sense into Emma;
-Zelena revealing her plan to Rumple


Zelena: “What I’m casting isn’t a curse. It’s a second chance.”

Random Comments

The Lovely Land Of Oz

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Emerald City looks glorious, and also like a mixture of Gotham City and Metropolis with an Arrowish touch.

Can’t wait to see the whole Dorothy story!

I’m very disappointed by the true identity of the Wizard.

Just for a moment, for a split-second, I thought/hoped it was going to be Jefferson (The Mad Hatter).

It was silly, I knew he wasn’t coming back, but I had the feeling it could be him.

But it wasn’t.

I have nothing against Christopher Gorham, but I hoped for a “bigger” character to play that role.

Anyway, we’ll see what happens next.

I loved the fact the slippers were silver, as they actually are in the book, instead of red.

I think it gives them more personality.

Zelena’s motives

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I’m torn about it.

On one side, I think it’s somewhat refreshing to see an evil, pardon, wicked, character act the way she does out of pure envy.

On the other, after all these complex villains we’ve had so far (Regina, Rumple, Cora, Peter Pan, Hook), she sure doesn’t look as deep of a character as they are.

Captain Swan

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The more we go on with the show, the less I can stand Emma.

I mean… How much of a b*tch can you be to that poor guy?

We all know you’re made for each other, and I agree that there has to be a slow build up before the romance reaches its apex.

But enough is enough.

At least try to be a little kinder to him, would you?

Outlaw Queen


In spoken Italian, when we’re talking about something that it’s so obviously good that there’s no need to make the concept any clearer, we say: “Ma che te lo dico a fare?!?”

That’s exactly the case.

“Ah regà, ma che ve lo dico a fa!”

These two.

The chemistry. The UST. The Love.

After the first episode back from the hiatus, it had already become one of my top OTPs.

Now it just keeps getting better and better.

Memorable quotes

Rumple (to Zelena) : “You might wanna get that thing checked out”

The Wizard: “When you click your heels together three times, those slippers will take you wherever you desire”

The Wizard: “It is one thing to wonder about your past, but another to become envious of things you cannot have”

Regina: “This isn’t the Wild West.”

Zelena: “No dear… It’s the Wicked West.”

David: “Are you sure Cora never said anything about her?”

Regina: “I think I would have remembered if my mother told me she had a love child with a scarecrow”

Tink: “You did managed to step on a lot of toes back in our land”

Regina: “Well, none of them were green”

Regina (to Granny): “Stick to the Lasagna, lady.”

Robin: “I think deep down you actually want to talk about what’s in that letter”
Regina: “What makes you think you know me so well?”
Robin: “Well, for one thing, I’d be charred to a crisp by now if you didn’t.”
Regina: “True.”

And that’s it.

For the Game of Thrones review, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until the week-end… These days, I really need to focus more on my exams.

Have a good week, everyone!


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