No but really this is the moment that caught me in this episode. Everything else was cute or sweet or something we already knew was happening so it wasn’t as captivating as it would be otherwise for me, but this. This right here was so unexpectedly soft.
We know that the Snow Queen is supposed to be a villain. We know she’s the bad guy and that she’s connected to Elsa. But the second she sees Emma she has this little moment where she catches her breath, her eyes widen a little and she whispers her name like it’s something precious. Like a mother in fact.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Emma and Snow and their relationship, no matter the rocky moments, but the way the Snow Queen says her name just made me stop and wonder.
I just really want to applaud Elizabeth Mitchell for this moment specifically. It was so carefully done, so captivating. She showed so much warmth and love and surprise and tenderness in one word, one look and it was brilliant.
And more than anything it made me want to know who she is and what she is to Emma. Because throughout the entire episode we don’t see her show that same kind of tenderness to anyone else, not even Elsa whom she claims is her niece. (That entire thing felt more like a manipulation in my opinion.)
But this. This is the one moment we see her defenses down, no walls, no masks, no schemes or lies. No shadiness either. And the look on her face when Rumple talks to her about Emma is even worse because it looks pained. It looks like she’s trying to detach herself from what’s happening, from Emma. Like she can’t go through with this if she’s involved. (Whatever this may be.)
Whoever she is, we can know one simple thing from the way she said her name. This woman loves Emma Swan. She has some kind of protective, motherly feelings towards her. And I really really want to know where it’s from. (My money is on former foster mom or something.)
I suspect the same thing, I want to know so bad. I’m freaking out.
Hopefully we’ll find out more soon. Don’t they have a confrontation (Emma’s car sliding on ice) relatively soon? Like within the next two episodes?
Oh my God. This post is everything. Seriously. As much as I fangirled all over the CS kiss…this moment with the SQ has me really curious as to what we find out about Emma in episode 5. I agree - SQ said Emma’s name like she loved her and never thought she’d see her again. As amazing as SQ would be as a villain…I want her to be redeemable based on the sheer fact that this one scene convinced me she loved Emma and there is a wealth of mysterious backstory that is about to be revealed. I cannot wait!!
Remember how Elizabeth Mitchell was nominated for an Emmy for basically her one *amazing* vending machine scene in the Lost series finale. This is just like that. So much with just one look. So, so, good.
And what’s that way?
The Golden Girls: Mrs. George Devereaux (Season 6, November 17, 1990)
Someone was actually able to deceive me once. St. Olaf’s most famous OBMAG.
Obstetrician magician. The Amazing Shapiro. He delivered Bridget. But it was so confusing.
It’s a girl! Now it’s a dove! Now it’s a glass of milk!
I don’t know how he got her in that deck of cards. But there she was right after the King of Hearts. Is this your baby?
One of the greatest Betty White and Rose moments ever. It may have all been Blanche’s dream, but it is still gold. We watched the reruns of this show in the lounge between college classes and we still quote this episode to this day.
Whenever I have a lousy day, or a day where nothing seems to go right (like today, for example), I try to remind myself of two things:
1. No one laughed at the first run through of The Mary Tyler Moore Show pilot and Moore says she cried herself to sleep that night. She says it was the worst audience tested episode in the history of CBS. The show made a few fixes, and then, you know, became one of the best shows in TV history.
2. My favorite version of Let It Go, and honestly, one of my very favorite videos of anything ever, came after a less than ideal version just 24 hours before.
So, I just keep going.