I've been thinking about this past week's episode, and while we learned a great deal, I still have some questions and insights. If Regina didn't know who Mr. Gold really is, how did she know what prized possession to take that would disturb him most? And does she know who Belle is, or is she being held captive for some other reason? When Mr. Gold revealed his true identity, Regina looked frightened, and as if she hadn't known the truth. So if she hadn't known the truth, how does she know to keep Belle?
Belle thought Rumpelstiltskin covered the mirrors because he didn't want to look at himself, but he covered them because the Magic Mirror can see into other people's mirrors. We have seen this before without perhaps realizing it. That is how the Evil Queen knows everything: Magic Mirror can see into other mirrors, and he reports it back to the Queen. And if we know Regina the Evil Queen can see into other's mirrors, can Regina the Mayor? Or did she lose the ability when Sydney was cast into Storybrooke? As Mary Margaret said, she's the mayor, and she knows everything. Do mirrors still give her this ability? Just something to ponder.
And I noticed whenever Mr. Gold says, "Please" to Regina, she sort of stops in her tracks, as if under a spell. Is the magic word truly a magic word?