I have to say, I liked Red using her wolf to keep the guards from James. Nice touch.
As I suspected, the box in which Kathryn's heart was found did belong to Mary Margaret, and apparently Regina (or Sidney?) stole it, and planted the knife in Mary's apartment. I think it took real courage for Henry to take the keys from Regina's office, and for the first time, it seems Emma might actually be starting to believe his story. At least a little bit. August is starting to show his true self, and led Henry back to the book, and the keys. I am liking August more as the season moves forward. I'm a woman, and I admit it, I think he's hot. I can't wait until we find out who he really is and why he's there. Other than being there for Emma, that is.
Both Rumpelstiltskin and Mr. Gold told Snow/Mary, "I'm invested in your future." I am guessing that has to do with Emma and her being "More powerful than you know." Those statements seem to have much more meaning than what is seen at first glance. Is Emma more than just the breaker of the curse?
David remembers part of the past, but sadly doesn't realize what it means, or that it was in another time and place. He has lost much of what made him great as James/Charming. How much damage will it do to Mary?
A technical issue that bothers me: If it was snowing and obviously cold, why was the Evil Queen traveling on horseback? Shouldn't she have been in a carriage? Unless the point of the matter was that she wanted to parade in front of everyone? Or that somehow Rumpelstiltskin got word to her that she should travel that way? Just a thought.
After James jumped in front of the arrow, Snow said, "No one has ever been willing to die for me before." To which James replied, "No one you can remember." So someone was willing to die for her in the past? I suspect her mother.
Who left the key to the jail for Mary? Henry seems an obvious choice, but how? Or was it Emma? She probably had more opportunity, and perhaps this gesture is part of what she meant when she asked Mary to trust her. Did Regina leave the key, knowing Mary would use it and "prove her guilt?" Or did Mr. Gold somehow do it? Will we find out? When she opened the cell door, I was almost yelling, "No, Mary, don't do it!" But she did escape, and that can't be good for her case.
I knew there was a reason for Rumpelstiltskin to need Snow's hair, and it now seems sort of obvious, but I didn't suspect that combining Snow's and James' hairs would result in a love potion. I like wonderful surprises like that.
I am very much looking forward to the upcoming episodes. The Mad Hatter should be fun, learning why the Evil Queen hates Snow should be enlightening, and seeing
(I'm sorry for posting so late in the week.)