I may be in the minority, but I LOVED this. The only quibble for me was that Atwell sometimes spoke too fast with the American accent and I couldn't make out all the words clearly. But that was easy to forgive.
LOL about scaring the kids.
THere is a house down the street that only my oldest will approach for teh same reason. The younger boys stand on the street and hold hands hoping she comes back alive. It is hysterical.
Hmmm... very confusing. I love it! Last year it felt like we had already seen the entire show before it even aired because the spoilers were so obvious. I honestly have no idea what the outcome of this arc is going to be. I don't even mind if Emma can't be "cured"- I suspect she won't be the same after(if) they remove the darkness. Kind of like how all of the characters have bipolar personalities- their fairytale selves and their cursed versions, and the are all "both" now.
I don't think the room quote is about Regina. I'm not sure why, but my gut says they are talking about someone else. I guess they've been talking about Regina being a hero for so long, this seems different. I'm leaning towards Hook.