Emma, it’s OK to do something nice for Regina just because you want to do something nice for her. You don’t have to keep using the Henry excuse, especially when it’s so obvious that she was hoping you’d wanted to invite her because you want her around.
Ugh, I really despised Emma during this scene.
Regina thanks her for the invitation, Emma pretends it was through no will of her own.
Regina wants to establish a more routine way to see her own son, Emma condescendingly denies it to her.
Regina is understandably hurt and shows it by being snarky, Emma’s expression screams AHA! I KNEW you were unfit to be a parent and that one little snarky comment just proved it! That’s it, you’ve lost your chance!
Regina apologizes, sincerely and elaborately, for her one snarky comment. Emma turns around like “what could you possibly have to say to me,” barely grates out an “okay” between her teeth, and responds to the heartfelt apology by basically saying well I don’t think you’re good enough anyway, you’re only here because Archie put in a good word for you.
It was absolutely MADDENING. I just can’t believe the lack of consideration and empathy for another person’s humanity Emma is displaying here. Though considering it’s the Storybrooke MO in relation to Regina, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. How does anyone expect Regina to event WANT to do things differently if this is how they treat her when she does?!
Though it was kind of cool to see some of the same Swan Queen dynamics we often see in fanfiction reproduced here. For example, later on at the bus stop Emma uses the exact same line Regina shoots at her about only having been Henry’s mom for 5 minutes on David and Mary Margaret, to express her worries about not being a very good parent. And she acts like she’s not on Regina’s side while alone with her, while stoically defending her when faced with the rest of the town.
I wonder what it is about Emma that allows her to say “Regina is a human being who can change” in front of all the other people, but not express the same sentiment to Regina herself?
Ugh, ALL OF THIS! The thing that pissed me off about Emma in this episode is that her offer of redemption or whatever to Regina ended up coming off as very shallow. She invites Regina to the party because it will make Henry happy, and she asserts Regina’s innocence because of her superpower or whatever the fuck it is, but the moment Regina asks for visitation with HER OWN SON, Emma gets all condescending with her whole “I’m not sure that’s best” routine. It’s not just in this scene, either, although this one really makes me see red.
But we see it in the scene at the end, too, when the Charmings come to arrest Regina. Emma throws Henry’s poisoning in Regina’s face, even though the poison was not intended for him, and he willingly ate it even knowing that it was poisoned, and then when Regina refers to Henry as her son, Emma is all “NO HE’S MINE”. The worst is after Regina hits Emma with magic, and Emma tells tells Regina that “I’ve won”, because after this, Henry will never believe Regina about Archie, and he’ll never want to be with her ever again.
Emma wants Regina to redeem herself because Emma knows about overcoming your past, and because it will make Henry happy. But at the same time, I can’t help but feel like Emma is secretly really GLAD that Regina has apparently reverted, because now she doesn’t have to compete with Regina for the coveted role of Henry’s mother. Especially given her own feelings of inadequacy, I feel like she thinks that she can never beat Regina at mothering, so she keeps trying to deny the fact that Regina is Henry’s mother instead. She lets her see Henry, but she won’t let them spend more time together, or let Henry spend the night in HIS house, because if Regina has truly changed, and Henry sees this, he’ll want Regina to be his mother again instead of Emma. Because really, the level of vitriol that Emma shows towards Regina cannot be explained by Archie’s murder alone, IMO — there are already hints of it in this earlier scene.
It’s so funny, really, how Jen claimed that Regina was selfish in her love for Henry when it’s really her own character who seems to be guilty.
I would like to marry that last comment.