I’m so glad Jane Espenson wrote the Belle and Regina scene in Bleeding Through.
It was everything I’ve ever wanted.
The tables have turned. And Regina needs Belle’s help fully expecting Belle to immediately help her because she thinks of Belle as more of a doormat.
But then Belle pretty much shows Regina how much of an iron will she’s got. That she hasn’t forgotten everything that Regina did. And that although Belle had the power to destroy her many times over (by simply asking Rumpelstiltskin), Belle didn’t do it.
I think for the first time ever. Regina recognized how wrong she was about Belle. How wrong what she did to this woman is.
Unlike Snow, who seems to beg for Regina’s respect by always coddling Regina and apologizing to Regina. Belle got Regina’s respect by simply showing Regina that she’s always been the stronger and better person.
Because Belle hasn’t forgiven Regina for what she did to her. And yet, Belle never gave in to the darkness of vengeance. And when Regina tried to f*ck with her, Belle didn’t take her sh*t and pretty much stood her ground until Regina apologized.
That’s something I haven’t seen Regina do for anyone. In Henry’s case, it sometimes feels like she only apologizes to ensure she still has Henry’s love.
In Belle’s case, it’s really more of realizing that Belle is the better person. And that Regina owes her an apology, at the very least.
Is that why I like Regina a lot more in this episode, cuz Jane wrote it? Makes sense.