That was, without a shadow of a doubt, the most OUTRAGEOUSLY STUPID EPISODE OF A TELEVISION SHOW I’VE EVER SEEN MY LIFE.
They have outdone themselves in stupidity.
Writers: “We need to deal with this split Regina story so what will we do? Will we make Regina absorb the Evil Queen and acknowledge that she can’t erase her past and have her accept responsibility for everything?
Nah! We’ll have Regina take only a little bit of darkness back so she still gets a totally clean slate while the Evil Queen will be completely forgiven by everyone for no reason and get to go live with Robin Hood forever and be happy! Oh and we can’t forget to always pretend that they’re two completely separate entities even though they’re not! That sounds great!”