You know, it’s funny. I’ve seen multiple people on my dash saying Regina wasn’t that bad in this episode, and thinking about it objectively–about just this episode–I can see their (your, if any of my mutuals are reading this) point.
But in context, knowing who Regina is and what she’s done and how she feels no remorse and no need to be honest, I still can’t stand her. I think they’ve made me so thoroughly, utterly despise that character that virtually everything she does annoys me. It’s honestly a shame.
(Although a lot of it might have to do with the fact that she didn’t have many scenes with Emma, so we didn’t see her doing the usual–blaming Emma for everything, belittling her, verbally abusing her, threatening to murder her loved ones, etc.)