Oct. 23, 2011
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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Once Upon a Time

In the world where fairy tales and the modern-day are about to collide, nothing will be the same again. A 10-year-old boy, Henry, found his mother Emma Swan, who abandoned him when he was a baby, and believes that she comes from an alternate world. According to his book, the epic battle for the future of both worlds is beginning and they need her help.

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Wicked Witch of the West/Zelena

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Rebecca Leigh Mader is an English actress known for her roles as Morgan Gordon on All My Children and ...

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As a baby, Zelena was abandoned by her mother Cora and sent to the land of Oz via a tornado. There, she is taken in by a couple who sense that she is magical. As a young woman, her adopted father becomes frustrated at her powers and informs her that they are not her real parents, following her adopted mother's death. She decides to visit the Wizard of Oz to find her real upbringing. The Wizard tells her of her back story and of her half-sister Regina who was favored over Zelena to be Queen.

Enraged, Zelena demands to go the land, and the Wizard transports her there by means of slippers. In Regina's castle, she meets Rumplestiltskin who trains her after she reveals her relations, and discovers that she has much more magical potential than Regina. However, she quickly becomes envious when he reveals that he remains to teach Regina magic. Rumplestiltskin informs Zelena that she is unwanted to him as the heart of the thing she loves most (Rumplestiltskin himself) is needed to enact his curse. However, Zelena tells him that she can take him to a land without magic through her slippers, but decides to leave without him, disappointed that he would choose Regina over her. Returning to Oz, she transforms the Wizard into a flying monkey and adopts her new green skin triggered by her jealousy.

Later known as the Wicked Witch of the West, she takes up residence at Regina's castle following Peter Pan's curse that takes most residents from Storybrooke to the Enchanted Forest. Regina finds Zelena in her castle and learns of their relations.

Zelena is later seen controlling Rumplestiltskin with his dagger when Neal and Belle are instructed by a candle-man named Lumiere to the Dark One's Vault. It is revealed that Zelena controlled Lumiere as she wanted Rumplestiltskin resurrected. She in effect steals a symbol of Rumplestiltskin's mind when Neal dies from bringing him back, merging his son's body with his own. After she enacts her curse that takes everyone back to Storybrooke with no memories of how the new curse was enacted, Zelena appears as a mid-wife who befriends Mary Margaret and schemes her way to get closer to her unborn baby.

At the same time, she holds Mr. Gold prisoner in the cellar of a farm house. She later steals a symbol of David's courage from him by forcing him to confront his fears. Emma later finds an escaped Mr. Gold, only to find that Neal is trapped within him. Neal asks for Emma to free Gold to defeat the Wicked Witch though he will die; she reluctantly agrees. Zelena later curses Captain Hook, meaning if he kisses Emma, she will lose her powers.

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