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once upon a time recapping: 7:15 a.m.

Previously on Once Upon a Time: True North

Now that we’ve had a few more insights into Emma’s past, this week we’re returning to the star-crossed love of her parents. In Storybrooke, Mary Margaret is still pining over David (and therefore stalking him). In the Enchanted Forest, we finally pick up where Snow Falls left off. Snow is unable to get her Prince Charming out of her mind, and that same Prince is torn between saving a kingdom through his marriage to Abigail or his love for Snow. Juicy stuff.

Once Upon a Time, Stranger

In Storybrooke, the Mysterious Stranger just happens to be fixing his motorcycle on the street outside the mayor’s house. Henry tries to get information out of him, but no luck. Elsewhere, Miss Blanchard rushes out, supposedly late for a school project at 7:15am, but “school project” really means “creepily watching David buy coffee every morning.” Emma finds her and tells her to stop stalking; Ms. Blanchard wishes for a “magic cure” for love. Her non-magic cure is to buy a giant chocolate bar at the drugstore, but unfortunately she runs into Kathryn buying a pregnancy test. At this point it starts to get ridiculous: Ms. Blanchard finds a dove, and when she takes it to the animal shelter she’s told it’s a monogamous species of dove – if she doesn’t find its mate, it will be unhappy forever, so of course she decides to go out into a brewing storm to do so. Regina pays Emma a visit and asks her to look into the stranger, and when the mayor mentions his interest in Henry, she agrees. In trying to find the flock, Ms. Blanchard almost falls into a ravine (yes, really), David rescues her, and they take shelter from the storm in a cabin. They admit to mutual feelings/stalking, and are about to kiss when she mentions the pregnancy test. Emma confronts the Mysterious Stranger in Granny’s – he’s a writer, his mysterious box contains a typewriter – but that’s all she gets. The storm clears, Ms. Blanchard returns the dove to her flock, and she tells David he can’t have it both ways. They attempt to let it go…again, David learns Kathryn’s not pregnant, and 7:15 comes and goes with no coffee for either of them. However, they run into each other buying coffee at a time that is not 7:15, throw caution to the wind, and finally kiss. Yay!

Once Upon a Time, David and Mary Kiss

In the Enchanted Forest, Snow is similarly afflicted by her feelings for Charming. When Red Riding Hood tells her of his marriage in two days, she decides to do the proactive thing and have Rumpelstiltskin “cure” her of love. In exchange for a few strands of her hair, he gives her a potion that will make her forget Charming entirely. Meanwhile, Charming is still thinking of Snow, and King George reminds him what is at stake if his marriage to Midas’ daughter doesn’t proceed. Charming ignores him to write a letter to Snow, asking her to meet him at the palace. She goes and is almost immediately caught and thrown into a cell next to Grumpy. They bond over how love makes people do crazy things, and when Stealthy comes to spring his fellow dwarf, they take Snow too. After a botched escape (and Stealthy’s death), Snow turns herself in to protect Grumpy. King George threatens Snow with Charming’s death unless she tells him she doesn’t love him – with no choice, she breaks Charming heart and her own. She heads back into the wilderness, and the dwarves offer her a place to stay and recover from her pain. However, Charming won’t give up and the wedding is off. But when Grumpy tries to give her the good news, it’s too late – she’s already taken the potion and forgotten her love.

Once Upon a Time, Snow and Dwarves

o Another step forward and step backward. They are really playing up the tragic love here. I’m beginning to wonder how anyone found love in the Enchanted Forest.
o Points of interest: Snow helped Red out of some sort of bind. Rumpelstiltskin has Snow’s hair for future nefarious purposes.
o The Mysterious Stranger is still stubbornly mysterious. Wild leap here, but could he be the author of Henry’s book?


Ms. Blanchard – I just like to come here to see him.
Emma – So you’re a stalker.
Ms. Blanchard – No, not really. Maybe a little bit?

Rumpelstiltskin – Love makes us sick, haunts our dreams, destroys our days. Love has killed more than any disease.

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once upon a time recapping: the heart is a lonely hunter

We begin at Granny’s dinner, where a drunken Graham is throwing darts. Emma emerges from a back room, spots Graham, and makes a beeline for the exit, only stopping when Graham throws a dart in the door frame inches from her head. She tells him she doesn’t care what he does with the mayor.

Once Upon a Time, Emma and Graham Kiss

He follows her out the door. Graham’s desperate to explain himself; Emma’s desperate to avoid this conversation. She finally asks why he cares what she thinks, and he kisses her. When he does, he has flashes of his former life. A rattled Graham tries to apologize, claiming he needs to feel something, but an equally rattled Emma counters he’s not getting it from her. Graham then heads to Regina’s, who is pleasantly surprised by his sudden display of passion.

In the Enchanted Forest, a not so evil-looking Evil Queen comforts her stepdaughter Snow at her father’s coffin. In her chambers, the Queen’s mirror congratulates her on her revenge; all that’s left is for Snow to die. The kingdom is still loyal to her, so the Queen needs someone else to do it. The mirror suggests a huntsman. We then cut to Graham as the Huntsman, tracking down a deer with his wolf companion.

Graham awakes suddenly in Regina’s bed, and proceeds to tell her about his dream with the wolf, which he claims felt more like a memory. He decides to leave, despite Regina’s effort to make him stay. When he goes to get his car at Granny’s, he drops his keys and comes face to face with the wolf from his “dream” before it trots off.

Once Upon a Time, Graham and Wolf

The next morning, Emma spots some flowers in the kitchen and dumps them in the trash. Ms. Blanchard weakly protests that they’re hers, courtesy of Dr. Whale. Emma is impressed, claiming that one-nighters are the way to go. Ms. Blanchard argues that Emma’s “wall” is keeping out love, specifically from Graham.

An ill-looking Graham is tearing through the woods looking for his wolf, when he comes across Mr. Gold doing “some gardening.” Graham reluctantly explains his wolf dream, and Mr. Gold suggests dreams may be memories of another life.

The Huntsman and his wolf stop at a pub. The locals get restless, muttering about how he was raised by wolves and might as well be an animal. A brief brawl ensues with the Huntsman as victor. Watching through her mirror, the Queen is impressed.

Graham finally catches up with his wolf, which comes to him when called. When he touches the wolf he gets more flashes – this time of his encounter with Snow. He then goes to Ms. Blanchard’s classroom, asking if they knew each other from another life.

The Huntsman is brought to the Queen. She wants him to kill someone, and offers a place in her court in return. He wonders why she chose him, and she says he won’t be blinded by compassion for someone beloved by all. He agrees to do it, in exchange for protections for the wolves.

Graham thinks it’s odd that he and Ms. Blanchard can’t remember when they met. He wonders about past lives, and she mentions Henry and his book. Graham’s looking increasingly unwell and she tells him to rest, and he leaves promising to do so.

Disguised as a knight, the Huntsman is escorting Snow through the woods. She is suspicious of his unknight-like behavior, and asks why he’s there. He replies that she knows why. Unaccustomed to his armor, she is able to knock him down and flee.

Emma is failing at darts at the station when Regina walks in. She knows about the kiss. Emma says it meant nothing, and Regina states it’s because the blonde is incapable of feeling. Regina warns her to stay away from Graham. Meanwhile, Graham is at the mayor’s house to ask Henry if he’s in his book.

The Huntsman catches up to Snow, who is writing a letter. She is prepared to die, but wants him to give her letter to the Queen afterwards. He takes the letter and reads it, and its contents convince him to spare her life.

Once Upon a Time, Graham and Henry

The Enchanted Forest scene becomes an image on the page of Henry’s book. Based on what Graham tells him, Henry determines that he’s the Huntsman. After he spared Snow, the Queen took his heart and hid it her vault so he couldn’t feel. The wolf is trying to lead him to it.

Outside, Emma confronts Graham. He explains about the wolf and how his missing heart is preventing him from feeling. Emma places a hand on his chest to prove his heart is beating. He says it’s only the curse. Before she can convince him otherwise, she spots the wolf over his shoulder and they chase it to the vault in the cemetery. Despite Emma’s misgivings, they break in.

The Huntsman appears to give the fake heart to the Queen. He tries to give her the letter, but she makes him read it aloud instead. A voiceover from Snow apologies for depriving the Queen of love, and begs that her death be the end of her vengeance, asking her to be a gentle ruler. She ends with, “I’m sorry, and I forgive you.” The Queen throws the letter in the fire. The Huntsman asks why she’s so angry, and the Queen reveals that she shared a secret with Snow that cost her dearly. The Queen tries to put the heart in her vault and discovers his deception.

Emma and Graham are leaving the vault empty-handed when Regina shows up. Graham is looking sick and she tries to take him home. He ends it with her, claiming he’d rather have nothing than settle for less. Regina turns her wrath towards Emma, but Emma flips the blame back onto Regina for making everyone miserable. Regina punches Emma, and she punches right back before Graham pulls them apart.

At the station, Graham tends to Emma’s face. He apologizes for his crazy behavior, and they make eyes at each other. At the vault, Regina pushes aside her father’s coffin to reveal a secret staircase.

The Queen is enraged. She plunges her hand into the Huntsman’s chest and takes his heart. He is her pet now, and she squeezes his heart –making him writhe in pain on the floor – to demonstrate what will happen if he disobeys.

Emma has decided to tear down her wall, because she stands up and kisses Graham. He receives another flash.

Once Upon a Time, Regina and Heart

In her vault, Regina takes a heart in her hand.

Graham looks overwhelmed. Emma asks what’s wrong, and he says, “I remember.” He stands up, takes her face in his hands and thanks her. He leans in to kiss her, but before he can, he collapses onto the floor.

Regina crushes the heart in her hand to dust. Emma cradles Graham in her arms and sobs.

Once Upon a Time, Emma and Graham

That’s it until January 8th. If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be locked up in my room crying over Graham until then.

What we know so far:

The writers are going to be cruel and give us a lot of false hope. Any time we think something will work out, or someone will come close to the truth, they’re going to snatch the rug out from under us. I can only handle so much of that. Curse you, writers!

We received ever more allusions to Snow’s alleged treachery, but still no real information on that front other than Snow can’t keep a secret. Considering the source I don’t know how accurate that is. We do know how the Queen rose to power – by snatching Snow’s kingdom out from under her. Rumpelstiltskin has names and deals to control people; the Queen snatches hearts. While the Queen’s brand of evil is fueled by rage, Rumpelstiltskin’s brand of evil is much more devious, and you get the feeling he’s holding all the cards – in both realities. The next new episode will cover his backstory, and I’m curious to see what he might know about the curse.

See you all in January!

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once upon a time recapping: the shepherd

The episode opens with David finally returning home from the hospital. Kathryn (apparently I’ve been spelling it wrong) asks if he remembers anything, such as an ugly windmill that used to be in the yard, but he’s still blank. Inside, David’s clearly overwhelmed by all the people at his homecoming party, but Dr. Whale says anything might trigger his memory.

Henry and Emma are by the stairs. Henry explains the reason David can’t remember anything is that the curse hasn’t worked on him yet, filling him with false memories. David interrupts to say hi, but he’s really just looking for Ms. Blanchard, who didn’t show. In the kitchen, Kathryn whines to Regina that it’s like she’s lost David twice, but the mayor tells her she still has a chance. Kathryn says it’s nice to have a friend, and Regina agrees.

David shows up at Ms. Blanchard’s. He worries that his feelings are one-sided, but she counters that he’s married and it should be no-sided. He wants to choose her, but she says their connection is because she rescued him, nothing more.

In the Enchanted Forest, Charming is facing down a brute. He is flung to the ground, but before his opponent can finish him, he springs up and stabs him in the chest. Charming has passed the test. King Midas needs a dragon vanquished, and King George (Charming’s father) needs gold. They leave to discuss the details. As Charming turns to his men to make a heroic speech, his not-quite-dead opponent suddenly stabs him through the chest.

Despite his son’s death, King George still needs a dragon slayer. Rumpelstiltskin appears and reprimands him for not being more careful with the son he provided. King George wants his son back; Rumpelstiltskin wants the Fairy Godmother’s wand. They deal. Turns out the baby he provided has a twin brother, a shepherd who is the real Charming we know and love.

Ms. Blanchard is scrubbing the crap out of some dishes when Emma walks in. Over a drink, Emma tells her if she thinks being with David is wrong, then it’s wrong, and to let him go. Meanwhile, David is looking at old pictures. Kathryn kisses him, but he pulls away, saying it isn’t right.

Once Upon a Time, Shepherd Charming

A floppy-haired Charming is locking up his sheep when his mother returns from the market with a marriage offer that could save their farm. Charming argues he will marry for love, not money, and they’ll save the farm another way. Rumpelstiltskin appears at that moment with his offer – play the part of the dragon slayer and his mother will never want for anything again.

Ms. Blanchard is at the diner when Dr. Whale smarmily apologizes for their disastrous date and asks for another chance, despite her obvious disinterest. Regina then walks in and accuses her of being a home wrecker, since David has left Kathryn. Ms. Blanchard says she had nothing to do with it, and Regina warns her to keep it that way.

A newly prince-like Charming and his knights go to slay the dragon. The knights order him to stay back while they do the work, but it goes horribly wrong. Charming picks up a sword and tricks the dragon into getting stuck in a narrow crevasse, where he chops off its head.

Once Upon a Time, Blanchard and David

David visits Ms. Blanchard at the school before class. She pleads with him to leave her alone, as she is trying to do the right thing. He argues that it’s wrong to stay with Kathryn and pretend to have feelings, when he truly loves her. He gives Ms. Blanchard the choice – he’ll be at the toll bridge at 8, waiting for her decision.

At the station, Graham uses doughnuts to bribe Emma into working the night shift, claiming he has to work at the animal shelter, though I think we all know where he’s really going. A flustered Ms. Blanchard storms in, wondering what to do about David. Emma tells her it’s pretty apparent he’s made a choice, and to meet him.

Charming and King George present the dragonhead to Midas. In addition to gold, he wants to offer Charming his daughter’s hand in marriage to unite the kingdoms. The snooty Princess Abigail (Kathryn) walks in. Charming tries to refuse, but King George warns him if doesn’t accept his farm will be destroyed.

David is on his way to meet Ms. Blanchard when he runs into Regina. She tries to convince him to change his mind, and then points him in the direction of the bridge. On the way, he gets lost again, and stops into Mr. Gold’s shop for directions. As he’s leaving, he spots the windmill from his house and starts to remember.

Charming stops by the farm to tell his mother about the marriage and say goodbye, as Midas must never learn who really he is. She urges him to run away, but he refuses. She gives him her wedding ring, promising that true love will follow it.

Ms. Blanchard is twirling that same ring on her finger when David arrives at the bridge. He remembers his past. Despite his feelings for her, he feels he needs to honor his past with Kathryn. Ms. Blanchard is crushed.

Emma is on patrol when she spots someone sneaking out of the mayor’s house. She knocks him down with her nightstick, and it’s of course a disheveled-looking Graham. She is disgusted and hurt, and tells him she won’t be working anymore nights.

David returns to Kathryn’s. He’s willing to try again.

Charming and Abigail prepare to start their new life together. As their carriage travels towards the palace, we leave them where ”Snow Falls” begins.

Once Upon a Time, Dr. Whale and Blanchard

A tearful Ms. Blanchard is at the diner. Dr. Whale walks in and asks what’s wrong. Ms. Blanchard wants to know how to stop being caught in situations when she already knows the outcome, he tells her to do the unexpected. He offers to buy her a drink. She says she’ll take two.

What we know so far:

What little progress David and Ms. Blanchard made has been crushed, thanks to what looks like clever plotting between Regina and Mr. Gold. Emma and Graham’s budding interest has also been crushed, which makes me sad. On the Enchanted Forest side of things, it appears Charming was being set up as some sort of High King. There is a lot of ambiguity about the political system there, and I really want that to be cleared up sometime soon – there are far too many princes, kings, and queens being thrown at us without a means of fitting it together. The only one that seemed to have any real power was (is?) Rumpelstiltskin.

Next week, Graham starts to remember his past, and someone dies.

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once upon a time recapping: snow falls

The episode starts in the Enchanted Forest, with Charming riding in a carriage with an uptight blonde princess. A fallen tree blocks the road, but it’s a ruse that allows a thief to grab a satchel from the carriage. Charming gives chase and tackles the thief, who is actually Snow. She clocks him with a rock and escapes; he promises to find her.

Ms. Blanchard is on a date with an inattentive blonde (my love David Anders, of Alias and Heroes), babbling about wanting true love before she gives up and calls for a check. On the walk home, she spots Emma sleeping in her car and offers her a spare room, but she declines.

Ms. Blanchard’s class is volunteering at the hospital when she catches Henry in John Doe’s room. Despite his hints, she doesn’t recognize him, and only comments on how sad it is to be alone. Later, Henry tells Emma he’s found her father, and they need to make her parents remember.

Emma asks Ms. Blanchard to read the book to John Doe (or JD as I will now call him), telling her Henry thinks he’s Prince Charming. At first she’s reluctant, but Emma argues it’s the best way to break Henry of his delusions – when JD doesn’t revive, it will act as a reality check. The three will meet for breakfast to discuss the results.

That night, Ms. Blanchard is reading to JD at the hospital when he grabs her hand, but when she retrieves Dr. Whale (her date), he suggests she’s imagining it. Immediately after, he calls the mayor to report JD showed some activity. Regina would crush the phone in her hand if she could.

Snow raids some artifacts from a cave only to be caught and suspended in a rope trap on the way out. Charming appears, with a cocky reminder that he would find her, and she sarcastically dubs him “Prince Charming.” He strikes a deal: help him recover his stolen property – including a ring he was about to give the blonde – and he won’t reveal she is Snow White, wanted by the Queen.


Emma (in a stolen shirt of Regina’s) meets Henry at the café and Ms. Blanchard joins them, shocking them both with what happened. Henry immediately wants to go back. Ms. Blanchard does too, despite Emma’s reservations. However, JD is missing, and both the Sheriff and Regina are present. The mayor reveals she is JD’s emergency contact since she’s the one who found him. Dr. Whale warns if they don’t find him soon, he could die. Regina takes Henry home. A review of security footage shows JD walked into the woods.

Snow and Charming are heading through the woods when he notices the vial she has around her neck. He steals it, and she warns it’s a weapon that can squash a powerful adversary. Snow insists the claims against her are lies, and when he mentions her theft, she counters she has only stolen from Queen and mistook his carriage for hers. She wants only enough to get out the realm, and admits to ruining the Queen’s life. They stop for a drink of water. Snow gets away from Charming only to be caught by the Queen’s goons.

Sheriff Graham, Emma, and Ms. Blanchard are in the woods. The Sheriff goes off ahead and Ms. Blanchard asks Emma why she got into “finding people,” she replies it’s something she’s always done. Ms. Blanchard wonders if it was about her parents, and asks if she found them, to which Emma jokes, “depends who you ask.” Henry appears, and tells Ms. Blanchard JD is searching for her.

Snow is about to have her heart cut out when Charming saves her. She is clearly surprised and touched by his gesture. He says it was the honorable thing to do.

Henry tries to convince Ms. Blanchard that JD loves her. Emma wants to take him home, insisting that Regina will “kill me, then you, then me again.” Sheriff Graham finds JD’s bloody wristband.

Snow and Charming reach the troll’s bridge. She tries to negotiate for the jewels, but the trolls are suspicious of Charming and soon both he and Snow are at knifepoint (swordpoint?). They search Charming and find Snow’s wanted poster. Charming gets a sword and tells Snow to run, but he is overwhelmed and she is forced to use her magic vial to defeat the trolls. Charming reveals his name is James.

Sheriff Graham, Emma, Ms. Blanchard and Henry arrive at a t(r)oll bridge, where JD is in shallow water. Ms. Blanchard performs CPR, and when she places her mouth to his, he revives and coughs up water. Henry exclaims that she brought him back to life, and even Emma agrees.

At the hospital, Dr. Whale is tending to JD when the Storybrooke equivalent of the blonde princess shows up, calling him “David.” Regina pops out of nowhere to inform the trio that the blonde is JD’s wife.

Snow and Charming prepare to part ways. Snow tries on his ring for a minute, before claiming it’s not her style. He’ll find her again, and she almost believes him.

Regina explains that JD is really David Nolan, and the blonde is his wife, Katherine. Katherine thanks them. Ms. Blanchard asks how she could not know he was in coma, but she explains they parted on bad terms and she assumed he had left town. Dr. Whale says JD’s recovery is a miracle – which he just got up and went searching for something. “Someone,” Henry corrects.

Regina collects Henry and leaves. Emma of course confronts Regina with how convenient it is Katherine showed up, but the mayor acts oblivious. She throws in a jab, saying how the whole situation has made her glad she has Henry, and how awful it is to be alone.

Ms. Blanchard is twirling a ring on her finger, which happens to be the same ring Charming intended to give to his blonde princess. There is a knock at the door, Emma asks for the spare room, and Ms. Blanchard lets her in.

What we know so far:
Prince Charming is named James and John Doe is named David Nolan. Snow is responsible for ruining the Queen’s life, but how is still uncertain. It almost feels like nothing much happened. John Doe woke up, but he had barely three lines. Also, will Emma ever get fresh clothes?

A reader mentioned in my last post that the mysterious Sheriff Graham is one of the Queen’s guards from the pilot; we don’t see him but we hear his voice. After watching the scene again, I’m not quite sold. One theory I like is that Graham is the Huntsman who spared Snow. What do you think?

Next week is babies, ball gowns, and Mr. Gold (finally), oh my!

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