Once Upon a Time

Sunday 8:00 PM on ABC (Returning September 28, 2014)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 1

    A Tale of Two Sisters

    Airing in 9 days

  • S 3 : Ep 22

    There's No Place Like Home

    Aired 5/11/14

  • S 3 : Ep 21

    Snow Drifts

    Aired 5/11/14

  • S 3 : Ep 20

    Kansas

    Aired 5/4/14

  • S 3 : Ep 19

    A Curious Thing

    Aired 4/27/14

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ginnifer Goodwin

    Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard

  • Jennifer Morrison

    Emma Swan

  • Lana Parrilla

    Evil Queen/Regina Mills

  • Josh Dallas

    Prince Charming/David Nolan

  • Emilie de Ravin

    Belle

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  • Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, writers of Lost, have created a modern take on fairy tales with a female lead character, Emma Swan, who has moved to Maine. The show revolves around the adaptation of fairytale characters such as Snow White and Prince Charming who have been brought into the real world with no knowledge of their true identities, due to the Evil Queen, who cast an evil spell on the entire land.moreless

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    • Snow White: (after being woken by Charming) You. You found me.
      Prince Charming: Did you ever doubt I would?
      Snow White: Truthfully? The glass coffin gave me pause.

    • Emma: (on a date) Wait, let me guess: You are handsome, charming...
      Ryan: Go on...
      Emma: The kind of guy who-and stop me if I get this wrong-embezzled from your employer, got arrested and skipped town before they could throw your ass in jail.

    • Ryan: Who are you?
      Emma: The chick that put up the rest of the money.
      Ryan: You're a bail bondsman.
      Emma: Bail bonds-person.

    • Prince Charming: You're wasting your time, you've already lost. And I will not let you ruin this wedding.
      The Evil Queen: Oh, I haven't come here to ruin anything. On the contrary, dear, I've come to give you a gift.
      Snow White: We want nothing from you.
      The Evil Queen: But you shall have it. My gift to you is this happy, happy day. For tomorrow my real work begins. You've made your vows. Now I make mine. Soon, everything you love, everything all of you love, will be taken from you, forever. And out of your suffering will rise my victory. I shall destroy your happiness if it is the last thing I do.

    • Henry: Wait. Please don't call the cops. Please come home with me.
      Emma: Where's home?
      Henry: Storybrooke, Maine.
      Emma: Storybrooke? Seriously?

    • Snow White: I haven't had a restful night since our wedding.
      Prince Charming: That's what she wants, to get in your head. But they're only words. She can't hurt us.
      Snow White: She poisoned an apple because she thought I was prettier than her. You have no idea of what she's capable.

    • Emma: Just because you believe something doesn't make it true.
      Henry: That's exactly what makes it true. You should know more than anyone.
      Emma: Why is that?
      Henry: Because you're in this book.
      Emma: Oh, kid, you've got problems.
      Henry: Yep, and you're gonna fix 'em.

    • Snow White: What do you know?
      Rumplestiltskin: The Queen has created a powerful curse, and it's coming. Soon you'll all be in a prison, just like me, only worse, for your prison, all of our prisons, will be time, for time will stop, and we will be trapped someplace horrible, where everything we hold dear, everything we love will be ripped from us, while we suffer for all eternity, while the Queen celebrates, victorious at last! No more happy endings.

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    Notes (134)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: April 14, 2013 on CTV

    • Music: Howlin' for You (The Black Keys)

    • Injoke: When Emma arrives the town clock is stuck at 8:15, and the mayor's address is shown as 108. Both of these were important and prominent numbers on Lost, and the creators were both writers on that program.

    • Injoke: One of the people in Henry's e-mail inbox is Damon, a reference to Damon Lindelof, one of the people involved in the conception of Once Upon a Time.

    • Filmed in British Columbia

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 23, 2011 on CTV
      UK: April 1, 2012 on Channel 5/Channel 5 HD
      Slovakia: October 26, 2012 on JOJ

    • Music: Don't Be Shy (Cat Stevens)

    • Josh Dallas is credited, but is only shown in reused footage from the Pilot episode.

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    Trivia (81)

    • Trivia: Behind the opening title, Maleficent's unicorn can be seen.

    • Regina says that her apples are Honeycrisps, but the color and shape of the apples indicate that they are Red Delicious.

    • Trivia: Behind the opening title, a troll can be seen.

    • Trivia: Prince Charming's name of James is given.

    • Trivia: Behind the opening title, Cinderella's fairy godmother can be seen.

    • Trivia: Behind the opening title, Rumpelstiltskin's spinning wheel can be seen.

    • Trivia: Behind the opening title, the dragon that Prince Charming fights can be seen.

    • Trivia: Behind the opening title, the Huntsman's wolf guide can be seen.

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    Allusions (11)

    • Title:
      Referencing the 1940 novel of the same name by Carson McCullers, about a deaf man, Josh Singer, and his four friends: Dr. Benedict Copeland, Biff Brannon, Jake Blount, and Mick Kelly. Each of them has their own troubles and fails to perceive those of Josh's. It was adapted into a film in 1968.

    • Dave: The apes haven't taken over. Yet.
      Referencing the 2011 movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which takes place partially in a primate shelter in San Bruno, CA. The movie revolves around Caesar, an ape who is given human-level intelligence after he is infected with a designer virus intended to cure Alzheimer's.

    • Ruby: And you dress like Norman Bates when he dresses like Norman Bates' mother.

      Referencing the 1960 movie Psycho, which initially chronicles the exploits of a secretary embezzling money from her employer. She hides at an isolated motel owned by Norman Bates, who likes to stuff animals. He claims to have a mother who lives in the house at the top of the hill, but it is eventually revealed that she is a figment of Norman's delusional mind, and he dresses up like her to kill anyone who offends "Mother."

    • Emma: You plotting your escape from Shawshank, kid?
      Referencing the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption based on Stephen King's 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. In the movie and the novella, an innocent man is sent to prison and tries not to let the experience break him, while attempting to find a way to escape.

    • Leroy: 'Cause you seen E.T. or Splash or any other movie where they find something magical and study it to death?
      Referencing two popular fantasy/s.f. movies of the 1980s. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial features a small brownish alien stranded on Earth who befriends a boy. The movie then chronicles E.T.'s attempts to communicate with his people and get home despite interference by the U.S. government. Splash is a 1984 movie about a mermaid who ventures up onto land to find the love of her life.

    • Title:
      Referencing the 1973 song by Bruce Springsteen. It was released on the album The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle by what became the E Street Band.

    • Regina: If you want to waste your time playing Nancy Drew, be my guest.
      Referencing the girl detective Nancy Drew, first written by Mildred Benson in 1930. The series has been updated several times and been the subject of several movies and TV series, the most recent in 2007 with Emma Roberts in the title role.

    • Title:
      Referencing the song Bein' Green written by Joe Raposo, and popularized when performed by Kermit the Frog on Sesame Street.

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  • Fan Reviews (176)
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