Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 21

An Apple Red as Blood

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 06, 2012 on ABC
out of 10
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    Once Upon a Time: Snackrifices

    The amazing "Oh, it's on, we are going into the finale next week, dawg!" ending to "An Apple Red as Blood" helped balance its atrocious beginning.

  • Episode Summary

    While Regina schemes to get Emma out of Storybrooke for good, Henry begs Emma to stay. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world Snow calls upon her allies to save Prince Charming and defeat the Evil Queen.

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    • 1.21 'An Apple Red as Blood'

      This was another amazing episode of Once. Kept me on the edge of my seat. That intro seemed so real and I felt terribly sorry for Regina because deep down I know she's not that bad of a person and tried to love Henry, he's the one that pushed her away. But she comes up with a plan while Henry tries to convince Emma to break the spell. But she still doesn't listen. Regina got herself a special apple (with a little help of her friend and some leftover magic) and baked a something special for Emma. But before Emma leaves Storybrooke (she wanted to leave Henry with Regina, she thought it'd be only for the best) she says goodbye to her little son and he is so desperate that he eats a piece of the poisonex cake just to prove a point and the episode ends with Emma being stunned and Henry lying on the floor ... looking very dead. 9.0/10moreless
    • Juicy Episode!

      Boy things are really starting to come to a head here! Naturally I love the Gold/Regina exchanges--- especially getting to hear Robert Carlyle drop the "fertilizer" blast. Writing is so witty and crisp! And Lana Parilla sure does play the smug look perfectly.

      I wasn't sure I was going to appreciate the use of magic in Storeybrooke, since it is the "land with no magic" however it worked fine. So, Regina had to go retrieve it ... ok no problem.

      This episode left us hanging on our seats. The only thing I would have to say I did not like was the attack of the fairies. Not only was it kind of silly in plot, it looked ridiculous from a cinematographic sense... it looked like a cartoon.

      All in all, tho, it was a good one that leaves me excited for the finale.moreless
    • OMG! What a cliffhanger!

      I can't believe what just happened! This episode is up there with the best, and it certainly has the most unbelievable cliffhanger so far! The storyline in the fairytale worls was interesting - albeit admittedly predictable - while the storyline in the current real world was phenomenal as well, with a brilliant cliffhanger!

      What will happen next? I can't wait to find out! Luckily, the finale is on tomorrow night here, so it won't be too long a wait, but OUaT is quickly turning into onceof my favourite shows! Keep it up!moreless
    • Angels Sacrifice

      The theme in the episode is about sacrifice, the main heroes in the episode are really Snow and Henry. I really liked seeing Snow kick some butt in a battle sequence which I thought was good if nothing really memorable. But it comes down to that moment when both Regina and Snow both have a negotiaion, I really like the dialog between them Snow is trying to make peace but it's to no avil as Regina choses to continue hating Snow as

      she presents the truth to her on what happened to Dannel but also down to giving Snow the terrible sacrifical dillema for Charming to live she must die.

      And it the same with Henry as we see him strugling to show Emma the light of truth. But Emma is too stuburn may'be even a bit stupid to open her mind. Henry then sees the apple turnover Regina made, and warn Emma with the truth that her life is in danger but once again Emma is stuburn.

      This dilema is all because of the bad choices and stuburness of both Regina and Emma make. Regina is willing to do anything to keep the curse going, that moment she sacrifices her engagement ring the only relic she has of Dannel is a bit sad and disturbing because it really makes you wonder if her villiany really knows no bounds. Emma's biggest weakness wasn't so much the fact she was sceptical but really that she never believed in herself which is what has caused her to be irresponsible from her childhood to now.

      I really liked the moment between both Snow and Emma, it was interesting because Snow was actually acting as a mother toward Emma, the way she scolded Emma was like any mom disapointed in the bad choices their daughter makes. Snow then gives Emma the best lesson which is to take responsibility. Unfortunately Emma just doesn't learn this lesson as we see her make another bad choice which is to leave town. These bad choices are what cause two people to lose their lives.

      What both Snow and Henry do at the end is heartsinking and heartwrenching we see both take a bite of the posionous apple so the ones they love can live.moreless
    • A few answers, 100 more questions

      I loved this episode, but mostly just because I love Lana Parrilla and Sebastian Stan. The show has been very off balance lately, although it's still the most amazing thing on television.

      The good:

      -Regina is clearly developing a conscience. The dream sequence was a little over the top, but it was a good set-up for her desperation throughout the episode (her negotiating with Gold, contacting Jefferson, trying to poison Emma). Also, I love that she was willing to sacrifice her ring to get the apple. Sets her up for a big decision in the finale: is she willing to sacrifice Henry for the curse? So far no price has been too high for her. Will the curse finally cost more than she's willing to pay? Excellent character development here, and I have high hopes for the finale. I hope they don't give her a complete redemption (too fast, too out of character) but I'd like to see her take a step in the right direction.

      -We finally understand why Regina didn't just kill Emma ages ago: her death would break the curse.

      -We know why the queen put Snow under the sleeping curse instead of killing her: to make her relive all of her regrets for 'eternity'. That kind of suffering would certainly satisfy the queen. Bravo writers, very plausible.

      -Emma is finally getting some depth back to her character. Morrison's performance in the last scene was amazing. I loved seeing her with Henry, and loved that she is finally seeing clearly the damage her feud with Regina is doing to Henry.

      -Mary Margaret scolding her troubled daughter. Priceless. Snow White, much?

      The bad:

      -Not enough Gold XD

      -WHYWHYWHY would Jefferson strike a deal with Regina? After all he's been through?! And what the heck happened to him after 'Hat Trick'? Did he just pop back into SB of his own accord? Plausible, but feels like the writers dropped the ball a bit here.

      -The hat let Jefferson travel BACK IN TIME?! WHAT?! This might be an interesting mystery for season 2, but unless this is vital to the season finale (which it could still be, so I'll withhold my judgement) it's just making the episode too busy.

      -Emma just stands by screaming Henry's name when he collapses? Um, ok...

      -So many questions (too many to even list here). We better get some answers in the finale, because I feel like nothing has actually HAPPENED since episode 2.

      Overall, an entertaining episode, but I really hope everything pays off in the finale.moreless
    Ginnifer Goodwin

    Ginnifer Goodwin

    Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard

    Jennifer Morrison

    Jennifer Morrison

    Emma Swan

    Lana Parrilla

    Lana Parrilla

    Evil Queen/Regina Mills

    Josh Dallas

    Josh Dallas

    Prince Charming/David Nolan

    Eion Bailey

    Eion Bailey

    August Booth/Pinocchio

    Jared Gilmore

    Jared Gilmore

    Henry Mills

    Lee Arenberg

    Lee Arenberg


    Recurring Role

    Meghan Ory

    Meghan Ory

    Ruby/Red Riding Hood

    Recurring Role

    Beverley Elliott

    Beverley Elliott


    Recurring Role

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