Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 11

Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 2012 on ABC
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Episode Summary


While Sydney seeks out Emma's help against Regina, Mary Margaret and David continue their clandestine meetings. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Snow's father King Leopold receives three wishes from a Genie, who warns him to be careful what he wishes for.

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  • Interesting

    This was one of the better episodes although very predictable. Always nice seeing scenes with Lana Parrilla. She totally rocks the character of Regina and I love when she puts the always annoying Ms. Swan to her place.
  • Great episode!

    This one has a lot of interesting elements! The storyline with Sidney was unexpected, as I didn't think we'd be seeing him again for some reason, but turns out he is the Genie! :P

    There were some really interesting moments for this pisode, with the ending being the best of all. I didn't expect the love interest between The Queen and Sidney, and I can't believe he went in the Mirror! THat was some clever writing!

    The only change I would make would be to remove the snakes - those scenes were just vile.

    Other than taht, keep it up, OUaT! I'm loving it! :Dmoreless
  • good but predictable

    Hmm. I can't say I didn't like this episode because I did. However, There were chunks of it that I found far fetched, even for a story about fairy tales. I usually have a problem with love at first sight in movies; it usually comes off as a quick and easy way to get thru the storyline. So I have no idea why the genie instantly fell for Regina. And I can't help but think that even if he did, he may have put up at least a tiny inner struggle considering what the king did for him.

    Furthermore, it was crazy that he asked for such a vague wish that pretty much anything could have happened to him. He is actually lucky that he got away with being stuck in the mirror and not turned into a giant protruding wart on the end of the queen's nose.

    And of course there is the part where I was never convinced that he was really thru working for Regina. Perhaps if they had staged an actual argument or something so we could at least wonder for a few seconds about whether he really had jumped ship.

    However, it was entertaining and it was fun to see how he got to the mirror and also interesting to learn what happened to Snow's father. Plus, we can see how ruthless this character can be, so should the curse get broken, this will not be somebody to cross. But then again... will he seek revenge on Regina? Or still be helplessly in love? Love that there is so much to think about all the time!moreless
  • Very Predictable indeed..

    I have to agree with everyone else that this episode was predictable. I knew that Regina would come out victorious and that Sidney would never betray her, but i like the fact that Emma can not hang out with Henry anymore so in a way this will be an obstacle for both Emma and Henry. I also have to agree with the fact that Regina is getting soft as the villain, the only evil thing she did to me was her killing her own father. I need her to go back to that in order for me to believe her as the evil queen.moreless
  • Great but predictable

    This episode was quite an improvement over the last one. I liked Sidney 's backstory, even though it was predictable. Here are some of my thoughts and questions:

    - Henry is still annoying as hell and I want his character to die

    - How ungrateful was the Genie- he killed the King that helped him!

    - Didn't Emma say that she had the power to always know when you were lying? Or is she just tricking Sidney and Regina?

    -So what did Regina mean when she said she was trapped like the tree? Do you think she was being honest or was that part of her playing the Genie as well?

    -If the king knew he couldn't love Regina why was he so intent on keeping her?

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Emma Swan

Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla

Evil Queen/Regina Mills

Josh Dallas

Josh Dallas

Prince Charming/David Nolan

Jared Gilmore

Jared Gilmore

Henry Mills

Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle

Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold

Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin

Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

King Leopold

Guest Star

Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito

Magic Mirror/Sydney Glass

Recurring Role

Tony Perez

Tony Perez


Recurring Role

Eion Bailey

Eion Bailey


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Leopold: So you wish to be free?
      Genie: More than anything.
      Leopold: Than I know my first wish. I wish you to be free.
      Genie: Can it be? Am I truly free?
      Leopold: You're the genie. You tell me.

    • Genie: In my time, I have granted 1,001 wishes, and I have seen them end poorly 1,001 times. Making a wish comes with a price. And that is why I never... use... this wish.

    • Mary Margaret: We have to stop doing this.
      Dave: We just started doing it.
      Mary Margaret: We have to figure out what we're doing.
      Dave: We will. Tomorrow.

    • Genie: Such a lovely tree.
      Evil Queen: Yes, it's from my childhood garden. The tree and I share something in common. Neither of us can leave the palace and neither of us truly belongs.

    • Gold: The question is, Emma, why are you standing out here in the middle of the night with Mr. Glass?
      Sydney: You don't know what Regina did to me. you don't know what she did to her son. We can't just sit idly by.
      Gold: Of course you can. Be careful. Emotional entanglements can lead us down very dangerous paths.

    • Emma: It looks like we had the same idea.
      Sydney: Well, if you can't beat her... drink.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Raphael Sbarge is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Injoke: The Genie's home country of Agrabah, and the bracers as a token of his enslavement, are taken from the Disney movie Aladdin (1992).

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: January 29, 2012 on CTV
      Sweden: March 22, 2012 on Kanal 5
      UK: June 10, 2012 on Channel 5
      Australia: July 22, 2012 on 7TWO
      Germany: November 6, 2012 on Super RTL
      Slovakia: November 30, 2012 on JOJ