Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 5

That Still Small Voice

23
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary

As Sheriff Graham chooses a new deputy for Storybrooke, a mysterious sinkhole appears at the edge of town and threatens to have dire consequences. Back in fairytale world, Jiminy Cricket must make a life-changing decision.

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  • Mine yourself!

    6.5
    Not quite as strong as recent weeks, ''That Still Small Voice'', while decent in parts, and certainly darker than I expected it to be, suffers the most from pacing issues as we hop back and forth between storybrooke and fairytale land. Jiminy Circkets backstory carried pathos and the occasional twist, however the lag is mostly due to a lot of waiting around in Strorybrooke and generating tension from a whole lot of nothing. Apparently all you need in order to become a deputy in Storybrooke is sass and a perky hairdo? Go figure! Neverthless, the acting is still top-notch, and even though the drama felt forced here, Lana Parilla is still an absolute joy to watch, shredding the screen as she chews on her dialogue and spits it over whoever stands in her way. Fantastic!moreless
  • The thinking man's episode

    8.0
    So.. here we are.. learning more things about more people and their pasts. I like this concept and I love how they weave everyone in together. And there is always just enough new information thrown at us to keep us thinking and guessing and wanting to tune back in.



    As for Jared Gilmore's acting... I am stunned by those who continue to bad mouth him. He is doing a great job (like most everyone else) and is adorable to boot. Playing a precocious child is not easy, since most children are not precocious. But he is pulling it off with flying colors. I enjoy his scenes almost as much as Carlyle's.moreless
  • Very interesting!

    10
    Well the negatives for this episode ar e the lack of suspense this week, except for some of those scenes in the mines.



    However, there were heaps of positives! Our Evil Queen Regina was at her brilliant best today! She's so evil! I love it!



    The Jiminy Cricket storyline was OK. Not as good as Cinderella's last week, but still pretty interesting. Should be interesting to see how this develops in future episodes.



    Rumpelstiltskin is just annoyign me, though... he's evil, but not in a good and interesting way like the Queen... :/



    Great episode! Can't wait to see more, and especially with an interesting little cliffhanger! :)moreless
  • Predictable but suspenseful..

    8.0
    Fairytale world. We learn about Jimminy Cricket's past and his journey from son of thieves, to a cricket with a consciense. I quite enjoyed this tale. I thought the settings were quite depressing for Fairy Tale land, and looked rather gloomy like something you'd find in an historic movie about war, but the story was interesting and I liked his character and how it became apparent that he becomes involved with Pinochio and Gepetto in the future.



    Storybrooke. Henry and Archie get stuck in a goldmine after Henry ran away. The escape was due to an argument between Regina and Archie regarding Archie's treatment methods, causing Archie to say some hurtful things to Henry. The whole town gathers round the mine to try and save them, and they do right after Regina and Emma play on the same side for the first time this season.



    I enjoyed it very much. It wasn't exactly surprising, or fresh, or anything but it was fun to watch and quite exiting. I really did think Archie was dead for a second there in the end. One thing I thought was odd though was how Mary wasn't at the mine with everyone. I mean, we all know how fondly she feels about Henry. It just didn't make sense that she not get told about what was happening.



    Anyway, a solid installment. Can't wait for the next!



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  • Review: That Still Small Voice

    6.5
    This episode told the story of Jiminy Cricket in the flashbacks and the mine cave-in during present-day Storybrooke.



    The backstory was more interesting than the mine collapse plot, which was mostly predictable and the actions taken by the townspeople (eg. blowing up the cave entrance) made no sense, since they could have seriously injured Henry and Archie.



    I didn't feel much for Archie before this episode, but his backstory as Jiminy Cricket made me like him. I was disheartened to see Rumpelstiltskin involved again, but it was a good twist showing why Jiminy Cricket got involved in Gepetto and later Pinocchino's life.



    The backstory also tied in well with the present-day story, and it was great to see Archie stand up to Regina.moreless
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

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge

Jiminy Cricket/Dr. Archie Hopper

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan

Sheriff Graham

Harry Groener

Harry Groener

Martin/Puppet Prince

Guest Star

Carolyn Hennesy

Carolyn Hennesy

Myrna/Puppet Princess/Puppet Dragon

Guest Star

Laura Bertram

Laura Bertram

Donna

Guest Star

Anastasia Griffith

Anastasia Griffith

Kathryn Nolan/Regal Blonde

Recurring Role

Keegan Connor Tracy

Keegan Connor Tracy

Blue Fairy

Recurring Role

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola

Geppetto/Marco

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Regina: Sometimes I think you've forgotten. You work for me. You're an employee, and I can fire you. This is my town. You will lose your office, lose your house. I can cut you down in size until you're a tiny shrunken little creature, and this (pointing at Archie's umbrella) will be the only roof over your damn head.

    • Mary Margaret: It'll come back. They're sending you home in a week. They have to think you're progressing, don't they?
      Dave: Physically.
      Mary Margaret: Well, you're making new memories just fine.
      Dave: Maybe I'll like these better.

    • Jiminy: Look, can't we skip this tonight? We don't need the money.
      Princess of Puppets: Everything isn't about money, Jiminy. It's the principle.
      Prince of Puppets: A commitment to excellence.
      Princess of Puppets: Excellence at stealing money.

    • Princess of Puppets: We have elf tonic.
      Prince of Puppets: Made by elves from elves.
      Princess of Puppets: Four out of five court physicians recommend it.
      Prince of Puppets: Fifth one died before he could try it.

    • Regina: You will do as I say, or...
      Archie: Or what? You'll ruin my life? You'll do your worst? Because I will always do my best.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Injoke: The candy bar Archie takes from Henry's backpack is the Apollo brand. Apollo candy was used frequently in Lost, both in the show and as part of its real-life viral campaign.

    • Injoke: Archie's Dalmatian, Pongo, is named after the father dog in the movie 101 Dalmatians.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: November 27, 2011 on CTV
      UK: April 29, 2012 on Channel 5
      Germany: October 3, 2012 on Super RTL
      Slovakia: November 9, 2012 on JOJ

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