Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 4

The Price of Gold

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Emma tries to aid a young pregnant woman who is escaping from Mr. Gold. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Cinderella regrets making a deal with Rumplestiltskin.

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  • Gone Baby Gone

    7.0
    An interesting take on the Cinderella yarn, ''Once...'' manages to offer up another strong contender for why this is one of the best new shows to come around in quite a while. It mixes all of the right ingredients to keep things both grounded and, at the same time, as light as air. Rumpelstilskin has his greasy fingers in everyones dinner, and this episode, in particular, is more centered around him and his penchant for making deals than on Cinderella herself. Naturally, Emma's rash decision to make a deal with Mr. Gold down the line, while noble, will obviously bite her in the apple-bottomed ass! It's still unclear whether or not Mr. Gold knows of his fairytale past, it's really difficult to say, but that's what makes this show so fun.moreless
  • interesting episode...

    9.0
    This episode is by far the most intriguing so far. It may not have been what we were used to thus far, but that by no means it was not good. In fact, it raised interesting questions about Rumplestiltskin that really get one's mind thinking. I mean, really... why would he want Cinderella's baby? Why, in fact, would he want any baby? And one could easily think of how he asked Snow for the NAME of her baby. But that's not the same thing, now is it? He is an intriguing character and Robert Carlyle could not be doing a better job at playing him.



    As for those who re disappointed that teh storyline here is not the Cindereall story we all know and have heard 1000 times.... isn't 1000 times enough? This is not a historical documentary; it is a fictional show that alters, intertwines and gives new shape to these old fairy tale characters. If you want a rehashing of the stories that were read to you as a child, then go to the library and head to the kids' section. This is a new take and I am thrilled so far by itmoreless
  • Very different storyline, but just as good as the others, if not better.

    10
    I guess it's fair to say that this episode's storyline was not quite the same or similar to the first three. It branched out into a totally different storyline, and the characters like the Evil Queen, Snow White and Prince Charming played very minimal roles, both in past and present.



    Aside from that, the storyline was actually extremely interesting. We learnt more about Rumpelstiltskin, a.k.a. Mr. Gold, as well as Cinderella. Storyline didn't og how I expecfted, and it certainly branched off the traditional Cinderella story, but that's not a bad thing! It made it unpredictable and very enjoyable!



    I'm interested to know whether or not Cinderella will play any sort of a major role throughout the future episodes, but even if she doesn't, this episode could have some extreme ramifications for Ema, in many ways.



    Keep it up, OUaT!!! I'm loving this show after just four episodes and I can't wait for more!!! :)moreless
  • Not what I expecting, but it wasn't bad either..

    7.5
    The episode is split into Cinderella's deal with Rumpelstilskin, and the consequences of her choice in Fairy Tale world, and the events that followed Ashley's deal with Mr. Gold in Storybrooke.



    Okay, so it wasn't the tale I was expecting. What I thought we'd see was Cinderella dealing with her evil stepmother and stepsisters, and then escaping to the ball, and meeting her prince where she'd then have to deal with Rumpelstilskin or the evil queen. A re-inactment of the original story with a twist basically. Instead I got a pregnant Cinderella trying to save her baby alongside a prince who barely had precense. I didn't enjoy the Fairty Tale world part very much, however I did think the scene where Cinderella tried to get Rumpelstilskin to sign the contract was quite exiting.



    On the other hand, I loved the StoryBrooke parts of the episodes!!! There was character development for Emma. You can see she regretted giving her son up, and it shows in how determined she is to help Ashley. Everything she did for her makes her a hero in my oponion and that deffinately makes me want to root for her. I loved the speech she gave her about how she needed to make things happen, and then it was followed by another beautiful speech about how she shouldn't run away.



    Anyway, yes, it dosen't have the mystical umph and exitement the previous 3 had, and Cinderella wasn't as likeable as Snow White, which is odd considering I preffered Cinderella growing up, but it was entertaining, and well written and It dosen't deserve less than a 7 :Dmoreless
  • Review: The Price of Gold

    4.0
    This episode told the story of Cinderella in the flashbacks, and Ashley's pregnancy in the present-day.



    This was the first episode that really disappointed me. The casting for Cinderella wasn't that great. The character wasn't very likeable, especially because she was portrayed as rather dim, not reading the contract, and making a deal with Rumplestiltskin even though he killed the Fairy Godmother.



    I really didn't like the major change in the Cinderella story... I've loved the twists so far, but this one totally distorted the original story and Rumplesiltskin felt forced in.



    The present-day tale of Ashley was't that engrossing, plus it was frustrating to see Emma make a deal with Mr. Gold and now she owes him. It would have been better if Emma had used the law to force Mr. Gold's hand.



    There were some good moments with Henry and Emma, though, but overall, the casting and writing both contributed to this being a mediocre and disappointing episode.moreless
Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Emma Swan

Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla

Evil Queen/Regina Mills

Josh Dallas

Josh Dallas

Prince Charming/John Doe

Jared Gilmore

Jared Gilmore

Henry Mills

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan

Sheriff Graham

Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle

Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold

Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips

Sean/Prince Thomas

Guest Star

Jessy Schram

Jessy Schram

Ashley Boyd/Cinderella

Guest Star

Ted Whittall

Ted Whittall

Mitchell/The King

Guest Star

Meghan Ory

Meghan Ory

Ruby/Red Riding Hood

Recurring Role

Lee Arenberg

Lee Arenberg

Leroy/Grumpy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Cinderella: (seeing her slippers) Glass?
      Rumplestiltskin: Every story needs a memorable detail.

    • Henry: You're brave. We'll need that for Operation Cobra. Speaking of, you think we need code names?
      Emma: Isn't "Cobra" our code name?
      Henry: That's the mission. I mean, us. I need something to call you.
      Emma: Oh. Um, well, why don't you just call me Emma for now?
      Henry: Okay. Well, then, see you later. Emma.

    • Graham: I could use a deputy.
      Emma: Thank you, but I have a job.
      Graham: As a bail bondsperson. There's not much of that going on here.
      Emma: I don't see a lot of sheriffing going on around here, either.
      Graham: Well, here's your chance to see it up close. There's dental.

    • Regina: I did a little digging into who you are. What I found out was quite soothing. It all comes down to the number seven.
      Emma: Seven?
      Regina: It's the number of addresses you've had in the last decade. Your longest stint anywhere was two years. really, what did you enjoy so much about Tallahassee?

    • Regina: In order for something to grow, Miss Swan, it needs roots. And you... don't have any. People don't change, they only fool themselves into believing they can.

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