Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 18

The Stable Boy

19
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 01, 2012 on ABC
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  • HALLELUJAH FOR PROGRESS

    Once Upon a Time: Mother Knows Best

    This week's episode systematically dismantled every single one of my complaints about Once Upon a Time.

  • Episode Summary

    Emma continues to try and prove Mary Margaret's innocence in the murder of Kathryn Nolan. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Regina must choose between marrying for true love, or accepting her mother Cora's choice for her husband.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Ok episode but some really disappointing information

      6.0
      Well.... hmmm... this episode was great in that it finally explained why Regina hates Snow White so much. The problem is that the reason is insane, ridiculous and frankly, downright nearly impossible to believe. We also go to meet Regina's mother who is as evil as her daughter... and with some mystery surrounding her, which is always good on this show.



      The stories moved along, too, getting to see how Mr. Gold manipulated Regina to set up a piece of his plan. Then came the somewhat unexpected (altho not completely surprising) twist of Kathryn showing up alive. Oh my...



      Acting good as usual.... storyline moved along... the only downside was the hideous revelation of the root of Regina's hate. There has to be more than that! Right?moreless
    • One of the best!

      10
      I might even call this the best episode yet! If not, it comes pretty darn close! The storyline was so fascinating! Makes me hate Regina's mother more than I hated Regina. If Snow hadn't told her... none of this would ever be happening! The writers have excelled with such an amazing storyline!



      But with even the brilliance of this storyline, it was the cliffhanger at the end that was even better! I can't believe what Ruby discovered! I won't spoil it, but it is just incredible! What will all this lead to? I can't fuigure it out!



      Such an intense cliffhanger! I can't wait to know what happens next! Luckily the next episode is on tomorrow night here in Australia, so it won't b e as long a wait! Only four episodes to go, and I can't wait to find out what is yet to come in th e rest of Season 1!!!moreless
    • One of my favorite episodes :)

      10
      Really. Everytime you give me Regina or Mr. Gold - centered episode I am happy happy happy. This was an amazing episode andn every fan will appreciate it because we finally learned more about Evil Queen - mostly, what the hell made her so evil. And most importantly why she hates Mary Margaret so much and wants her to rot in jail. Interesting stuff, I hope this long 3-week break between new airings will pass by quickly and we will get new OUAT stuff in a jiffy. ~10/10~moreless
    • Too contrived for me.

      3.5
      I'm sorry, I just don't buy it. Misplaced hatred like this is just totally unbelievable and stupid. Regina witnesses her mother kill her love and then places all her hate on a young naive girl when she was obviously just doing what she thought was right? Come on! There's no way. I hate when writers contrive ridicules conflicts like this. It totally ruins the story.



      I enjoyed seeing Regina "before" and I liked the concept of seeing how she became evil. But... please. Could you at least make it a bit more believable?moreless
    • Broken Heart

      10
      Time doesn't heal all wounds, this to me is one of my favorate episodes of the show, which in a way is like a Shakesperian tragidy. It was interesting seeing what Regina was like in the past where she was a woman that was sweet, independent, and full of warmth. But also having a healthy relationship with Dannel a mere Stable Boy, I like the fact that she doesn't care about his status she loves the guy for who he is; that to me I feel is part of what love is that a certain difference whether in class, race, religion, or any other feature shouldn't matter, the feelings you share for each other and bond you create are what's important. In a way this makes this all the more heartwrenching because you know or have an idea of what's going to happen and you don't want it too happen but there's nothing you can do to stop it.



      It was also interesting seeing a really young version of Snow White, the child actor was perfectly cast, both we see use to be friends. And we see the reason why Regina hates snow because she accidently broke a promise she made; I always felt Snow's naivity wasn't just a strength but a weakness, at that age obviously wasn't aware that there are such things as abusive parients and the deceptions they would display. Though I don't feel Snow was totally at fault, Cora manipulated the truth out of Snow, so in reality it was Cora's fault.



      Barbra Hershey does a great job at playing Cora. Just like the mom she played in "Black Swan" Cora is just awful you just plain hate this person. She doesn't love Regina from the sick pleasure she gets from abusing Regina and just sees her as nothing but a tool, she is a person in love with power she believes in the philososphy that power is forever and that is all you need in life. But this is a crock of crap because in reality power doesn't last sooner or later it fades, as Ryuken from the anime movie "Fist of the North Star" said "Power without perception is spirtually useless and of no true value."



      Regina's transformation from good to evil is a bit similar like with the movie "Cronicle" where it exposed on one of the factors that create villians and supervillians in our world. In that movie it focused on a teen with superpowers but was unfortuantely a target of abuse from his low life father as well as bullies left and right. Like Regina this teen was a good kid didn't want to harm anyone and even had desires of his own, Regina it was to get married to Dannel, the teen it was to go to Tibet and take religon there (I think). But dire circumstances rob those desires and hopes with it from them and make them choose the role of villian/supervillan to lash out all the pain and angush on everyone.



      The final half was heartwrenching as we see the tragidy strike and Regina's heart breaking little by little till there it's gone. The greatest crime of humanity is to destroy love.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

    Jared Gilmore

    Jared Gilmore

    Henry Mills

    Eion Bailey

    Eion Bailey

    August Booth

    Alan Dale

    Alan Dale

    District Attorney Albert Spencer/King George

    Guest Star

    Richard Schiff

    Richard Schiff

    King Leopold

    Guest Star

    Barbara Hershey

    Barbara Hershey

    Cora

    Guest Star

    Anastasia Griffith

    Anastasia Griffith

    Kathryn Nolan/Abigail

    Recurring Role

    Giancarlo Esposito

    Giancarlo Esposito

    Magic Mirror/Sydney Glass

    Recurring Role

    Meghan Ory

    Meghan Ory

    Ruby/Red Riding Hood

    Recurring Role

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