Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 20

The Stranger

16
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 2012 on ABC
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  • AUGUST IS LOOKING A LITTLE WOODEN

    Once Upon a Time: A Heartwarming Nightmare

    This episode made me feel a lot, and I'm very pleased that OUaT is so aggressively covering ground.

  • Episode Summary

    While August offers to show Emma how she can defeat Regina and gain custody of Henry, Regina plans to seduce David. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world Gepetto agrees to save Snow and Charming's daughter, but seeks to save his son Pinocchio as well.

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    • good episode,,, but Emma, get with it!

      8.5
      Well, well, well.... SO THAT is who August is.... very interesting and well worth the wait. This episode is good in how it cleared up one mystery and created new ones. For example, what was with Regina and David? Is that her empty void acting up?



      And of course, the biggest question... what on earth will make Emma believe? Or even consider the possibility that what Henry says could be true? I mean, I know it would be hard to swallow... but with all the coincidences, how can she not stop and think about it for just a second??



      Gotta say, acting was spot on again. Dialogue crisp, even if some of the Fairy Tale Land scenes went on a little long at timesmoreless
    • Wow!

      10
      This was a brilliant episode! We finally find out more about August and the mystery that he presents! Can't belive who he turns aout to be and what happened to him back in the fairtyale world! It's astounding!



      The ending of the episode leaves a lot of questions! Is Emma seriously running away and leaving Storybrooke with Henry? It's sorta kidnapping, and not setting a good example as a sheriff and what not... :P



      But I'm worried that if she does leave with Henry, the Queen will try to stop Emma ever seeing him like she almost did that one other time.



      So many questions! I can't wait for the next two episodes! OUaT has been and still is brilliant! Can't wait for more!moreless
    • AMAZING episode thanks to the Lost reference!

      10
      I loved this episode anyway but the Lost reference made me say out loud OH MY GOD! I started crying at the sight of Oceanic Flight 815 flying over!

      It's strange, us losties are trying to move on but as soon as we see something like that, all the memories come rushing back (like a rush of blood to the head) and you realise how amazing that show was and what it felt like to love Lost. Thanks to once upon a time, they have that Lost style writing and the tone which makes me care about the characters and the story. The episode was so beautiful and I loved the father (Gepetto) and son (pinocchio) relationship so touching! I want more Lost references!moreless
    • Splinter

      9.5
      This episode I think is great because we discover who August really is Pinichio but also that Emma is the daughter of Snow and Charming. I'm not too supprised by that since there have been hints of that, though this would also mean Henry is the grandson of Snow and Charming so that's cool. Thoughout this episode the theme is on the consequences of irresponsiblity, and there is a parallel with Gepetto, Pinnocio/August, and Emma because all three have made a wrong choice and have failed to take responsibility on the roles their suppose to play, which makes the episode tragic.



      For Gepetto the choice he made is understandable because he was just being a father, but he was also suppose to be a hero. Once, he forces a unfair bargin on the Fairy I feel that is when he loses the title of hero, his love for Pinnocio is a selfish kind and he does teach Pinnocio a bad leason which does affect what happens latter. It's true there is such a thing as grey areas and everyone does lie but that doesn't mean you should.



      Pinnocio as we see in the end breaks the promise he made to his father which was to always protect Emma, he fails due to submiting to his own selfish desire of excaping from the crappy orphanage. There is a sign that is crappy with this one moment where Pinocio is fixing Emma's crib and there is this stupid frak head (probably drunk) handy man that barks at him not to touch or take a screw, even though Pinocio practically did his job, a simple job almost anyone at any age could do. Anyway, I can't help but feel if Pinocio stayed with Emma both could have gone into a good home together, if not at least he'd at least be able to take care of her as he got older and may'be both would have found a place to live. But most importantly there could of been a stronger bond between them and he could of taught her everything about the Fairy Tale world, which could help her become disallusioned in the world she lives in. He does come back to forfill his promise but as we see it was too late.



      Finally Emma, I always felt her sceptism was her weakness and now it's finally the very thing that will not just destroy the Fairy Tale characters but herself and Henry. We then see a moment when Pinnocio shows her the hard proof of his leg become wood but what she see in flesh and blood, it's revealed why she's so sceptical because she's mystically blind. This may'be be due to her bad experences since childhood which have crippled her sense of optimism. I think subconciously she does believe in what Pinnocio is saying after all how the heck could he know certain details, but also what he says to her about being a mesiah like hero she responds by saying she doesn't want to be a hero to everyone. The thing about roles are we don't really chose them they chose us, and like all roles we're required to do what we were ment to do whether we're ready or not. Emma we see makes the two wrong choices, instead of confronting things like she should she runs away.



      After what happens I have a bad feeling at this point Fate isn't smiling at her so Henry may be her last chance, hopefully Emma will believe because time is running out.moreless
    • Pinocchio And Your Mission

      9.5
      Great episode, finally the audience knows the August past. I like watch this episode because the story of Pinicchio connect all season, since the curse was unleashed in the pilot. Emma need to believe, but i think just Henry make her see the true. Excellent season of OUAT so far.
    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

    Raphael Sbarge

    Raphael Sbarge

    Jiminy Cricket/Dr. Archie Hopper

    Jared Gilmore

    Jared Gilmore

    Henry Mills

    Jakob Davies

    Jakob Davies

    Pinocchio

    Guest Star

    Isaiah Lehtinen

    Isaiah Lehtinen

    Gordie

    Guest Star

    Rick Dobran

    Rick Dobran

    Raskind

    Guest Star

    Tony Amendola

    Tony Amendola

    Geppetto/Marco

    Recurring Role

    Keegan Connor Tracy

    Keegan Connor Tracy

    Mother Superior/Blue Fairy

    Recurring Role

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