Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 20

The Stranger

20
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
    • 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.
    • The Stranger

      10
      The Stranger was a perfect episode of Once Upon a Time because it was hilarious to see it open with Henry at Granny's Diner sipping from a coffee mug reading the Fairy Tale book, we learn much more about August and who he is, and Emma decides to fight for Henry. There were a few cheesy moments, drawn out scenes with Regina and David, retold story lines from different perspectives and a spectacular ending amongst other incredible things. I really feel that the series is picking up the pace as the Fairy Tale world is seeming more real and brought up more often every episode. I loved the story of August and the Fairy Tale scenes. I believe the Blue Fairy has a bigger role in the series than we know at this point. I wonder if Fairies were outside the reach of the curse as their Magic is usually much different than any other source. Gepetto was awesome and full of passion, and Tony is a great actor, among all the others but this was definitely his episode for this season! What Emma did in the end after learning the truth about August and how they were connected was awesome and left me on the edge of my seat wanting more! I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!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

    Raphael Sbarge

    Raphael Sbarge

    Jiminy Cricket/Dr. Archie Hopper

    Jared Gilmore

    Jared Gilmore

    Henry Mills

    Isaiah Lehtinen

    Isaiah Lehtinen

    Gordie

    Guest Star

    Rick Dobran

    Rick Dobran

    Raskind

    Guest Star

    Tony Amendola

    Tony Amendola

    Geppetto/Marco

    Recurring Role

    Jakob Davies

    Jakob Davies

    Pinocchio

    Recurring Role

    Keegan Connor Tracy

    Keegan Connor Tracy

    Mother Superior/Blue Fairy

    Recurring Role

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