Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 2

The Thing You Love Most

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Regina tries to force Emma out of Storybrooke and out of her and Henry's lives permanently. Meanwhile, it is revealed how the Evil Queen released the curse upon the fairytale world.

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  • Heart of Darkness

    A much more tightly woven episode than the Pilot, the second offering from Once...benefits from a great cat and mouse fight between Emma and Regina, adding some much needed momentum to the Proceedings. This is primarily the Evil Queen's episode, and she friggin' rocks! I love a good TV bitch. Especially those that have no quarrels (ok, so there was, like, ONE tear) ripping their own father's heart out from his chest. Classic Disney. As with last week, the FX shots are sketchy, but I loved that they threw everything at us: whirls of mystical smoke, an awesome witch-bitch battle for a curse, a dome of vines, gnomes to stone - this was a magical blast! Kudos must also be given to Lana Parilla, whose venomous bite as the Evil Queen/Regina isn't so cut and dry. As Regina, it's difficult to tell sometimes whether or not the spell has affected her memory, of if she truly does care for Henry. It's also a nice seed to plant knowing that she's not the biggest threat in all of the land...and that she may get her comeuppance sooner rather than later. So, yeah, this was hella fun for me: awesome ideas, snappy writing and a very likeable cast so far. Does anyone else want to adopt Snow/Mary as their friend? Just me? Ahem...moreless
  • Second episode lived up to the first's standard

    Wow, what a show! Lana Parilla and Robert Carlyle work great off of each other and leave you wanting a longer conversation. The final exchange between the two was riveting. The looks both give are subtle and spot on. I could watch that scene over and over and never tire of it.

    The story itself also progressed nicely. The writers have figured out a way to give us enough info while still leaving enough to wonder about. Kudos to the writers!moreless
  • Another amazing episode!

    I do have to agere with the other reviewers that this episode was slower than the first, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable! :) It was very interesting, and particularly interesting to follow the storyline of the Evil Queen back with how she created the curse. Killing her father, whose name was Henry, that was really shocking!

    The last scenes of the episode also left me a little confused, particularly Rumpelstiltskin rapping up with the wors 'Please'. I'm not sure exactly what will go on there...

    I'm really liking Jennifer Morrison in this role! She's really great, and the rest of the cast is pretty good too! Can't wait to see how this will continue to develop and am really looking forward to it next week !:)moreless
  • A little slower than the Pilot

    Okay, first of all, Kristin Bauer as Malifecent was really good. I hope we'll get to see more of Malifecent, as she is my favorite Disney villain.

    Regina tries everything to get Emma to leave Storybrooke. Seeing that she is the Mayor and everybody, including the Sheriff (Jamie Dornan) seems to be doing everything for her, she gets Emma arrested.

    But Mary Margaret bails her out and then Emma shows Regina her real face.

    So Emma decides to stay in Storybrooke, and funnily enough time finally started to move forward, as it was frozen before.

    It seems that Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin (a fantastic Robert Carlyle) knows who he is, at least it seems that way in the conversation he and Regina have at the end of the episode.

    Emma tells Henry she believes him and they need to start working against Regina, but it's quite clear that she doesn't believe, and she just tries to bond with her son.

    But as Henry said in this episode, ''I know the Hero never believes at first, if they did, it wouldn't be a very good story.''

    I also thought the conversation between Emma and Mary Margaret was cute, especially when Mary said that she has a feeling they know each other. :D

    Back in fairy tale land the EQ is preparing the curse to end all happiness, and Rumpelstilskin tells her, that she needs the heart of the thing she loves most.

    She kills her father, which just shows she'll stop at nothing to make her evil plans happen.

    The name of the EQ's father also makes me believe Regina knows who she is, cause her father's name was Henry, just like her adopted son.

    Overall this was a slower episode, but I guess it's important to tell the story properly, and the show is just so unique, I can't wait to watch the rest.moreless
  • Less entertaining than the first...

    But still a really good episode..

    Over at StoryBrooke, Emma and Regina go head to head on the subject of Emma's invovlement in Henry's life. Regina throws a number of obstacles in Emma's face, including getting her evicted from her hotel room after getting her arressted by framing her, and then attempting to taint her image in Henry's eyes.

    Emma however will not stand down and has to make sure Henry is okay now that he's walked into her life, and she does this with the help of Mary, and the Sheriff.

    In Fairy Tale Land, the evil queen steals back the curse from Mallificent and does so in a quite exiting throwdown, but it dosen't work. After a conversation with rumpelstilskin, it becomes clear that she needs to sacrifice the one thing she loves most, her father.

    The evil queen does this and a curse works and the episode ends with Regina realising the true identity of Emma.

    It was enjoyable to say the most. The actors did a brilliant job in portraying their characters, especially Lana Parilla, but it just seems really early for the evil queen to have a soft side. She's the main villain of the show, and it just seemed to make her seem vulnerable in a way just takes away from some of the allure that comes with her evil prescense.

    Also the first twenty minutes were kind of slow, and we need to see more of Fairy Tale land. I get this was all about the queen and the dark side, but to experience the show in it's full horizons, I really want to see more.

    Anyway, another good epsiode. Not as good as the first but it's always expected for the pilot to be better than others with shows. Can't wait for more!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

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge

Jiminy Cricket/Dr. Archie Hopper

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan

Sheriff Graham

Patti Allan

Patti Allan

Blind Witch

Guest Star

C. Ernst Harth

C. Ernst Harth


Guest Star

Layton Keely

Layton Keely


Guest Star

Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito

Magic Mirror/Sydney Glass

Recurring Role

Tony Perez

Tony Perez


Recurring Role

Beverley Elliott

Beverley Elliott


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Regina: Take my advice, Miss Swan. Only one of us knows what's best for Henry.
      Emma: Yeah, I'm starting to think you're right about that.

    • Maleficent: If it were me I'd be simply tortured, watching that flake of snow so happy. Weren't you about the same age when you were to be married before she ruined it all? Yes you were.
      The Evil Queen: Yes it was about the same age you were when that Sleeping Beauty got the best of you, my dear Maleficent.
      Maleficent: I soldiered on, and you will too. Hopefully...

    • The Evil Queen: The only comfort for me is Snow White's suffering.
      Maleficent: Well, it's her wedding night. I doubt she's suffering right now.

    • Maleficent: If you're going to kill me, kill me.
      The Evil Queen: Why would I do that? You're my only friend.

    • Emma: So for decades, people have been walking around in a haze, not aging, with screwed up memories, stuck in a cursed town that kept them oblivious.
      Henry: That's it. I knew you'd get it.

    • Rumpelstiltskin: In this new land, should I come to you for any reason, you must heed my every request. You must do whatever I say, so long as I say, please.
      Evil Queen: You do realize that should I succeed, you won't remember any of this.
      Rumpelstiltskin: Oh, well, then what's the harm?
      Evil Queen: Deal.

    • Rumplestiltskin: This curse isn't going to be easy. Vengeance never is, dearie.You have to ask yourself a simple question--how far are you willing to go?
      The Evil Queen: As far as it takes.
      Rumplestiltskin: Then please stop wasting everyone's time and just do it. You know what you love. Now go kill it.

    • Valet: We can have a new life.
      The Evil Queen: But what kind of life? All I've worked for, all I've built, will be gone. My power will disappear. They already think I'm nothing.
      Valet: Power is seductive, but so is love. And you can have that again.

    • Mary Margaret: It's strange--ever since you arrived here, I've had the oddest feeling like we met before. And, I know it's crazy.
      Emma: I'm starting to reevaluate my definition of crazy.
      Mary Margaret: For what it's worth, I think you're innocent.
      Emma: Of breaking and entering, or just in general?
      Mary Margaret: Whichever makes you feel better.

    • Regina: Who is this woman, his mother, this... Emma Swan?
      Mr. Gold: I would say you think you know exactly who she is.

    • Emma: Who does he think you are?
      Mary Margaret: It's silly.
      Emma: I just got five minutes of silly, lay it on me.
      Mary Margaret : Snow White.

    • The Queen: What I loved most, died because of Snow White.

    • Henry: I call it, Operation Cobra.
      Emma: Cobra? That has nothing to do with fairy tales.
      Henry: Exactly!

    • Emma: All due respect, Madame Mayor, the fact that you have now threatened me twice in the last 12 hours, makes me want to stay more.

  • NOTES (3)