Gold and Regina play dirty politics and take opposite sides when Emma runs against Sidney for Sheriff, as flashbacks show Rumplestiltskin desperately try to find a way to save his son from being enlisted into war.



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Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
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Regina and Mr. Gold play dirty politics and take opposite sides when Emma runs for a coveted Storybrooke public office against Sidney. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Rumplestiltskin tries to track down the ultimate power source in order to help his son avert the horrors of a meaningless war. Written by ABC Publicity

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8 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Gold puts the folder containing the town charter on Emma and Mary Margaret's kitchen table as he sits down. In the next shot it is still in his hands. See more »


Emma Swan: [referring to Henry] I want to show him that good can actually win.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: That's why you want to win it for him, but why do you want to win the election for yourself?
Emma Swan: That *is* why. I want to show him that a hero can win. And if I'm not... if I'm not a hero and I'm not the savior, then what part do I have in his life?
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The opening sequence gives a hint to the episodes main story line by showing a character or event happening in the dark forest underneath the title. See more »


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Another solid episode for the first season
25 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While some of the dialog is a little bit corny, Desperate Souls is another solid episode to the first season. The story is nicely written, the writing is solid, the rivalry between Emma and Regina is still looking fresh and it's well-paced.

Also, the origin story of Rumpelstiltskin continues to be compelling as it shows how life is like before he became the Dark One. We even get to see his son and his attempt to save his son from the Ogre Wars is interesting. Oh, and the idea of having Emma Swan go off against Sidney for Sheriff after she saved Regina from the fire (which is a really cool scene) is really fresh.

Overall, good episode. Looking forward to review Episode 9.

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