Once Upon a Time: Season 1, Episode 8

Desperate Souls (8 Jan. 2012)

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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)


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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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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