Once Upon a Time: Season 1, Episode 6

The Shepherd (4 Dec. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
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David is caught between his feelings for Mary Margaret and his marriage to Kathryn, as flashbacks detail information about Charming's life.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Archie Hopper (credit only)
Ian Butcher ...
Burly Knight


David - aka John Doe - must choose between staying with Kathryn or leaving her to be with Mary Margaret, with whom he's fallen deeply, and inexplicably, in love; and Emma catches Sheriff Graham in a lie. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Prince Charming is about to encounter a life-changing event that will forever alter his destiny. Written by ABC Publicity

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4 December 2011 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Emma pours Mary Margaret a glass of McCutcheon's scotch. In the television series, Lost (2004), Charles Widmore (played by Alan Dale, who is also King George in this episode) refuses to pour one for Desmond saying it is worth too much money. The bottle frequently turned up on Lost and will frequently turn up in later episodes of this series, as well. See more »


The Prince's armor is the same before and after it is damaged. See more »


Kathryn Nolan: So, I was gonna go to bed. Do you... wanna join me?
David Nolan: You mean, "go to bed" go to bed, or... go to bed?
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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 »


References Lost (2004) See more »

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Charming's back-story made this episode worth it!
1 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although it doesn't reach the compelling story in the previous episode and some of the dialog isn't as fresh this time around, The Shepard is a nice episode and it does explore Charming's back-story really well and goes back to develop David, Charming's modern counterpart.

The story is good, the dialog is decent, and the script is solid. The acting is also great, especially from Charming/David you feel the situation that he's been going through. His interactions with the other characters is spot on, too. And that's about it.

Overall, not excellent, but a really good episode with a nice back- story for the prince. Review for next episode, coming soon!

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