Once Upon a Time: Season 1, Episode 7

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (11 Dec. 2011)

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One of the town's residents begins to remember their fairytale past, and Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen attempts... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Nolan (credit only)
Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Archie Hopper (credit only)
Tristan Jensen ...
Black Guard
Howard Siegel ...
Tavern Owner


One of the town's residents begins to remember their fairytale past, and Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen attempts to find a heartless assassin to murder Snow White. Written by ABC Publicity

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[first lines]
[Sheriff Graham is throwing darts at the image of a deer, hitting the target with the first two]
Sidney Glass: Nice shot, Chief. I bet you 20 bucks you can't do it again.
[Graham takes a sip from his drink and throws his third dart - full in the deer's face!]
Sheriff Graham: [to Ruby] Next round's on him.
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Be Still My Beating Heart ... Literally
3 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is a partial recap and review of a full blog entry which was originally posted on www.onmydvr.com. Find more recaps for Once Upon a Time and other shows at www.onmydvr.com. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/onmydvr.


So, we're at the "fall finale" for Once Upon a Time and it was a doozy of an episode. I'll say right now that I feel slightly manipulated by the show for making me care about Scruffy Graham when he could have easily remained a secondary character but twas not to be and I think its interesting to think that his character's importance will only grow after (and because of?) his demise. Suffice it to say, I am really looking forward to this show's return from hiatus and continuing Emma's journey and dealing with the fallout from this episode.

Scruffy Graham is playing Deer Darts in Ruby's and drinking. For what its worth, Scruffy Graham is EXCELLENT at Deer Darts and well, he should have been some kind of huntsman *cough*. Emma comes through (she's not living in Granny's Inn, where is she coming from? Does Mary Margaret not have laundry facilities at her place?!?!) and when she sees Scruffy Graham, she begs off Ruby's offer to sit and starts to leave. Graham turns his drunken aim on Emma and, just as she reaches the front door, throws a Deer Dart in her general direction plunging deep into the door jam right next to her head. Little advice Graham? Not the way to say, "I'm Sorry" or "I love you." She's obviously freaked out by the near Deer Dart disaster but he slurs that he never misses (and hence, she was in now danger). Still in the diner, they quite loudly begin an argument about her being mad at him for shtupping the Mayor; its only at this point that they move the fight outside and wow, I hope the Sheriff/Mayor affair wasn't a secret in the town. Scruffy Graham continues to slur that he doesn't feel anything for Regina and asks if Emma can understand that? Emma thinks he means just being in a bad relationship and so sure, she gets that. He slurs that he didn't tell Emma because he didn't want her to look at him the way she is now ... so how'd that work out for you? Also, with Emma's Regina issues (as if Emma is the only one with Regina issues), he admits he should have maybe could have told her before Emma took the Deputy Sheriff job. Oops. Why all the secrecy anyway Scruffy Graham, we're all adults (mostly)? He doesn't answer her so much as kisses her ...

And the crazies begin. We see his eyes fly wide open and suddenly there are flashes of a white wolf in the wild with one red eye and one black and its kinda creepy. I told you all that JenMo was looking good on this show, his reaction to kissing her proves it. When the break the kiss, she's all "way over the line" and he just wants to know if she saw "that." She didn't and storms away. Perhaps to see if he has the same chemistry with Regina, he booty calls the Mayor and as he's working his way down from her lips to her neck, she stares off into the distance (with some light moaning I'll add) and we flash to the Evil Queen's castle which looks kind of like a 1950's era rendering of a futuristic spaceship. The Evil Queen stands on a balcony overlooking an empty throne. And she has a sad. We cut to Snow White placing a rose and saying goodbye to her father. The Evil Queen comes up behind her and offers her condolences ... wait don't these two hate each other? Anyway, they compare notes on how much they each loved the dead king and then the Evil Queen assures Snow that she's here for her, truly and forever. Some time later, a much more composed Evil Queen is conspiring with her Mirror, Mirror. She catches us up that she's responsible for dead king and that is one down and one to go, making her Revenge (it would be awesome if the Evil Queen jetted out to the Hamptons to help out Em and Nolan with their Revenge plans). That being said, Evil Queen recognizes that the people love Snow and that her death must be handled with care; specifically, she is looking for someone adept at murder, with no heart. Mirror, Mirror suggests she get a huntsman. And hey! There is a Huntsman! We watch him takes down a deer and then pray over its body, thanking it for dying so he may live. Aww, A sensitive Huntsman! The weird eyed wolf appears and the Huntsman tells him he wont go hungry tonight. Be kind to your animal friends is probably a good rule when you live among them.

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