Once Upon a Time: Season 1, Episode 19

The Return (22 Apr. 2012)

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Regina's plan for Mary Margaret is thwarted following Kathryn's sudden re-appearance and Gold becomes wary of August, as flashbacks show what happened to Baelfire after Rumplestiltskin became the Dark One.


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Mr Gold attempts to find out the true identity of August, Emma confronts Regina about her involvement in Kathryn's disappearance, and David tries to apologize and reconcile with Mary Margaret. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to comply and do whatever it takes if his son can find a way for him to safely give up his powers and turn back into the loving man he used to be. Written by nat

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In this episode, Rumplestiltskin's son's name is Baelfire. At one point he speaks to his friend, a young woman in blue named "Morraine." These are possibly connections to Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series of novels. "Balefire" is a powerful magic weapon and one of the first users of the weapon is a young woman "Moiraine," who is known for wearing blue. See more »


Mary Margaret Blanchard: It's like something in this world doesn't want us together.
David Nolan: Like what? Dark forces?
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Maybe. I don't know, but it's like something just keeps pouring... poison between us. And what I don't want is to have all of those good memories... replaced by moments like that, when I looked at you, and I saw that you didn't believe me.
David Nolan: No. I know. I am so sorry.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: I know. I know.
David Nolan: But I love you.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: [smiles wryly] And that... is what makes it all so sad!
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Rumpel has a heart
23 April 2012 | by (Columbus, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

Rumpel has the snake-like skin of a reptile, with its green chilly creepiness. He can be the total badass, but caring for his son shows that somewhere he has a heart. Apparently, this is what makes him tick in fairyback and the real world. Rumpel cared for Belle, at least I think so. Keeping her a prisoner was just so selfish. He deserves some happiness, however. IRL, is Gold more powerful than Regina, or just the opposite? Did Regina plan this whole story of Bae coming to Storybrooke as August, just to fake Gold out and break his heart? Why does August have the old typewriter? I hope he is not dying. The show already got rid of that delicious sheriff (the guy offed by Regina), and hope they are not poofing August who seems to have some clues about the storybook and curse. August, so far, has seemed to be a genuinely nice person, and maybe even a future love interest for Emma.

But I want victims of Regina to get their revenge: Emma, Henry, Sidney, dead sheriff, and surely MM/Snow White and David/Prince Charming. There needs to be a final conflict between Rumpel/Gold and Evil Queen/Regina, with Rumpel actually being tamed and coming out the winner. The Queen's backstory was interesting, but whatever heart she had was totally obliterated. I hope Emma legally and literally takes Henry away from Regina.... If everyone in Storybrooke was a character in Fairy Tale, then is Henry really Regina's father?

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