Once Upon a Time: Season 1, Episode 20

The Stranger (29 Apr. 2012)

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August's real identity is revealed as his condition worsens, Emma attempts to gain full custody of Henry, and Regina tries to seduce David.


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Episode cast overview:
Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Jiminy Cricket (voice)
Rick Dobran ...
Isaiah Lehtinen ...


Out of jail, Mary Margaret resumes her teaching job. Meanwhile August Booth takes Emma out of Storybrook to the place where they came into this world to try and make her believe that the stories are true. There he confesses to her his true identity. Written by Anonymous

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The lunch box that Regina brings Henry is a TRON lunch box. Creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis wrote the screenplay for _TRON: Legacy(2010)_ See more »


When Regina and Mary Margaret are talking at the school, Mary's fringe changes repeatedly between shots. See more »


Regina Mills: Ms. Blanchard, is there a problem?
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Not anymore. Though someone did go to a lot of trouble to make it look like I had done something horrible. But they failed.
Regina Mills: Yes. Sidney Glass, who's safely incarcerated.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: If it was Sidney.
Regina Mills: Well, ask your roommate. He confessed.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Of course he did.
Regina Mills: Are you insinuating something?
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Yes, I am. But I forgive you. Even if you can't admit what you did, I forgive you anyway. Your life must be filled with such incredible loneliness if your only joy comes from destroying ...
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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 Pinocchio (1940) See more »

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Smart Mr. Charming
30 April 2012 | by (Columbus, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

First August pretended to be Mr. Gold's son. Why? Then he is Geppetto's son. The real boy, after Pinocchio, turned from blonde hair to brown hair. The foster father was so obnoxious, so horrible; Pinocchio should have decked him before he left town with the other boy. Too bad he had to leave Emma behind. Regina trying to bed Prince Charming; how horrid. David should have vomited the lasagna; right in her face.

When Pinocchio was becoming a real boy, I immediately thought of Timmy on "Passions"; he was a doll who wanted to become a real boy (and at that time, I had thought of the Pinocchio story, lol). Timmy finally got his wish to become a real boy; IMO he was really the star of that show. He had all kinds of exciting adventures after that, before the character and actor passed away from/during heart surgery.

Emma taking Henry away in her VW at the end was awesome. They were actually leaving Storybrooke, and Henry said that that is forbidden. I hope they get to stand their ground and defeat the ugly, stupid Regina. Yes, Regina is soooooooo stupid, even though she thinks she is sooooooo smart. Henry is right. GOOD will win. Apparently, evil will continue to engage in full battle, since we are told of a new season next fall. Evil never really wins, but it surely will not give up for lack of trying.

I hope, by some magic, that the other sheriff comes back. It could be a duel for the hand of Emma, between he and August.

Since when did Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltkin ever go to law school? Emma wants him to take her case? Is he really more powerful than Regina/the Evil Queen? In a case, there have to be witnesses. Most Storybrookians are fearfully afraid to rat on Regina, including Sidney and Archie.

Note about Archie and Henry having dinner. Hmmm, Regina still up to her treachery. Of course, the inside of the note was blank, yet the outside was addressed to Mom. Was that more of her bad magic? She still did not succeed in whittling down the illustrious Mr. Charming, if only to further hurt Snow White/Mary Margaret.

Good WILL win.


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