As Emma and Hook climb a beanstalk in search of a magic compass, flashbacks show Emma's past and how she met Henry's father.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Regina Mills (credit only)
Belle French (credit only)
Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Ruby Lucas (credit only)
Mr. Gold (credit only)


As Emma and Hook climb a beanstalk in search of a magic compass, flashbacks show Emma's past and how she met Henry's father.

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4 November 2012 (USA)  »

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Hook: You're something of an open book.
Emma Swan: Am I?
Hook: Quite. Let's see. You volunteered to come up here because you were the most motivated. You need to get back to a child.
Emma Swan: That's not perception, that's eavesdropping.
Hook: Ah, but you don't want to abandon him the way you were abandoned.
Emma Swan: Was I?
Hook: Like I said. Open book.
Emma Swan: How would you know that?
Hook: I spent many years in Neverland, home of the lost boys. They all share the same look in their eyes - the look you get when you've been left alone.
Emma Swan: Yeah, well, my world ...
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Very poor
8 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Tallahassee backstory was moderately interesting and highly reminiscent of the flashbacks from Lost. However, the otherworld story was appallingly executed. Standing at the foot of the beanstalk, the entire dialogue served no other purpose than to explain a highly convoluted plot arc. And what was all that business about a magic cuff that would enable one other person to climb the beanstalk? There was no other reason for this than to stop all five of them going up.

Then, there was the woeful miscasting of Hurley (Jorge Garcia) as the giant - why him? He's one of the most iconic character actors out there and was thoroughly unconvincing as a giant. That might be in part due to the truly awful CGI sets - has this show really got zero budget?

Season 1 had a finite location and a clear (if uninspiring) plot. Season 2 is falling foul of the "let's expand everything" blight and proving largely tedious.

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