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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In the convenience store that Emma and Neal are stealing from, there is a leather keychain hanging by the cashier with the name Henry prominently displayed. See more »


Mary Margaret Blanchard: When's the last time you slept?
Princess Aurora: I don't really sleep now. Not after what I've been through.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: [understanding] Sleeping curse.
Princess Aurora: The one time I did sleep, I had horrible nightmares.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: It's a side effect. Same thing happened to me.
Princess Aurora: It did?
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Mm, I had them for months. Charming - my husband... He used to wake me. When I cried out, he'd light a candle. He said it would capture the nightmares. He'd watch over me as I fell back to sleep.
Princess Aurora: Sounds like he lives up to his name.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: [heartily] Yeah.
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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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