Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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That Still Small Voice 

As Graham makes Emma a deputy, a mysterious sinkhole appears at the edge of town and Henry's life is placed in danger, while flashbacks show Jiminy Cricket's yearning to leave the family business.


Paul A. Edwards (as Paul Edwards)


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper / Jiminy Cricket
Jamie Dornan ... Sheriff Graham Humbert
Robert Carlyle ... Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
Tony Amendola ... Marco
Anastasia Griffith ... Kathryn Nolan
Harry Groener ... Martin
Carolyn Hennesy ... Myrna
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Blue Fairy
Laura Bertram ... Donna


As Sheriff Graham deputizes Emma, the ground shakes and a giant sinkhole mysteriously appears at the edge of town. But a curious Henry's life is placed in danger when he decides to explore the innards of the sinkhole to see if its contents can link the inhabitants of Storybrooke to the fairytale world. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world, Jiminy Cricket yearns to leave the family business and transform into the person he wants to be. Written by ABC Publicity

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Plot Keywords:

geppetto character | magic | See All (2) »


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Release Date:

27 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Martin and Myrna are dressed very similarly to the fox and the cat, from the Disney animated film Pinocchio (1940). See more »


[Archie has a disagreement with Regina about how to deal with Henry's fantasies]
Regina Mills: Sometimes I think you've forgotten: you work for me! You're an employee, and I can fire you. This is my town. You will lose your office, lose your house. I can cut you down to size until you're a tiny, shrunken little creature; and this...
[holds up Archie's umbrella]
Regina Mills: ...will be the only roof over your damn head.
Archie Hopper: What would you have me do?
Regina Mills: You take that delusion out of my son's head... and you crush it!
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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 »

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The origins of Jiminy Cricket
21 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

"That Still Small Voice" to me is the best of the five Season 1 episodes up to this point, though the previous episodes are still very good to great, and also one of the best of the season. It demonstrative of the show getting stronger with each episode. It's notable for the development and origins of Jiminy Cricket, and it's an incredibly compelling and well written one with a great fresh twist that makes the character an interesting and likable, even though nastier than one would expect, one.

As to be expected, "That Still Small Voice" is a very handsomely mounted episode, with settings and costumes that are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully and there were some make-up that suited the characters perfectly and pretty good effects work. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

In "That Still Small Voice", the writing is the best and most consistent it's been up to this point, it's humorous and engaging and doesn't have any cheesy or as many clichéd moments. The story establishes the concept and intertwines and mirrors the real and fantasy worlds very well and does a great job developing Jiminy Cricket's characters while still making the rest of the characters no less interesting.

Acting is improving all the time and is very good here. Raphael Sbarge has some of his meatiest material here and does wonders with it, some of his best acting of the show without a doubt.

To conclude, wonderful episode. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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