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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter 

Graham starts to remember details about his life before Storybrooke, while flashbacks show when the Evil Queen sent an assassin to kill Snow White.


David Barrett (as David M. Barrett)


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills / Evil Queen
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan (credit only)
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
Jamie Dornan ... Sheriff Graham Humbert / The Huntsman
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
Giancarlo Esposito ... Sidney Glass / Magic Mirror
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas
Scott Heindl ... Bartholomew
Tristan Jensen Tristan Jensen ... Horatio
Kam Kozak Kam Kozak ... Black Guard
Howard Siegel ... Tavern Owner


One of the town's residents begins to remember their fairytale past, and Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen attempts to find a heartless assassin to murder Snow White. Written by ABC Publicity

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Release Date:

11 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The wolf, can be seen as a version of Snow White (skin as white as snow, lips as red of blood, hair black as night.) The wolf fur is the skin. One eye shows the lips of Snow White and the other shows the hair. See more »


[first lines]
[Sheriff Graham is throwing darts at the image of a deer, hitting the target with the first two]
Sidney Glass: Nice shot, Chief. I bet you 20 bucks you can't do it again.
[Graham takes a sip from his drink and throws his third dart - full in the deer's face!]
Sheriff Graham: [to Ruby] Next round's on him.
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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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Another solid episode especially for the Huntsman

This episode delivers quite a bit on continuing the backstory of the Huntsman on how he first met the Queen and how he was sent to kill Snow White, but deep down inside he has a good heart and decided not to. The dialog this time is a bit clichéd, but that's about it. The writing is really good, the scenery is very pretty especially the woods, the pacing's well done and it's still well-acted. The scene that I loved the most in this episode was when Emma stood up for Sheriff Graham and herself against Regina before they punched each other. This quote, for instance.

"Henry came and found me. Graham kissed me. Both were miserable. Maybe, Madam Mayor, you need to take a good hard look in the mirror and ask yourself why that is. Why is everyone running away from you?"

Epic. Just epic.

Anyway, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is another solid episode and worthwhile for your time.

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