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Fruit of the Poisonous Tree 

A dejected Sidney asks Emma for help uncovering evidence that could expose Regina's corruption, while Mary Margaret and David start seeing each other in secret.


Bryan Spicer


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




Episode cast overview:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard / Snow White
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills / Evil Queen
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
Eion Bailey ... The Stranger
Giancarlo Esposito ... Sidney Glass / The Genie / Magic Mirror
Tony Perez ... Prince Henry
Richard Schiff ... King Leopold


A dejected Sidney enlists the aid of Emma to help uncover evidence that could expose Mayor Regina as the corrupt person she really is to the townspeople of Storybrooke; and Mary Margaret and David continue their secret rendezvous while trying to figure out a way to unleash their unrequited love. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, King Leopold, who is the father of Snow White and married to the Evil Queen, stumbles upon a magic lamp and is granted three wishes by a Genie - who warns the king to be careful what he wishes for. Written by ABC Publicity

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Did You Know?


The playhouse Regina is building is based off her castle as the Evil Queen. See more »


When King Leopold frees the Genie, a zipper is visible at the collar of his robe. See more »


King Leopold: Love makes people do foolish things.
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Crazy Credits

The opening sequence shows the Genie appearing in a cloud of smoke from within the lamp. See more »


References Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

User Reviews

Fruit of the Poisonous Tree is another good, albeit flawed, episode

Fruit of the Poisonous Tree does a serviceable job giving Giancarlo Esposito three character roles. Sidney Glass in the real world, and the Genie and Magic Mirror in the Enchanted Forest. His performance is beyond fantastic. His emotions and his motives for working with the Evil Queen are superb and his line delivery is spot-on. The rest of the acting is still good, the visuals are even more gorgeous, the music continues to be atmospheric, and the pacing is very brisk.

However, I do have two problems. The script is very mediocre. The idea of the Genie falling in love with another man's wife had some potential, but it seemed a bit rushed. Also, the story didn't feel developed enough. On the other hand, we do see Regina having some real emotion and motivation to what made her the Evil Queen in the first place which particularly with his relationship with Sidney Glass and it makes sense.

Overall, Fruit of the Poisonous Tree is pretty flawed, but it's still a good episode in the first season.

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Release Date:

29 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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