Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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Skin Deep 

Emma suspects Gold is planning vigilante justice when his house is robbed, as flashbacks show when Belle made a deal with Rumplestiltskin.


Milan Cheylov


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 / Evil Queen
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
Robert Carlyle ... Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle / Belle French (as Emilie De Ravin)
Tim Phillipps ... Sean Herman
Jessy Schram ... Ashley Boyd
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas
Eric Keenleyside ... Sir Maurice / Moe French
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas
Sage Brocklebank ... Sir Gaston
John DeSantis ... The Dove


After Mr. Gold's house is robbed, Emma keeps a close eye on him when it looks like he wants to track down the criminal and dole out some vigilante justice as payback, and Valentine's Day finds Mary Margaret, Ruby and Ashley having a girls' night out. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Belle agrees to a fateful deal to give up her freedom in order to save her town from the horrors of the Ogre war. Written by ABC Publicity

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Release Date:

12 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


On the side of Moe French's van it reads "Game of Thorns" likely referencing the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011) which Once Upon a Time writer/producer Jane Espenson also has a writing credit on. See more »


In Once Upon a Time: The Price of Gold, it is established that Ashley is 19; however, in this episode she is drinking at a bar (21 in Maine, just like the rest of the U.S.). This may also be true for Ruby, who looks young, though her age has only been previously established to be 17+ since she serves liquor in a restaurant. See more »


Mr. Gold: So. Now that we're being honest with each other, let's remember how things used to be, shall we? And don't let these bars fool you, dear. I'm the one with the power around here. I'm gonna be out of here in no time, and nothing between us will change.
Regina Mills: We shall see.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


References Beauty and the Beast (1991) See more »

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A Belle and Rumpelstiltskin episode that is very well-written

This episode is very similar to what happened between Snow White and Charming in 7:15 two episodes earlier. And it's a good thing too. It does a great job developing the relationship between Belle and Rumpelstiltskin, has a complex characterizations for Emma, Belle, and Regina, and Robert Carlyle gives a very superb performance, giving his character some emotion and he improves in every scene he's in despite his silly accent.

Also, the rest of the performances are still good, the dialog is very fresh and a neat improvement over the previous episode, the pacing is nice, the music is still beautiful, and the visuals are still good.

My only quibble is that the Stockholm Syndrome theme in the episode wasn't developed enough and would've shined more, but despite that, the relationship between Belle and Rumpelstiltskin is great and they share some amusing lines together which gives them a lot of chemistry.

Skin Deep is a complex episode and a great one at that, so this receives a thumbs up from me. :)

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