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What Happened to Frederick 

David finally agrees to tell Kathryn about his relationship with Mary Margaret, as flashbacks show Charming helping Princess Abigail with a dangerous mission.



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Episode cast overview:
... Mary Margaret Blanchard / Siren
... Emma Swan
... Regina Mills
... Prince Charming / David Nolan
... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
... Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
... Mr. Gold (credit only)
... August W. Booth
... King George
... Princess Abigail / Kathryn Nolan
... Granny Lucas
... Ruby Lucas / Red Riding Hood
... Frederick / Gym Teacher
... Siren


With their love for each other growing stronger, David finally agrees to tell Kathryn about his relationship with Mary Margaret and put an end to his loveless marriage. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, while runaway groom Prince Charming searches for Snow White, he agrees to aid Abigail on a dangerous mission to recover something precious that was lost to her. Written by ABC Publicity

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Release Date:

19 February 2012 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Henry plays a portable version of the video game "Space Paranoids". It is the game that Kevin Flynn wrote in the Disney film TRON (1982) The graphics shown for the game match those seen in the film. See more »


When Charming first sees the siren in the lake, he is standing with one foot in the water, the other on the shore. He is never shown moving, but the next full-body shot places him at least fifteen feet out, more than a foot deep in water. See more »


Mary Margaret Blanchard: Remember when you told me to stay away from David and I agreed?
Emma Swan: Yes.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: I didn't.
Emma Swan: Yeah, I know.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: You do? How?
Emma Swan: Because I'm... sheriff and you are a lovesick schoolteacher. Covering your tracks is not exactly your strong suit.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Oh, I've been discr... discreet.
Emma Swan: Two teacups in the sink, new perfume, late nights, plunging necklines - it was not hard to connect the dots.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: [looks down at her cleavage] Plunging?
Emma Swan: When I met you, you were a top-button kind of girl.
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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 »


References TRON (1982) See more »

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Not excellent, but another good episode

What Happened to Frederick isn't excellent, but it does a great job going into how Kathryn and David are connected to Prince Charming and Princess Abigail in the Enchanted Forest while giving the character of August W. Booth some connection to everything that's happened before Emma came to Storybrooke.

Yes, some of the dialog is a bit weak this time around and the script is average, but everything else turned out fine. The performances are still good, the pacing is fine, the music score is still beautiful, the directing is nice, and the editing is sharp too. So, overall, not great, but another good episode for Season 1.

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