Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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Emma investigates Kathryn's sudden disappearance and Mary Margaret and Leroy help the Nuns sell candles at the Miner's Day festival, as flashbacks show when Grumpy fell in love with a fairy.


David Solomon


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

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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
Eion Bailey ... August W. Booth (credit only)
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore) (credit only)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
Amy Acker ... Nova / Sister Astrid
Lee Arenberg ... Dreamy / Leroy / Grumpy
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle
Giancarlo Esposito ... Sidney Glass
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas
Geoff Gustafson ... Stealthy
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas


Mary Margaret teams up with Leroy, Storybrooke's resident trouble maker, to help him sell candles during the Miner's Day Festival. Emma investigates Kathryn's sudden disappearance. Meanwhile, in the fairy-tale land that was, the Seven Dwarfs are made known as well as Grumpy's romance with the beautiful, yet clumsy, fairy Nova. Written by robo_1990

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Plot Keywords:

miner | candle | fairy | nun | fairy dust | See All (18) »


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Release Date:

4 March 2012 (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?


When Mary Margaret and Leroy are selling candles door-to-door, a tall slender man opens the door eating a carrot, then his smiling plump wife appears. This couple is similar to Jack Sprat and his wife in a Mother Goose rhyme which goes "Jack Sprat could eat no fat, and his wife could eat no lean; and so betwixt the two of them, they licked their platters clean." See more »


Bossy: What's the matter? You barely touched your food.
Dreamy: I don't know. I can't eat. I can't sleep. I don't feel at all like myself. Maybe I should've Doc take a look at me.
Bossy: You're gonna trust a dwarf that got his medical degree from a pickaxe?
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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 »


Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.40 (2012) See more »

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Not so dream-like
11 December 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.

"Dreamy" is to me the weakest episode up to this point and one of Season 1's lesser episodes. Not a bad episode by all means, but there were some serious drawbacks that made the episode a mixed feelings not easy to rate one. It begins on a rather weird note with the viewer being given information that will make them go "what the heck did I just hear?" The unnecessary romance is further hurt by the childish way it's written and that the title character and particularly Nova as characters take bizarre to extreme levels. The missing person subplot was very intriguing and remarkably mature, at the same time it felt at odds with the rest of the episode with the more obvious and simpler tone.

However, visually "Dreamy" is a very handsomely mounted episode, settings and costumes that are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. The special effects, after being pretty bad in a couple of episodes like "True North", are superior here. It is photographed beautifully and there is some make-up that suited the characters perfectly. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

While the more fairy-tale oriented elements left me mixed, found the rest of the Dwarfs, Belle and particularly the Blue Fairy well realised, the emotional elements of the Storybrooke parallel and the missing person subplot were far more successful and very well done. Some of the dialogue is thought-provoking, humorous and poignant, if more in the Storybrooke scenes.

Again, the acting is strong in the Storybrooke scenes.

In conclusion, worth watching but not the dream-like episode it could have been. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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