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The Stable Boy 

Emma continues to search for evidence that will prove Mary Margaret's innocence, as flashbacks reveal the reason behind the Evil Queen's hatred for Snow White.


Dean White


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
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
Noah Bean ... Daniel Colter
Alan Dale ... Albert Spencer
Giancarlo Esposito ... Sidney Glass
Anastasia Griffith ... Kathryn Nolan
Barbara Hershey ... Cora Mills
Bailee Madison ... Young Snow White
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas


Emma continues to search for evidence that will prove Mary Margaret's innocence, as flashbacks reveal the reason behind the Evil Queen's hatred for Snow White.

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Release Date:

1 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In the flashback, the Evil Queen is shown being far older than Snow White, yet in the present day Lana Parrilla is only 1 year older than Ginnifer Goodwin See more »


When Regina is talking to Snow while getting ready for the wedding, Regina's lipstick changes color between shots. See more »


Regina Mills: The trial starts tomorrow, and it won't be a long one. And you'll be sent out of Storybrooke for good, and I will never have to see you again. Oh, I want to enjoy this while I still can.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Enjoy what?
Regina Mills: Justice.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Justice? Watching an innocent suffer?
Regina Mills: You've always seen yourself that way, haven't you? Innocent.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: [crying] I am innocent! I don't know what this is about, I don't know what I ever did to you, but whatever it was, Regina... I'm sorry. I truly am.
Regina Mills: Apology not accepted.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Please. Don't do this ...
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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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An emotionally compelling back-story to the Evil Queen

The Stable Boy is another classic episode in the first season of Once Upon a Time next to That Still Small Voice which did a great job exploring the back-story of Jiminy Cricket/Archie in Storybrooke. This does a great job in giving a really sympathetic back-story to how the Evil Queen came to be. She fell in love with a stable boy named Daniel who works with her mother, Cora Mills, and father, Henry Mills before she met the young Snow White.

This episode is beyond flawless and there's no problem I have with it. The story and script are very well-written and excels in the emotional moments where Cora kills Daniel, thus breaking Regina's heart and it made me feel sad. Also, it does a fine job continuing where the Mary Margaret subplot left off. The pacing's much tighter, the directing's more sharper, the music score from Mark Isham is fantastic and excels in the episode's emotional moments, and the performances are still solid especially Lana Parrilla who shines with her heartbreaking performance when Daniel dies. So, overall, another episode that is the best of the entire season. :)

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