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The Cricket Game 

As Hook and Cora arrive in Storybrooke, Regina struggles to gain the trust of the town, as flashbacks show Snow and Charming disagree over how to handle Regina now that they have taken over the kingdom.


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 / Snow White
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Evil Queen / Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan / Prince Charming
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas / Red Riding Hood
Robert Carlyle ... Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
Lee Arenberg ... Leroy / Grumpy
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas / Granny
Barbara Hershey ... Cora Mills
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Tony Perez ... Prince Henry
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper / Jiminy Cricket (voice)
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Blue Fairy / Mother Superior


Hook and Cora arrive at Storybrooke and plan their revenge while Regina struggles to regain the trust of the rest of the town. Matters worsen when a beloved resident is killed and Regina takes the blame. Back in the fairy tale world, Snow and Charming disagree over how to handle Regina now that they have taken over the kingdom. Written by Nadia Nassar

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Release Date:

6 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kitsis/Horowitz,ABC Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Dr. Hopper's dog, Pongo, is a direct reference to 101 Dalmatians (1961), the Disney animated film. In the film, Pongo was the male dog owned by Mr. and Mrs. Dearly. See more »


Regina Mills: I will not let you poison Henry against me.
Emma Swan: It's an interesting word choice, since you already did.
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More than game
24 January 2018 | 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.

The previous episode "Queen of Hearts", the last one before the hiatus, was a return to form for Season 2 and 'Once Upon a Time', after a three episode dip, and proved to be the season's best episode since "We Are Both". "The Cricket Game" is just as good and its freshness is almost as if the hiatus never happened.

Like "Queen of Hearts" excelled brilliantly at answering much needed questions and tying up loose ends, "The Cricket Game" is equally adept at plot advancement, introducing new ideas and expanding on characterisation while staying consistent with what we already know (an especially good job is done with Regina) and not feeling the need to introduce as many new characters.

Visually, "The Cricket Game" is a very handsomely mounted episode, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully too. The effects are not as sloppy here. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

Humour, mysterious intrigue, charm and pathos are beautifully balanced, the corn and unintentional humour seen in the three episode dip between "The Doctor" and "Queen of Hearts" are not just toned down or minimalized, they are also not obvious. Regina/Evil Queen has the best lines that add a lot to her character. The story, in the Storybrooke and fantasy flashbacks, is compelling and paced solidly without trying to do too much.

Performances are all strong, but the episode belongs to Lana Parrilla doing a masterful job at bringing out a more conflicted Regina/Evil Queen than what was often seen before.

In summary, a more than game episode, brilliant in fact and one of the best of the second season. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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