Once Upon a Time (2011– )
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The Jolly Roger 

Regina instructs Emma in magic and Ariel arrives in Storybrooke looking for Eric, as flashbacks show Ariel and Hook's encounter during the missing year.


(as Ernest Dickerson)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Belle French
Neal Cassidy (credit only)
Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Mr. Gold (credit only)
Granny Lucas
William Smee
Prince Eric


Regina instructs Emma in magic and Ariel arrives in Storybrooke looking for Eric, as flashbacks show Ariel and Hook's encounter during the missing year.

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13 April 2014 (USA)  »

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When Emma is looking into the mirror to see where Ariel is the scene that plays is very similar to the part in the little mermaid when Ariel walks out of the water and Prince Eric picks her up and spins her around. See more »


Ariel: Honestly, I was a little surprised to hear that you might be responsible for Eric's kidnapping, after the stories that I've heard.
Captain Hook: What stories?
Ariel: Well, the ones of you helping reunite Snow White and her family in Neverland. Some people say that you're a hero.
Captain Hook: Don't believe every story you hear.
Ariel: Being good Is nothing to be ashamed of. People change. Look at me. I have legs, and I fell in love with a human. I don't think anyone saw *that* coming.
Captain Hook: You may have changed. I haven't. I'm a pirate, and ...
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Jolly greatness
16 April 2018 | by See 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 Jolly Roger" is one of the best episodes of a solid Season 3, the best perhaps since "Going Home", where the lesser episodes up to this point have not been less than decent and the best episodes have been wonderful ("Going Home" especially was something of a special episode). Am not sure what my stance is on the ending, it is a surprise certainly but part of me was also confounded a little by it.

Hook is one of 'Once Upon a Time's' best and most interesting characters, his reinvention and how he has transformed and progressed throughout the show is one of its most successful and compelling. Was with him every step of the way, with a lot of empathy felt for him, and loved his witty and charming chemistry with Ariel.

Ariel again steals every scene she's in, being even more interesting than when she was first introduced. She is very likeable and a breath of fresh air. Her story could have easily fallen into soap-opera, cliché and sugar lands but avoided them thanks to its charm and Joanna Garcia Swisher's sparkling performance.

Emma and Regina's story is not quite as interesting, but it doesn't feel repetitive or passive and appreciated that the show is trying to move from the standard good versus evil formula. The flashbacks are among the most illuminating and character advancing of any flashback of the show up to this point.

Love the character relationships, especially Hook and Ariel. Have no qualms with the acting. The standout being Colin O'Donoghue bringing the perfect amount of swagger and conflicted emotion.

Furthermore, "The Jolly Roger" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully too. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue.

Overall, one of the season's best. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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