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The Tower 

As the hunt for the Wicked Witch continues, she sets a plan for David into motion, as flashbacks show Charming encounter Rapunzel and assists her in facing her fears.


Ralph Hemecker


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills / Evil Queen
Josh Dallas ... Prince Charming / David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French / Belle
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Michael Raymond-James ... Neal Cassidy (credit only)
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
Rebecca Mader ... Zelena
Sean Maguire ... Robin Hood
Alexandra Metz ... Rapunzel
Everick Golding ... Rapunzel's Father
Natalie von Rotsburg Natalie von Rotsburg ... Rapunzel's Mother


As the hunt for the Wicked Witch continues, she sets a plan for David into motion, as flashbacks show Charming encounter Rapunzel and assists her in facing her fears.

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23 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


When Snow White announces her pregnancy to Prince Charming, she is actually already visibly pregnant. See more »


David Nolan: Let's end this. Let's send that witch back to Oz.
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References Nancy Drew (1995) See more »

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Charming enough
31 March 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 Tower" is a little disappointing, while still being a very good episode and it is not hard to see why the reception was mostly positive. It just isn't as good as the previous two episodes of the second half of Season 3 (post-"Going Home"), "New York City Serenade" and "Witch Hunt", which were both excellent. They did better in progressing characters and storylines while introducing extremely promising and interesting new ideas.

Do personally have to agree with those who criticised the Rapunzel storyline. Have absolutely no problem with Charming, "The Tower" actually did a fantastic job with his development and conflicts, giving his meatiest material he's had in a while. On paper, the facing your fears idea was a really good one, something that is not hard at all to relate to if done right.

Would have loved to have related to it in the episode if the story had more thrust and development and Rapunzel had more personality, personally found both bland and not explored enough.

A shame because "The Tower" is incredibly well done everywhere else. Am really loving what the show is doing with Zelena, it is incredibly difficult filling Peter Pan's shoes as the main source of conflict but already Zelena is very interesting and one is excited at what the show will do with her in future episodes. Charming is as charming as ever while having more to him than just that.

Love Emma and Hook's chemistry as well as the role of Mr Gold. The darker tone "The Tower" adopts is much appreciated.

Can't find anything to fault the acting, with Josh Dallas giving his best Season 3 acting and Rebecca Mader's Zelena continues to enchant.

Furthermore, "The Tower" 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, the Rapunzel story disappoints but the episode is very impressive otherwise. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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