Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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The Other Shoe 

Ashley is intent on settling unfinished business with her step-family; Regina tries to bribe Mr. Hyde for information on how to beat the Evil Queen; David makes a deal with Gold for information about his father.


Steve Pearlman


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard / Snow White
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills / Evil Queen
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan / Prince Charming
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Rebecca Mader ... Zelena
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
David Anders ... Dr. Whale
Lee Arenberg ... Leroy
Hank Harris ... Dr. Henry Jekyll
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archibald 'Archie' Hopper
Jessy Schram ... Ashley Boyd / Cinderella
Sam Witwer ... Mr. Hyde


As Storybrooke continues to welcome the new arrivals from the Land of Untold Stories, families, friends and enemies are reunited once again. When Cinderella searches for her step-family, intent on settling their unfinished business, Emma, Hook and Henry scramble to help her before it's too late. Meanwhile, Regina attempts to bribe Mr. Hyde for information about how to defeat the Evil Queen, and Snow helps Dr. Jekyll find a laboratory for his work.

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The poem that Mr. Gold reads to his unborn child via cassette tape is "Sleep Well" by Scottish poet Murdoch Maclean. See more »


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Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones: That's quite the little charmer you've got there.
Ashley Boyd: Yeah, thanks to Emma. If it weren't for her, I wouldn't have any of this. What about the two of you, anyway? Any chance of a fairy-tale ending?
Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones: Uh, we're taking things slow. Quite slow, actually. I'm still sleeping on a cot on a pirate ship near a pregnant woman who likes to snore.
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If the shoe fits
29 September 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 sixth, and penultimate, season opened with a great, and very promising first episode in "The Saviour". The following episode "A Bitter Draught" was also very good, if not quite as good that had much more brilliant than it had not-so-good. "The Other Shoe" is every bit as great as "The Saviour", very close to being even better perhaps.

Not really all that much wrong here. Belle is neither interesting or that necessary here but that is all.

Conversely, there is lots of evidence of forward momentum and character development advancing, the characters true to personality and not distorted or going round in circles. One learns a lot and it doesn't get over-stuffed or jumpy, making it not a difficult episode to follow. A feat for such a lot going on and with so many characters.

Still love the characters, both the existing characters, the new ones and the relatively new ones continuing to grow. Will always love Regina and Gold especially. It is most interesting for the back-story of Cinderella (or Ella)/Ashley, and it's a back-story that has intensity, surprising twists to stop it from being overly-familiar and relatable heart, and she is so easy to like and invest in. The tensions between David and Gold, Regina and Hyde and especially Ella and Lady Tremaine are never less than intriguing. The Evil Queen is a believable threat yet is not too much of a cliché.

The acting from the solid ensemble cast is hard to find fault with. Jessy Schram is likeable and heartfelt as Cinderella and even more so as her Storybrooke alter ego Ashley, infinitely better than the later Cinderella of Dania Ramirez. Lana Parrilla makes Regina rootable in a way that's moving, while also showing an intense side that doesn't get camp. Robert Carlyle is never less than riveting, he has fun with Gold and has the right amount of charisma, gravitas and shadiness that doesn't make him a standard villain or a character softened too much.

Josh Dallas lives up to his fairytale character's name and Ginnifer Goodwin is every bit as charming. Sam Witwer makes Hyde one of the better and more interesting later 'Once Upon a Time' villains. Lisa Banes is a suitably beastly Lady Tremaine. Hank Harris has lost none of the promise he showed since being introduced at the end of Season 5. Gus is simply adorable. Jennifer Morrison handles her increasingly conflicted material beautifully, have really felt for Emma these previous three episodes.

Furthermore, "The Other Shoe" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never looking artifical. It is photographed beautifully too. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable theme tune.

Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue, nothing campy, shallow or soap-operatic. Compared to when 'Once Upon a Time' first started, the writing mostly came on a long way (less so in the last season).

In summary, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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