This week Once takes us back to the central love story of Snow White and Prince James. It’s not am episode rich in suspense and revelations, but rather an emotional appeal to the story of Snow and her love.
Little happens in Storybrooke. Mary Margaret and David are both still pining for one another, to the point that they intentionally show up at the same places, at the same time (not knowing the other intended to do the same). It’s very cute to see their relationship grow. But there’s a pregnancy scare for Kathryn, which ends up being nothing. David feels drawn to both, but it’s obvious his love for Mary Margaret is true and his love for Kathryn is out of compulsion.
The magic moment for the two comes at the end. They both seemingly decide to part ways and do not show up at the diner at their usual time. However, both happen to show up later. That’s it, it’s fate! They embrace and kiss! And of course, Regina spots them and scowls from her car.
Additionally, Regina pressures Emma to investigate the new stranger in town that arrived in last week’s episode. All we really learn is that he has a box that contains a typewriter. Oh, and Emma now owes having a drink with him. New love interest? Possibly.
Meanwhile in Fairytale Land, Prince James’ wedding to Abigail is quickly approaching and he writes to Snow to come and give him reason to leave. Snow receives the letter and goes to him but is caught and imprisoned by the guards. It is here that she meets Grumpy, a dwarf. They both talk about their lost loves. And then Stealthy, apparent dwarf number eight, arrives to save Grumpy. Grumpy, with his new bond to Snow, also helps her to escape.
During the escape, Stealthy is shot…and that’s how they became seven. The king threatens to kill Prince James if Snow doesn’t cut it off; so in a tearful exchange, they part ways. Snow meets up with the dwarves and agrees to live with them. In the end, Prince James cannot bear to marry Abigail and goes in search of Snow. Unfortunately, against Grumpy’s advice, she drank a potion from Rumpelstiltskin to rid herself of the pain and no longer remembers him.
The episode was rich in storytelling this week. It continued building the background for Snow White and Prince James, and I loved the addition of the dwarves! Unfortunately, I was holding out for some more info on this stranger that arrived in Storybrooke! My interest is already piqued! You don’t have to build anymore!
Anyway, what did you think? Good episode? Were you bored with the story-telling/love story, or did it hit that warm-spot in your heart? Leave us your thoughts!