Once Upon a Time Review: Beware of Elf Potion

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I've never trusted puppets. Now I know why. Once Upon a Time delved into the history of crickets and the truth behind puppets this week, as "That Still Small Voice" took some prodding to be heard.

Deputy Emma Stone. The Sheriff made it official. Emma was made deputy of Storybrooke, much to Regina's displeasure.

That was quite an eye argument Regina had with the Sheriff. There was so much said without saying a word. I think the Mayor might be making some budget cuts next time around.

I knew Emma being on the city payroll would shake things up, I just didn't know it would literally send tremors though the town.

That Still Small Voice Scene

Jiminy's Shady Past. I loved Jiminy's parents. Martin and Myrna reveled in their wicked ways and the two were great fun to watch. So how did such devilish characters produce such a wishy washy son?

Wishy washy might be harsh but Jiminy couldn't bring himself to walk away from his parents. Of course, they didn't ask for much. Just that he stay with them until they died. Leave it to Rumplestiltskin to figure out a way to hurry that inevitability along. 

That poor couple were turned into hideously awful puppets for all eternity. They looked like something out of a creepy horror film and one look at them reminded me why I've never liked puppets. Not one bit.

I did love that Geppetto was the orphaned boy. That was a nice way to bring the story full circle.

In the end, Jiminy wished to be a cricket instead of who he was. Shouldn't there have been an easier way to follow his conscience?

Archie Grows a Set. When Archie finally emerged from that mine, he realized there might be scarier things than the powerful mayor. He even managed to find a little power of this own. It appeared that the former Evil Queen could make someone's life miserable but she didn't actually threaten Archie's life, so did that mean she can't actually kill anyone in Storybrooke? 

Snow White's Heartache. The Evil Queen certainly made sure that curse would torture poor Mary Margaret. She was so close to her one true love, only to have to watch him with his wife. And she's nice too. I agree. Somehow that just made it worse.

When her Prince told her he felt their connection that only made it worse. He's married and recovering from a coma. His wife desperately wants him to remember. Mary Margaret did the only honorable thing. She walked away. Sometimes, honorable sucks.

So hold onto your umbrellas and keep a special eye on those puppets. Once Upon a Time will be back again next week for more fairy tale fun.


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Jimminy's evil parents didn't drink the potion. They switched it and the kind couple who took them in drank it and became the ugly puppets. Jimminy's evil parents were still alive when Jimminy became a cricket......for those keeping track.


This show keeps knocking out winning episodes. So many great things happened in this episode: Emma's presence made a visible crack in the curse; Emma's maternal instincts continued to sharpen; Archie went from being the Mayor's lackey and spy to a potential ally for Project Cobra; and we got to see the magical chemistry between Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas. I'm glad next week is a Prince Charming week; I hope we get to see Snow White again - I like Goodwin as Mary Margaret, but I love her as Snow!


I'm not sure but
May The title "that still small voice' come from Jane Eyre ?(which in reality was taken from the bible)


I think this show is going in the right direction but I'm not sure how exactly it will go much beyond this season - there are only so many fairy tales to be spun. That said it's been a fun ride so far - love all the LOST shout outs - did the mine shaft remind anyone else of the hatch in S1/S2 of LOST? Also the parallel storytelling keeps things interesting. Robert Carlisle continues to steal the show week after week. Keep it up :)


Does anyone else wonder if the wife of charming is being paid by the mayor so that mary margaret and him dont end up together? And with regina throwing that glass away is that a sign she is aware of the curse otherwise why be so secretive about it. Im so glad someone besides emma is standing up to regina. It would be cool to see emma run against her for mayor


I loved this episode. Seeing Jiminy's transformation into a cricket made me cry and Rumpelstilskin is such a joy to watch, with Raphael Sbarge and Robert Carlyle spectacular in these roles. I wondered why the mine shaft was bothering me so much, and then I recalled that the 7 Dwarfs were jewel miners. The piece of glass being part of Snow's coffin makes perfect sense, and perhaps the mine will give up more information as to the Dwarves' past lives and their connection to Storybrooke and Snow White.


I wasn't sure what the object was that they panned to at the end but Snow's coffin makes a lot of sense!!! I love this show!!! :o)


Weren't those "dolls" inside Golds shop during the Cinderella episode?


I loved the classic story telling. Also at this point the proof keeps coming but I wonder when Emma is going to truely believe .... Maybe next week. The stories will get better when she believes especially with her parents Snow and Charming. Snows StoryBrooke life is so heart breaking ... Just hope they don't keep her and David apart too long.


Loved how full circle jimineys story became when his best friend ended up being geppeto.loved that! I do love the clever writing in this and how the writers insert little nuances not to mention the Lost stuff. i do think its a tad annoying that everyone somehow goes through rumplestiltsin...i like his character and all but i dont feel its necessary for him to be the cmmon tie for everyone and their stories.

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Once Upon a Time Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

I didn't realize I was in Operation Cobra.


Archie: So all the crickets in Storybrooke, they're all people too.
Henry: There are no crickets in Storybrooke.