Once Upon a Time Review: Fairy Consequences

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Magic comes with consequences, especially if you don't read the fine print. "The Price of Gold" drove home the saying that no good deal goes unpunished, not in Storybrooke anyway.

What was up with Rumpelstiltskin and his penchant for babies? The guy's creepy enough; now add that particular fetish into the mix and it borders on macabre. The skin, the eyes, the unwashed hair? Who wouldn't cross the street if they saw this guy coming, but I suppose desperation makes people do stupid things. Cinderella was clearly desperate, especially after he killed her fairy godmother. Not that was just unfair.

Rumplestiltskin Photo

So was Mr. Gold some sort of strange underground baby broker? He somehow procured Henry for Regina. What was his plan for Ashley's child?

Ashley/Cinderella wasn't the brightest girl, but at least she was spunky. With the help of Ruby (and can those shorts get any tighter? Oh, nevermind.) she decided to try and outrun Mr. Gold. But, as Henry pointed out, no one leaves Storybrooke without dire consequences.

I kept comparing Cinderella's prince to Prince Charming and it made the new prince hard to like. He seemed okay in the fairy tale world but in Storybrooke he was just some kid who let his father push him around. I know the magic was meant to be the cause, but viewing the prince as a deadbeat dad made it difficult to feel for him no matter what the circumstances.

We really didn't get to see much of Regina in this episode, although I enjoyed what little we did witness. Who else could tell you to enjoy your cocoa and make it sound menacing? It was nice of her to tell Henry exactly how long he had to run around town before she got back from her little rendezvous. Also, Henry losing his shoe on the staircase was a really nice touch.

I couldn't say that Regina's affair with the Sheriff was a surprise. I've suspected it since the first episode. It always seemed like he was around a little too much for it to be strictly professional. But this didn't appear to be a love affair... so was it just sex or does Regina hold something over him? And what will Regina's reaction be when she finds out her boy toy just hired her arch enemy? Yeah, that could get messy.

In the end, I was surprised that Emma fell into Mr. Gold's clutches so easily. Then again, she doesn't believe in the curse or Storybrooke's alternate fairy tale universe so there's no reason for her to think that owing this man a favor could have unforeseen consequences.

I wish there had been fine print like there was for Cinderella. Emma would have been smart enough to read it.


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I know it's kind of cheesy, but I still like what they're doing with the names. Ash/Cinder, Ruby/Red :) As for the fact that Henry aged whereas the rest of Storybrooke was stuck in time, maybe it's because he wasn't born either in the fairytale land or in the newly created Storybrooke. Just a thought ! (though it doesn't explain why the other kids in his class ages as well...)


does anyone know the actor who played Cinderella's husband or in Storybrooke Ashley's boyfriend?


May I ask, WHO WROTE THE BOOK? I'd love to know that... its not like Disney is going around telling people Cinderella has a bastard child and Snow White is a thief...


I don't understand Rumpelstiltskin's deal with Emma. He said she will owe him a favor, but he never specified he has to decide the favor. What if he asks her to kill someone and she says no, that she will wait for a more appropriate favor. There was no "fine print" in this deal, so the terms surrounding the favor are quite open. Very unlike Rumpelstiltskin to just leave a deal open to interpretation like that.


What exactly did Cinderella(ashley) take out of Mr. Gold's safe? Was it the contract? Was the contract given back to Mr. Gold? i don't remember seeing this happen. If it wasn't given back does this not nulify the contract as he no longer has proof of it. Did Cinderella take anything else out of the safe? ....possible the magic wand? any thoughts?


I don't understand why everyone is so criticle of this show. I find it to be very enjoyable, its different from all the same old comedy and detective shows, its like a breath of fresh air. I find it to be a nice break from reality, its fun, the characters are great, I love it.


Nose dive episode. I was luke-warm on OUaT, but this Cinderella story crashed and burned. I almost turned it off with twenty minutes to go -- it was that bad. One of the discouraging things, and one of the things that worried me going in, is that there seems to be little commitment to a meaningful internal mythology. Was Cinderella pregnant all these years in Storybrooke, but her pregnancy didn't progress until time started moving again? Okay. Aren't the folk in Storybrooke supposed to believe they are living ordinary lives in our reality? How the heck does that work with a mutli-year pregnancy? For some reason, I'm thinking about polar bears on an island right now.


This episode made me so mad, I don't like ashley/Cinderella AT ALL she is just annoying! I can't wait till they get back to snow/ Mary-margret and James/davids story and ruby's story I'm super excited for the next episode!


@Stephanie I was practically yelling the same thing at the TV while I was watching. @AK I'll second Joyeful's sentiments. @FARSIA Good point about Cinder's happy ending. Emma's job is to give people back their happy Endings. Cinder never had one to get back. I found the end of this ep. quite irksome. Along with the fact that Emma made an open-ended agreement with Mr. Gold for a future favor, which could mean anything from doing his laundry for a week to killing someone on his behalf, Ash/Cinder seemed all too willing to accept back into her life the father of her child who had been absent during her entire pregnancy. So what if his father pressured him not to be with her. He still has a lot to answer for IMO.

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