Once Upon a Time Review: A Deadly Disease

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What is love?

On the one hand, it is the source of overwhelming strength and happiness. On the other, it can cause pain more severe than the deadliest disease. Once Upon a Time put its characters and its audience through a storm of emotions with the power of love and heartbreak this week. Let's break it down, shall we?

David and Mary Margaret. Mary Margaret runs to get coffee at "7:15 A.M." every morning, but it's not a caffeine fix that's got her so wired. It's the chance to see David walk past to buy his own cup of joe. Oh, and one for his wife too. Ouch.

Mary Margaret's got it bad. She knows it's a mistake but she can't stay away. As if things can't get any worse, she literally runs into Katherine... who is buying a pregnancy test. Double ouch.

Little does she know that David's got it just as bad as she does. In a funny little twist, he's buying his coffee at 7:15 just so he can catch a glimpse of her

When Katherine tells David that her being pregnant would have been a disaster, I laughed at how quickly and how strongly he agreed. That should really have told them both something about their relationship. Yet David still agrees to go to counseling to save their marriage. 

Then, fate seemingly intervenes as the star crossed lovers try their best to avoid one another only to both get coffee at 7:45 A.M. The heated kiss that follows is lovely, if only Regina weren't watching. I wish it were Katherine who saw them. That could have ended this mess a whole lot faster. Regina will only torture them all.

Bird Holding

Snow and James. I love that James simply calls her Snow. There's something intimate about the moniker. And Snow may be my favorite character of the entire show. She's a kick ass heroine, spunky, smart, and fun. When she's thrown in jail she never gives up. She sacrifices herself to save Grumpy. Then she makes the ultimate sacrifice and breaks James' heart in order to save him. 

But Snow's own broken heart is her undoing. The blank look on her face when Grumpy tells her the wedding is off is worse to witness than the heartbreak. If only our heroine could have been strong for one more day. Sigh. 

I suppose Charming will just have to make her fall in love with him all over again.

Back in Storybrooke, we get a little more about our mystery man and his box. He's a writer and he's carrying a typewriter. He also owes Emma a drink.

A few side notes:

  • The King and the Evil Queen should really get together. They'd make one heck of a heartless couple.
  • So there were once eight dwarves? Looks like Stealthy should have been a little stealthier.
  • I hope we get to find out what prompted the wedding to be cancelled. I feel like there's an entire story that we've missed.
  • The look of the leaves falling around Mary Margaret after the storm is really stunning.  I always love the visuals on this show.
  • Just when I think Rumplestiltskin can't get any creepier, he proves me wrong yet again.

So, how many tissues did you use watching this episode? And I'm at a loss as to which fairy tale character our mystery writer is so if you've got the answer or at least a theory, let me in on it. I want to know.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Great episode. Did anyone recognize the tune Grumpy was whistling in the dungeon right before he spoke to Snow? So clever!


I think the mystery writer might be the writer of Henry's book, with all the fairytales in it.


Perosnally, I think the writer is they guy who wrote the fairy tale book that Henry has. I mean, it had to come from somewhere right?


The idea that mystery man is the writer or a writer of significance is a given. Obviously the typewriter means more, it's modern America and he is using a typewriter, definitely fairytale potential and how easy he showed Emma indicates there is more to it than meets the eye. Also the theory of being rumplestilken's son, although I don't think so, is probable as he obviously knows more than the characters and the audience and that they left the story of what actually happened after rumple became the dark one was so vague. I am ready for them to reveal the story behind the Queens hatred of Snow, but know that's not going to happen anytime soon. Rumple has something up his sleeve with Snows hair, I'm nervous about it, but look forward to see how Snow finally remembers Prince Charming but am nervous about Regina's hand in their reunion. Awaiting the next episode!


1 star. Mystery Guy is interesting.


I loved this episode, but still have more questions about everything.
Yes why does the new guy get to go out of storybrook? Why didn't James Father(The KING) recognize snow as a Royal? her father was a Royal, I'm dying to know how her father died, what was so awful that Snow Did to the Evil Quee?


I think the writer may be one of the Grimm brothers! The Grimm brothers made all the fairytales and the guy wonts to write about the town that holds all the characters. It makes sense!


Its might be Sherlock Holmes. The actress who plays Regina has said that he will be making an appearance.


Its Sherlock Holmes. The actress who plays Regina said he would be making an appearance. That's my best guess.


Best line of the night was from Grumpy: "I like my pain. I need my pain. It makes me who I am." R.I.P. Stealthy. While I liked this episode, I am a little puzzled over why the writers expect us to believe that Snow, a princess in her own right, did not know James' dad. They're both royals. So, you'd think they all know each other, party at annual balls, get together for hunting parties, send gifts upon royal births, that sort of thing. I do hope we see how James got out of his wedding to Abigail. We know she wasn't thrilled either, and I'm looking forward to that whole backstory. I was looking forward to seeing more of Jiminy Cricket. But, I guess David won't be going to marital counseling if he's connecting with MM. Don't really care to speculate on Mr. Easy Rider. Just glad to watch it all unfold.

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