Once Upon a Time Review: True Love Isn't Easy

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The latest episode of Once Upon a Time may have been titled "What Happened to Frederick" but the question I really wanted answered was this: What happened to David? Honestly, I think I liked him better when he was in a coma.

Even after the Valentine's Day debacle, David was still waffling between Mary Margaret and his life with Kathryn. Was this part of the curse of Storybrooke? The brave and honorable Prince Charming became this cowardly adulterer? Ugh.

Emma on a Motorcycle

Mary Margaret was right. What they were doing wasn't about love? Lust perhaps. Deceit, most certainly. Kathryn had every right to be furious. 

If David had told her the truth, it would have hurt like Hell but at least it wouldn't have given Regina the power of revealing his final betrayal. And why did Mary Margaret seem to be taking the brunt of the blame? Why didn't we see people shooting snarky, disapproving looks at David?

In the fairy tale world, we saw Prince Charming and Abigail working together - and what a difference that made. I liked that Charming asked her if she'd used love's true kiss to break the spell. I suppose that's a well known cure in this universe.

Charming fought off the siren, remained true to his love and returned Frederick to Abigail. Then, he was off to fight for his own true love. What a contrast to the weaselly way David had acted in Storybrooke.

Speaking of Storybrooke, the mystery writer finally revealed his name: August W. Booth

Does anyone have any idea if that name is a clue to his intentions in Storybrooke? If there's a hidden meaning in it, I can't seem to find any, but it says something about this show that it's made me ponder a simple name.

I loved that August took Emma out for a drink to a magic well. How apropos. Of course, was it all part of his plan to return the book to her? It certainly appeared that way. But that doesn't explain how he knew about the well in the first place. How does this stranger know Storybrooke so well?

So... was anyone else holding their breath as Kathryn drove toward Storybrooke's border? What do you think happened to her when she got there? Did August change the story in Henry's book? And was Mary Margaret right to leave David? Thanks to next week's Oscar telecast, we've got until March 4 to ponder the fates in Once Upon a Time.


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remember there was pages nursing in the book?.... I think he was returning the torn out pages and rebinding the turn book, and by hand, that was kinda sexy for sone reason...lol Davids a coward, but its probably part of the curse, to make people act opposite of wat they would normally act, so that in the end they are ultimately the ones preventing their happy ending. (getting in their own way I guess u could say. I loved abigail, sooo much - I like the fairytail version of her 100% better!


Ok maybe as a guy I feel compelled to defend david but he is doing as well as any dead man placed under a curse by a wicked queen. Charming didnt care that he left abby at alter. He was just lucky that it was a fairy tale and everything worked out in the end. No luck david. He did not want to hurt catherine but he did not love her but loved mm. what could he do, tell catherine that not only was he leaving her but he was dumping her for another woman. Sure catherine was no desperate housewife, that would have made it easy. I prefer her to mm or snow. I hope she was kidnapped by queen and not erased or killed. This show is like heroes where guests or minor characters are so good u wanna c more of them. What I find amusing by all the responces is that charmings supposed out dates mocho heroics and old fashioned honor are still popular.


Both booth and wardrobe mean "enclosure." Booth is Pinocchio. Gepetto made a second magical wardrobe, in which he stashed his boy. Pinocchio, 7 years old at the time, came through the transformation just like infant Emma, but with knowledge of the curse. He is "of Fairyland" so he can come to Storybook just like Emma. However, he does have knowledge of Fairyland and the curse. He is a wildcard that neither Reginna nor Gold has knowledge of.


Cant help feeling that August is Henry. Don't know how it would be possible but my evidence:
1. He knew where the book was
2. He doesn't lie. Henry has been concerned about being believed throughout the story line
3. He would know from having read the book where to find the well.
4. He of course would have been to story Brooke having been a resident as a child.
5. He can come and go freely unaffected by the curse.
6. He makes no romantic overtures toward Emma. So my theory may get shot to hell in an episode coming soon but I think he was repairing the book from where the ending was ripped out by Emma to prevent the mayor from finding out her role in the curse. Just my thoughts. Would love to hear what everyone thinks of them.


August has an old type writer. You know he is going to write in Emmas part of the story breaking the spell. He might even be able to mess with gold and the mayor...


I want to know what W Booth did to the book. Did he copy it? Did he give the copy back, or the original? If he copied it why? I thought that maybe he was the one that wrote the book. I mean someone had to have written it, so what that someone him? But I really want to know what he did to the book.


As somebody else said, the W. Booth thing may be a reference to Abraham Lincoln's assassain John Wilkes Booth. Booth is reported to have shouted Sic semper tyrannis (thus may it be to tryants always) right before shooting Lincoln. Perhaps it is the job of Booth to somehow kill the queen (i.e. the tyrant). I feel like this character is the Desmond of Once in that he can break the rules (or the curse in this case) and maybe travel between the two worlds. Very interesting direction. More please.


Just wanted to say how I LOVE this review. It's so refreshing to hear some people are as disgusted by affairs and adultery for entertainment as I am, and I completely agree with the assessment of David. I would like to add that I wonder what Red Riding Hood's role will be in all this...she always seems to pop up at important moments.


So the keys are for everyones house...and i believe August changed the story in the book


I love that MM and David are (temporarily) over. David is such a loser. Still love Charming and Snow though. I loved August and Emma's scenes. I don't really care who he is in the fairytale world, I just want more scenes with them. And to find out more about what he's doing in Storybrooke. What was he doing with the book before he returned it to Emma? Was he making a second copy? Or was he changing it? Does that mean that he's working for the major? But she doesn't know him... What happened to Kathryn? Why did the major burn her letter to David? So no one would be able to find her? And I want to find out more about "real world Frederick". Why have I never heard of a princess named Abigail and a prince named Frederick before?

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Once Upon a Time Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

True love isn't easy but it must be fought for because once you find it, it can never be replaced.

Prince Charming

Emma: I'm not your mother.
Mary Margaret: No, but according to Henry I'm yours.