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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: Is The Storybrooke Mine Really A Gate To The Fairy Tale World?

Sun, November 27, 2011 9:43pm EDT by Andy Swift 15 Comments
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Besides spinning an emotional new tale, the Nov. 27 episode also taught us that crazy ladies and old men who play with puppets should not be given control over explosives.

As the only therapist in Storybrooke, Archie (Raphael Sbarge) spends most of his time listening to other people’s problems — but Jiminy Cricket’s drama took front-and-center on the Nov. 27 episode of ABC’s Once Upon A Time, and it set the stage for an epic showdown between Archie and Regina (Lana Parrilla.) Who knew the cricket had a spine?

Through the magic of nonlinear storytelling, we learned that Jiminy was once the son of traveling grifters in the fairy tale world. And when he tried to turn them into puppets — via a magic potion brewed by the sexy Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) — his plan went awry, and he ended up using it on Geppetto’s parents. That’s when the slutty Blue Fairy appeared and turned him into a cricket, so he could serve as Geppetto’s umbrella-clad conscience for the rest of his life.

This week’s episode also marked Emma’s (Jennifer Morrison) debut as a skinny-jeaned officer of the law, and her first task was to investigate a mysterious explosion at the town mine. (Oh, like you didn’t think this town would have a mine?) But things got even messier when Henry (Jared Gilmore) ventured into the mines, convinced they contained a connection to the fairy tale world.

As it turns out, he was right — he just doesn’t know it yet. At the end of the episode, Regina dropped something all the way down the mine, and it landed near what looked like the hollow tree that baby Emma used to escape from the fairy tale world. So basically, the mine on Once Upon A Time is the equivalent of the hatch on Lost. (Let’s just hope we get our answers faster with this one!)

The love triangle between Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin), David (Josh Dallas) and Kathryn (Anastasia Griffith) also got a little sharper this week as David pretty much confessed his love for everyone’s favorite pixie-haired nurse. Kathryn showed up just as they were about to kiss, but as we saw in the promo for next week’s episode, she won’t keep them apart much longer.

Still, my favorite little nugget of info. from this week’s episode has to be that Archie’s Dalmation is named Pongo — because you know what that means: There’s bound to be a lady dog, 99 little puppies, and one crazy streak-haired bitch in this show’s future!

I can’t wait.

Now comes my favorite part — theory time: Is the mine really a connection between Storybrooke and the fairy tale world? Who’s the married man Emma alluded to having an affair with? And where the heck are the other 100 Dalmations hiding?

Drop your best theory in the comments section below!

— Andy Swift

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