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'Once Upon A Time': August's Identity Is Actually Revealed

Sun, April 29, 2012 11:35pm EDT by 1 Comment

Plus, Emma goes on a journey of faith — Does she finally believe in fairy tales?

On the April 29 episode of Once Upon a Time, Henry (Jared Gilmore) noticed someone added an unfinished story about Pinocchio to his book of fairytales, and that someone was August W. Boothe (Eion Bailey), aka “The Stranger.” This took us back to pilot to learn about the origin of the wardrobe used to transport “The Savior” Emma (Jennifer Morrison) to the real world. Because Pinocchio would be turned back into a wooden boy once the curse took hold, Geppetto only agreed to build the vessel if Pinocchio could fill the second spot. So on the day of the Evil Queen’s curse, he was transported to the real world with one very important mission: to make “The Savior” believe.

Still eager to build a case against Regina (Lana Parrilla) so she could get Henry back, Emma looked to Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) for help. But he refused to take Emma’s case, pushing her instead towards August, the only person who could really help her. Because August was sick, and everyone in Storybrooke is stuck there until Emma truly believes and defeats the Evil Queen, he’s determined to push her towards faith. (And wouldn’t every girl want to be convinced to believe in magic by a cute man who rides a motorcycle?)

To make Emma believe, August took Emma to the diner where, according to a newspaper article, she was found as a baby; And the next stop was the magical tree where August found Emma after she’d been transported from the fairytale world. Because Emma remains in denial about all of the magic talk, she couldn’t even see that August was slowly reverting back into his wooded state. Loaded with more responsibility than she could handle, Emma — along with Henry — decided to attempt the impossible: leave Storybrooke.

If they want to break the curse, Henry and August only have a short time to convince Emma to accept her destiny — but I have a feeling that Henry was right in tonight’s episode when he firmly told Regina that “good WILL win!”

What did you think of this week’s episode? Were you satisfied with August’s big reveal? And how do you think the season is going to end in just a few weeks? Hit up the comments section with your reviews and theories!

— Jaymie Bailey