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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: Emma Makes A Dangerous Deal With Mr. Gold

Sun, November 13, 2011 9:26pm EDT by Andy Swift 2 Comments
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Plus, someone in Storybrooke is shacking up with the Sheriff!

I’m beginning to think Rumplestiltskin’s (Robert Carlyle) real purpose in life is to troll his way through other people’s fairytales — and troll he did on the Nov. 13 episode of Once Upon A Time by sending Cinderella (Jessy Schram) to the ball in exchange for her first-born child. Naturally this carried over into Storybrooke, where Mr. Gold hired Emma (Jennifer Morrison) to track down a pregnant teen runaway named Ashley. Who also happened to be a maid. With two wicked stepsisters.

I enjoyed the twist that Once Upon A Time gave to Cinderella’s story — Rumplestiltskin murdering the Fairy Godmother was a cool, albeit disturbing, choice — but I would have still loved to see “Ella” with some animal friends by her side. Sure it’s unsanitary and socially crippling, but who is Cinderella without a few well-dressed mice and birds at her beck and call?

Back to Storybrooke, Emma’s task became more challenging as she got closer to Ashley and reflected on her own experience as a young mother. Not wanting Ashley to make the same mistake she did when she gave up Henry, Emma promised Mr. Gold a “favor” in exchange for letting Ashley keep her baby. Does anyone else have a feeling this will end… not well?

But Emma’s unsettling deal with Mr. Gold isn’t the only new development we have to chew on until the show returns in two weeks. Towards the end of the episode, we learned Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Sheriff Graham’s (Jamie Dornan) relationship goes beyond their weekly “council meetings.” They’re totally doing it! And considering what a frigid bi-atch Regina is, I can only imagine she leaves him unsatisfied. But that’s neither here nor there.

That little arrangement should make things pretty awkward when Emma starts working for Graham as a deputy next week. Especially because you know Emma and Graham are destined to fall in love and use his hand-cuffs for… well… not what they were designed for.

— Andy Swift

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