Once Upon a Time Review: Blind Faith

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Hansel and Gretel wandered through the fairy tale forest this week, as "True North" focused on the plight of all of the Once Upon a Time orphans.

In one world, the Evil Queen was rocking some seriously cool outfits when she stumbled across this pair of iconic kids. The wayward children had lost their father and the queen was offering her help. We all know that's never a good thing, though.

Hansel and Gretel on Once Upon a Time

Hansel's darn lucky to have Gretel around or he'd be shish kabob. The queen was right. That girl's smart and spunky. 

The blind witch, meanwhile, was beyond creepy. I wished we'd gotten to spend a little more time with her, even though she might give me nightmares for the next month. I'm not sure I'll ever view butter or gravy the same way again.

Back in Storybrooke, Emma was scrambling to keep Ava and Nicholas out of the foster care system because apparently it didn't work out so well for her. She even went so far as to visit Mr. Gold who surprisingly asked for forgiveness in return for his help. She offered tolerance instead and he accepted pretty quickly. It made me wonder why he wanted to be back in Emma's good graces so badly.

As Emma struggled with her own long lost parent issues, Henry wanted to know about his biological father. I knew Emma was lying the moment she began the story. I half agreed with her that Henry shouldn't know the gory details. I doubt the real story was something she'd want to share with a 10-year old, but sooner or later the truth will come to light. One can only hope it won't be any time soon.

I loved that Emma finally shared Henry's theory about her being Snow White's (aka Mary Margaret's) orphaned child. Even though they don't believe in the curse now, I have to believe they will eventually. It will be fun to see if they start to view one another any differently from here on out.

It looked like the Evil Queen's issues followed her to Storybrooke. Neither she nor Regina could understand the concept of unconditional love. Of course, this is a woman who keeps a collection of hearts in boxes so...

Obviously, things are changing in Storybrooke. Hansel and Gretel found their happy ending. But will anyone else? And who is the new mysterious stranger?!? See what's in store for him now via this promo for next Sunday's new episode.


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


whats the deal with the pumpkin pie and emma?? I dont remember


Writers! Get a cookbook. You don't baste with gravy. Silly wabbits!


This a terrible show, but what do I expect from the writers of Lost, I tried to give it half a season but this last eps did it for me. Too bad the pilot gave it so much promise.


I rarely acknowledge wardrobe while watching tv. My mind just throws it into the general background. I noticed a couple people commented favorably on the EQ's outfit in the woods. I must agree. Stunning! This does not mean I will be watching Melissa and Joan on Oscar night!!!


@Ale and @Spookypaws, the blind witch only stole the apple from the EQ, the story didn't say she created it. The EQ sends Hansel and Gretel in to retrieve something the Blind Witch "took for her", I believe...


Rumplestiltskin is "owed" Emma in a way, isn't he? I mean, it's clear he remembers the curse so he must also remember that Snow White promised him her first child..yet, for some reason, I believe that he is also redeemable in some way.. I'm really eager to find out who Henry's father is...I definitely don't see it being the stranger... Also, am I mistaken or didn't Emma once tell Mary Margaret that Henry thought she was Mary/Snow's daughter? No?


I just love this show!! Its great to have an evening to just be able to relax and run away from lifes realities such as the horrible politics/politicians we are forced to deal with everyday right now. The storyline is familiar but with wonderful twist and turns, and the costumes are just beautiful! Please keep it coming!! THANKS!!!


I love this show lots of people are not fond of mr gold, but rumplestinskin was my favorite fairytale as a kid!!i love his deals and ways!!
I miss Charming and Graham!


I think Rumple likes to be on the winning side, and it doesn't matter which side it is. He knew the Evil Queen was going to do the curse and worked it to his advantage; now he knows Emma is destined to break the curse and is playing that angle. I don't think he's evil-evil-evil like Regina; if any "bad guy" is going to get redemption, it's going to be him... LOVED the scene when Emma told Mary-Margaret that Henry thought she was her (Snow White's) daughter. There was a nice balance of joking on the surface but emotion underneath. It seemed to make Mary-Margaret more maternal and the bit with the blanket at the end was pitch perfect.


I didn't expect to like this show when it first came on but I found it (excuse the expression) charming. And last night I was thrilled to see Nicholas Lea as H&G's father! Tender, intense, sexy - hot as ever!

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Once Upon a Time Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

Emma: What's your price?
Mr. Gold: Forgiveness.
Emma: How about tolerance?
Mr. Gold: That's a start.

Running from me is foolish. Foolish but also brave.

The Evil Queen