Once Upon a Time Review: Mushrooms Run Amok

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"Tiny" returned to run amok in Storybrooke and, thanks to Regina's magic mushrooms ,he got to do it at full giant size.

I really felt for Tiny. He had no real friends in either realm and the only brother that seemed to care about him was felled by Jack. 

A Giant in Town

Having Jack be a gorgeous woman and the villain of the story was a great twist. Too bad she hooked up with James. Apparently the guy was always a selfish, arrogant bastard. Could two twins ever be less alike?

It was good to see Hook out of the hospital, even if all he did was make snarky comments to my favorite Storybrooke characters. As he told Regina in one of the many entertaining Once Upon a Time quotes

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When he told Snow he could see where Emma got her gumption from, I couldn't help but agree. I like Charming but Snow has the stronger heart.

There were several things I loved about Rumplestiltskin, Emma and Henry's journey. First of which was Rumple's conversation with Charming…

Charming: If anything happens to them...
Mr. Gold: Then you'll what? Cross the time line and David Nolan will hunt me down in his animal rescue van. | permalink

I literally laughed out loud.

That Charming actually didn't threaten Rumple was a nice change of pace. That he simply plead with the man to keep his family safe meant so much more and certainly had more of an affect on Rumple.

It was also quite a turn around to watch Emma looking out for Rumple. For as powerful as he was in Storybrooke and the fairy tale world, he's completely out of his element now. He needed Emma and she was there for him in the airport. She also tried to comfort him on the plane when he looked absolutely terrified. Do you think his fear was due to what was at stake on this journey or just the thought of flying at 30,000 feet in a giant tin cylinder?

Back in Storybrooke, Rumple's other half wasn't faring much better. Belle didn't even know her name and when she asked Ruby about the magic she'd seen, Ruby lied to her. 

Perhaps someone should share the truth with Belle. Could it be any worse than this? If she doesn't believe it and tells others they will only continue to believe she's crazy.  If they can convince her of the truth, that's a huge step in the right direction and Rumple, Ruby and her friends can help protect her. Of course first they need to get Greg out of town.

Other side notes…

  • Ruby's wolflike jacket was just awesome. I love it when they add little character touches to the wardrobe.
  • Did Henry's cinnamon buns make anyone else hungry?
  • Rumple's right. Having to remove your shoes and belt might be necessary but it is completely uncivilized.
  • Any episode that puts a bow and arrow in Snow's hands gets a thumbs up from me.

I was surprised that Charming seemed so willing to ditch Emma and Henry and head to the fairy tale world. I suppose he's never felt as though he's fit in in Storybrooke and he misses the power of running a kingdom. The problem is that Snow's not about to miss any more time with her daughter. This argument is far from over.

Speaking of Snow, could she please stop rubbing it in Regina's face that Henry is with Emma now? Why make an evil sorceress angry, especially when you know it's her sore spot?

And is Regina really working with her mother? I've wanted to hold out hope that Regina's playing both sides but without Henry physically there to remind her to be good, it's easy for her lose sight of her promise to become a better person.

It looks as though we're on the cusp of the big reveal and will finally meet Rumple's son as an adult in the real world. Will Emma use her bounty hunter skills to help hunt him down? Does Baelfire have any other connections in Storybrooke? One more week and we should get some answers on the next Once Upon a Time.


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Last night show was okay. I was just happy to have the show back after 3 weeks off. I like the twist of Jack storyline. She was so evil though and James wasn't any better. I thought the whole scene with Leroy, Snow and David running from the giant and them fussing on what is David real name was funny. I agree with Snow in the beginning of the show that David/Charming does look good in that holster. Okay show but can't wait til next week to see who is Rumple son.


Did everyone got that David told Leroy his real name was actually David? Somehow it doesn't surprise me that they kept his name in Storybrooke... In the canadian promo for the next episode they show Emma recognizing someone in New York. It's gotta be Neal. I bet he's Rumple's son. Overall, I liked this episode. Especially the part in the fairytale land. I didn't expect Jack to be a villain and James was meaner than I knew him to be.


Good episode. Anton comes to storybrooke and wants charming dead and to destroy the town and the only one who e will believe is Emma who isn't there but snow and charming worked it out and now he's there friend. They really should just tell bell the truth it would probably actually help her. Can't wait till the next episode it looks great.


i think rumple's fear of flying...is because he has no magic outside of storybrooke. it was stated many times that his magic gave him confidence and w/o it he was a total coward. well..he has no magic right now and he's going to be terrified of everything. i'm wondering though if the regina we saw, was regina or cora. when she was talking to snow/charming she was acting very surprised about the cora's in town thing, also the way she was talking to hook about "she needs her things" made me wonder if it was regina, or a shapeshifted cora. i also love the way they twist the story so Jack, was Jackalyn. that was awesome :D


I also cannot see how Henry got on the plane because Emma would have need written permission from Regina for him to go because she is still his legal mother.


I thought this episode was ok and of course Bael have another connection to storybrooke. Bael is actually Neal the first love of Emma and the father of Henry. I do not think that Bael will forgive his father so easily though. I also agree that Snow needs to stop because you are messing with two witches now and Rumple would not help because he do not care for anybody and he have that truce that he cannot harm Regina and Cora but Cora never said anything about harming him. I also loved Snow and think that Charming is still a lost soul but I am getting bored with the Charmings now.


This episode was a slight let down. Don't care much for the Giant story but it had some nice twists and turns to it.
I did like Henry, Emma and Rumple story. Henry was irritating but in a good way.
Looking forward to next week's ep...

Philly ace

Awesome episode! I loved the Lost shout-out with "Ajira Airlines." And watching Cassidy Freeman on my screen as Jacklyn just made me miss Tess Mercer and Smallville.

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Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 13 Quotes

My name is Rumplestiltskin and we're going to find my son.


Charming: If anything happens to them...
Mr. Gold: Then you'll what? Cross the time line and David Nolan will hunt me down in his animal rescue van.