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Emma Swan, a bail bondsman, is surprised when Henry, the son that she gave up for adoption 10 years earlier, shows up on her doorstep. He begs Emma to come to his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine, and rescue him from his evil adopted mother, Regina Mills. The boy insists that everyone in the town is a fairy tale character with no memory of who they really are... and Emma soon realizes that Henry's claim may be true.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Sunday October 23rd, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Oct 23, 2011
SE (Kanal 11) Jan 12, 2012
UK (Channel 5) Apr 01, 2012
AU (7TWO) May 15, 2012
DE (Super RTL) Sep 04, 2012
SK (TV JOJ) Oct 26, 2012


Guest Stars
Tony AmendolaTony Amendola
As Geppetto / Marco
Lee ArenbergLee Arenberg
As Grumpy / Leroy
Beverley ElliottBeverley Elliott
As Granny
Meghan OryMeghan Ory
As Ruby / Red Riding Hood
Keegan Connor TracyKeegan Connor Tracy
As Blue Fairy
Peter BryantPeter Bryant
As Jailer

Co-Guest Stars
Michael ColemanMichael Coleman
As Happy
Jakob DaviesJakob Davies
As Pinocchio
Faustino Di BaudaFaustino Di Bauda
As Sleepy
David Paul GroveDavid Paul Grove
As Doc
Jeffrey KaiserJeffrey Kaiser
As Dopey
Gabe KhouthGabe Khouth
As Sneezy
Miguelito MacarioMiguelito Macario
As Bashful (as Mig Macario)
Tom PickettTom Pickett
As Bishop
James BamfordJames Bamford
As The Black Knight
Keith DallasKeith Dallas
As Cabbie (as Keith Blackman Dallas)
Darla FayDarla Fay
As Woman on Bus
Main Cast
Ginnifer GoodwinGinnifer Goodwin
As Mary Margaret Blanchard / Snow White
Jennifer MorrisonJennifer Morrison
As Emma Swan
Lana ParrillaLana Parrilla
As Mayor Regina Mills / Evil Queen Regina
Josh DallasJosh Dallas
As David Nolan / Prince Charming
Jared S. GilmoreJared S. Gilmore
As Henry Mills
Robert CarlyleRobert Carlyle
As Mr. Gold / Rumplestiltskin
Jamie DornanJamie Dornan
As Sheriff Graham Humbert / The Huntsman
Raphael SbargeRaphael Sbarge
As Dr. Archie Hopper / Jiminy Cricket


Once Upon A Time..

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Episode Notes
Filmed in British Columbia.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Black KeysHowlin' for YouPlayed on Emma's a fake blind date

Episode Quotes
Snow White: You. You found me.
Prince Charming: Did you ever doubt I would?
Snow White: Truthfully? The glass coffin gave me pause.

Prince Charming: You're wasting your time, you've already lost. And I will not let you ruin this wedding.
The Evil Queen: Oh, I haven't come here to ruin anything. On the contrary, dear, I've come to give you a gift.
Snow White: We want nothing from you.
The Evil Queen: But you shall have it. My gift to you is this happy, happy day. For tomorrow my real work begins. You've made your vows. Now I make mine. Soon, everything you love, everything all of you love, will be taken from you, forever. And out of your suffering will rise my victory. I shall destroy your happiness if it is the last thing I do.

Emma: Wait, let me guess: You are handsome, charming...
Ryan: Go on...
Emma: The kind of guy who-and stop me if I get this wrong-embezzled from your employer, got arrested and skipped town before they could throw your ass in jail.

Ryan: Who are you?
Emma: The chick that put up the rest of the money.
Ryan: You're a bail bondsman.
Emma: Bail bonds-person.

Henry: Wait. Please don't call the cops. Please come home with me.
Emma: Where's home?
Henry: Storybrooke, Maine.
Emma: Storybrooke? Seriously?

Snow White: I haven't had a restful night since our wedding.
Prince Charming: That's what she wants, to get in your head. But they're only words. She can't hurt us.
Snow White: She poisoned an apple because she thought I was prettier than her. You have no idea of what she's capable.

Emma: Just because you believe something doesn't make it true.
Henry: That's exactly what makes it true. You should know more than anyone.
Emma: Why is that?
Henry: Because you're in this book.
Emma: Oh, kid, you've got problems.
Henry: Yep, and you're gonna fix 'em.

Snow White: What do you know?
Rumplestiltskin: The Queen has created a powerful curse, and it's coming. Soon you'll all be in a prison, just like me, only worse, for your prison, all of our prisons, will be time, for time will stop, and we will be trapped someplace horrible, where everything we hold dear, everything we love will be ripped from us, while we suffer for all eternity, while the Queen celebrates, victorious at last! No more happy endings.

Snow White: He said it would be on her twenty-eighth birthday.
Prince Charming: What's twenty-eight years when you have eternal love?

Emma: All right, I'll play. Who's he supposed to be?
Henry: Jiminy Cricket.
Emma: Right, the lying thing. Thought your nose grew a little bit.
Henry: I'm not Pinocchio.
Emma: Course you're not. Because that would be ridiculous.

Grumpy: A tree? Our fate rests on a tree? Let's get back to the fighting thing.

Mary Margaret: As we build our birdhouses, remember, what you're making is a home, not a cage. The bird is free and will do what it will. This is for them, not us. They're loyal creatures. If you love them and they love you, they will always find you.

Emma: How's a book supposed to help?
Mary Margaret: What do you think stories are for? These stories--the classics. There's a reason we all know them. There a way for us to deal with our world. A world that doesn't always make sense.

The Evil Queen: Oh, don't worry, dear. In a few moments you won't remember you knew him. Let alone loved him.
Snow White: Why did you do this?
The Evil Queen: Because this is my happy ending.

Snow White: Where are we going?
The Evil Queen: Somewhere horrible. Absolutely horrible. A place where the only happy ending will be mine.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAdam Horowitz  |  Edward Kitsis
Executive ProducerSteve Pearlman  |  Adam Horowitz  |  Edward Kitsis  |  Mark Mylod
ProducerKathy Gilroy-Sereda
Co-ProducerBrian Wankum
Production DesignerMark Worthington
EditorHenk Van Eeghen  |  Julie Monroe
CastingVeronica Collins Rooney
First Assistant DirectorNico Sachse
Second Assistant DirectorCindy Smith
MusicMark Isham
Music EditorMichael Baber
Costume DesignerEduardo Castro
Camera OperatorCraig Powell (2)  |  Ryan Purcell
Set DecoratorMark Lane
Location ManagerPhilip Pacaud
Transportation CoordinatorWayne Power
Property MasterBill Burd
Construction CoordinatorJesse Joslin
Production Sound MixerLindsay Bucknell
Script SupervisorHelga Ungurait
Production CoordinatorClark Candy
Assistant EditorDavid Kaldor
Post Production SupervisorChristopher J. Ray
Supervising Sound EditorThomas Degorter
Re-Recording MixerTom Dahl  |  Mark D. Fleming  |  Scott Weber  |  Frank Morrone
Director of PhotographySteven Fierberg
Art DirectorShannon Grover
Production ManagerDennis Swartman
Costume SupervisorJana Rayne Macdonald
Makeup Department Head Victoria Down
Main Title ThemeMark Isham
Visual Effects SupervisorAndrew Orloff  |  Doug Ludwig
Production AccountantLeanne Orchard
Chief Lighting TechnicianCalen Zantolas
Department Head HairSanna Seppanen
Canadian CastingCorinne Clark  |  Jennifer Page
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