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Once Upon a Time: Desperate Souls

Emma runs for sheriff rather than let Regina fill the position, and discovers that she has a surprising benefactor. Meanwhile, in the fairy tale world, a human Rumplestiltskin learns what he must do to keep his son safe from the war.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Sunday January 08th, 2012

Director: Michael Waxman
Writer: Jane Espenson

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Jan 08, 2012
SE (Kanal 11) Mar 01, 2012
UK (Channel 5) May 20, 2012
AU (7TWO) Jul 03, 2012
DE (Super RTL) Oct 16, 2012
SK (TV JOJ) Nov 16, 2012


Guest Stars
Brad DourifBrad Dourif
As Old Beggar
Giancarlo EspositoGiancarlo Esposito
As Sydney Glass / Mirror
Beverley ElliottBeverley Elliott
As Granny
Meghan OryMeghan Ory
As Ruby / Red Riding Hood
Dylan SchmidDylan Schmid
As Baelfire
Ty OlssonTy Olsson
As Hordor

Co-Guest Stars
Patti AllanPatti Allan
As Miss Ginger
Conner DwellyConner Dwelly
As Morraine
David Paul GroveDavid Paul Grove
As Doc
C. Ernst HarthC. Ernst Harth
As Burly Man
Gabe KhouthGabe Khouth
As Mr. Clark
Kate BatemanKate Bateman
As Mother
Mark GashMark Gash
As Father
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
Jared S. GilmoreJared S. Gilmore
As Henry Mills
Robert CarlyleRobert Carlyle
As Mr. Gold / Rumplestiltskin
Raphael SbargeRaphael Sbarge
As Dr. Archie Hopper / Jiminy Cricket


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Episode Notes
As of this episode, Jamie Dornan is no longer credited as a show star.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Sonic YouthKool ThingPlays wh Emma is "fixing" the toaster

Episode Quotes
Mr. Gold: You enjoy these with your boy. Your time together is precious, you know. That's the thing about children. Before you know it... you lose them.

Mary Margaret: Toaster broken?
Emma: Wasn't when I started with it. Pretty sure it is now.

Emma: And guess what, Madame Mayor. I'm running.
Regina: Fine. So is Sydney.
Sydney Glass: I am? I am.

Rumplestiltskin: There'll be no fleeing now.
Old Beggar: No. You need to find another way. You need to choose a different path.
Rumplestiltskin: Choose? What choice do I have?
Old Beggar: Everyone has a choice.
Rumplestiltskin: I'm the town coward. The only choice I have is which corner to hide in. I'm lame. Friendless. The only thing I've got is my boy. And they're going to take him away from me. They take him away, I will truly, truly become dust.
Old Beggar: Not if you have power.
Rumplestiltskin: You may as well say diamonds.

Mr. Gold: Regina. Shall I move some things, make a bit of space for your rage?
Regina: You found that loophole in the town charter.
Mr. Gold: Legal documents. Contracts, if you like. Always been a fascination of mine.
Regina: Yes, you like to trifle with technicalities.
Mr. Gold: I like small weapons, you see. The needle. The pen. The fine point of a deal. Subtlety. Not your style, I know.

Emma: Then let's throw this out and we will get our news from something more reliable. Like the Internet.

Baelfire: But if the law says I'm to fight, I--I can fight.
Rumplestiltskin: No, no, that's--the law doesn't want you to fight, son, the law wants you to die. That's not battle, that's... a sacrifice, son. Look at that red in the sky. That's not the fires of the battlefields. That's the blood of our people, son. The blood of children. The blood of children like you.

Mary Margaret: Is this really just about beating Regina?
Emma: It's just...
Mary Margaret: Henry.
Emma: I want to show him that good can actually win.
Mary Margaret: That's why you want to win it for him, but why do you want to win the election for yourself?
Emma: That is why. I want to show him that a hero can win. If I'm not... if I'm not a hero and I'm not the savior, what part do I have in his life?

Old Beggar: My life was such a burden. You'll see. Magic... always comes with a price. And now it's yours to pay.
Rumplestiltskin: Why me? Why me?
Old Beggar: I know how to recognize... a desperate soul.

Archie: So without further adieu I'd like to introduce you to candidates Sydney Glass and Emma Swan. Glass. Swan. Sounds like something that a decorator would make you buy. Heh heh. (dead silence) Wow, crickets.

Regina: You didn't pick a great friend in Mr. Gold, Miss Swan. But he does make a superlative enemy. Enjoy that.

Baelfire: Papa? What has happened to you?
Rumplestiltskin: You're safe, Bae. Do you feel safe, son?
Baelfire: No. I'm frightened.
Rumplestiltskin: I'm not. I've protected what belongs to me. And I'm not scared of anything.

Emma: You knew I'd agree.
Mr. Gold: Oh yeah. I know how to recognize a desperate soul.

Cultural References
The Dark One's name, "Zoso," is taken from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who was represented on one of the group's albums by a symbol that looked like the letters ZoSo. Page's 68th birthday was one day after the episode premiered.


Twice, Mayor Mills comments that Sydney has been in Storybrooke "as long as anyone can remember." Of course, no one remembers anything of their lives in Storybrooke because of the curse, making her line particularly ironic.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAdam Horowitz  |  Edward Kitsis
Executive ProducerSteve Pearlman  |  Adam Horowitz  |  Edward Kitsis
Co-Executive ProducerLiz Tigelaar  |  David H. Goodman
ProducerSamantha Thomas  |  Kathy Gilroy-Sereda
Co-ProducerBrian Wankum  |  Ian Goldberg  |  Andrew Chambliss
Consulting ProducerJane Espenson
Associate ProducerStephen Judge
Production DesignerMichael Joy
EditorJoe Talbot Hall  |  Mark J. Goldman
CastingVeronica Collins Rooney
First Assistant DirectorRobert Duncan (5)
Second Assistant DirectorJennifer Carpenter (2)
MusicMark Isham
Music EditorMichael Baber
Costume DesignerEduardo Castro
Key GripTony Hyland
Camera OperatorRyan Purcell  |  Craig Powell (2)
Set DecoratorMark Lane
Location ManagerPhilip Pacaud
Transportation CoordinatorWayne Power
Property MasterBill Burd
Construction CoordinatorHarry Griffin-Beale
Production Sound MixerLindsay Bucknell
Script SupervisorHelga Ungurait
Production CoordinatorClark Candy
Supervising Sound EditorThomas Degorter  |  Joe Schultz
Re-Recording MixerMark D. Fleming  |  Tom Dahl
Director of PhotographyStephen Jackson (2)
Art DirectorCheryl Marion
Post Production CoordinatorMark Sawa
Production ManagerDennis Swartman
Executive Story EditorDaniel T. Thomsen
Main Title ThemeMark Isham
Visual Effects SupervisorAndrew Orloff  |  Dale Fay
Production AccountantMelissa Ruffle
Chief Lighting TechnicianCalen Zantolas
Department Head HairDebra Wiebe
Visual Effects ProducerLaura Jones (3)
Department Head Make-upSarah Graham
Assistant Costume DesignerMonique McRae
Production StaffPhil Jones  |  Dan Clarke (2)  |  Gaston Morrison
Canadian CastingJennifer Page  |  Corinne Clark
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